Good morning! An early Arrowheadlines so I can catch a train into the city (work and tonight's Yankees game). Here is this morning's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Back to Football Bash on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium. This year’s event will feature an open practice, autograph opportunities and will culminate with a special fireworks show.
The event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the beginning of the season and will offer something for every Chiefs fan. Stadium parking lots and the Ford Fan Experience will open at 5 p.m. Parking is also free for this event.
Chiefs Celebrate Fans With Back To Football Bash from The Mothership
Time always creeps up on a coaching staff, and that’s particularly true for the Chiefs in this most unusual of training camps. The first of two roster cutdown dates already looms after Friday night’s game against St. Louis at Arrowhead Stadium.
"As coaches, you’re never happy," coach Todd Haley said. "You want more, more, more and more time. It’s always good."
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs practice | Tuesday, Aug. 23
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 105. North northwest wind between 8 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 68. Northeast wind between 8 and 13 mph.
Open Practice Weather Report from The National Weather Service
Haley’s voice could be heard from two football fields away and most of the time the head coach was directing his comments to his offense. That unit had another tough day against the Chiefs defense.
"Come on offense, show a little fight," Haley said at one point.
But fight was not evident during most of the 100-minute session from the offense.
Pre-Season Practice Report - 8/23 from Bob Gretz
Jared Gaither was a practice participant once again Tuesday morning, but only in a limited capacity. After fully participating in his first two days of practice with the Chiefs earlier this month, Gaither had missed a week’s worth of time before returning to the practice field yesterday.
He’s been dressed in full pads for both practice sessions this week, but has not participated in many team periods. When active, he’s worked with the second-team offense at left tackle.
Camp Report: 8/23/11 from The Mothership
In two preseason games, Succop has kicked off four times. He had a touchback against Tampa Bay, and his three kickoffs at Baltimore went into the end zone but were returned: from 7 yards deep to the 21; from 1 yard deep to the 35; and from 8 yards deep to the 25...
..."I wasn’t trying to kick touchbacks," Succop said. "I was trying more to just hang the ball, and they went a little deeper than I wanted to kick them …"
Chiefs' Ryan Succop Works On Directional Kickoffs from KC Star
If you’ve frequented KCChiefs.com throughout the summer months, particularly Chiefs LIVE!, then you’ve already heard about the new broadcast lineup 65 Toss Power Trap Productions has planned for KCChiefs.com.
If not, let us catch you up a little.
65 TPT is set to premier two new shows this fall, airing exclusively on KCChiefs.com.
65 TPT Rolls Out New Fall Lineup from The Mothership
The Governor’s Cup game on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium between the Chiefs and Rams will be all about Joplin.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Chiefs president Mark Donovan and Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff on Tuesday announced several initiatives that will help the recovery efforts of Joplin, which is still recovering from the devastating tornado that hit the community last May.
Chiefs, Rams, Dedicate Governor's Cup Game to Joplin from KC Star
Q: The last couple days you’ve been very vocal with your offense. First off, would you agree your defense seems to be ahead of your offense?
HALEY: "Yeah, I think I said that when you don’t scheme offensively and you don’t scheme defensively, it hurts the offense a little more, generally. I think that’s just the way that it is, so I want to be fair to those guys. We’re working fundamentals and we’re working base offense, bread and butter stuff – runs, pass, play action. But, the offense is making progress.
Q&A with Todd Haley 8/23 from The Motherhip
The Chiefs face a much more challenging schedule following their breakout year, one of the unpleasant side effects of success. They visit Indianapolis in early October, head to New England at the end of November, face the Pittsburgh Steelers the following week, then face a gantlet in December that includes a trip to the New York Jets and a game against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
Good luck with that, guys.
NFL 2011: After Winning AFC West, Chiefs Out to Prove Rise Was No Fluke from The Washington Post
"He wasn’t good enough early on, just from a standpoint of going out and being ready to play," Haley said. "He came back through the off-season and you could tell he had a chip on his shoulder. And again, that’s where I say as a coach, ‘I don’t expect you to want to be my friend, just respect me in the end,’ and that’s a great testament to the fact, here a guy wants to come back and be coached and pushed and see how good he can be, and that’s exciting stuff for a coach."
Ex-Wolverine Steve Breaston Gets Pushed By New Coach At Kansas City from The Detroit Free Press
Kansas City's last playoff victory came in 1994, when the opponent was the Houston Oilers, a team that no longer exists. The Chiefs are on a 0-7 run in the postseason and are 3-12 in the playoffs since winning Super Bowl IV in 1970. After finishing 10-6 in the 2010 regular season and winning a home playoffs berth, Kansas City barely put up a fight against the Ravens, wheezing out by 30-7 and recording only eight first downs in the process.
How to Win Big by Losing Cheaply from ESPN
Between Jonathan "Rocky Balboa'' Baldwin's locker room antics and Todd Haley's post-game irritations, there certainly is some sparring going on in Kansas City these days. By trading punches with well-respected teammate Thomas Jones, Baldwin just erased whatever repair work he had managed to do on his diva reputation since April's draft. Now the rookie receiver has to both heal his damaged hand and patch things up in the eyes of the Chiefs veterans.
But Haley, the combative third-year K.C. head coach, has a little work to do as well, because there's no such thing as running up the score in the preseason, and his unhappiness with the late-game strategy of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh doesn't play well.
Giants' Secondary, Chiefs Among Week 2 Preseason Losers from Sports Illustrated
17. Kansas City Chiefs: If anybody can challenge the Chargers in the AFC West, it's going to be these guys, who are absolutely explosive on offense. They'll simply outscore a lot of teams to push for nine or 10 wins.
Preseason NFL Power Rankings from The Arizona Republic
17. Kansas City Chiefs Baldwin's distraction not what you want out of a first-rounder.
Preseason Week Three Power Rankings from ProFootballWeekly
"I was speaking with Duane [sic] Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs and he told me he writes down his personal goals and checks them every day. He wants to win a Super Bowl. I want to win a Monsignor Martin championship. He puts 20 touchdowns a year he wants to get. That's what stuck in my mind is write personal goals. He said he looks at it every single day and that's what I'm doing. I put down four thousand passing yards and two thousand rushing yards and over 50 td's so that's what I'm going for."
Marauders Hope To Repeat from WGRZ
Florida State held its second and final scrimmage of preseason camp Tuesday at Doak Campbell Stadium, with coach Jimbo Fisher describing the play on the field as "feast or famine" on both sides of the football...
'Feast or Famine' Scrimmage for 'Noles from Nole Digest