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Danny Parkins: What I Learned At Chiefs Camp
by Danny Parkins,posted Aug 18 2011 10:59PM
The St. Joseph portion of Chiefs training camp is over and I can’t imagine the casual fan has ever known less about what kind of team they’ve got at this point of the year.
With a couple of weeks of practices and a preseason game in the rearview mirror, normally strengths, weaknesses, and glaring areas of concern have materialized. And maybe they have this year. But with the ultra – conservative approach Todd Haley has gone about camp and the glorified walkthrough that mascaraed as a preseason game, I don’t know how a fan could confidently say they know what the Chiefs are made of right now.
Sure we can make educated guesses:
The Chiefs should have a more explosive offense. Given the addition of a pair of high profile wide receivers and a pro – bowl caliber fullback, that’s certainly a reasonable expectation. But Steve Breaston, Jon Baldwin, and Leron McClain all have had limited practice time for a variety of reasons and so far have combined for one preseason touch. Not exactly a large sample size to make any judgments.
The Chiefs will probably struggle stopping the run. Logic would assume that’ll be the case since the Chiefs lost a couple of players from a defensive line that struggled last year, particularly late in the season, and replaced them with 35 year old Kelly Gregg and a pair of rookies. But Gregg, Jerrell Powe, and Allen Bailey are all behemoths of human beings and until we see more of them (Gregg has yet to play) we really don’t know.
The Chiefs might struggle early due to Haley’s conservative approach. Todd Haley flatly said that the team is “behind” but meant in terms of where they were last year. In the preseason opener, they certainly looked behind the Bucs, who have made it a preseason goal to hit the ground running. The Chiefs have picked up the intensity since Friday night, finally joining the rest of the league by practicing in full pads for the duration of practice, but there’s no certainty they’ll be able to flick the switch when it really counts, September 11th against Buffalo.
That’s 25 days from now and I don’t think we have a good idea at all what type of team will take the field. They do play again Friday, so I guess we’ll find out a bit more then.