Wednesday 9/29 Practice Report-Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

The AFC Defensive Player of the Week was not working on his pass rush moves Wednesday morning during practice #2 of the Chiefs bye week.

OLB Tamba Hali was in his role this week as an assistant coach, working with Mike Vrabel coaching the outside linebackers through drills. Hali was named the conference’s best defensive player for week No. 3 thanks to his three-sack performance against San Francisco.

Under sunny skies and perfect temperatures the second of three worouts this week went down on the team’s outdoor practice fields.  The picture was much the same as Tuesday’s first practice as 15 veteran players were working as assistant coaches with each position group. Make that 16, as injured-reserve WR Jerheme Urban was out there again working with the receivers. Urban tore ligaments in a finger on his right hand in the final pre-season game, ending his season. He still has a large brace on that hand.

“They are prideful guys and prideful people don’t ever want to be part of something negative,” Haley said of his player/assistants.

“They want to be part of something positive. That’s what they are doing. That’s why I picked them and I’m excited about seeing where it goes. I’m really proud of these guys that have taken charge and are working with their teammates and trying to get us a little better this week.”

The defensive player/assistants worked hard with the players on that side of the ball on creating turnovers during position drills. Stripping, tipping and pulling were the methods being taught by Vrabel and Hali, FS Jon McGraw, CBs Travis Daniels and Brandon Flowers. It was a theme Haley started to stress during the period where the players were stretching. In three games, the Chiefs have just four takeaways (two interceptions and two recovered fumbles.)

“It’s very critical for our team to continue to make progress this week,” Haley said. “It’s paramount to any potential success that we have going forward, that we have improvement every day.

“I’ve really enjoyed the process this week. It’s been really good for me as a coach and hopefully good for our players.”

The same trio of players that missed Tuesday’s practice were not taking part in Wednesday’s session. RT Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) and CB Javier Arenas (ankle) were in the rehab area. S Reshard Langford (ankle) was not on the practice fields during the media window but was in the locker room.

Other tidbits from the day:

– The offensive game ball for the victory over San Francisco went to the line. “No sacks, run for 200 yards, throw for 250 yards,” Haley said. “They did a great job. Any time you have that kind of production and get rolling as we did that’s a good thing.”

– Getting healthy is Haley’s No. 1 goal for the bye week: “I’m scared to death on a daily basis because we are dangerously thin in certain areas where we’ve been able to dodge bullets. I could not be happier with the bye week coming when it did.”

– Haley said he and his staff have spent a minimal amount of time preparing for their next opponent: the Indianapolis Colts. “I’ve looked at enough (tape) to see they are a fast, fast team across the board,” Haley said. “When they are playing at home that speed gets magnified even more.”

The Chiefs have a Thursday morning practice and then they’ll be excused for a long weekend.

12 Responses to “Wednesday 9/29 Practice Report-Update”

  • September 29, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    I dont undersand why Travis Daniels is on the coaches side? I know he has a few year experience but hes not good enough to win a starting job, so why is he good enough to coach? Maybe Haley is just going on how may years he has been in the league or something? 6….

  • September 29, 2010  - Scotty says:

    Was Shaun Smith coaching any “Ball Handling” drills?

  • September 29, 2010  - Scotty says:

    Sorry – I couldn’t help myself…

  • September 29, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    gorilla, keep in mind that some guys have a very good understanding of the game and how to play a position but just don’t have the ability to do it @ a level to be a starter or to do it @ all. There are alot of coaches who either never played (Haley) or never played @ a high level that are excellent coaches. Or it could be like you said, he has 6…. years in??? Just a thought.

  • September 29, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    dan in joplin,

    that could be, but haley doesnt know if he can coach or not because he is just a player, but you could be right too. He may be coaching the players ont a day to day basis like vrabel does. I understand where your coming from and agree with your statement.

  • September 29, 2010  - TruChief09 says:

    Bob, any chance Reshard Langford has landed on IR? Always seems like players who don’t show up for a few days end up on IR a few days after some sort of unknown injury.

  • September 29, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    gorilla, I would say that these guys are being “interviewed” for the future whether they know it or not!

  • September 29, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I should say some of these guys

  • September 29, 2010  - Edward says:

    LMAO Scotty that was a good one about Shaun Smith.

  • September 29, 2010  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I guess it’s okay as long as Smith doesn’t “bobble the ball”, “turn the ball over” or “put the ball on the ground” huh? Sorry, Scotty started it.

  • September 29, 2010  - Tenand6 says:

    Haley sure is showering love on his guys. I have to believe the team chemistry grows stronger by the day. That doesn’t guarantee victories, but this is the last thing Haley-haters would have ever believed. Culture change is hard and it is best addressed quickly and with no back-peddling. If the Chiefs have a winning season, it will have been one hell of a success story that any business would be proud to have managed. They have a plan and, so far, it has been sound and well-executed. Hope this has a happy ending—- the team seems to be really coming together and I like the way Haley is putting it together.

  • September 30, 2010  - MEDennis34 says:

    Shaun does not need “ball handling” skills because he plays defense. All he is required to is stop the ball from advancing. Besides, the D-line hardly ever gets called for holding; or squeezing for that matter.


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