Arrowhead Report: Friday, Sept. 17th

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Chiefs list DE Wallace Gilberry as probable; DE Tyson Jackson officially ruled questionable for Sunday

The Chiefs wrapped up a short week of preparations for Cleveland on Friday;one  that that head coach Todd Haley revised in comparison to a normal game week. Adding to the challenges of a short work week is the ambiguity of the Cleveland’s quarterback situation. Jake Delhomme has yet to practice this week, but the Browns have yet to rule their starter out.

If Delhomme is unable to play, Seneca Wallace will draw the start against Kansas City.

“Whenever that occurs it’s always a problem,” Haley said. “They are two different quarterbacks in some ways, but in the drop-back aspect they are the same; so that part is what I’m a little worried about.”

As far as the Chiefs injuries go, starting left defensive end Tyson Jackson missed practice for a third consecutive day.  Wallace Gilberry, on the other hand, returned to practice on Friday and told reporters afterwards that he plans on playing against Cleveland.

“The coaches have kind of protected me this week and I think them for that,” Gilberry said. “But at the same time I have to go out there and prove myself, and get my job done; back or no back.”

Gilberry listed as "probable" for Sunday following practice.

The Chiefs full injury report reads as follows...


OLB Tamba Hali (foot)

DE Tyson Jackson (knee)

T Ryan O'Callaghan (groin)


DE Wallace Gilberry (back)

S Jon McGraw (hamstring)

Dueling Return Men

Expect to see more of both Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas in the Chiefs return game. After pairing to set a single-game franchise record with 160 punt return yards against San Diego, Haley and special teams coach Steve Hoffman don’t have any immediate plans to give one of the rookies a monopoly in the return game.

“It’s not very often that you get true competition at that position where guys are competing and trying to outdo the other one,” Haley said. “I think that’s a real good problem to have, in my opinion.

“These are two guys that you have to understand there are going to be some ups and downs,” Haley continued. “To this point, those two have done a lot of really good things. But Javier, on defense, probably had a couple of plays that he would like back and I know Dexter on the toss that we gave him and the (muffed) punt would like to have those back.”

Yesterday Haley mentioned that he wanted to get McCluster more involved in the offensive game plan, but weather conditions dictated otherwise last Monday night. Haley once again mentioned McCluster during the press conference today as a player who he is excited about having in the backfield behind runners Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles.

Coach Knows You Have a Fantasy Team

Speaking of Jones and Charles, what are you going to do about your fantasy football team? Haley made the situation for each player a little more uncertain by re-iterating that the flow of each game will determine how each player is used; not a preconceived amount of carries.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Haley said. “Now, in the fantasy football world I could see it being a bad problem to have. But we’re worried about the Kansas City Chiefs and what we need to do to win.”

Good for the Chiefs, but bad for your fantasy team.

Jones and Charles both received 11 rushes against San Diego. McCluster and FB Tim Castille were the other backs that saw carries with each one rushing attempt.

McCluster On Punt Return TD

Earlier this week we're heard Haley explain that while he doesn't encourage players to field punts at their own six yard line, he did give McCluster a little more freedom because of San Diego P Mike Scifres' booming leg. Ultimately, everything worked out well; as in franchise record 94-yard TD well.

Today, we heard McCluster's side of things.

"He kicked it real deep and I knew wehere I was on the field, but had enough space to catch the ball," McCluster explained. "I also knew that I had enough space to ultimately make somebody miss, so I went ahead and took that chance and caught it.

"I knew that if I wouldn't have scored, it could have been bad for me," McCluster continued. "But it ended up going for a touchdown, so we can kind of forgot about it and just roll with it."

As a result of that return, McCluster leads the NFL with a 33.3-yard punt return average.

Charlie Likes Winning

Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis likes winning. Of course, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. We all like winning.

But why Weis especially likes winning is because of its impact on the players in the film room.

“The best part is that after you win a game, it’s very easy to give constructive criticism to the players, because they’re much more open to it and they feel good that they won,” Weis said. “It’s actually been a very good teaching week because you can be an even bigger stickler for mistakes that take place since they are already feeling pretty good that they won the game.”

Charlie and Romeo

Each week we seem to learn a little bit more about Kansas City’s new coordinators. Today, Weis squashed the belief held by most – that he’s the fiery coordinator, and that Romeo Crennel is the calm coordinator.

In general, that belief might be true, but it’s not on gamedays; at least according to Weis.

“That’s a myth,” Weis laughed after a reporter implied that Weis was fiery on gamedays. “On gameday, I’m the one that’s pretty calm and he’s the one that’s fiery!”

Crennel laughed when he heard Weis’ claim and then moved on to more football talk.

“The players have to understand what my personality is and how that impacts them, just like the offense has to understand Charlie’s personality,” Crennel said. “I think that you just have to be yourself and that gives you the best chance to win.”

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