From the Truman Sports Complex
The Chiefs ran through their ninth of 14 OTA sessions on Thursday morning and if they were keeping score – which they aren’t – it would be another victory for the defense.
In the teamwork portion of the practice in a dozen plays, QBs Matt Cassel and Tyler Thigpen were a combined two of seven throwing the ball.Â Cassel missed all threeÂ of his throws, while Thigpen was two of four.Â It was that kind of day for the offense.
“I feel like we made a lot of progress Tuesday on offense, but we kind of took a step back today,” said head coach Todd Haley. “After a day off, conditions were not ideal with a little wet field, we’ve got to learn to compete and execute in all types of conditions.”
For the first time in this off-season the Chiefs ran the two-minute drill and it did not end well for Cassel and the No. 1 offense.Â They had to go 70 yardsÂ in 90 seconds with two timeouts and they needed a touchdown to win. Cassel’s throw on the eighth play with 18 seconds left bounced off the hands and shoulderÂ of WR Dwayne Bowe and was grabbed by CB Maurice Leggett for an interception.
The second offense faced a situation with 55 seconds to play, one timeout and they needed a FG to win, starting at their own 35-yard line.Â Thigpen got them into FG territory on sixÂ plays with 11 seconds left before they used their timeout.
There were 82 of the team’s 85 players on the field.Â Missing from the workout were the usualÂ suspects: rookie CB Donald Washington, LG Brian Waters and OLB Mike Vrabel.
Here are some other observations from the session:
– The rehab crew was down to three players, as DE Glenn Dorsey returned to practice.Â He worked with the first-team defense at RDE.Â QB Brodie Croyle, RB Kolby Smith and DT Ron Edwards did not take part in the practice.
– In the two-minute drill, RB Jamaal Charles caught a pass and did not get out of bounds to stop the clock, forcing the offense to take a timeout.Â He heard about that from assistant coach Maurice Carthon.
– On the No. 1 defense, CB Richardo Colclough was running with the unit, replacing Leggett with the starters.
– In teamwork, TE Sean Ryan ran with the No. 1 offense in front of Brad Cottam.
– Rookie WR Quentin Lawrence got an earful from the head coach when he didn’t lineup correctly and then didn’t run the right route.
– Working in the red zone during the seven-on-seven passing drill, Cassel and Thigpen went five of 10 and only one ball got into the end zone.Â Thigpen hit WR Rodney Wright just inside the goal line.
– In the teamwork p ortion of practice, they ran six plays in the red zone.Â Cassel’s first throw to WR Terrance Copper was knocked down in the end zone by Colclough.Â His second throw to WR Mark Bradley was defensed well by CB Brandon Flowers.Â Thigpen got the only ball into the end zone, finding Cottam on the right side for the score.