The Chiefs notified the media they were going to hold a walkthrough practice on Wednesday in their indoor facility and that media wouldn’t be allowed.
On Thursday, a Kansas City Star reporter pressed Chiefs coach Todd Haley after players said it was a regular practice. Haley responded that it was, indeed, a walkthrough and that players didn’t wear helmets.
Teams are allowed to bar media from walkthrough practices during training camp. The Star’s Adam Teicher was granted permission to view tape of the practice. He said he verified that it was a walkthrough.
2010 Projected Winner of the AFC West:
Kansas City Chiefs Odds to win the AFC West 3.5 to 1
The Kansas City Chiefs finished 2009 with just four wins last year and ended the year in the basement of the AFC West. Going from worst to first is not a stretch in this division.
Matt Cassel is a solid quarterback and he works well in the spread offense implemented by Head Coach Todd Haley.
The Chiefs bolstered the coaching staff in the off season bringing in Charlie Weis to coordinate the offense and Romeo Crennel to work on defense.
The Chiefs acquired running back Thomas Jones in the off season and he will fit right in on a team that was ranked 8th in yards per rush.
“Year one,” he told Babb, “you just get smashed with a whole lot of stuff. Going to the combine, going straight to the minicamps and stuff, you never get that time off to relax. But year two is pretty much more slow. Guys get to start understanding football at the NFL level and get a better grasp of everything.”
Chiefs coach Todd Haley can hope that proves to be the case for Jackson.
“We’ll know more as we go forward,” Haley told Babb. “I think that he learned a lot last year. He survived it. It wasn’t always perfect, but he came back for more, hungry.”
For his part, Jackson said he’s been helped by new Kansas City defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, a former defensive line coach who works hard to bring out the best in all his defenders, especially the defensive linemen that he needs to help his defensive scheme succeed.
“I’ve just got to keep going out there every day and put my talent to work, continue to work hard,” Jackson said, “and let everything else play itself out.”