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BigRedChief
07-25-2008, 07:14 AM
I'm sure most of know about this site but maybe the n00bs don't. Here you can get daily camp updates done by the local college up in River falls.

http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/

Thursday, July 24, 2008: Chiefs Arrive
Extra, Extra...

The Kansas City Chiefs arrived before 4 p.m. to an overcast sky at UW-River Falls. The busses had unloaded the players and were pulling away from George R. Field South Fork Suites by 4:10 p.m.
At 4:48 p.m. an Astleford Idea lease and rental truck was fully unloaded, and the bags were placed in four rows on the pavement. Desk chairs, boxes labeled “fragile” and cases of Red Bull energy drinks were a few of the first things off the truck. Simoutanously, a Penske truck was loaded with the coach’s luggage as a crew waited for its departure to Grimm Hall, located a couple of hundred yards away from the players’ new digs in the George R. Field South Fork Suites. The new facility was opened several years ago and features suite-style living of four bedrooms surrounding a commons area. Able to accommodate 240 residents, the $11.5 million building was constructed, paid for and owned by UWRF students, who have bonding authority under Wisconsin statutes. Named for a UWRF chancellor who led the university from 1968-1985, South Fork will experience a $14 million expansion to double the size of the building next year.

When asked about the prompt arrival by the Chiefs this year, residence living head custodian Bob Karras responded by saying, “There must not have been any bad weather for the Chiefs travel this year. With no storms they were given the ability to arrive on time.” Last year the team arrived later than scheduled, having to deal with a 45-minute storm delay.
Chiefs’ Security Officer Ken Whiting shared of his trip up to UW-River Falls with the team. He said the demeanors of the players was quite different from last year. “They were mellow and hyped-up,” he said. He attributed the vast difference of behavior to the amount of youth that joins the Chiefs for training camp. Whiting said he could feel the anxiousness from the players on the bus ride and anticipates a competitive camp.

The rookies stood out in the crowd of people gathered outside of South Fork Suites as the players searched for their belongings. They looked a little apprehensive and unsure about how they were to go about getting their personal bags off the truck. But after watching several veteran players collect their bags, the rookies figured out what to do and quickly gathered their things.

The local River Falls bike shop, The Route, had a table set up for rentals by players.Red and white Trek mountain bikes featuring the Chiefs logo on the top handlebar were lined-up and ready for the players. Adam Schmidt, owner of The Route, said “You can buy them and we can ship them back home for you,” to players asking about how long they are allowed to have the bikes. The bikes are available after camp for $250. Isaac Curtis said the rental price for the bikes are $75 which includes a lock for all of camp. He said they brought 40 bikes to the camp for rental and there are more in stock at the shop if they are needed. Tackle Damion McIntosh talked to other players in-line about how he bikes everywhere and tries not to spend any money at training camp. After renting a bike, players were given a green folder containing a sheet with information and discount rates.

There was plenty of horsepower parked in the lot east of South Fork Suites. H3 Hummers, Ford Expeditions, Dodge Chargers, Chevy Tahoes, Range Rovers and Lincoln Navigators were among the vehicles Enterprise of Hudson, Wis. made available for players to choose from. Enterprise anticipated 15 players would rent vehicles for use during camp.

A group of five to seven players were overheard making plans to do some shopping at ShopKo. They looked like they were on a mission as they left quickly. A player yelled from his third-floor window to a player sitting in a black Lincoln MKX on the street below. The player in the window wanted to know who the driver was taking to ShopKo with him, and if they wouldn’t mind waiting for him to come as well. The driver agreed to wait for his teammate.

Players
Two of the Chiefs’ most productive offensive players, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and running back Larry Johnson, were both absent at the beginning of last year’s training camp; but both reported on time this year, and spent a couple minutes talking with the media.

As Bowe began looking for his bags among the players’ suitcases, a reporter asked Bowe if he was worried about a Herm Edwards training camp, to which Bowe assuredly replied, “Not worried about nothing but my opponent…Show me my opponent.” Bowe also told reporters he was tired, but excited to be at camp. When asked about top draft pick defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey’s absence, Bowe said he told Dorsey to be patient but added that he was happy to be at camp on time this year.

Johnson-after checking out a LCD TV one of the players brought-said he was excited to be at camp this year and added that he felt weird after not attending camp last year. He said he felt like he was “on vacation.” When asked about the drafting of running back Jamaal Charles out of Texas and second-year running back Kolby Smith, Johnson said, “I’m cool with those guys being back there, anything that helps prolong my career is good.” Johnson also said that with the new offense he feels he can get back to his 2005-2006 stats and expressed that the offense will not be as predictable as it was last year. Johnson finished talking with the media by saying that he’s the vet on the team, and it’s going to be fun to be out on the field “sweating it out.”

Cornerback Patrick Surtain, an 11-year veteran of the league, was approached by the media in the parking lot of South Fork Suites and asked about his preparation for camp. Surtain responded by saying, “Being a veteran you know what’s expected, so you prepare the utmost, each and every year. There’s like 50 new guys, and I haven’t seen their face before, and they’re hungry. As a veteran you have to come in and bring the same kind of intensity.”

Defensive End Jason Parker, who is in his first training camp with the Chiefs, was learning the lay of the land. Parker was a fountain of questions for bystanders, on everything from the cost of renting a bike to getting directions to the University Center, where meals are served.

Safety Bernard Pollard answered questions from the media as he stood next to his black BMW M6. Pollard, stocked up groceries from Wal-Mart, commented, “Got to have lots of oatmeal for camp.” With his memory foam inserts and Jordan shoes in hand, Pollard looked to be prepared for the long camp ahead. He said he was exited for camp and more

comfortable with his weight and position going into camp this year than he was last year. “Not many people are expecting much, but I’m expecting a lot,” he said expressing optimism for the team’s success this year.

BTAU
07-25-2008, 07:24 AM
Where is the Rangers news? I require my TC updates have up to date information on the Rangers!!

kepp
07-25-2008, 07:37 AM
A group of five to seven players were overheard making plans to do some shopping at ShopKo. They looked like they were on a mission as they left quickly. A player yelled from his third-floor window to a player sitting in a black Lincoln MKX on the street below. The player in the window wanted to know who the driver was taking to ShopKo with him, and if they wouldn’t mind waiting for him to come as well. The driver agreed to wait for his teammate.

Whoa...cliffhanger. I'm glad he made it to ShopKo okay.

BigChiefFan
07-25-2008, 07:58 AM
I can't believe training camp is already here. Wow.

SNR
07-25-2008, 08:32 AM
A group of five to seven players were overheard making plans to do some shopping at ShopKo. They looked like they were on a mission as they left quickly. A player yelled from his third-floor window to a player sitting in a black Lincoln MKX on the street below. The player in the window wanted to know who the driver was taking to ShopKo with him, and if they wouldn’t mind waiting for him to come as well. The driver agreed to wait for his teammate.

Eat your heart out, Warpaint Illustrated

J Diddy
07-25-2008, 08:36 AM
Whoa...cliffhanger. I'm glad he made it to ShopKo okay.


kinda like harold and kumar

blueballs
07-25-2008, 08:51 AM
that's right bring the n00bs in
give them false security
and then

tomahawk kid
07-25-2008, 09:19 AM
Whoa...cliffhanger. I'm glad he made it to ShopKo okay.

No kidding - that's some hard hitting journalism right there.......

BigRedChief
07-25-2008, 11:24 AM
http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/prev_upda...07-25-08am.htm (http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/prev_updates?page=2&Files=07-25-08am.htm)

Thursday, July 24, 2008: Chiefs First Practice Indoors

It was a wet start to the 2008 Kansas Chiefs Summer Training Camp. Grey clouds dropped rain that completely saturated the practice fields with water. The rain forced the Chiefs indoors to the Knowles Center for their first practice.The temperature was 72 degrees with a slight southwest wind at 7 miles per hour with an overall humidity of 90 percent.

Head Coach Herm Edwards walked into the lobby of the facility to keep an eye on the weather.While players waited for practice to begin they tossed around a football. Shouts of encouragement among the players were heard all around. Boxes of shoes, towel baskets and storage containers lined the track around the courts the Chiefs had their walkthrough on.

Offense

Running back Larry Johnson took all of the handoffs with the first stringers running behind a new offensive line. First round draft pick Branden Albert was in on every first string snap at left guard. Brian Waters was at let tackle, Adrian Jones was at right tackle and Damion McIntosh was at right guard with the first unit. Third-year center Rudy Niswanger snapped for the first stringers to round out the Chiefs’ first practice offensive line.Second-year wide receiver Dwayne Bowe caught three of quarterback Brodie Croyle’s throws. Croyle completed 15-16 passes, finding veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez seven times.

Wide receiver Devard Darling joined Bowe with the first-string offense, with wide receivers Maurice Price, Bobby Sippio, Jeff Webb, and Will Franklin rotating in on three-wide receiver sets.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe seemed almost giddy during the first practice as he tossed a football around with other players while taking his turn playing defense when the third string offense was walking through plays. He and tight end Tony Gonzalez also stayed after and played catch with linebacker Donnie Edwards for a couple of minutes. Bowe made a final appearance after the morning session when he walked up to the podium prior to Head Coach Herm Edwards’ press conference. He was laughing as he left the podium as the media heckled him.

Defense

The media was confined to a small area in the southeast corner of Knowles complex. The offense was on the nearest side to the media, making it difficult to track what the defense was up to.

Tamba Hali and Ron Edwards were two of the defensive linemen who saw quality time during the mock-snap drills. Rookie DaJuan Morgan was also seeing some first-string time in the safety position. Throughout the practice, the defense seemed more leisure than the offense, primarily focusing on one drill, using only two strings of players.

Special Teams

The special teams punt unit worked on blocking the punt after a portion of the team was released to the locker rooms at a quarter to eleven. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer gave the players energetic instruction. “If we can’t get our depth, we can’t block anybody,” he exclaimed. Punter Dustin Colquitt took multiple snaps from long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche as players worked on blocking technique on the left and right sides. “Protect the block spot, “said Priefer, “Nice job men, you’re getting the concept.”

Extra, Extra...

UW-River Falls Falcon Foods employee Fritz Jumpp hadn’t seen anybody at the concession stand at Ramer Field due to the weather. Pam Cochran of Rolla, Mo. and her family made the 12-hour journey for today’s practice. “We just got up here and they said it was cancelled,” she said with disappointment.

BigCatDaddy
07-25-2008, 11:27 AM
Someone needs to learn the difference between guard and tackle.

Stewie
07-25-2008, 11:29 AM
Albert and McIntosh at left and right guard? WTH?

Count Zarth
07-25-2008, 11:38 AM
It's an inaccurate report.

The accurate one is going up on our site now.

Deberg_1990
07-25-2008, 11:39 AM
It's an incredibly accurate report.

The inaccurate rush job is going up on our site now.

FYP

Count Zarth
07-25-2008, 11:41 AM
What's your problem?

Mr. Arrowhead
07-25-2008, 11:42 AM
It's an inaccurate report.

The accurate one is going up on our site now.
for a premium right

Count Zarth
07-25-2008, 11:43 AM
for a premium right

Morning reports are always free.

Mr. Arrowhead
07-25-2008, 11:45 AM
Morning reports are always free.
o joy what a bargin

DaFace
07-25-2008, 11:46 AM
What's your problem?

If you got a problem, yo I'll solve it...

Skip Towne
07-25-2008, 11:47 AM
What's your problem?

Sounds like he is familiar with WPI.

RJ
07-25-2008, 11:49 AM
I look forward to more insight from Fritz of Falcon Foods.

BigChiefFan
07-25-2008, 11:51 AM
Sounds like he is familiar with WPI.:D

Good stuff!!!

Jawshco
07-25-2008, 04:40 PM
One of my least favorite mistakes to see a football team make is a bad or missed snap. I'm really curious about how our new center, Rudy, is going to pan out. A bad Center can make a inexperienced QB look so much worse, if they fumble the ball. I'm pretty sure that's why Casey Printers is no longer in KC....Hopefully, the Riverfalls Reports will assuage my fears in this, but I can't recall ever having seen Rudy play Center in a game.

Count Zarth
07-25-2008, 04:45 PM
There was a bad snap today. It was Huard, though.

PREMIUM TIDBIT!

Jawshco
07-25-2008, 04:58 PM
There was a bad snap today. It was Huard, though.

PREMIUM TIDBIT!

Thanks for that! Who was the Center?

I read the free report, and it was 100% than the Riverfalls report. I don't want to get into the whole WPI vs CP issue (I prefer to be a causal poster/lurker) , but it was a decent article.

Count Zarth
07-25-2008, 05:04 PM
I couldn't see. I think it was Rob Smith, though, the 2nd team center. I haven't seen Huard with first team.

Thanks for the compliment. The River Falls people just don't know football very well.

alanm
07-25-2008, 05:13 PM
Just noticed that the River Falls site is down at the moment.

Mr. Arrowhead
07-25-2008, 05:16 PM
One of my least favorite mistakes to see a football team make is a bad or missed snap. I'm really curious about how our new center, Rudy, is going to pan out. A bad Center can make a inexperienced QB look so much worse, if they fumble the ball. I'm pretty sure that's why Casey Printers is no longer in KC....Hopefully, the Riverfalls Reports will assuage my fears in this, but I can't recall ever having seen Rudy play Center in a game.
you must be a noob

Jawshco
07-25-2008, 05:21 PM
you must be a noob

Why? Because you enjoy bad snaps? :shake:

Tribal Warfare
07-25-2008, 05:23 PM
Why? Because you enjoy bad snaps? :shake:

stating the obvious

BigRock
07-25-2008, 05:30 PM
I can't recall ever having seen Rudy play Center in a game.

He played center at LSU.

Jawshco
07-25-2008, 05:33 PM
stating the obvious

Okay, fair enough, but aren't we all concerned about Rudy's ability to play center? It is one of the many question marks this young team has. It may be an obvious question, but I don't think it's bad one. Part of my point was that the Riverfalls site didn't give any info on that topic. And that's besides the fact that they botched the O-line listing.

Clayathan gave a good response to my question, so I don't think my question qualifies as a "noob" question. We're all here to discuss the Chiefs, why does it matter if it's obvious or not. It's that crap attitude that keeps lurkers lurking.

Jawshco
07-25-2008, 05:36 PM
He played center at LSU.

Good to know.

I actually don't watch a lot of college football outside of Fresno State, but at least he's got experience at center from a good organization. Hopefully, that will translate well into pros for us.

FAX
07-25-2008, 06:15 PM
lolroloroolo

“Not worried about nothing but my opponent … Show me my opponent.”

FAX

Coogs
07-26-2008, 09:51 AM
Anybody else having trouble getting onto this website?

smittysbar
07-26-2008, 10:01 AM
Anybody else having trouble getting onto this website?

Chiefsplanet????

Hog Rider
07-26-2008, 10:03 AM
It's down due to the storm.

Coogs
07-26-2008, 10:22 AM
It's down due to the storm.

:thumb:

Thanks!

Tribal Warfare
07-26-2008, 02:26 PM
http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/prev_updates?page=2&Files=07-26-08am.htm



Saturday, July 26, 2008: Morning Practice

The Chiefs and 63 fans enjoyed nice weather conditions this morning. A cool five mile per hour wind out of the west accompanied the cloudless sky above the practice fields, helping to make it a beautiful start to the day. The temperature was 73 degrees with a humidity of 65 percent. Word got around quickly that the Chiefs' first-round draft pick Glenn Dorsey had signed with the team last night. General Manager Carl Peterson is expected to hold a press conference on the signing later today.

Defense

Before practice got under way on Ramer Field, cornerback Dimitri Patterson took a few passes from the Juggs machine. He was catching them off routes from the left, the right and straight on.

Veteran safety Bernard Pollard spent some time on the sidelines working on catching and footwork. Both members of the coaching staff and their young children helped Pollard.

As the defense left Ramer Field, linebacker Demorrio Williams complained to Assistant Equipment Manager Allen Wright that his helmet didn’t feel right; he wasn’t getting enough air. Wright helped Williams fix the problem and sent him on his way.

After parting from Ramer Field, each defensive position stayed together as a collective group and ran a formation drill. A coach would mock the snap, and the group would sprint to either the northeast or northwest corners of practice field No. 2. This drill was ran until the coaching staff could tell each defensive man was putting his all into it. “Don’t be the last one back in the damn huddle,” Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs hollered. “We ain’t listening to you, Gibbs. You too short,” an unidentified player said back. The comment sparked laughter from the whole group.

The positions split up correspondingly: the defensive backs headed toward the sleds. After the downpour the fields got yesterday, the players were having a rough time keeping their feet as they slid and slipped all over the muddy ground. Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs told everyone to “play the nickel.” The players did just that, hitting only the first, third and fifth dummies on the sled. Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers got the brunt of Gibbs’s scrutiny. “Come on Flowers, you ........ Punch the ....... mat. If Flowers don’t do it right, we’ll go down and back again,” he told the players. Knowing the importance of performing well at training camp and being aware of the open cornerback spot, Flowers followed Gibbs’s advice, and the defensive backs didn’t have to go down and back with the sleds again.

Near the defensive backs, Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham had his men taking on a single tackle dummy. “You aim for the right shoulder,” he yelled. Linebacker Derrick Johnson encouraged his teammates, hollering, “kill him, kill him,” as they plowed through the dummy and threw it on the ground.

The defensive linemen were practicing their footwork as they ran around three stationary dummies Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie had set up. “Bust your (butt) for the ball. If you stop, I’ll personally find and kick yours,” he ranted. When veteran defensive tackle Alfonso Boone slipped on the wet ground, Krumrie yelled, “You gotta snap your head. You’re slow. Get outta the mud, baby!”

The defense worked on its basic 4-3 defense at the 10-yard line on the south end of the field. Cornerback Brandon Flowers was the rookie who lined up with the first string. Rookie safety DaJuan Morgan saw time with both the first and second strings. Rookie defensive tackle Maurice Murray and defensive end Brian Johnston also booked spots practicing with the second string. Promising cornerback Brandon Carr and newly acquired free agent linebacker LeRue Rumph also rotated in during the second string’s practice time.

Ten minutes were put on the scoreboard on Ramer Field, and the team ran 9-on-7. Nine defenders (including two safeties) took on seven offensive players. Following the 9-on-7 drill, the team moved to an 11-on-11 drill. Ten more minutes were issued on the clock. Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone head butted the football back to the coach. When the coach gave him a look, Boone said, “What? That’s my pass.” Another highlight of the 11-on-11 scrimmage was linebacker Donnie Edwards’s near interception of a Brodie Croyle pass. Edwards picked off the pass, but lost the handle as he fell to the ground. Gasps and cheers from the crowd in the stands followed. As the 11-on-11 drill was winding down, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie was getting frustrated with his line. “Win one-on-one blocks. Win them!”

Running back Larry Johnson made a solid run when cornerback Tyron Brackenridge tried to make the tackle. After the play was blown dead by the officials, Brackenridge didn’t seem to lighten up so Johnson made gave him a shove with his forearm. Nothing escalated.

Offense

The Chiefs morning practice picked up right where the previous afternoon’s practice left off before the rainout. The offensive line worked on one-on-one drills in two groups. The quarterbacks warmed up by throwing passes to wide receivers, tight ends, running backs and fullbacks running go routes.

After the team split up into positions, receivers ran 5-yard curls with assistant coaches throwing to them. The running backs and tight ends ran 5-yard curls with the quarterbacks throwing to them.

The tight ends then joined the offensive line on the practice field while the quarterbacks made pitches to running backs with the fullbacks working on blocking.

The quarterbacks then headed over to work with the wide receivers throwing 10 and 15-yard curl routes and 30-yard flag routes.

The running backs went and worked on the agility ropes as Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins yelled, “Ain’t no shortcuts, the only way to get there is in these ropes!”

The defense joined the offense on Ramer field at 9:45 and did a 9-on-7 drill for 10 minutes. Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham yelled to the players, “Everybody have your chinstrap snapped, or it’s $25,000!”

Running backs Larry Johnson, Kolby Smith, and Jamaal Charles all ran with the first string during the 9-on-7 drill, with Johnson taking the bulk of the carries. Smith, Charles and running back Jackie Battle split carries with the second string.

The team finished the practice with an 11-on-11 drill. Quarterback Brodie Croyle completed 6-8 passes. Tight end Tony Gonzalez dropped the first pass of the drill but came back towards the end of the drill and showed why he is one of the elite tight ends in the league by making a diving catch that brought on a roar from the crowd.

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe only caught one pass in the drill but broke two tackles to get into space, making a couple of great moves.

Special Teams

The special teams kickoff unit took 20 minutes after the team stretch on Ramer Field to practice coverage. Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth simulated kicks from the 45-yard line. The players worked on plugging the lanes and pinning the ball carrier to a spot. “Find the return man when you drop,” shouted Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, “Don’t stop show team, get your hands on the ball.” Players who went out with the first squad: cornerback Dimitri Patterson, tight end John Paul Foschi, linebacker Steve Octavien, safety Jon McGraw, E.J. Kuale and running back Jackie Battle were instructed to no let their man make a play. Cornerback Tryon Brackenridge received praise from Priefer. “Good job, 34. He fought his tail off and put his hands inside,” said Priefer to the other players.

Press Conference

Head coach Herm Edwards addressed the media after practice, but did not comment on the recent signing of draft pick defensive tackle, Glenn Dorsey. Edwards observed about the first day of practice with pads on: “As usual you play high the first day with pads on. We got to go a lot faster this afternoon. No one’s gonna practice their best on the first day and I understand that.”

Edwards also talked about rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers coming into the league with the potential to make an impact. “Flowers is gonna get a lot of chances to make plays because the ball is going to come his way a lot. You better be mentally tough when you go outside the numbers because it’s a tough position to play, and he’s a mentally tough kid.”

Extra, Extra...

Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt and Executive Vice President Denny Thum were both on the field once again for morning practice. They seemed to be a little more impressed with today’s weather. They talked throughout practice while looking over several sheets of paper and glanced up to watch the players practice every so often. Once the team all got together on Ramer Field, General Manager Carl Peterson was headed out to join Hunt, Thum, and the rest of Chiefs’ personnel on the field.

Rookie wide receiver Kevin Robinson spent a good chunk of his morning on the stationary bikes under the training tent nursing his knee. Yesterday, Head Coach Herm Edwards said Robinson had surgery on his knee to “clean it out.” Edwards said he expects Robinson will be ready to go for the first preseason game at Chicago.

Sports Field Manager Andre Bruce and another Chiefs’ staff member noticed the shape of the field and discussed what could be done to make the north-northwest corners of the field better. Talk of how players would fare on the sleds—near the most damaged parts of the field—was the main priority as the two made arrangements.

As members of both the offense and the defense headed back into Ramer Field at 9:33 a.m., Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie’s voice could be heard following his defensive linemen: “You need to be sure you hit the man. Attitude. Attitude. We’re too damn nice!” As practice continued inside the Ramer Field stadium, sweat could be seen rolling off the forehead of defensive end Tamba Hali.

Practice ended at 10:25 a.m., 25 minutes later than originally scheduled. This is a rare occurrence for a clockwork team.

The In-Zone

Life is unpredictable. He knows. It has been over eight years since he lost his best friend, twin brother and teammate Devaughn on Feb. 26, 2001. Devaughn had been preparing for the upcoming football season at Florida State University—where he and his twin brother played on scholarship their freshmen year-—when he passed after a workout session due to complications from the sickle cell trait. With the death of his brother, wide receiver Devard Darling was threatened with the demise—he has the hereditary trait, too—of his dream of someday playing football in the NFL. The dream he shared with Devaughn.

Darling was pulled from clearance to play for the Seminoles. After multiple Division I schools turned him down, Darling would go through dozens of medical tests and doctors’ examinations before Washington State would clear him to play. Overcoming the odds and asserting his faith, he would become one of Cougars’ best wide receivers. In just two years, he recorded 16 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards.

In 2004, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Darling in the third round. Although he has yet to distinguish himself, he joins the Chiefs this year as a free agent with promising talent. He will compete for playing time alongside wide reciever Dwayne Bowe, and is also expected to contribute on special teams.

Today he continues to pursue his and Devaughn’s dreams while he helps underprivileged youth pursue theirs. In 2006 Darling founded the As One Foundation to provide underprivileged youth with educational and developmental opportunities through athletic endeavors, educational programming and spiritual enrichment. His goal is to bring the love of football to his birth place and home country, the Bahamas.

His life has been forever changed but his vision to make a difference in underprivileged youths’ lives through his passion for football will change the lives of others for the good.

Darling and his wife Cicely reside with their son Devard Jr. in Houston, Texas.

Darling's practice today:
Darling worked with the first string today, taking passes from quarterback Brodie Croyle. He looked energetic and poised on the field. Croyle threw Darling a low 15-yard pass to the right sideline during a warm-up drill between QBs and wide receivers. “Ah. That was my bad," said Croyle to Darling. Later on, Darling would complete a catch on another low pass from Croyle to score a touchdown. “Good job,” a coach told Darling.

Running routes with the wide receivers during position work, Darling was the first in line on the right side each time. His cuts were sharp and quick. Coaches noticed his effort and Darling received pats on the back. Some of the routes he ran were curls to the sideline for an outlet pass, up the middle with a change in direction to the sideline for a cross-field pass and straight up the sideline for 20- to 30-yard passes.

When the team came together for a 11-on-11 drill, Darling worked primarily on the right side and switched with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to work on the left side for a couple of takes. He came out with the first string every time. The team worked primarily on the run game so Darling didn’t receive too many passes.

After practice concluded Darling stayed on the practice fields to work on his technique and take passes from a Juggs machine for 10 minutes. The five-yard passes were fed to Darling at different angles and heights.

After Practice Comments:
Q: How was your practice this morning?
A: “It went well. It felt good to put the pads on and get out on the field and catch the ball.”

Q: “What is going to get you through camp?”
A: “Consistency. Coming out and being consistent every day. For me it’s catching the ball and running the right routes. That’s the way you last in this league.”


Fans

Chris and Dan Hollis of Elk Falls, Kan., and Ron Davis of Wichita, Kan., drove 10 hours through the night to be at morning practice. They’re staying for a week. The group said they’re most excited to see all the new players. “We’re very, very pleased with the draft,” said Dan.

Todd Moore of Parkersburg, Iowa, and Jeff Lawhon of Blue Springs, Mo., are enjoying their eighth training camp. They’re looking forward to seeing a better rebuilt team and all the friends they’ve made over the years. They enjoy going to Coach’s Sports Bar & Grill downtown.

John Leach of Olathe, Kan., has driven to camp for weekend practices for the past six years. He’s excited to see how the draft choices are going to help the team. His favorite player is Tony Gonzalez because he’s been with the team all the way. “You always see different coaches come and go,” said Leach.

Scott Bryant, a native of Kansas City currently living in Woodbury, Minn., is a Chiefs season-ticket holder. This is his sixth training camp. He’s excited to see what Dwayne Bowe does because he said Bowe looks like he’s going to have a good season.

The Hackel family came down to camp from Rice Lake, Wis., to enjoy the beautiful weather and watch great football. Rick and Callie—along with their three children Bradley, Tyler and Izzy—are waiting to see first-round draft pick, Glenn Dorsey. The Hackels have been coming to the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp since 1998.

Pete Richie and son Nick from the small town of Smithville, Mo., traveled to River Falls. Pete has been attending camp since the first camp in 1991. The Richie’s favorite player is Will Franklin. They said their favorite hangout in town is Bo’s ‘N Mine. They will be watching camp for a couple of days before heading back south.

Second-year visitor of the Chiefs summer training camp Kevin Droll and first-year visitor Nichole Droll enjoyed a nice summer day in the Ramer Field bleachers. The Droll family plans on staying the day to watch both the morning and afternoon practices. Kevin mentioned he’s here to see the big names like Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe. The last time he was here Dante Hall was the starting kick returner.

Twins Cities native Huy Tran was also at training camp this morning. Tran has seen the Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium and said it was “crazy” to see the Packer fans when the Packers are down in Kansas City. He also said he was at the game against Jacksonville in 2006 when running back Larry Johnson broke the record for all-time rushing attempts (416) in a season.

BigRedChief
07-27-2008, 12:15 AM
Saturday, July 26, 2008: Afternoon Practice
Editor's Note: Chiefs fans who may be trying to access the training camp photo gallery may have difficulty doing so due to the power outage caused by the storm yesterday. We are working to fix any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience as we try to solve this problem.

It was a beautiful evening practice. The sky was mostly clear with an 11 mile per hour breeze that was coming out of the northwest. The humidity was 35 percent with a temperature of 83 degrees. This weather was reflected in the moods of fans who were cheerful and energetic during practice. There were 236 fans in attendance. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was also in attendance for his first practice with the team.

Offense/Defense
Before practice officially began, veteran cornerback Patrick Surtain was under the training tent spending time on the stationary bike. Surtain later put his pads on and joined his team, contributing immensely to drills.
The big news this afternoon was the arrival of first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. At the start of practice, following stretches, Dorsey stood on the sidelines having casual conversation with Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie. While the two spoke, a trainer taped Dorsey’s right calf below a knee brace that was already in place.
While special teams worked, Dorsey chatted with tackle Alfonso Boone, end Tamba Hali and tackle Tank Tyler.

Later, tackle Ron Edwards joined the group. “Wherever you go, man, there’re journalists,” Boone said to Dorsey as he walked across the field, followed by a crowd of reporters. Eventually, a talk of college competition sprouted among the men, and Dorsey commented: “I’m a champion.” After his quip, the others just chuckled as they delivered some innocent shoves to the No. 5 overall draft pick.

The defensive line worked on the sleds as they always do at the start of practice. With the arrival of Dorsey, however, 12 videographers and print photographers swarmed the sleds today. Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie shouted at rookie defensive end Johnny Dingle, “Dingle! Hit the damn boards!” After hitting the drills for several reps, the defensive linemen moved to the agility ropes. On his second set, defensive tackle Ron Edwards lost his footing, tripped and fell on the last square, taking the set of ropes with him. After laughing a bit and helping their teammate up, the men moved to the single sled to work on busting the blocker. Repeatedly Krumrie shouted, “Tattoo his (butt) and throw him!”

Both the linebackers and defensive linemen worked with dummies. They were maneuvering between sets of three and five dummies to perfect their footwork and get around blockers. Both Krumrie and Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham could be heard yelling, “Keep your head up!”

Working with the offensive line, the defensive line practiced getting by the block to rush the mock quarterback. Defensive end Turk McBride juked out offensive tackle Damion McIntosh. His teammates ooh’d and ahh’d for the impressive show. To settle the team down, Krumrie wanted a stronger finish from McBride and a better performance from McIntosh: “It’s not OK to get dropped. And ‘Close enough’ is not OK. Get there!”

During standard drills as well as 11-on-11 and 7-on-7, Dorsey practiced with the first string repeatedly. Also seeing time with the first string were rookies Brandon Flowers, cornerback; Brandon Carr, cornerback; and DaJuan Morgan, safety. Seeing second string time were defensive end Brian Johnston, safety Morgan, and cornerback Maurice Leggett. Also during the 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills, Dorsey split two blockers (Branden Albert and Will Svitek) and pressured the quarterback, drawing praise from Krumrie. Linebacker Donnie Edwards made a great play, stripping the ball from an offensive played and recovering the fumble.

Also, as a result of pressure on quarterback Brodie Croyle, rookie cornerback Brandon Carr almost picked off a pass of several yards. Coaches on the sidelines shouted, “Good coverage! Good coverage!”

Special Teams
The special teams unit worked on punt coverage immediately following warm-ups. Linebackers Thomas Pat, Derrick Johnson and Demorrio Williams along withsafety Jon McGraw came out with the first rush unit. Going half speed they worked up field for 15 yards from the 25-yard line on filling lanes.

