Practice Report 9/16 – Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

As the Chiefs quarterbacks went through their position drills during the early part of Wednesday’s practice, Matt Cassel was a full participant.

Cassel took part in all the drills, including those that required movement by the quarterback. Last week in these same drills, he did not take part when the quarterbacks shuffled through pads or when they would roll or sprint out and throw.

“As I thought he would, he moved around a little better than he did at the end of last week,” said Haley. “This
is still going to be an evaluation deal with him. He’ll go on the injury report as questionable today.”

Cassel did everything the other three  quarterbacks did. There was noticeable improvement on his pass drops; they were quicker and more pronounced. His follow through on that left knee also looked stronger.

Overall, he looked far better than he did at any time last week.

“To me eye he looked like he moved better in all situations,” said Haley. “To me he was improved.”

Overall, Haley was happy with the first practice session of Raiders Week, where the combination of opponent and a home game has the team focused.

“It wasn’t a hard sell to get guys up and going,” said Haley. “This is a big week for us. It means a lot to everybody in this state and in this city. I thought the players practiced accordingly and got off to a good start.”

Todd Haley had a full roster taking part in practice, including CB Brandon Flowers who missed last Sunday’s game because of a shoulder injury. 

“Brandon has done everything to get back on the field and he’s made progress as well,” said Haley.

Taking part in his first Kansas City practice was WR Bobby Wade; he’s wearing No. 80 and Haley said everyone is working hard to get  the new guy quickly into the mix.

“He was in here late last night working hard and early this morning, we just got to get him up to speed fast,” said Haley. “He has punt return ability, something he’s done at a high level at times. We’ve already got him working there; he caught punts today with the other guys.”

Wade says the only thing holding him back is his ability to pick up the offense.

“It’s all about my learning curve right now,” said Wade. “I’m going to spend as much time as possible learning this offense and the faster I do that, the faster I will get an opportunity on the field. This is a really dynamic offense, it allows you to do a lot of different things. The terminology is much different than what I left (in Minnesota). I’ts going to take some studying.”

The Chiefs made a change on their pratice squad, as they released WR Rodney Wright and signed WR Lance Long.  A first-year receiver out of Mississippi State, Long spent all of last season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. He made the 53-man roster for the ’09 Cardinals and played in their season opening loss to San Francisco. Arizona released Long on Monday.

He’s 24 years old, 5-11, 186 pounds from Macomb, Michigan.

59 Responses to “Practice Report 9/16 – Update”

  • September 16, 2009  - Uncuffed says:

    FYI, Long was cut from the Cardinals b/c they had 7 receivers on their active roster and they needed help on defense after some injuries.

    Most likely they were trying to sneak him back to the practice squad and promote a D plater from that squad.

  • September 16, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    great update

    yay cassel/flowers returning.

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “I can take ANY 22 guys from off the street and… go 0-5.” :roll:

    Is that smoked mutt wafting up from the gridiron floor Sunday…the ‘Money Pit’ left in a $63 mill pile? Will be if the 3rd best QB on the Chiefs he ‘mc’ starts… alas, 0-6 draws nigh.


  • September 16, 2009  - Stiv says:

    It would be an obvious boon if both Cassel and Flowers could play this week.

    Also, anyone with half a brain knows that Cassel’s contract is pretty much middle of the road as far as contracts for QB’s go.

  • September 16, 2009  - Josh says:


    If Cassel is the third best QB on the Chiefs roster, who’s the fourth? Just wondering.


  • September 16, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    63 million ZOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

    oh yeah isnt it pretty mid pack for a franchise QB? oh…its actually LOW END for a franchise QB…oh…you mean BEFORE he starts to lead this team for the next 4-5 years? great!

    22 off the street, gosh, that must mean!!!!!

    we cut everyone since, that quote is actually on the record!

    oh…its not?

    gosh! You mean Rin Tin Tin wastes his day posting here thinking people believe hes a fan?

    meaning instead of loving football he loves to post on a message board about football….

    waste of space

  • September 16, 2009  - fu rin says:

    Come on guys lets not be to harsh on RinnyO… for it was his horrid beast of a mum that gave him the inabillity to comunicate with others..

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    And when you “0-5 have them” you REALLY have them…

    heh heh heh!

    :lol: & :razz:

  • September 16, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    I like that fact that Haley and Pioli are looking and digging, increasing our talent and starting positions. They are doing EXACTLY what they said when they took over. I like that and respect that. Just give it time.

