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The Bronco Rob
05-24-2009, 04:26 PM
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May 26, 2009 - Bob Gretz



Like most everybody else, the Chiefs will return to work on Tuesday after enjoying a three-day Memorial Day holiday.

After going through four OTA sessions last week, the players will get back into the strength and conditioning program for this week. They will not get back on the field as a team until a week from today. Starting with that workout on June 1, the Chiefs are scheduled to have 15 practices in 18 days. It all wraps up on June 18th; that’s when the OTA sessions end.

The Chiefs will then go off on vacation until July 30th, when they are currently scheduled to travel to River Falls, Wisconsin for the start of training camp.

As important as those practice sessions will be, Todd Haley has really been focused on the strength and conditioning program for his team and the gains that his players have made since it began back in March.

“These guys have bought into what we are trying to do and you can see it on some of these guys already,” Haley said. “Bigger, stronger, in better condition, it all helps you play the game and it keeps you healthy.”

It can also help you win in the fourth quarter. Haley hasn’t said so, but more than likely he watched the tape of last year’s Chiefs team and saw fourth quarter performances that were seriously lacking. In the last 10 games of the 2008 season, the Chiefs had the lead, were tied, or trailed by less than a touchdown seven times.

The Chiefs record in those games: 1-6

Now, when a team goes 2-14 there is more than one reason. The biggest factor for that record was a lack of talent. Another key reason was the lack of experienced players on the roster, as many key performers were getting their first taste of playing 16 games at the pro level. Everything was new and different, including dealing with the long grind of the season.

And there’s no question conditioning has to be considered a factor. In the second half of last season, with a team dominated by young legs, the Chiefs were unable to get anything done in the fourth quarter. On the season, they were outscored 113-88. In the first six games, the difference was just 43-42. In the last 10 games, the difference was 70-46.

Only in Oakland, when they outscored the Raiders 10-3 over the final 15 minutes, were they able to outplay their opponent and win a game in the fourth quarter.

One can only imagine what the scenery at Arrowhead would look like if the Chiefs had been able to win say half of these six games:

Led the Jets 24-21 in the fourth quarter, until Brett Favre threw a TD pass to win 28-24.
Led the Bucs 24-13, before being outscored 14-3 in the fourth quarter and then losing in OT 30-27.
Tied with the Chargers at 13-13, but were outscored 7-6 in fourth quarter, losing 20-19.
Tied with the Broncos at 17-17, but Denver scored in the fourth and won 24-17.
Led the Chargers 21-10, but San Diego scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to win 22-21
All tied up with the Dolphins at 31-31, but Miami scored in the fourth and won 38-31.
Think about what has happened and would it have come down had the Chiefs won half of those six games and finished the season 5-11. It certainly wouldn’t be great improvement, but it would have been one game better than the 2007 season, with another year of talent and rebuilding.

Would Clark Hunt have made the same sorts of decisions?

We’ll never know, but there’s a disturbing trend to what happened last year and conditioning is part of the equation. We saw it in the second half of the ‘07 season as well. Over the last nine games in that year, the Chiefs had six situations where at the start of the fourth quarter they held a lead, were tied or trailed by seven points or less.

That was six opportunities to win in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs went 0-6.

That’s 13 opportunities to win in the fourth quarter in the second half of the ‘07-08 seasons. The Chiefs went 1-12. They were outscored in those games 103-48 in the final period and overtime.

Bigger, stronger, faster and better conditioned players do not guarantee fourth quarter success. But without those factors, there’s no chance.

the Talking Can
05-24-2009, 04:35 PM
did you just figure out how to bold text on teh intertubes?

Count Zarth
05-24-2009, 04:41 PM
Pretty funny how all these players have family issues around memorial day.

SNR
05-24-2009, 04:48 PM
THIS IS NEWS TO ME

Nero's Neptune
05-24-2009, 04:50 PM
How in the world is it a competitive disadvantage to say that Vrabel is rehabbing his shoulder and isn't ready to practice yet?

Some of this injury secrecy stuff is just ridiculous....these NFL coaches and GMs need to get over themselves.

whoman69
05-24-2009, 07:53 PM
How in the world is it a competitive disadvantage to say that Vrabel is rehabbing his shoulder and isn't ready to practice yet?

Some of this injury secrecy stuff is just ridiculous....these NFL coaches and GMs need to get over themselves.

Its a Bill Bellicheck copycat league.

StcChief
05-24-2009, 08:08 PM
The fact media seems self-selling and self-serving. .... They are lucky they are allowed anywhere near team, training camp, of locker room. or there is even a press conference with coaches/players.

The Bronco Rob
05-26-2009, 10:54 AM
yup.

Buck
05-26-2009, 10:57 AM
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crazycoffey
05-26-2009, 12:56 PM
The fact media seems self-selling and self-serving. .... They are lucky they are allowed anywhere near team, training camp, of locker room. or there is even a press conference with coaches/players.

hell press conferences used to be the only way to get any inside information. Now we have hundreds of avenues to get the same, "the team looked good today" stories. Wasted venue, i.e. video killed the radio star.

HemiEd
05-26-2009, 01:44 PM
So Herm was running a popularity contest with his players, and did not get them in shape. Why is this not shocking news?

The Bronco Rob
05-26-2009, 02:42 PM
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ROFL

bobbything
05-26-2009, 03:08 PM
Think about what has happened and would it have come down had the Chiefs won half of those six games and finished the season 5-11.
One thing that may have happened is that Herm Edwards may still be employed by the KC Chiefs.