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
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…
2nd and goal (ball on 1) –
Siler Out For Chiefs
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.
“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.”
- Outside linebacker could be a thin position in Friday night’s Governor’s Cup with Eric Bahktiari,
- 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.
- Cassel connected with WR
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.