The lanes were marked with short blue cones. Kicker Nick Novak was asked to simulate punts while the drill went on. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer gave fullback Oliver Hoyte some guidance during the drill. “Oliver just stay a little lower. That was good,” he said. Defensive end Brian Johnston also received some Priefer-special advice. “Pull him close to you and he can’t get away,” exclaimed Priefer. During the drill Priefer was animated and told the players: “We’re in shoulder pads and helmets, stun his (butt).”

The unit also worked on its trail technique. The purpose of the one-on-one drill is to disrupt the route of the punt returner. Defenders in essence shadowed their returner’s every move. The drill was ran from the 25-yard lines for runs of 10 yards. “We will do this a lot men, you just have to understand the concept,” shared Priefer.

Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth got plenty of reps in at practice. They worked on their accuracy and technique while making attempts at field goals. Punter Justin Colquitt took on another role as the team’s holder while taking snaps from long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche. While positions were working on individual drills and skills, Novak and Barth warmed up attempting field goals from the 28, 33 and 37-yard lines. Novak made all of his with ease. Connor made all but one attempt. He missed his first kick—which was from the 28-yard line—from the left hash; it went wide to the right of the right field goal post.

Post the warm-up kicks, the defense and the offense gathered on the first field to replicate field goal attempts. After kickers Novak and Barth both missed their first attempts from the 28-yard line at the left hash, Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer told them they were starting the drill over. Novak and Barth kicked two from the 28 and 37-yard lines and one each from the 30, 32 and 33-yard lines. Novak hit all of his kicks. Barth missed one kick from the 32-yard line on the left hash. It went low and right of the up rights.

Kickers Connor Barth and Nick Novak, along with Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, headed to the third field to take more kicks at a narrowed field goal post. They kicked from the 22, 27 and 32-yard lines from the left hash for a warm-up. They then took attempts while Priefer timed how long it took the football to go through the posts from the time it was kicked. Priefer’s son logged the times in a binder as Priefer told them to him. Both Barth and Novak had a couple of misses. Barth took what he thought was his last attempt from the 22-yard line until Priefer told him to take another one. Barth looked back at Priefer as if he wasn’t sure if he was serious.

Extra, Extra...
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, first-round pick from Louisiana State University, walked out of the Hunt Arena with defensive end Johnny Dingle. He seemed relaxed and was seen laughing with the staff. Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie met Dorsey on the edge of the field and walked him to the rest of the guys waiting on the practice field. Dorsey didn’t waste any time chit-chatting before practice began. Executive Vice President Denny Thum said of Dorsey’s signing, “We had two picks in the first-round. A person of his ability is amazing. It’s a good thing to get him started and have him with the team right away. He’s not going to a miss a thing.”

Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt, General Manage Carl Peterson and Thum all turned up at this afternoon’s practice. Hunt spent time observing the offense and defense.

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey faced media after practice. He said the first day of camp went well; it was fun. He says he knows he’s got a long way to go. When asked if he preferred training camp to working out alone, he said “training camp is many times better than doing it alone. Working with your teammates is always better.” Dorsey also addressed working with guard Brian Waters, and said Waters is good, and if he had to choose whom he wanted to go up against, it would be Waters. Dorsey is aware that working against an athlete as elite Waters is very beneficial to his career. “(River Falls) is a great atmosphere, and the weather is great,” Dorsey said. When asked about whether wide receiver Dwayne Bowe would get the opportunity to stick Dorsey to the poles on the field or not, Dorsey laughed and said, “He won’t get me. I’ll run. Sure, he’ll catch me, but I’ll fight…”

Cornerback Maurice Leggett was was spotted limping off the field into Hunt Arena shortly before practice endedwith a personal trainer at his side. It looked like he was having a little trouble putting pressure on his right ankle. It didn’t appear to be a serious injury.

Fans
Adam Endel and son Austin made the journey over to River Falls for the Chiefs training camp. The Endels traveled from Nevada. Adam grew up in Missouri and has been a Chiefs fan his whole life. They came to watch their second Chiefs summer training camp practice in the last five years. Between the morning and afternoon practices, the duo made a trip to the Mall of America. They will be watching practices for a few more days while visiting Adam’s brother in Rochester, Minn. They are very interested to see how the young team will do this year.

Residence of River Falls Bill Hischke was in attendance for the evening practice. Hischke has been coming to the Chiefs practices since 1995. He admits that he likes to come and have fun. He was wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey and was yelling that he couldn’t find former Chiefs Defensive End Jared Allen out on the field.

The mother-daughter team of Ruth and Carissa Bach from Eau Claire, Wis., was out in the sun having fun today at Chiefs camp. Their dog Cheyenne accompanied them to the practice fields. It is the second year in a row that the three of them have made the hour journey west to River Falls. They said they like to come and watch the players run around all over the place.

Dan Dufrene and son Jacob of River Falls said the weather was too nice to stay inside so they made the short trip over to the practice fields. They have been to every camp for the last four years. Dan had to teach Jacob that the players wearing the red and the white practice jerseys were all on the same team. Dan said his son has a little more to learn about football.

Steve, Cole and Carrie Haefner of Ankeny, Iowa participated in their fifth training camp. They were psyched to see Tony Gonzalez, Glenn Dorsey and the offensive line.

Les and Chris Mason drove from Central Kansas to enjoy their first training camp experience for the weekend. They were looking forward to seeing Gunther Cunningham and hear him yell at the defense. “This is a very nice practice facility,” they said while commenting on the city.
A group of guys, Bob Gallery, Crystal, Minn.; Larry Marquardt, Plymouth, Minn.;

Dennis Averbeck, Minnetonka, Minn.; Joshua Steele, Hudson, Wis.; came out for their first Chiefs training camp. They had a good time, but wouldn’t have minded seeing a little more hitting.

Owen and Judy Gahagan of Parkville, Mo., participated in their 15th training camp. They’re here through Tuesday and are proud to be season ticket holders. They’re excited to see the first-round picks and follow the draft choices. They were very thrilled about Defensive Tackle Glenn Dorsey signing with the team.

Pat and David Solfest, of Eau Claire Wis., were two of many fans happy to see that Defensive Tackle Glenn Dorsey has joined the team. “For a school this size and community this size, it’s great,” Pat said enthusiastically about the Ramer Field Sports Complex facility.
After an eventful day at the punt, pass, and kick competition father John and son Ryan Cotter sat at the top of the bleachers to witnesses this evening’s live contact practice. The Cotters caught both practices today and will be departing tomorrow morning, wrapping up there fourth season at camp. As practice went on the Cotters watched the progressive kick competition between Barth Connor and Nick Novak. Connor and Novak split the uprights as young fans tried to catch the sailing field goals on the back pathway.

UWRF alumnus Barry Eggerts caught this evening’s practice, which is just across the street from his apartment behind Dick’s Market. Barry, a long-time Green Bay Packer fan, has never made it out to St. Norbert’s College in Green Bay for the Packers’ camp, but does enjoy the up close contact that can be viewed from the south fence here in RF.

The Chiefs fan line is strong in the Mersman-Ostrowski family as grandfather Bob, grandmother Jan, father Kevin, Mother Amanda, and little ones Andrew and Allie. Andrew was able to get six autographs this morning on a pennant and four on a mini-helmet. One of the autographs included Andrew’s favorite player, Larry Johnson.

Leaning on the south gate, family season ticket holder of 29 years Ken Betterton rode his Harley to River Falls to witness the practice this afternoon. Betterton has confidences in his team, commenting on how he thought it was Brodie Croyle’s breakout season and that he was due. He also mentioned how it was a young offensive line, but that Branden Albert should help out.

milkman
07-27-2008, 07:32 AM
Thanks for that! Who was the Center?

I read the free report, and it was 100% than the Riverfalls report. I don't want to get into the whole WPI vs CP issue (I prefer to be a causal poster/lurker) , but it was a decent article.

I have a low opinion of WPI like most do, but you are correct, these TC reports from WPI are much more insightful than the crap that the UWRF site provides.

can someone explain to me why I give a crap about the fans there?

BigRedChief
07-27-2008, 08:32 AM
I have a low opinion of WPI like most do, but you are correct, these TC reports from WPI are much more insightful than the crap that the UWRF site provides.
I can't wait until formerdb gets up there.

the Talking Can
07-27-2008, 08:36 AM
I can't wait until formerdb gets up there.

yup, unlike goatse, he knows football....is coalition site up still?

milkman
07-27-2008, 08:37 AM
I can't wait until formerdb gets up there.

Exactly what I was thinking.

I know there are a lot of posters that will be making the trek up there, so I also look forward to their insights as well.

milkman
07-27-2008, 08:38 AM
yup, unlike goatse, he knows football....is coalition site up still?

Yes it is.

http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/index.php?act=SF&s=&f=2

Coach
07-27-2008, 09:27 AM
I sure do enjoy reading Dorsey's comments. He has a very positive attitude and he sure sounds like a fun guy to be around with.

the Talking Can
07-27-2008, 09:52 AM
Yes it is.

http://www.chiefscoalition.com/Forums/index.php?act=SF&s=&f=2

thanks

dorseybowe
07-27-2008, 05:39 PM
Sunday, July 27, 2008: Afternoon Practice

Editor's Note: Chiefs fans who may be trying to access the training camp photo gallery may have difficulty doing so due to the power outage caused by the storm yesterday. We are working to fix any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience as we try to solve this problem.

Offense

After special teams concluded its drills, quarterbacks warmed up by throwing go routes to wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. Full back Oliver Hoyte made a juggling catch from quarterback Brodie Croyle that concluded the warm up, enticing a cheer from the fans in the stands.

After the team split into positions, the running backs worked on the agility ropes and took handoffs from coaches while they worked on finding holes. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins shouted to the running backs during the drill: “Find it and hit it, no dancing.” Starting running back Larry Johnson sat out that drill, but participated in the agility ropes.

During an 11-on-11 walk-through with the offense playing both the offense and defense, quarterback Tyler Thigpen worked with the second string, while former starting quarterback Damon Huard worked with the third string. Thigpen completed all four of his passes.

The intensity of practice was low-key until an 11-on-11 drill brought the offense and defense together. On quarterback Brodie Croyle’s second pass attempt, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe nearly made a spectacular one-handed catch that brought on gasps from the crowd. Quarterback Damon Huard started the drill with the second string but after an incomplete pass, quarterback Tyler Thigpen entered and completed a pass to wide receiver Jeff Webb.

After 11-on-11, the offensive and defensive lines went and worked on blocking while the rest of the team did a 7-on-7 drill. Quarterback Brodie Croyle completed all six of his attempts in the drill including and tight end Tony Gonzalez made a sliding catch.



Defense

Special Teams

Extra, Extra...

Players were on the practice fields early today to work on skills and technique. Many were out on the field at 3:13—45 minutes before practice was scheduled to begin—when safety Khayyam Burns started catching short 10-yard passes from a Juggs machine. He practiced catching and going by back pedaling between two short blue cones set 5 yards apart, catching the pass and then curling out to the sideline. Khayyam was joined by safety DaJuan Morgan and cornerbacks Maurice Leggett, Brandon Flowers and Rashad Barksdale a few minutes later.

Offensive tackle Branden Albert received some personal instruction on blocking from Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris before practice began. D’Alessandris ran Albert through different scenarios while telling him what his job would be in each situation.

An anxious fan dressed in a Louisiana State University jersey and baseball cap approached wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and asked him to autograph a LSU football helmet as Bowe made his way to Ramer Field for the team stretch. Bowe quickly signed the helmet as the man said he didn’t want to get him in trouble. About two minutes later, the same man with his young sons by his side flagged over defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to sign the same helmet. Dorsey signed it and continued to make his way to Ramer Field. The fan was thrilled and said, "Thank you Glenn."

Tight end Tony Gonzalez worked on coming out of breaks and catching passes with coaches prior to the start of practice.

The practice began on Ramer Field at 3:45. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe laid on the sideline and got stretched out while offensive and defensive players worked on special teams.

Wide receiver Devard Darling talked with the media after practice. When asked if he thought he was going to be the starter, Darling replied: “Just going out there trying to get better every day, nothing’s guaranteed.” Darling also said that the offense is pretty simple, calling it a “just go out there and play offense.”

aturnis
07-27-2008, 05:45 PM
After the team split into positions, the running backs worked on the agility ropes and took handoffs from coaches while they worked on finding holes. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins shouted to the running backs during the drill: “Find it and hit it, no dancing.” Starting running back Larry Johnson sat out that drill, but participated in the agility ropes.

Any reason for concern?

dj56dt58
07-27-2008, 06:11 PM
An anxious fan dressed in a Louisiana State University jersey and baseball cap approached wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and asked him to autograph a LSU football helmet as Bowe made his way to Ramer Field for the team stretch. Bowe quickly signed the helmet as the man said he didn’t want to get him in trouble. About two minutes later, the same man with his young sons by his side flagged over defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to sign the same helmet. Dorsey signed it and continued to make his way to Ramer Field. The fan was thrilled and said, "Thank you Glenn."

they should have just told him they don't play for ****ing LSU anymore

milkman
07-27-2008, 06:15 PM
These UWRF updates are beyond pathetic.

recxjake
07-27-2008, 06:16 PM
Huard is with the 3rd string... why dont we cut him and bring Greene back in?

kstater
07-27-2008, 06:19 PM
Huard is with the 3rd string... why dont we cut him and bring Greene back in?

You should stick to cut and paste.

recxjake
07-27-2008, 06:20 PM
You should stick to cut and paste.

I should have been clear... David Greene

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 05:59 AM
dupe

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 08:04 AM
These UWRF updates are beyond pathetic.thats true but relief is on the way. Formerdb arrives on Wednesday.
From formerdb on the coalition site

Trust me, I can't wait to get there!!!!
Putting the final touches on my game plan... always trying to be better than the year before.
I'll be feeding yall the Mother Load of info... bet on it.

Mizzou_8541
07-28-2008, 08:24 AM
thats true but relief is on the way. Formerdb arrives on Wednesday.
From formerdb on the coalition site

Trust me, I can't wait to get there!!!!
Putting the final touches on my game plan... always trying to be better than the year before.
I'll be feeding yall the Mother Load of info... bet on it.

Ok, n00b question here. Where will we be able to find this info?

Does the coalition = chiefs coalition?

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 08:33 AM
Ok, n00b question here. Where will we be able to find this info?

Does the coalition = chiefs coalition?
yes, you will also see people call the Chiefs Coalition board....CC

It's a post from him. Not a 3rd party I hear he's going to be there Wednesday rumor.

Mizzou_8541
07-28-2008, 08:35 AM
yes, you will also see people call the Chiefs Coalition board....CC

It's a post from him. Not a 3rd party I hear he's going to be there Wednesday rumor.

Very good. Thanks.

Direckshun
07-28-2008, 10:48 AM
yes, you will also see people call the Chiefs Coalition board....CC

It's a post from him. Not a 3rd party I hear he's going to be there Wednesday rumor.
Any chance you could post that stuff here?

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 11:00 AM
Any chance you could post that stuff here?
I don't know. I'll ask. The first post will be up Wednesday night after the afternoon practice.

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 12:52 PM
Monday, July 28, 2008: Morning Practice
Editor's Note: Chiefs fans who may be trying to access the training camp photo gallery may have difficulty doing so due to the power outage caused by the storm yesterday. We are working to fix any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience as we try to solve this problem.

Clear blue skies and a temperature of 79 degrees made for a terrific morning practice. The humidity was at 62 percent. Chief players, coaches and the team’s 267 fans in attendance were cooled by a seven mile per hour wind coming from the southeast. This morning was a great start to what is suppose to be a week of beautiful weather in River Falls.

Offense
Morning practice started with a couple of familiar faces without pads on. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and left guard Brian Waters both looked on as the team conducted a full pads practice.

Rookie left tackle Branden Albert worked on the side by himself until Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris came over and worked with him on his footwork.

2008 first-round pick defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey joked with 2007 first-round pick Dwayne Bowe while defensive and offensive non-special teams players stretched on the second field.

After special teams concluded its drills quarterbacks and wide receivers worked on quick screen passes. “Give him a good step downfield, make him think you’re going downfield,” Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey instructed.

Wide receivers and quarterbacks worked on many different routes. After a sliding catch by rookie wide receiver Will Franklin on a 20-yard corner route Head Coach Herm Edwards yelled: “Good hustle Will, that’s a way to work Will.” Just a few minutes later wide receiver Bobby Sippio made a leaping grab on the sidelines to which the numerous kids in the stands, in attendance for Kids’ Day, cheered with their approval.

Left guard Tre Stallings stepped in for starting left guard Brian Waters during the 11-on-11 drill. Quarterback Brodie Croyle was 7-11, finding wide receiver Dwayne Bowe four times. Croyle and Bowe got in a groove halfway through the drill when Croyle found Bowe in two out of three plays for a pair of completions for 20 yards a piece.

Quarterback Damon Huard and quarterback Tyler Thigpen continued to trade off reps with the second-string offense. The backup quarterback spot is an open competition. Huard completed 1 of 2 passes, including throwing an interception by defensive back DaJuan Morgan. Thigpen finished 3-5 in the drill, including a dropped pass and a near interception.

Defense
While his fellow defensive backs worked on taking tackles on the single sled, safety Bernard Pollard spent time on the side with a trainer. They worked on stretching both his legs. After the solo tackle sled, the backs ran a drill they hadn’t yet run at camp. A member of the coaching staff set up a dummy over a large, blue mat. Each back would take a turn running full speed at the dummy, and then flopped onto a mat.
While the backs worked near the south end of the practice field, Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham and his men did some work on the sleds. After biffing on two hits, Cunningham instructed rookie linebacker LeRue Rumph to go again. With encouragement from his teammates, Rumph completed the drill correctly, and Cunningham said, “I knew you could do it!” After the stationary sleds, the linebackers moved to the hanging dummy. Cunningham told his men to “keep your eye on the quarterback. I want you to kill the overpaid son of a (gun) with the ball in his hand.”

For the first time since camp began Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie had his linemen work on a drill that simulated forcing and recovering a fumble. The players would run by two dummies and tackle the last one, symbolizing the quarterback. Krumrie threw the ball on the ground near the tackled dummy, and the men would jump on the ball. After the fumble drill, Krumrie put some arm pads on and worked with each lineman on hand and footwork. While rookie defensive tackle Derek Lokey was up, his veteran teammates yelled things like, “There ya go, rookie. Make him tired,” and “Break his hands, baby!”

When the defense began running through their nickel plays, rookie Glenn Dorsey continued to hold down his spot as tackle with the first string. Also seeing first-string time were rookie cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers. Flowers and Carr would also stay put when the second-string took some snaps. Defensive end Brian Johnston and cornerback Maurice Leggett also saw some time with the second-string. As the first-string rotated out and the second-string rotated in, linebacker Donnie Edwards hollered to the sidelines for one of the coach’s sons. He needed the boy to run into the locker room, reach into his second helmet, and bring him out his other mouth guard.

As the offense and defense came together to run some 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills, Head Coach Herm Edwards made a comment about the lack of enthusiasm on the field. “Get a pot of coffee out here for these guys,” he joked. During the 9-on-9 drills, rookie linebacker LeRue Rumph took a few second-string snaps in veteran Demorrio Williams’s spot.
It was during the 11-on-11 scrimmage that defense really shined. Quarterback Brodie Croyle threw a pass that was nicely broken up by rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers. On the next play, Head Coach Herm Edwards complimented both the back and receiver saying, “Nice cover 24. Way to catch the ball 82.” Much to the delight of the defensive coaching staff, several players made chargers to the quarterbacks that, in real-game situations, would have been sacks. Safety Jon McGraw blew by the offensive line once, and defensive tackle Alfonso Boone and linebackers Pat Thomas and Demorrio Williams all made attacks at Croyle. Safety Jarrad Page later blew by all offensive players and made his way to Croyle virtually untouched. Other highlights from the drill include: rookie safety DaJuan Morgan’s interception off a Damon Huard pass and rookie linebacker Weston Dacus’s near interception of Tyler Thigpen’s throw. Keeping the defense in line, though, Herm Edwards hollered, “Get your hands off their facemasks. Play some foozeball!”

Special teams
Practice got started at 8:52 with the special teams unit working on the kickoff return game. Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth took turns kicking from the 45-yard line to returners waiting in the end zone. Defenders with blocking pads took off from the 45-yard line to meet offensive blockers without blocking pads around the 28. The returners ran routes aiming for the sideline for 15 to 20 yards. Kick returner B.J. Sams received the first kick of the drill from Novak. Sams would carry the ball four times in total. Wide receiver Jeff Webb bobbled and dropped the first kick he attempted to receive after the football bounced off his chest. “The sun was in his eyes,” commented Head Coach Herm Edwards dryly. Wide receiver Will Franklin and running back Jamaal Charles also had carries.

A kickoff cover drill sparked much energy from players on the field. Players worked on both the left and right sides of the field breaking through the wedge and picking up returners trying to make their ways up the field. Each wedge consisted of three players with blocking pads on the 15-yard line. Two additional blockers on the 45-yard line hassled the wedge busters on their way to the blockers with the pads. Kick returner B.J. Sams and running back Dantrell Savage took turns being the returner. “Accelerate our legs. Dip and rip; get by them,” shouted Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer as he coached during the drill. Tight end Brad Cottam played well throughout the drill and coaches noticed telling him, “Good job Brad.”

Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth worked on kicking field goals most of the practice. They warmed up from the 28, 30, 33, 36 and 37-yard lines from both the right and left hash marks. Novak took 15 kicks to Barth’s 6 kicks. Novak missed one kick from the 33-yard line on the left hash. The kick was wide left. After the warm up, the defense and offense took to the field for a simulated field goal drill. Novak kicked first and made all three of his kicks from the 29, 31 and 33-yard lines. Long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche made a high snap on Novak’s second kick, but punter Dustin Colquitt pulled the ball down and completed a nice hold. He received compliments from his teammates and coaches. Barth also made all of his kicks from the same yard lines; the first two kicks were from the left hash and the last kick from the right hash.

Extra Extra...
Cornerback Patrick Surtain spoke with media after practice about working with rookie cornerback—and roommate—Brandon Flowers. “I’m a professional,” Surtain said, “I want my teammates to be the best they can be.” Surtain said even though Flowers is a rookie, he carries himself like a veteran. “He’s constantly taking tremendous notes. He’s hungry. He wants this.”

During the 11-on-11 drill tight end Tony Gonzalez gave passes to wide receiver Maurice Price on the half of the field not being unused. This occurred a couple different times during the drill when Price was not in it. The passes were short from 5 to 10 yards. Price received the ball as he practiced “running” different routes.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers answered a couple questions after practice. He discussed the competition at his position and said, “We’re running a lot of man. There are a lot of good young corners competing out here.”

Tony Gonzalez Press Conference
At 11:55 a.m. tight end Tony Gonzalez kicked off his first press conference of training camp at the University Center. While talking about his love for the game, Gonzalez said, “This is it. This is my passion. This is what I love to do.” Media then asked him about retirement, Gonzalez said he was 95 percent sure he was coming back next year. Although, he said if they win the Super Bowl that might be different. The media asked Gonzalez if he was going to be 100 percent sure on his decision when he retires to avoid a situation like quarterback Brett Favre is in right now. Gonzalez said, “Everybody’s talked about the whole Favre thing. I’m sure he was 100 percent when he made that decision. Things change. People change. That’s one thing that people get upset about. What I believe and what I think might change, so maybe that’s what’s going on. He loves this game and realizes that he can’t live without it at this point in his life. “

Herm Edwards Press Conference
“I thought early in today’s practice the offense got off the ball early, but then it became really competitive,” said Head Coach Herm Edwards in a post-practice press conference. “I think they are starting to realize how to play better in pads, stay lower and strike people. It was a long practice and it was intended that way. We are going to give them practices off, with one-a-days and that will start for us tomorrow. We are going to have special teams in the morning and we’ll practice again in the afternoon. That’s how it’s scheduled with an 80-man situation. I’ve talked to a lot of coaches around the league and that’s how they are running their camp to survive camp and the pre-season.”

When asked by a KMBZ reporter why defensive end Turk McBride didn’t work today, Edwards explained by saying, “he had a stomach deal, but he’s alright and will be out here this afternoon.” Edwards mentioned that cornerback Patrick Surtain didn’t take many reps and tight end Tony Gonzalez didn’t work at all.

Edwards was asked about running back Larry Johnson’s high effort in camp so far. “He has a lot to prove because there is a lot of pressure on him when you’re in that star status of a football player. Last year we started the season off slow offensively, we didn’t run the ball very well, then we finally got going, and he got hurt. He’s in the mind set of coming back and having a good season for us.”

There is a tight kicker competition between Nick Novak and Connor Barth. When Edwards was asked about it he said, “it’s an everyday deal, when we get into pre-season we will be able to evaluate it there and see how they do. Hopefully we can get close enough to kick some field goals. That was an Achilles' heel last year since we weren’t in good field position.”

Kids' Day
Kids’ Day at the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp pulled in big numbers once again this morning. Over 130 kids were in attendance for the first of two Kids’ Days.

Upon arrival they were greeted by staff members with a blow-pop, a raffle ticket, and a coupon for a $1.99 kids meal at Bo’s ‘N Mine. Balloons were also distributed. The raffle was held at 9:50 a.m., and the prizes included Burger King coupons, Subway coupons, and Kansas City Chiefs merchandise.

It was a very fun day for the kids, volunteers and workers. There were several activities for the little ones to participate in including: bean bag toss, football toss, face painting, temporary tattoos, word searches, coloring, and a wading pool with ducks. If played correctly, many of the activities were worth additional raffle tickets.

In addition to the raffle, balloons and games, K.C. Wolf made an appearance. He posed for pictures and played with the kids. River Falls Kids Club brought 78 kids to the event. Jordan Howard, a worker with the Kids Club said they try to make it to Kids Day ever year. “It’s really fun to be able to bring all these kids to watch a NFL team practice. This is an opportunity most kids will never get,” he said.

After practice, over 100 of the kids lined the fences of the practice fields getting autographs from five different Chief players.
The next Kids Day is Aug. 7 at the morning practice (9-10:15 a.m.) Call 715-425-3771 to register.

dorseybowe
07-28-2008, 12:56 PM
Carr and Flowers = Paige and Pollard

BigRedChief
07-28-2008, 10:18 PM
Monday, July 28, 2008: Afternoon Practice
Editor's Note: Chiefs fans who may be trying to access the training camp photo gallery may have difficulty doing so due to the power outage caused by the storm yesterday. We are working to fix any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience as we try to solve this problem.
The weather made for a warm practice this evening. Partly cloudy skies were accompanied by a temperature of 86 degrees. A nine mile per hour wind out of the southeast provided a slight cool breeze. The humidity was at 53 percent. Seventy-three fans were in attendance.

Offense
The wide receivers and defensive backs worked on a one-on-one drill. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe made a nice sliding catch after having his previous would-be catch broken up by rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers. Wide receiver Jabari Arthur beat Flowers on a route, but gained only 3 yards on the play, causing Head Coach Herm Edwards to praise Flowers by saying, “Hey if they catch 3-yard passes we’re doing good.”

During an offense only “hurry-up” drill all quarterbacks completed all of their passes. Quarterback Damon Huard worked with the second-string, and quarterback Tyler Thigpen worked with the third-string during that drill.When the defense cam together during an11-on-11 drill, Thigpen worked with the second-string to start the drill, but Huard and Thigpen would switch off working with the second and third-strings the rest of the drill, and during the 7-on-7 drill immediately after the 11-on-11.
After wide receiver Dwayne Bowe hauled in a short pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle Head Coach Herm Edwards praised Bowe by saying: “That’s a way to play big Bowe,” and then joked with him, “Boy I wish I was covering you, wanna get that blanket out?”

The practice ended with the offense beginning at its own 40-yard line, down by three with 0:52 on the clock, having three timeouts and needing to get to the opponents’ 20-yard line for a field goal attempt.
Quarterback Brodie Croyle completed passes to running back Larry Johnson and tight end Tony Gonzalez to march the offense down to the 32-yard line before getting sacked leaving the offense with a second and 17 situation from the opposing 39-yard line. But Croyle came back and completed passes to Gonzalez and wide receiver Devard Darling to get down to the 22-yard line. After a sack and an incomplete pass as a last ditch effort to score, the defense held the offense scoreless.

Defense
While their teammates stretched before practice this afternoon, offensive tackle Branden Albert and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe showed off their dance moves, breaking-it- down on the sidelines near the training tent. Defensive end Tamba Hali and linebacker Derrick Johnson showed up to practice not wearing their pads. Hali did run some drills with the defensive line, but Johnson spent the majority of his time on the sidelines.

The linebackers worked on drills to improve their handwork while rushing the quarterback. The hanging dummy simulated the offensive blocker. Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham wasn’t overly pleased with the men’s performance. “I wish I was 20 years younger. Ooooh. I’d be kicking some (butt).” When trying to explain to his players how to hit the blocker with their right and left arms, and follow through using their right arm as a “club,” Cunningham said, “Pull out his gut and stick it to his ear.”
When the offense and defense came together for a 7-on-7 scrimmage, Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs repeatedly hollered, “Put your face on” to his men when they struggled to make big plays. When linebacker LeRue Rumph botched a play, allowing a receiver to pick up several yards, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham was not pleased. “We just worked on that drill. What the (heck) is the matter with you?!”
Throughout the entire afternoon, the team seemed extra enthusiastic. A scuffle broke out between a couple players near the end of practice. Not only were the players enthusiastic, but Head Coach Herm Edwards also seemed cheery as he chatted with his players. “Bowe, I wish I was covering you,” Edwardssaid to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. “No you don’t,” Bowe replied. After the scuffle that took place earlier, both sides of the ball were a little more on edge. When rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers did excellent covering his man, safety Bernard Pollard was elated. “You don’t give him a (explicit deleted) catch!” he chanted several times.

The team moved to an 11-on-11 drill with situations given to the players to work through. During the situation drills, several players made what would have been sacks in real-game situations on the quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone had several of these “sacks.” Both first- string and second-string practiced the situation and in both cases, the defense won. Meaning the offense was unable to score.

Special teams
The special teams punt coverage unit started the practice with drills on the middle practice field. The first drill lined up the unit on the 10-yard line. The drill lasted for 13 minutes. Defenders worked to bust through the line to meet either kick return specialist B.J. Sams or cornerback Maurice Leggett on the return. Punter Dustin Colquitt rotated between punting the ball up the field and imitating a punt by taking two steps and dropping the ball on the ground. “Cover. Cover. Cover. Squeeze the ball,” instructed Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer during the drill.

A big blue mat was dragged onto the field and players lined up to practice blocking the punt. Players ran at a 45 degree angle to the mat, leaped and batted down a football tossed by an assistant coach in the direction of the mat. At the same time players in another line worked on blocking punts by running at a 45 degree angle and blocking the punt without diving to the ground. After each player had a few turns in each line, the mat and lines were turned so that the drill could be run in the opposite direction.

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Players were warming up before practice started at 3:28. Players did multiple lines drills—from butt kicks to karaoke—going down 20 yards and back under the leadership of Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith. After completing the line drills players stretched before practice officially started to the sound of an air horn at 3:38.

Linebacker Napoleon Harris lost his helmet during an 11-on-11 drill. Linebacker E.J. Kuale worked with a trainer in between playing time today. His right leg was giving him trouble, most likely due to the hot weather, so the trainer helped him to stretch it out. Kuale tried to join the drill again but came of the field limping. He ran in place for a while before having it stretched out again for a couple minutes.

Center Rudy Niswanger spoke with media after practice. He commented on only getting playing time with quarterback Brodie Croyle. When asked how it felt to have running back Larry Johnson back after an injury last season, Niswanger said, “It’s great to have Larry back. When it’s a player at his caliber, it can only help you to have him back.”

After practice kick returner B.J. Sams practiced catching punts from a Juggs machine. He practiced with a rotation of four footballs for about ten minutes. On the final set, he caught the first punt and held it in one hand and then caught a second punt with his free hand. He did this with all four balls. Sams caught the final and fourth punt holding three other balls.

