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PostSubject: More Practice   Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:31 pm

In the team’s competitive period at the end of practice, the No. 1
offense got to run 10 plays against the No. 1 defense. The Matt
Cassel-led offense managed just one first down and overall was only five
of 10, with one pass knocked down at the line of scrimmage.
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final incompletion came on a fourth down with the game clock running out
when he rifled a short pass to TE Tony Moeaki and it went right through
his hands.

That’s the way it’s been now for the better part of 10 days on the
practice field, as the Chiefs defense is performing at a pace ahead of
their offensive mates. It must be remembered that the Chiefs offense
isn’t doing much in the way of adjusting their scheme. The plays are
pretty plain Jane, but Haley has been pushing his offensive players and
coaches to pick up the pace of getting plays called and getting the snap
off.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:31 pm

Tuesday’s practiced featured the return of live goal line work with the
defense winning the period once again. The first-team offense was
shutout on three snaps inside the five-yard line against the first-team
defensive unit.

On first down, coverage and pressure forced QB Matt Casselto throw the
ball away. Second down saw rookie OLB Justin Houston knock down a pass
at the line of scrimmage as Cassel rolled to his right. On third down, S
Jon Mcgraw wiped out a lead block on the right edge that allowed LB
Derrick Johnsonto chase down RB Thomas Jones.

In a new set of downs, Jones was blanked by Dion Gales at the line of
scrimmage as the second-team defense battled many of the offensive
first-teamers. It wasn’t until the fifth snap of the goal line period
that RB Jackie Battle was able to go up and over defenders for a
one-yard score.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:54 am

* Allen Bailey demolished every reserve tackle, on every snap of the
individual pass rush drill. He used a wide range of swims, spins, and
hand moves.

* Keary Colbert appeared to be the best of the non-lock receivers. It
wasn't even close actually. He was getting separation and bringing in
balls against some first team players. Tucker was a distant second, with
too many drops.

* Speaking of drops, Bowe had two big ones. He was pretty well heckled for it. He had some nice catches later on as well though.

*During sprints Colbert was finishing before Bowe, which a fan loudy
pointed out to Bowe as he came back to the line. When they got back
down, Bowe made the "hush" sign to the fans behind him, then proceeded
to grab Colbert's shoe. When they took off Colbert stumbled and Bowe
beat him. It was a bit comical.

* Cassel seemed too willing to checkdown during 7 on 7 and 11 on 11,

* Palko got reps with the first team. He looked fine for the most part with the highlight being a TD to Moeaki.

* Moeaki was a security blanket every QB was quick to turn to. He had to
jump up and snag the Palko TD out of the air. Impressive.

* Thomas Jones bounced an pitch outside for what appeared to be
developing into a no gain play. Moeaki turned it into a big gain for
Jones by locking up Houston with a glorious, textbook block and shoving
him out of the play. Beautiful.

* Cassel hit Urban on a nice pass down the middle. Arenas blew him up
right as he caught it with a monster hit. It was a pretty intense
collision for just practice.

* The backup kicker (14) hit a 51 yard FG with ten yards to spare easy.

* On the last play of practice, everyone and their mother had Stanzi
dead to rights. Stanzi scampered out of the pile of humanity for a big
gain. He was stopped by Greenwood.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:54 am

The WR corps were hit and miss. Matty C threw some passes that should
have been caught. More on Cassel in a minute, WR Jeremy Horne dropped a
pass after running a good route, then Jerheme Urban ran a deep inside
slant superbly and caught the pass in stride for a huge gain. This group
is another one where they finally have some competition, though not as
deep or talented as the DL group I don't think.

WR Verran Tucker made a few catches, continues to impress me in several
areas of his game. That dude is fluid, you cannot teach that. He's got
soft hands, again, not really teachable. Urban's speed is superior, make
no mistake the guy has got burners and he's a big target. But, if it
comes down to either Tucker or Urban, wow. I would pick Tucker, but
Haley might pick Urban. Hey, it's his guy, his team - he's gonna ride in
the parade or hit the road unemployed for what he does, not me. I know
he likes Tucker also.

Jeremy Horne looks to be the odd man out here, though I liked his play
last season before the injury. He had a big catch during that SD win
opening weekend. Colbert, didn't do a thing for me. He looks like a
slower version of Dex. He's a good football player, he's never worked in
this type offense before, so it's to be expected he will look awkward.
No idea whether Colbert stays or goes, they seem intent on using
Breaston in the slot plus he can line up split out.

