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Cardinals visit is a welcome change of scenery for Chiefs players

Posted Aug 7, 2012

The Chiefs and Cardinals will hold a joint practice Tuesday in St. Joseph


Information on the Chiefs joint practice with the Cardinals

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Chiefs are starting to get sick of each other. Hitting each other, more specifically.

It’s been 11 days since Kansas City opened training camp and Romeo Crennel has held full-padded practices every session for more than a week. Cracking pads with the same players over and over and over is beginning to take its toll.

A break in the monotony of training camp practices would be well received and the Chiefs are getting the necessary change of scenery when Arizona brings 90 new players to St. Joseph for a joint practice session on Tuesday.

“We get tired of going against the same guys every day,” said defensive end Glenn Dorsey. “I’ve been going against Branden Albert every practice for five years and I want to go against somebody else. It’s going to be fun, but it will also be a challenge for us to see where we’re at. Guys will be excited for some new looks and we’ll have fun with it.”

The Chiefs won’t scrimmage the Cardinals on Tuesday. Not with Arizona having played in the Hall of Fame Game less than 48 hours before. But the joint practice should bring in a new wave of competitiveness nonetheless.

Crennel worked with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt to develop a practice schedule that suits the needs of both teams leading into Friday’s preseason matchup at Arrowhead Stadium.

“We’re going to follow a similar script to what we do in our practices, but we have to kind of divide it up, so offense is going to be on one field and defense is going to be on the other field,” Crennel explained.

“So our offense will be working against their defense and our defense will be working against their offense after you go through your walk-through, your stretching, a little bit of individual, and then you’ll start the competitive part, whether it’s one-on-one, nine-on-seven, seven-on-seven, team drills. That’s kind of the way it’ll work.”

Monday’s practice showed all the signs of a team needing a fresh jersey to go up against. Despite Crennel’s quick whistle and a thud-only tempo, the practice was the Chiefs most physical of training camp.

Running back Shaun Draughn broke into the open field one too many times for the defenses liking and met a decleating shoulder pad from defensive back Jacques Reeves. Outside linebacker Andy Studebaker got in a few shoves after the whistle and tight end Jake O’Connell collided with defenders running the sideline.

“It’s been the same since high school and college,” said tight end Tony Moeaki. “You just get sick of seeing the same guys every day.”

While meeting the Cardinals is a popular scheduling change for the players, Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli are looking forward to the meeting as well.

For Pioli, it’s a chance to closely evaluate the personnel of another roster. For Crennel, the joint practice brings unique perspective to the film room.

“As you work against your own teammates, you get to know the strong points and the weak points, what they like to do and things like that,” said Crennel. “Now when you’ve got a completely different guy that you’re going against, it’s good for us to get an evaluation to see how our players will be able to react against their players.”

The Chiefs haven’t practiced against another team since 2008 when the Vikings broke camp in Mankato, Minn. to join Kansas City for a scrimmage in River Falls, Wis.

With much of the roster turned over since then, holding a joint practice is a new experience for the majority of Chiefs players.

“I’ve never been a part of one and this is my sixth training camp,” said quarterback Brady Quinn. “Everyone always says that whenever you bring in another team in there’s going to be a fight. I guess you’ve got to assume that’s going to take place at some point.”

Quinn then had some fun handicapping candidates with the potential for extracurricular activity on Tuesday.

Of course, it involved the offensive line.

Ryan Lilja is kind of an old, surly guy, so he might be one to get a little feisty in there,” Quinn joked. “(Linemen) are the bigger guys that get a little hotter quicker and then all of a sudden they are getting mad. So I think their tempers go a little quicker than the others.”

It always starts on the offensive line.