Fans
Vince, Kylie and Ashley Tolbert of New Hope, Minn., came up for today’s morning and afternoon practices. They were here for their first training camp experience. They were all dressed in Larry Johnson—their favorite player—jerseys. They were also looking forward to seeing all the new players.

Ryan Luessenheidi a UW-River Falls student from Minneapolis was just passing through and stopped to watch the Chiefs practice. He said he really enjoys watching football.

Former training camp courier Steve Baisden was at today’s practice. He took time to give his thoughts on life saying, “Life happens 10 yards at a time.” He was also impressed with the changes that have been made in River Falls. He thought the continuing updates to Hunt Arena have showed progressive change.

Observing today’s afternoon practice was former training camp courier, Kyle Cooper. He made the journey from Shoreview, Minn., to catch this morning’s practice as well. Cooper said he was interested in seeing the young team rebuild. “It’s strange to see numbers like 69 and 24 replaced by different players,” commented Cooper. Cooper was referring to last year’s stars defensive end Jared Allen and cornerback Ty Law, who are no longer with the team. Last year Cooper got to pick up wide receiver Dwayne Bowe from the airport at midnight once he signed with the team. “It was a highlight to see all the media attention around Bowe, especially with the Hard Knocks awaiting his arrival in the dorms.”

Two fans who enjoyed Kids’ Day this morning came back for the afternoon session of practice. Orville and Arsenio Black came to watch running back Larry Johnson who is their favorite player. It was Orville’s second year, and Arsenio’s first time at camp. Both are from the River Falls area and are planning on being here at the next Kids’ Day event.

A small group of bikers lined the outside of the practice field to witness the excitement of today’s practice. One of the bikers was Tyler Ames, a four-year resident of River Falls. He commented about how he likes to bike around everyday and catch the action in River Falls. He tries to drag his wife along, but she doesn’t like to watch football.

Biker Steve Kaminski is a long time Chicago White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks fan. He came out to enjoy some football and watch the Chiefs practice. Kaminski use to live in Chicago, but has lived in River Falls for the last 38 years. A few years ago Kaminski had a good time taking his friends from the area to Chicago to ride the “L” and see the two outdoor baseball parks, Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. Kaminski is a big sports fan and was interested in finding out that the Chiefs will be at Soldier Field on August 7.
Pete Morris and Guy Schmitz made their way up to River Falls all the way from Independence, Mo. This was Morris’s third training camp. Morris worked for the Kansas City Chiefs ground crew in 1974. He said that River Falls has some very nice football facilities. Morris said, “Back in the day they would practice in the parking lot. We never had anything like this.” Schmitz has only missed three camps since 1991.“It’s cheaper to come up here for a week and have fun than it is to go to a single game down there. Plus the weather is much more enjoyable,” he said. Both Morris and Schmitz are interested in seeing how the young players will turn out. Schmitz is predicting that wide receiver Will Franklin will have a successful year as the Chiefs second wide receiver.

Eric and Jill Sullins of Independence, Mo attended practice. Eric is a history teacher and football coach in Kansas City. They really love the River Falls area and said they would move up here if they didn’t have so much family in Missouri. They are excited about the rookies that the Chiefs have brought in. They are expecting a daughter in September. Her name will be Madison.

Brett Blaire and his son Chase of Hudson, Wis.were checking out the Chiefs today. They said it is really cool that they only have to drive ten minutes to watch a NFL team practice. They made their trip over to River Falls because Chase really wanted to see the “big players.”

penchief
07-29-2008, 07:03 AM
Carr and Flowers = Paige and Pollard

I'd rather have Carr and Flowers = Lewis and Ross

KCUnited
07-29-2008, 07:16 AM
Monday, July 28, 2008: Afternoon Practice

The practice ended with the offense beginning at its own 40-yard line, down by three with 0:52 on the clock, having three timeouts and needing to get to the opponents’ 20-yard line for a field goal attempt.
Quarterback Brodie Croyle completed passes to running back Larry Johnson and tight end Tony Gonzalez to march the offense down to the 32-yard line before getting sacked leaving the offense with a second and 17 situation from the opposing 39-yard line. But Croyle came back and completed passes to Gonzalez and wide receiver Devard Darling to get down to the 22-yard line. After a sack and an incomplete pass as a last ditch effort to score, the defense held the offense scoreless.



2 sacks in :52. I wish they would go a little more indepth. Good rush, bad blocking, good coverage, holding the ball too long?

BigRedChief
07-29-2008, 07:19 AM
2 sacks in :52. I wish they would go a little more indepth. Good rush, bad blocking, good coverage, holding the ball too long?
Formerdb starts his articles tommorrow.:clap:

tomahawk kid
07-29-2008, 07:22 AM
Formerdb starts his articles tommorrow.:clap:

Decent

InChiefsHell
07-29-2008, 09:13 AM
So, does anyone have any word on Steve Octavien? I saw like one pic of him in another thread, but I'm curious as to how he's doing. He's one of those guys that could be quite a steal, as he was great before his injury and the subsequent implosion of the Husker defense...

boogblaster
07-29-2008, 09:52 AM
Nice work ... Keep us informed ...

BigRedChief
07-29-2008, 11:23 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2008: Morning Practice
Editor's Note: Chiefs fans who may be trying to access the training camp photo gallery may have difficulty doing so due to the power outage caused by the storm yesterday. We are working to fix any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience as we try to solve this problem.
It was a muggy and sticky practice for the Chiefs this morning. The skies were partly cloudy and the humidity was at 69 percent. This made the 86 degree temperature feel like 95 degrees. The only relief form the mugginess was an 11 mile per hour wind coming out of the southwest. Seventy-eight fans were in attendance for the practice.
Special Teams
Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth were out on Ramer Field early to warm up for the special teams practice. The stadium was quiet and fans waited patiently in the stands for the other players to make their ways to the field. Blocking pads, footballs and Aqualift portable drinking systems were all lined up on the sideline. At 9:49 Novak started kicking field goals from the 27-yard line and Barth stretched out his legs. On the other practice fields the grounds crew touched up the yard lines with white paint.
At 10:19 cornerback Will Poole and safety Khayyam Burns worked with a Juggs machine, receiving 5-yard passes. Two short blue cones were set 5-yards apart and were used for the players to back pedal between before going out to the left or right for an outlet pass.
Players began to trickle onto the field in bigger groups at 10:25. At 10:27, two blows from an air horn signaled that it was time for the team to begin running through line drills and stretching. The line drills were run under the instruction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith on the north end of Ramer Field. The players went down and back 20 yards from the end zone. On the opposite end of the field kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth, punter Dustin Colquitt and long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche stretched and warmed up on their own.
Linebackers Steve Octavien and Aden Durde jogged onto the field at 10:31. They were followed by a group of seven other players just seconds later. One blow for an air horn at 10:37 started practice.
The unit first worked on a kickoff-return drill for eight minutes. The drill was run at half speed and the kickoff team was distinguished from the other players by wearing yellow skull caps. Kicker Nick Novak took the first kick of the drill which was received by kick return specialist B.J. Sams. Sams would carrier the ball three times. Running back Jamaal Charles would also return the ball three times and wide receiver Will Franklin would two times. The coverage team worked against the wedge. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer called out the direction the wedge was to go: left, right or middle. The wedge team consisted of tight end Brad Cottam, defensive tackle Tank Tyler and center Wade Smith.
A punt return drill started with a tight punt formation situation at the south end zone. Returners waited at the 50-yard line for the punt. Kick returner B.J. Sams and cornerbacks Maurice Leggett and Rashad Barksdale took turns catching the punt. They did not return the ball up the field. The drill moved down the field in 5-yard increments every few punts.
At 10:55 there was a water break before the team worked on blocking assignments for the punt return. After that, players focused on getting down their lane assignments—which were marked with blue cones— while punter Dustin Colquitt imitated taking punts.

BigRedChief
07-30-2008, 07:12 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008: Afternoon Practice
It was a scorcher of an afternoon at Chiefs practice today. The bright sunny sky and the 88 degree temperature seemed to make the 97 fans in attendance migrate to shaded areas. Other than the shaded areas, the 14 mile per hour wind coming out of the southwest was the only refreshingly cool thing out there for fans, players and staff. The humidity was at 30 percent.

Defense
As coaches and players filed into Ramer Field, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham told fans they better put on the sun block because it was going to be a warm one this afternoon.
Defensive ends Brian Johnston and Tamba Hali weren’t in pads during practice this afternoon, but they did participate in a few of the warm-up drills. Later, Head Coach Herm Edwards said Hali, who had stitches in a cut on his face, was held out to make sure nothing happened to make it worse.

Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham seemed a little more critical and enthusiastic with his linebackers this afternoon. He was being especially vocal with them. He was ordering his players not perform leisurely. “Do it correctly! Climb up the line of scrimmage. You look for someone to hit! Sometimes you hit ‘em just for fun! That’s what linebackers do,” he hollered. Later, Cunningham was getting in linebacker Demorrio Williams’ face when he struggled to run a drill correctly. “You think you’re the only player to this? You wanna play in the NFL? Because right now it doesn’t look like it!” The emotions Cunningham brought to the field fired up his linebackers. After Cunningham’s outburst, the men huddled together while Cunningham marched across the field. Explicit words were tossed around as the players agreed to do whatever Cunningham told them. “We won’t let that (expletive) break us! He can’t break us!” they chanted.

The offense and defense came together and ran several scrimmage drills. During the first reps of 11-on-11, rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey stopped veteran running back Larry Johnson for what would have been a six-yard-loss in a live-game situation. Not long after, the defensive line collectively made another big stop for a loss when rookie running back Jamaal Charles attempted a rush. After yet another impressive defensive showing, Head Coach Herm Edwards complimented rookie safety DaJuan Morgan on a stellar play. “Now that’s the way you put your face in there, 38.”

While some of the team split to run 6-on-7 (there were six members of the offense and seven members of the defense), the offensive and defensive lines moved to the north end of the field to work on some blocking drills. The offensive line was trying to stop the charge of the defensive line from reaching the quarterback. Rookie defensive tackle Maurice Murray blew by offensive tackle Travis Leffew using skills Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie had made them practice earlier today. After struggling with the drill, rookie defensive tackle Derek Lokey got some one-on-one advice from veteran defensive tackle Alfonso Boone. Boone was showing Lokey keys to where to put and move his hands.
On the south end of the field, Head Coach Herm Edwards was unhappy with the defense’s performance during 6-on-7 drills. He yelled several times over and over, “stay inside the tight end!” He was jumping up and down and flailing his arms all around while he shouted.

The team then ran some 11-on-11 drills and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham told his linebackers on several occasions, “football’s hard, so play hard!” After an impressive run by rookie running back Jamaal Charles, linebacker Demorrio Williams delivered a late hit. This resulted in some relatively subtle shoves. Head Coach Herm Edwards told the men to let it go and eventually they did.

Rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey delivered another impressive stop on running back Larry Johnson. Had the play been a live-game scenario, the offense would have lost some significant yardage on the play.
Safety Jarrad Page almost picked off quarterback Tyler Thigpen’s pass. Page sprinted from the secondary to nearly make the interception.
The first and second-string teams each had time to run through a one-minute drill. The first string defense came out with the win, but it was the second string’s offense that prevailed when they ran the drill. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen delivered a beautiful pass to tight end Brad Cottam for a last-second touchdown.

Offense
After the morning was devoted to special teams, the Chiefs’ offensive unit picked up the intensity in the afternoon session.
Rookie wide receiver Will Franklin is continuing to work in the slot with the first, second and third-string offenses. Franklin made a couple of nice grabs in a 6-on-7 drill with the first-string and an 11-on-11 drill; and caught a pass from quarterback Tyler Thigpen during a two-minute drill.
The running backs split from the wide receivers, quarterbacks and tight ends to work on handoffs, the agility ropes and poles. Running backs coach Curtis Modkins huddled his players around him as the offense was coming back together and told his players: “Be freaking better everyday guys.”

While the running backs worked separately, the quarterbacks threw passes into the end zone from the 10-yard line to wide receivers. Quarterback Brodie Croyle lobbed a pass to the back pylon for wide receiver Devard Darling, who juggled it before gaining possession out of bounds; Darling looked at the media and shrugged saying: “oohh…no touchdown.”

The offense looked to get the better of the defense in the first round of an 11-on-11 walk through. After tight end Tony Gonzalez dropped a pass when he was open, running back Larry Johnson found a big hole and scampered through the defense into the secondary untouched.

The second-string, with quarterback Tyler Thigpen at the helm, fared well against the secondary defense as well. Thigpen completed a pass to Kevin McMahan for 10 yards right after rookie running back Jamaal Charles hit a huge hole bringing “oohs and aahhs” from the fans in attendance.
After the second-string took its turn, Head Coach Herm Edwards praised his team and yelled: “Practicing good right now men, keep the tempo up.”
Quarterback Brodie Croyle was 6-6 in the first-string’s second round in an 11-on-11 drill, including a 12-yard touchdown to wide receiver Devard Darling. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe made an acrobatic catch on a pass that was perfectly, and intentionally, thrown behind Bowe by Croyle.
The first-string failed to score once again in the 2-minute drill. Croyle did complete a 15-yard pass to Bowe to keep the drive alive on fourth and 10, but ran out of time three plays later when the final pass in the end zone was batted down.

The second-string did score a touchdown. Backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen scrambled for 20-yards after completing two of his first three passes. Two plays later, Thigpen completed a pass to rookie tight end Brad Cottam for a touchdown as time expired.
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Cornerbacks Brandon Flowers, Tyron Brackenridge, Rashad Barksdale and safety Jon McGraw were out on a practice field before practice started. At 3:51 they began practicing with a Juggs machine. A blue cone was set out that symbolized a receiver. The object was for the defender to cut in front of the cone and intercept the pass that came from the Juggs machine.

An air horn sounded at 3:56. Players then gathered on Ramer Field to warm up with line drills and stretching. Another air horn blew at 4:07 that meant practice officially started. Players then split up to work on position-specific drills. The offensive players stayed on Ramer while the defensive players moved to the practice fields outside the stadium.
Defensive tackles Derek Lokey and T.J. Jackson were heard talking football on the sidelines before warm-ups and practice began.Vice President Denny Thum was present at practice. He remained on the sidelines and spent most of his time observing 6-on-7 drills.

Equipment Manager Mike Davidson and Assistant Equipment Manager Allen Wright were busy running between Ramer Field and the practice field throughout practice. During the 6-on-7 drills, they were keeping tabs on the team while talking to other coaches.
Prescott High School students Kaitlyn Jerrick and Emily Cobenais were observing the Chiefs practice from the sidelines. This was their first training camp. Both students are interested in journalism and were anxious to learn more. They were impressed with how close they were to the players. “The training camp is a great opportunity for students to learn about journalism,” said UWRF Sports Information Director, Jim Thies. “Having the Chiefs here enables us to have interested students come in and learn about journalism and other careers.”

At the end of practice, running back Larry Johnson joked with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Johnson was wiping his face with a Gatorade towel and said he needed to ring it out after each practice because he sweats so much.
Immediately following practice, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, running back Larry Johnson, safety Jon McGraw and safety DaJuan Morgan signed autographs for their loyal fans.

Herm Edwards Press Conference

In his press conference after practice, Head Coach Herm Edwards said that he thinks the offense is practicing at a good tempo, but the team needs to be getting better every practice.
Edwards also said that quarterback Brodie Croyle’s confidence seems to be a lot different than it has been the last two years. Edwards said, “He’s just waiting on the chance to play.”

When asked about whether there was still a competition for the starting offensive line, Edwards responded: “Well yeah, but I think right now we want to go into the first preseason game with those guys that are there, to see how they perform.”

Edwards also said that the offensive line is getting better. “I think what we’re asking them to do fits what they can do,” Edwards said, “I think they’re starting to understand how we want to run the ball. We’re gonna run certain runs and we’re going to perfect them.”
When asked about running a man-to-man defense rather than the cover-2, Edwards said he enjoys playing man-to-man. With the team he has this season, he feels a man-to-man defense fits the Chiefs better.

The In-Zone
He’s a big guy, but he’s an even bigger giver. His hard work and dedication on the field has helped him to become one of the most choice players at his position. The combination of his commitment and compassion has helped him to touch the lives of thousands of people. That’s who offensive guard Brian Waters is: a giver. He gives to his team’s effort, to the needs of others less fortunate and to those who see his good works and desire to do the same.

In 2005, the three-time pro bowler established the Brian Waters 54 Foundation. The foundation provides opportunities for low-income, underprivileged youth and families from his hometown of Waxahachie, Texas. The foundation also has outreach programs based in Dallas and the Greater Kansas City area. Among the foundation’s philanthropic endeavors are a scholarship fund, free youth football and basketball camps and support for Waxahachie Pee Wee Football, Waxahachie Habitat for Humanity and Promise House, an organization that helps youths and families in crisis by providing sources of hope. Waters also supports many other societies as spokesman for the NFL’s United Way and What Moves U fitness campaigns. The community service major’s efforts were recognized when Waters received the JB Award in April; the award is voted on by the NFL Players Association and the players themselves. From breast cancer awareness to fundraising for down syndrome, his impressive list of charitable activities is reflective of Waters’s humble, passionate character.

He’s a big guy, but he’s an even bigger giver. His hard work and dedication on the field has helped him to become one of the most choice players at his position. The combination of his commitment and compassion has helped him to touch the lives of thousands of people. That’s who offensive guard Brian Waters is: a giver. He gives to his team’s effort, to the needs of others less fortunate and to those who see his good works and desire to do the same.

In 2005, the three-time pro bowler established the Brian Waters 54 Foundation. The foundation provides opportunities for low-income, underprivileged youth and families from his hometown of Waxahachie, Texas. The foundation also has outreach programs based in Dallas and the Greater Kansas City area. Among the foundation’s philanthropic endeavors are a scholarship fund, free youth football and basketball camps and support for Waxahachie Pee Wee Football, Waxahachie Habitat for Humanity and Promise House, an organization that helps youths and families in crisis by providing sources of hope. Waters also supports many other societies as spokesman for the NFL’s United Way and What Moves U fitness campaigns. The community service major’s efforts were recognized when Waters received the JB Award in April; the award is voted on by the NFL Players Association and the players themselves. From breast cancer awareness to fundraising for down syndrome, his impressive list of charitable activities is reflective of Waters’s humble, passionate character.

Waters brings these attributes to the field. The North Texas alumnus entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1999, but was cut from the team. He spent the 2000 season playing center for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europa before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent later that year. Since then, Waters has helped multiple Kansas City standouts-such as running backs Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson-to extraordinary rushing performances and has played alongside distinguished offensive lineman Will Shields. Waters signed a seven-year contract extension with the franchise in 2005. This season he will unquestionably serve as a mentor and leader of a youthful Chiefs offensive line.

Waters’s Practice Today:
1. Waters warmed up alongside tight end Tony Gonzalez. Waters, with a smile on his face, small talked with Gonzalez while they stretched out before practice.
2. He worked on two one-on-one drills with the left side of the o-line. The first was a drill designed for blocking on the pass. Waters and two other linemen worked on their stances by keeping their feet on both sides of a foot-wide flat red rubber mat. Waters took on a few reps before he observed the rest of the drill from the south end zone of Ramer Field where the drills were being run. The second drill was to practice clearing gaps for ball carriers. Again, he took just a few reps.
3. At 4:25 Waters joined the rest of the offensive crew. They did an 11-on-11 walk through for 10 minutes. The drill started on the 17-yard line and Waters went out with the first-string.
4. An air horn blew at 4:33 that brought the offense and defense together on Ramer Field. The team then ran an 11-on-11 drill. Waters went out with the first crew for six reps. He didn’t as easily dominate defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey as he had in previous practices. Dorsey got by him once to cut off running back Larry Johnson as he headed to the right sideline on a short 8-yard run.
5. Offensive and defensive linemen worked on a blocking drill while the rest of the team participated in a 6-on-7 drill. One side of each line lined up on the 10-yard line. Each player took turns going one-on-one with their opponent from the line to the end zone. Waters took only one rep during the drill. He faced and defeated defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.
6. Before a second round of 11-on-11 Waters took two minutes to have something cold to drink with offensive guards Herb Taylor and Tre Stallings.
7. During the 11-on-11 drill, Waters worked on the line with offensive tackle Branden Albert, center Rudy Niswanger, offensive guard Adrian Jones and offensive tackle Damion McIntosh.

After Practice Comments:
Waters took just a minute to discuss how he felt the defensive line had been doing. He said that the line keeps getting better and said that linebacker Napoleon Harris was playing well. “We haven’t been that good with the d-line in the past,” he said.

Fans
Just before Chava Duran had to head to work at Mariachi Loco, he and his son Julian watched the beginning of this afternoon’s practice. Chava commented on how he saw tight end Tony Gonzalez win a Latin award on a Spanish channel. As his two-year-old son crawled around the bleachers, Chava mentioned how the Chiefs like to stop in Mariachi for a late snack.
Making their way from Cameron, Mo., the Ott family, consisting of Mom Paula, Dad Mark and sons Court and Nick hunted for autographs. Also, making the journey with the Ott family was Jared and Josh Thompson. Since their arrival on Sunday they have come in contact with different players a few times. This morning Nick was tossed a Chiefs practice ball from Head Coach Herm Edwards as a gift; this has been a highlight of his camp so far. Then while the group was out for dinner at Copper Kettle they ran into quarterbacks Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle, tight end Tony Gonzalez and linebacker Donnie Edwards. All of the players signed autographs, and then after the players were finished with their meals, the Chiefs approached the family again for more conversation.

First timers at camp this afternoon were Scott and Sue Williams of River Falls, Wis. The five-year residents of River Falls said they had the day off from work and decided to walk to the practice field. Scott said they were Packer fans, and joked how he was scouting the competition. They both said they would be interested in coming back when the Vikings are here on Thursday.

With a black Canon camera in-hand, Kim White, a resident of Leewood, Kan., snapped action photos of the players. She is the sister of long time Topeka Capital-Journal Chiefs reporter Rick Dean who was taking notes from the black-top track that surrounds Ramer Field. White likes to catch Chiefs game when she can get her hands on a ticket; last year she saw the Chiefs play the St. Louis Rams. She went on to say, “If you think it’s hot here, you should feel how humid it is in Kansas City right now.”
Scott and son Jordan Stastny from Wichita, Kan., enjoyed themselves at their fourth consecutive Chiefs training camp. Jordan was impressive with his display of football knowledge. He was like a walking talking sports fact book. The Stastny’s made their ten- hour journey up to River Falls hoping to see an impressive rookie class and a positive change in the team’s offensive philosophy.

Charles City Iowa sent Mike McCarty and his son Sam to River Falls for their second consecutive Chiefs training camp. They plan on making the Chiefs training camp an annual father/son trip. Both thought it was pretty neat that they were only a three-hour car ride away from watching their favorite team practice. Their favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez, but both were pretty happy when they got defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey’s autograph.

Four big football fans from Rib Lake, Wis., attended practice. John Gerstberger and his wife Mary brought their two daughters, Patricia and Julie, to their fifteenth Chiefs training camp. They plan on staying all this week and then going home. They then plan on coming back for the last few days of camp to give the Chiefs a proper send off. Their favorite player is linebacker Donnie Edwards. They said they love to come to the River Falls area and are impressed with the practice facilities. While at camp, they plan on taking a lot of pictures and getting tight end Tony Gonzalez’s autograph. They wanted to send a special hello to Jim and Doris Horning of Strafford, Mo.

Zen and Tonya McCurry from Bend, Ore., drove two days to River Falls. After watching just fifteen minutes of practice, both said it was worth it. They go to a Chiefs game every year at Arrowhead Stadium, but this was their first time attending a Chiefs training camp practice. Both seemed to enjoy the beautiful weather.

kepp
07-30-2008, 07:39 AM
"rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey stopped veteran running back Larry Johnson for what would have been a six-yard-loss in a live-game situation"

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BigRedChief
07-30-2008, 01:10 PM
Wednesday, July 30, 2008: Morning Practice
Bright, sunny skies were accompanied by an 80 degree temperature, which made for an enjoyable practice. The humidity was at 54 percent and there was a 10 mile per hour wind coming out of the northwest. The 122 fans in attendance were able to enjoy watching some energy-filled football.
Special Teams
The punt unit started the practice off with a drill that focused on return coverage. Players lined up on the north 25-yard line of Ramer Field. The return team was distinguished from the cover team by wearing yellow skull caps over its helmets. A Juggs machine shot out balls that simulated a punt as punter Dustin Colquitt practiced his approach. Cornerbacks Rashad Barksdale and Tyron Brackenridge, safety DaJuan Morgan and kick returner B.J. Sams took turns on the return. Cornerback Maurice Leggett also took a few reps. He dropped two punts. After his first, Head Coach Herm Edwards encouraged the rookie saying, “That’s ok, you got it.”
During this drill the cover team worked on lane assignments “You gotta get a good release,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, “That a way 96. That’s a good job. That’s exactly what they’ll do.” The emphasis was put on covering the return rather than on the return itself as returners simply caught the punt but did not carry it up the field.
The return unit would take a few reps during a short drill to practice the return. The drill was run at half speed. Different scenarios, such as a right or left return, were called out. Two players from the return team paired up to go against one defender. The players worked for about 15 yards. The purpose of the drill was so that blockers could practice opening the lanes and holding off defenders for the ball carrier.
Defense
Defensive ends Tamba Hali and Brian Johnston weren’t in pads this morning, but they did participate with the rest of the defensive line in a few low-contact drills, including the agility ropes. Defensive end Trevor Johnson wasn’t suited up for the second practice in a row, and he didn’t participate in any drills. During Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie’s wrap-up drill, Hali was at the front of the line, encouraging his teammates. “There ya go!” he said as he clapped his hands. Later, Krumrie got heated telling his men they needed to hit harder. “Disengage his (butt). We’re too nice” he hollered over and over.
Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham led his men on the sleds this morning, but stopped the drill when rookie linebacker Steve Octavien messed up his crossover step. After Cunningham addressed the problem, Octavien fixed his mistake and the drill continued. Linebacker Derrick Johnson complimented his teammate, Aden Durde saying, “Good job 67. Getting better, baby. I like that.” From the sled, Cunningham took his linebackers to the middle of practice field three where they worked on covering the draw while in man-to-man and in cover two.
There was a pair of scuffles during 11-on-11. Defensive tackle Tank Tyler was involved in a pretty subtle brawl early in the drill, but later fists were flying as linebacker Pat Thomas and offensive tackle Damion McIntosh laid into each other after an impressive defensive stop. McIntosh ended up sitting out the rest of practice with ice on his knee.
The defense came to practice with fire under their feet because they made several good plays. Quarterback Damon Huard’s pass was intended for wide receiver Jeff Webb, but was broken up by cornerback Patrick Surtain as a result of his tight coverage. Almost immediately following that play, Huard threw another ball that was almost picked off by safety Jarrad Page. Linebacker Pat Thomas had a great tackle on running back Jackie Battle that resulted in a zero-gain. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw an interception to veteran linebacker Donnie Edwards. During the defense’s impressive showing, Head Coach Herm Edwards jogged from the south to the north end of Ramer Field to talk with cornerback Tyron Brackenridge on adjusting his coverage to move with the ball.
Offense
Quarterback Brodie Croyle, running back Larry Johnson and right tackle Damion McIntosh all did not participate in the full session of practice. Croyle and Johnson had the morning practice off for rest, according to Head Coach Herm Edwards.
With Croyle sitting out, quarterbacking duties were split between Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen, who warmed up by throwing to the running backs, tight ends wide receivers.
Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey encouraged his offense as they warmed up, saying: “Don’t waste a day.”
After the warm up, the quarterbacks threw different patterns to the wide receivers as the running backs and tight ends split into separate groups. Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey praised wide receiver Devard Darling after a good wide receiver screen pass, shouting: “That’s good, that’s the way Devard; push him with your eyes.”
The running backs worked on splitting defenders, with fullbacks and other running backs posing as dummy defenders. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins emphasized to players the importance of keeping their pads down to split the defenders.
As the offense did 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, quarterbacks Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen alternated working with the first string offense.
Thigpen finished the practice completing 3-8 passes, including being intercepted twice. Rookie wide receiver Jabari Arthur made the catch of the day when he grabbed one of Thigpen’s better throws despite blanket coverage by cornerback Will Poole. Huard struggled early in the drill but settled down to complete 8 of his last 10 passes.
Rookie running back Jamaal Charles practiced exceptionally well. Charles broke through the line and into the secondary untouched on a screen pass from Huard, and found pay-dirt from 25 yards after a sweet cutback on a pitch from Thigpen.
Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards talked with the media for more than ten minutes after practice. Edwards said he liked the speed of the morning practice but said: “We just gotta continue to correct the mistakes and little things, that’s kind of important for us right now.”
When asked about the linebacker competition, Edwards said: “They’re competing, I said that in the spring and there’s gonna be movement there.”
The Chiefs practice with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday evening, and Edwards said that the practice is always fun—even though the last few times have been a little testy—he looks for the practice to be very productive.
“At this point in time players like seeing another uniform, I think we’ll do a good job of competing and that’s what we want to do; we want to get something out of it for both teams,” Edwards said.
When asked about former Chiefs defensive tackle Jared Allen, Edwards said: “Yeah, we’re probably going to hard count him. Jared did a great job here as a football player.”
Edwards said it will be good for rookie offensive tackle Branden Albert to go against a pro-bowler in Allen. “It will be a good test for him [Albert], the more he’s in that situation the better he’s gonna gain confidence.”
Of the scuffles occurring the last few days of practice, Edwards simply said, “Things flair up, that’s gonna happen and the good thing about it is that it happens and now it’s over. I just think it’s competitive, training camp brings that on sometimes.”
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At 8:42 an air horn sounded to signal it was time for the team to warm up and stretch on Ramer Field before practice. Practice officially started at 8:52 to the sound of another air horn.
Quarterback Tyler Thigpen’s right calf muscle was wrapped for practice. This is the first time during camp he has had his leg wrapped. He appeared to be moving on his leg just fine during drills.
Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham and Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie talked about football while walking from Ramer Field to practice field three.
Head Coach Herm Edwards signed autographs for a few children while heading to the practice fields from Ramer Field. One little boy mentioned how he wanted to be like Edwards when he grew up. Edwards responded, “You wanna stand on the sidelines with me? You might wanna rethink that man. People throw stuff at me, man!” Later on, he asked the children if they wanted to come sit on the sidelines and watch. Edwards had them escorted onto Ramer so they could enjoy a better view for the rest of the practice.
Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs saw quarterback Brodie Croyle standing on the 46-yard line during one-on-one drills. Croyle was yelling “go” each time a new player would step to the line. Gibbs screamed jokingly, “Quit (messing) up our drill!”
During today’s 11-on-11 drills, Head Coach Herm Edwards told the players, “Do your job. Don’t worry about anybody else’s job. Do your own job.”
There were new porter potties brought in during practice to begin the set up for the Chiefs/Vikings practice. Miller Lite beer was also hauled by truck near the concession stand for the upcoming festivities.
Linebacker Napoleon Harris took a few minutes after practice to speak to the media. He mentioned that he was taking full advantage of the opportunities that the coaches are giving the players to show what they can do. When asked about his thoughts on this morning’s practice, he responded, “If you wanna be a good team, you can’t be lopped-sided. The offense can’t be dominating each day and neither can the defense.”
Cornerback Brandon Flowers also took time to talk to the media after practice. He said he’s all about business during the season. After practice, he goes back to the residence halls and reads about future teams and studies plays. He knows he can have fun after the season is over. “I wanna come in and work hard,” Flowers said. During this up-coming season, his plans are to “Have fun. Make plays. Win ball games.”
While his teammates stretched, tight end Tony Gonzalez took a few passes from the left and right from Assistant Equipment Manager Allen Wright on the sideline. Wright and Gonzalez jokingly argued about the amount of points Gonzalez averaged while playing basketball in college. “Did you look at how many points I averaged as a starter,” Gonzalez asked Wright. Wright said no. “Look at what I averaged as a starter. That’s the good stuff,” replied Gonzalez. Quarterback Damon Huard was standing on the sidelines, and Gonzalez asked him how his hand was doing. Huard said that he had taken some Benadryl, so he was “feeling kinda trashed, but the swelling has gone down.”
At the finish of practice, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham joined several of his players signing autographs for eager fans along the fence. The players signing were defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, running back Larry Johnson, safety Jarrad Page, cornerback Tyron Brackenridge, cornerback Rashad Barksdale, wide receiver Jabari Arthur, defensive end Jason Parker, wide receiver Kevin Robinson, safety Jon McGraw, cornerback Brandon Flowers, running back Jamaal Charles, defensive tackle Tank Tyler and tackle Branden Albert.
Center Rudy Niswanger spoke briefly to a reporter after practice. “I feel like I am physically the best fit at center,” Niswanger said. When the issue of players switching from left to right tackle was brought up, Niswanger said it’s an asset to any team to have players who can play at multiple positions. He made a reference to tackle Damion McIntosh saying McIntosh went seven or eight years playing tackle on one side, and this year switched to the other side. “He’s done a great job transitioning.”
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Sometimes camp can lead to newly found friendships. This is the case for Sean and Danielle Garneau who have meet a new group of people in River Falls, the last four years. The Mechanic Falls, Maine, residents will be here until Sunday, and plan on watching the Chiefs/Vikings scrimmage tomorrow night. They said River Falls is a great little town; it reminds them a lot of Maine because the people are so nice. Danielle was a little disappointed to see her two favorite players gone: fullback Boomer Grigsby and defensive end Jared Allen. They are looking forward to seeing the rookies including defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, as the Chiefs rebuild the team.
Chiefs fan Barry Davies—accompanied by his grandson Aidan Easley— traveled from the Kansas City, Kan., area to catch a few practices. Young Aidan said he was having a good time so far, and his favorite player is running back Larry Johnson. Aidan is able to catch Kansas University basketball games because he is from Lawrence, Kan., which is where the Jayhawks play.
With football cards in his hand young Logan stood with his father Chris as the Emholtz family watched the practice at the south end of Ramer Field. Last year Logan rode his bike to practice every morning seeking autographs from the football players. He said he has always had more luck getting autographs in the morning. Chris said last year Head Coach Herm Edwards rode up in a cart to a group of young kids and signed memorabilia for all of them.
A lot of fans got a glance at preparation for the Chiefs’ scrimmage against the Vikings. Father Mike, with his 13-year old son Eric, and 9-year old son Nick all enjoyed their first training camp practice. Nick said his favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez and he enjoys seeing him up-close.
This marks the fifth year that Terry and Debbie Hiatt from Warrensburg, Mo., attended the Chiefs training camp. Both thought the Wisconsin weather was a great break from the weather they had been experiencing back home. Terry said that terrible storms hit back home and delivered over 15 inches of rain. Debbie’s favorite Chief is linebacker Derrick Johnson. Both Terry and Debbie are excited to watch former Chiefs’ defensive end Jared Allen at the Chiefs/Vikings scrimmage Thursday night.
Richard Uppelhans and his son Sasha of St. Louis, Mo., attended Chiefs camp for the first time. Both are making the most out of it. Sasha is an autograph machine. He has his football and hat almost completely covered with player’s autographs. Richard said that he plans on making Chiefs camp an annual trip. Both Richard and Sasha were amazed by the size and speed of the players.
Jerry Cerr and his wife Maggie will be at camp with their grandson Pat and son Joe all week. All four really enjoy the River Falls area. Jerry and Maggie are from Fort Scott, Kan., and Joe and Pat are from Atchison, Kan. Their favorite place to dine is the Copper Kettle. Jerry said, “They have fantastic walleye there.” Pat’s favorite player is Chiefs’ running back Larry Johnson.
Frank Captain and his son Caleb from Chelsea, Okla., were at their first Chiefs training camp. Frank is a high school football and track coach. He and Caleb are pulling for rookie running back Dantrell Savage to make the team. He is from Oklahoma State, which just happens to be Frank’s and Caleb’s favorite University. Both send greetings out to their family Madelyn and Tyler.

