Pre-Season Practice Report – 8/22

From the Truman Sports Complex

It was another hot steamy day for a football practice on Monday afternoon at the Chiefs facility and head coach Todd Haley had his team working long and hard in another session of trying to make up ground from the owners’ lockout.

And it was another afternoon where the defense controlled the show. In the team’s competitive period at the end of practice, the No. 1 offense got to run 10 plays against the No. 1 defense. The Matt Cassel-led offense managed just one first down and overall was only five of 10, with one pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage. The final incompletion came on a fourth down with the game clock running out when he rifled a short pass to TE Tony Moeaki and it went right through his hands.

That’s the way it’s been now for the better part of 10 days on the practice field, as the Chiefs defense is performing at a pace ahead of their offensive mates. It must be remembered that the Chiefs offense isn’t doing much in the way of adjusting their scheme. The plays are pretty plain Jane, but Haley has been pushing his offensive players and coaches to pick up the pace of getting plays called and getting the snap off.

Actually, the best offensive play of the afternoon came from QB Tyler Palko. He got flushed from the pocket and started scrambling away from pass rush pressure. Eventually, he stopped and jumped up and threw the ball to his right, where it floated over the head of LB Demorrio Williams and over the head of TE Cody Slate, who got his hands up and made the catch and ran into the end zone. It would have to go down as one of those “Oh no Palko don’t throw that … hey Tyler great play.”

Other observations from the day at Arrowhead where the Chiefs were in full pads:

– Out of practice on Monday were WR Jonathan Baldwin (wrist/thumb), TE Jake O’Connell (ankle), OT Ryan O’Callaghan (unknown), C/G Darryl Harris (knee), NT Anthony Toribio (knee), LB Eric Bakhtiari (head) and LB Gabe Miller (hamstring). O’Connell, Bakhtiari and Miller were not on the field at all; the others were in the rehab area.

– OT Jared Gaither was with the offensive line for the whole practice, but he did not participate in any of the teamwork plays.

– The No. 2 defense lined up like this: Dion Gales and Wallace Gilberry at DEs, Amon Gordon at NT, Justin Houston and Pierre Walters at OLB, with Demorrio Williams and Brandon Siler at ILB. CBs rotating in and out of the unit were Travis Daniels and Quinten Lawrence and Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown. Jon McGraw was at FS with Sabby Piscitelli and Donald Washington splitting time at SS.

– Palko threw a pretty pass to a wide open Terrance Copper going into the end zone, but the wide receiver dropped the ball. Copper beat coverage from CB Quinten Lawrence on the play.

– WR Steve Breaston was a bit more active in catching the ball in practice on Monday. Breaston is still rehabbing some off-season work he had done on his right knee and the Chiefs haven’t been pushing the practice pace with him.

– CB Travis Daniels had tight man-to-man coverage on a deep pass to WR Dwayne Bowe from Cassel. He tipped the ball in the air, and then was able to make the interception. It was one of the better defensive plays of the pre-season to date.

– The offensive and defensive lines worked combinations on pass protection and pressure and there were some good battles, especially those involving OLB Tamba Hali. There was violence in the two-snap set between Hali and DE Wallace Gilberry against LG Ryan Lilja and LT Branden Albert. The defenders ran a nice stunt where Gilberry was lined up inside and went after Albert, while Hali came inside and badly beat Lilja … a bit later, Lilja got some revenge as he teamed with Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah against Hali and DE Allen Bailey and kept those two under control … the defensive duo of OLB Cameron Sheffield and Bailey worked together quite well in beating RT Barry Richardson and RG Butch Lewis … Gilberry and OLB Justin Houston were paired together for several snaps, but they were continuously jumping offside … later however, they ran through Albert and Hudson like it was a jail break.

– The No. 1 kickoff team lined up like this: Jon McGraw, Quinten Lawrence, Pierre Walters, Terrance Copper, Reshard Langford, Jackie Battle, Demorrio Williams, Andy Studebaker, Cory Greenwood and Eric Berry lining up with K Ryan Succop.

– The No. 2 kickoff squad had Ricky Price, Sabby Piscitelli, Amara Kamara, Justin Houston, Verran Tucker, Jeremy Horne, Justin Cole, Brandon Siler, Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and Succop.

– The No. 1 FG-PAT protection unit on Monday were lined up like this, left to right, in front of Succop and holder Dustin Colquitt: Leonard Pope, Jon Asamoah, Mike Ingersoll, Butch Lewis, snapper Thomas Gafford, Rodney Hudson, Branden Albert, Lucas Patterson and Andy Studebaker.

