From River Falls, Wisconsin
Rain has put a damper on the last days of 2009 Chiefs training camp here in the northwoods. Luckily, most of the heavy lifting for the week was already done and all that was left to do was final preparations for Friday night’s pre-season game against the Vikings over in Minneapolis.
The Chiefs will leave Wisconsin with questions about their offense, which has been unproductive and inefficient to date. On Thursday, QB Matt Cassel said that one of the things slowing down the development on his side of the ball is the search for just what the Chiefs approach will be on offense
“They are throwing a lot at us as a team, trying to see what we can handle offensively,” Cassel said. “We are trying to see what we are going to be. Are we going to be a running team? Or are we going to be a passing team? … We are still trying to find our identity.”
Cassel’s performance has been up and down as well, but he said he feels like progress has been made.
“There are some good days and there are some bad days, but all in all I feel comfortable with where I’m at,” Cassel said. “There’s a lot of things you learn from the pre-season as far as the offense goes, what routes will work against different coverages and stuff like that. It’s a process.”
That’s a favored word these days around the Chiefs: process. Todd Haley uses it often in talking about his team and especially his offense.
“I think we just have to continue to get better. It’s a process, this whole thing is a process although we might be leaving here in a couple of days camp is going to continue. It’s just going to continue in a different venue. I don’t know how many days we have left now but I’m guessing in the mid to high-20s where we’re going to be able to continue to go out and practice and continue to install and try to find our identity.
“It’s a process and right now we’re heading into our second pre-season game and I expect every position to continue to improve and get better.”
Haley said on Thursday that he expects his first team offense and defense to play through the first half, with some exceptions. He also thinks the set up for this game against the Vikings is a great opportunity for his team.
“There are certain places that you play in the pre-season that are excellent,” said Haley. “Green Bay is one because you always knew it would be a regular season type atmosphere. But Minnesota being indoors and all the excitement surrounding (Brett) Favre, the fans will obviously be excited. It’s a game I’m looking forward too. We will get a lot out of it.”