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Old 07-26-2013, 07:24 PM  
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Teicher:On first play at camp, Chiefs show their new look

On first play at camp, Chiefs show their new look
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
Andy Reid delivered a not-so-subtle message Friday with the first play at Chiefs training camp. He had quarterback Alex Smith heave a pass deep down the middle that was hauled in for a touchdown by wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

The play served notice that after two seasons with a dormant passing attack, the Chiefs intend to revive it in a big way.

“I wasn’t ready for that,” Smith said. “I came up and I got a good look for it. Crowd pleaser.”

Much more needs to happen before the passing game can be called successful. But the intent is obviously there. Smith completed another deep pass to McCluster a few plays later.

As much as Reid enjoyed the big plays, he liked the consistency of the passing game. Smith, who completed 70 percent of his passes for the 49ers last season, went several plays into practice before throwing his first incompletion.

“There weren’t a lot of balls on the ground, and it looked like the defense had people covered,” Reid said. “They were in position.”

The trade for Smith was the biggest of the offseason moves aimed at revitalizing a sluggish offense. Smith, the first pick in the 2005 draft and San Francisco’s long-time starter, is used to such pressure.

“I’m much better equipped to handle it now,” Smith said. “When you’re a young guy and coming in and playing early, I dwelled on (negative things) too much. I let it affect my play too much. I tried to please everybody.

“I’m going to play my game. I’m going to try to work as hard as I can to get as good as I can and try to reach my potential and win a bunch of games. That’s the goal. I’m not worried about a bunch of other things.”

Smith received another peek at the expectations waiting for him at the end of practice, when a fan called to him asking Smith to be the Chiefs’ savior.

“That’s a strong word,” Smith said. “That’s a great example. When I was younger, I would have taken that literally. I tried to make every single throw and I tried to prove to everybody on every single play that, yeah, I could do this.”

That McCluster was on the receiving end of Smith’s long passes was another bonus for the Chiefs. They practiced without their most accomplished receiver, Dwayne Bowe, who is on the non-football injury list with a viral condition.

Bowe may return to practice as soon as Saturday. But no matter when he plays, the Chiefs are still in search of a consistent threat to go along with him. The diminutive McCluster has long tantalized the Chiefs with his big-play ability, but he has delivered precious few such plays since arriving as a rookie in 2010.

He bounced from receiver to running back and again to receiver, never seeming to find a comfortable spot. While it’s far too early to call him a changed player in Reid’s offense, it’s a start.

“It’s always good to start a first practice … with a big one,” McCluster said. “I’m happy I held on to the ball.”

Reid’s arrival could rescue McCluster’s career, which stalled last season under coach Romeo Crennel. Reid, then coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, was intrigued by McCluster when he was available in the 2010 draft.

The Chiefs got to him first, but Reid began making plans for McCluster shortly after arriving in Kansas City in January.

“He gives you a little flexibility,” Reid said. “You can move him around a Iittle. We’ll use him here and there.”

During offseason practice and again on Friday, McCluster lined up in a variety of spots.

“I don’t know where he couldn’t line up, to be honest, as far as skill positions go,” Smith said. “He’s got that many tools in the belt.”

Another offensive player the Chiefs are counting on is rookie running back Knile Davis. The Chiefs hope he can be turned into a kickoff return specialist, even though he never returned a kick during a game in college at Arkansas.

That process got off to a rough start Friday when Davis, who was a frequent fumbler in college, dropped a kickoff.

“We’ll get that fixed,” Reid said.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:18 AM   #76
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:20 AM   #77
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:20 AM   #78
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Many of them say it is because we can not appreciate the LONG duration of KC suckage... I can somewhat appreciate that.. but still.. you can never lose your way like some seem to have. Doing so is only hurting one's self.

The hate, anger, and despair is mostly a front... a protective barrier put up to insulate them from another potential letdown. It is a self defense mechanism consciously or unconsciously deployed. If they express defeat and prepare for the worst? Then another devastating season will be less harmful. It's.. quite frankly.. the coward's way out... and gives them some semblance of a silver-lining (at least) that they can then scream out, "See!?!? I was right!"
I hope the Niners go through what the Chiefs have gone through since 1994.

THEN you can talk to me about this bullshit. And no, the Erickson/Nolan/Singletary years DON'T count. That shit was over within 5 years. They're a tiny slump you guys suffered on a path of consistent wins and championships.

Get that shit the **** out of here.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:21 AM   #79
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #80
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If everyone is just supposed to just wait and see what the **** are e going to talk about here
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:22 AM   #81
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What are the odds that Reid told his team to score a touchdown on the first play of camp to get the crowd all frenzied up?

BOOM!! CONSPIRACY!!
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:23 AM   #83
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:24 AM   #85
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Trust me, I'm ecstatic that football is back in some capacity, but big plays in training camp don't do it for me. I'll start putting a little bit of stock in us turning this shitboat around when those types of plays start showing up in the preseason games.
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I've heard he muttered "**** you W. (name withheld)" after drawing up the first play
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #87
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Regardless of how you feel about the trade or Alex Smith in general, who here wouldnt LOVE it if Ried turned him into beast.
I would say sweet dick Willie, but he was "Fully On board" with Cassel after the 10' Seattle game.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #89
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Trust me, I'm ecstatic that football is back in some capacity, but big plays in training camp don't do it for me. I'll start putting a little bit of stock in us turning this shitboat around when it shows up in the preseason games.
Fair enough. And I don't think most or any are making this practice info a clear and indicative sign of success or failure. I think most agree that it's a wait-n-see process before becoming overly homeristic or defeated. But clearly, there are a lot of extreme and defeated... and that's a sad shame for any fanbase.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #90
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Yep.

We win training camp every year.

I have no idea why people get carried away with what these guys do in shorts.
This^. Part of the reason is the way the reporters like Teicher write it up. It sounds all rosy.

I take most TC reports with a grain of salt. I have learned over the years that you just never know how the team is going to come out and play that first week of real competition and how it will affect the rest of the season.

But this year I know for a fact that we can't be any worse than last year. We were at the bottom of the barrel last year so we can't be in 33rd place at the end of the upcoming season. We can only go up from here.
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