Thursday 10/7 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley sounded more like a politician than a football coach.

“We’ve really been working hard at trying to find more jobs for more people,” Haley said.

But this was no stump speech geared to next months elections. It’s designed to get the most out of his roster every Sunday they step on the field.

“We are working hard at making sure all our players are aware that we need all 45 of them on Sunday,” Haley said. “I”ve been doing a lot of research on snaps played by our guys on their sides of the ball and on special teams.

“That gives the guys we do put in uniform a role, or a bigger role each week. That’s a way we’ll continue to get better.”

Haley is not unhappy with the use of personnel so far. He said that for the team to move forward over the next 13 games and become a good team, they  must get more players more action.

“There are too many one or the others in my opinion,” Haley said of players with few snaps and those with too many. “There are too many Jackie Battles who have 67 plays, but 63 of them are on special teams. And too many Brandon Flowers who has 180 snaps, but 170 of those are on defense. To cover yourself as you go forward, I think you have to develop players on offense and defense and develop players on special teams, there has to be more crossover.”

For any coach it’s easy to say he wants to get more snaps for different players. In the heat of the game, where the important thing is victory, those goals sometimes are lost or forgotten.

“We need to try and balance it out,” Haley said. “I’m trying to keep my eyes wide open, so we are not being short-sighted.”

OT Ryan O’Callaghan and DE Tyson Jackson were back to full practice participation as the Chiefs went through their Thursday workout at their facility. O’Callaghan and Jackson were both full dressed for practice, something they had not been since suffering their injuries. O’Callaghan suffered a right groin injury on August 24 in practice, while Jackson picked up a sprained left MCL in the second half of the season opener on September 13.

S Reshard Langford was in the rehab area and not practicing as he tries to return from an ankle injury. Missing from the field was practice squad DL Dion Gales.

8 Responses to “Thursday 10/7 Practice Report-Update”

  • October 7, 2010  - jim says:

    The realy good part of this approach is that it makes taking ownership of your club easier for each individual player when they are used more.

    Again, good coaching job, Coach Haley. (not that you need my approval, lol)

  • October 7, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    I liked the Haley hire last year and I like the fire in him. This year with the things he says and does is making me like the hire even better

  • October 7, 2010  - Butler says:

    Me Too Go COACH Go Go CHIEFS Go

  • October 7, 2010  - Edward says:

    I’m wondering now that O’Callaghan is back I’m wondering if he’ll start Sunday over Richardson. I hope not because every game it seems like Richardson is getting a little better.

  • October 7, 2010  - Michael says:

    I agree, Edward. I like O’Callaghan, too,though; he is also young and improving. I think he needs time to work back into it. But, B’Rich appears to be in phenomenal shape and, as you said, getting better each week; so I would stick with him for now. If they both stay healthy, it will be a good competition for the rest of the year. Not a bad situation.

  • October 8, 2010  - Scotty says:

    I would like to see O’Callaghan eased back into the line. Why break it now if its not broken…

  • October 8, 2010  - jim says:

    Keep Richardson there. We’re beginning to build some continuity. Nice to have O’Cally as depth, though.

  • October 9, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    Richardson is a C- but at least he is competitive.
    O’Callahan and Nicewanger were both freeways to the QB last year. Hopefully he is just depth this year and the draft addresses RT and C. Thank goodness we have Wiegmann saving us this year.

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