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Tribal Warfare
08-17-2011, 11:43 PM
Bye, bye St. Joseph (http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/17/3083288/bye-bye-st-joseph.html)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

ST. JOSEPH | The Chiefs wrapped up the St. Joseph portion of their training camp Wednesday. After Friday night’s exhibition game in Baltimore, they will return to Kansas City and continue camp at home next week.

“We’re on schedule, but we have a lot of work to do,” coach Todd Haley said in assessing the state of the Chiefs heading into the second preseason game. “There’s no doubt in my mind we’ve made progress in the areas that were most important to us in these first … three weeks.

“Some of those areas are maybe a little less football (related). From a training and conditioning standpoint, that was No. 1 and will remain No. 1 here for a while longer.

“There are a lot more guys now that understand how we do things and want things done around here. That’s still a work in progress, but that’s important, too.”

The pace of practice picked up in the last week or so with the Chiefs working longer in pads and doing more contact drills than earlier in camp.

Still, it was an odd camp. The Chiefs spent more time conditioning than hitting.

Asked whether he was satisfied with where the Chiefs are defensively, coordinator Romeo Crennel said: “It’s hard to be satisfied as a coach. Even when you’re doing (well) and you’re winning games, you’re always worried about the next one. So I’m worried about this next game, and I’m worried about how we’re progressing.”

Asked whether he had any specific concerns, he said: “Our front-line guys are OK. The youth and the backup positions, we’ve got to be concerned about that. If some of those guys can come along, you don’t worry quite as much.”

Another blowout?

The Chiefs again spent little time this week preparing for their upcoming exhibition game, this one being Friday night against the Ravens in Baltimore. That raised concerns they again won’t be competitive, just as they weren’t in last week’s opener against Tampa Bay.

The Chiefs lost 25-0. But coach Todd Haley didn’t appear concerned, repeating the Chiefs were aiming to be ready for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium.

“From a score standpoint, you can say it didn’t go well and that’s the name of the game,” Haley said, “but we feel we made real good progress through that first game and we feel like we’re making progress this week.

“It’s another one of these days — and what are we down to? Twenty-five days to Sept. 11 — and it’s another day that’s going to be just as critical as any other in this process.”

Baldwin absent

Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick, was absent from the afternoon practice. Baldwin was neither practicing nor working with the trainer off to the side like his injured teammates.

The Chiefs gave no indication of Baldwin’s whereabouts. His agent, Rick Smith, didn’t return messages. Baldwin didn’t address his absence on his Twitter account.

THE OFFENSE
The Chiefs spent much of the team drills working on short-yardage situations. … Receiver Steve Breaston made a nice adjustment to an underthrown pass from Tyler Palko and made the catch. … Palko’s next pass was also off-target, and this time Jerheme Urban couldn’t come up with a catch on a short slant pattern.

THE DEFENSE
Kendrick Lewis returned an interception of a Matt Cassel pass for a touchdown. … Justin Houston replaced Andy Studebaker as the left outside linebacker in a seven-on-seven passing drill, but Studebaker returned to the starting spot in full team drills.

INJURY REPORT
Offensive linemen Jared Gaither, Ryan O’Callaghan and Darryl Harris, nose tackle Anthony Toribio and linebacker Eric Bakhtiari did not practice.

THE DAILY BATTLE
Starting right tackle Barry Richardson limped off the field late during the practice. Once off the field, he was not tended to by trainers, so the injury didn’t appear serious. Cramps, perhaps. But without Richardson, Gaither and O’Callaghan, the Chiefs were missing three of their top four tackles. So they had to use an undrafted rookie, Butch Lewis, as their starting right tackle for the rest of practice.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE
The Chiefs are finished with the St. Joseph portion of their training camp. They will travel to Baltimore today and continue the preseason Friday night with a game against the Ravens.

84 Wednesday’s high temperature in St. Joseph

0 Number of previous preseason games between the Chiefs and Ravens

1 Number of postseason meetings between the teams. Baltimore won 30-7 last year in a first-round game at Arrowhead Stadium.

DA_T_84
08-17-2011, 11:46 PM
Another brilliant article title from the genius mind of Adam Teicher.

T-post Tom
08-18-2011, 12:21 AM
Another brilliant article title from the genius mind of Adam Teicher.

The title was a rewrite from his editor, so you can't blame AT for this one. AT's submitted title was far superior: "So Long, St. Joe" ;)

Tribal Warfare
08-18-2011, 12:30 AM
The title was a rewrite from his editor, so you can't blame AT for this one. AT's submitted title was far superior: "So Long, St. Joe" ;)

I have the Montana KCStar page framed with a similar title when Montana retired

T-post Tom
08-18-2011, 12:35 AM
I have the Montana KCStar page framed with a similar title when Montana retired

The KC Star's excellence is not bound by space or time.

xztop12
08-18-2011, 01:08 AM
sign the saints RT stinchcomb or someone please

Okie_Apparition
08-18-2011, 06:07 AM
Hope the rookies didn't leave without a cherry mash

Dave Lane
08-18-2011, 06:55 AM
Or a Valomilk

cmh6476
08-18-2011, 08:27 AM
or a country club beer