Pre-Game: Chiefs vs. Lions

From Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

11:30 a.m. CDT – Both teams have completed their pre-game warm-ups and have headed to the locker room. Remember, we’ll be posting after the game all night on every angle of the game, so come back often.

11:20 a.m. CDT – Coming into the game, there was some mystery as to the starting right tackle spot with the Lions. Head coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t commit to one on Friday. As the Lions go through their pre-game, it looks like the starter will be Corey Hilliard, replacing Gosder Cherilus. Hilliard is a five-year veteran out of Oklahoma State and is a bit smaller than Cherilus in both height and weight.

11:15 a.m. CDT – Todd Haley and Jim Schwartz are exchanging pleasantries at midfield. These guys took their jobs in the same season (2009). Haley’s record is now 14-20 with a loss in the playoffs. Schwartz’s record is 9-24. Also chatting it up are GM Scott Pioli and James “Shack” Harris, the former top personnel man in Jacksonville who is now working for the Lions.

11:05 a.m. CDT – The Lions declared this game a sellout early last week, but they were still selling tickets today for the game. It will be a big crowd if the parking lots around Ford Field are any indication. Plenty of cars, people and a lot of tailgating going on. The parking price tag where you could actually see the stadium was $50. Three blocks away, the price was $30. All the lots were filling up fast.

10:55 a.m. CDT – OT Jared Gaither will get his first game as a member of the Chiefs today. Gaither was inactive for last Sunday’s opener. As for the Chiefs 46-man roster for the game, they are light at wide receiver, with only four active. New TE Anthony Becht is active. It would not be a surprise to see the Chiefs come out trying to pound tyhe ball on the ground.

10:50 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Lions are QB Drew Stanton, CB Alphonso Smith, LB Doug Hogue, G Jacques McClendon, OT Jason Fox, WR Maurice Stovall and DT Nick Fairley. No surprises there. None of those players are starters. The good news for Detroit is that WR Calvin Johnson will play after missing most of the week with a sprained ankle.

10:45 a.m. CDT – Going through his pre-game kicking routine is Lions K Jason Hanson, who will set an NFL record today when he plays in his 297th career game with the Lions. No player in NFL history has played in more games with one team than Hanson. It breaks the record he tied last week that was also held by Oilers/Titans OL Bruce Matthews. Right now, nobody currently active in the league has played more games than the Lions kicker. He was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Washington State. This is his 20th season. He just hit from 50 yards out.

10:40 a.m. CDT – It’s the officiating crew of Tony Corrente today for this game. Corrente and mates generally are one of the crews that throws the fewest flags each week. They are coming off working that Baltimore-Pittsburgh came last week where they walked off 13 penalties for 128 yards, but probably could have done double that considering the tenor of the game.Β  Watch for the offensive holding calls – oh, oh Barry Richardson – this group walked off four of those last week, plus 2 horse collar tackles and 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

10:35 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Chiefs against Detroit: QB Ricky Stanzi, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, S Reshard Langford, WR Keary Colbert, OT Steve Maneri and WR Jonathan Baldwin.

10:30 a.m. CDT – DE Tyson Jackson out early working with Master Joe Kim on hand-to-hand fighting. Jackson puts in the work, but come the game that hand-to-hand fighting seems to disappear and doesn’t display itself in his play.

10:25 a.m. CDT – Early prediction on the inactive players would include QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, S Reshard Langford, OT Jared Gaither or Steve Mareni and one more.

10:20 a.m. CDT – Based on the number of throws he’s gotten in the pre-pre-game warm-up session, expect FB Le’Ron McClain to get some opportunities in this game as a receiver. McClain did not touch the ball in the opener last week against Buffalo. He’s gotten too many plays in the red zone especially in this throwing session to not be a factor in the game.

10:15 a.m. CDT – Not involved in the pre-pre-game throwing session is TE Anthony Becht. It’s still a good 20 minutes away from the inactive players being named, but Becht was on the field and looking like a guy that isn’t going to play today. That would leave the Chiefs with just one tight end, Leonard Pope. Stay tuned.

10:10 a.m. CDT – Normal pre-pre-game throwing session is going on and all the necessary players are out there catching passes from Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko. One addition is that the top three offensive coaches on the team are also intently watching the sessions as well: Todd Haley, Bill Muir and Jim Zorn. Ordinarily, the coaches are not on the field at this time.

10 a.m. CDT – Good morning from Motown. It was a beautiful morning drive into downtown Detroit this morning. Well, the weather was beautiful. Unfortunately, the city continues to struggle economically and the signs are on every street. It’s hard to believe a great city like this one so important to the history of our country, has fallen into the disrepair that seems to be around every corner. How they got this stadium and its neighbor the Tigers’ Comerica Park built is a miracle. In a city where every other building appears to be abandoned, all four of their major sports teams have their own stadium/arena, with the Pistons at the Palace in the suburb of Auburn Hills and the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena downtown.

8 Responses to “Pre-Game: Chiefs vs. Lions”

  • September 18, 2011  - Justin says:

    Bob, I keep hearing on ESPN people talking about the front office issues with the Chiefs – Haley vs Pioli. Is there substance to this? They keep talking like it is a well know fact but this is the first I have heard of it. Any input on this? Also, anyone else out there know about this?

  • September 18, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Will be interesting to see if Donald Washington gets some snaps. The Chiefs desperately need speed at the safety position. Good sign that Gaither is active. That pick up must produce dividends. He is a talented/skilled guy and the Chiefs need more talent on the field. Cassel needs to stay upright today.

  • September 18, 2011  - Chuck says:

    BOB; Let me just make an observation since you brought up my most unfavorite player one: Tyson Jackson. If you look at him he has a very similar size to Richard Seymour of the infamous Raiders. Why oh why can he not “break out” and just light up his man and get some tackles and sacks in the backfield??? Its not like he doesn’t have the size or strength to do so??? Its got to be mind over matter. What do you think is the problem with him??? Its a legitmate question.

  • September 18, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Justin-There have been rumblings all of the pre-season that Pioli is not happy with Haley. Unless they can win six or seven games I think he is gone. If they turn it around and get to eight wins or so, I’m not sure.

  • September 18, 2011  - el cid says:

    About Jackson – It is more a question of drive. Probably a good young man but missing that drive that puts you over when your god given talent has been equaled by your opponent. Not sure I am clear but he is what all HOFer have the extra something.

  • September 18, 2011  - Greg says:

    Well Pioli can fire Haley and that may be warranted, but he ought to do the right thing and hire himself too… the talent level on this team is PATHETIC.

  • September 18, 2011  - Greg says:

    I meant fire himself too. I’m so disgusted I can’t even type…

  • September 18, 2011  - ED J says:

    its not the talnet Greg its the QB. You put Stafford on our team we would’ve won by 40 plus points today.

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