Pre-Game: Chargers vs. Chiefs

From Arrowhead Stadium

7:06 p.m. CDT – Both teams are abotu to finish up their warm-up periods. We’ll be back after the game with complete coverage all through the night. And rest assured, if you’ve got to go to bed, we’ll be there in the morning with the complete package surrounding the Chiefs and Chargers. Enjoy the game.

6:48 p.m. CDT – The Chiefs defensive backs are warming up in the same area of the field where assistant coach Charlie Joiner has his wide receivers doing their stretching. There’s a lot of banter going back and forth between the groups. If this was the Raiders, there’s a chance it would blow up into something of a problem. Both sides seem to be enjoying the give and take tonight.

6:45 p.m. CDT – Darkness has fallen but we can still see that the parking lots have filled up in the last hour, but the crowd inside Arrowhead is a late arriving group as there are very few folks in their seats at this point, about 40 minutes head of kickoff.

6:32 p.m. CDT – The beard and hat are intact for the game. Todd Haley made his way to the field and he’s not shaved the beard that is now 3-0 and he’s got that ratty red hat that he says is now 13-0. All bases covered with the head coach.

6:30 p.m. CDT – K Ryan Succop kicking toward the west goal posts hit the crossbar from 56 yards away.

6:25 p.m. CDT – In his pre-game warm-up, K Ryan Succop was good from 53 yards towards the east goal posts. That one just made it over the crossbar, after he was strong from 50 yards.

6:20 p.m. CDT – San Diego made a late roster move in  the last 24 hours as they promoted LB Bront Bird from the practice squad. A rookie out of Texas Tech, he’s 6-4, 250 pounds. To make room for him, the Chargers released WR Bryan Walters.

6:15 p.m. CDT – No surprises among the inactive players osn both teams. Certainly the Chargers suffer the most losing what amounts to three starters in Tolbert, Phillips and Dielman. San Diego’s depth is not deep and the snaps for those three will go to Curtis Brinkley, Darryl Gamble and Tyronne Green.

6:10 p.m. CDT – Chargers inactive players: DE Luis Castillo, RB Mike Tolbert, OLB Shaun Phillips, G Kris Dielman, DE Ogemdi Nwagbuo, ILB Gerald Hayes, S Darrell Stuckey

6:05 p.m. CDT – Chiefs inactive players for tonights game: QB Ricky Stanzi, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, WR Jerheme Urban, OT Steve Maneri, CB  Jalil Brown and TE Anthony Becht.

5:45 pm. CDT – ESPN’s Trent Dilfer and Steve Young are on the field holding a throwing contest. They are throwing from the 35-yard line and trying to hit the goal posts at the east side of the stadium. Dilfer still has more power on his tosses, but Young is more accurate.

5:40 p.m. CDT – Kevin Harlan gets a home game tonight for the radio broadcast on Westwood One. Harlan does the national broadcast with former QB Boomer Esiason every week.

5:36 p.m. CDT – TE Jake O’Connell has joined the throwing session, catching passes out of the slot and running routes out of the bacfield in a wing or fullback position.

5:35 p.m. CDT – CB Javier Arenas is out early working on his footwork in press coverage with secondary assistant Otis Smith.

5:30 p.m. CDT – Interesting addition to the group catching pass in the early throwing – FB Le”Ron McClain. It’s the first time that McClain has been part of the session and may be an indication of a more extensive role for him in the passing game.

5:25 p.m. CDT – The Chiefs QBs and receivers are beginning their pre-pre-game throwing session a bit early tonight, as QB coach Jim Zorn is throwing with Matt Cassel. The Chiefs starting QB appears to be sticking with the pink shoes that he’s worn for several weeks. I would imagine those shoes won’t be retired until Todd Haley shaves his beard.

5:20 p.m. CDT – Former Chiefs PR guy Jim Carr is part of ESPN’s crew in town for Monday Night Football; Carr provides the talking heads with their news and updates during the broadcast.

5:15 p.m. CDT – A lot of Chiefs alumni in the building tonight for ceremonies honoring the induction of Kevin Ross as the 41st member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame. That group includes Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who will be a bit busy tonight. During a private dinner last night for the alumni, Ross posed for pictures with Deron Cherry, Lloyd Burruss and Albert Lewis, certainly the best overall secondary in team history. All four are now members of the Chiefs Hall. Also in the house is former head coach Marty Schottenheimer, fresh off that championship in the United Football League.

5:10 p.m. CDT – ESPN is everywhere around Arrowhead for tonight’s broadcast. The pre-game desk is set up in the northeast corner of the field for Stuart Scott, Trent Dilfer and Steve Young.

5:01 p.m. CDT – Out early for the last 15 minutes working out for trainer Dave Price was FS Kendrick Lewis, who was listed as questionable this week because of a left ankle injury he suffered against the Raiders last Sunday. Lewis appeared to be moving around without problem as he ran and cut for Price. We are about an hour away from the inactive players being named. Lewis is the only player that might miss the game because of a physical problem.

5:00 p.m. CDT – Good evening from Arrowhead as the Chiefs and Chargers are preparing to face off in what has become a big AFC West game. It’s a perfect night for football, as the skies are clear, temperatures at kickoff are expected to be in the low 60s and there’s no threat of rain and only a light breeze coming from the east.

One Response to “Pre-Game: Chargers vs. Chiefs”

  • October 31, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Wow! What a game!

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