– Chiefs will practice on Tuesday morning, in a change of pattern for them in this pre-season.


15 Responses to “Pre-Season Practice Report – 8/22”

  • August 22, 2011  - Petey says:

    I hope no one thought Bob was being to negative regarding the offense. I know he has mentioned it in a couple other reports, and it could be construed as beating a dead horse.

    Let it go Bob, the offense is awesome!


  • August 22, 2011  - el cid says:

    I like positive but what the hell are you talking about? Our Offense is awesome? It might be enough. It might be pretty good by the end of the year. We have Charles and Bowe but no one ever said Cassel has accurate deep throwing abilities and Moeaki is injured. Baldwin is injured and we have not seen any other WR stepping up to cover for him. We may have a FB but you do not know what he will do.

    Our offense is awesome, more like might be adequate at some point during the year.


  • August 22, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Be nice to see the combo of Gilberry and Houston carry into the season where these two could wreak havoc in passing situations.

    Is Haley trying to motivate Powe by keeping him third team? Surprised to see him behind Gordon after flashing a few times in the first two games.


  • August 22, 2011  - ron says:

    adequate? really? do you spend time reading warpaint? it shows

    number 1 rush offense that lost no one and added leron mcclain a 2 time pro bowl FB

    pass offense was lousy last year, they added gaither to block, breaston to catch. thats an improvement

    adequate? really? league leader in td receptions, YPC, and a QB with a 26-12 type TD/INT ratio(27/7) and I fail to see anything that meets “just adequate”


  • August 22, 2011  - ron says:

    also what bob forgets to mention

    the D is ALWAYS ahead of the offense at this point of the preseason for many reasons, bob did list some of them


  • August 23, 2011  - Danny W says:

    Man it seems like some guys here are bieng sarcastic while others just really hate Bobs stuff. No one is in sync on the starting offense it seems except Cassel and Bowe. Hopefully our run game picks up were it left off, but Matt Cassel is obviously not in rythm yet, and Breaston given the breaks were essentially in the same boat right now as we were last year with the passing game. Good article Bob


  • August 23, 2011  - Kiowa says:

    I am not worried about the talent we have on offense, but I am more worried about the play calling talent. Having Weis gone is going to be hard shoes to fill. Time will tell!


  • August 23, 2011  - Petey says:

    Sorry Cid, I was just trying a little of the ‘old sarcasm’ for the people that were mad at Bob for being too negative with the Chiefs. You know, he has been banging on the offense the entire training camp….


  • August 23, 2011  - Michael says:

    I wish we could go back and look at everyone’s comments here from the same time in 2010, but I don’t think Bob’b archives go back that far. If you remember, there was a lot of worrying going on then, too. I was mad the Chiefs didn’t sign some of the free agents I thought would help, and I’m probably in the same position this year.

    Turned out, the Chiefs had a pretty good plan, and things turned out rather well. I’m trying not to be too optimistic or too worried. Things will become clearer sooner rather than later now.


  • August 23, 2011  - Nick says:

    why is berry covering kick offs again?


  • August 23, 2011  - el cid says:

    Sorry Petey, not used to honest attempt at humor. My bad.

    Anypme want to see an “adequate” offensive effort check out the last SD game on NFL channel. Made out offensive effort look like something out of jr college. I know Haley has a plan but his plan needs a lot of higher gears to catch what SD are already doing.


  • August 23, 2011  - Anonymous says:

    Fatlock is still better than you tubby. Just a shill for Carl Peterson


  • August 23, 2011  - JP says:

    I got your “dead horse” refrence from one of my earlier post’s Petey…..

    I’ll say it again for the soft in the head (that’s you). I love the football analysis, but get tired of the he said she said crap. Beat up on the how they play all ya want. That’s the beauty of football; it’s all out there for everyone to see. It’s the constant complaining about the organization not talking about something that went on in the locker room like it’s an episode of Jersey Shore. Even if they said they were going to come clean…and then they didn’t. Who friggin’ cares!!! Let’s worry about the steak and not the peas. I just like it better when Bob was more like Walter Cronkite and less like Ryan Seacrest. Does that make any sense?


  • August 24, 2011  - Petey says:

    JP…you ask “who friggin’ cares” as if you are speaking for the masses. Take a look at all of the comments the article drew and that will tell you that a lot of people seem to “friggin’ care”.

    As far as the ‘soft in the head’ comment, I guess you really told me.




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