Wednesday 11/24 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

They were wearing all the pads. They were outside and it was cold and windy and mist was falling.

It was quite possibly the most perfect conditions ever for the Chiefs to get prepared to play in Seattle this Sunday.  The early forecast for Sunday in Seattle for the Chiefs-Seahawks game is cloudy, slight chance of precipitation and a temperature of 41 degrees. As the Chiefs began their work week on Wednesday, the weather outside was cloudy, some light precipitation and temperatures in the low 40s.

“We were out there in pads today, trying to continue to make progress,” said head coach Todd Haley. “For us, it comes down to fundamentals, doing the things we have to do in order to have a chance at success. ”

It always helps the chances off success when the team can field its entire roster, something that didn’t go down with the Chiefs on Wednesday. The injuries are piling up and there were at least five players who had their participation limited because of injuries. As Haley said again on Wednesday, he told his players that he “needs everybody now, not next week.”

CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and FS Jon McGraw (knee/head) did not participate in practice. They were in the rehab area riding stationary bikes during the media window into practice. They were not dressed like they were participating in any of the workout.

Among the other injured players there appeared various levels of participation during the open window:

  • WR/RB Dexter McCluster (ankle) took part in some of the work but was still not a full-go in the workout.
  • LT Branden Albert was fully dressed for practice and on the field, but he was not involved in any of the individual offense line work.
  • RG Ryan Lilja was the same situation as Albert, fully dressed for work, but not taking part in the O-Line drills.
  • TE Tony Moeaki was dressed and seemed to be the most active of the players, as he ran some pass routes when the offense was in a skeleton drill.

On their official practice report to the league, the Chiefs listed McGraw and Flowers as not practicing. Albert, Lilja and Moeaki were listed as limited participants and McCluster was down as a full practice.

As the Chiefs were working their way through those early moments of practice, the offensive line was just as they left it at the end of Sunday’s game against Arizona. From left to right it was: Barry Richardson, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, Jon Asamoah and Ryan O’Callaghan.

The Chiefs will practice on Thanksgiving Day, going a few moments early to allow the players to get home and join their families. Thursday is also weigh-in day for the Chiefs, so that timing is good for any player that wants a piece of pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato or apple pie.

For the Seahawks, they had seven players miss Wednesday’s practice: G Chester Pittts (ankle), WR Mike Williams (foot), TE AnthonyMcCoy (knee), WR Brandon Stokely (calf), DT Colin Cole (ankle), CB Marcus Trufant (concussion), DE Chris Clemons (ankle) and LB Lofa Tatupu (knee). Listed as full participation in practice were: G Mike Gibson (ankle), FB Michael Robinson (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (ankle), C Chris Spencer (finger) and QB Matt Hasselbeck (left wrist).

14 Responses to “Wednesday 11/24 Practice Report-Update2”

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    Hope Flowers can play Sunday if not we need to put Carr on Mike Williams no matter what side of field he’s linee up on.

  • November 24, 2010  - el cid says:

    Carr as a “shut down” CB is ugly. If Flowers cannot go, I expect to see a lot of cover 2, zone type with the ocean chickens getting a lot of yardage between the twenties then we hope so some mistakes to happen.

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    Never said Carr is a shutdown corner but he’s second best CB on the team. For the most part he plays solid coverage. We can’t play alot of zone against this team they Hasselback will pick us apart. Hopefully Crennel will send alot of blitz and play more man defense. Hasselback is to savvy of a vet to think he’s going to make mistakes agaisnt zone defense. If we’re going to win we better have a bunch a blitz packages that is going to force Hasselback out of the pocket and get him to throwing the ball hot vs sitting back in zone allowing him to pick our defense apart.

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    I trust Haley to come up with a good game plan. So far he’s undefeated against the NFC west which I think alot of that contributes to his familarity from coaching in that division with the Cards.

  • November 24, 2010  - Dave says:

    I hope Flowers can play but if not then put Arenas in there & see what he can do. The true key to good pass defense is to get pressure on QB, something we really need to improve, either with new schemes or in next years draft. As for comments on Cassel, I’m not completely sold on him yet but I do think he’s improving. He is a great character guy & seems very coachable;that alone may help him improve greatly with more playing time. The biggest problems that I see are that he doesnt always find the open receiver, like he doesnt go through his progressions well enough. And number two, he is just not accurate enough; he either misses his receivers on deep balls,or doesnt hit them in stride so their yac is limited. That can be a really big factor sometimes.

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    What football have you been watching Dave I kind count on one hand the number of receivers he missed per game. I’ve watched all Chiefs games this season and haven’t seen accuracy problems with Cassel. Has he missed some throws in games yea that happens to all QBs. But Derek Anderson is more of poster boy for inaccurate QB not Cassel. And finding open receivers looks like to me he’s hitting right guys based on his touchdown to interception ratio. I’ve never heard announcer or commentators mention Cassel missing open guys. Fans at home on couch can’t see who’s open based on limited amount of camera angles you get watching it on tv.

    Good to see Mcluster has been upgrade to full participent according to He’ll be needed Sunday.

  • November 24, 2010  - Dave says:

    I watch every game and although he hasn’t thrown many picks, he often doesn’t hit his receivers in stride. He missed a deep ball or two just last week, and I know I heard Lynch say something about him missing an open man. But look , I do think he’s improving & very receptive to coaching; we need to address receivers in next years draft.

  • November 24, 2010  - Edward says:

    You can’t possibly be watching games most his throws to Bowe for touchdowns was hitting him in stride. Enough already. I however agree we do need to add receivers in draft.

  • November 24, 2010  - Michael says:

    Next time the Chiefs get a chance to land a Payton Manning type, I say go for it. Otherwise, they can win with Cassel. They just need to keep building the team around him.

    Everyone is hoping as many of the injured guys get back ASAP. McCluster and Moeaki are huge. Flowers is another one like Waters and Lilja, a team leader and tough SOB who get on the field when a lot of others wouldn’t. I expect him to play if at all possible. McGraw would be nice to have back, too. He plays well in certain packages, and he’s a good special teams guy.

  • November 24, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Moeaki n mccluster is a plus. Flowers n lilja will play. I think we mite b better off this week than last week!!

  • November 24, 2010  - Greg says:

    Dave, you are exactly right and anyone who watches the games with an open mind sees what you see. Cassel is tough and competitive guy. He took a beating last year and just kept getting up and never whined or threw anybody under the bus. But, as el cid says – he is what he is.

  • November 25, 2010  - Fan Since 93 says:

    As much as I would like to see Flowers in the line up I’d rather he sit out a week and get healthy. We need him more for the Denver game than we do for this one.

    Recovering from a hammy can be a long and frustrating process. It’s definitely one that shouldn’t rush.

  • November 25, 2010  - el cid says:

    I believe we can leave Cassel alone for the next bit but no matter what, except for last sunday, he generally throws around receivers. Does not lead, throw to the shoulder, or in the chest, no Cassel throw in the area, sometimes high or in front or behind. That is not accurate.

  • November 25, 2010  - Brad says:

    How many of you who are down on Cassel, have actually taken a snap from center and thrown a pass? Until you have, maybe you should cut the guy some slack…

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