“I feel real good,’’ said Charles, who was listed on Wednesday’s injury report as being a full practice participant. “It was a disappointing game out there, but I feel I’m getting better and better every week, so hopefully I’ll be able to turn it on this week.’’
Charles will play in Sunday’s game against the Saints in New Orleans. So will the other members of last season’s Chiefs ACL club, tight end Tony Moeaki and strong safety Eric Berry.
Sunday’s contest marks the 10th meeting between the Chiefs (0-2) and the Saints (0-2), each looking for their first win of the 2012 season.
Head coach Romeo Crennel said the Chiefs are concentrating on making corrections and preparing to face a team in a similar situation.
“We’re preparing and getting ready to go down to New Orleans to play a team who is similar to us really – both teams are struggling – so we’ll see if we can improve some of the things we need to improve to try to win a game.”
thers listed as limited practice were: wide receiver Steve Breaston (wrist), slot receiver Dexter McCluster (shoulder), cornerback Jalil Brown (groin); cornerback Jacques Reeves (hamstring); and four players who did not play at Buffalo — wide receiver Devon Wiley (groin), safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), nose tackle Anthony Toribio (ankle) and defensive lineman Allen Bailey (ankle).
Running back Jamaal Charles, who suffered a bruised knee in last Sunday’s 35-17 loss at Buffalo, and cornerback Javier Arenas, who suffered a neck injury at Buffalo, were on the injury report but went through a full practice.
The forward pass got a late start in American football, banned for the sport’s first few decades, and in a lot of ways has been playing catch-up ever since. Even now, when the NFL’s three most expensive positions are the quarterback, the left tackle who protects the quarterback and the defensive end who sacks the quarterback, our clichés are stuck in the days of black-and-white television.
Do a quick Google search on all the coaches who say they have to establish the run and stop the run.
And then digest some statistics that say they’re all full of hooey.
“Everybody says you gotta stop the run, stop the run,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson says. “But you gotta stop the pass, too.”
It’s hard to view Crennel as a newbie in Kansas City because he did a nice job down the stretch last season in relief of the fired Todd Haley. Crennel got into hot water as coach of the Cleveland Browns when players appeared to view him as more of a friend and less of an authority figure. That image was never entirely fair, but Crennel is no Tom Coughlin, and that’s a talking point when the team lacks discipline.
Two losses don’t mark the end of civilization. There’s plenty to like about this team’s young roster — especially on defense — and the AFC West remains an open race, no matter what the standings tell us today. But Pioli’s on his second coach without much to show for it, and most GMs don’t get a third chance. The next 14 weeks are critical for this regime.
And to his credit, Cassel isn’t ripping into his peers the way, say, Chicago’s Jay Cutler, whose It’s-everybody’s-fault-I-can’t-beat-Green-Bay-but-mine act elicited groans in the Windy City. Both Christian and Brown believe in something called “isopraxism,” which is basically a fancy term for why we follow the pack, whether it’s into the swimming pool or onto an otherwise empty dance floor. Research shows that the higher up in authority or status the leader of said pack is, the quicker that leader’s emotions — good, bad, or indifferent — transfer to the rest of the group.
In other words, your starting quarterback’s feelings, no shock, tend to resonate a lot stronger than most of the rest of the gang. Mark Sanchez’s mood swings in New York got to the point where in 2010, the former USC standout instigated a light-heartened system within the Jets locker room in which teammates could fine him if he showed poor body language during practice.