BigRedChief
07-31-2008, 07:20 AM
, July 30, 2008: Afternoon Practice
It was another pleasant afternoon at the Chiefs training camp. The sun was shining bright in the sky and the temperature was 86 degrees. The players, coaches, staff, and the 117 fans in attendance were refreshed by a 12 mile per hour wind coming out of the northwest. The humidity hung right around 39 percent.

Special Teams
Punter Dustin Colquitt demonstrated why he is one of the best in the league at his position. Colquitt’s punts drew positive responses from people watching on the sideline. “That thing was up in the clouds,” said one man who commented on Colquitt’s impressive hang time. While Colquitt punted, cornerbacks Rashad Barksdale, Maurice Leggett and kick returner B.J. Sams worked on timing, calling and locating the ball for the return.

Another punt drill had Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer asking for Kicker Connor Barth. “Barth, where is Connor Barth?” he questioned the players as Barth ran from the sideline to the 30-yard line for the next drill. Barth simulated punts as members of the cover unit practiced shooting through the gap and blocking the punt.
Kicker Nick Novak missed two kicks from the 37-yard line from the left hash while warming up. His first hit the left post and his second was wide left. However, Novak would make all of his four kicks during the actual drill. He kicked from the left hash 20, middle 22, right hash 27 and left hash 32-yard lines. Kicker Connor Barth would kick and make two during the drill. He kicked from the right hash 20 and middle 32-yard lines.

Defense
Just as at practice this morning, defensive ends Tamba Hali, Brian Johnston and Trevor Johnson didn’t suit up this afternoon. Hali and Johnston participated in the low-contact drills, but Johnson didn’t take part in any drills.
Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham really focused on his linebackers covering the man in motion throughout today’s practice. He spent quite a while on practice field three having his men shuffle while an offensive player went in motion. Not only did they practice covering the basic motion, but a quick run through on how to cover the i-motion was also practiced.
Members of the offense got together with the linebackers to work on covering the short pass. Linebacker Derrick Johnson tripped and fell while covering tight end John Paul Foschi. Foschi was still unable to make the grab for a completion. His next time up, Johnson covered his man well, and his fellow linebackers complimented his improvement, “Good job, baby, good job,” they cheered. Linebacker E.J. Kuale almost made a pick during the drill. Later, linebacker Demorrio Williams had an interception, and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham told him his work was “outstanding.”

When the defense came together as a whole and ran some drills with the dummies, Defensive Coordinator Gunter Cunningham seemed irritated when he hollered to his players, “in Spanish, they say ‘uno’, in German, they say ‘eins’, in English, we say ‘one.’ Got that?! ONE!”
Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers had an interception off quarterback Tyler Thigpen during a 7-on-7 drill.

During an 11-on-11 drill, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was having difficulties with his pads, so defensive end Turk McBride gave him a hand. When linebacker Pat Thomas failed on his coverage, allowing a pass to be completed to tight end Brad Cottam, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham said, “I’m gonna kill him. Hey Pat! There’s no excuse for that.” A nicely thrown ball to wide receiver Maurice Price was dropped when cornerback Rashad Barksdale applied good pressure. While the second and third strings worked, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie worked with Dorsey on clubbing with his arms and getting by the blockers.
The team would split to practice more drills before coming together again for more 11-on-11. Defensive end Turk McBride made an excellent stop for what would have been a huge tackle in a live-game scenario. This lit up fellow defensive end Tamba Hali. “Good job, Turk. Good job, Turk. That’s how you practice now!” Hali hollered. When defensive end Jason Parker grabbed a hold of running back Kolby Smith’s jersey, Head Coach Herm Edwards had to yell down field, “Don’t grab his jersey. Don’t grab his jersey, please!”
The team then ran a situation drill that lasted two minutes. On the offense’s final play, cornerback Dimitri Patterson came up with an interception in the end zone. Patterson’s big play ended the drill in a win for the first string defense. The second string offense was who prevailed when they ran the drill, however. A key defensive play came from safety Jon McGraw when he got his hands on a ball from quarterback Tyler Thigpen intended for wide receiver Will Franklin. McGraw didn’t make an interception, but his deflection stopped Franklin from completed a huge play.

Offense
Quarterback Brodie Croyle sat out the no-pads afternoon practice as well as the morning session. Tight end Tony Gonzalez and offensive tackle Damion McIntosh also sat out the afternoon practice.
The offensive line split up and worked on blocking three teammates with pads while the quarterbacks warmed up throwing balls to wide receivers. Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D'Alessandris told his offensive line to, "play with a lot of energy," as the players worked on coming out of their stance.

While the rest of the team worked on field goal formations, running back Larry Johnson leaned on a dummy and wide receivers Devard Darling, Jabari Arthur, Dwayne Bowe and Kevin McMahan all played catch.
The tight ends, running backs and linebackers then faced off in a one-on-one drill as Head Coach Herm Edwards encouraged the linebackers to, "stay outside! Make the play but stay outside." At that same time the wide receivers caught balls from the quarterbacks with the defensive backs covering them. This drill was highlighted by a diving catch made by wide receiver Bobby Sippio that may or may not have been ruled a completion as he was being covered by cornerback Rashad Barksdale.
After a near-grab wide receiver Dwayne Bowe jumped up and ruled it a catch, prompting cornerback Patrick Surtain to argue with Bowe over the legitimacy of the play. Bowe jokingly yelled in Surtain's face: "The ground can't cause that!"
Right at the start of the offense versus defense session, quarterback Damon Huard, who looked like a different quarterback in Wednesday afternoon's practice than he has all of training camp, completed a 40-yard pump-and-go to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe down the sideline.

Wide receiver Bobby Sippio continued to have a great afternoon practice when he made a leaping catch on a high throw from quarterback Tyler Thigpen during an 11-on-11 session.
Quarterback Damon Huard continued to look good as he went 5-6 during a 7-on-7 drill, including a 20-yard strike to rookie tight end Brad Cottam, which Cottam made a great one-handed grab on.

Quarterback Damon Huard started the two-minute drill by marching the first string offense down the field to the defensive 23-yard line after converting a 3-and-10 when wide receiver Jeff Webb made a leaping catch to keep the drive alive. Huard then took a shot into the end zone intended for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, which was incomplete, but Bowe thought he was interfered with. Head Coach Herm Edwards responded to Bowe's complaining by yelling, "we're on the road, ain't gonna be no call on the road!" Huard was intercepted on the next play, thus thwarting the first string's touchdown hopes.
Quarterback Tyler Thigpen completed 6-9 passes in the second string's two-minute drill as the backup squad marched down the field. Thigpen found wide receiver Jeff Webb for three of his six completions before hitting wide receiver Bobby Sippio for a touchdown from the 2-yard line.

The In-Zone
He’s consistent. He’s solid. He’s looking for a starting linebacker position. He has received practice time with the primary and secondary teams and, like so many other players on the team, Demorrio Williams has just over two weeks of training camp left to make his goal a reality. Although his fate is uncertain, the Chiefs—who acquired Williams as an unrestricted free agent from the Atlanta Falcons in March—are certain about his abilities. Williams’ speed and consistency will enable him to contribute as a right outside linebacker and make him a presence on special teams.
Williams entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft. He is a University of Nebraska alumnus that started his colligate career playing at Kilgore, Texas, Junior College. The first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection graduated with a degree in sociology. The Beckville, Texas native currently resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Today at Practice:
1. He worked on keeping low and light as he worked with fellow linebackers running a series of patterns in a drill that focused on reading the pass and run routes of the ball carrier.
2. Lining up on the 30, Williams hit dummies that represented the offensive line. He drove the dummies up in the tackling simulation drill.
3. “Get in there, we’ve got to fight,’ said Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham as Williams ran through a drill the involved a five-man sled. He went down the line hitting every other pad from the left to right before doing the same thing going from the right to left. This simulated the crossover move. He was fired up with energy and passion as he did the drill and let out plenty of grunts.
4. At 4:26 he joined the offense for a run of 11-on-11. He played against quarterbacks Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen switching in and out as the playmaker.
5. Williams would participate in a 6-on-6 drill in which he would intercept a pass. Cunningham would tell him his work was “outstanding.”
6. Williams had a friendly shoving match with wide receiver Bobby Sippio after Sippio sneaked by Williams on a route to the right sideline during another session of 11-on-11.
What Willilams Thinks of the Chiefs
“I played in the Midwest before and I kind of like the fans and the crowd. I also like the young team here and I think that we are building something special. We’ve got a lot of young guys who are working and I feel like that is a plus for this team. Last year the record wasn’t that good, but I think this season’s team has big plans.”

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At 3:27 an air horn blew to signal it was time for warm ups and stretching before practice began. The players that began their warm ups at this time were mostly players who contribute on special teams. While special teams worked on practice field two, quarterbacks, linemen and other players who don’t play on special teams warmed up under the instruction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith on field one.
Fullback Chris Manderino spoke with a member of the media for a few minutes after practice. He discussed how he has made his transition to the fullback position and said it is a position he has become accustomed to. “Keep working hard. Stay healthy and just impress people out here,” said Manderino of how he will make it through camp and find a place on the roster, “I’ve had a good camp so far.”

Linebacker Pat Thomas spoke with some members of the press after practice. He said camp has been going good so far, and the competition among the linebackers makes it even better. Thomas says that adjusting to the new defense is where he has been putting the most work in. When asked if he felt he could be the starting middle linebacker, Thomas looked at the reporter with a confident face and said, “I can be our middle linebacker.” When the topic of fellow linebacker Napoleon Harris battling for the same spot as Thomas was brought up, Thomas said the decision is up to the coaches, but “may the best man win.” When asked what it was like to work with Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham, Thomas said, “I’d like to say ‘hell.’” Thomas then chuckled and continued by saying that Cunningham pushes the linebackers, and they take his hard attitude for what it’s worth. Thomas feels the practice with the Vikings will be refreshing. “It will be good to hit someone in a different colored jersey,” he said. Thomas also addressed the scrum he was involved in during this morning’s practice. Not many comments were made, but he did say, “Linebackers don’t take nothing from nobody.” To close his interview, Thomas commented on how training camp reminds him of playing for North Carolina State in college. The time off the players are given needs to be taken seriously. People need to get ice on sore body parts and stay in bed if they’re tired, Thomas thinks.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson also spent some time with reporters after practice. When asked how he looked forward to seeing former Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen – who happens to be a friend of Johnson’s – at the Vikings/Chiefs practice, Johnson said, “Jared Allen’s crazy. He’s off the wall, but in a good way. He’s a silly character, so we’re kind of expecting some sort of gimmick. But we respect him, and he respects us.” Johnson views the Allen trade as a win/win situation for everyone who was involved. Johnson was also asked about playing under Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham. “Everyone thinks he’s crazy, but he’s just very passionate. He’s not as crazy as you think,” Johnson said. “He instills great football into us so we can be great.” Next, Johnson talked about rookie defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. “Dorsey’s a beast,” Johnson said. Johnson thinks that having Dorsey at the tackle spot will open him up to make plays. Johnson knows that offenses are going to have to focus more attention on Dorsey, and that’s what the linebackers like. “Dorsey’s not just a big guy. He can make big plays, too.” Running the man-to-man is working out well for Johnson, who says that his athleticism makes it easy to adjust. He ended his interview by saying that working with tight end Tony Gonzalez is good for him as a linebacker. “Tony’s the best tight end in the league and a future Hall of Famer, so of course it’s good for me to go up against him.”

ESPN’s John Clayton was at Wednesday’s practice. He said he’s already been at eight training camps so far. He said the Chiefs, “look like a young team.” Despite all of the traveling and long hours Clayton said that he loves his job.
Fans

Lee’s Summit, Mo., sent Chief and golf enthusiasts Don and Judith Vogelsmeier and John and Wendy Acker to the 2008 Kansas City Chief Training Camp. What started out as a guy’s trip years ago has evolved into a family/friend’s social trip. Don and Judith like the area so much that they said even if the Chiefs stop coming to River Falls they still would. They said, “the seven hour drive here was worth it.” While in the River Falls area, they will golf at many of the various golf courses. Don has had Chief season tickets for the last 38 years. Their favorite place to dine is the Copper Kettle in River Falls.
Al King and Roy Johansen made the nine-hour trip to Chiefs camp from Pleasant Hill, Mo. This is their seventh year attending the camp. King is predicting the Chiefs to win six or seven games this season and even more in the next couple of years. Both Johansen and King love the River Falls area but wish the Chiefs training camp was closer to home.
Ron and Betty Tempest from Independence, Mo., are enjoying their time at Chiefs training camp. This is their first year coming and both are impressed with the practice fields and facilities. They will be watching the Chiefs all week and are looking forward to watching how Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will be welcomed when he comes to town Thursday night.
The Watter family has made the Chiefs camp an annual family trip. Brian, with wife Linda, have been bringing their three children Chelsy, Amanda and Zachary to Chiefs camp for the last three years. They are camping at Willow River State Park and plan on staying all week. Brian really wants to get Chiefs offensive guard Brian Waters’ autograph before they head back home to Stewartville, Minn. Brian has a sports bar in his basement full of Kansas City Chief autographed memorabilia.

After practice, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe joked with reporters about rooming with quarterback Brodie Croyle. “Brodie is old school. I know he is young but he is the old school type.” Bowe went on to talk about how he is trying to get Croyle to like hip-hop music. When asked if he would listen to Croyle’s country music Bowe said, “I would listen to it. At the very least I would give it a shot and learn the lyrics.” He is still waiting for Croyle’s wife to mail them some country/rock music. Near the end of the interview, Bowe said that tomorrow night will be just a little preview of what to expect this upcoming year.
St. Paul, Minn., residents Drew and Tina Backus made there way to River Falls this afternoon to catch the practice. The two aren’t really Chief fans, but do like Herm Edwards as a coach because he presents himself strong vocally. Last camp the couple made their way to Mankato, Minn., for the practice between the Chiefs and the Vikings and plan on being back tomorrow for the local version.

Veterans of 16 years at camp Terryl Lilluis joined by her husband, enjoyed camp in the east end bleachers. Terryl talked about wanting to come to the Chiefs and Vikings practice on Thursday, but their daughter is in a state soccer tournament. The two locals said they have had fun in past years seeing the fireworks at Family Fun Night. In the past the two enjoyed when wide receiver Randy Moss and quarterback Daunte Culpepper came to RF with the Vikings.

A concerned fan, Doug Flaherty talked about the possibility of the Chiefs leaving River Falls in the near future and moving training camp to Arrowhead Stadium. He said it would be too hot down there and too much of a zoo. Doug is from Pocahontas, Iowa and has been at camp since 1990 when Marty Schottenheimer was the head coach. While Doug is in RF he plans on shooting some golf at the Clifton Hollow course tomorrow. He said they have a promotional Chiefs deal that allows him to shoot golf for $30, with a cart included.

Former Chiefs tight end Walter White was on the sidelines at practice. White spent five years with Kansas City from 1975-80. He wore No. 88, which is now worn by tight end Tony Gonzalez. “Tony has broken every record I had with the team,” White said with a smile on his face. White brought his good friend Tom Gunn up here with him. White is now in the banking industry. He works at Commerce Bank in Kansas City, working with pension plans and giving people financial advice. He’s here for a few days and is looking forward to watching the Chiefs/Vikings practice tomorrow night. He was seen with a rather large red, diamond ring. He received it while being a Kansas City Chief Ambassador, which is an organization that’s huge in community service. He said the Kansas City organization is a, “great organization that does lots of good things in the community. Their main objective is football. They’re also the loudest stadium in the NFL…by far!” White was also up here with Jody Kaaz, Alison Smith, James Gladuieux, and Andrew Berg who are all from Leavenworth, Kan. White, Kaaz, Smith, Gladuieux, and Berg attended a dinner, auction, and golf tournament to benefit United Way of Leavenworth, Kansas. United Way of Leavenworth, Kansas auctioned off a package for a few days stay to Chiefs Training Camp, which White received. Armed Forces Insurance with Commerce Bank covered the group’s stay and Kaaz-Lexeco Construction covered the group’s airfare.

Tom Condon from Claire, Iowa made the four-hour drive to training camp this morning. He drove up with his two sons and one grandson. They plan to leave Friday morning. He’s looking forward to seeing tight end Tony Gonzalez and punter Dustin Colquitt at the Chiefs/Vikings practice tomorrow night. His favorite players are Gonzalez and Colquitt. Condon and family are looking forward to indulging in Luigi’s Pizza before they head back to Iowa.
Ron Adams ventured nine hours north from Paola, Kan. He came here Monday and isn’t sure when his wife and him are going back home. He’s looking forward to seeing the draft picks and how they look on the field. His favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez. When asked about how the Chiefs are going to do this up-coming season, he said, “we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Four small children were seen running and playing with a football in the grassy area next to the practice fields.
Chiefs Vice President Denny Thum was at today’s practice. He spent time on the sidelines talking to different coaches.

boogblaster
07-31-2008, 09:22 AM
Glad to hear Sipp is having a good camp ... I truly believe he's a diamond in the ruff ....

BigRedChief
08-01-2008, 07:36 AM
Thursday, July 30, 2008: Chiefs/Vikings Practice
The Chiefs and the Vikings had nice weather for their combined practice this evening at the Ramer Field Sports Complex. A clear and sunny sky was accompanied with a temperature of 83 degrees. The 6,000 fans in attendance were able to enjoy a cooling seven mile per hour wind coming out of the northwest. The humidity was at 56 percent.

Defense
As was similar in the last two days’ practices, defensive ends Tamba Hali, Trevor Johnson and Brian Johnston didn’t participate in tonight’s practice with the Vikings.

The Viking offense worked on practice field No. 1 while the Chiefs’ defense did drills and ran sleds on practice field No. 3. The teams came together on practice field No. 1 where they did a 9-on-9 drill to work on executing and stopping different run routes. The 9-on-9 was minus wide receivers and cornerbacks. They were on the other end of the field working on running and covering pass routes.
During the 9-on-9, linebackers Derrick Johnson and Pat Thomas had a big stop on Vikings fullback Naufahu Tahi. Later, second-string safety Jon McGraw would come from deep in the backfield to make a big tackle on Vikings running back Albert Young. There wasn’t much talk coming from the Chiefs’ defensive coaches, especially considering how vocal they are during typical practices. After rookie defensive tackle Maurice Murray jumped off sides, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie hollered, “Watch the damn ball!”

The Chiefs’ defense and Vikings’ offense came together with the rest of their teammates on Ramer Field and ran some 7-on-7. Linebacker Demorrio Williams had several big tackles including one on wide receiver Aundrae Allison and another on Vikings running back Albert Young.

Several of the Chiefs’ defensive backs showed good coverage while Vikings quarterbacks took their offense to the air. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson covered wide receiver Robert Ferguson well enough to force quarterback Brooks Bollinger’s pass incomplete. Rookie cornerback Brandon Carr also had some solid coverage on running back Chester Taylor. Vikings wide receiver Martin Nance ended up dropping a pass as a result of rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett’s tight coverage. Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers got burned by wide receiver Aundrae Allison to complete the play from quarterback John David Booty. The play caused Flowers to say some explicit words and kick into the air.

During the 7-on-7 drills, the Vikings offensive line and Chiefs defensive line worked on the north end of the field. The offensive line set up blocks to prevent the defense from reaching the quarterback.
When the complete teams got together on Ramer Field, Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger completed a pass to wide receiver Nate Jones. The play would have resulted in a huge gain if it wasn’t for a massive tackle made by Chiefs linebacker Napoleon Harris. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made some good moves on about three Chiefs defenders. The defensive coaching staff was not pleased. Safety Jon McGraw and linebacker Demorrio Williams had a sweet play on a ball thrown by Viking quarterback Brooks Bollinger. McGraw came from the weak side to get his hand on the pass, which sent the ball in Williams’ direction. Williams got his fingertips on it, but couldn’t bring it in to finish the interception.

Viking quarterback John David Booty completed a play to running back Adrian Peterson. Chiefs’ defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and safety Jarrad Page made a big stop on the line of scrimmage, allowing Peterson to gain little – if any – yardage. Page came out of the pile with the ball, but the play was ruled dead after Peterson was tackled. Page was later involved with another big play when he put a big tackle on Vikings receiver Robert Ferguson. The collision forced Ferguson to drop the ball when he hit the ground, resulting in an incomplete pass. A later play was ruled dead, but Vikinsg wide receiver Nate Jones and Chiefs cornerback Will Poole exchanged a few shoves, regardless. The tiny scrum ended a few seconds later.

Chiefs cornerback Tyron Brackenridge and safeties DaJuan Morgan and Bernard Pollard spent some time on the sidelines talking with Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs. Later, Gibbs pulled Brackenridge over and coached him on some footwork.
When practice finished, Chiefs defensive tackle Alfonso Boone left the field carrying a little girl and holding the hand of a little boy.

Offense
While the Chiefs and Vikings practiced special teams on Ramer field, the non-special teams players warmed up on the first practice field. Wide receivers Jabari Arthur and Kevin McMahan played catch during the special teams practice.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez played catch with a coach and wide receivers Will Franklin and Dwayne Bowe also threw the ball around in anticipation of the beginning of the offense’s practice.
In one of the first drills the Chiefs wide receivers went one-on-one with Viking defensive backs. Quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen completed the first five passes of the drill. Wide receiver Bobby Sippio made the catch of the drill after Viking defensive back Madieu Williams nearly made an interception; Sippio snagged the deflected pass and got both feet in bounds as the crowd gasped at the great play.

Special Teams
Fifteen minutes were put on the Ramer Field score board at 6:21 when practice officially started. During this time, the Chiefs and Vikings special teams ran through two drills. The first was a punting drill and the second focused on field goals.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt took eight punts. There was not a full rush during the drill. Returners focused on receiving the ball; they did not return the ball up field. The punt was dropped three times by Vikings wide receivers Aundrae Allison and Jaymar Johnson and cornerback Dee McCann. Colquitt kicked one punt—his third kick—out of bounds on the left sideline. Hang time was not an issue of concern for Colquitt who preformed well. He dropped punts between the 20 and 10-yard lines.
Moving up the field after every few punts, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe looked impressive. His eight punts had plenty of air time and depth. Chiefs kick returner B.J. Sams and cornerbacks Maurice Leggett and Rashad Barksdale took turns receiving the punts. Leggett dropped a punt on the 11-yard line. Leggett located the ball but it slipped through his arms on the catch.
At 6:36, the kickers from both teams took to Ramer Field for field goal attempts. Chiefs kicker Nick Novak started the drill. All of his attempts were good. He kicked from the left hash at the 27 and 34-yard lines and from the right hash of the 37. Chiefs kicker Connor Barth would make two and miss one field goal. He was good from the 31 and 40-yard lines on the right hash and missed from the right on the 36. Vikings kicker Steven Hauschka made all of his six attempts kicking from the same spots as Novak and Barth. There was no rush during the drill.

Extra Extra...
KC Wolf and Freddy the Falcon made rounds throughout the fan-filled bleachers. KC was dressed in a red jersey with the Chiefs logo, a red baseball hat and red, gold and black zooba pants.
At 6:12 an air horn sounded twice to signal to players it was time to warm up and stretch out before practice begun. The Chiefs and Vikings warmed up separately on opposite ends of Ramer Field. Chiefs Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith led the Chiefs through their warm up on the north end.

By 7:25 p.m. the ticket line to get in to the facility was down.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had some fun on the sideline during an 11-on-11 drill. Bowe sat down on a training table before asking a group of media members if they were having fun. He gave the media the peace sign while sticking out his tongue. One member asked Bowe if that meant he was having a good time. He said yes. A fan dressed in a Vikings jersey joked with Bowe about putting his picture up on MySpace. Bowe responded to the man by saying, “You better add me as a friend.”
Chiefs' tight end Tony Gonzalez spoke with several reporters at the end of practice. He said he felt his team did well during the practice, and even though the Vikings didn’t bring several of their key starters, the meeting still served its purpose. “It felt like we were only out there for 15 minutes,” he said. Gonzalez said the Chiefs found ways to get open in the red zone a lot this evening. When asked how it was to have the opportunity to face another team, he said, “It’s always best to go against someone else.” When asked about the absence of Vikings’ defensive end and former Chief Jared Allen, Gonzalez said, “It would have been a circus for him to come out here tonight.” Gonzalez went on to say that he and Allen are good friends and were most likely going to meet up for dinner in River Falls later that night. Gonzalez is happy with where the team is at, but said that they still have a lot of work to do. The team’s first preseason game at Chicago will be the first test he said.

Running back Larry Johnson took time to speak to media after practice. He mainly discussed his foot. “This was good. It was good on my foot. I had fun,” he said. When he was asked about the practice against the Vikings he said, “It was fun going high-speed and getting tackled.”
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said the practice with the Vikings went pretty good. He mentioned that it got a little heated toward the end. When asked on his thoughts about defensive end Jared Allen he said, “I wasn’t surprised. It’s Jared Allen. He’s worth a billion dollars.”
Herm Edwards Press Conference

Head Coach Herm Edwards gave a short press conference regarding the night’s happenings. Overall, Edwards seemed very pleased with how the practice went. Edwards said, “I saw a lot of things I liked and I saw some things we need to correct, which is to be expected.” Edwards went on to talk about how this practice was a good experience for the younger players. He said, “Those young guys needed to see someone in a different color jersey.” When asked about the how the practice went, Edwards replied, “Both teams did a very good job keeping this practice very professional.” Edwards went on to say that linebacker Donnie Edwards got a hamstring injury, running back Kolby Smith received a groin injury and rookie offensive tackle Branden Albert “nicked” one of his ankles. Edwards finished the press conference by saying he was very happy both teams were very competitive.

Brad Childress Press Conference
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress spoke with media after practice. He went over a list of players who were exempt from tonight’s practice. When he reached defensive end Jared Allen, Childress said, “Jared Allen had a Kansas City exemption.” Several reporters chuckled after the comment. Childress said he simply told Allen that he wasn’t going to bring him to River Falls with the team tonight. Childress did say that he sent Allen a text message when he was entering Wisconsin. “I told him I was crossing the St. Croix River while he was on Lake Minnetonka. ‘What’s right about this?’ I said.” Childress said Allen replied, telling him to cancel the practice and join him on his boat. When asked how he felt the night went, Childress said it was great for their young guys. “We really got some premium work in,” he said. The last thing Childress touched on was quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s improvements. Childress simply said he could see a noticeable difference in Jackson’s demeanor, which is a good thing. He ended his conference with, “What else would you rather be doing on a night like this?”

Fans
August 1, 2008--Fans’ spirits were high in anticipation of getting an up-close and personal look at players of both the Chiefs and Vikings going head to head at the practice. Joe Pomeroy, of Lakeville. Minn., brought his 5-year-old son Collin to his first Chiefs camp experience. “They’re so big,” said little Collin, as his eyes stared straight up into the sky to view the players passing by. “It’s really something to be able to get a close look at all these players with virtually no boundaries between fans and players,” added Pomeroy.

Along with the newcomers to the annual scrimmage came loyal, repeat visitors to the city of River Falls. Mary Jo Anderson and longtime friend Kristina Semak, both of Lexington, Mo., drove eight hours for their third straight year to view the team they love. “I come here to support my boys,” said Semak, referring to her beloved Chiefs.

The Johnson family, of Kansas City, Mo., was found tailgating prior to the event, sharing some quality time together before entering the gates to watch the practice. The Johnsons were so anxious for the upcoming football season that they could not wait any longer, and decided to take the family’s summer vacation up to River Falls for the big practice weekend. “It was totally worth the long drive,” said 12-year-old Timmy Johnson. Matthew and Liz Johnson also brought their 8-year-old daughter, Katie, and their dog Fletcher. As young Timmy Johnson and his dad tossed a football back and forth in the parking lot, a group of Chiefs fans walked by chanting, “KC, KC, KC.”

