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Chiefs Training Camp Camping Report With Laddie

Practice Sessions

It was my inaugural event. Having lived in Kansas City for 21 years and never going to a Chiefs training camp before is akin to living in Hershey, Pennsylvania your whole life and… well, you know.

Saturday has been an idyllic weather day. A day made in football heaven. When I arrived in the early morning practice had already begun. There are two full size football fields at Missouri Western that run side-by-side but the Chiefs were only using one field at that point. The offense was lining up at the five yard line and trying not to get pushed back in for a safety. The series of plays being run were mostly pass plays once again. It was 7 on 7 at that time and each QB was taking a set of snaps then they would switch with a completely different unit, QB and all.

I was impressed with Alex Smith’s accuracy and equally unimpressed with Chase Daniel early tosses. Daniel got better as the day went along but he started out delivering the ball behind receivers or high but mostly just not where they could easily catch it.

As the action moved to the middle of the field and then back to the 5 yard line all over again I began to see how starting there could give the players a sense of urgency. Like, “we’ve got to get out of here.” That wouldn’t be true if all drives were started at mid-field. So, it was also comforting to see the whole field and all situations being practiced.

No matter which set of players were on the field, the pace was lively and the QB’s all chided their teammates to get back and get lined up even clapping their hands at times to communicate the pace.

The plays were varied. A pass in the right flat to McCluster then a pass in the flat to the opposite side to a fullback like Toben Opurum. Next it was a pass over the middle to TE Demetrius Harris who I thought looked like he made several sharp plays during the day.

Everyone was utilized in the offensive play calling and the atmosphere was game day speed.

An observation: the picture above may not show the dramatic size of Justin Houston. He is the definition of a “man’s man.”

Dwayne Bowe

I had circled the practice fields in search of  better view and camera angles at the opposite side of the bleachers when Dwayne Bowe appears with rookie Safety Bronson Malcom and a trainer and the three of them began to do half speed wind sprints across the back of the end zone on the adjacent field. Bowe started out with what looked like a fluffy white 1970s pimp hat. After one or two runs across the field he threw that down but the pace never got faster. It was obvious he was taking a measured pace.

After an hour of stopping and stretching mixed with some more half speed runs Bowe picked up his belongings and headed towards those practicing full speed. He was asked, “How do you feel Dwayne?” Bowe held his hand up to his chest and made a circular motion and said, “It’s a chest thing.”

I couldn’t tell if he was just getting over a cold or if he’d taken a shot (tackle) to the torso or if he was just about to have a heart attack.

Alex Smith

Today (Saturday) was the day set aside for the quarterbacks to sign autographs. So, yours truly, having just purchased a new Chiefs cap decided to see if the football Gods were with me on this day. There were probably close to 60 or 70 fans crowded along the fence area as Alex made his way this way then that way signing whatever fans held out there for him to sign. There were helmets big and tiny, there were t-shirts while they were being worn but there were probably more caps being held up than anything. I started out about 7 rows back and to my luck Smith began signing the items that people who were in front of me had asked him to sign so as they left, there became a space in front of me to fill.

Just as I made my way all the way up to the fence, Smith turned to sign something away from me and I thought it was all over. Then someone yelled to him from behind me something about where he was at before Utah… and he smiled wryly, turning back my way and said, “High School.” I knew that was my opening because I’d read he played his high school football in California so I said, “California, right?” He said, “Yes, the San Diego area,” as he grabbed my cap and signed it and handed it back to me. I said thank you and headed straight for the Chiefs Gift Store to check out the cost of an Alex Smith jersey.

One aside for me… I now live in Dallas and drove all the way up just to see a Chiefs practice and I must say it was well worth the $5 price for parking. However, I have to admit I decided against the #11 Alex Smith jersey at $134.99.

Please forgive me.

If you have any favorite training camp moments you’d like to share… go for it, and go Chiefs!

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  • Jason Collins

    Buy his jersey on eBay for $49.99. The jerseys are last years, but worth the $100 saved.

    • ImpudentObserver

      Uh, last year’s? Why would he want a Smith SF jersey ?
      OK, looks like you clarified this somewhat later down, thanks.

  • Jason Collins

    Last years meaning last years patches ect. It will be a chiefs jersey

  • chiefridgy

    Directly after practice today (sunday) I was able to get the autographs of Jamaal Charles, fasano, John Dorsey, Mccluster, gray and Kelce. Mitch holthus even signed my ball. I also stayed late after practice today (Sunday) and was gifted with the autographs of Derrick Johnson, Eric Fisher, Eric Berry, K. Lewis, d. Colquitt, Branden Albert and Jonathan Baldwin. All super nice guys

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Nice!

    • micah stephenson

      Nice. I got JCs, Baldwin and Kelce autogragh on a football. I didn’t want cyrus gray or the other no names. I learned my lesson about only having the superstars sign my stuff by getting my jersey ruined :( by having players Cassel, B.Richardson, Tim Castile, Travis Daniels, & C.Sheffield sign it.

