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“Things have been (going) well,” Stanzi said. “As an offense, we’ve been able to do some good things. We’ve had some solid practices, and that’s been important to kind of get in a groove, understand situations, work on the things that we need to work on and take the things that we’re learning in the classroom, in the film room and bring it out here on the practice field.”

Coach Romeo Crennel on Thursday spelled out what the Chiefs are looking for in the top backup to starting quarterback Matt Cassel.

“The guy needs to take charge of the team that he has on the field with him,” Crennel said. “He needs to be able to control and operate the offense efficiently and then be able to make the throws they need to make, make the correct checks at the line of scrimmage and all of those things a quarterback has to do.

“The guy who can do that the best and the most efficiently, we’ll make him the second guy.”

“Overall the camp has been good,” Crennel said. “We’ve laid a good foundation, and now we have to continue to build on that foundation as we move forward and work our way toward the regular season.

“I’ve seen guys improve during the course of our time here. That kind of lets me know guys are paying attention and they’re working to get better, and if they get better, then the team is getting better.”

The team will head back to the University of Kansas Hospital Chiefs Training Facility for the remainder of the preseason. And when they get there, they’ll look to build on the solid foundation laid by 24 days of practice in St. Joseph.

“We’ve laid a good foundation, and now we have to continue to build on that foundation as we go forward and work our way to the regular season,” said Crennel during Thursday’s press conference. “We feel decent about where we are right now and what the players have been able to do.”

“If Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher had a real good game, I know nine times out of 10, I did a good job,” Jackson said of the Chiefs’ two inside linebackers.

“I’ve got to keep those guys free; I’ve got to let those guys run downhill to the ball. I know I’ve had a pretty good game if those guys are satisfied, and we won.”

A year ago, Johnson and Belcher had career seasons, were ranked 1-2 on the team in tackles, and Johnson earned his first Pro Bowl berth. So Jackson must have been doing something right.

This is Steve Graham. Steve lost an eye in an accident 45 years ago, right around the time he became a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan.

A few years ago, he had an artificial eye made with the team’s logo on it and recently shared the picture with the Chiefs-centric blog Arrowhead Addict.

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