Chiefs Don’t Run The Ball In First Two Practices


Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback speaks with hall of fame quarterback Len Dawson (right) after the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is focusing on the passing game during the first two days of training camp.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs did not practice a single running play during the first two days of camp.

"It was all passing, all Wednesday morning for the Chiefs’ quarterbacks, rookies and selected veterans. The Chiefs have not attempted a running play during the team portions of the first two days of camp. Quarterback Alex Smith wasted little time finding his favorite target, rookie tight end Travis Kelce, on several routes. Chase Daniel and rookie wide receiver Rico Richardson combined on a deep corner route for a touchdown. Daniel also connected with rookie Frankie Hammond Jr. on an out pattern. The best throw of the day was during seven-on-seven drills when Smith hit Donnie Avery on a deep pass for a score. Third-team QB Tyler Bray fumbled a snap from rookie center Eric Kush."

Right now, there are only a handful of veterans in attendance at camp. The rest of the team will arrive this afternoon and the first full team practice will be tomorrow afternoon.

Though it may alarm some folks that the Chiefs aren’t working on the running game, I wouldn’t worry too much. Yes, Andy Reid is know to be a bit pass-happy but the Chiefs don’t need nearly as much work running the ball as they do throwing it. KC has three new QBs, new receivers and a new offense to boot. The Chiefs were awful throwing the football last season so Reid is smart to focus on the passing game out of the gate. We know the Chiefs can run the football.

And I suspect when Mr. Jamaal Charles arrives, there will be a few running plays called.