From River Falls, Wisconsin
Mike Vrabel says that Brett Favre’s routine of missing training camp and then showing up to play quarterback wouldn’t fly with the regime of Pioli/Haley with the Chiefs.
Would Todd Haley agree?
“I’m just worried about this house; it’s on fire and I’m just trying to keep it from burning down,” Haley said after the Chiefs Tuesday afternoon practice here in the northwoods.
What’s been smoldering for the Chiefs has been the offense, and there was some improvement on Tuesday, but it seemed to come more from the running game than the passing game.
After practice Haley was asked about the play of his starting QB Matt Cassel and the state of the offense.
“I think in general, across the board, for us to have a chance we are going to have to play pretty good football,” said Haley. “We are not going to be able to beat ourselves, whether it’s poor throws, penalties, turnovers, whatever it is.
“I’m always concerned with the quarterback. I thought today we threw the ball around a little bit. I think there were some positives in the passing game.”
Not enough positives in the case of QB Brodie Croyle, however. During a drill, Croyle fumbled a snap from center and then there was confusion on a play whether it was a run or pass. Haley yanked Croyle from the drill, replacing him with Matt Gutierrez. In the next portions of practice, Gutierrez worked and Croyle did not. But towards the end of practice, Croyle was back with the No. 2 offense.
Haley was also unhappy and expressed his point to rookie WR Quinten Lawrence who less than enthusiastically went after a couple of passes in the middle of the field.
“Most everybody is afraid; that comes with the territory of being an NFL receiver,” said Haley. “But you have to go places that aren’t too comfortable. You’ve just got to get the job done.”
More from the afternoon workout:
– The Chiefs offense showed some spark with the running game; with the ball backed up in at the offense’s 1-yard line, Larry Johnson burst through the left side on a long run. Several plays later Jamaal Charles did the same thing on the right side.
– Four players did not take part in the practice: QB Tyler Thigpen, RB Kolby Smith, G Tavares Washington and ILB Zach Thomas.
– WR Devard Darling went out of Monday’s afternoon practice with a shoulder injury, but he was back in full pads and participating in Tuesday’s session.
– WR Dwayne Bowe got more work with the No. 1 offense on Tuesday than he has in recent practices, but he’s still behind Darling and Terrance Copper on the depth chart. “I thought it was a good practice,” Haley said of Bowe. “He showed up some. He’s making progress.”
– Barry Richardson continues to run with the No. 1 offense at right tackle. “Barry has a chance,” Haley said. “He’s a guy who used the off-season program to his benefit. He lost more weight than anybody else in the program, he got himself into condition and he got stronger. He should continue to get stronger as we move forward. He’s made progress daily. It’s not picture perfect by any means, but he’s created some competition there.”
– Again, searching for an effective returner, Haley had RBs handling the duties on Tuesday: Jackie Battle, Jamaal Charles and Javarris Williams.
– CB Brandon Flowers picked off Cassel during one of the team drills, grabbing a pass intended for Lawrence. Flowers got his first NFL interception last year against Brett Favre and he hopes to get another one Friday night when the Chiefs face the Vikings. “Everybody wants to play against a quarterback like Brett Favre,” Flowers said. “Those are games you never forget, when you play against a great quarterback. I hope he plays.”
- K Ryan Succop hit four field goals on the day, making them from 34, 27, 39 and 52 yards. Succop was kicking into a strong wind and he made the 52-yard FG on a “May Day” situation, where the FG team had 18 seconds to lineup, get set and get the kick off.