The Kansas City Chiefs ran through their ninth of fourteen OTA session this morning and opened it up to the media. Bob Gretz — as always — was there and got the scoop.
There were 82 of the team’s 85 players on the field. Missing from the workout were the usual suspects: rookie Donald Washington, Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel. The rehab crew was down to three players, as Glenn Dorsey returned to practice. He worked with the first-team defense at RDE. Brodie Croyle, Kolby Smith and Ron Edwards did not take part in the practice.
In the teamwork portion of the practice in a dozen plays, QBs Matt Cassel and Tyler Thigpen were a combined two of seven throwing the ball. Cassel missed all three of his throws, while Thigpen was two of four. It was that kind of day for the offense and Todd Haley was not impressed.
“I feel like we made a lot of progress Tuesday on offense, but we kind of took a step back today. After a day off, conditions were not ideal with a little wet field, we’ve got to learn to compete and execute in all types of conditions.”
For the first time in this off-season the Chiefs ran the two-minute drill and it did not end well for Cassel and the No. 1 offense. They had to go 70 yards in 90 seconds with two timeouts and they needed a touchdown to win. Cassel’s throw on the eighth play with 18 seconds left bounced off the hands and shoulder of Dwayne Bowe and was grabbed by CB Maurice Leggett for an interception.
The second offense faced a situation with 55 seconds to play, one timeout and they needed a FG to win, starting at their own 35-yard line. Thigpen got them into FG territory on six plays with 11 seconds left before they used their timeout.
There was shifting among the starters on both sides of the ball. CB Richardo Colclough was running with the first team, replacing Maurice Leggett. And TE Sean Ryan jumped ahead of Brad Cottam.
In the teamwork p ortion of practice, they ran six plays in the red zone. Cassel’s first throw to WR Terrance Copper was knocked down in the end zone by Colclough. Thigpen got the only ball into the end zone, finding Cottam on the right side for the score.
Momma said there’ll be days like this… Nothing good going on with the offense, though if you want to play devil’s advocate you can say it has more to do with the progress of the defense than the poor performance of the offense. No matter the reason, the offense needs to start having more days like Tuesday. We’ve been told not to read much into who is starting from day to day, but it still has to raise a few eyebrows to see Colclough and Ryan ahead of Leggett and Cottam. For their part, both Colclough and Leggett were around the ball with Maurice picking off Matt Cassell after — surprise, surprise — a drop by Bowe.