Chiefs News And Rumors 8/13

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Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning. Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

Let’s start off this beautiful Tuesday morning with a quote from everybody’s favorite new Chiefs’ quarterback, Alex Smith. Don’t know if you know, but Smith will be facing his old team, the San Francisco 49ers in this upcoming preseason game.

Smiths’ thoughts on the matter, per an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio (h/t Pro Football Talk):

“It’s different. Of course it’s different. I was there eight years. These are a lot of my good friends. Definitely different,” Smith said during an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “But the weird thing is, it’s still a preseason game. If it were a regular season game, I think we’d have a little more to talk about but this still isn’t the main focus.”

Is it going to be strange for Smith? Of course it will be. It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason, regular season or on Madden, this is the team that he associated himself with for eight years. It’s always strange being on the other side of the field, as least for the first time.You can listen to the interview below: 

Injuries have been a hot-button topic this preseason, especially after yesterday’s Jamaal Charles scare. Some coaches like to avoid much physical contact in the preseason for that very reason, injuries, but according to Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, Andy Reid is not one of those coaches:

The Chiefs have, relatively speaking, a hard training camp. They run real plays. They tackle. They hit. Monday morning, safety Eric Berry clobbered running back Shaun Draughn with a hit that would’ve made all the highlight shows in a game. Eric Fisher was a full participant in practice after minor injuries to his thumb and shoulder.

This is a stark change from recent seasons, when Romeo Crennel went to great lengths to protect against injuries and Todd Haley basically turned training camp into an extended calisthenics class to keep players healthy.

The whole premise of Mellinger’s article is that Reid is handling contact the right way. He explains here:

Reid can only be concerned about this on the micro level, about doing what needs to be done to turn what was the sport’s worst team last year into a contender. He can’t do that without his best players, of course, but he also can’t do it if his best players aren’t improving during this critical period of team-building.

That means players will be injured, at some point. But players often get injured the other way, too.

At least with this approach, you can assume they’re getting better when healthy.

It’s an old coaching cliché’, but you practice exactly how you want to perform in the game.

By that logic, expect the Chiefs to be physical in 2013.

Topics: Alex Smith, Andy Reid, Cheifs, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL

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  • Mark Bustamante

    I have trust and faith that Andy knows what he’s doing. We will be better than last year.

  • berttheclock

    One tie-in between this story and the one on FBs being used by the Chiefs which was in the Star. I was checking the background of the Niners’ FB Bruce Miller, who played DE at the University of Central Florida. Harbaugh converted him to FB and Alex Smith hit him with a 30 yard TD. So, AS is very familiar with FBs coming out of the backfield.

    • PunjabiPete

      No offense, just hitting you with friendly fire before someone else chimes in with how absurd your example sounds, so we should change our entire gameplan because Alex Smith hit a different fullback for a touchdown that one time? Even if it happened 3 or 4 times, that’s still technically statistically insignificant.

      Unless it’s Kimble Anders or Tony Richardson, or of course gentle Mike Cox. Man, I remember Mike Cox getting penetration into the backfield EVERY time. Maybe during the winter months, when it was cold out, he wouldn’t get as deep into the backfield as we all wanted, and sometimes he had issues standing up when the game was on the line, but things like that happen as you get older…

      What were we talking about?

      • berttheclock

        What I was talking about was the similarity of systems between Harbaugh and Reid. Many NFL teams have done away with using FBs and some do not even carry them on their respective rosters. One of the first things Reid and Dorsey did was to expand the competition for FBs with the team. Look at the first drive by KC and you will see Sherman, newly acquired from the Cardinals, catching a pass from Smith. Reid wants to use FBs coming out of the backfield. So, he drafted a FB, traded for one, and added an UFA FB, as well.

        • PunjabiPete

          Again, I meant no offense, was just playing devil’s advocate… I’m all for it

        • Suzi Conger

          Right on berttheclock!! An increase in ‘weapons’ that AS11 is familiar with to Win games!

      • Suzi Conger

        bert was not suggesting to ‘change our entire gameplan’..I’m not sure where you got that?? It’s merely an additional (of the many) ‘weapons’ that AS11 can use and is familiar with to execute Wins. Go Chiefs
        The example is not absurd

        • PunjabiPete

          Again, and I’m not sure how many times I can say this before I start insulting peoples’ reading comprehension, I am not attacking Bert. I was just noting his argument SOUNDED odd because (and I’m sure he did this as it would take a lot longer to write up all of the evidence why) he uses as his reasoning that AS threw a 30 yard TD to a fullback once or a few times. It just SOUNDED absurd. Feel free to keep on me though, I enjoy it and can respond in kind.

          Thanks, and as always Go Chiefs!

          • Suzi Conger

            PPete, thanx for your reply…however, I did not say that you were attacking ‘bert’ and you’ve softened and changed what you said in your original post ‘…sounded odd because.. (and I’m sure he did this……evidence why )…” Your original post said “…how absurd your example sounds..” I merely said “the example is not absurd”

            My reading comprehension is just hunky dory, thank you…but I do wonder about yours… no offense intended :-) You might want to take Willie Nelson’s advice and ‘Mind Your Own Business and You won’t have Time to be Minding Mine’..lol…IOW, your literal expression should have been, ” it sounds absurd to me,,,”
            Thanx and GO CHIEFS!

  • Jim Harper

    Everyone has heard the term “midseason form”, which denotes that a team has gotten it together. This normally takes teams several weeks to get into what is called “football shape” which generally means they have gotten used to getting hit at full speed. Reids philosophy has always been to get them to midseason form during training camp so when the regular season begins they are already there. It also brings to light who may have a problem holding onto the ball while getting hit and giving the coaches a chance at correcting the problem before the season is under way. There is some risk involved with players getting hurt, but that can happen any time, Just as Sanders Commings who broke his collar bone while not in pads. I like it, but more importantly the players seem to like it too.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    That’s how you build a stronger team. If he was soft on the team, the team would be soft in the season. Just like many of the past seasons. Reid is training good, IMO anyway. I just hope that JC is back soon and they don’t lose many other starters.

  • Suzi Conger

    Thanx for the good article Andrew

    • Andrew Kulha

      You’re very welcome.

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