Wednesday 10/6 Practice-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley laid out in simple terms the goals for his team this coming Sunday in Indianapolis against the Colts.

“Clearly, it’s a big, big challenge for us to go in there, in a hostile environment, execute at a good level and be competitive; that would be a real good thing for us,” Haley said Wednesday afternoon.

“Obviously this will be a real big test for the Kansas City Chiefs. First and foremost, I want to see that we can be competitive. If we can be competitive, then I’ll feel pretty good.”

The Chiefs are 3-0 and the Colts are 2-2, but there isn’t any doubt in the minds of anyone why Indianapolis is favored to win this game. They are playing at home and they have that explosive offense, led by Peyton Manning. Haley says there’s no sign on the game tape of a team that may having problems after so many seasons of success.

“I see a group that had a long field goal kicked on them last week, one that you don’t think is going to be made very often,” Haley said of Josh Scobee’s 59-yard FG that allowed Jacksonville to beat the Colts on the final play of the game. “They are a good team. They are fast. Watch that Giants game (a 38-14 Colts victory) in their place where it’s loud and tackles are slow off the ball or a hair behind on the count, and those ends (Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis) give you nightmares.”

Haley also spoke on several other subjects:

– Facing a 4-3 defense for the first time this season – “It’s a big adjustment for the guys up front. They will have to handle some of the things they haven’t had to handle previously. We did a little work last week letting them see an even front.”

– On whether Sunday is a milestone game for judging the progress of the Chiefs: “I’m approaching it as the last game of the first quarter of the season. That’s what I continue to push with our players. That’s it … we have another game to play the next week.”

The Chiefs were back on the practice field Wednesday morning for the first time in six days. Haley hoped the bye week would help his team’s health, but OT Ryan O’Callaghan and S Reshard Langford both remained out of practice because of their injuries. O’Callaghan continues to rehab that right groin injury he suffered on August 24. Langford has an ankle injury that kept him out of the San Francisco game.

DE Tyson Jackson was back in practice, although he appeared to be limited in the brief media window allowed. While those practicing were dressed in full pads with football pants, Jackson was wearing a helmet, shoulder pads and shorts.

Speakers were on the sidelines as Haley will subject his team to crowd noise during every practice this week in attempt to simulate the environment of Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts sent a lengthy practice/injury report to the league from Wednesday. There were nine players listed as did not practice including starters FS Antoine Bethea (hamstring), DE Dwight Freeney (rest) and WRs Reggie Wayne (knee), Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) and Austin Collie (foot). Others were SS Bob Sanders (bicep), RB Donald Brown (hamstring), LB Kavell Conner (foot) and CB Jacob Lacey (foot).

5 Responses to “Wednesday 10/6 Practice-Update”

  • October 6, 2010  - Jimbo says:

    Haley is being his typical self. Humble about the Chiefs & praising the talents of the competition. However a very successful approach indeed.

    I’m afraid O’Callaghan will be finding himself in Haleys’ doghouse if he is’nt up and running real soon. Haley expects you to play with X amount of pain. No snot nosed cry babies allowed.

    I’m looking forward to a helluva game on Sunday. Win, lose or draw we can expect a good game from our boys in Red & Gold.

    My prediction… Chiefs 27 Colts 21
    Go Chiefs.

  • October 6, 2010  - Mike says:

    I love your optimism, Jimbo, and I absolutely hope you’re right, but I just can’t see us going up there and beating them. I think Todd’s being realistic when he said he wants to see the guys be competitive against the Colts. If they’re able to do that, it will be proof positive that he has the program moving in the right direction. Should we happen to beat them, that would be fantastic. GO CHIEFS!

  • October 6, 2010  - BayouCityChief says:

    I’m looking for us to keep it close and beat the spread (8 pts. last I checked)

    Haley’s right, we should be aim to be competitive. The Giants are a good football team and look what happened to them at Lucas Oil. If we play a team like the Colts tight at home it shows we have improved greatly.

  • October 6, 2010  - Don says:

    I see alot of holes in their armor. A good team can win even with difficulties. Some games Peyton can put the team on his shoulders and win. The super bowl was not one of those. I really like our chances. Looking at the schedule and then at preseason I would’a said “loss”. Now, it looks “possible.” I, like many others, feel these next few games will tell us alot. I see us winning! Just watch. We’ll win at Indy and Houston and then get run over by the Bills. Oh wait. That was the ’08 ’09 club.

  • October 7, 2010  - Justin says:

    I agree, it went from sure loss to possible to who poked the bear? Before the Jags won it had better odds but the recipe is well know: run well and good D. We’ve been doing both of those. Let’s hope we can keep it up and shut up the naysayers.

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