Thursday 11/4 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley has been head coach of the Chiefs for 23 games and just two of those were against the Oakland Raiders. Coming up on Sunday is Game No. 24 for Haley and his third chance to face the silver and black.

He’s quickly caught on to the fact that Chiefs fans don’t care for the Raiders. That’s just fine with him because he’s also not a fan of Al Davis’ team. He’s  Raider Hater from way back, although he would not use the word hate.

“Growing up a Steelers fan and all the games that the Raiders took away from some of my boyhood dreams and my father’s dreams, it was easy to dislike them,” Haley said.

Those dreams would have been in the 1970s when the Raiders were facing off against the Pitsburgh Steelers teams that Dick Haley helped build as the team’s player personnel director.  The Steelers and Raiders played in the AFC playoffs in 1972-74-75-76.

“I’ve been around the league long enough to have seen a lot of great football games that feed into that rivalry,” Haley said. “When you have two men like Mr. (Al) Davis and Mr. (Lamar) Hunt that were such a big, big part of where the league is right now, it’s only added to that. Then you throw in the passion of our Kansas City fans. It makes for exciting times. What I”m focused on is our team playing it’s best game this Sunday.”

The Chiefs split their practice time on Thursday, starting outside under sunny skies, but cold and windy conditions, then moving indoors for the offensive passing portion of practice. “I thought the wind was a little higher than what I’ve seen (forecast) for out there,” said Haley. “I felt going inside would be beneficial.”

WR/RB Dexter McCluster was still watching practice on Thursday rather than working because of what the Chiefs are calling an ankle injury. FS Kendrick Lewis was doing some work, but he was not taking a full load with the No. 1 defense. For the second consencutive day RG Ryan Lilja was working with the No 1 offensive line despite the right thumb injury.

The Chiefs official practice report had McCluster and Lewis listed as limited participants and Lilja as a full participant in Thursday’s practice.

Out in Oakland they had five players who did not practice on Thursday, including All-Pro CB Nnamdi Asomugha with his ankle injury. Also not practicing were WRs Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee), TE Zach Miller (foot) and DT John Henderson (foot). Limited participants were QB Bruce Gradkowsi (shoulder), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder), C Samson Satele (knee) and S Hiram Eugene (pectoral).

9 Responses to “Thursday 11/4 Practice Report-Update2”

  • November 4, 2010  - el cid says:

    Nail biter sunday. Chiefs hang on and win by 3 with the game being decided with a huge defensive stand by the Chiefs to end the game.

    These are not the raiders from Marty’s day. The Chiefs have to be tough guys to win, Haley is up to it.

  • November 4, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Yeah, I agree.

    People will really start talking about us if we pull this out because of the way the Raiders have been playing lately.

    God I Hope We Do!

  • November 4, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    A HUGE factor is if McCluster is on the field. If not, im worrying even more…..and it looks like our chances are slim if he plays much at all

  • November 4, 2010  - Michael says:

    McCluster definitely adds another dimension to the Chiefs offense, but he does not make the offense go. The Chiefs offense runs through T. Jones, Charles, Cassel, Bowe, Moeaki and, of course, the OL.

  • November 4, 2010  - tuan says:

    come on gorillafan fan. to said our change are slim without DEX I would disagree, yes is would help if hes play but not slim if he not, yeah the Raider beated the Bronco & seahaws two weeks in a roll but those two team is not that good anyway.

  • November 4, 2010  - Elmer says:

    Bob, Thank you for all your excellant work. As a new 2011 season ticket holder with rights to 2010 playoff tickets all I have to say is GO CHIEFS we will beat Oakland in that worthless hole!!!

  • November 4, 2010  - el cid says:

    The Chiefs are still waiting to beat a winning team. The raiders are close so we gain some respectability with a win. Fact is the Chiefs have won the games they were supposed to and lost to the better teams. The question is which is the raiders. Can the Chiefs find some kind of passing attack, not make mistakes, run the ball, have some decent returns for field position, and a monster defense (disappeared during 2nd half of last game).

  • November 5, 2010  - RickyP says:

    tuan, if I may, I think gorillafan meant to say the chances of McCluster playing were slim…not that our chances were slim without McCluster.
    That’s how I read it, anyway.

  • November 5, 2010  - Edward says:

    I really just would like to see us continue to win. Don’t care how people view the Raiders nationally. Because to be a good team you have to win games you suppose to win which is what we have been doing. Personally I still don’t think the Raiders are as good as us. Simply because they can’t stop the run and they still commit a high amount of penalties. So as long as we can continue to play smart football should be an easy win.

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