One of these people was Ryan Madera of River Falls and a student at UWRF. “This is the first time I have been able to make it out to the scrimmage and I am pumped,” said Madera. After the event Madera was found waiting for a chance to get some autographs from players and said, “Yeah, I’ll be coming out here more often over the next few weeks.”
UW-River Falls students Jason Meier and Neil Bland were in town and thought they would catch the practice this evening. Jason—who is the Student Senate Finance Director—said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for River Falls to host a professional sports team. With the city supporting the team on multiple levels the collaboration between the Chiefs and the Vikings practices are a success.” Although the two aren’t Chiefs fans, both support a NFL team in their college town.

Long time Chiefs fan Maurice Dupree showed some confidence in starting quarterback Brodie Croyle. “Knowing that he’s the man, the offensive line can mold around him to be successful,” Maurice commented, “There’s also an improvement with the running game and play action with the new Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey.”

Die-hard Chiefs fans Mike Williams, Josh Sherman and Chris Hahn made the journey to River Falls to see their team hit players from another team. Mike and Josh are from Kansas City, Mo., and Chris is from Loveland, Col., all were disappointed former Chief defensive end Jared Allen “wimped out” and didn’t make it out to the practice field. They enjoy local establishments like the bowling alley, Coaches Bar and Grill and The Library. Chris predicted a 9-7 finish from the Chiefs this season to secure the last playoff position in the AFC.

Richard Strojny from Chippewa Falls, Wis., made it to his 18th Chief training camp in a row this year. Strojny came hoping to see a very talented rookie class, especially defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Strojny plans on making it to Chiefs camp two more times this year and hopes that the Chiefs continue coming to River Falls in the years to come.
Terry and Jenny Akim from Independence, Mo., made it to Chiefs camp this year in time to watch them practice with the Vikings. This is their fourth year coming up to River Falls. Both are hoping they will get a chance to get Chiefs’ tight end Tony Gonzalez’s autograph. If they do, they plan on giving it to their 11-year old grandson Jason Akim. They plan on eating at the Copper Kettle, across from Ramer Field, just as they have in years past. Jenny said that the weather in Wisconsin is a big relief from what they are used to in Missouri.

Kirk Thomas and his two sons, Tyler and Brandon, made the journey from Des Moines, Iowa, in time to watch them practice with the Minnesota Vikings. Tyler’s favorite Chief is running back Larry Johnson and Brandon’s is tight end Tony Gonzalez. All three are excited to watch the Chiefs’ rookie class. This is their third year at Chiefs training camp. Kirk said that he is here to support anyone in Chiefs’ red.

Kansas City, Mo., sent the father/son team Richard and his son Rick Roberts to the 2008 Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp. They arrived this morning and plan on staying ‘till Monday. This is their first time attending a Chiefs Summer Training Camp. It is also the first time they went on a camping trip together. Richard said that he would take Rick camping a long time ago and now they are finally making it happen. They are camping at River Falls Hoffman Park. Both are really impressed with the park’s facilities. They made the trip to River Falls to watch the rookies and get tight end Tony Gonzalez’s autograph. Both really enjoy the weather they are experiencing while camping in their tent.

A group of fans stood against the east fence as they waited for the Chiefs and Vikings to start practice. Jacob McMillian, Chris Renfro and Travis Logan are residents of Independence, Mo. They came here to see the rookies, draft picks and the Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson. These hardcore fans are planning on driving back six and a half hours home tomorrow.
Kelly Alterman of West Plains, Mo., attended his fourth training camp. He was excited to see the Chiefs/Vikings practice and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Jeanine and Ashley Kanellis from Cedar Rapids, Iowa drove up today. They plan to stay through Family Fun Night on Saturday. This marked their first training camp. Their favorite players are running back Larry Johnson and tight end Tony Gonzalez. “It’d be nice to get autographs,” said Jeanine.
Ty X-Factor Rowton from Kansas City, Mo., was up here for his tenth straight training camp. He was exhilarated to see all the rookies. When asked who his favorite player was, he responded saying, “every single Chief player.”

Kelly Kehler of Savannah, Mo., is here for four days. This is his second training camp. He was looking forward to seeing the Chiefs and Vikings practice. His favorite players are running back Larry Johnson and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Another family from Cedar Rapids, Iowa was Laura, Darrin, Abygail and Brenna Wood. It was Laura, Darrin, and Brenna’s second training camp, but Abygail’s first. Abygail is celebrating her seventh birthday tomorrow. They’re visiting camp for two days.

Former journalism interns, Jason Egerstrom and Troy Mallat were among the 6,000 people in attendance. Egerstrom interned one year from 1997-98. He currently works for the city of Woodbury in the communications division. Mallat interned three years from 1999-2001. He lives in Cottage Grove, Minn., and is a Web Communications Specialist at Dakota County. They were asked how it felt to be back at training camp and they replied, “We’re watching football on a nice day. It’s fantastic.”

Fans packed both bleachers on the east side of Ramer Field. Bleachers were brought in and set up behind the north end zone. People with special guest passes were able to sit on the bleachers. Some of the special guests were the Hunt Family, visiting coaches and college coaches.

the Talking Can
08-01-2008, 07:10 PM
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe brought his “A” game and intensity to the field. As the quarterbacks threw passes to the wide receivers, Bowe caught a go-route in the end zone and ran all the way to the fence and shook hands with the cheering fans. Later in the same drill, Bowe caught a pass falling out of bounds that brought on another round of cheers from the crowd.

At the beginning of the offense’s walk through, Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey walked among his players encouraging them by saying: “Let’s learn it now…Let’s learn it, no sacks.”

Left tackle Herb Taylor stepped in once again for rookie left tackle Branden Albert, who sat out practice after twisting his ankle in Thursday’s practice with the Minnesota Vikings. Head Coach Herm Edwards reported during his press conference that Albert sustained a foot sprain and is day-to-day.

Rookie wide receiver Will Franklin continues to work the slot for all three strings of offense. Franklin nearly made a fantastic catch in the back of the end zone but had the ball just roll off his outstretched fingertips. Franklin may have made the catch but was being held—according to Head Coach Herm Edwards who yelled: “Penalty on you 34, stop grabbing!”

Wide receivers Jeff Webb and Maurice Price continue to spell wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Devard Darling, getting a few reps with first string and starting for the second string.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle got in a rhythm during the 11-on-11 drill, completing 9-11 passes. Croyle hit tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 15-yard catch on the sidelines—to which Croyle yelled: “Nice catch baby!”

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe finished up his impressive day with a shoestring sideline grab on a pass from Croyle for 15-yards. Head Coach Herm Edwards took notice and yelled, “Watch it 8-2…you’re just showing off now.” Bowe responded by catching a sweet ball from Croyle for a 25-yard slant route, carving through the defense…Edwards didn’t heckle Bowe this time. He just smiled as Bowe scampered through the secondary.


http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/prev_updates?page=2&Files=08-1-08pm.htm

BigRedChief
08-04-2008, 10:53 AM
Since formerdb has left Cheese Curd land this is all we got left.:shake:

Monday, August 4 2008: Morning Practice
It was a warm and muggy start of the week at this morning’s practice. The partly cloudy sky was accompanied by a temperature of 78 degrees. A slight five mile per hour wind was blowing out of the northeast and the humidity was at 75 percent. One hundred and sixty-four fans were in attendance.
Defense

Offense
Offensive tackle Branden Albert was a no-show for practice and running back Larry Johnson was out on the field, but did not practice.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez was on field two working on routes while the special teams practiced on field one. Head Coach Herm Edwards took a moment away from watching the special teams to yell at Gonzalez: “Pro Bowl players here early today, wow!”

Centers Wade Smith and Rob Smith worked on shotgun snaps with Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris while the special teams worked on kicking formations.

After warm-ups the wide receivers split off with the quarterbacks and ran specific routes uncovered. Wide receiver Bobby Sippio made a tough one-handed catch look easy on a pass from quarterback Damon Huard.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ran a slant route across the middle of the field but dropped the pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle, prompting Head Coach Herm Edwards’s razzing. “You were worried about that safety hittin ya in the face, weren’t ya?” Edwards yelled jokingly at Bowe.
The offensive line and tight ends worked on blocking at the other end of field one during the wide receiver/quarterback warm-ups. Offensive tackle Barry Richardson and tight end Tony Gonzalez aggressively blocked tackle Herb Taylor and tight end Michael Allen. Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris cheered the duo on shouting: “There it is, now we got a moving double team, nice job!”

Running backs Jackie Battle and Jamaal Charles split carries with the first-string offense during the 11-on-11 drill. Charles hit a miniscule hole with the first-string and Edwards took notice, yelling: “Way to run 25, that’s the way to find the crack.”

Special Teams
Special teams got practice off to its start. Running backs Jamaal Charles and Dantrell Savage and kick return specialist B.J. Sams received simulated kicks from a Juggs machine. Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth worked on their approach. “Hey men don’t go through the motions,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer during a short kickoff drill, “We’ve got a ball game in three days. Let’s go.”

A drill that emphasized getting through the block on the punt return followed the kickoff drill. Both sides of practice field one were used as players worked on “dipping and ripping” by their defenders. “Be violent. Get off the block,” instructed Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer. Practicing with the first squad on the left side were linebackers Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams and Pat Thomas. One the right side it was linebacker E.J. Kuale, running back Jackie Battle and safety DaJuan Morgan.

A cover drill was run at 9:05. Two players from the cover team worked from the 30-yard line heading north to the end zone as they tried to squeeze the returner with the ball to the middle of the field and stop their penetration. “Hey returners somebody make a play,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer. Rookie running back Jamaal Charles stood up to the challenge and got through the two defenders trying to prevent him from going up field.

At 9:32—after splitting up to work on position drills—the offense and defense reconvened on practice field one to work on a special teams drill that focused on blocking the field goal attempt. On the north end of the field, kicker Nick Novak threw up a ball towards linemen who worked on getting “skinny and tall.” Their goal was to get their hands on the imitated kick. A big blue mat was placed on the 50-yard line for other special teams players. Long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche snapped the ball to kicker Connor Barth who then threw the ball at that mat. Players, trying to block the ball, dove onto the mat. At 9:37 an air horn blew and the drill was run in the opposite direction.

Count Zarth
08-04-2008, 11:13 AM
Since formerdb has left Cheese Curd land this is all we got left.:shake:


Uh, I'm still here.

Chiefnj2
08-04-2008, 11:16 AM
Uh, I'm still here.

Is Taylor still the LOT, or are the Chiefs considering moving McIntosh back over to the left side?

Count Zarth
08-04-2008, 11:17 AM
Is Taylor still the LOT, or are the Chiefs considering moving McIntosh back over to the left side?

Taylor.

El Jefe
08-04-2008, 11:31 AM
Taylor.

What's the drop off from Albert to Taylor, I imagine it's pretty sizeable. I heard Taylor is devloping though, but I have never been able to watch him.

Count Zarth
08-04-2008, 11:32 AM
What's the drop off from Albert to Taylor, I imagine it's pretty sizeable. I heard Taylor is devloping though, but I have never been able to watch him.

Herb isn't near as dominant of a run blocker. He's quite a good pass blocker though. I'm worried about Hali.

Chiefnj2
08-04-2008, 11:34 AM
Herb isn't near as dominant of a run blocker. He's quite a good pass blocker though. I'm worried about Hali.

Thursday will be a good test for Hali since the Bears have all sorts of problems at LOT.

blueballs
08-04-2008, 11:37 AM
After warm-ups the wide receivers split off with the quarterbacks and ran specific routes uncovered. Wide receiver Bobby Sippio made a tough one-handed catch look easy on a pass from quarterback Damon Huard.

I bet his hand stung like the dickens

BigRedChief
08-04-2008, 11:39 AM
Uh, I'm still here.
Sorry dude I thought you had left too.

BigRedChief
08-04-2008, 01:48 PM
updated version.

Monday, August 4 2008: Morning Practice
It was a warm and muggy start of the week at this morning’s practice. The partly cloudy sky was accompanied by a temperature of 78 degrees. A slight five mile per hour wind was blowing out of the northeast and the humidity was at 75 percent. One hundred and sixty-four fans were in attendance.

Defense
The defensive line went over who busted through which gaps based on the different defenses that Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie called out. They worked on this for several minutes, and later in practice, they touched on it again. While the line practiced this, the linebackers and defensive backs worked out covering the receiver. The specialty players represented the receivers. The cornerbacks worked on covering the receiver’s route while the safeties shifted in the backfield. All the while, the linebackers worked on shifts as well.

After the defensive line finished its first drill, it moved to sleds. After last night’s storm, the sleds were holding quite a bit of water. Defensive tackle Tank Tyler said, “That’s right. Beat the water outta that (thing).” After finishing working with the defensive backs, the linebackers moved to midfield and practiced running zigzag patterns. Linebackers Pat Thomas and Weston Dacus both slipped on the field, and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham said, “It’s hard to plant your foot, ain’t it?” Later, the linebackers worked on the sled, and Cunningham stopped the drill after Thomas passed through. Cunningham said, “I’ve got good eyes for an old goat.” He went on to explain what Thomas had done wrong. He had tucked his left arm under his body after making the hit. Cunningham said this would result in someone grabbing him, making him biff the play.

At 9:30 –about a half hour after practice began – linebacker Donnie Edwards came to the fields, wearing no pads. Edwards has sore hamstrings, and the coaching staff has decided to rest him a little.
The offense and defense met on practice field No. 1, and the defensive line worked on getting past the offensive line to block the field goal. On the opposite end of the field, the defensive backs and linebackers worked on the punt block.

When the team began 11-on-11, Head Coach Herm Edwards said it was too slippery on the north end, so everyone moved to the south end of practice field one to run the drill. Since defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey didn’t practice due to his injured knee, the first- string defensive line consisted of: Tamba Hali, defensive end; Brian Johnston, rookie defensive end; Tank Tyler, defensive tackle; and Ron Edwards, defensive tackle. Safety Bernard Pollard displayed some excellent coverage when he broke up quarterback Brodie Croyle’s pass to tight end Tony Gonzalez. Had the situation been game-speed, Hali would have recorded a sack on Croyle. Coach Edwards complimented rookie cornerback Brandon Carr after he showed some impressive coverage. “That’s the stuff. Good eyes, 3-9. Way to do your job,” he said. Rookie safety Khayyam Burns really showed up to play, having back-to-back “sacks” on both quarterbacks Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen.
The intensity of practice was pretty high for the defense. Their hitting seemed to be more hardcore than any other recent practice. Safety Bernard Pollard laid out rookie tight end Brad Cottam at midfield after Cottam missed a pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle. Later, safety DaJuan Morgan made a huge hit on wide receiver Bobby Sippio. The hit could be described as helmet-to-helmet contact. Sippio walked off the field looking a little shaken up.

Offense
Offensive tackle Branden Albert was a no-show for practice and running back Larry Johnson was out on the field, but did not practice.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez was on field two working on routes while the special teams practiced on field one. Head Coach Herm Edwards took a moment away from watching the special teams to yell at Gonzalez: “Pro Bowl players here early today, wow!”

Centers Wade Smith and Rob Smith worked on shotgun snaps with Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris while the special teams worked on kicking formations.

After warm-ups the wide receivers split off with the quarterbacks and ran specific routes uncovered. Wide receiver Bobby Sippio made a tough one-handed catch look easy on a pass from quarterback Damon Huard.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe ran a slant route across the middle of the field but dropped the pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle, prompting Head Coach Herm Edwards’s razzing. “You were worried about that safety hittin ya in the face, weren’t ya?” Edwards yelled jokingly at Bowe.
The offensive line and tight ends worked on blocking at the other end of field one during the wide receiver/quarterback warm-ups. Offensive tackle Barry Richardson and tight end Tony Gonzalez aggressively blocked tackle Herb Taylor and tight end Michael Allen. Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris cheered the duo on shouting: “There it is, now we got a moving double team, nice job!”

Running backs Jackie Battle and Jamaal Charles split carries with the first-string offense during the 11-on-11 drill. Charles hit a miniscule hole with the first-string and Edwards took notice, yelling: “Way to run 25, that’s the way to find the crack.” Charles and rookie running back Dantrell Savage split carries with the second team. Savage had a nice run, hitting a hole and finding the end zone from nine yards out.
On the first-string’s second round, quarterback Brodie Croyle hit wide receiver Devard Darling on a hitch-and-go route down the sidelines for a 41-yard touchdown strike on the first play. Croyle went 6-12.
Quarterback Tyler Thigpen looks to be edging out quarterback Damon Huard for the backup spot. Thigpen had another nice practice completing 4-5 passes during the 11-on-11. Thigpen stayed after practice and threw balls to tight end Tony Gonzalez, wide receiver Devard Darling and a few other wide receivers and tight ends.

Special Teams
Special teams got practice off to its start. Running backs Jamaal Charles and Dantrell Savage and kick return specialist B.J. Sams received simulated kicks from a Juggs machine. Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth worked on their approach. “Hey men don’t go through the motions,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer during a short kickoff drill, “We’ve got a ball game in three days. Let’s go.”

A drill that emphasized getting through the block on the punt return followed the kickoff drill. Both sides of practice field one were used as players worked on “dipping and ripping” by their defenders. “Be violent. Get off the block,” instructed Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer. Practicing with the first squad on the left side were linebackers Derrick Johnson, Demorrio Williams and Pat Thomas. One the right side it was linebacker E.J. Kuale, running back Jackie Battle and safety DaJuan Morgan.

A cover drill was run at 9:05. Two players from the cover team worked from the 30-yard line heading north to the end zone as they tried to squeeze the returner with the ball to the middle of the field and stop their penetration. “Hey returners somebody make a play,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer. Rookie running back Jamaal Charles stood up to the challenge and got through the two defenders trying to prevent him from going up field.

At 9:32—after splitting up to work on position drills—the offense and defense reconvened on practice field one to work on a special teams drill that focused on blocking the field goal attempt. On the north end of the field, kicker Nick Novak threw up a ball towards linemen who worked on getting “skinny and tall.” Their goal was to get their hands on the imitated kick. A big blue mat was placed on the 50-yard line for other special teams players. Long snapper Jean-Philippe Darche snapped the ball to kicker Connor Barth who then threw the ball at that mat. Players, trying to block the ball, dove onto the mat. At 9:37 an air horn blew and the drill was run in the opposite direction.

Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards held a press conference at the finish of practice. He said that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey sprained his left knee during Saturday’s practice, and his condition can only be determined day-to-day. Edwards expected Dorsey will be back sooner than later, but he won’t play in the preseason game at Chicago this Thursday.
Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh sat out practice due to a swollen knee. Edwards said that they wanted McIntosh to take it easy. Fellow offensive tackle Anthony Alabi went down during the later end of practice. Edwards said Alabi got kicked in the shin; he’d be fine.
Rookie offensive tackle Branden Albert’s condition is getting better. Edwards said Albert is getting treatment everyday. Having never been hurt before, Albert’s mental focus is most important to Edwards and the team at this point. Edwards says that Dorsey and Albert are so knowledgeable about the game that the fear of falling out of camp mentally is not a huge factor.

Edwards repeatedly told the media that the injuries sustained by his team thus far are presenting excellent opportunity for younger guys to see some field time. “I never think ‘why me?’ when someone gets injured. There’s always someone who’s got it worse out there. You gotta look at the good in it,” Edwards said.
The decision about the amount of time each quarterback will see at Chicago will be determined tonight, Edwards said. He also said that he thinks he will focus on the number of plays each quarterback gets rather than the amount of time.

When asked if quarterback Tyler Thigpen would be seeing any time as a wide receiver, Edwards laughed and said that Thigpen wasn’t fast. “He’s no faster than me.” Edwards did say, however, that Thigpen is athletic and has a strong arm. Thigpen was being looked at by other teams to be drafted as a receiver, but Edwards says the Chiefs only plan to use him as a quarterback. “The more he plays, the better he gets,” Edwards said. He also feels that Thigpen is very good at throwing the ball on the run as well as simply moving around inside the pocket.

Rookie tight end Brad Cottam was the last thing Edwards touched on before breaking the conference. Edwards says that Cottam is tough and coachable. The staff purposely roomed Cottam with veteran, future Hall of Famer tight end Tony Gonzalez together. “He’s got the best mentor in the league,” Edwards said of Gonzalez’s influence on Cottam.

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Offensive guard Brian Waters spoke with the media about the state of the offensive line after practice. “This year we’re being smart by preparing guys to play different positions,” Waters said. “We got a lot to prove up front.” Waters also noted that he was a “glass half full” kind of guy, but realistically understands that being having success isn’t something that is just given away. “Nothing good comes easy,” Waters said, “Anything worth having is worth working for.”

During a run of 11-on-11 offensive tackle Anthony Alabi was kicked in his right shine. He limped to the sideline of the field where he received assistance from trainers who wrapped his shine with ice. Alabi stayed on the field and watched the rest of practice.
President Carl Peterson and Vice President Denny Thum were on the sidelines during today’s practice.

Kicker Nick Novak was seen doing lunges and stretching his legs during practice. He also ran the length of the football field.
Safety Bernard Pollard took a brief moment to speak to media. Pollard has slimmed down this season, he said, “I thought it was going to be easy. It was hard-emotionally and physically. I rededicated myself. I was the same weight but more bulkier.”

Wisconsin State Sen. Shiela Harsdorf; Regional Coordinator for U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, Matt Nikolay; Staff Assistant to U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Mark Aumann, Chancellor Connie Foster; Provost Terry Brown; and Vice Chancellor Mary Halada were on the field for today’s practice. After practice, they met Head Coach Herm Edwards and got their picture taken with him. Afterwards, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, met people in the University Center including River Falls Mayor Don Richards, Public Affairs Director Mark Kinders, Camp Coordinator Larry Testa, Associate Director of Public Relations with the Kansas City Chiefs Pete Moris; and Vice President Denny Thum. The Kansas City Chiefs Public Relations staff got a quick interview from Gov. Doyle who said, “It brings a lot of excitement to this part of the state. We love that they’re beating up on the Vikings. We’ve made our facilities first-class and it’s made for a great partnership. Gov. Doyle met with Chiefs administrative personnel. Gov. Doyle told players, “Have a good year. We’re counting on you to have a great season. You’re our favorite AFC team.”

Fans
Ron and Jill Tietz from Somerset, Wis., attended Chiefs practice. This is the fourth year in a row they have made the short trip to River Falls. Both Ron and Jill were Packer fans about five years ago but they have since become Chiefs fans. Jill thinks that they changed their favorite team because of the Chiefs camp. “I think we started liking the Chiefs because we get to watch them practice every summer,” said Jill. Their favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez.
This is the third year in a row Bob Hankton from Independence, Mo., has attended Chiefs practice. He said “I feel like it’s my responsibility to come up here and cheer my Chiefs on.” Hankton went on to talk about how he feels the Chiefs have the best fans in sports. Hankton said he is really excited about the rookies that the Chiefs have, especially defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Brothers Jared and Rick Carol from Blue Springs, Mo., have been coming to Chiefs camp for the 12 years. Both said that they love the River Falls area and hope that the Chiefs keep their camp in River Falls. “Up here the weather and the people are just awesome,” said Rick. Jared’s favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez and Rick likes linebacker Donnie Edwards. Both hope that they get their autographs before they leave for home Wednesday.

This is the first Chiefs training camp for Gary and his 12-year old son Jeffery Meskers from Lawrence, Kan. “A lot of my friends have come here to watch the Chiefs and I just got sick of only hearing about it. I had to see it for myself,” said Gary. He said that he hopes they get a chance to come back next year and watch them practice again. When asked how well the Chiefs will do against the Chicago Bears Thursday night, Gary replied, “the Chiefs are going to surprise them and win by at least two touchdowns.” Jeffery’s favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
With a white tight end Tony Gonzalez jersey on Shelia and her sister Dana Church attended practice today. They are from Kansas City, Mo., and have been here since Friday. The two, with a younger brother who was back at the Holiday Inn hotel because he was sick, are planning other activities while they are in the area. They have never been to the Mall of America, so they plan on going there, along with a walk in downtown Minneapolis.

Jackson Marshall is looking forward to Thursday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears. The last Chiefs game Marshall was at was when the Chiefs hosted the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 23, 2007 at Arrowhead Stadium. He remembers the Chiefs barely getting the victory in a tight 13-10 game. He has family on the west side of Chicago so he plans on getting there a day early to see them. Marshall is from Topeka, Kan.
River Falls residents Steve and son Justin Fields are all around football buffs. Justin, who is 8 years old, likes to play catch with his Dad and play football video games. Steve said his son has a large collection of football cards, many of which were his when he was a child. Justin wore a Milwaukee Brewers hat and said he did have some Chiefs cards back at home. Steve said he is hoping the Chiefs will have a more successful season than last year, but will have to work hard with such a young team.
Another set of fans Kevin and Jackie Markham relaxed in the bleachers. The two are from Minnesota and thought they would check out the action, since an NFL team is so close. As they scanned through the newest edition of the Camp Journal, Kevin realized the team had a lot of rookies. The couple had the day off and was deciding if they wanted to catch the afternoon practice or go back home.

Tyler Bloomer of Davenport, Iowa, is enjoying his sixth training camp. His last today up here is today. He thought Family Fun Night was entertaining because he got to see quarterback Brodie Croyle. His favorite player is running back Larry Johnson. He’s most excited to see all the young guys out there this season.
Norm Garlie of Ontario, Canada, is down here enjoying his second training camp. He is an alumnus of UW-River Falls of the class of 1963 who enjoys watching football.

Count Zarth
08-04-2008, 01:49 PM
Sorry dude I thought you had left too.

Tomorrow is my last day.

R&GHomer
08-04-2008, 03:01 PM
So when do they wrap up and come back to KC?

BigRedChief
08-05-2008, 06:59 AM
Monday, August 4 2008: Afternoon Practice

Players, coaches, staff and the 97 fans in attendance experienced some warm weather. The sky was clear and sunny above Ramer Field. With the temperature at 84 degrees and a three mile per hour wind coming out of the southeast, it was easily one of the most uncomfortable practices yet. The humidity was at 55 percent.

Offense
Tight end Tony Gonzalez had the afternoon off, giving rookie tight end Brad Cottam the opportunity to work exclusively with the first-string offense.
The offense immediately broke into positions as practice started. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins instructed his players to: “Square your shoulders and press the B gap. Don’t go outside,” as the running backs took handoffs from the quarterbacks.

Shortly after quarterback Brodie Croyle threw passes to wide receivers with defensive backs covering them. Unfortunately for the offense the only noteworthy aspect of the drill was the difficult time Croyle had completing passes to his receivers. Wide receiver Jabari Arthur was the only wide receiver to catch a pass in the first ten attempts.
After wide receiver Will Franklin dropped a well thrown pass that careened off his hands, Head Coach Herm Edwards jokingly yelled to no one in particular that: “Even when we’re open we can’t catch it!” The offense then stepped up and Croyle completed his last five passes.
The first-string offensive line was missing its regular left side during the 11-on-11 drill. Offensive guard Brian Waters sat the practice out and rookie Branden Albert is nursing a sore foot. In their places were tackle Herb Taylor and guard Tre Stallings.

The offensive line struggled with the first three plays as running back Larry Johnson was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage on every play. But on the fourth play the offense split quarterback Brodie Croyle out wide left and Johnson took a direct snap off left tackle for a crowd-pleasing big gainer.
Running back Jamaal Charles took snaps with the first, second and third-string offenses during practice. Charles lined up in the offset “I” formation with the second-string and proceeded to take a pitch off the right tackle and turn it up-field. Charles continues to bounce two or three runs outside for big gains per practice.

During the second round for the first-string offense, Croyle completed 4-5 passes. On the second play Croyle hit wide receiver Maurice Price for a 20-yard gain on a nice pass and catch flag route.

Quarterbacks Damon Huard and Tyler Thigpen traded turns with the second and third- strings again. Huard stepped up with the second-string and showed why he was last year’s opening day starter; threading the needle on a 15-yard slant to wide receiver Sergiori Joachim. Later, Thigpen—not to be outdone—completed a 15-yard flag route to wide receiver Jabari Arthur while rolling out to his left on the run.
During the first-string’s third round Croyle found rookie tight end Brad Cottam twice, including a 19-yard touchdown as Cottam made the most out of the opportunity to work exclusively with the first-string.
The first-string ended the practice strong with running back Larry Johnson starting a run to the left and then cutting back to the right, finding daylight and then slipping through the secondary untouched.Six plays later Croyle, made the best throw of this training camp when wide receiver Maurice Price got separation from cornerback Maurice Leggett and Croyle hit Price 50-yards downfield in mid-stride.

Defense
Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone, linebacker Donnie Edwards, and safety Patrick Surtain were not suited up for practice, and they did not participate in any drills. Defensive end Trevor Johnson was still out of practice today, nursing a concussion he got at the beginning of last week.
While the defensive backs worked on the sleds, Head Coach Herm Edwards stopped the drill to explain to the men how they should be hitting the sleds. The linebackers worked on covering the man in motion, and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham made sure his men understood that their hands and feet should always be moving. The defensive linemen worked with Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie on busting through the gaps. When he didn’t feel his men were exploding off the line fast enough, Krumrie yelled, “You gotta get the hell outta there. Pick your foot up and step!”

When the defense and offense came together on Ramer Field, Head Coach Herm Edwards was pleased with the performance of rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers. Edwards complimented Flowers on several occasions. One time, he said, “Good job, 2-4. That’s the way to not panic,” when Flowers showed good coverage on a wide receiver attempting to make a big grab.

Without defensive tackles Glenn Dorsey and Alfonso Boone, safety Patrick Surtain, defensive end Donnie Edwards, and other players, the first-string lineup was adding a few new faces to its order. While running a nickel defense, the first-string consisted of: defensive ends Turk McBride and Tamba Hali; defensive tackles Ron Edwards and Tank Tyler; linebackers Derrick Johnson and Pat Thomas; cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Tyron Brackenridge and Brandon Flowers; and safeties Jarrad Page and Bernard Pollard. Other players rotated into the lineup when the defense ran their basic plays.

During 11-on-11, defensive end Turk McBride made a big tackle on running back Larry Johnson in the backfield, which resulted in the offense losing yardage on the play. Linebacker Demorrio Williams displayed impeccable coverage when he broke up a pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle to tight end Brad Cottam. Near midfield on a following play, linebacker Pat Thomas laid out running back Larry Johnson after he received a hand off from Croyle. In a joint effort, defensive ends Jason Parker and Brian Johnston along with defensive tackle T.J. Jackson sacked quarterback Damon Huard deep in the backfield.
Later, rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted quarterback Brodie Croyle’s pass in the end zone. Cornerback Rashad Barksdale wrapped up running back Jackie Battle after Battle got the handoff from the quarterback. The play resulted in little or no yards gained. Later, Battle fumbled the football as a result of a hit delivered by safety Bernard Pollard. One of the last plays of the evening came when cornerback Dimitri Patterson flattened rookie running back Dantrell Savage.

Special Teams
A punt return drill started practice for the first 15 minutes. The drill started at the 50 plus and punter Dustin Colquitt gave out punts. Cornerbacks Rashad Barksdale and Maurice Leggett and kick returner B.J. Sams took turns working on locating the punt on the ground and calling out the receive. After that, the special teams unit worked on the cover. “Come on guys, it ain’t that hard,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer who was trying to amp up the intensity and performance of his players. The cover drill had two defenders go against one returner who tried to split the defenders and get up the field.

Kickers Connor Barth and Nick Novak warmed up with field goal attempts before attempting game-like kicks at the up rights. Barth was 3-3, kicking from the 32, 35, and 40-yard lines. Novak was 2-3. He missed his kick from the left 32; it was wide right.

Derrick Johnson Press Conference
Linebacker Derrick Johnson held a press conference after practice. When asked if he felt it was fair to blame last year’s poor defense on the linebackers, Johnson said no. He feels it’s unfair to blame poor performance on one position. This year, Johnson said the defense has the same scheme; they’re just approaching it a lot differently.