McClain looks good in Chiefs red. Had a carry, looked like the mean
sucka that played for Baltimore, for sure. Speaking of, former Raven NT
Kelly Gregg is the guy all the players like having around. You can just
tell when a guy like that comes around.

Matt Cassel looks very polished to me. His mechanics look swift and
precise, his throwing motion and release is much much better now than
ever. He has accuracy throwing from different release points and the
ball is a tight spiral up & down. He's not a real laser thrower, but
his arm is plenty fine for this game they play in Arrowhead.

His footwork is smoothed out from last year, he takes up less space and
time to do what he needs and that was a big complaint from the start.
That baseball wind up is gone. The ball goes up and out quickly compared
to his previous self. Will it stick? Is it natural? Beats me. We'll see
fellas, we'll see now.

He was attached by football passes with Bowe and Coach Zorn when he
wasn't in QB shells or running the offense during scrimmage. He needs to
rifle through those reads now and start making those defenses pay for
bringing more and more. He needs to know when and where that ball needs
to come out. He threw a pass or two away tonight, but it's important to
note he didn't hold on to it.

So, I claim he is getting through progressions more like we would
expect. Of course, he'll need to carry that through the regular season
and beyond if the opp arrises.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:55 am

– While working the offense over 11 plays, both Cassel and Palko threw three screen passes that were all blown up. The
catches by FB Le’Ron McClain, Charles and TE Leonard Pope all went for
negative yardage on nice defensive plays by OLB Andy Studebaker, ILB
Jovan Belcher and DE Wallace Gilberry.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:56 am

According to Todd Haleys presser from earlier, Jared Gaither will be on
the opening day roster, they are trying to get him to where he needs to
be to be ready for the season right now physically and then afterwards
mentally.

Also said Gaither is tired of being on the sideline and wants to get out
there and play with the team instead of being in the rehab area.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:56 am

ARROWHEAD STADIUM – Fireworks lit the sky following the Chiefs Back to
Football Bash Wednesday night, but Head Coach Todd Haley provided some
of his own for fans who turned out of the final public practice of 2011.

In the two-hour session at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs held a number
of 11-v-11 periods matching up the first-team offense against the
first-team defense. Now just 18 days away from kicking off the regular
season, Haley also held a developmental scrimmage for an extended
evaluation of youngsters and reserve players.

"I think (cuts) will be as difficult as ever,” Haley said. “It's never
an easy thing, and the harder it is, the better it is. For us as coaches
and as an organization, we kind of feel that way, that when those
decisions get more and more difficult - they're always difficult from
the standpoint of you've got guys that aren't going to be here and have
put a lot into it - but when they're more difficult from a
decision-making standpoint, that's good for us."

Two games, three practices and a handful of walkthroughs separate the
Chiefs from having to make a decision on the first edition of the team’s
53-man roster.

“It’s getting closer and these next two weeks are going to fly by,” LB
Derrick Johnson said. “The itch is already there to get going.”

First-Team vs. First-Team Goal Line Period

The first-team offense and defense gathered for a live goal line session
to close practice for the starters. Once again, the defense emerged
victorious.

In this version of the drill, the offense was given four downs to score
from the 10-yard line, trailing by four or more points. Here’s a recap
of the defensive victory…

1st and goal (ball on 10) – Matt Cassel pass complete to Dwayne Bowe on a 9-yard out just in front of the right pylon.

2nd and goal (ball on 1) – Thomas Jones smothered by a wall of defenders for a two-yard loss.

3rd and goal (ball on 3) – Cassel pumps for Tony Moeaki, but has to
throw the ball away with solid coverage from Jovan Belcher and Javier
Arenas.

4th and goal (ball on 3) – Cassel pass incomplete on a quick slant to
Jerheme Urban; the throw was high and had plenty of velocity. Tamba Hali
was able to find his way into the passing lane as well.

Siler Out For Chiefs

Brandon Siler was not on the field Wednesday night following reports
from his agent, David Cantor, that the linebacker’s season is over
because of injury. The Chiefs have yet to address the injury or make a
corresponding move to place Siler on injured reserve.

Siler had been working with the second-team defense at “Mike” linebacker
behind Jovan Belcher, but his crossover ability to play the “Will”
position as well had the Chiefs particularly excited. Siler signed
earlier in camp as an unrestricted free agent from San Diego. The Chiefs
did not have any crossover players at inside linebacker last season.

Justin Cole was working with the second-team defense in Siler’s absence.
Cole made the Chiefs 53-man roster last season as a rookie free agent
out of San Jose State.

