Thursday 10/14 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

It’s hard to stop Chiefs head coach Todd Haley for practically gushing about this Sunday’s opponent for his team, the Houston Texans.

“This is a very, very dangerous team we are playing,” Haley said Thursday, after the Chiefs had wrapped up their second practice of the week. “Their record hasn’t quite reflected it over the last couple years specifically. They have been close to making that run that gets you into the upper echelon of teams, but they just haven’t been able to do it.

“It has nothing to do with the skill level out there in all areas.”

The Texans have the worst pass defense in the NFL right now, giving up nearly 330 yards per game. But Haley insists that has more to do with some of the teams they’ve played, like Indianapolis, Dallas and Washington, than exposure of a Houston weakness.

“Those statistics can be misleading based on who they played,” said Haley. “Then it becomes which came first, the chicken or the egg. Are they throwing in these games (against Houston) because they can’t run, or are they throwing because they think they can throw. I don’t have all those answers. I think you have to be careful to get too overburdened statistically with this team. It doesn’t look like there are many weakneses out there.”

Punter Dustin Colquitt was back on the field Thursday, after missing Wednesday’s workout because of an illness. He was punting the ball with few problems.

The only player missing from the session was S Reshard Langford, who was in the rehab area, riding the stationary bike because of his ankle injury.

Houston’s injury report for Thursday’s practice had two players return to at least limited work, while one went from limited to no participation. LBs Brian Cushing (knee) and DeMeco Ryans (groin) went from no practice on Wednesday to limited on Thursday. LB XZavier Adibi (hamstring) went from limited work on Wednesday to not practicing on Thursday. Here’s how the important categories broke down:

  • OUT : DE Jesse Nading.
  • DID NOT PRACTICE: Adibi, LB Kevin Bentley (knee), G Mike Brisiel (knee), WR Dorin Dickerson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (calf), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and DE Mario Williams (shoulder).
  • LIMITED PRACTICE: Cushing, Ryans, S Dominique Barber (ribs), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), RB Derrick Ward (ribs).
  • FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Arian Foster (knee), S Bernard Pollard (neck), LB Darryl Sharpton (ankle).

6 Responses to “Thursday 10/14 Practice Report-Update”

  • October 14, 2010  - Edward says:

    Haley’s being modest dating back to last yr Houston has had problems stopping the passing game. With Dunta going to the Falcons it’s gotten worst. This would be a good game for Cassel and Bowe, especially Bowe to build some confidence. Bowe is going up against some young corners which he and Chambers should be able to use their experience to beat. Pollard is going to be back there looking to lay some big hits but Moeaki should keep his hands full. Looking forward to seeing the approach for this game. We should try establish the run but we need to use some playaction and try get Pollard to bite. Hopefully Chambers or Bowe can get some separation down the field.


  • October 15, 2010  - Tracy says:

    No bulletin board material from Todd Haley which, of course, is SOP for this clandestine organization. Haley has even dished out some love to Bernard Pollard though it will make no difference to Pollard.

    Edward makes a good point about this game being an opportunity for Bowe to gain some confidence. Just as the old saw that tells us to “Think before you speak”, so should players with the dropsies chant to themselves “Catch and secure before you juke and run.”

    Will JC get the most carries this game because it is in Texas? Will a suspect secondary set the stage for a Matt Cassel et al coming out party? Will Arian Foster prove less extraordinary against the KC D? The game has a lot of promise for the Chiefs.


  • October 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    Not sure this is not a repeat of last weeks game. But at least on the various sports media sites, internet and tv, the Chiefs are talked about with some interest, other than being the losers on a highlight reel. Add a first qtr result of 3-1 and the Chiefs have made improvements that others notice. I have to buy into what Pioli/Haley/Crennel/Special Teams coach have done. (Gosh what would we be expecting if we had any sort of passing game?)

    Now we start the 2nd qtr. Not sure what to expect. If only the offense would or could show some sort of passing attack. Sunday will be interesting, more so than against the Colts.


  • October 15, 2010  - jim says:

    Interesting last night on the NFL channel, which I’m sure some of you saw. They talked about how dominating the Chiefs defense is, and proceeded to show about 4-6 minutes of Houston’s offense and how they need to do things differently to be more productive in the run game.

    Thanks for the back handed compliment, NFL Channel. How bout this, come on over and smooch on my back side.


  • October 15, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    @el cid,

    If we had a passing game we wouldn’t be thinking about how we’re maybe going to make the playoffs. We’d be thinking about how far into them we’d go.


  • October 15, 2010  - el cid says:

    My point exactly, had the powers that be made a move at WR other than stand pat with Bowe and Chambers, the sky would have been the limits. Since the end of the last season, a lot of moves were made but the WR position was ignored. We kept Lawrence for some unknown reason. Extended Chambers contract and did not dip into the free agent market. Just one WR who could constantly catch a ball would have helped Cassel and Cassel might have been ablt to gain self confidence to upgrade his game. But the management passed on WR.




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