Around The Web: Running Returns, Johnson To Detroit, Giants Look To Quiet Critics

When you have as much trouble with penalties as the Chiefs have the first three weeks of the season, it’s time to get back to basics.  And that means making players run if they jump offside or commit a false start.TrainingCampRunning

Todd Haley said the idea is to relay to players that penalties cannot be tolerated.  The Chiefs were whistled 10 times in Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia.

“Reminders that it’s not all right,” Haley said of the punishments.  “In-season, it’s easy to get out of that mode because you’ve got very few reps to get a guy ready because you disrupt practice.  But we’re going to disrupt practice.”

During training camp at River Falls, Wis., players who committed certain penalties had to run to a wooden fence and back before resuming practice.  In some cases, position groups or even the whole team had to run.

“We have to be a disciplined team,” Haley said.  “That’s what penalties are: discipline.  I thought we were headed in that direction.  Obviously what’s been put out there the last two weeks indicates not.  But we’re going to work our butts off at being disciplined.”

Make them run, walk backwards, stand on their heads…  whatever prevents the team from looking like a bunch of guys that have never played the game before.  It has gotten to a point that every time the offense picks up a first down or the defense makes a stop I wait for the yellow indicator on the screen.  When Jamaal Charles broke a play against the Eagles for a score I knew a flag was coming, it was just how things have been going.

After working out for the Detroit Lions, former Chiefs wide receiver Taurus Johnson has signed with the Lions’ practice squad.

Johnson, undrafted out of the University of South Florida this year, spent training camp with Kansas City before being one of that team’s final roster cuts.

He is the only player at his position on Detroit’s eight-man practice squad.  He has five receivers ahead of him on the 53-man roster: Calvin Johnson, Dennis Northcutt, Yamon Figurs, Bryant Johnson and Derrick Williams.

After Calvin Johnson — the best in the league as far as I’m concerned — there is a big time drop off and a very real opportunity for Taurus to make his way to the Lions active roster.  I’m sure the Detroit marketing department would love to sell “Johnson & Johnson” signs to Johnson & Johnson.

Even though he missed practice yesterday, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw told the New York media he will play in Kansas City Sunday.  As for his partner in crime — Brandon Jacobs — the Giants disagreed with the comments made by Fox analysts Sunday that he has lost some of his trademark power.

“I watched the TV copy and heard some of those comments,” guard Chris Snee said.  “I don’t really know where they’re coming from.  I haven’t seen anything different from him.  He’s always got the energy, the fire, and sets the physical tempo.”

Added center Shaun O’Hara: “I don’t think Brandon ever tip-toed on any carry.  He makes a decision and he goes with it.  Is he going to be right all the time?  No.  Nobody’s perfect.  But believe me, Brandon’s not going to be blamed for dancing very often.”

That’s true, but it has appeared to some that something is not right with Jacobs this season.  A year ago he averaged 5.0 yards per carry – the same number he posted in 2007.  And even after his 92-yard performance on Sunday, Jacobs still has only 196 yards (and one touchdown) through three games.  That puts him on pace for fewer than the 1,089 yards he had in 13 games last season.

Meanwhile, the Giants want Bradshaw to carry his share of the load too, but the 5-8, 198-pounder, who leads the Giants with 201 yards and averages 5.7 yards per carry, may not be able to do that this week.  He said he’s been fighting this ankle sprain for years, and that “I’ve been through way more pain than this.”  But he’s also never taken this much of a pounding.  His 35 carries through three games are more than half the 67 he had all of last year.

Still, both Bradshaw and Coughlin remained optimistic and said the ominous-looking boot is just a precaution.  They’re both hopeful that Bradshaw will be available, and the Giants’ 1-2 punch can get back to showing everyone what it can really do.

Bradshaw can claim the boot on his foot is nothing but a precaution and Jacobs’ teammates can defend him all day long, it doesn’t change the fact that both players are dealing with issues right now.  For the Chiefs to have any chance to win Sunday they will need Jacobs to “tip toe” and Bradshaw to be slowed by his ailing ankle.

It’s a lot to ask, but around here we have to grab on to any chance at a victory.

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