Thursday 9/9 Practice Report – Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley didn’t pull any punches in assessing his team in comparison to San Diego, their opponent in the Monday night season opener.

“I know this team that we are playing on Monday … we are not nearly as skilled as they are,” the Chiefs head coach said Thursday afternoon after wrapping up the second practice of the week dedicated to the Chargers. “It’s not close. That’s no disrespect to our guys. That’s just the way it is.”

It’s hard to run away from that reality, as the Chargers have won four straight AFC West division titles, while the Chiefs have just gone through the worst three-year period in the team’s history.

But don’t think Haley is conceding anything going into this game.

“We are playing a team that’s more skilled than we are and to have a chance we have to have all 45 guys contributing multiple snaps,” said Haley. “It’s going to be a work in progress, but I feel good about the direction and the mindset that we have.”

The Chiefs practiced through a light drizzle Thursday morning in their second session in prepping for the Chargers.

“We worked on some third downs and team work across the board,” said Haley. “These guys are settling into the week’s routine and I think that’s a good thing.

“Today’s preparation was good, but we have a lot of work to do. Thankfully we have a couple more full practices to go.”

There were no changes in who was and was not working during the 20-minute window open to the media. After being dressed to practice yesterday, RT Ryan O’Callaghan was not wearing shoulder pads or his helmet and immediately went to the rehab area. On Wednesday, he was dressed as if he was going to practice. O’Callaghan is dealing with a right groin injury.

Missing from the field during the open period was OLB Cameron Sheffield, who apparently is still dealing with the aftermath of his helmet-to-helmet hit in the game against Philadelphia almost two weeks ago.

The Chiefs official injury/practice report turned into the NFL office on Thursday afternoon had Sheffield not particpating in practice with a neck injury and O’Callaghan with limited participation due to a groin injury.

Also in the rehab area was practice squad G Darryl Harris, still trying to come back from a left knee injury.

8 Responses to “Thursday 9/9 Practice Report – Update”

  • September 9, 2010  - el cid says:

    Very interesting. One wonders only one thing – why are you not as skilled? Two years,almost, two free agent periods, two drafts> Pres Obama still blames Pres Bush for the countries problems so I guess the Chiefs can still blame Carl/Herm.

  • September 9, 2010  - Jess - Federal Way, WA says:

    Just reading between the lines here, but I remember Haley saying there was a big difference between talent and skill. Skill the definition of having the ability to do something, with talent actually be able to consistently do that something.

    Thy being said, I think it was a true statement that the the Chargers are more skilled, just maybe not as talented by Haley’s definition. They have been pretty disappointing come playoff time, which would indicate more skill than talent.

  • September 9, 2010  - Edward says:

    Just wondering when a guy spends 8yrs ruining a country why do people think it would take 2yrs to turn it around much like Chiefs Peterson and Edwards spent the last 3yrs destroying this franchise so why do people expect overnight success. Just wondering.

    On a another note Haley is being very modest its true Chargers do have a talented roster but the gap between them and the Chiefs are not as far as Haley are pretending to make most media and fans think.

    Let’s examine the bad in comparison of both teams. The Chargers do have a much better QB at this point than us a much better o-line when McNeil comes back. They also have a much better receving core with Vincent Jackson and Gates. Defensively defensive line may be a little better but that is to be determine.

    As for the good we have a much better running game with Charles, Jones, and Battle. Our pass rush is better with the decline of Merriman. Secondary is better with the lost of Cromartie since he no longer plays for SD. And special teams coverage and return game is better. SD was one of the worst teams in the league last yr in return coverage on punts or kickoffs. So that being said the gap is not as far as some may believe that’s why I expect us to win Monday Night and also win this division.

  • September 9, 2010  - Joshua says:

    So what you’re saying… Is that we’ve got a chance!!! LoL!

  • September 9, 2010  - Merwin says:

    Arrowheadpride is reporting that former New York Jets WR David Clowney is coming to Kansas City for a tryout on Friday. Just wondering if Bob has any info for us?

  • September 10, 2010  - Tracy says:

    Turning a losing NFL franchise into a long term winner takes time. The self inflicted wounds caused by years of bad decision making by Carl Peterson won’t be healed in an 18 month time period, although the trend is positive. Is it any wonder that Bill Parcells chose to retain an affiliation with the Dolphins when the threat/possibility arose that Peterson might move into some sphere of influence there?

    Just as a battleship cannot turn on a dime, the Chiefs return to respectability will take time. The same can certainly be said for a national economy that was poisoned by eight years of wretched political leadership.

  • September 10, 2010  - el cid says:

    OK, if you guys say so. I believe that the Chiefs are attempting a rebuild different from any attempt I have heard of. But if you are willing to wait years, I guess I can live that long.

  • September 10, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Yeah, el cid finally came on board! I think…..

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