Wednesday Practice Report / Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Say this for Todd Haley: the Chiefs head coach is persistent.

For the second time since starting assignments were declared for the season opener against San Diego, Haley was asked by the media about one of those decisions. Specifically, he was asked what he’d seen from Derrick Johnson to move him into the starting lineup ahead of last year’s starter Demorrio Williams.

And for the second time the coach did not answer the question, but continued his campaign for changing the football landscape.

“I’m trying to take anything like ones and twos out of the vocabulary,” Haley said after Wednesday’s practice session. “The more our guys can think that way, the better for us. Every one of our guys has to think of themselves as a front-line contributing player for us. To me that inside backer position in the base defense is no more important than say a gunner on the punt team.”

More from Haley and how he’s going to approach his 45-man game-day roster: “We are going to have guys that are penciled in as starters playing on special teams. I’m not going to take insurance policies to the game. I don’t think we have the depth or the margin of error to do that. We need everyone that’s putting on shoulder pads, helmets and cleats on, other than maybe the No. 2 quarterback to be contributing and more than one, two or three snaps.”

The Chiefs dove head first into their preparations for the Chargers on Wednesday.

“They have good stability there; Coach (Norv) Turner has been there a number of years and it’s clear they understand what he expects,” said Haley. “They have a number of good players on offense and defense and special teams that create a lot of problems.”

The Chiefs second practice of the opening week of the 2010 regular season went down outside at the team’s facilities with the players in shoulder pads and shorts. Here are some observations from a very short open period where the media was allowed on the field:

– Missing was OLB Cameron Sheffield. It was just short of two weeks ago that Sheffield was taken from the field on a cart after a head-to-head collision with an Eagles player during a pre-season game.

– Dressed to practice was RT Ryan O’Callaghan who has been dealing with a right groin injury for the past few weeks. O’Callaghan did not jump back in with the first team, as Barry Richardson continued to work with the No. 1 offensive line.

– DE Alex Magee appeared to be practicing in all facets after missing Monday’s workout with an unknown problem.

– Haley on what kind of players he would like on his roster: “I don’t want a great player one day and an inconsistent player the next. I would rather just have an average player that gets a little bit better every day. ”

– Haley on San Diego’s rookie RB Ryan Mathews: “This young guy they got out of Fresno looks like a big-time runner. We spent some time with him in a number of different places (pre-draft). When I saw his name go on draft day, it was something to pay attention too.”

13 Responses to “Wednesday Practice Report / Update”

  • September 8, 2010  - RW says:

    A sobering thought: This is the healthiest the team will be until the OTAs next year.

  • September 8, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    no kidding, all down hill from here!

  • September 8, 2010  - jim says:

    Yep, you’re both exactly right. All doom and gloom. All down hill. All very sobering thoughts. Absolutely no reason to have one slight glimmer of hope. Let’s save ourselves the agony, and just take them all out back and shoot them. No reason to even play the games, so let’s just end it now. Perfect!!!!!

    Of course, every other team will NOT experience any injuries, and will stay perfectly healthy.

    Here’s a revolutionary thought for you RW. It’s the healthiest ANY team will be till next year’s OTAs. But, let’s not miss this oppoortunity to be absolutely negative.

    From where does this kind of pervasive, negative, “the sky is falling”, thought process come??????

    Hurry, let me open a vein………..

  • September 8, 2010  - Douglas says:

    I agree with Jim, why display so much negativity? If you don’t have at least a little bit of hope, go find another team to support and read about…

  • September 8, 2010  - Nate says:

    I won’t take the time to do it here, but for those of you who are ready to give up before we start; try this.

    Make a written list of all the things that are better now than when the season started last year. It is a long list and should give everyone not only hope, but enthusiasm for the coming season. Nate

  • September 8, 2010  - Mike says:

    Right on, Jim! All 32 teams will be hit by injuries, some more than others. That’s the nature of the beast. Those teams with greater depth won’t be hurt as badly as those with lesser depth. Our depth is not great this year (though it should be much greater next year), so we need to hope that the injury bug doesn’t bite us too badly.

    I had little use for Haley and his antics last year. I’ve seen a huge change so far this year. I think the fact that he’s got coordinators he trusts has allowed him to calm down. He made some very poor in-game decisions last year. These should improve because of input from the coordinators.