    And who knows, one of these new recievers may start, and I can bet they are contributers on game day! It doesnt take much to upgrade our talent after d-bowe

  • September 16, 2009  - XXX says:

    We all know Rin sniffs Bronco jocks after the game. That’s why is is a ‘tard.

  • September 16, 2009  - Josh says:

    No, Rin, seriously. Who’s the #4 QB behind Cassel?

  • September 16, 2009  - SG says:

    We all know XXX sniffs Bronco jocks after the game. That’s why is is a ‘tard.

  • September 16, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    rin tin tin needs to read the roster to know who the 4th QB is…Hint rin, first name Matt.

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “No, Rin, seriously”

    - no Josh, but seriously – any other Patriot QB…too


  • September 16, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Did Bob have anything on the signing of Ryan O’Callahan on sunday?

    I missed it I guess. I didnt hear anything about it.

  • September 16, 2009  - Josh says:

    I really am glad to hear that Flowers is back on the field. I hope he plays Sunday. If he could have been up for last week I think the outcome could have been different, he is an impact player. The voice of the Chiefs even went as far as to say maybe the best on that side of the ball, and I would have to agree with Mitch on that one.

    PLEASE! Please, don’t feed the animals!!


  • September 16, 2009  - SG says:

    Thanks for the update BobGretz – keep up the good work man.

    “We all know…”

    We all know pathetic-faker can’t man-up and post intelligent, real comments in his own name, which is why he fakes in other people’s names.

  • September 16, 2009  - SG says:

    “PLEASE! Please, don’t feed the animals!!”

    Josh, my suggestion is to change the warning post to increase the insult a bit. “Please, please don’t feed the RAIDER.”

  • September 16, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    He’s trying to get 4 wr’s out in space and a blocking TE or RB in short , but it’s going to take two guy’s just to slow down #92 !!!
    These WR’s are going to have to be in sink for quick 3 second passes . #92 is going to be back there all day .
    Tyler and his R. side swing passes can hit .
    , maybe ?

  • September 16, 2009  - Josh says:

    Haha, that’s who I thought, Rin. Just checking.

  • September 16, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    Rin————–where are you —— late lunch——-hello ——–any body home ?

  • September 16, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    Lassie, I hate to admit it there is a job for you and only you. None of the other posters can do it, not SG, Arrowhead1978, me, none of them. A coyote has run off with Jessica Simpson’s dog, track her! You’re the only one used to smelling buts, poop and other disgusting things, the world is counting on you. Quit the other stuff you are not qualified for, posting, conversation, human emotion and interaction with your fellow man (dog?). We’ll wait, and no stopping to eat poop, just sniff, identify and move on. Good doggie

  • September 16, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Did Bob have anything on the signing of Ryan O’Callahan on sunday?

    I missed it I guess. I didnt hear anything about it.

  • September 16, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    It’s a Bejion Freese , their all white , with only a half of day start , go — go save the day!

  • September 16, 2009  - Chris_Texas says:

    Yes glad to see Cassel doing full practice. Now if we can block for him. I also think our D-Line better man up this week if any of you seen the Raider-Charger game there O-Line was pushing the Chargers around like rag-dolls.

  • September 16, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    Almost forgot. Somebody needs to notify Jessica to check for accuracy of the dog Lassie brings to her. As we have seen he does not worry about trueth, accuracy or the American way.

  • September 16, 2009  - Pro Scout says:

    Long could be a nice pickup. Arizona is so deep at WR that their 7th best could prove to be our 3rd best this year! Plus, Rodney Wright is 29 years old. He has NO PLACE on an NFL practice squad. If you aren’t good enough at 29 to be on a roster, you aren’t worth developing.

  • September 16, 2009  - SG says:

    I resent that, anon.

    Just because I have killer hemorroids.

  • September 16, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    THANK YOU, I think he could be a good player for us. you?

  • September 16, 2009  - BinSC says:

    Has the size, but once again, we are talking about a player someone else didn’t want. NE has some OL problems too. Not making their team isn’t a good sign. Grasping at straws I think.

  • September 16, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    Your right, but since he has started for the Pats and started in 4 playoff games with them, id have to think he atleast has a good chance, ATLEAST!

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    And…Turk McBride is signed by the Detroit Lions – he goes from the outhouse that be KC’s Chiefs into Motown nee team on the rise Lions!

    Take that :shock: & :roll:

    heh heh heh!!!


  • September 16, 2009  - larry says:

    nobody likes a nostalgic old fool

  • September 16, 2009  - Rick says:

    nice to see a good article from Gretz….I hate the f in raiders…..can’t wait to be at one arrowhead drive on sunday!!!!!

