Practice Report/Update – 11/30

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Head coach Todd Haley loves to break the season up into quarters, four games per quarter, a total of four quarters, 16 games in all.

But the current Chiefs situation has led Haley to make a change in his math and his season template. Forget the third quarter that has one game remaining, and the fourth quarter with four games to play.

Right now the Chiefs are facing a five-game season says Haley. Its five games that need to produce five victories and then dreams of the playoffs might still be possible. Those dreams are pretty flimsy. Oddsmakers like TopBet Sportsbook can’t even fathom the possible odds on a five-game winning streak.

“We are in it, we are not one of those teams that are out of it,” Haley said Wednesday. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. It’s basically a five-game season for us, where we have to make sure we are doing whatever we have to win this season. It starts with a difficult Chicago team. It will be a great challenge.”

In the next five weeks, Chicago, New York Jets, Green Bay, Oakland and Denver – if Haley expects to make the playoffs, his team must go 5-0 for a 9-7 finish.

“We haven’t been in this situation since we’ve been here,” Haley said. “At a point in the season, you’ve got to take it one play, one game, one day at a time. There are worse positions to be in. But we have opportunity.”

Haley reaffirmed that Tyler Palko is currently set to start Sunday’s game against the Bears in Chicago, but that the coaching staff would be working to get Kyle Orton up to speed on the offense.

“We are getting Kyle ready to play,” Haley said. “He might have to play, and he might not. We have to get ready to win a big game and do it by whatever means necessary. If it means playing three quarterbacks or going Wildcat for 20 plays.”

It was nearly a full house as the Chiefs hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon. The only body missing was practice squad RB Shaun Draughn. He remains listed on their practice squad.

That left 60 players working during the media window, including LG Ryan Lilja who was back practicing for the first time since he suffered a blow to the head in the New England game. Lilja did not practice at all last week and was inactive for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

Some of the players with more serious bumps and bruises may turn up as limited participants when the Chiefs release their practice report. But all players were moving about during the position drills.

The team listed Lilja and LB Demorrio Williams (groin) as limited in practice participation.

On the Bears injury/practice report, they list QB Jay Cutler (right thumb) as out. CB Charles Tillman (knee) did not practice. Limited participation was CB Zackary Bowman (groin) and CB J.J. Moore (ankle).

3 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 11/30”

  • November 30, 2011  - el cid says:

    Interesting news for Gaither followers, he is employed again. SD Chargers added him to their roster, tons of OL injuries, I guess.

    This will help us evaluate talent evaluations of the Chiefs. If he plays, ok, injuries, if he play and plays well, HMMMMMM. In this case I will stick with Pioli/Haley, no idea why he got released but seemed more of a roster waste.

  • November 30, 2011  - ED J says:

    ONce again Coach speak. NO WAY IN HELL he starting Palko after the last two peformances. He’s starting Orton.

  • December 1, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Regarding Haleys comments “that we are still in it”. Maybe the Bears on sunday can put him out of his misery once and for all.

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