“I think we have good depth right now, but it’s always tough losing any
kind of linebacker,” LB Derrick Johnson said. “It’s hard. This is a
violent sport that injuries happen in and that’s the unfortunate part of
it.”

Demorrio Williams continues to work with the second-team defense at “Will” linebacker behind Johnson.

Other Notes

- Outside linebacker could be a thin position in Friday night’s
Governor’s Cup with Eric Bahktiari, Gabe Miller and Pierre Walters all
missing Wednesday’s practice. Those absences brought the Chiefs down to
just four active players at the position – Tamba Hali, Andy Studebaker,
Justin Houston and Cameron Sheffield.

- In addition to Siler and the outside linebackers, also sitting out for
the Chiefs was WR Jonathan Baldwin, OL Darryl Harris, T Ryan
O’Callaghan and TE Jake O’Connell.

- WR Jerheme Urban continued his solid camp with a diving catch over the
middle for a 25-yard gain from Matt Cassel. He was popped by defenders
while extending his reach, but still able to hold onto the football.

- S Jon McGraw hauled in a one-handed INT when Cassel tried to connect with WR Dwayne Bowe on a post over the middle.

- Cassel connected with WR Keary Colbert for an easy TD connection after
the defense blew coverage. Later, Colbert hauled in a much more
difficult grab on a stumbling, bobbling shoe-string grab in front of S
Sabby Piscitelli. It was questionable whether or not Colbert got both
feet inbounds, but if he did, it was the best catch of camp thus far.

Meet The Team Next Monday At KC Power and Light District

The Chiefs will hold a kickoff rally Monday, Aug. 29th on the KC Live Stage at the Power and Light District.

The rally will start at 5 p.m. and among those scheduled to appear on
stage are Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley.
Special guests will include Mitch Holthus, the voice of Kansas City
Chiefs who will introduce the team from the stage. Sports Radio 810 WHB,
101 The Fox, the home of the Chiefs Radio Network, and KCTV5 will be on
site for the event.

The rally is free and open to the public. More details here.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:56 am

First-Team vs. First-Team Goal Line Period

The first-team offense and defense gathered for a live goal line session
to close practice for the starters. Once again, the defense emerged
victorious.

In this version of the drill, the offense was given four downs to score
from the 10-yard line, trailing by four or more points. Here’s a recap
of the defensive victory…

1st and goal (ball on 10) – Matt Cassel pass complete to Dwayne Bowe on a 9-yard out just in front of the right pylon.

2nd and goal (ball on 1) – Thomas Jones smothered by a wall of defenders for a two-yard loss.

3rd and goal (ball on 3) – Cassel pumps for Tony Moeaki, but has to
throw the ball away with solid coverage from Jovan Belcher and Javier
Arenas.

4th and goal (ball on 3) – Cassel pass incomplete on a quick slant to
Jerheme Urban; the throw was high and had plenty of velocity. Tamba Hali
was able to find his way into the passing lane as well.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:57 am

Cassel connected with WR Keary Colbert for an easy TD connection after the defense blew coverage.

Later, Colbert hauled in a much more difficult grab on a stumbling, bobbling shoe-string grab in front of S Sabby Piscitelli.

It was questionable whether or not Colbert got both feet inbounds, but if he did, it was the best catch of camp thus far.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:33 pm

Quote :
– Here’s the No. 1 punt return team in front of those returners: Reshard
Langford, Jalil Brown, Jackie Battle, Eric Berry, Andy Studebaker,
Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams, Justin Cole, Cory Greenwood and
Brandon Carr.

– And the first punt team with P Dustin Colquitt has: Verran Tucker,
Jackie Battle, Andy Studebaker, Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams,
Justin Cole, Reshard Langford, Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and
snapper Thomas Gafford.

Interesting that Copper isn't on the ST's unit. Maybe Colbert has impressed enough to nudge him off the roster, while also keeping Urban.

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PostSubject: Re: More Practice   Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:07 pm

RustShack wrote:
Quote :
– Here’s the No. 1 punt return team in front of those returners: Reshard
Langford, Jalil Brown, Jackie Battle, Eric Berry, Andy Studebaker,
Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams, Justin Cole, Cory Greenwood and
Brandon Carr.

– And the first punt team with P Dustin Colquitt has: Verran Tucker,
Jackie Battle, Andy Studebaker, Justin Houston, Demorrio Williams,
Justin Cole, Reshard Langford, Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and
snapper Thomas Gafford.

Interesting that Copper isn't on the ST's unit. Maybe Colbert has impressed enough to nudge him off the roster, while also keeping Urban.

I hope, i cant stand that worthless pig stain Copper!
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