When asked how it is to play under newly appointed Linebackers Coach—who is also the club’s Defensive Coordinator— Gunther Cunningham, Johnson said it’s intense, but good. No linebackers have escaped Cunningham’s stern standards, Johnson said. Personally, Johnson has gotten the wrath of Cunningham more in meetings than during practice, but he feels he’s got his fair share on the field as well. Working with Cunningham will take Johnson’s game to the next level, he feels because Cunningham knows all about the linebacker position.
Johnson is extremely pumped about the defense this year, and he says he cannot wait to play season games together with them. “We’re very aggressive…already,” Johnson said about his teammates. “We’re much better than last year.”

Johnson said he’s ready to take his personal performance to the next level – the All-Star, Pro Bowl level. Working with Cunningham is something that Johnson feels will help get him to that next level. Johnson also said that if he wishes to reach All-Star status, he needs to work on being more consistent. His teammates put positive pressure on him to be a star player and a leader, and Johnson looks forward to living up to that pressure.

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Defensive tackle Tank Tyler gave the sideline a show before practice began. He solicited for money as he sang to the football coaching staff, which is at camp today and tommorrow, of Chillicothe High School—located 90 minutes northeast of Kansas City, Mo.— as he held out his helmet for the staff to stick money into. He earned 75 cents from the crew and stuck it in his sock. Although Tyler couldn’t remember who the artist of the song he was singing is—he has the CD—he did remember the lyrics singing lines such as, “Birds in the sky, sun in the sky…”
Fans lined up in the autograph area next to the track at Ramer Field-awaiting players’ autographs.

Three young boys enjoyed popsicles and ice cream while sitting on bleachers on the south side of the practice fields. One boy yelled to his mom, sitting nearby, “When are they going to tackle each other?”
Over 20 fans stayed close to the wooden fence to see Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham and Head Coach Herm Edwards work with the defensive line.
President Carl Peterson and Vice President Denny Thum both observed practice from the sidelines.

Wide receiver Devard Darling had a nice catch that his defender couldn’t stop. Safety Bernard Pollard was on the sidelines near Darling when he caught the ball. “We’re going to throw you back to the islands,” Pollard said to Darling, who’s from Nassau, Bahamas. Three plays later, the offense beat the defense with a long pass play down the right sideline. Darling said to Pollard, “How ‘bout that one?”

Safeties Jon McGraw, Jarrad Page, DaJuan Morgan and Bernard Pollard; quarterback Brodie Croyle; wide receivers Jabari Arthur and Maurice Price; running backs Jamaal Charles, Larry Johnson and Kolby Smith; defensive ends Jonal Saint-Dic and Tamba Hali; tackles Will Svitek and Damion McIntosh and defensive tackle Tank Tyler all signed autographs for fans who were waiting in the autograph area after practice.
Practice ended at 5:16.

Fans
Kevin and Darcy Hall of Columbia, Mo., were here for their eleventh training camp. They arrived in town today and are staying for a few days. They were hoping to see offensive tackle Branden Albert and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, but are looking at the cornerbacks since both players are injured. They went to the Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio. “It was good to finally see Emmitt Thomas finally go in,” they said. Their favorite players are offensive guard Brian Waters and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Tom and his wife Katie Nelson brought their two children Nate and Nikki to Chiefs practice for the third time. The Nelsons, who are from Wichita, Kan., said they really enjoy the River Falls area. Tom said, “It would be a shame if the Chiefs were to go somewhere else for their training camp. They use the training camp as an annual family vacation. Tom’s favorite player is linebacker Donnie Edwards. Katie, Nate and Nikki all really like tight end Tony Gonzalez. This is the first year that they will not have Chiefs season tickets.

Gary Thompson from St. Paul has been a Chiefs fan since he was 12-years old. “It was tough growing up in Minnesota being a Chiefs fan but it sure was a hell of a lot better than being a Vikings fan.” Thompson has every Monday off so he gets to see the Chiefs practice at the beginning of each week, while they are in River Falls. Thompson said he is really surprised by the number of rookies on the roster. It’s the most he can ever remember them having.

David McCray from Raymore, Mo., has been to every Chiefs training camp held in River Falls. McCray likes to call himself a “true fan.” “I have cheered this team on during the really bad years and I am still here.” He went on to say that the Chiefs are going to surprise people this year. McCray said that they would go 9-7 and just barely miss the playoffs. His favorite player is linebacker Donnie Edwards. McCray will be in River Falls until Wednesday this week.

Bruce and Tammy Banister from Des Moines, Iowa, have been coming to the Chiefs training camp in River Falls for the last 10 years. They both said that the trip seems to get better each year, and that this has been some of the best weather they have experienced while cheering the Chiefs on at camp. This is the fifth year in a row that they have camped at Hoffman Park in River Falls. They favorite place to dine is the Copper Kettle. Bruce’s favorite player is running back Larry Johnson while Tammy’s favorite is quarterback Brodie Croyle. Bruce said that he hopes the Chiefs keep their training camp in River Falls.

Fans Chris and Hannah Adams from the St. Louis, Mo., thought they would catch a full day of Chiefs practice while visiting Hannah’s family from Minnesota. This is the couples second year at camp. Chris said he didn’t really care who wins the preseason game between the Chiefs and the Chicago Bears, but hopes the whole team will gain more confidence and gels together come the regular season. He complemented cornerback Brandon Carr for making a nice pass break-up by saying, “nice defense.”
For many fans from the Missouri/Kansas area today was considered a cooler day than what they are use to living in. This is true for Rick and Tim Nicholson of Kansas who said it was 105 degrees where they are from the last time they checked. They will be here until Wednesday and are with Rick’s daughter, who plans to do some shopping. Rick mentioned that he would watch the preseason game on television. He was hoping that later in practice the team would line up and get more physical, which they did end up doing. The group is staying in Bloomington, Minn.

The word about Chiefs camp got passed to T.J., Alexis and their 13-year-old son, Mitch Burns. The family learned Chiefs camp was held at UW-River Falls from Alexis’s coworker's son, who just got accepted into the university. For the Burns family, a typical Sunday consists of sitting down together and watching football. The family is from Newport, Minn., and said they would check their television to see if they get the Chiefs preseason game on Thursday.

Fans are starting to show more and more confidence in quarterback Brodie Croyle as camp progresses forward. Lewis and Kristen Jennings of Kansas City, Mo., said Croyle should have more than six touchdowns this season, since he will be the starter as opposed to last year when he shared his time with quarterback Damon Huard. Lewis’s favorite player is running back Larry Johnson and Kristen’s is tight end Tony Gonzalez. This is their third year in a row coming to Chiefs training camp.

boogblaster
08-05-2008, 09:20 AM
Nice ... Keep up the good job ....

BigRedChief
08-06-2008, 12:07 PM
Wednesday, August 6, 2008: Morning Practice

The Chiefs had a great pre-game practice accompanied by some very nice weather. The temperature was 71 degrees with a four mile per hour wind coming out of the southeast. The sky was mostly cloudy and the humidity was at 72 percent. There were 85 fans in attendance.

Defense
While the special teams unit worked on its skills, safety Bernard Pollard and defensive tackle Tank Tyler joked around on the sidelines. Pollard and Tyler were throwing “punches” at each other, talking smack. It was all in good fun, of course.
During the 11-on-11 drill, the team perfected some situation plays and worked on red- zone formations.
Overall, the practice was almost eerily quiet and laid back. But, with a preseason game tomorrow, it was expected.

Offense
Quarterback Damon Huard was the only player wearing shoulder pads during practice, all other players just had on shells.
The entirety of practice for the offense consisted of a warm-up where quarterbacks threw go routes to receivers and a one-quarter-speed situational walk through with the defense.

Quarterback Tyler Thigpen worked exclusively with the second-string, presumably to attain a familiarity with a certain group of players necessary for success during a National Football League preseason game.
The situations worked on ranged from third and two from the 45-yard line to third and goal from the 12-yard line.

Special Teams
The special teams unit had a slow-go at practice today. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer walked the team through different game-time scenarios and instructed the players on how to handle the situation. A focus was put on the kickoff cover and return game. “You got to set the wedge before the ball and in between the numbers. All kickoff rules apply,” said Priefer to the return team. The cover team worked on giving blockers head and shoulder fakes as members of the team “dipped and ripped” by/through the wedge.

The punt return was briefly touched upon. “Last play of the half, fair catch it,” explained Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer, “Don’t cover, just go to your assignments.”

Lining up for field goal attempts was sporadically practiced when the offense and defense came together on Ramer Field for a walkthrough at 9:52. One scenario had punter Dustin Colquitt—who also serves as the team’s holder—getting a leg cramp, in which quarterback Damon Huard came in to make the hold.

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Practice started to the sound of an air horn at 8:57. The team huddled on the middle of Ramer Field at 10:26 at the end of practice.
Safety DaJuan Morgan and defensive tackle Tank Tyler walked onto Ramer Field for practice singing and chanting to their teammates.
Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris were up in the press box for a portion of morning practice. They walked underneath the bleachers and back onto Ramer Field.
President Carl Peterson was on the field with the coaches during practice. Vice President Denny Thum remained on the sidelines mainly talking with Director of Public Relations, Bob Moore.

Wide receiver Sergiori Joachim; quarterback Damon Huard; cornerback Brandon Flowers; running back Jamaal Charles; tight ends Michael Allan and Brad Cottam; tackle Damion McIntosh; defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic; linebackers Derrick Johnson and Steve Octavien; defensive tackle Tank Tyler, and Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham took time to sign autographs after practice for fans.

Head Coach Herm Edwards stopped and talked to Michael Lakin, the young boy who got hurt yesterday. Edwards walked towards him saying, “My man is back! How you doin’? You okay?”

Herm Edwards Press Conference
"I think these guys have put in a lot of work, and now we've got to go play. That's the next step for these guys, go play in a game, and see how they're going to react. I like what they've done so far. I like our camaraderie. I like our energy. So now we've got to go do that on the football field. There'll be a lot of things happen; there'll be some things that we don't like. The great thing about these guys, they come to work every day wanting to get coached. "

"When you get into the preseason, there are a couple things you've got to stress to your team. One is that we have to play smart, play physical, and then to play fast. Those are three traits I believe in. If you're going to be a good football team, those things have to happen. That kind of covers the whole gamut. Offensively, our ability to move the ball and put some points on the board. And we're playing against a good defense.

That's going to be a good test, our ability to not to turn the ball over. They're known to take the ball away. How our coverage teams cover them. That's important. Maybe establish – and maybe it'll take the preseason to establish who's going to be our return guy. Looking at some of our young offensive linemen, how they play. Defensively, really, improving on the run, trying to take the ball away, improving those types of things – tackling. With that, special teams and defense, tackling, how we're going to tackle. We haven't tackled anybody since the last game of the season. Those things are the key."

Cornerback Brandon Flowers: "Right now, he's penciled in to be a starter. Unless something happens, he's going to start. Every time he plays, he's going to get better. He's a very competitive player. But all of a sudden, he's playing in a league where he's playing against a lot of veteran wideouts. He's going to have to learn the tricks of the trade on the job. Not on the bench, on the job. Every time he plays in a game, he's going to improve. There's a lot of guys who are going to play and going to improve."

QBs: "Could be all the way into the second quarter sometimes. It's plays, what they do offensively. They'll all play. All the quarterbacks will play. Probably Brodie and Tyler will play more than Damon, but we anticipate all of them playing. "

Runningback Larry Johnson: "He's going to play. Snaps, he's going to be somewhere around 20 or so. We're going to give him the ball. He's going to touch the ball five, six times. That's probably going to be good for him the first game."

"It's important to have the whole offensive line out there. The rest of them have been out there, and Herb played last year. Just to keep the same guys in there the whole time, that's how you grow as an offense. They're going to be young, they're going to be amped up. No matter what you tell them, it doesn't work. That's why we'll have oxygen on the sideline. After about the third play, they're going to think they're not in shape because of anxiety because you take in so much oxygen because of anxiety. Once they get over that, they'll be fine. They'll play, and these guys will have fun."

"Six guys won't go. Donnie Edwards, Kolby Smith, Trevor Johnson, Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Kevin Robinson won't go," said Edwards of the preseason game.

Fans
Hank and his son Will Johnston from Lee's Summit, Mo., are really enjoying watching the Chiefs practice. This is the first year that the two of them have made it to training camp. Will’s favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. While at training camp, Will got Bowe to autograph his hat. Hank said, “I am glad he got Bowe’s autograph, cause that’s all he would talk about on the car ride up here.”

Jim Schmidt from Eagan, Minn., says he is going to be a Chiefs fan for life. He said “I’m a Chiefs fan, my wife’s a Chiefs fan, my son’s a Chiefs fan, now all I have to do is get my daughter to stop cheering for the Green Bay Packers.” This is the second year in a row Schmidt has attended Chiefs training camp. He said, “It’s tough being a Chiefs fan in Minnesota, but it’s worth it. I just can’t see myself cheering for the Vikings.” Schmidt’s favorite player is linebacker Donnie Edwards.

Tim and Marcia Rozell from Manhattan, Kan., brought their two children Sam and Josie to River Falls to watch the Chiefs practice. They arrived last Sunday and will be moving onto other activities tomorrow. This is the third year they have come and cheered their Chiefs on. Sam’s favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. They enjoy dinning at the Copper Kettle while in town.
As Lane Johnson went for a run this morning, he noticed the Chiefs stretching on Ramer Field. This was Lane’s first time at camp and he was surprised how large the players were in person, even without pads. Lane typically runs around the campus and around the various parks in River Falls.

Eau Claire, Wis., residents B.J. and Zach Pickard were out at their first practice of the year. B.J. said that he was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and Zach was primarily a Green Bay Packers fan. “This is a lot different from Packers camp, there it’s kind of a circus,” said B.J.. The two were going to try and get some autographs on plain sheets of paper.

Next stop for many Chiefs fans is going to be Chicago tomorrow, for the Chiefs preseason game against the Bears. This is true for Trey and Lucy Parker, who are from Topeka, Kan., and are staying in their RV at Hoffman Park in River Falls. When they get to Chicago they plan on going shopping, seeing Navy Pier and exploring some museums.

Fans supported their favorite player quarterback Brodie Croyle this morning in the Ramer Field bleachers. Tom with sons Matthew and Andrew Hokanson raised a 12-by- 12 foot flag with Tom’s wife, Mirian Rivera-Hokanson. The two young boys were wearing Brodie Croyle’s old high school jerseys, which were red that said Westbrook across the front. Tom said that every summer they have been coming up, and they just got here today. The family rushed here from the Twin Cities to catch the early practice, after coming back from Honduras where they made the sign. Two years ago they made a sign “helping” Croyle come back from an injury, then last year they made a sign with a hunting theme.

BigRedChief
08-07-2008, 06:38 AM
Tuesday, August 5, 2008: Afternoon Practice
The 89 fans in attendance sat through a sun-filled practice. The temperature was 85 degrees and there was barely a cloud in the sky. There was a 10 mile per hour wind coming out of the northwest and the humidity was at 29 percent.
Defense
The defensive line worked on getting past blocks quickly this afternoon. Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie made sure his men focused on disengaging the offensive line. The linebackers practiced covering the man in motion, and the defensive backs worked on covering the pass routes. After the team worked on field goal coverage, the defense had a walk-through going over different defensive plays.

During 11-on-11, quarterback Damon Huard threw an interception to cornerback Rashad Barksdale. Barksdale soared into the air to make the pick. Later, Barksdale displayed good coverage on a play. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw an interception to rookie safety DaJuan Morgan about 20 yards downfield. Morgan made a diving catch near the end zone to come away with the pick.

Offense
Wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Kevin McMahan played catch while the special teams worked on punt returns. Later, during the wide receiver drills, Bowe once again showed the skill set that a number one receiver must have. Bowe made a mid-air adjustment on a ball thrown behind him in the end zone and snagged it with one hand.

Quarterback Tyler Thigpen is listed as the backup quarterback on the unofficial preliminary 2008 depth chart according to the Chiefs’ website. Thigpen showed great mobility while working with the second-string on a pass where he rolled out and threw across his body, making the completion to wide receiver Bobby Sippio.

Starting quarterback Brodie Croyle completed a pair of passes back-to-back to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe during the first-string’s second round in the 11-on-11. The first was a 20-yard slant and the second was a screen, where Bowe weaved around the defenders to find daylight. Bowe’s best catch of the day came three plays later when Croyle’s pass was tipped and nearly intercepted by safety Jarrad Page, and Bowe came out of nowhere to make an impossible diving grab.

Listed on the unofficial depth chart as the third-string quarterback, Damon Huard worked with the third offense during practice. Huard threw a great pass to wide receiver Sergiori Joachim 50 yards down the field but Joachim was unable to get two feet in bounds to record the catch.

Special Teams
A Juggs machine was set up on the minus 20-yard line. It shot out punts for a cover drill as punter Dustin Colquitt practiced his approach. The drill was run at quarter speed and there was no hitting; mostly because the Chiefs have a preseason game on Thursday. Cornerback Rashad Barksdale and kick return specialist B.J. Sams took turns receiving the punt. They jogged returns for an average of 30 yards. The return team was
distinguished by wearing yellow skull caps. The first cover team consisted of: running back Jackie Battle, linebackers Demorrio Williams, Pat Thomas, E.J. Kuale and Derrick Johnson, cornerbacks Dimitri Patterson and Tyron Brackenridge, and safeties Jon McGraw and DaJuan Morgan. Squeezing in on the returner was the emphasis of the drill. This prevents the returner from making a play up field.

Kicker Connor Barth took and made his only field goal attempt at the beginning of an 11-on-11 session. He kicked from the left 30-yard line. Kicker Nick Novak did not kick during the drill.

Extra Extra...
Players began warming up at 3:28 on the north end of Ramer Field after an air horn sounded.
Wide receivers Sergiori Joachim and Devard Darling; quarterback Damon Huard; running backs Kolby Smith, Jamaal Charles and Larry Johnson; safeties Jon McGraw and Bernard Pollard; linebackers Pat Thomas and Donnie Edwards; tackle Damion McIntosh; and tight end Tony Gonzalez all took time to sign autographs after practice for many awaiting fans.
Practice ended to the sound of a whistle at 4:56.

Quarterback Damon Huard took time after practice to speak to media after practice. When asked about the up-coming football season he said, “they all (offense, defense and special teams) need to play together. We need to run the football. The guys are coming together,” Huard said.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez said he is looking forward to the game against the Chicago Bears. He’s excited to play against others, instead of wasting time playing against teammates. The media asked him how training camp was going and he said, “It’s going good. It’s going good. Better than I expected. If I had my choice, I wouldn’t even be here. I’ve missed camp before and played in games just fine.” Media asked him if he was surprised at how saving a man’s life has blown up so much. Gonzalez said, “Yeah (laughing) it was way more than I expected. I never thought it would be anything like that. Actually, at the beginning of it the guy was like who can I write to, who can I tell about this and I was like, nobody. Absolutely not. I’m not giving you any information. And then my brother, on the way out, he caught my brother in the corner and was like how can I do something. And he said if you want to do something, just write and maybe you can give something to his charity. And then he wrote a letter to my charity and and that’s how it blew up. It wasn’t my intention to have it something as big as it was…”

At the end of practice, tight end Tony Gonzalez signed a few autographs for fans at the north snow fence of Ramer Field. Before leaving the fence, Gonzalez threw his receiving gloves into the crowd. The fans went nuts, and a young boy got caught up in the melee. The boy ended up falling to the ground, obviously injured. The River Falls Police Department and River Falls Emergency Services were called in response. Gonzalez had departed to conduct a media interview when he learned of what had happened from wide receiver Sergiori Joachim, who also was signing autographs. Gonzalez returned to the snow fence, autographed a football for the boy gave the youngster a high five. Later, Head Coach Herm Edwards stopped by to see what had happened. Complaining of pain in his neck, the youngster was strapped onto a backboard and taken to River Falls Area Hospital. The youngster also left the stadium with Gonzalez’s glove.

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson and kicker Nick Novak talked to small children while walking to the practice fields from Ramer Field.

The In-Zone
He’s a guy of firsts. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen is making his first appearance at the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota last September. The 2007 draft pick was the first ever to be drafted into the NFL from his alma mater, Coastal Carolina. He was also the first Chanticleer to earn concurrent All-American honors in the history of the university.

After being placed on injured reserved in December due to a left knee injury he sustained during practice, Thigpen will not only try to stay healthy, but will try to claim a job as one of the Chiefs’ quarterbacks. Training camp and the preseason will test Thigpen’s ability to produce another sort of first—his first year-long home with a professional football team.

Thigpen holds a degree in sport management. He currently resides in Winnsboro, South Carolina.
His Practice:
It was a slow day for the entire team as it prepared for its first preseason game on Thursday. Thigpen has been performing well and has seen increased playing time with the secondary ahead of quarterback Damon Huard.
He gave outlets passes to tight ends and fullbacks on the south end of Ramer Field.

From the north end of Ramer Field he worked with wide receivers and gave 15-yard passes to the right sideline.
At 4:04 the offense was joined by the defense for a session of 11-on-11. Thigpen worked with the second-string offense.

The offense and defense split up. With the offense staying on Ramer Field, Thigpen started an offensive walkthrough for 15 minutes.
At 4:19 an air horn sounded for another round of 11-on-11. Thigpen played with the secondary again. He took four reps giving three handoffs and completing one pass. Quarterback Brodie Croyle took most of the snaps.
Practice ended at 4:56 and Thigpen spent some time answering questions from the media.

Thigpen's Thoughts:

“I’m excited about the situation and being here with Kansas City.”
“It’s a great feeling just being a back-up quarterback. As a back-up guy, I’ve got to be ready to play and be ready to play physically.”
“You bang heads against each other during camp and then you get a chance to go against another team,” he said of the upcoming preseason game versus the Bears on Thursday.

“Yeah definitely, it’s a dream come true. Who would have thought six years ago when I was in high school I’d be here playing in the NFL.”
Fans
For some of the kids out at camp, nothing would be cooler than getting a real NFL football. Young Jonathan Hakes was wishing just that, as he yelled for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to throw him a ball. If Jonathan got the ball, he planned on getting as many Chiefs autographs as possible. He would then place the ball in a protective case. Jonathan is a Green Bay Packer fan by trait, but likes watching football in general.

Fans Danny and Tony Tran from Kansas City, Mo., were in the Ramer Field stands at today’s practice. The pair thinks that running back Larry Johnson is going to have a break-out season and bounce back from last season’s disappointment. They were focused on watching the special teams and were curious about who would win the kicker competition between Connor Barth and Nick Novak. They would love to meet Head Coach Herm Edwards before they leave tomorrow.

Lots of fans were out to get autographs. Michael Lakin, age 12, from River Falls has six autographed Chief cards and roughly 20 to 30 more autographs on a football. His favorite player is running back Kolby Smith. Michael and his friends like to come to practice and check out the live action that is provided.

Trevor and Leslie Brooks made the trip to training camp from St. Louis, Mo. The two plan on watching the Chiefs preseason game versus the Chicago Bears on Thursday at a sports bar in either River Falls or Hudson, Wis. They plan on driving back home on Friday morning to go to a family picnic over the weekend. Trevor’s favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and Leslie’s is tight end Tony Gonzalez. The highlight of practice to them is watching the first-team offense and defense hit each other.
Rick and Joyce Knowlton from Stillwater, Minn., have made their fifth trip to training camp. They are camping at Hoffman Park and said that they are really enjoying it. Both are very impressed with the park’s facilities. Joyce said, “Every year we come back it seems like there is something new and improved.” When not watching the Chiefs practice, they have been spending their time watching teams play softball at Hoffman. Rick is a retired History teacher and he use to coach woman’s high school softball.

Gale and Cheryl Solum from Bloomer, Wis., came to cheer on the Chiefs. Gale said he switched his favorite NFL team from the Green Bay Packers to the Chiefs about three years ago. He is really happy he is not cheering for the Packers now that quarterback Brett Favre might not be playing for them. Cheryl said that she fell in love with tight end Tony Gonzalez at last year’s camp. She said, “He is just so damn hot.” They will be heading back home tomorrow morning.

Ken and his son Connor Williams from Goplin, Mo., are enjoying Chiefs camp. Connor is slowly but surely getting all the autographs he came up here to get. They came up to River Falls last Saturday and will be heading home tomorrow morning. Both are happy with the weather that they have been experiencing while at camp. When talking about the weather back home Ken said, “It’s hotter than a fire "The Man" down there.” He went on to say “We really love it up here and hope that the Chiefs keep coming up here for camp.” Connor is missing football practice back home while he is at Chiefs camp but feels that watching the Chiefs practice is a good excuse. On his team Connor plays defensive end, running back, and is a kicker.

Keith Rogers from Flint, Mich., is at his tenth Chiefs training camp. He said, “I have been a Chiefs fan all my life. It sure beats the hell out of being a Detroit Lions fan.” Rogers stays with his parents Don and Beth, who live in Chippewa Falls, Wis., while he attends training camp. Rogers’s favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Rogers expects Bowe to have a Pro Bowl caliber season.

Valeri Chapman of Omaha, Neb., is spending a week up here, her last day being tomorrow. She came up for training camp last year and had such a great time that she decided to come back. She’s made two different day trips, one to Hudson, Wis., and the other being to Red Wing, Minn. The Copper Kettle, West Wind Supper Club, and South Fork Café all had great food she said. She enjoys the french toast and bacon for breakfast at South Fork Café. She thought the salad bar at the West Wind offered a variety of choices. Her favorite part of camp has been watching practices and getting to know the young players. Her family holds season tickets and she thinks it’s fascinating to see how training camp prepares the players and how much effort it takes to get a professional team ready. She said, “Thank you to the staff and community. It can’t happen without them. The city is friendly and it can’t happen without them.”

BigRedChief
08-10-2008, 09:48 AM
Saturday, August 9, 2008: Afternoon Practice
The Chiefs first practice since their preseason opener with the Chicago Bears was a beautiful one. The sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 82 degrees. The wind was coming out of the northwest at five miles per hour. The humidity was at 32 percent. There were 91 fans in attendance.

Defense
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was at practice today with a brace on his sprained left knee. Dorsey didn’t participate in any contact drills, however. When the defense moved to Ramer Field to practice with the offense, a trainer told Dorsey to take his brace off because he wouldn’t be doing anything for the rest of the evening anyway.
Linebacker Napoleon Harris didn’t practice today, either. His right knee was wrapped, and he had ice on it.
At 4:15 linebacker Donnie Edwards made his way to the field to encourage his teammates from the sidelines. He didn’t have a jersey on and didn’t participate in any drills.

Practicing with the first team during 11-on-11 was: defensive ends Turk McBride and Tamba Hali, defensive tackles Ron Edwards and Tank Tyler. Linebacker Demorrio Williams also saw some time with the first-string. Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers also spent some time with the first-string. Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone rotated in during nickel formations along with a few other defensive players.
If either the defense or offense could win the 11-on-11 drill, the defense would have walked away victorious today. There were several interceptions including picks made by rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett who intercepted quarterback Tyler Thigpen’s pass, defensive tackle Alfonso Boone who plucked a short ball out of the air from quarterback Brodie Croyle and rookie linebacker Weston Dacus who took the ball from running back Jamaal Charles after Charles juggled the pitch from Thigpen.

Rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers went untouched up the middle with great blocking from his defensive line to make what would have been a sack on quarterback Brodie Croyle. The play would have been close because Croyle made a last minute pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe as Flowers got close. Rookie defensive end Brian Johnston swatted a ball out of the air and, a few plays later, made the sack on quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain displayed great coverage when he forced a decent pass from Croyle to wide receiver Devard Darling incomplete. Another show of good coverage came from cornerback Tyron Brackenridge when he came around the top of wide receiver Kevin McMahan to make quarterback Damon Huard’s pass fall incomplete.
After a play, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson and defensive end Jason Parker got their cleats stuck together. They hopped around for a while until a staff member unhooked them.

Offense
Head Coach Herm Edwards joked with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe about a play during the game Thursday night.
"You woulda gotten a first down if you woulda run the right route," Edwards joked.
"I did," Bowe responded.
"No You Didn't…I watched the film," Edwards laughed.

The offense broke into positions after warm ups; the tight ends took passes from coaches, the running backs worked with the agility ropes and the wide receivers and quarterbacks worked on timing in patterns.
The tight ends worked on routes and after one 15-yard out-route where rookie tight end Brad Cottam didn't finish the route, tight ends coach Jon Embree yelled: "Run out of that one Brad, run out of it!"
Meanwhile, the running backs worked with running backs coach Curtis Modkins in the agility ropes and blocking. Modkins instructed the running backs to: "Make him work. Strike, get your hands out and work on him!" Running back Kolby Smith, who has missed significant time since a groin injury earlier in camp, worked on the drills with the running backs but did not participate in the 11-on-11 drills.

Offensive tackle Herb Taylor, who stepped in with the first-string with the absence of first-round pick Branden Albert, continues to get time with the first-string. Running back Larry Johnson took his first carry of the 11-on-11 drill right past Taylor as he busted the run for a big gain. Head Coach Herm Edwards forcefully reminded the players to: "Go fast men, go fast," after the run.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle looked sharp during 11-on-11, completing 10-14 passes. Croyle stepped up a couple of times with the pocket closing in around him to deliver some nice passes. Tight end Tony Gonzalez received one of those passes after a great throw from Croyle, who threaded the ball through nice coverage to complete a 20-yard pass. On another play, Croyle avoided a would-be sack to find wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for a nice 24-yard completion across the middle of the field.

Running back Jamaal Charles worked exclusively with the second-string for the first time this training camp. Running back Jackie Battle had previously been working with the second-string, but worked only with second-string on pass plays in this practice. Battle took handoffs along with running back Dantrell Savage with the third-string.

Special Teams
A kickoff return drill started special teams work at 3:38. Fifteen minutes were put on the clock for the unit’s designated practice time. Going south on Ramer Field the cover team was distinguished by wearing yellow skull caps. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer instructed the wedge team on proper technique when protecting the returner. Running back Dantrell Savage and kick returner B.J. Sams split reps returning the ball. Kicker Connor Barth took the first reps; kicker Nick Novak, the second-string reps during the drill.

With 5:03 left on the clock, special teams began a punt return drill. Kick return specialist B.J. Sams, running back Dantrell Savage and cornerback Rashad Barksdale took turns returning the ball for a distance of 10 yards. A Juggs machine took the place of punter Dustin Colquitt. The juggs spit out punts from the 20-yard line. The drill was run at three-quarter speed. “It’s a great day to work on technique,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer.

Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth each took three attempts at field goals. Both were 3-3. Novak kicked first and Barth kicked second. They kicked from the left 25, the right 30 and the left 35-yard lines.
Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards spoke briefly with media after practice. He talked about defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey participating in position drills and said that Dorsey will be coming back slowly and is still on a day-to-day basis. Linebacker Napoleon Harris and offensive guard Tre Stallings were also mentioned. Both are resting with sore knees.
Edwards also shared his thoughts on the team’s performance at Chicago. Edwards said the team still has a lot to work on but will be a “physical” football team. He further said that the team needs to get stronger mentally. “Mistakes you can correct. Mental you find out in practice,” he explained.

“There is a lot of positions still open, a lot of competition going on,” said Edwards. Player evaluations and solidifying the team is still an on-going process. “I’m not saying we won’t bring people in,” said Edwards who said that players will have every opportunity to make the team, but they must be the productive players that the team is looking for.
The offensive line was a topic. Edwards said that the line isn’t as strong as it could be and working on cleaning up penalties—after the line racked up multiple ones in Chicago— will be something that will take place. He said that offensive tackle Branden Albert will play when he is able and that if need be veteran players will be brought in to ensure the team’s success at that spot.