      • chiefridgy

        I hear what you’re saying. But this is my first training camp and I tried to avoid most of the rookies/bad players.

        • micah stephenson

          Smart. ;-)

    • Jim Harper

      Wow! Talk about a score. I was not so fortunate on Friday. Of course with over 4000 people there it was tough for everybody!

      • ladner morse

        I heard about that crowd and expected that many or more on Saturday but don’t think there were that many there.

  • Jordan

    Maaan I’m jealous I hate living in VA as much as I love my Chiefs I’ve never been able to see a chiefs game go to training camp meet players get autographs etc. no real teams here just a bunch of uneducated cocky redskin fans.. This is the worst time of the year lol

    • ImpudentObserver

      As a Chiefs fan in NY/Long Island, I feel your pain!

      • kcpauly

        N.Idaho here also feels ya……………Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • ImpudentObserver

          Chiefs Nation(wide) rules!!! lol …Go Chiefs!!!

    • ladner morse

      I know what you mean… they tease us with these fast pace practices but is it really football? NO! It’s PRACTICE! I’m talking about PRACTICE!

    • Joe Myers

      Oh no !!!! Never been to a game arrowhead is amazing its like the best place on earth top five best places on earth arrowhead , arrowhead …. arrowhead arrowhead and arrowhead we spit hot fire !!!

  • Jordan

    Haha I even turned my room into a chiefs man cave but no merch

  • matt247

    there’s a Sandcastle jersey…lol

    • micah stephenson

      Yes they do have Sandcastle T shirts and jerseys in the gift shop.

  • Jason Seibel

    I think I just made the decision to drive up for the Raider game in October!

    • micah stephenson

      Yes you did. The home opener against the cowboys is gone b hype too!

  • Corey Smith

    Probably a typo but its chase Daniel not mcdaniel

    • skwirrl

      He’s thinking Josh McDaniels I’d bet

    • ladner morse

      You’re right… in fact I thought about calling the piece, “McChiefs!”

      • elly violette

        Why do people fell like they have to point out the mistakes?… I wish we could all focus on the Chiefs!

  • micah stephenson

    D.Avery and the twin towers. (Baldwin/Bowe)

    • Suzi Conger

      lol, thnx 4 all the pics micah :-)

      • micah stephenson

        you welcome. I got a lot of videos too. I’m actually catching on to they audibles already. No wonder they don’t want you to video tape.

        • Suzi Conger

          agreed :-)

  • micah stephenson

    Today the team practiced runs, mostly middle and left. And short passes mostly middle, some left and right. On special teams onside kick recoveries. All the TEs look good. Those saying Moeaki ain’t gone make the team can quit wasting they breath. Rookie RB Davis is fast, not JC fast but still fast. Rookie TE Kelce looks good early. All QBs not named Alex Smith don’t look sharp or crisp, we might have overpaid Chase Daniels. I guess I’m impressed so far because even mcluster and Baldwin look good.

    • Suzi Conger

      Good for you micah,, thank you for your objectivity :-)

    • Troy Utt

      Micah… I am astounded & in 100% agreement with you on the QB call… Four days into camp & you can really start to see some patterns develop w/some QB’s already. Alex IMO has looked very sharp, & is only going to make those around him better…ie) the TE’s, & WR’s as they are going to have someone who is capable of accurately delivering the ball. That in turn opens up the running game, when it’s not used to keep the D honest to set up the pass! No matter Charles is going to get his whether it’s on the ground or thru the air. I now wish I had kept tract of how many times they have split JC out as a WO…After all this time looking for a seam, he won’t know what to do with all that open real-estate! LOL
      I believe both Stanzi & Bray have had their moments delivering on “Big-Plays” down field, but Daniel does seem to be the one struggling at this point. Maybe it’s just me?
      Moeaki has looked good in camp, no doubt that as long as the injury-bug is behind him, he is in for a big season with AS at the helm. Couple Mo with Kelce who is having a good camp and and that answers alot of questions, especially with Baldwin still floundering… WAR CHIEFS!!!

  • micah stephenson

    Alex Smith keeping loose and Ried showing Smith correct cup placement. Lol

  • micah stephenson

    Dexter signing a ball

    • ladner morse

      My favorite number!!!!!!!

    • elly violette

      Great pictures Micah. Keep em coming!

  • Suzi Conger

    Great article, as usual Ladner…Thanks for the report! Go Chiefs! :-)

  • micah stephenson

    Someone asked Baldwin is he McCluster. I thought it was kinda funny but you can tell Baldwin didn’t or wasn’t in a joking mood. Lol.

  • elly violette

    Thanks for sharing Morse. You certainly gave me the feeling that I was right there with you. I appreciate it.