Wednesday 9/22 Practice Report

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 rainy  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 then 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.  “No, I’m not getting any orders for large pizzas,” Cassel said.

12 Responses to “Wednesday 9/22 Practice Report”

  • September 22, 2010  - Edward says:

    Bottom line Moeaki is the leading receiver because he’s the only one gettting open. For those who are blaming Cassel for the struggles of the passing game aren’t actually watching the game. I watched the Browns game yesterday online since I had to litsen to it on the radio Sunday. The commentary was much of the same from Mitch & len dawson on the radio. Steve Beuerlein and whoever the other guy was on CBS talked about how in the first half no one was getting open. I admit before watching the Browns game lastnite I thought I would see Cassel overthrowing or underthrowing guys. Or maybe even throwing in coverage when other guys are wide open down the field. But after looking at the tape its the exact opposite. Majority of Cassel’s throws were very accurate and in a position where only the receiver could make the catch.

    On the jump ball to Chambers he clearly made no effort to get the ball or know it down. The tipped pass for a pick was because Barry Richardson got shoved into Cassel’s lap almost and the line went up to bat the ball down when Cassel tried to release the ball. Bottom line is last yr these guys dropped too many balls and this yr they’re not creating any separation except for Moeaki. Weis has to do something to get these guys open and we definately must do more to get Bowe more involved in the passing game.

    All I read about all offseason was how much this guy has improved. Well ok lets find ways to get him the ball. Because with Chambers not doing enough to get open. Mcluster slipping and falling on most of his routes. We need Bowe to be more of a factor. Hey lets get Jeremy Horne on the field he like Moeaki in offseason got open alot down the field in camp but we must get better production from the receivers to have more success in the passing game.

  • September 22, 2010  - el cid says:

    Doubt Horne is ready yet, he is playing on spec. teams. As for Chambers and add Bowe too, They just do not warrant that much attention by defenses. That will not change until they contribute to the offense. Not sure they can, what you see is what you get.

  • September 22, 2010  - Michael says:

    I was thinking along the same lines, Edward, Cassel can’t just throw it if no one is open. One thing, though, is that Bowe and Chambers are not the type of receivers who are going to routinely get great seperation. They will sometimes, but not consistantly. Bowe can more on crossing routes.

    What they can do is use their body and hands to outmuscle defenders (not withstanding Edward’s observation on that one pass play with Chambers, which I saw and agree with Edward about). Now, those are a lot harder throws to make, and riskier, too; a little less so if you can place a good back shoulder throw. I don’t know if Cassel trusts them enough to put up those kinds of throws very often, and I don’t know how much leeway Haley will give him to do it.

    Seems to me they could help the passing game more by going to closer in throws to McCluster and Charles; screens, yes, but not just screens but little dump offs in the flats and over the middle. Let them catch and run with it. You could even put Jones in at RB, paired with either McCluster or Charles in as backs and either Charles or Mcluster as the slot receiver. Get the running game going good, and get some nice runs off these types of short passes, and the play action passes down the field to Chambers and Bowe, even Moeaki, are going to get easier.

    And I disagree that Horne couldn’t be helpful. He has enough speed that giving him a few shots down the field will make the defense nervous and pull them back from the LOS. He is ready enough to run fast. I’m sure Weiss has these ideas and more, and he will get to them in good time.

    The thing that bothers me with Cassel is that many times he stays practically imobile and gives the receivers too much time to try to get open. If it’s not there right away you have to move up the pocket or slide, and you have get to the decision now. Dump it to the checkdown, take off running, throw it out of bounds, something. You cannot stand and wait. Other than that, I know Haley is placing supreme priority on protecting the ball; so I’m not surprised Cassel isn’t trying to force the ball in to too many tight spaces very often.

  • September 23, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Just wonder what’s wrong with Tamba’s foot. Looks like he’s having it for a while now keeping him from at least some practice reps. Waters had some kind of lingering foot issue throughout last season and it showed.
    Although Tamba has been in the backfield fairly often he didn’t have as much impact as I’d had expected. 5 tackles, 0.5 sacks after 2 games sounds pretty pedestrian. Think he’ll have to turn it up some to allow the Chioefs to get more pressure on the QB – something definitely needed for Sunday and even more against the Colts in week 5.
    Bob, any insight what’s wrong and how much this injury limits Tamba?

  • September 23, 2010  - Chuck says:

    On a “serious note” how bad is the injury of O’Callahan and T. Jackson????? This upcoming game with S.F. really scares me. Have you heard of the Vernon Davis Prediction???? He said the 49er’s “will win this game”. OUCH!!!! I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again our O-Line is NOT VERY GOOD.

  • September 23, 2010  - Edward says:

    Yeah I agree Michael, Horne definately could contribute. Moeaki is a pefect example of that. Here’s a guy missed alot of camp and first 3 preseason games and like in camp he’s getting open. Horne has shown the same big play ability. The passing game needs a spark this guy could provide that. Another thing I would like to see Charlie find more ways to get Bowe more involved. All the fuss about Charles not getting enough carries but we’re still 4th in rushing. To me if the passing game is struggling. I watched the Browns game over and over Cassel looked good guys weren’t getting separation. But we aren’t doing enough job getting Bowe the ball. All we read about this offseason is how much progress he made let’s design some plays to get this guy the ball and see it on the field.

  • September 23, 2010  - Michael says:

    Certainly could always be better, but to this point I think the offensive line has done a pretty good job; so I’m not complaining about that.

    It just feels like with the personnel on hand that this offense should be capable of so much more. But, we’ve only seen two games worth; so there’s defenitely more to come.

  • September 23, 2010  - Michael O says:

    Bob, I’d like to know if the team has players working out during the week to look at. The other team sites seem to give this information, why can’t we get it also?

  • September 23, 2010  - Nate says:

    Some insightful comments about the recievers. Horne has the speed to stretch the defense and help all the recievers get open. I am very disappointed with Weiss for not having better designed plays for McCluster. Throwing to him in the flat all the time is not working and a waste of McCluster’s skills. Nate

  • September 23, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    nate, I agree w/you McCluster, they need to stretch the field w/ this guy! Charles too! He can do what Cribbs did to us!

  • September 23, 2010  - el cid says:

    Weis see McCluster and Charles every day, while I do not like or understand what is happening, I will buy into they cannot do what he wants done at this time.

  • September 23, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I’ll be @ the game Sunday, maybe I can sneak into the coaching box upstairs and see if Charlie needs some help!!! :)

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