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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, 05:33 PM   #376
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Perhaps the perception is false, but it does seem that Romo has a habit of pissing himself.
You know what happens when Alex Smith plays with a running game and defense in the bottom 10?

You get this abortion.

http://www.pro-football-reference.co...s/sfo/2007.htm

Shit, this guy played with the 4th ranked defense and produced an 8-8 season.
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There is no difference from what Dorsey is doing now than what the franchise has done for the last 25 years.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:34 PM   #377
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No, apparently you don't. You're trying to establish a false dichotomy.
He's like the love child of Denise and John Proctor. Contrarily positive, narcissistically proselytizing.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:34 PM   #378
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I'd rather have Smith than Romo. And you know how much I like Smith.
No disrespect, but that tells me you're a "play not to lose" type of guy and not a "play to win" type of guy.

Give me a guy who can sling it, throw for 4500 yards and the occasional 4-5 TD game. I can live with mistakes if you have that ability.

Dink and dunk, few mistakes, but can't put the team on your back or keep the defense honest?

No thanks.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:35 PM   #379
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You know what happens when Alex Smith plays with a running game and defense in the bottom 10?

You get this abortion.

http://www.pro-football-reference.co...s/sfo/2007.htm

Shit, this guy played with the 4th ranked defense and produced an 8-8 season.
Boom goes the dynamite.
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No disrespect, but that tells me you're a "play not to lose" type of guy and not a "play to win" type of guy.
Nah, I just don't think Romo's any good. At all.
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He's like the love child of Denise and John Proctor. Contrarily positive, narcissistically proselytizing.
Spot on.
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:36 PM   #382
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KC has chosen to hitch their playoff hopes on 30+ year old game manager QB with obvious limitations with no real future prospect at signal caller on the roster.

There is no difference from what Dorsey is doing now than what the franchise has done for the last 25 years.
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I had to spellcheck that. I'm still not sure I got it right.
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KC has chosen to hitch their playoff hopes on 30+ year old game manager QB with obvious limitations with no real future prospect at signal caller on the roster.

There is no difference from what Dorsey is doing now than what the franchise has done for the last 25 years.
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No disrespect, but that tells me you're a "play not to lose" type of guy and not a "play to win" type of guy.

Give me a guy who can sling it, throw for 4500 yards and the occasional 4-5 TD game. I can live with mistakes if you have that ability.

Dink and dunk, few mistakes, but can't put the team on your back or keep the defense honest?

No thanks.
Thats entirely fair, go for broke or go home, i prefer that style just as you do.

But Romo in particular has done nothing but go home, he isnt any better than Smythe when you add it up... Clays stats, while severe, dont ask the question of just how much did Romo's decisions throughout a given game affect those rankings.

I'm no Axl homer and will draw pistols on anyone saying different... but Romo is no savior, he's going to excite the hell out of you then crap his pants when it counts, Jim Everett 2.0

Is Smythe any better? i'm atleast willing to wait and see... i have no other choice anyway.
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I had to spellcheck that. I'm still not sure I got it right.
We know what you meant.

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It's a discipline and coaching thing with Romo as far as his decision making goes.

The guy has had some really really good years throwing that included few mistakes.
4500 yards 26tds 9ints
4200 yards 31tds 10 ints

I just think that certain players have all the tools, but get matchup up with lesser coaches that don't know how to get that skill to equate to wins and losses and that is how I sees Romo.

If JJ brings in a coach next year that can keep Romo in check, that team can instantly be a contender.
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Thats entirely fair, go for broke or go home, i prefer that style just as you do.

But Romo in particular has done nothing but go home, he isnt any better than Smythe when you add it up... Clays stats, while severe, dont ask the question of just how much did Romo's decisions throughout a given game affect those rankings.

I'm no Axl homer and will draw pistols on anyone saying different... but Romo is no savior, he's going to excite the hell out of you then crap his pants when it counts, Jim Everett 2.0
Nothing but go home?

He's the only reason they ever even have a chance. Terrible OL, defense prone to the big play, no consistency in the running game.

He's carried that organization, and he gets crucified over dropping a placement. Shit happens.
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Thats entirely fair, go for broke or go home, i prefer that style just as you do.

But Romo in particular has done nothing but go home, he isnt any better than Smythe when you add it up... Clays stats, while severe, dont ask the question of just how much did Romo's decisions throughout a given game affect those rankings.

I'm no Axl homer and will draw pistols on anyone saying different... but Romo is no savior, he's going to excite the hell out of you then crap his pants when it counts, Jim Everett 2.0
Romo isn't the type of QB i think of when reading OTW's description. The type of QB i'm thinking of gets picked off by forcing the ball into tight windows and giving his receiver a chance.

Romo is a different kind of QB. He's not just INT prone, he's accident prone. He makes dumb mistakes.
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