SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir talks with head coach Todd Haley during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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There was panic in the Chiefs Nation when Charlie Weis left the team after the 2010 season and moved on to the University of Florida to serve in the same capacity. There was more panic when Haley named Muir as the new coordinator and not one of the hotshot offensive assistants that are always floating about the league.
But what few people took into consideration was that last season, when the Chiefs led the league in rushing; there was one man who called nearly 100 percent of the running plays – Bill Muir.
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"I was still reeling from leaving Baltimore," Zorn said. "I enjoyed it there. Their team is very good, Joe Flacco is a really good quarterback, so it was hard for me to leave there.
"But the next opportunity that comes along … to come here? Todd and I communicate well. We see the passing game the same way. We want to attack down the field.
"This was a great opportunity. We have a pretty good team here. To hand the ball to Jamaal (Charles) and to see Dexter (McCluster) running, those guys can really play, and that’s going to enhance what Matt does as well."
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Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 110. South southeast wind between 6 and 10 mph.
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Haley and his coaching staff do not get to choose the Chiefs leaders. They can certainly put players in positions and situations where their teammates look to them for leadership. That’s what happened when Vrabel was brought in as part of the trade with New England for QB Matt Cassel.
"It’s something that really has to evolve," Haley said. "We definitely coach it and coach the need for leadership to the entire team at all times. I think good teams, those guys step up at the appropriate time. That’s what I’ll be looking for as the head coach."
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Asked Sunday if, two years later, he feels the pressure of that contract and of being such a high draft pick, Jackson said he ignores outsiders’ expectations. Still, he said he hasn’t met his own expectations.
"I just hold myself accountable to a much higher standard than everyone else does," he said, "so my production is the most important thing to me."
The revolving door that is NFL personnel in this post-lockout transition time continues to whirl.
On Sunday, the Chiefs got one of their own signed and added a starter from one of their AFC West rivals.
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This is probably jumping the gun after just three practices, but from the group of undrafted college free agents keep an eye on No. 79, OT Butch Lewis. Out of Southern Cal, Lewis started games at both guard spots and right tackle. It’s at RT where he is working in camp and he shows good footwork and power.
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And what Cassel needs to work on most?
"He needs to work on his footwork," Zorn said. "He needs to become more sudden in change of direction, that’s why we’re working on the drills, and then efficient. Those are some of the things early in this camp that he’ll be working on."
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If Kansas City Chiefs fans could make a wish, they should probably plead for Matt Cassel's continued good health.
Behind their Pro Bowl quarterback, at least early in camp, are two potential backups with a grand total of four NFL completions between them. And one guy has all of those.
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Q: How is it to go into the season with so little experience behind your number one quarterback?
HALEY: "We obviously think about those things across the roster of what-if scenarios and you can go all day talking about them. The number one thing we have to do is develop players as coaches. We have to develop players and coach the team, especially in this stage of the year. This is training camp, we’re not playing games, we have to develop players. If we can do that, I think good things will happen."
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Not In Camp
Justin Houston remains the lone draft pick without a contract and was absent for the third-straight day of training camp. Tamba Hali has not signed his franchise tender and is yet to report. Restricted free agents Brandon Carr, Wallace Gilberry and Barry Richardson also remain unsigned.
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Kansas City kept just two quarterbacks on its 53-man roster for the first 14 weeks of 2010 and a similar decision likely wouldn’t bode well for Palko.
"I’m looking for guys that are getting better," Haley said. "You need to see progress. Obviously when you look at us right now we have Palko, we have Stanzi - neither one of them has played a whole bunch in the league, obviously Tyler’s been around a little longer but hasn’t had a lot of play time, but he’s here for a reason."
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Brandon Carr is rated as one the top available free agents, and as of Saturday, his status with the Kansas City Chiefs remained the same. The former Carman-Ainsworth and Grand Valley State standout enters his fourth season with the defending AFC West champion Chiefs, who posted a 10-6 record in 2010. He’s widely considered one of the top young cornerbacks in the game and had a career-high 25 pass deflections last year.
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Darryl Harris happily rotated between repetitions at center and guard during the first three days of training camp.
Now in his third year with the Kansas City Chiefs, Harris continues to try and prove that he belongs on the roster. He might not ever receive a better chance than this week.
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