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Old 07-26-2013, 08:24 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, 02:00 PM   #136
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You seem to want to label the defeated, doomsayers as "skeptical"... and then want to label the remotely positive or open-minded people as "blind faith homers."

so let's be honest...

There are a vocal dozen that have already mailed in the season as failed.
(you really want to call them merely "skeptical?")

There are others who have many doubts, but are excited and hopeful.
(thinking all is not sunshine, yet they could very well be a 6-8 team and improve further the next season)

There are those with some doubts, but overall, expect a good season.
(thinking a 9 or 10 win season, and a good start to building a long-ish-term playoff contender)

There are exactly ZERO people that have complete blind faith and are expecting a SB ring this season.
(and if there are, then point them out)
link to anyone other then clay labeling the season as failed?
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #137
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I don't think those here are upset with not taking a qb at 1, there wasn't one worth it. It's that based in what we've heard they're potentially going to tie themselves to another qb who they ( the pessimistic here) view as someone who another team thought wasn't good enough.
Give it a few years why they look for a guy of their own/develop. Alex Smith is going to help us get to the playoffs NOW why we are building this thing.

If Alex Smith doesn't play well he will be replaced. We all know Reid isn't like Pioli. He'll try again if he fails with Alex.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #138
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I don't think those here are upset with not taking a qb at 1, there wasn't one worth it. It's that based in what we've heard they're potentially going to tie themselves to another qb who they ( the pessimistic here) view as someone who another team thought wasn't good enough.
We'll see if they tie themselves to Smith. They haven't yet.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #139
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One, my wife has several clients in the KC area that has offered her tickets. I'm not paying for shit.

Second, even if I needed to pay for tickets, I would do so to see some guys I haven't seen in a long time, as well as meet some folks I've been wanting to meet. Football is secondary.

Third, do you know the exact date you became such a whining ****?
Look you said you weren't spending a dime on this franchise not me. Me asking why you are changing your mind does not make me a whiner.

Your approach to this team for a long time has been border line hatred, dont call me out as a complainer.

Ive been here almost 10 years now through a lot of shit with the Chiefs and it has NEVER in the last 10 years been this foul here.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #140
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We'll see if they tie themselves to Smith. They haven't yet.
Really?

I'd say spending two early R2 picks on the guy is a rather large commitment.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:02 PM   #141
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:03 PM   #142
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I thought you had season tickets?
not me... Life is too hectic lol
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:03 PM   #143
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Look you said you weren't spending a dime on this franchise not me. Me asking why you are changing your mind does not make me a whiner.

Your approach to this team for a long time has been border line hatred, dont call me out as a complainer.

Ive been here almost 10 years now though a lot of shit with the Chiefs and it has NEVER in the last 10 years been this foul here.
We've got ourselves another dimestore psychologist, Sauto.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:03 PM   #144
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That's how I feel when people say we should have drafted a 2nd round QB first overall.
We know what the trend for this franchise at QB is, and it doesn't have anything to do with the draft, either in 1983 or 2013, or any other year. So it's a bit out there to call something a trend when it hasn't happened in more than 20 years, and it's even more nuts to say that doing it for the first time in more than two decades would establish it as one.

(And that's a philosophical comment, it doesn't have anything to do with Geno Smith in particular.)

Eventually people have to stop being afraid.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #145
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Well, let me know if you end up with seats.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #146
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We know what the trend for this franchise at QB is, and it doesn't have anything to do with the draft, either in 1983 or 2013, or any other year. So it's a bit out there to call something a trend when it hasn't happened in more than 20 years, and it's even more nuts to say that doing it for the first time in more than two decades would establish it as one.

(And that's a philosophical comment, it doesn't have anything to do with Geno Smith in particular.)

Eventually people have to stop being afraid.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #148
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Really?

I'd say spending two early R2 picks on the guy is a rather large commitment.
That's high compensation. What have they committed to Smith?
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #149
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Give it a few years why they look for a guy of their own/develop. Alex Smith is going to help us get to the playoffs NOW why we are building this thing.

If Alex Smith doesn't play well he will be replaced. We all know Reid isn't like Pioli. He'll try again if he fails with Alex.
Smith will get 2 years for sure. If he has a decent year this year, I'd imagine well see a contract extension.

That's great if he gets us to the playoffs, that's why you make the move and that's what these moves say " we're winning now". That's great, but with that, I'm also expecting to win now.

It can't go both ways.

"Don't be negative, they're trying to win now" " you're setting them up to fail thinking they'll win 10 and make the playoffs"

It's either or.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:05 PM   #150
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My dad has them. He's petty sick right now so I would expect I'll go to most games this year. Not looking like he will make it to any
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