As much as the Chiefs enjoyed their season-opening win over San Diego on Monday Night Football, Wednesday marked the end of feel-goods. Kansas City was back on the practice field late this afternoon, correcting mistakes from Monday and hurrying to prepare for Cleveland on a short week.
Instead hitting the field for a normal Wednesday schedule, head coach Todd Haley eased back on the accelerator and held a helmets-free practice that had more of a mental emphasis.
“The schedule thing continues to be something that you have to be prepared for obviously,” Haley said. “It is a little different than last week handling the extra day, this week now coming off a very late game in a game on the road in which we lose an hour of time. I think the schedule becomes an important factor and the state the Chiefs are in on Sunday.”
The Chiefs officially listed Jackson as a non-participant in practice (knee), while the club also listed
Anderson at Practice
Newly acquired linebacker
“This has been a short week, so coach hasn’t had a chance to talk to me yet about what my specific role is,” Anderson said. “So I don’t really know right now, but I’m open to anything that they have to say.”
Haley indicated that Anderson’s familiarity with the Chiefs defensive system factored into club’s decision to bring the linebacker on board. Anderson previously played in a 3-4 scheme the past two seasons in Miami.
As for Sheffield, he suffered a neck injury against Philadelphia on August 27th and is the sixth Chief to be placed on injured reserve in 2010. The other five players are TE
Neck injuries placed three of those six players on the injured reserve list (Cottam, Sheffield and Leggett), indicating an organizational approach of caution involving players that suffer head trauma or neck injury.
Mum on Jake
One thing is for certain, the Browns aren’t yielding any early clues as to the playing status of starting QB Jake Delhomme. Delhomme, who suffered a right ankle injury against Tampa Bay last week, was reportedly wearing a walking boot on Tuesday afternoon and did not practice with the Browns today.
In a conference call with the Kansas City media, Browns head coach Eric Mangini gave the ordinary coach-speak when asked about Delhomme’s health. Starting RB Jerome Harrison, on the other hand, had a more entertaining way of keeping quiet.
“I don’t know, I wasn’t out there long enough to tell,” Harrison laughed after being asked if Delhomme had practiced today.
With Harrison’s joking aside, if Delhomme is unable to play against the Chiefs, Seneca Wallace will get the start for the Browns on Sunday.
“It will be Seneca,” Mangini said. “Seneca has worked a bunch with the first team over the course of the preseason. He is a guy that I didn’t know prior to him coming here, but have really liked since he came here.”
Wallace is 0-1 as a starter against the Chiefs, going 15-of-30 for 198 yards with 3 TDs and 2 INTs in a 35-28 loss at Arrowhead in 2006. Wallace, who was playing for Seattle at the time, filled in for injured starter Matt Hasselbeck in that game.
Regardless, the Chiefs are preparing for both quarterbacks this weekend; two very different quarterbacks at that. Throw wildcat QB Josh Cribbs into the mix as well and Cleveland has three players that Kansas City needs to prepare for behind center.
“I think that you have two very talented quarterbacks that I have had some experience with,” Haley said. “Being in Arizona in games out there vs. Seattle that Seneca had to play. I think he is a very versatile guy and he has played other positions.
“Jake has obviously proven himself over the years as a very good quarterback in the league,” Haley continued. “He is a tough, gritty competitor and he will fight to win. You have two very dangerous quarterbacks in my opinion with another guy, number 16, that they will line up back there one way or another. We have our hands full.”
Call it Conservative
Call it conservative football, the Chiefs don’t care.
The “conservative” label isn’t something that football teams usually like to refer to their offensive approach as being, but things were different for the Chiefs on Monday night. With the heavy rains and a 14-point lead factored into the situation, players and coaches weren’t shy about calling their offensive game plan exactly that when asked on Wednesday.
“I cannot overplay the conditions combined with the score, I just can’t overplay it,” Haley said. “Every time the ball was thrown I was holding my breath, and handing off too. Normally you don’t think that way. I know that I don’t think that way, but it was slick and it went from humid to wet. There were conditions ripe for the ball being on the ground.”
The Chiefs determined that, offensively, one of the worst possible things that could happen would be a second half turnover. As a result, the offensive approach was focused on taking care of the football, even if it resulted in a greater amount of punts.
“We did have emphasis on taking care of the ball, so we were a lot more conservative when we were playing with a two-score lead,” QB
Even with that approach against San Diego, Cassel is looking for bigger performances out of the Chiefs passing game going forward.
“We’re obviously not satisfied with what we did in the passing game,” Cassel said. “I know that we had inclement weather and all that stuff, but that’s really no excuse.”
Haley also said that he had hoped to get