    I think we’ll win 7-9 games this year, a great improvement from last year. With a good 2011 draft and free agent acquisitions, I’m thinking playoffs next year (if there is indeed a next year!).

  • September 8, 2010  - Edward says:

    This team will be fine. That’s why they had the conditioning tests and all the training during OTA’s to prepare to play a little more than offense and defense. Besides we’re not the only team in the league to have offensive and defensive starter also playing special teams. This is one of the youngest teams in the league so they can handle it. Injuries are something all 32 teams have to deal with not just the Chiefs anyway. AFC west champs 10-6 is what i’m giving this team based on improvements I saw in preseason and have been reading in training camp. The schedule is playing a huge part in that as well.

  • September 8, 2010  - matt says:

    write it down about gorilla and the others…. when we do start winning… they need to shut up

  • September 8, 2010  - el cid says:

    The Chiefs are still rebuilding and, while I may not like the way they chose to do it, I see lots of progress. But for you maryshines, to not get all girlish over the ’10 team has a dose of reality. They will win some and lose some and, guess what the schedule will have little to so with it, injuries maybe but you need talent, TALENT and the Chiefs are still short. Better but short. “Experts” out of KC say, when they even mention the Chiefs, the team is rebuilding. But I guess they know nothing like the rahrah guys on this site.

    So if you can get over yourselves, the team is better but has a long way to go for much more than 8 wins this year.

  • September 8, 2010  - Michael says:

    I kind of agree with both Edward and el cid. I always enjoy Edward’s optimisim. We’re all Chiefs fans after all. el cid, I think, is a little more on the realistic side, but is a bit too much the cynical curmudgeon. I don’t know about the schedule thing; I think it does make a difference. I’ll take this year’s schedule over last year’s for sure. Injuries are huge, especially for KC.

    The way the team is going about rebuilding is tough for fans. Remember, the models here are Pittsburgh and New England, especially Pittsburgh. I think instituting that kind of program, coming from the floundering ways the Chiefs went about things for years, can take more time than others, but is better for the long haul provided it’s kept intact.

    Having said all that, I think this is a much better team than last year, with more talent and better coaching. I’ve said all along this offseason that what I want to see this year is a good, young team that is respectable and on the rise, one that is not an easy check-off in the win column. I think this team can achieve that. I don’t know about the record. Hoping for 7 to 9 wins, and would be overjoyed with more.

    I know I’m ready for some football, and it’s here!

  • September 9, 2010  - Edward says:

    Bottom line I’m being realistic. We had a tough schedule matter of fact one of the toughest schedules in the league last yr still manage to win 4 games. So schedule does play a huge part into how many games teams win from yr to yr. That is being realistic. If the 2009 Chiefs played this yr schedule they probably win 5 to 6 games instead of 4. That is the reality. Bottom line this team has talent more than the Rams, Seahawks, Bucs, Broncos, Browns, and even now the Cardinals with all their offseason losses with players like Dansby, Boldin, and Warner moving on. So what’s the common denominator we play most of those teams mention. Which greatly increases the team success to win. Not to mention we have just as much talent as teams like Raiders, Jags, and Bills. Oh we play those teams too this yr. I’m not going to argue with Mr Pestimistic on here the season is about to start Chiefs will win between 9-10 games based on more talent and schedule not to mention better coaching.

  • September 9, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    lets get somethin striaght. I am not negative about this team. I have hope of success! And it starts with my presence at monday night game. I send my hard earned money on this team and go to almost everygame that I can. 2-3 a year. I am one of the hard core fans. k.

    so for the comment above was strictly about the team being healthy right now, and, like most every other team, will get worse from here.

    Im not being negative about the team or saying we are going to suck a$$ like the herm era, it was just in resect to the above post and about the team being about as healthy as a team can get, and it cant get any better than we are right now


  • September 9, 2010  - PAChiefsFan says:

    The most progress will be made when the Chiefs begin playing real games. You only get stronger when you play against stronger teams. I am optimistic that this years team will be better. Won’t speculate on wins or losses but I feel other teams will realize they have a fight on their hands this year. It seems there is a true team attitude this year not a couple of showboats shooting their mouths off like some teams have. You have to credit Haley with creating that. Go Chiefs!!

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