  • September 16, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Stiv, I wouldn’t say that Cassell’s contract is middle of the road for QB’s at all!!! His contract is bigger then Brady’s… He is actually getting paid top dollar even his guaranteedd money isn’t little…

    I hope the chiefs Defensive front can hold their own against the faiders or it could be a long day chasing after Bush and McFadden. not so worried about the passing game unless Russell all of a sudden got some brains..

  • September 16, 2009  - BinSC says:

    “he has started for the Pats and started in 4 playoff games with them”

    All the more reason to ask why they cut him? You would think he would at least be second string for them. That’s why I rarely get my hopes up for anyone signed after cut down day. You end up just shuffling chairs.

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Seriously guys. I want someone to pound my butthole. Im so gay

    :cool: daddy0

  • September 16, 2009  - larry says:

    Seriously guys. I want someone to pound my butthole. Im so gay

  • September 16, 2009  - David says:

    I’m sure Herm liked this gem from Cable’s teleconference today:

    Q: What did you think of the Chiefs after one regular season game’s worth of film, even though it isn’t the quarterback you thought you’d see, and how they battled?

    CABLE: “Well I think they’re much better. It’s obvious to see that they’re sounder. They’re playing hard, they’re playing together. You look at all three phases and you have to say that is a much better football team.”


  • September 16, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    LOL… your quoting a raiders HC for sound bytes??? Um yea like he wants to give the chiefs any more ammunition to play better, of course he isn’t going to say what he really thought of the chiefs game…

  • September 16, 2009  - David says:

    In this case “sounder” is exactly the right assessment.

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    :roll: “I can take ANY 22 guys from off the street and-”

    Press: ‘Go 0-5, right so we’ve seen … the old famous first as well last words yours. So, how many games will it take you would you say afore you actually- oh, I dunno…’win’ one of them?’

    :roll: “Did you make an appointment?”

    Press: ‘Don’t change the subject, Mandrake. I’m not one of the players you’re dealing with. Let’s try it this way. If a golf course was as football gridiron and strokes the measure a par 72 as wins how many would you need to win?’

    :roll: “I’ve never had a stroke or win in either case; it just looks like I’m having one when my face gets red and-”

    Press: ‘What position did you play in college?’

    :roll: “Position? Well there’s no positions on – OH YOU MEAN FOOTBALL? I’ve never actually played in any football games, I-”

    Press: ‘Oh?’

    :roll: “Yeah, golf was my game.”

    Press; ‘Really?’

    :roll: “Oh yeah – I gave myself the nickname Bogey because I was-”

    Press: ‘That bad?’

    :roll: “Well no…it’s a compliment!”

    Press: ‘How so?’

    :roll: “I don’t like to brag, but my teammates told me when it came to golf I played it like a guy with a bad lisp, so, I imagined myself as a great actor, a Humphrey Bogart type – Bogey for short.”

    Press: ‘Quite a vivid imagination you have there.’

    :roll: “Listen – I can play ANY 22 holes and win 2 of them!”

    Press: ‘The heck you say. That works out to about a .091 winning %. So 22 holes and you’d win twice right?’

    :roll: “I know I can.”

    Press: ‘Have you ever actually?’

    :roll: “Actually won 2?’

    ;roll: ‘You mean golf or football?”

    Press: ‘Either. And will you submit to a polygraph?’

    :roll: “Can I see your credentials?”

    Press: ‘Funny, I was going to ask you the same thing…so how many years have you been a Head Coach now, anywhere? Pros, college, YAFL?’

    :roll: “WELL I AM NOW!”

    Press: ‘Uh huh, so was Rod Marinelli…once. Of course he actually played the game too. So then, not counting golf, how many games – I’m talking football now – have you actually WON aside from the echoes of your own id or super ego?’

    :roll: “You mean-”

    Press: ‘Yeah, total?’

    :roll: “Well…that would be [ drumroll ]… none [r-i-m-s-h-o-t/CYMBAL CRASH!!!] But I did stay at a-”

    Pres: ‘How did you even get this job?’

    :roll: “My daddy got it for me.”

    Press: ‘Ohh…and 6.’

    T H E E N D

    :lol: & :razz:

  • September 16, 2009  - ED says:

    Glad to hear Cassell is back. Yea!!. Also good to see Flowers at back as well. Look at Raiders the Big RED Machine is at full strength.

  • September 16, 2009  - ED says:

    Arrowhead1978 Cassell’s contract isn’t bigger than Brady. Tom actually earn a few more million guranteed and over the course of the year than Cassell.