The kicking competition between kickers Connor Barth and Nick Novak is still close said Edwards: “They’re still battling.” There are three preseason games, which Edwards said is three opportunities for the kickers, and other players, to prove themselves. Getting the kickers more opportunities to show how they can perform is important in the next three games he said. When asked if the kicking competition is still close after the preseason if they will go with the veteran or rookie, Edwards replied, “I don’t know. You got to go with your gut.”

Extra Extra...
Two bursts of an air horn got practiced started at 3:28. The team used the north end of Ramer Field to run through line drills and stretching under the instruction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith.
Fans pulled defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey aside before practice to get an autograph while he was walking onto Ramer Field.
Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer played catch over the fence with 13 children during practice. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins was working with some of the offense nearby.
Vice President Denny Thum was present during practice today. He spent time talking to Director of Public Relations, Bob Moore and Associate Director of Public Relations, Pete Moris. He also spent time on the sidelines watching the practice.

After practice a group of players signed autographs for eager fans. Among them were: defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey; Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham; safety Jon McGraw; cornerback Brandon Flowers; linebacker Donnie Edwards; quarterback Damon Huard; defensive end Tamba Hali; running back Larry Johnson; wide receivers Will Franklin, Jeff Webb, Devard Darling and Sergiori Joachim; tight end Tony Gonzalez.

After practice, newly attained defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic spent time hitting sleds by himself. Running back Larry Johnson, defensive end Tamba Hali, cornerback Brandon Flowers, safety Jon McGraw and running back Jamaal Charles signed autographs for fans.

Fans
Dave and Sharon Robinson from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., came to watch the Chiefs practice. Both were very impressed with how the Chiefs looked. This is the first time the Robinsons have attended the training camp in River Falls. Their daughter Kayla is a senior at UW-River Falls. The Robinsons said that the best thing about the Chiefs is the fact that they traded defensive end Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings.
This was the first time at Chiefs practice for Rick Losson from Kansas City, Mo. Losson, who is a season ticket holder, said, "I can't believe I never came up here before. This is awesome." He went on to say that he hopes the Chiefs keep coming up River Falls. Losson's favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez. Before he heads home, Losson said he would like Gonzalez to autograph his jersey. Losson wants to say hello to his wife Ashley and his daughter Jenny.

Denny Linblade from Lee’s Summit, Mo., is enjoying his stay in River Falls while watching the Chiefs training camp. This is his fourth year coming and he says it gets better every year. Linblade is predicting that the Chiefs will go 9-7 and just miss out on the playoffs. He said, “I think they are going to sneak up on some teams this year. It should be fun to watch.” Linblade’s favorite player is defensive tackle Tank Tyler.
Orville and Arsenio Black were among several fans that waited patiently for players’ autographs as the players walked from the practice fields to Ramer Field.

With more than half of camp and a preseason game over with, many fans like what they have seen so far. This is true for Mike and Beth Cupp, who rode their bikes to River Falls from Springfield, Mo. Mike commented that the win in Chicago should be used as a moral boost for the young players, and the whole team. The couple spent time at the Mall of America and checked out the NASCAR simulator. These season ticket holders are fans of quarterback Brodie Croyle and defensive end Tamba Hali.
Long time River Falls resident Ashley Mezler said she can’t remember a year without the Chiefs in town. She commented on how she usually catches at least one practice a year. “Its very good for this town to host a NFL team, it brings some life here,” said Mezler.

Optimist words were spoken this afternoon by Jerry and Patti Johnson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., about quarterback Brodie Croyle. Poplar Bluff is south of Kansas City, meaning the Johnsons had longer travel time to River Falls than what most fans endured. The two think Croyle will be able to build on a few early starts, to have an overall successful season. Jerry shot out an 8-8 prediction for the Chiefs record this season.

In attendance to watch the team practice was Dan with his son Cody Whittner, from Kansas City, Mo. Dan has enjoyed the amount of time the first team has seen live action this preseason. This is their third camp in a row and they plan on coming to River Falls again if the Chiefs do. They also plan on making it to a regular season game this year, preferably against a division opponent like the Oakland Raiders or the Denver Broncos.

the Talking Can
08-10-2008, 12:18 PM
Quarterback Brodie Croyle looked sharp during 11-on-11, completing 10-14 passes. Croyle stepped up a couple of times with the pocket closing in around him to deliver some nice passes. Tight end Tony Gonzalez received one of those passes after a great throw from Croyle, who threaded the ball through nice coverage to complete a 20-yard pass. On another play, Croyle avoided a would-be sack to find wide receiver Dwayne Bowe for a nice 24-yard completion across the middle of the field.



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BigRedChief
08-11-2008, 06:11 AM
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULES CHANGED
The Chiefs have changed their practice schedules for Monday, Aug. 11, Tuesday, Aug. 12 and Wednesday, Aug. 13.

On Monday there will be no morning practice.

On Tuesday the morning practice will start at 10:30 a.m, and the afternoon practice will start at 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday there will be no morning practice.

Tuesday's Kids' Day will start at 9 a.m., and last until about 10:20 a.m. Participants are welcome to watch the practice that starts at 10:30 a.m.

KIDS' DAY IS AUG.12
The second, and final, Kids' Day will be on Aug. 12 starting at 9 a.m. The event will end at 10:20 p.m. Practice that day has been changed to a 10:30 a.m., start and participants are welcome to watch the practice after the Kids' Day event.

Games, a raffle for Chiefs merchandise and concession stand food discounts are just part of the fun. Admission is free.
For more information and to register for Kids' Day contact Matt Davis at 715/425/3771.

BigRedChief
08-12-2008, 06:48 AM
Brodie Croyle Press Conference
Quarterback Brodie Croyle showed up to a press conference in the University Center wearing a camouflage Chiefs hat. It was the topic of conversation while everyone waited for kicker Nick Novak to finish an interview he was doing.

Croyle hopes to get as many snaps as possible during Thursday’s pre-season game at Chicago. He said that he’ll probably play more than normal because of the new offense the team has installed. When asked how much time he thought he needed with the offense before feeling 100 percent comfortable, Croyle said he didn’t know, but he feels good about where things are at right now.

The Chiefs haven’t won a game since last October, so Croyle says Head Coach Herm Edwards is making it clear to his team that they should want to win this game badly. For other teams, winning a pre-season game may not be of huge concern, but for the Chiefs, winning a pre-season game would be a sweet victory.

Croyle says he’s anxious for Thursday’s game. “It’s good to play a team with a different look, and it’s nice to play guys who don’t know every route you’re gonna run,” Croyle said.

When asked how he thought the Chiefs’ rookie running backs were doing, Croyle said that Jamaal Charles has got something special. “He may be the fastest guy I’ve ever played with. College, pros…ever. And he’s one of the best pass blockers we’ve got.” Croyle also said that rookie running back Dantrell Savage reads holes as good as anybody. Croyle feels that both Charles and Savage are having very good camps.

Last year, Croyle put pressure on himself to get the job as quarterback. But, this year he feels the pressure is coming from everyone else. It’s a positive pressure, but it’s a pressure to lead his team.

Veteran quarterback Damon Huard has been great to Croyle. Croyle says Huard is never negative, and he never says things like, “you should have done this…” or “this is how you should have done it…” “He’s awesome. He’s everything a young quarterback could ask for in a mentor,” Croyle said.

Croyle also wants to prove to Edwards that he made the right decision by drafting Croyle. Croyle says that no one is expecting much out of the Chiefs this year, but he likes to think of that spot as “not so bad.” Being able to sneak up on competition that overlooks the Chiefs is something Croyle looks forward to.

As far as working with wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is concerned, Croyle is happy with the way the two of them are meshing. “I don’t have to wait for him to get open. Now I can just throw the ball to an open spot and trust that he’ll get there.”

BigRedChief
08-12-2008, 09:37 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2008: Morning Practice
This morning’s practice weather included blue skies with a slightly cool breeze. A temperature of 69 degrees was partnered with an east wind of five miles per hour. The humidity was 41 percent with a dew point of 44 degrees. Thirty-nine fans attended practice.

Special Teams
Three scissor lifts with cameramen surrounded the second practice field behind the north and south end zones and the east side of the field for a special teams practice.

At 10:26 an air horn sounded and Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith ran the team through line drills and stretching—from karaoke to boomerangs—on the north end of the practice field. The offense and defense were divided up on different sides during warm ups.
A kickoff return drill started at 10:36. The drill was run at three-quarter speed and the cover team wore yellow skull caps. “Hands and feet, let’s go,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer to the players at the beginning of the drill, “make good decisions.” Kicker Nick Novak took the reps with the first unit while kicker Connor Barth worked with the second. Running backs Dantrell Savage and Jamaal Charles and kick return specialist B.J. Sams took turns on the return. “Returners you’ve got to talk,” said Priefer about calling out the receive. A mix of players were out with the first return team: wide receiver Bobby Sippio, center Wade Smith, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson, defensive end Turk McBride, tight end John Paul Foschi, linebackers E.J. Kuale, Weston Dacus and LeRue Rumph, safety DaJuan Morgan and cornerbacks Tyron Brackenridge and Rashad Barksdale.

The punt team worked on cover protection beginning at 10:48. The cover unit worked at half-speed. Players worked on lane assignments as they ran north for 20 yards per rep. Cornerback Rashad Barksdale and running back Dantrell Savage shared reps on the return. They focused on catching the punts from punter Dustin Colquitt and not on the return itself.

At 10:57 the team turned its focus back to the kickoff and worked on a slow-tempo cover drill. The wedge was armed with blocking pads. The cover team worked on getting around the wedge and picking up and squeezing in on the returner coming up field.
A Juggs machine was brought onto the field at 11:06 for a short punt return drill. The Juggs shot out punts in place of punter Dustin Colquitt. The purpose of the drill was to align defenders with their cover assignments and give returners the opportunity to receive the ball given certain game-day situations like the end of the fourth quarter and being down.
Practice ended at 11:09.

Mike Priefer Press Conference
Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer held a press conference after today’s practice. He mainly talked about kickers Connor Barth and Nick Novak. He said they are both very close and currently have a 50/50 shot. Both kickers kicked yesterday from the 60-yard line where Barth missed his first kick in four practices. He said punter Dustin Colquitt needs to be more aggressive in practice. When asked about how the coverage was compared to last year, Priefer said they did good Thursday night against the Chicago Bears. He mentioned how excited he was for the young guys and their attitudes. Barth, being mentally tougher and learning and moving on from each mistake he makes, is completely different than last year’s rookie kicker Justin Medlock-who started last year but got cut after a bad first game.

Fans
One of the more dedicated couples that were out at practice was Dave and Mona Dykhouse who have been coming to River Falls for the last 16 years for camp. The two got here yesterday and will be departing to Mankato, Minn., to catch a Minnesota Vikings practice before heading home to eastern South Dakota. Mona joked how they were going to Mankato to see just how bad the Vikings would do. Last year the couple went to the Chiefs-Jacksonville Jaguars game, and Dave mentioned how he had an old Jack Del Rio jersey, the current head coach of the Jaguars. Dave went on to say he would be happy if the team finishes with a record of eight and eight.

Doug and Stephanie Mallard, residents of Prescott, Wis., were at practice for the first time ever today. They decided to stop by for something to do on a slow Sunday, with such nice weather outside. The two were having fun so far and were thinking about bringing their child to the upcoming Kids’ Day.
Mike, who grew up in Columbia, Mo., was with his son Colby Johnston, who is from the Kansas City, Mo., area. They enjoyed this morning’s session. The two now live in Ladysmith, Wis., which is just north of Eau Claire. They were going to try and get some autographs on a mini football helmet and a hat. Last year they came for the Chiefs/ Vikings practice, but the weather wasn’t as favorable as it is today. The two are stimulating the local economy this afternoon by shooting 18-holes of golf at the Kilkarney Hills course and will be back for the afternoon session.
Herman Suhr is starting his 25th season at Arrowhead Stadium as Field
Supervisor. This is his 18th year at training camp. He worked training camp the first 14 years and just comes up to enjoy himself and see his friends now. He’s spent the past four to five days in River Falls. Tomorrow he’ll go back home and get ready for the preseason game on Saturday.

BigRedChief
08-12-2008, 09:38 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2008: Afternoon Practice
The 117 fans in attendance at Ramer Field witnessed a very efficient practice. The sun was high in the blue sky and the temperature was 77 degrees. There was a six mile per hour wind blowing out of the northwest. The humidity was at 43 percent.

Offense
Running back Kolby Smith worked with the team during the practice. Smith shared reps with running back Jackie Battle with the third-string offense. Quarterback Damon Huard continues to run that third-string offense while quarterback Tyler Thigpen looks to be the favorite to backup quarterback Brodie Croyle when the Chiefs break camp just five days from now.

When the offense split into positions, the quarterbacks began by throwing passes to tight ends and running backs. Tight Ends Coach Jon Embree encouraged rookie tight end Brad Cottam after a good route by saying: “There ya go Brad, way to work it back in, good angle!” But Embree also worked on him after a bad route by yelling at Cottam to: “Run out of it!”
The running backs then split off and worked with the agility ropes with the full backs. Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins complimented running back Jamaal Charles by saying: “Be quick…good job Jamaal, keep your knees up.” Modkins later joked: “Don’t let the ropes beat ya,” after starting running back Larry Johnson tripped on the ropes.

The team started the 11-on-11 drill with rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers making a great play breaking up a pass intended for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. That incompletion was the only one quarterback Brodie Croyle had during the first-string’s first round. Croyle completed his next four passes including making a great throw while rolling out to slot wide receiver Will Franklin for a 25-yard gain.
Croyle also looked good when the offense was down in the red zone. Croyle checked down twice to his safety valve, tight end Tony Gonzalez, to complete a pair of passes to Gonzalez running underneath crossing routes; rather than gambling on a throw into the end zone for either wide receiver.

Quarterback Tyler Thigpen looked crisp in practice, completing all four of his passing attempts. Wide receiver Bobby Sippio made the catch of the night as he leapt high into the air to snag a Thigpen throw for a gain on the sidelines of 13 yards.
The offense showed a change in personnel that had not yet been seen this training camp for one play during the 11-on-11. Wide receiver Devard Darling lined up in the slot with wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Jeff Webb split wide. Quarterback Brodie Croyle stepped up in the pocket and completed a 7-yard pass to Darling on a play that on the surface appeared to be ordinary, but really included an interesting tweak in personnel.

Defense
Safety Jon McGraw didn’t practice. Head Coach Herm Edwards told reporters that McGraw’s shoulder was sore, but mainly, they just wanted to rest the veteran. Defensive end Trevor Johnson also didn’t suit up this afternoon. Johnson has been out of practice for several days due to a concussion he sustained earlier in training camp.

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was on the field, but he only participated in drills; he didn’t do any scrimmaging. Head Coach Herm Edwards says Dorsey’s prognosis is day-to-day and there’s no need to rush him, but he’s a “powerful man,” so Edwards has no doubt that the rookie will be fine.
Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie was making a point to show his men how to “throw the blocker.” Krumrie yelled during the drills when the linemen didn’t do it just how he wanted, and he hollered at them during the 11-on-11 scrimmage when they should have done a better job. “Lock him out and throw him. Throw his (butt),” were the words heard out of Krumrie’s mouth most often.

During 11-on-11, the first-string defensive line consisted of: defensive ends Tamba Hali and Turk McBride and defensive tackles Ron Edwards and Tank Tyler. Veteran defensive tackle Alfonso Boone wasn’t seeing time with the first-string during the basic defense, but when the team ran a nickel defense, he rotated in for Edwards on the line. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson was seeing time as the first-string nickel back.
After Head Coach Herm Edwards talked to rookie safety DaJuan Morgan about his coverage, Morgan proved to Edwards he knew how to cover on the next play. Morgan made a big tackle on the running back, and Edwards hollered, “That’s all there is to it!”
Cornerback Tyron Brackenridge had a sack on quarterback Tyler Thigpen, and linebacker Demorrio Williams was nearby on the play as well.

During the running of a situation drill, quarterback Brodie Croyle threw a long ball to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, but the pass was almost picked off by rookie cornerback Brandon Carr. Had Bowe made the catch, the offense would have gained significant yardage.
Special Teams
Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth practiced on field one under the instruction of Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer. They worked on various skills such as recovering the on-side kick and their kickoff approach.

The In-Zone
There is a tendency in athletics to think that second best isn’t good enough. If you’re trying to compete, that’s a good philosophy. For rookie tight end Brad Cottam a number two spot in the depth chart is a very good thing. Cottam is not just trying to earn a spot on the Chiefs’ roster; he’s receiving the mentorship of pro bowler Tony Gonzalez. Being second best to him isn’t a bad thing.

Cottam joined the team as the second of three third-round picks in the 2008 NFL Draft. The strong blocker has the ability to contribute his strength and persistence to the team. The University of Tennessee alumnus’s competition for second will hopefully led to a primary spot in the future. Earning Academic All-SEC honors, he graduated with a degree in international business and is pursing his master’s in sports studies. Cottam resides in Germantown, Tennessee.


His Practice:
At 4:28 Cottam joined his teammates for warm-ups and stretching on the north end of Ramer Field.
Working with the first-string, Cottam participated in an offensive walkthrough for 15 minutes.
For 20 minutes starting at 4:53 he took outlet passes and flats ranging from 15 to 20 yards from quarterbacks Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard to begin position work.
When running routes and receiving passes from quarterback Brodie Croyle, Cottam received instruction from Tight Ends Coach Jon Embree. “It’s headed my way. Have your eyes up. Catch it clean,” said Embree who had Cottam take another pass after not catching his first one properly. He missed one outlet pass to the right sideline that went through his hands. Again, Cottam had to run his route over and take another pass from quarterback Damon Huard. Cottam came back and ran the route nicely. “There you got it. That’s it,” said Embree.
With 13:09 left on the clock Cottam and the other tight ends joined the offensive line to work on blocking technique both with and without blocking pads.
At 4:12 the defense joined the offense on Ramer Field for a couple of sessions of 11-on-11. During the first session Cottam worked exclusively with the second-string which was manned by quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
At 4:24 the team moved to the south end of Ramer for red zone work. He rotated between taking reps with the first and second-strings giving tight end Tony Gonzalez a break.
Cottam would watch from the sidelines during the team’s last drill of the practice. The first-string would run through a two minutes drill simulating game-time situations just before the half.
Practice ended at 4:46.Cottam’s After Practice Comments:
Question: How’s camp going so far?
Answer: “Pretty good. Good to finally be doing something.”
Question: How are you going to compete for second spot on the depth chart?
Answer: “Continue reps, learn something new each practice, and practice harder.”
Question: Has camp met your expectations?
Answer: “About so. It’s a little faster than college football and a lot busier.”
Question: What’s your favorite part of camp so far?
Answer: “The game against the Bears. Practices are work, but the games are fun.”
Question: Do you have any favorite places in town that you like to go to?
Answer: “Steve’s Pizza is the only place I’ve been to. It was good, really good.”

Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards spoke with reporters after practice. Defensive end Turk McBride was recently moved to the left side of the defensive line, and Edwards says McBride is feeling a lot more confident; “he’s doing a great job.” Edwards said that the coaching staff plans to suit seven or eight defensive linemen for each game during the season, so it’s crucial for veteran linemen like McBride and defensive tackle Tank Tyler to prove themselves.
Edwards also talked about the difference in having an 80-man roster in the third week of camp compared to the 85 or so they had last year. The biggest difference for Edwards is only bringing three quarterbacks instead of four. Having held up with just nine wide receivers during two-a-day practices earlier in camp, Edwards thinks that the team will appreciate only having one-a-day practices in the last week.
During practice, quarterback Brodie Croyle tried running a fake snap, but rookie cornerback Brandon Carr didn’t fall for it. When asked how he liked his rookie cornerbacks, Carr and Brandon Flowers, Edwards said that both men will play for the team quite a bit throughout the season.
As far as offensive tackle Branden Albert’s state goes, Edwards says Albert is “still a ways away.”

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Head Coach Herm Edwards enjoyed a cold beverage while he sat on an orange Gatorade jug before practice started.
Quarterback Damon Huard and defensive tackle Tank Tyler talked to a fan waiting in the autograph area. The two players were walking onto Ramer Field.
Two air-horns got practice started at 3:28.
Fans lined up on west side of the practice fields to watch Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham, Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie and Head Coach Herm Edwards work with the defensive line. While fans were walking on the south end of the practice fields, they talked and pointed at how loud Krumrie was. He was on the north end of the field at the time.
Vice President Denny Thum was present during practice. He spent time talking to Director of Salary Cap/General Counsel Woodie Dixon.
This year’s camp brings three generations of Priefers. Retired NFL Special Teams Coach Chuck Priefer was at camp for a few days. He’s worked with the Green Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Lions as well as three college teams. His son, Mike Priefer, started with the Chiefs in 2006. Mike is the Special Teams Coach. Mike’s son, Mike Jr., was up for part of camp, helping the team out with various things and being a ball boy. He said working with his dad was “a lot of fun.” He attended every practice through Family Fun Night and attends most games at Arrowhead Stadium. He has an older sister, younger sister and younger brother.

A few other coaches brought their sons to training camp. Director of College Scouting, Chuck Cook, had his son Colby up at camp. Executive Director of Player Development Lamonte Winston’s son Cameron was up here as well. Assistant Equipment Manager Allen Wright’s son Andrew was also up helping out the team with various activities, including cleaning player’s lockers. When asked what it’s like being around professional athletes Cameron said, “They’re all family to me. Whether they get released or not, they’re still family to me. I learn a lot from them. I hear stuff that I’m probably not supposed to hear.”

Fans
Football fans Kevin and Marcus Erickson along with Jay Geissler and Drew Tonsager made it out for practice. Kevin yelled, “woo” at wide receiver Dwayne Bowe after he made a nice grab. Bowe responded by yelling “woo” back, which Kevin followed with a “woo woo.” Bowe followed suit again. The group said that Bowe was a fan favorite and had good interactions with the crowd. They yelled for Bowe to do the Heisman Trophy pose, which he did after another catch. Kevin was having a good time yelling starter at quarterback Tyler Thigpen and back up at quarterback Brodie Croyle.

Fred and Jodi Dawney traveled to River Falls yesterday from their Kansas City, Mo., home to see the Chiefs for the next two days. The two plan on finding a restaurant in town or in Hudson, Wis., tonight and head back to the Holiday Inn Express in Hudson. Jodi’s favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez and she thinks he will be quarterback Brodie Croyle’s favorite target. The two are season ticket holders.
Lots of Chiefs fans make their way northward on their motorcycles to catch summer training camp. Zach Pelham and some of his buddies said they like to ride up to get away from the heat, since gas isn’t too expensive on a bike. Zach is retired now and plans to spend a lot of his free time watching football on Sundays and Monday nights coming up next month.

John and Melinda Florzac from Lee’s Summit, Mo., were dressed in Chiefs’ red at practice. Both were very vocal when cheering on their team. Melinda said that she feels that when she cheers, it makes the players practice harder. This is the third year that the two of them have made the trip to River Falls for training camp. While in town, they like to dine at the Copper Kettle and at Coaches Bar. Their favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez.

This is the fifteenth year Lee and Nancy Bruenjes have attended the Chiefs summer training camp. They are from Olathe, Kan., and are true Chief fans. They have had season tickets for 35 years until giving them to their son-in-law. They came up yesterday and plan on cheering on the Chiefs until they leave on Thursday. Lee thinks the team will do pretty good this season. He is predicting them to go 7-9. He said, “They should do well if their draft choices perform well.” Both Lee and Nancy really like the River Falls area and said that they hope the Chiefs keep their training camp there.

Brad Graves from Chippewa Falls, Wis., attended his first Chiefs training camp. He said, “This is really cool. I never thought I would get this close to the players.” Graves has been a Chiefs fan his entire life and said that the team has the potential to become a Super Bowl team in the upcoming years. Graves predicts that the Chiefs will go 9-7 this year and surprise a lot of people. His favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Brain Rousch and Sara Brown from Hudson, Wis., attended Chiefs camp for the first time. They decided to come watch the Chiefs practice instead of going out to dinner. Sara was most impressed with the size of the players. Brain said he was most impressed with how the quarterbacks threw prefect spirals on every throw. Sara said, “After watching them practice, I might just have to cheer them on all season.” Both plan on coming back to watch one more practice before the Chiefs leave on Friday.

BigRedChief
08-12-2008, 09:42 AM
Monday, August 11, 2008: Afternoon Practice
Offense

Offensive tackle Branden Albert watched from the sidelines for the first time during practice. He wore a large removable cast on his right foot—a foot he sprained earlier in camp—and braced himself with crutches.
Offensive tackle Ken Shackleford practiced for the first time after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with the Chiefs.
The offense practiced with full pads for the first time since they returned to River Falls after their first preseason game in Chicago last Thursday. Practice consisted of the same drills the team had been doing without pads, but the intensity and physicality noticeably increased.
Running back Larry Johnson threw passes to all three quarterbacks, after the positions split up, working on taking direct snaps and completing screen passes in an unorthodox formation.
Meanwhile the wide receivers ran formations in groups of three. Wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Devard Darling worked together as the first-string with wide receiver Kevin McMahan working the slot with them.

Wide receiver Will Franklin, who typically works with the first-string in the slot, worked with second-string wide receivers Jeff Webb and Maurice Price. Webb practiced well, including making a phenomenal one-handed grab during 11-on-11 that induced a response of: “Oh I see you Webb…Stop showing off Webb!” from Head Coach Herm Edwards.
Wide receiver Bobby Sippio also showed off his hands with a great one-handed catch in warm-ups that brought on a cheer from the crowd. During that drill Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey was lined up in a defensive manner that Head Coach Herm Edwards joked about as he entered the field.

“Hey, you’re a linebacker now?” Edwards joked to Gailey.
“Na, a defensive tackle,” Gailey said back before encouraging Sippio after his catch.
Running backs Jamaal Charles and Larry Johnson split carries with the first-string, with Charles also working with the second-string. Running back Kolby Smith participated in his first full-pads practice since injuring his groin earlier in camp; he worked with the third-string behind running back Jackie Battle.
The catch of the day came from wide receiver Maurice Price who made a magnificent one-handed grab after cornerback Tyron Brackenridge tipped—and nearly intercepted—quarterback Damon Huard’s thrown pass.

Defense
While the defensive backs worked on the sleds, two of the five dummies on the sled got busted off. The backs were pumped up, and Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs was quite impressed by the degree of hitting his men were showing.
Safety Jon McGraw, linebacker Donnie Edwards, linebacker Napoleon Harris and defensive end Trevor Johnson did not practice today.
Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie really preached to his men about disengaging the offensive blockers. “It’s about an attitude. Get pissed when you do it. Don’t let no damn tight end block you,” he yelled. When rookie defensive end Brian Johnston disengaged defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, Krumrie loved it. He said to Johnston, “Howdy doody, Brian. That’s how you do it,” and smacked Johnston on the back.

Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham and his linebackers ran a new drill. Dummies were set up to represent the lines. A defensive player stepped on the offensive side of the line and ran at the linebackers through each of the gaps. The hits were hard, and linebacker E.J. Kuale busted his helmet due to the blow. As the defense headed back to Ramer Field to join the offense, Cunningham said to linebacker Derrick Johnson: “DJ, it’s real nice that you’re helping carry water bottles and (crap).” Johnson laughed.

Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone practiced with the second-string when the defense ran its basic offense, but he practiced with the first-string when the nickel was being run. When he played with the second-string, Boone lined up on the outside of the line as a defensive back, and he was a defensive tackle when he practiced with the first-string.
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey saw a little bit of time practicing with the first nickel. Dorsey is still nursing his sprained knee, so the coaching staff has vowed to take it easy on the rookie.
During 11-on-11, defensive tackle Alfonso Boone pressured quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen. The pressure would have resulted in sacks had it been a real-game situation. Defensive end Turk McBride had two deflections on balls throw by Croyle as well. On a Croyle pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, rookie safety DaJuan Morgan dove in front of the receiver attempting to make the pick. Though he didn’t come away with the ball, Morgan did force an incomplete pass.
Defensive end Brian Johnston sat out a few plays near the end of practice, complaining that his groin hurt.

After practice, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey worked one-on-one with Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie. Krumrie ran Dorsey through a five minute non-stop drill. This drill included hand-fighting, 10-yard sprints and foot work. After the drill, Dorsey was visibly exhausted and the two of them joked about it.

Special Teams
Practice started with 15 minutes of special teams work. Punter Dustin Colquitt punted from the minus 30 towards the north end of Ramer Field. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer instructed the cover team to: “Cover 10 yards only today.” The first cover team was made up of a mix of offensive and defensive players: wide receiver Jeff Webb, Sergiori Joachim, tight end Michael Allan, fullback Mike Cox, running back Jackie Battle, defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic, safety Khayyam Burns, linebackers Demorrio Williams and Derrick Johnson and cornerback Rashad Barksdale.

With 5:58 left on the clock, the unit began a kickoff cover drill. Kicker Connor Barth took the role as first-string kicker. The cover team—wearing yellow skull caps—worked on finding the ball and squeezing in on the returner. The first cover team consisted of: cornerbacks Dimitri Patterson and Tyron Brackenridge, safeties Khayyam Burns and DaJuan Morgan, linebackers E.J. Kuale, Steve Octavien, Derrick Johnson and Weston Dacus. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer complimented both kickers (Nick Novak and Connor Barth) after the drill saying,"That's a real good job of using the wind. Both of you. You didn't try to over kick it."
After position work kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth took three attempts at field goals during a 9-on-7 drill. Novak missed one and Barth missed two. Novak missed his 48-yard attempt and Barth his 45 and 53-yard attempts.

Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards spent a few minutes answering questions from the media after practice. Edwards said that the team can afford to have one-a-day practices until the end of camp. For him, realizing that his young football team will play physical and having only 80 players at camp made it necessary. “Players appreciate rest. They get worn out,” he said. Edwards also stressed the importance of classroom work saying, “Having the ability to transfer what they get in the classroom onto the field. Classroom work is key.”

Edwards said that linebacker Donnie Edwards will probably see playing time starting next week. He also commented on defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey’s condition and said he is still day-to-day. “We don’t want to put him in harms way. He needs to be 100 percent.”
Wide receiver Devard Darling was mentioned as a player who is contributing a lot to the team. Edwards said the defense still needs to work on the run game. As far as who is ahead in camp—the veterans or rookies—Edwards said the veterans. He mentioned that the young players are expected to make errors and when they occur, they’re trying to correct them.

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Players were out early prepping for practice to begin on Ramer Field. Members of the kick/punt squad warmed up their legs on the south side of the field while other players played catch and ran short routes on the north end. The moods of the players was fairly mellow.
An air horn sounded at 3:28 to signal it was time for warm-ups.
Several defensive players were out on the field at 3 to begin stretching and talking to coaches before practice. Practice started at 3:45
Head Coach Herm Edwards headed out to Ramer Field at 3 and stood on the 50-yard line while he talked to Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe received a thorough stretch from one of team’s athletic trainers. Bowe “ooo’ed” and “ahhh’ed” multiple times, which made it seem as if it was painful.

Vice President Denny Thum was present during today’s practice.
Former Vice President of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys, Gil Brandt was present at practice today. Brandt spent 29 years with the Cowboys. Brandt currently serves as a personnel guru for NFL.com, where he evaluates all aspects of players and teams in the NFL.

