Tuesday 9/28 Practice Report – Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs first practice of the bye week had a few more coaches working with the players on Tuesday morning.

One of them was not offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who was expected to be released from a Kansas City hospital on Tuesday after gall bladder surgery on Monday morning.

Head coach Todd Haley had the most veteran members of his roster working as assistant coaches for this workout. There were 15 players who wore baseball caps rather than helmets, led by the most veteran of players C Casey Wiegmann and OLB Mike Vrabel.

“In a lot of different discussions with veteran players in the last year in asking about what parts of the bye week they like, what parts they don’t,” Haley said. “I came to the conclusion that veterans didn’t like the bye week period. I came up with this thought of getting some or our leaders and veterans a little more involved in the communication process with the other players.

“Through one day, I’m happy with how things went. I thought it was a real productive day for us. We definitely got a little bit better today, and that was important for us.”

This was not a one day thing for the players turned assistants; they’ll continue in that role over the next two days. In fact, most of those players were not in the locker room when it was open to the media, because they were about to have a “staff” meeting.

“They had their own run and lift (session) this morning and they had some meeting time,” said Haley. “We are using our resources. This is no different than using all 45 players on game day in my mind.”

Along with Wiegmann and Vrabel, the others serving in the role of player/assistant coach were DL Shaun Smith, OLB Tamba Hali, ILB Demorrio Williams, WR Terrance Copper, CB Travis Daniels, TE Leonard Pope, DT Ron Edwards, FS Jon McGraw, G Ryan Lilja, G Brian Waters, WR Chris Chambers, RB Thomas Jones and CB Brandon Flowers. As just a third-year player, Flowers was the youngest of the new “assistant coaches.”

As for the guys who on Tuesday were just players/players, CB Javier Arenas and RT Ryan O’Callaghan did not take part in practice. As we’ve been reporting since Sunday, Arenas appeared to suffer a right ankle/foot injury during Sunday’s game against San Francisco. He was riding a stationary bike in the rehab area. O’Callaghan is still trying to get over his right groin injury. He was walking and running in the rehab area.

LDE Tyson Jackson was working with the defensive line, although he was a limited participant. Jackson was wearing a brace on his left leg and did not have a helmet like the other defensive linemen.

Not on the field was S Reshard Langford, who did not play against the 49ers, and was on the injury report last week because of an ankle problem.

The Chiefs will practice Wednesday and Thursday, before they get the weekend off.

Haley was questioned by the media again after practice about the actions of Smith, who has been accused in each of the last two weeks with grabbing opposing players in the crotch. While the media was allowed on the field, Smith in his role as assistant coach was not seen teaching others his techniques.

“Again, I know nothing about the accusations,” said Haley. “I kindof get the gist of it. But again, I think these officials are the best there are. I think they are really good at a very difficult job. I go by what they tell me. I’m unaware about the talk about it. That’s all I got. I go by officials and what they tell me.”

4 Responses to “Tuesday 9/28 Practice Report – Update”

  • September 28, 2010  - Nate says:

    Todd Haley is a very smart guy. Including the veterans as “asst.coaches” during the bye week is just another example of how bright he is. Bob, has this been done before? I have never heard of this.

  • September 28, 2010  - jim says:

    Best way to learn is by teaching. Awesome idea. It really seems as though it would open direct lines of comminication, specially on game days with on-field, in the fire, on the fly adjustments.

  • September 28, 2010  - Mike says:

    Hmmm, he made “assistant coaches” out of Terrance Copper and Travis Daniels, but not DJ???

  • September 28, 2010  - Edward says:

    Hey Bob what happen to the weekly Len Dawson podcast? I miss hearing you and Len talking about the Chiefs. And also the Rick Gosslein fellow he had good insight too

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