Thursday 9/30 Practice Report

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs final bye week practice session went down this morning under sunny skies and with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis returning to the field.

Weis, who underwent gall bladder surgery on Monday, was on the scooter he’s used since suffering a knee injury right before the start of training camp. Since the coaching duties were being handled by the players, Weis never left his seat and simply observed.

While he wouldn’t directly address the return of Weis, head coach Todd Haley talked in general terms about the commitment his players and staff have made.

“For us to become what we need to become, this is going to be a team effort,” said Haley. “I’ve worked real hard at making sure that’s the way I think, that’s the way I keep my focus. When you become a good team, it’s about the entire unit, not individuals. That’s the way our guys think. That’s the way our coaching staff thinks. I know we have more and more players that understand that, and understand that to get to where we want to, we have to be a team.”

Haley did say that Weis being absent for most of the week did no harm to the work that got done during the bye week. “We had plenty of coaches and we got plenty of work done in a lot of different areas,” Haley said. “We had a very productive day today. We got better across the board. I feel very good about how the week played out and now we get some much needed rest and then we’ll be back at it on Monday.”

Going into the bye week Haley had two goals for his team – improve every day and get health. He felt the improvement was there on a daily basis. As to the overall health of his team, he talked in generalities about the physical state of his group.

“This is a long season and we had to take full advantage of this bye week,” said Haley. “I was able to keep some guys actively involved in getting us better and they didn’t wear themselves out. We needed time for a bunch of different reasons. Next week it will be full-speed ahead.”

Not participating in Thursday’s session were the same players that missed all the practices this week: DE Tyson Jackson (knee), RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin), CB Javier Arenas (ankle/foot) and S Reshard Langford (ankle).

The Chiefs will take the next three days off, before reporting back to work on Monday morning to begin preparations for the Indianapolis Colts.

3 Responses to “Thursday 9/30 Practice Report”

  • September 30, 2010  - Butler says:

    Team Work Team Work I love It !!!!!!!!!!!

  • September 30, 2010  - jim says:

    The fact that we’re generally as young across the board as we are, I think the bye week this early was good for our guys. Long off season with a lot of work getting done, tough camp, pre-season, and into the schedule – I think these young guys not being accustomed to the grind, needed this bye week. Also, HALEY utilized the week in a very opportune way with the player/coach approach. Brilliant for a number of reasons.


  • September 30, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    Hey jim,
    I read somewhere that Haley wants to step outside the box & not be predictable all the time. The player/trainer sessions this week as yet another example.
    Yeah, I like it. Gives the guys a more relaxed, not all business type atmosphere while learning additional ways to defeat the enemy.
    Haley is bonding with this team & the team is buying whatever it is that he’s selling. you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see just how effective the coaching staff is this year. “Brilliant”, we shall see.
    Go Chiefs.

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