The Kansas City Chiefs will play in their very first preseason game tonight. That makes today the first Red Friday of the new football season. I’m wearing my Arrowhead Addict T-shirt to work in celebration. I suggest those of you who have them do the same! Speaking of, should we look into ordering another batch? If there is interest I’ll consider it. Let me know in the comments.
We’ve got lots to discuss today and a open game thread for tonight. Until then here is your
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“I want to see aggressive (decision-making),’’ quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn said. “The fine line about quarterbacking is when to be really aggressive in your decision-making with the ball and when to not so much back off but make a decision that keeps those chains moving instead of trying to risk it all.“I think that’s a great competition. Right now I see both guys taking pride in the position and (seeing) the importance of getting better. They are fighting it out. They really are, they are duking it out. There is no clear number two yet. The preseason will help that, but they are great kids, and they are not only helping themselves, they are helping our football team. In our quarterback meeting room they are attacking it pretty well.”
“Everybody knows that he’s got unbelievable athletic ability,” Fitzgerald said after a joint practice with the Chiefs this week. “He’s got an uncanny ability to high-point the ball and he’s much faster than you think he is. With his potential, there are going to be some opportunities for him to make plays.”The thing that separated them on the practice field then – and still separates them on the practice field now – is that oozing potential. As a receiver with very few play-making equals in the NFL, Fitzgerald has realized his. Baldwin hasn’t.
“In my office I have a big map of my hometown back in the 1800s,” Pioli explained. “So I point to it and he says, ‘What do you have that for?’ I said, ‘I’m from Washingtonville.’“It was interesting because sometimes in these interviews with players, they have their game on. They’ve been prepped by the agent, have great eye contact and they say, ‘yes sir and no sir.’ But as soon as that happened everything went away for both of us. The interview went out the door and it just became a conversation between two guys.”
Defensive dominance. The Chiefs probably won’t unveil any of their exotic schemes tonight, but they need to play well against a struggling offensive opponent. The Chiefs finished last season as one of the NFL’s best defensive teams, so it’s not a good sign if the Cardinals, who are trying to identify a starting quarterback, have a big night offensively.
1. Is the ACL club ready to perform? The Chiefs have been cautious with Charles, Moeaki and Berry, holding them out of several practices to make sure they don’t try to speed the process too quickly. On Friday, it’s time to put those knees to the test, as all three will play against the Cardinals.”We will continue to manage those guys as well, but I think it’s important for them to get reps in the game to begin to find out where they are and how they feel and how those injuries are recovering for them,” coach Romeo Crennel said, via the Kansas City Star. “So we’ll give them some time, and we’ll see how it goes.”
For the first time in what seems like forever, the Kansas City Chiefs actually come to Pittsburgh for a prime time game against the Steelers. This game takes on new meaning in 2012 as former Chiefs head honcho Todd Haley is now pulling the strings as the Steelers offensive puppet master. Haley was fired from his job in Kansas City last season despite winning the AFC West in 2010. His talented team was riddled by injuries last season, causing them to fall to a 5-8 record before firing Haley. The team had lost Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles, starting QB Matt Cassel,SS Eric Berry, and many others to injuries early in the season. Haley put his best coaching shoes on, managing to lead the team back to respectability after losing their first two games by totals of 41-7 and 48-3. All told, it was a tremendous coaching performance by Haley and a scapegoat situation in terms of his firing.Todd Haley is a passionate coach. He feels he was wronged by what happened in Kansas City. He now has control of an offensive with tons of weapons – which he will let loose in a hail of firepower against a young Chiefs defense in Week 10. Call it “The Haley Bowl”. Kansas City will not like what they see when they get off the bus at a mad house Heinz Field for Monday Night Football.