Practice Report/Update – 9/15

From the Truman Sports Complex

If Todd Haley said it once, he’s said it a dozen times this week to his players, to the media, probably to his kids.

“One week does not form an identity of a team,” Haley said Thursday, after the Chiefs wrapped up their second practice session of the week. “I think after four or five games you’ll start to recognize an identity. But I think it’s very important that everybody understands one week you aren’t able to draw a whole bunch out of that other than last week, we didn’t play very good and we need to be better this week.”

Haley was willing to admit what might have been askew with his team last week that led to the Buffalo loss.

“I think there’s a better understanding on the team that we have to be a lot better, that we aren’t there yet,” Haley said. “We weren’t there last year, even though we did some good things. We weren’t really as good as we thought we were. So we need to make sure we understand that. When you do understand that, and take that step towards humility, that helps you coming back and saying ‘We have a lot of work to do.’

“The biggest difference we’ve seen is the sense of urgency from the guys getting ready.”

Haley was pleased with the team’s Thursday practice, which went down in pads and allowed the Chiefs to do some significant work on their running game, and their defense against the run. “It was good work, there was good energy,” Haley said.

WR Jonathan Baldwin was the only player not taking part in the main portion of practice. Baldwin continues to dress out like he’s going to practice and he runs through a few drills with the receivers. But once they start catching the ball, he reports to the rehab area with his broken right thumb. On Thursday it appeared that the brace on his right wrist and hand was different, but he still did not catch any passes. The injury occurred one month ago Friday, when he and teammate Thomas Jones got into an altercation.

The other 60 players were full-go during the media window on a cloudy and cool day. In preparing for Detroit, the Chiefs had four speakers on the field to broadcast crowd noise during the offensive periods.

For the Lions, their injury/practice report for Thursday had four players that did not practice: S Louis Delmas (hip), DT Nick Fairley (foot), OT Jason Fox (foot) and WR Calvin Johnson (ankle). CB Alphonso Smith (foot) and WR Maurice Stovall (hand) were limited in practice. Fairley and Fox are not expected to play against the Chiefs.

10 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 9/15”

  • September 15, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    Bob, how long does a thumb usually knock out a receiver?

    I sure hope he’s staying really fit and ready to go as soon as the thing heals.

  • September 15, 2011  - jim says:

    I’m not as woried about his thumb as I am about his attitude, dedication, humbleness, and did I mention attitude? I’d hate for Thomas Jones or any other vet to have to adjust his attitude another time this year. Hopefully the child has learned a lesson.

  • September 15, 2011  - Jimbo says:

    I can see you are still upset with Baldwin. Just keep in mind that no verifiable details on his injury have been disclosed. Yes, He is young and foolish just like we were at that age. As for the rest of your comments about him, I’m not so sure.

  • September 15, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Will be interesting to see if Gaither is active for this week’s game.

  • September 15, 2011  - el cid says:

    Will be interesting to see if Gaither gets in a game this year.

  • September 15, 2011  - ED J says:

    I fully expect us to get back on side of winning starting this Sunday. I feel team won division and thought Bills was going to lay down and was shell shocked when they jumped all over them. I feel now Haley is going back to the approach of that we’re not there yet will kind give team same effect it did last yr. Which is work hard don’t teams going to lay down because you won division or that this is a gimmie game. It also takes away complacency that I think set in with this team coming off playoff appearance. So blowout in the end probably going to turn out to be a good thing because it will motivate this team keep its nose down and keep working hard.

  • September 15, 2011  - el cid says:

    I did not see a lot of complacency from the playoff game, didn’t we get our rears handed to us by the ravens? I do not see complacency from that kind of a loss. Also no blowout is a “good thing”, it is a bad thing.

    Did not get the feeling the team thought the bills would lay down. More like the Chiefs did not know who they were and got a beat down to show them.

    But sunday, I expect to see a legit. effort win or lose not what we say last sunday.

  • September 15, 2011  - Michael says:

    At this point, that’s all I’m looking for; just look respectable, don’t be embarrassing. I hate to say it, but that’s exactly what I was saying coming out of 2009. Oh well, I guess after that debacle last week, they have to start somewhere and hope to build on it.

    I could see a young team like the Chiefs getting complacent after 2010, even with the loss to the Ravens. They could have been a little too full of themselves just from having a winning season and making it to the playoffs, thinking the Ravens game was just a bad day. But that’s what coaches and team leaders are for; adjust the attitude. Doesn’t matter now, it has to be as obvious to them as it to us that they’ve got a lot of work to do.

  • September 16, 2011  - ED J says:

    OF if their effort is in question then complacency is what caused. The Ravens game we were just outmatched. Ravens and Bills games to totally different games. Never said they were complacent against Ravens last yr playoffs you did. Only against Bills. Anytime you here head coach saying things like we haven’t arrive and we need some humble pie the impression is his team might have went into the game over confident. To me team needed realize this ain’t last yr just because you won 10 games last yr its not going to just be handed to you this yr. Even against 4-12 teams from the yr before this is new season.

  • September 16, 2011  - david says:

    Why wasnt Haley telling his team this before the Bills game or during the preseason? Isnt that part of the job of the head coach to know and understand the makeup of his team. I think Haley with his ego was more responsible then the players. How he thought he was smarter then every other team in the NFL in preseason and we dont even really have to try in these games, we will just go thru the motions and get in shape. I hope not but I have a feeling it is going to be long season.

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