Running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a high ankle sprain in last week's game against Denver, was participating in the early portion of Kansas City Chiefs practice Thursday.
The Chiefs aren’t saying anything, beyond that Charles was limited in practice on Thursday. High ankle sprains typically take at least a month to heal, but "typically" rarely applies to Charles. At the very least, after a foot injury and now the ankle, Charles is nicked up the season after accounting for 37 percent of the Chiefs’ offense. Even if Charles is healthy, the Chiefs don’t have the kind of linemen (particularly the guards) to make the screen passes as big a part of the offense as they were last year.
What to do? Improve the pass coverage. A two-game sample that includes the Broncos will hurt any defensive measures, but Jake Locker went 22-of-33 for 266 yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs in Week 1.
"You’re going to have 10 to 15 third downs a game and the key I think for us against the Broncos was the fact that they were all manageable," Pederson explained. "We did a nice job on first and second down on getting positive yards. We have to keep building on that." Facing a Dolphins defense that has allowed just 10 of 32 third down conversions in their first two games, the Chiefs offense will need to continue their upward trend as they face another good defense this Sunday.
When starting Chiefs safety Eric Berry was forced to leave the game against the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury last Sunday, he was at the time replaced by Ron Parker, who despite being listed as a cornerback, did an ample job for the Chiefs. As it turned out, the safety role wasn’t unfamiliar to Parker, who played that position during his collegiate career at Newberry College.
To Davis’ right, a man with a headset has raced 10 yards to greet Davis before he trots back on the field. They meet, and running backs coach Eric Bieniemy — who is both Davis’ greatest fan and also his greatest critic — shows his approval by sticking out his hand, which Davis slaps enthusiastically for a low five. "Like he was a proud father," Davis, a second-year pro, recalls with a laugh.
"They’ve got a pretty complicated offense," Reid said. "They do a lot of things in the throw game and the run game. Defensively, they’re explosive. They have a lot of speed and toughness." The Dolphins are led offensively by first-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who spent last year as the quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Chip Kelly.
Teicher: This is the first time the Chiefs will play against Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Give us a little scouting report on him, his strengths and weaknesses. His season isn't off to a great start, statistically at least. How committed are the Dolphins to Tannehill?
Both teams have injuries to key players. The Chiefs came close to winning at Denver last week without six starters, including stars Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles. Knile Davis was solid after replacing Charles. Alex Smith's ability to extend plays with his feet could pose problems for the Dolphins.
For example, in 2012, the Chief were one of the worst teams in the NFL, recording a 2-14 record. However the following year, they finished second in the AFC West with a 11-5 record. The same goes for the 2010 regular season. The team came first in their division, yet the previous three seasons they recorded three losing seasons in a row. After that winning season, the team once again slipped into mediocrity again, recording 7-9 and 2-14 losing seasons for 2011 and 2012 respectively. This begs the question; which Kansas City team will show up this season?