The Morning Fix

1) Potential Offensive MVP

Everyone is now familiar with the stellar player named Jamaal Charles, who earlier this offseason I was ready to deem the best running back in the NFL. Half the time he touches the ball he does something impressive with it. While I could go on and on about how great of a runner he is, what you might not know are his strengths elsewhere. On the 56 plays where he remained in for pass protection, he allowed pressure only once. His average of 9.7 yards after the catch was good for fifth best among the league’s running backs. As much as the Kansas City staff would like to limit his carries and ensure he will be an asset long term, he is capable of being an every down back. The more he touches the ball, the better the Chiefs chances are.

HALEY: “As far as Jared goes, I’ve been pretty clear that where he was coming from we knew that it was going to take a little time in a number of different areas, mentally and physically. But, for right now, the work is being done, for the most part, on the physical side of just trying to get him physically ready to go where he can hold up to the rigors of a season. So, [I] haven’t seen a lot as far as football goes, other than he’s got a lot of tape out there and he’s a good player. He’s getting better every day. He’s getting stronger. The core strength is coming back, which is the key. He’s getting a little tired of working out on the side, but he’s progressing and I feel good about where he is on his own individual plan.”

Fans can also create their own photo opportunities, choosing from several Chiefs backdrops, and young fans can sport a Chiefs logo with the help of face painting and an airbrush artist. Inside the stadium, fans can enjoy the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable, the Chiefs Sports Lab and the Team Store. In the Hall of Honor, Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors will be signing autographs and posing for pictures from 6-7:15 p.m.

“In that game, you saw Allen Bailey just as a (pass) rusher,” Haley said of the rookie defensive end. “Not that that’s what he is for sure, but we were able to evaluate him in that role. Cameron Sheffield only was on the (pass) rush team, so you didn’t see him at linebacker. Not that he’s not in the competition (at linebacker), but for last week that’s the direction we chose. Now I think you’ll see some of those guys get a few more snaps at a base position, and that’s across the board.