Monday Practice Report – Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

There’s no depth chart for the Chiefs season opening game that has been released yet by the team. And Monday afternoon, head coach Todd Haley did not provide any new information on the spots where there was obvious competition for the starting jobs in training camp and the pre-season: center, inside linebackers and free safety.

In fact, Haley wants to change the mindset of everyone, including his players and coaches, about the significance of being a starter.

“It’s critical for our team, the players and coaches to get out of our heads this first team, second team stuff,” Haley said. “We are going to need everybody, every player to have some sort of impact.”

A true statement, but players, coaches, the media, administrators … just about everyone cares about the best players on a team and generally those are  the starters.  During the 20-minute open period in Monday’s practice when the media was allowed to watch,  Casey Wiegmann was running with the No. 1 offensive line. On defense, Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher were working with the No. 1 defense at inside linebacker, as was free safety Jon McGraw.

Whether those decisions are final remains to be seen, as Haley would not address the matter Monday afternoon. But at some point in time – maybe as late as Monday night’s game against San Diego – they will become known to the public.

The Chiefs began their first practice of the NFL regular season Monday morning with 57 of the eligible 61 players taking part in the full pads work.  They were outside in warm, blustery conditions. Not participating in the open period were RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin), LB Cameron Sheffield (head trauma), DE Alex Magee and practice-squad G Darryl Harris (knee). Magee’s injury is unknown.

OLB Tamba Hali and WR Chris Chambers were both back and appeared to be taking full turns in the practice. Both missed last week’s pre-season finale against Green Bay.

On the field was the team’s newest addition, NT Anthony Toribio, claimed on waivers by the Chiefs. He was in Arrowhead Stadium last Thursday night with the Green Bay Packers and was surprised to return so quickly. But the Florida native says it’s the best thing for his career — he was slated to join the Packers practice squad. Instead, he gets to be on a 53-man roster.

“I had to pack up everything on short notice, two or three hours, and get out of town and get here,” Toribio said. “You develop friendships, you get tight with your coach, you have relationships, but you have to understand it’s a business. I wasn’t going to be at Green Bay the rest of my life anyway. It’s a better move for my career.”

With the Packers for the last two years – primarily on their practice squad – Toribio has strictly played the nose tackle position. “It’s the same system here and I just have to get adjusted to a few minor details,” Toribio said. “Once I get adjusted, I’ll be fine.”

Toribio is wearing No. 98. In on other number change so far, rookie WR Jeremy Horne is now wearing No. 11. He had worn No. 8 through the pre-season.

10 Responses to “Monday Practice Report – Update”

  • September 6, 2010  - MarkInTexas says:

    I don’t know why I find this so funny, but…

    Warpaint famously circles the field before the game and after each touchdown. After the Chiefs drubbed the Raiders 42-10 in KC in 1975, Coach John Madden quipped “We couldn’t beat the Chiefs, but we damn near killed their horse.”

    With all due respect to Warpaint, I hope he takes a beating next week!

  • September 6, 2010  - Dan-NY says:

    Great quote Mark. A SanDiego Win would feel awfully good, but some SanDiego humiliation would feel a damn sight better.

  • September 6, 2010  - MarkInTexas says:

    Amen, brother!

  • September 6, 2010  - Brandon says:

    I kind of think it sucks that “it’s just a business.” I wonder if this were the 60s or 70s if T.Rich and T. Gonz would still be Chiefs right now… We could use them both to be honest even if they are getting up there.

  • September 6, 2010  - Dan-NY says:

    If this were that era, I think TRich and Gonz might indeed still be Chiefs. Hank Stram was awfully protective of his veterans, almost to a fault, if I recall correctly.

  • September 6, 2010  - chris says:

    KC Star said that Cameron Sheffield (inferred) was taken off practice by ambulance. What is the story?

  • September 6, 2010  - Roger says:

    Hey Bob, any word on who they took away in an ambulance during practice Monday?

  • September 6, 2010  - chris says:

    Bob- are you allowed/do you go/ do you report on.. regular season practices?

  • September 7, 2010  - Edward says:

    NO Bob isn’t allowed nor is rest of the media during the regular season. I’m with Haley these guys don’t need to worry about who starts its about winning.

  • September 7, 2010  - jim says:

    MarkInTexas, I remember that quote and its hilarious. I also remember about a hundred years ago (lol) during an exceptionally long game, a guy from Belton who shall go un-named, had a little too much celebration during the game and fell off of WarPaint after a TD gallop in the 4th quarter. I laughed my A$$ off when that hapened, cuase I know the guy. He’ll never live it down, but had a great sense of humor about it.

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