Twenty players took time to sign autographs after practice today.
Wide receiver Devard Darling spoke to media after practice. He said that the hardest part of coming to the United States from the Bahamas was that there were no uniforms in school here. Back home, he had to wear brown pants and a white shirt to school everyday. He later talked about his brother, Devaughn, who passed away at age 18 of complications tied to the sickle cell trait. The hardest part for Devard is, “Waking up and not seeing him and hearing his voice. It’s a harsh reality. I can’t see him, hear him or talk to him (in person.)” Devard still talks to his brother everyday. He thanks the Lord and his family everyday. He realizes that life goes on. “I play with his picture in my pads everyday.” On the back of his picture, it reads: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4: 13.” Devard understands that there are certain precautions that he needs to take. “I know my body. I train hard, harder than most people out here. I never hold back,” he said. He finished with, “In everything I do in life, I want to honor my brother. We had dreams of being great NFL players and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Fans
Making their way from Kansas City, Mo., Mark and Gloria Towers watched their first practice of camp. The two have the week off from work and want to stay for the rest of the week until the Chiefs break camp. They said they have been fans since they moved to Kansas City from Austin, Texas, in 2001. Their favorite player is former Texas University linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Long time Chiefs fans, as well as Kansas Jayhawk fans, Stephanie, Darrell, and their son Michael Gallagher (9) sat high in he Ramer Field bleachers for today’s action. Michael, wearing a red tight end Tony Gonzalez jersey, said his favorite player has always been Gonzalez. The family is from Lawrence, Kan., and plans to head back home tomorrow. The family has seen a group of players at Shopko in town, and thinks it’s neat seeing the Chiefs driving their luxury vehicles all around town. “They stick out like a sore thumb,” said Darrell.

River Falls residents Travis and Tom Beckett stood by the autograph corner waiting for practice to end to snag some signatures from the players. The two boys had a football covered with autographs. Travis was really hoping this would be his chance to get quarterback Brodie Croyle’s autograph; who he has missed in the previous days. The brothers said they just got done swimming at Glen Park this afternoon.
Phil Rassen from Kansas City, Mo., cheered on his Chiefs at training camp for his fifth year in a row. Rassen has had season tickets for the last fifteen years. He said, “This is going to be a good year. I think the Chiefs are going to be the NFL’s biggest surprise this season.” Rassen predicts that the Chiefs will go 9-7 this upcoming year and continually improve on that for the next five years. His favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Paul and Brenda O’Brien from Woodbury, Minn., attended Chiefs training camp for the second year in a row. Brenda said that she is trying to convert Paul from being a Minnesota Vikings fan to being a Kansas City Chiefs fan. She said, “I think I am making some good strides in converting him.” Brenda’s favorite Chief is running back Larry Johnson. Her goal is to get her picture taken with him before camp is over. Both Brenda and Paul will be back to watch the Chiefs on Thursday.
This was the first time at Chiefs training camp for Zach Tanner from Stillwater, Minn. Because he had the day off, Tanner thought there was not a better way to kill an afternoon than watching a NFL team practice. Tanner said, “I can’t believe how big and fast some of the players are.” His favorite part of practice is watching the coaches get fired up at players. He said that he plans on watching the Chiefs camp next year if they come up to River Falls.

BigRedChief
08-13-2008, 09:20 AM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008: Afternoon Practice
After an indoor morning practice, the Chiefs practiced outside in some pretty mild weather. The overcast skies and the 70 degree temperature made for a cool afternoon. There was a six mile per hour wind coming out of the south and the humidity was at 79 percent. There were 83 fans in attendance.
Offense
The offensive line split off from the team to work on position skills as usual and it worked on footwork and blocking. Offensive Line Coach Bob Bicknell yelled at the lineman to: "Come off the ball nice and low." Bicknell yelled for the lineman to have more pop when they came out of their stances.

Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe D'Alessandris worked with the other half of the offensive line, including newly signed offensive lineman Ken Shackleford. Shackleford worked with the second-string during the offensive-defensive drills. D'Alessandris told Shackleford: "There ya go…Well done," as he worked on his technique with the rest of the line.
Quarterback Tyler Thigpen worked with the first-string offense during the 9-on-7—run only—drill. Running backs Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles both took handoffs with the first-string. Running back Kolby Smith shared carries with running backs Jackie Battle and Dantrell Savage on second-string.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle had a marginal practice—looking very good at times and not so great at other times. Croyle completed 7-12 passes during the different situations in an 11-on-11 drill.

During the first-string's first set, Croyle delivered a pass right on the money to wide receiver Devard Darling on a 10-yard curl route that was in a spot where only Darling could make the catch. But during the second set Croyle had a four play stretch that included two sacks and two near interceptions.

Running back Jamaal Charles took snaps with all three strings of offense during the 11-on-11. With the second-string, Charles showed his speed as he hit a hole created on the left side of the line by offensive tackle Ken Shackleford and offensive guard Travis Leffew.But Charles heard it from Head Coach Herm Edwards after he caught a swing pass from quarterback Tyler Thigpen and then proceeded to fumble the football without any defensive player forcing it. "Don't drop the ball 2-5!" Edwards yelled.

Current backup quarterback Tyler Thigpen completed 6-7 passes in practice, but the lone incompletion was an interception by safety DaJuan Morgan.
Thigpen is looking sharp running the second-string offense and worked the offense into field goal range during the two-minute drill. Thigpen completed 6-10 passes during the two-minute drill including a pass to running back Kolby Smith on fourth and eight from the 41-yard line that went for eight yards.

Defense
Safety Jon McGraw, linebacker Donnie Edwards, defensive end Trevor Johnson and linebacker Napoleon Harris did not participate in practice today.
While the defensive line ran some drills with the dummies, defensive end Turk McBride tweaked his thigh. A trainer helped him stretch it out a bit before returning to the drill. However, McBride still felt some discomfort, so the training staff wrapped his right leg. McBride did participate the rest of practice.

Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie was extremely vocal. While running drills facing the offensive line he yelled, “Defense, get to the ball. Come on. Let’s go. Wake up.” While the offensive and defensive lines worked together, some wide receivers and defensive backs practiced running and covering routes on a different practice field.
Having worked on fumble recoveries earlier in practice, the defensive line picked up two dropped balls during 11-on-11. Safety DaJuan Morgan picked up one dropped by running back Jamaal Charles, and linebacker Oliver Hoyte made the other recovery of a ball fumbled by running back Larry Johnson near the end zone. Morgan also had an interception off quarterback Tyler Thigpen. He also made a diving attempted at another pick, but only managed to render the pass incomplete. Head Coach Herm Edwards was impressed nonetheless. “Get on Sports Center,” he told Morgan.

Safety Jarrad Page read a screenplay from quarterback Brodie Croyle to running back Larry Johnson and made the tackle on Johnson for a loss of yardage. On back-to-back plays, quarterback Damon Huard threw incomplete passes to wide receiver Kevin McMahan as a result of impressive coverage from the defense. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson showed tight coverage on one of the plays, and linebacker E.J. Kuale displayed skill on the other incompletion. Near the end of practice, McMahan ran a long route downfield to receive a pass from Huard, but rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett covered McMahan too well and forced the ball out of his hands as he hit the ground. Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham liked what the rookie did and complimented him saying, “Nice job, Leg. Impressive!”

On a long ball from Croyle to wide receiver Devard Darling, cornerback Patrick Surtain broke up the pass due to his impeccable coverage on the receiver. Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs was impressed saying, “Nice job, Pat. Yes, sir.” On the next play, rookie cornerback Brandon Carr broke up Croyle’s pass to wide receiver Maurice Price.

After practice, rookie defensive tackle Derek Lokey hit the sleds by himself. Center Rudy Niswanger was snapping some balls to members of the coaching staff while a handful of wide receivers worked on making receptions. Among these receivers were: Will Franklin, Devard Darling, Bobby Sippio, Kevin McMahan, and Jabari Arthur.

Special Teams
Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth attempted field goals at the beginning of practice. Novak was 3-4 and Barth was 2-4. Novak missed a 50-yard field goal that went wide right, but made his 40, 45 and 55-yard field goals. Barth kicked from the same spots, missing his 40 and 45-yard field goals both were wide to the right.

Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards addressed the media after practice about the practice, injuries and a possible interest the team may have in a newly released kicker.
"We know what he [A.J. Feeley] is capable of doing, we're going to continue to look at our guys," Edwards said. "We have to wait and see, nothing is out of the realm of getting better, we know he is a veteran kicker but right now we're letting these guys compete."
Edwards said the offense is getting the hang of the new offensive scheme, but they can continue to get better. "We turned the ball over too much on offense today," Edwards said. "It's good defense, just not good offense."

Edwards said the offensive line continues to mesh, but still has a long way to go. "Branden's not in there, when he comes back it's going to help but Herb has done a good job over at left tackle," Edwards said. "They're a lot better than they were in the spring, but there are a lot of things we still need to improve on."

Edwards said defensive end Turk McBride strained his hamstring and the team will have to wait and see how it plays out. Linebacker Pat Thomas bent his finger backwards and did not participate in practice, but Edwards said he should be able to practice Wednesday. Edwards also said wide receiver Jeff Webb hurt his shoulder during the two-minute drill, but should be fine.

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Defensive tackle Tank Tyler was near the bleachers before practice singing “American Boy” by Estelle.
Defensive tackle T.J. Jackson warmed up his vocal cords before practice as he tried to hit some high notes while signing “Purple Rain.”
During warm-ups, Head Coach Herm Edwards walked around talking and giving advice to players.

During defensive drills, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie said to the players, “Everything matters, even the little things. Do it right!!”
Practice started with a team stretch on practice field one at 3:30.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith discussed healthy eating with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey before practice began. Dorsey said to defensive end Johnny Dingle”: “You know what I eat everyday, salad and baked fish.” Smith reminded Dorsey that he needed to be eating small meals throughout the day.

Players were in a jubilant mood before practice began. They discussed everything from their favorite childhood cartoon characters like Donald Duck and the kinds of dogs they have and like as pets (as well as those they don’t).

Practice ended to the sound of a whistle and a team huddle on the center of practice field two at 5:13.

Fans
Jack and Bernice Williams from Lake City, Minn., were impressed with the Chiefs. This is the first time either of them have seen an NFL football team in person. Jack said, “I have always like the Chiefs, and now that I am retired I have the time to actually see them.” The Williams are flirting with the idea of driving down to Arrowhead Stadium and watching a game this upcoming season. Bernice’s favorite Chief is Head Coach Herm Edwards.
Gregg Hopkins from Hudson, Wis., claimed a spot in the bleachers to watch the Chiefs practice. Hopkins has been coming to Chiefs training camp for the last eleven years. Although the Green Bay Packers are his favorite team, he said the Kansas City Chiefs come in a second. His favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez. When talking about Gonzalez he said, "I really like him. He is just so damn athletic.
Pat Johnston from Chippewa Falls, Wis., attended his fifth training camp in the last seven years. Johnston, who grew up in Kansas, says he moved to Wisconsin when he was eleven. He predicts that the Chiefs will go 9-7 this season. He said, "I think they will be a playoff team in the upcoming years." Johnston's favorite player is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He said, “I think Bowe is going to have a breakout year and make the Pro Bowl.”
Dan Roth from Barron, Wis., came to support the Chiefs for the fourth time during training camp. Roth, who just graduated from the UW-River Falls, ships off to active duty as a Marine Lieutenant in October. Roth said, “It’s pretty cool that a small school like UWRF can get a pro football team’s training camp. Roth’s favorite Chief is wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He said, “Last year Bowe helped me out on my fantasy football team. He was a good sleeper pick.”

Ruth and Dennis Mitchell stood against the west bleachers before practice today. They were both disappointed they couldn’t see the indoor practice that took place due to rain showers earlier in the day. The two are from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and are going to the Twins-Yankee’s game at the Metrodome tonight. Their favorite baseball team is the Kansas City Royals, but they also like the New York Yankees a lot. Both have never been to the Metrodome, but are happy the game won’t be rained out because of the roof overhead.

Making their way from Kansas City, Mo., Ray, Joyce, Megan and Carl Patterson are all devoted Chiefs fans. Ray and Joyce grew up in different parts of Missouri and have a strong passion for the team. Megan moved from Kansas City three years ago and now resides in Stillwater, Minn. She is happy her family decided to take a summer trip to the area. Ray remembers the great days when linebacker Derrick Thomas played for the team, and how he deserved his hall-of-fame status. Carl sported a Chiefs hat and a t-shirt.

River Falls native Earl Payne stood next to his bike near the east rope. Earl has been kind of surprised that the Chiefs would travel this far just to train. But, he did say that he has heard of improvements done to the sports facilities on campus, and that the Ramer Field renovations he read about in the Student Voice are a huge plus for the University. Payne went to UW-Eau Claire back in his college years, but would like to see improvements continue for the University in his home town. He didn’t know a whole lot about the Chiefs; except that they look like a big team.

BigRedChief
08-14-2008, 06:01 AM
Wednesday, August 13, 2008: Afternoon Practice
The second to last Chiefs practice for their 18 summer training camp was a pleasant one. The sky was partly cloudy and the temperature was 77 degrees. There was a 6 mile per hour wind coming out of the northwest and the humidity was at 46 percent. There were 78 fans in attendance.

Defense
Defensive ends Turk McBride, Trevor Johnson, and Brian Johnston; linebackers Donnie Edwards and Napoleon Harris; and safety Jon McGraw didn’t participate in practice.
The linebackers started their drills on the five-man sled. Linebacker Derrick Johnson was the first man up, and on the second sled, Johnson broke the pad off the metal support. His teammates cheered, but Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham simply moved the group to the hanging dummy and said, “you can break everything we’ve got. We ain’t quitting.” In addition to the dummy Johnson busted, the defensive backs managed to break two pads off their sled as well.

On the way back into Ramer Field, linebackers Donnie Edwards and Napoleon Harris chitchatted with rookie linebacker LeRue Rumph. Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham wasn’t pleased. “Let’s not have a frickin’ party back there,” he shouted to the men. Rumph ran ahead, and Harris ran to give Cunningham some gruff. Cunningham told Harris not to baby Rumph. “Don’t kiss his (butt), or I’ll kick yours,” he said. He repeatedly told Harris, “I’m the coach. You’re the player.” Edwards hung back behind Harris and Cunningham and chuckled to himself.

During 11-on-11, defensive end Tamba Hali, defensive tackle Alfonso Boone and linebacker Derrick Johnson stormed at quarterback Brodie Croyle. Croyle was forced to slide behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of yardage on the play. After a big tackle on running back Jamaal Charles, Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie yelled, “wrap him up. Put him into next week.” Defensive tackle T.J. Jackson was impressed with the play. He yelled and cheered as he came out of the pile.

Rookie cornerback Brandon Carr followed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe well on a pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle. Carr managed to cover Bowe well enough to force an incompletion. Safety Jarrad Page was also in on the play. Later, Croyle threw a long ball to Bowe who was covered by rookie cornerback Brandon Flowers. Though close, the ball fell incomplete. Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Gunther Cunningham liked what he saw. He said to Flowers, “good cover. Good cover.” Safety Bernard Pollard delivered a huge hit on running back Kolby Smith. The crowd gasped and cheered after the play. Later, Pollard cheered on cornerback Rashad Barksdale when he showed great coverage on a receiver. “That’s the way, Barks. Way to push him around,” said Pollard.

Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie yelled at rookie defensive end Johnny Dingle. “He’s a fullback. You’re a defensive linemen. Be tough. Hit him.”
Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone hadn’t practiced with the first string defense in a while, but this afternoon he was back in the lineup with the first unit. Boone had a big tackle on running back Jamaal Charles for a loss, as well as an assist on a sack of quarterback Brodie Croyle. Also seeing time with the first string again was defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey was the only Chief on the field who had his game pants on; the rest were in shorts. This was to add extra protection to Dorsey’s healing left knee.

After practice, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham made a few comments about the defense. Cunningham said that he’s impressed with linebacker Weston Dacus, who Cunningham says is really athletic. “He sort of came out of no where,” Cunningham said. Overall, Cunningham said he’s not disappointed with the linebackers’ play. When asked about the intensity of the defensive coaches, Cunningham said that Defensive Line Coach Tim Krumrie, Defensive Backs Coach David Gibbs and Cunningham are all hardcore. Cunningham says that everyone is aware of how loud they can be. “It’s a matter of seeing who’s the biggest psychopath.” Cunningham laughed and said that Gibbs was a psychology major, so he can be trickier, and Krumrie is just scary. “He even scares me sometimes,” Cunningham said.

Offense
Running backs Dantrell Savage and Kolby Smith took approximately 75 percent of the carries during the 11-on-11 drill. Smith worked with the first-team for the majority of the time while Savage worked with the second and third-strings.

Before the 11-on-11, running was taken over by Savage and Smith, running back Larry Johnson carried the ball with the first-string a handful of times. Johnson looked good as he hit holes and broke through lines showcasing the power-type running that has made him one of the elite backs in the league.

Running back Jamaal Charles also carried the ball a few times with all three strings. On one run with the third-string, Charles found his way through a small hole and then put his head down and rammed into defensive backs Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Carr rather than running out of bounds.

Quarterback Brodie Croyle finished the 11-on-11 completing 7-13 passes. More interestingly than Croyle’s plays with his arm were his plays with his legs; Croyle ran a couple of quarterback keepers and even split out wide once when running back Larry Johnson took a direct snap.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe caught a pass going across the middle of the field from Croyle and then made his way through the secondary, making a couple of nice moves. Bowe also impressed on another play by ditching the cornerback jam at the line of scrimmage and streaking down the sidelines to catch a pass from quarterback Damon Huard for a 25-yard touchdown.

Huard may not have the arm strength he once possessed, but he still has the accuracy, completing 4-5 passes during the 11-on-11. Huard showcased that accuracy by threading a pass to wide receiver Maurice Price across the middle of the field for a 19-yard completion few quarterbacks would have made.

Wide Receivers Coach Eric Price noticed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on another play, not for making a nice catch, but for missing a block on a quarterback Brodie Croyle bootleg. Price hollered: “Block him Bowe, Bowe block him” after the conclusion of the play when Bowe missed a blocking assignment.

The coaches were extremely vocal during the last full practice in River Falls. But it was tight end Tony Gonzalez who was vocal on one specific play that really got the crowd into the practice. Gonzalez appeared to have just caught a 25-yard pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle when the sideline referee ruled that Gonzalez had not gotten both feet down. Gonzalez screamed: “Ah hell no, I swear you’re wrong on that”—among other things—at the referee, eliciting a cheerful agreement from the fans in the stands.

Special Teams
At 3:37 special teams began a short slow-speed kickoff return drill. A Juggs machine was put on the minus 40-yard line and took the place of kickers actually kicking the ball. Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth worked on their approaches instead. The return team worked on keeping the wedge tight and opening up the appropriate lanes for the returners.
For seven minutes the punt return unit ran through a drill that emphasized the technique for blocking the cover team—which was instructed to cover for 10 yards—and keeping opponents out of the middle of the field. Punter Dustin Colquitt simulated punts as a Juggs machine spit out punts to running back Dantrell Savage and kick return specialist B.J. Sams who took turns on the return. Safety Bernard Pollard and cornerback Brandon Flowers joined the first punt return unit for some reps, something they don’t normally do.

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At 3:27 an air horn sounded. A quiet, lackadaisical team gathered on the north end of Ramer Field for warm ups. In the meantime, dark grey thunder clouds filled the sky to the southwest of the field. Players were heard saying, “That don’t look good.”
The offense and defense split up for position drills at 3:52. The offense stayed on Ramer Field while the defense moved to the practice fields outside the stadium.

A half-hour before practice fans were standing in the designated autograph area near Ramer Field waiting to say “hi” to players. The only player one couple was able to get a picture with was linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Belger Cartage Service trucks were parked in the Ramer Field Sports Complex lot waiting to be filled with the rest of the Chiefs equipment and gear Thursday.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers, Tyron Brackenridge and Maurice Leggett joked and laughed while walking to Ramer Field.
Truck drivers walked around during practice finishing up several odds and ends. A few of them were leaving tonight after getting the sleds loaded onto the trucks. They’re in charge of loading and unloading the big trucks for the team’s equipment. They’ll meet the team at the airport Friday once it arrives in Kansas City. They also meet the visiting team at the airport to unload its trucks before game day.

Kids chanted “Tony! Tony!” as tight end Tony Gonzalez was doing warm-ups on practice field three.
Radio announcers could be heard dissecting the Chiefs’ defense on the south side of the practice fields.
While some of the defensive line was walking to Ramer Field, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham heard some complaints about players being tired. Cunningham responded, “You’re tired?! I’m 100 years old and I’m not tired!”

Vice President Denny Thum was present during practice today. He was on the fields shortly after practice started and talked to several Chiefs personnel including Associate Director of Public Relation Pete Moris and Manager of Football Information Brad Kuhbander.
Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson spoke with several Chiefs personnel and Head Coach Herm Edwards.
The training tent has almost been completely emptied except for a couple of metal benches and garbage cans.
Members of the media from Kansas City, Mo., were jubilant on the sidelines during practice. They cracked jokes and laughed as they watched the practice.

Disassembled field goal posts laid off to the side of practice field one and were ready to be loaded onto a flatbed trailer parked nearby.
Practice ended at 5:13.
Players signed autographs and gave away their gloves after practice. Players included in autographing were: quarterbacks Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle; wide receivers Jabari Arthur, Kevin McMahan and Devard Darling; cornerbacks Patrick Surtain; running backs Jackie Battle and Larry Johnson; safeties Jarrad Page and Jon McGraw; linebackers Demorrio Williams, Weston Dacus and LeRue Rumph; defensive tackles Glenn Dorsey and Tank Tyler; offensive tackle Damion McIntosh; tight end John Paul Foschi; and defensive end Turk McBride.

Fans
Randy and Jill Books from Barron Wis., cheered on the Chiefs for their first time. They were very excited to be able to watch practice up close. Randy said, “I have been to the Vikings’ camp and I never got this close to the players.” Randy said that he is a football fan in general, so he likes to be able to get close and hear what goes on at a training camp. Both Jill and Randy plan on coming tomorrow to send the Chiefs off.
Erik Anderson from River Falls, Wis., came to Chiefs practice hoping to get some autographs and maybe even some players’ gloves. Erik played catch with his buddies while waiting for practice to get over so he could talk to the players. Yesterday, Erik got his yellow Chiefs football signed by wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe also just happens to be Erik’s favorite player.

Dan Mortenson from Hudson, Wis., came to watch the Chiefs practice. Dan was really impressed with the fields that the team practiced on. He said, “These are the best facilities I have ever seen. Most teams would love to have three practice fields in a row.” This is the fifth year in a row that Mortenson has come and watched the Chiefs practice. He said he hopes that they come to River Falls next summer so he can continue watching them. Mortenson’s favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez.
“Why couldn’t the Chiefs be a 9-7 team and make the playoffs?” asked Rachael Stanton. Stanton, and her husband Terry are residents of the Kansas City, Mo., area and have supported the Chiefs for their whole lives. They said that this year was going to be a rebuilding year, but the Chiefs had a strong draft, so the team should still have a good season. Terry is a huge fan of the cornerback tandem of Patrick Surtain and Brandon Flowers, and thinks they could shut down a lot of opponents. The only area of the team the two showed some concern about is with the young offensive line. The couple has been here since last weekend and plan to head back home right after today’s practice. They are already checked out of their hotel room and ready for the long trip home.

Nick, with his boys Austin, 16, and Matthew Matten, seven, watched the padded practice from the top of the Ramer Field bleachers. The family is from Hudson, Wis., have watched a few practices in each of the last three summers. Nick played high school football in the Twin Cities and his love for football has rubbed off on his sons. Both of them play on football teams for their respected age groups. Austin loves to play quarterback and models his game after Brett Favre, where Matthew likes to play running back. The two boys will be attempting to add to their autograph football at the end of practice.

Damien Ellis’, a student at Meyer Middle School in River Falls, sole purpose at Chiefs’ camp today was to get some autographs. The young boy had a pair of Chiefs gloves, a few photos and some football cards. He said that his older brother, Dave, has running back Larry Johnson’s autograph, but he hasn’t gotten Johnson’s signature - yet. The boys have been at the practice fields five times and want to come back tomorrow. Dave is a student at River Falls High School.

Pasta Giant Meatball
08-14-2008, 09:58 AM
Defensive tackle Alfonso Boone practiced with the second-string when the defense ran its basic offense, but he practiced with the first-string when the nickel was being run. When he played with the second-string, Boone lined up on the outside of the line as a defensive back,:eek: and he was a defensive tackle when he practiced with the first-string.

BigRedChief
08-15-2008, 09:49 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008: Afternoon Practice
The Chiefs final practice was held in some pretty mild weather. The partly cloudy sky was accompanied by a temperature of 70 degrees. There was a slight two mile per hour wind coming out of the southeast. The humidity was at 92 percent. There were 79 fans in attendance to send the Chiefs off.
Defense
During 11-on-11, cornerback Dimitri Patterson displayed good coverage on wide receiver Bobby Sippio when quarterback Tyler Thigpen threw a bomb down field to Sippio. The ball was catchable, but Patterson's coverage forced the pass to fall incomplete. Quarterback Damon Huard threw a ball down field to Jeff Webb. Rookie cornerback Maurice Leggett fell on the coverage, but was able to get to his feet and dive for the ball. The play landed incomplete, but the sidelines erupted because of Leggett's almost interception.
For one of the first times all training camp, the defense ran their dime play. After seeing limited time with the first-string basic defense, defensive tackle Alfonso Boone spent time running basic with the first-string as well as the nickel.
Offense
The offense only warmed up and walked through plays without pads during practice. Running back Kolby Smith practiced a little with first, but mostly carried the ball with second-string during the 11-on-11 drill.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe lit up the practice field with the intensity that only a man who is about to return home possesses. Bowe made a pair of leaping catches in the end zone during the first-string’s second set in the 11-on-11.
Quarterbacks Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard switched off with second and third-strings once again today; but it would appear that Thigpen will be the team’s backup when they break camp tomorrow.
The offense started the 11-on-11 drill by mixing it up and running an end-around with wide receiver Devard Darling. Darling took the handoff and turned upfield for a modest gain.
The final practice was definitely not the most intense practice of training camp but overall the offense has come a long way. The Chiefs’ offense looks markedly better than 2007 and practiced with a lot of intensity throughout training camp as it learned the new scheme.
Special Teams
By 11:22 special teams began a punt return drill. Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer led the energy of the drill. It seemed to rub off on the players. There were three strings that ran through the drill. The strings rotated reps quickly. Running back Dantrell Savage and kick return specialist B.J. Sams took turns returning the ball. Punter Dustin Colquitt got in some reps kicking punts from the minus 40-yard line, something that he hasn’t done too much of. The team has been utilizing a Juggs machine in his place. The drill was run at half-speed for eight minutes.
With seven minutes left on the clock, a kickoff return drill began. Kicker Connor Barth kicked with the first unit and kicker Nick Novak, the second. The return team wore yellow skull caps and the cover team defended for 15 yards. The focus was put on being in the appropriate lane. “Squeeze, find the ball,” said Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer.
Kickers Nick Novak and Connor Barth both made their three field goal attempts. They kicked from the left 25 and 30-yard lines and from the right hash on the 35-yard line. Novak kicked first, Barth second.
Herm Edwards Press Conference
Head Coach Herm Edwards spoke with media after practice. At the end of this year's camp, Edwards feels that his football team is going to be a physical one. Over the course of these past weeks, Edwards said the offense, the defense and the special teams coaches each instilled toughness in their squads. Toughness is something Edwards strives for, so he's very pleased with the coaching staff's eagerness to instill it.
As far as who will play in Saturday's preseason game, Edwards says defensive end Turk McBride will be good to go. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will be okay, but the coaches will decide during warm-ups on Saturday if he will play or not. If Dorsey does see time, it will be limited to make sure his knee heals the best it can. Rookie running back Jamaal Charles won't be playing due to a sore shoulder. Safety Jon McGraw will also not be suiting up. Lastly, offensive tackle Damion McIntosh will be okay to play on Saturday as well.
When asked if he liked River Falls, Edwards said he does. The people are always nice to everyone the team brings up. Edwards said that he couldn't say if the team would be back next year or not. "That's not up to me. That's up to the higher-ups," he said.
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On their way on to the field, quarterbacks Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard belted out Kid Rock's latest song, "All Summer Long."
Defensive end Tamba Hali, defensive tackle Tank Tyler and tight end Michael Allan gave high-fives to fans before practice.
Bits of athletic tape laid on the sideline of Ramer Field as Herm Edwards was heard asking why the field was so wet since it hadn’t rained. Someone else replied that is was because the sun had only just come out.
Fans said hi to running back Dantrell Savage thinking it was running back Jamaal Charles. They asked suppose-to-be Charles if they could get a picture and autograph after practice. Savage just shook his head and kept walking. Right after, another fan nearby said, “Just to let you know, that wasn’t Jamaal Charles.”
At 11:12 an air horn sounded for a special teams stretch led by Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brent Salazar on the north end of Ramer Field.
President Carl Peterson and Vice President Denny Thum were both present at the final practice today.
Practice ended at 12:22.
River Falls’ Mayor Don Richards was present at practice. He shook hands with President Carl Peterson and Vice President Denny Thum. He was there to present tight end Tony Gonzalez with an award for saving a man’s life in California. Gonzalez came over to Richards, Mary Halada, Gary and Emogene Thibodeau and Larry Testa after practice to shake hands. Gonzalez said, “Thank you. I appreciate it. I think anybody in my situation would have done the same. I really appreciate it.” Richards replied, “I know George and Laura Bush called you and Barack Obama called you, but it’s not the same until the River Falls mayor presents you with an award.” Gonzalez was very appreciative of the community’s thoughtfulness.
Fans
Bill and Julie Baker from Ellsworth, Wis., enjoyed cheering the Chiefs on at their last practice of their 2008 Summer Training Camp. This is the fourth time in the last six years that the Baker’s have attended training camp. Bill said he became a Chiefs fan about six years ago when they first watched the Chiefs practice. He said, “I didn’t really like the Vikings so I jumped at the opportunity to cheer for the Chiefs.” Bill’s favorite player is tight end Tony Gonzalez. Julie’s favorite is running back Larry Johnson.
Buck Thompson from Cameron, Wis., enjoyed eating lunch while watching the Chiefs practice. Thompson has watched multiple practices this summer. Each time he makes a complete day out of it, including eating a packed lunch. He said, “I wanted to come watch the Chiefs one last time.” This is the third year in a row that Thompson has come to training camp. He said that he hopes the Chiefs keep coming to River Falls every summer.
Tyler Ziarnik and James Jones from Whitehall, Wis., came and watched the Chiefs’ final practice. Both are Packer fans but said that Green Bay is too far to drive. Jones said that his second favorite team is the Chiefs. This is the fourth year that both have attended camp. Ziarnik’s favorite Chief is tight end Tony Gonzalez and Jones’s favorite is defensive tackle Tank Tyler. Jones said that he likes him because of the HBO show “Hard Knocks” not featured the team’s training camp last year.
Prescott, Wis., residents made the short drive to Ramer Field today to catch the last practice of camp. George and Heidi Kasper both enjoy watching football on Sundays, and often have family and neighborhood barbeques when the Minnesota Vikings play the Green Bay Packers. The two have a nine-year old boy Justin, but he was at summer camp this afternoon. They expect the Chiefs to be an average team this season, and may surprise some teams if they can mold together.
Chiefs fans are spread around the country and many devoted fans reside right here in Wisconsin. Troy, Amanda and Taylor Frederick from Eau Claire, Wis., were in attendance for their fourth year in a row. Troy said, “Their so young, and need to develop their picks. After I looked at the schedule I can see them picking up seven wins. Three years from now they will be on top of their game.” The knowledgeable fan also thinks that defensive tackle Glen Dorsey will be a good replace for the huge loss of defensive end Jared Allen. He also said the team has a strong linebacker core overall, and has speed and ability on defense to be good all together.
Fans that traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to visit a friend were at camp for the first time ever. Dan, his wife and his two boys Joseph, age 9, and Kyle Sinnott, age 10, were all at the practice with Josh, a family friend. The group is from southern Iowa, and was here to grab some autographs. They all are fans of tight end Tony Gonzalez. Dan snapped pictures of the star player. A few years ago the family saw a Chiefs game against the Seattle Seahawks that the Chiefs ended up winning. The kids all said they were having fun at practice.

InChiefsHell
08-15-2008, 06:52 PM
Thanks for posting these, BRC...but I must say, I liked Claythan's way better...these are kinda...sucky. But rep to you for posting them!