  • September 16, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    chiefs goin’ DOWN Sunday to THE RADUHS!

    :cool: daddy-o

  • September 16, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Ok, but, the point is that tom Brady’s contract isn’t exactly a drop in the bucket and it’s definately not middle of the bridge, maybe Croyle’s is…

  • September 16, 2009  - David says:

    Not sure why it matters what Cassel is making. The Chiefs are so far under the salary cap they are below the minimum threshold. If they don’t find a way to spend another 7 million in salary before the end of the year they have to split that amount among the 53 under contract.

    Imagine where they’d be if they hadn’t paid their starting quarterback.

  • September 16, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    Rin –if no one hears from you all till after 11:00 am , proably mean’s that you found that little pup .

    Good Luck

  • September 17, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Rin Tin Tin uber alles!


  • September 17, 2009  - Anonymous says:


    You are actually stating something that is not true…you cant quote the statement that whitlock claims haley made to waters because…its not on record, and he wasnt even there….

    to further prove my point, remember when tatum bell was cut, and stole luggage that clearly wasnt his, but his replacements(actually wasnt even that) He lied about it, the cameras caught him, and they found it later…..

    if you take the word of every player…on every statement or action, that is to say they tell the truth…and this is a comment made to a reporter that wasnt even a quote in the article.

    its a weak attempt at a shot at a coach who is doing a heck of a job. They are such a different team that will actually compete and not play one half of football then get outcoached….

    Fact is, your any 22, all that…is hearsay…

    Your word means less than Tatum Bell’s

  • September 17, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    david, its simple, any player who shows promise from the 2006 draft range, or even a Mays, may get a contract(mays may not but a breakout player would be my example)

    they can resign Page to a 5 year deal, and front load it…

    they are putting together the pieces to be one heck of a franchise, people must realize we didnt have players to deal…leverage…we cant trade a star at 30 for a 1st rounder and still be fine…this team needs a lot of work, but they will get there.

    7-8 mil wont be hard to spend if they feel the need to sign a RT, resign their own…or make a trade for a Boldin.

  • September 17, 2009  - David says:

    Anon, I didn’t suggest it was going to be hard to spend 7 million dollars. My point is there is nothing about Cassel’s contract that is cause for concern. As large as it is it’s not like Manning’s with the Colts that eats up a huge % of their total cap.

    By the time Brady gets his new contract and Cassel approaches the end of his in 4 yrs, Cassel’s will look very affordable.

  • September 17, 2009  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Guys, I am retarded.

  • September 17, 2009  - jonsey says:

    Have you guys figured it out yet? Rin Tin Tin is really Gretz himself

  • September 17, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Analonymous said


    - yes, Anal?

    “You are actually stating something that is not true.”

    - your words suggest that it ‘is’ true – can you demonstrate to the proletariat that in fact your cranium is not impacted in your bum?

    “you cant quote the statement that whitlock claims haley made to waters because…its not on record, and he wasnt even there.”

    - a) can say whatever I please – am Rin Tin Tin

    b) that “any 22″ has been used/referenced by many sources – including national; do the research nee your homework.

    c) haven’t read/heard of any denials from :roll: or anyone other involved…you? What ‘check’ has already proven is he can’t take any 22 guys from off the street and win – now 0-5 on the season – nor can he win with good to great players in KC.

    “to further prove my point remember when tatum bell was cut, and stole luggage that clearly wasnt his, but his replacements(actually wasnt even that) He lied about it, the cameras caught him, and they found it later.”

    - remember corpus delicti whence all those times there be no smoking guns, no cadaver but by way circumstantial evidence guilty as charged? Again to reiterate if it wasn’t said why do JW as well others continue reference said? Why does :roll: not demand a retraction? That ‘point’ you try to further is already tall steeple upon your head…

    “Fact is, your any 22, all that…is hearsay.”

    - are you often made incontinent this continent or others by things that go bump in the night?

    “Your word means less than Tatum Bell’s”

    - that you took the time to write me a nice long love letter the ‘proof’ that even you believe it not doubting Analonymous next of kin Thomas- but isn’t it verily “special” of you!

    :lol: & :razz:

  • September 17, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    “Your word means less than Tatum Bell’s…”

    You forgot to read the sign about not feeding the Raider. Seems unproductive to try to talk reasonably with someone who can root for…OAKLAND.

  • September 17, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “Seems unproductive to try to talk reasonably with someone who can root for…OAKLAND.”

    - if seeming is believing for how long now will you continue pursuing unproductive & unreasonable ends? Rin will leave the lights on for you…

    :lol: & :razz:

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