Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Morning walk-through and afternoon practices are scheduled for today.
Haley was asked Monday whether that playoff loss — and the time he had to stew over it — led to the team targeting the players that had, months earlier, given the Chiefs a beating at Arrowhead Stadium.
"A coincidence," Haley said. "Now, again, if you’re able to acquire players that you think can fit with what you’re doing, and they’re coming from teams that are winning-type teams, I think that’s a good thing."
Haley hasn’t decided on how he’ll approach kickoffs, but it’s hard to believe he won’t keep his options open and change from game to game. Last year, the Chiefs worked in some short, high hang-time kickoffs with Succop against Seattle with Leon Washington and in other games.
"We did it last year and had some success with it," Haley said. "I’m sure that will be a factor again."
Special teams coach Steve Hoffman said it all comes down to who will be returning for the other team and under what conditions when it comes to weather and field conditions.
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KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs Training Camp: Monday, Aug. 15
KC Star Video: Haley feels good about his team
News-Press Photo Gallery: 08/15/11 Chiefs Training Camp
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South southeast wind between 8 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind between 6 and 9 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Training Camp Practice Report from The National Weather Service
A group of 14 military men and women from Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster joined the Chiefs for their Monday afternoon practice under dark and stormy skies at Missouri Western State University.
They didn’t just watch the session, they became part of it. Head coach Todd Haley brought them onto the field at the beginning of practice and introduced them to the team.
Training Camp Practice Report - 8/15 from Bob Gretz
"Thomas Jones hits very hard. We were trying to knock him down and he ended up bruising up four of us. I can definitely see why he runs over linebackers in the NFL."
"If they can do this for every base out there with every team, it would be amazing. This was the time of our lives. We had a lot of fun and the teamwork and camaraderie they had out there is something that we can take back home."
- Post-practice reactions from troops
Heartland Health Practice Report: USO on Wheels from The Mothership
So against the Chiefs this Friday night, Harbaugh said his kicker will "punch it down there because we are going to have to train our guys to cover kicks. We’re not going to go through the whole season kicking touchbacks. That would be foolish.
"Right now, they can know that they are going to get a chance to cover kicks in this game or return kicks in this game because we need to cover them. If we don’t decide to cover them, we are not going to have any kicks to cover. I wasn’t very impressed with it in the first week."
Ravens to Give Chiefs a Chance... at Kickoff Returns from The Red Zone
Kansas City travels to Baltimore on Friday, Aug. 19 for each teams’ second preseason contest. Both clubs lost their preseason opener as the Chiefs fell 25-0 to the Buccaneers (8/12) and the Ravens lost 13-6 at Philadelphia (8/11).
Chiefs vs Ravens - Preseason Game 2 from The Mothership
The Ravens are preparing for their pre-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night, here is some tidbits of Raven information you may not have known about the Ravens.
Food for Thought: Things You Might Not Know About the Ravens from Football News Now
Q: What did you think about DL
Jerrell Powe running down Josh Johnson Friday night?
HALEY: "He actually got out of position on that play, but you can make a wrong a right by coming back, and like we said, that quarterback felt that hit and the ball almost came out. Good things happen because he didn’t get caught up on, ‘oh, I did this wrong,’ and then you start worrying about it. He ran hard. There were a bunch of plays like that that were encouraging across the board for us."
Q&A with Todd Haley 8/15 from The Mothership
The contrasting approach that Tampa Bay, and its head coach, Raheem Morris, and Kansas City took to the game is an excellent microcosm of the differing ways teams have approached this unique preseason.
Sitting with Haley, I could see his assistant coaches and players were singularly focused on physically getting ready for the season. Haley said he wasn't sure his team was physically ready for a game, and he was going to be very conservative with regards to the playing time of his veteran and rookies.
Still Looks Like An Ordinary Preseason from FOX Sports
Player to watch: A year after the Chiefs saw former first-round picks OLB Tamba Hali and WR Dwayne Bowe have breakout years, they wouldn't mind if two more did the same in 2011. DEs Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson have yet to fully show the ability that made them top-five picks, though Dorsey has emerged as a very good run stopper. Greater contributions from both players should solidify the defensive line.
AFC West Training-camp Reports from ProFootballWeekly
Ricky Stanzi, Chiefs
This kid is the future in KC. We like him a lot more then we do Matt Cassel. This kid reminds us of a young Tom Brady. He is a great buy in dynasty leagues and keeper leagues. If we ran the Chiefs, this kid would start in 2011, though admittedly, he could benefit from some clipboard time and NFL coaching. At some point, they will give Stanzi the keys to a very nice offensive team.
Not playing in the preseason opener didn’t count against Casey Wiegmann’s streak.
The 38-year-old veteran probably didn’t care much for remaining on the sidelines during all of Kansas City’s 25-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. Then again, Wiegmann really doesn’t care all that much about his run of 9,078 consecutive snaps logged without a break in the regular season.
Wiegmann just likes to play football and that’s why he’s back for at least one more season in Kansas City.
Wiegmann's Streak Hits 2nd Decade from The St. Joseph News-Press