From the Truman Sports Complex
Two games into the 2010 season the Chiefs are 2-0 and a tight end is the team’s leading receiver.
That might have been believable back in the Tony Gonzalez Era with the Chiefs. But it is rookie Tony Moeaki who after the first games of the season is on top the receiving stats, such as they are for an offense that’s struggled in the passing game. Moeaki has eight catches for 79 yards and his playing time is increasing dramatically from game-to-game. For all intent, he’s the start, supplanting veteran Leonard Pope. In the first two games, the Chiefs have had both TEs on the field for their first offensive play.
Moeaki battled through some minor injuries in training camp, and Todd Haley thinks his third-round pick out of Iowa has to understand that he’s more lineman, than he is wide receiver.
“Tight ends in training camps I want them to feel like offensive linemen; generally they aren’t going to feel very good,” said Haley. “That mentality is critical to the development of tight ends and Tony is developing that. He’s got a ways to go, but there are some encouraging signs.”
Moeaki was one of 59 players who took part in practice on Wednesday.
The Chiefs reported that LDE Tyson Jackson (knee) and RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) did not take part in the session. Both players missed last Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Jackson suffered his sprained left MCL on Sept. 13, while O’Callaghan’s injury dates back to Aug. 24.
The Chiefs listed three players as limited participants in the practice: FS Jon McGraw (hamstring), DE Wallace Gilberry (back) and OLB Tamba Hali (foot/ankle). McGraw missed the game against the Browns.
Haley admitted that the Chiefs have had troubles in the last two weeks with the sideline to field communication system with the offense and defense. He’s found out they are not alone.
“I’m being made aware of some issues that multiple teams have been having with the communications,” Haley said. “We are out-technologing ourselves. They says it’s something about there being so much HD (TV) in the house that it’s having some sort of effect. I attributed one week to weather (the rainyÂ Monday night game against San Diego.)”
QB Matt Cassel said what he hears in his helmet when there are problems is static and then a voice going in and out making the message unitelligble.
“You won’t really hear the whole play call and thenÂ you are working against the clock because at 15 seconds, that thing shuts off,” Cassel said.
At least he wasn’t hearing cab calls or orders to catering to deliver more shrimp to the club level.Â “No, I’m not getting any orders for large pizzas,” Cassel said.