By Josh Looney
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Breakdown: The Chiefs hustled out to the UWRF practice fields at 9:00 AM for the first of their two practices slated for Tuesday. The morning session was a lopsided affair as the offense dominated what was the club’s third-consecutive full-padded session. Offensive Coordinator Mike Solari’s unit got the ball rolling early by scoring on the first four plays during the goal line portion of practice. From there, the offense never let go of the momentum and continued their successful morning into team 11-on-11 drills.
“You can’t repeat a performance like that,” Head Coach Herm Edwards said of the morning defensive effort. “Mentally, they shut down a little bit, mental errors occur…not finishing the play, not playing the right technique and sometimes on defense not being in the right gap.”
Edwards’ team ventured into Ramer Field at 3:45 PM to complete the second practice of the day. The helmet-only session remained intense as it was apparent some players weren’t satisfied with the effort earlier in the day.
Injury Update: S Bernard Pollard left the AM practice early with an injured finger, but returned for the afternoon practice. DT Alfonso Boone also missed the AM session with a similar injury according to Edwards.
How’s Boomer?: Linebacker-turned-fullback Boomer Grigsby has been working on his receiving skills out of the backfield after each practice session. The extra effort has apparently paid off for Grigsby as the third-year player has logged a handful of nice receptions this camp. It’s common to hear River Falls visitors cheer each time the fan-favorite touches the ball. Grigsby says he’s comfortable in his new role, but is still looking to improve on his blocking techniques.
“I’m doing great at the first point of contact,” Grigsby explained. “The main thing for me is to remember that I’m allowed to grab on to the guy and drive him after I make that first hit. Having played linebacker all my life, it’s different for me since I’ve been used to hitting a guy and getting off of him as fast as I could. But I’m really loving my new position.”
A Family Affair: Chiefs defensive backs coach David Gibbs and special teams coach Mike Priefer are both sons of longtime NFL assistant coaches. Both of their fathers were in attendance during practices on Tuesday.
Gibbs’ father, legendary offensive line guru Alex Gibbs, has been in Chiefs camp since the weekend and has offered one-on-one technique advice to members of the o-line after the conclusion of practices. Considered by some as the godfather of zone blocking, the elder Gibbs began his NFL coaching career with Denver in ‘84 and served a tour of duty in Kansas City from ‘93-94 under head coach Marty Schottenheimer. Under Gibbs’ guidance, the Chiefs offensive line dropped their sack total from 48.0 in ‘92 (the year before his arrival) to 19.0 in ‘94.
The Priefers in Chiefs camp actually span over the course of three generations as Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, arrived in River Falls today with Mike’s 12-year old son Michael Jr. Chuck Priefer possesses a resume that includes 29 years of college and pro coaching experience. Priefer spent his final 10 NFL seasons coaching special teams in Detroit before retiring at the end of last season. Under his tutelage, the Lions sent two return men to the Pro Bowl in Desmond Howard (2001) and Eddie Drummond (2005).
Fashion Statement, Part II: Other than Greensburg Rangers hats, perhaps the most popular clothing item at training camp has been the t-shirts WR Eddie Kennison has been handing out to anyone and everyone. Kennison is attempting to raise awareness of a company he launched seven months ago; Kennison Brown Real Estate Co. Details about Kennison’s business venture can be found at www.kennisonbrown.com.
Plays Of The Day:
AM Session: RBs Michael Bennett, Kolby Smith and Marcus O’Keith all boasted solid runs in a session filled with offensive highlights. Most noteably, T Damion McIntosh looked particularly impressive this morning in numerous battles with DE Jared Allen.
PM Session:.CB Dimitri Patterson bit on a QB Casey Printers pump fake as Printers hooked up with WR Ean Randolph on and stop-and-go route down the left sideline. The connection resulted in a 55-yard touchdown strike.
Big Stix: Former Kansas State standout and recent free agent acquisition T Damion McIntosh dealt out sturdy hits during blitz pick-ups and knocked DE Jared Allen off-balance and to the ground during a pass rush.
Look Who’s Talking:
Waitress: “So are you a big Chiefs fan?“
Herm Edwards: “Yeah…you could say that. I’m a big fan.“
- A conversation Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards had with a waitress who did not recognize him at a local coffee shop.
“Let’s go ‘D’; this is man on man. This is what football is all about“
- LB Donnie Edwards after the defense struggled in the team’s goal line period
Look Ahead: The club is once again set to hit the practice field for sessions beginning at 9:00 AM and 3:45 PM.
You Asked It: Submit your questions to River Falls Wrap, Chiefs Chatter and Camping With The Chiefs by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
Jenifer and Jon M.: “What color scheme will the Chiefs wear for the home games this season? The white-on-white should be retired!”
JL: The Chiefs have historically worn red jerseys with white pants at Arrowhead Stadium, but sported the white-on-white combination in the 2006 season opener against Cincinnati. The logic behind the uniform selection that day was that the Bengals would be forced to wear all black uniforms on a day that forecasted for steamy temperatures. The combination was so rare that Founder Lamar Hunt couldn’t remember the Chiefs ever wearing the white-on-white mixture at Arrowhead. You can expect to see the Chiefs dressed in their traditional red jerseys at home this season, but the all-white uniforms is an option for the club’s road games. The club also wore a white jersey, red pants combination on the road a year ago.
Marvin C.: “What is the team’s mindset for away games?”
JL: Marvin, winning games on the road is obviously a hard thing to do in the NFL and something that this franchise must improve upon after going 3-5 in that department each of the past three season. I’ll let Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards answer your question regarding his philosophy on the road.
HE: “Obviously, you have to have a specific mindset. You can’t get behind, I know that. If you get behind you’re in trouble. You have to try and protect the ball and get the running game (going) and protect your quarterback. You have to have positive yards on first downs. If you don’t, you’re in trouble. That’s not good. We’ve got to make positive yards and defensively we have to stop the run. You want to go into the fourth quarter of the football game knowing you can still win the game. That’s got to be your mindset every week.”
Leon: “I saw Clark Hunt’s interview on Day Two of training camp and he talked about the renovations that are beginning at Arrowhead Stadium. Are there still plans in the works to try and get the rolling roof passed?”
JL: Leon, look for a public unveiling of renderings and drawings detailing plans for the new Arrowhead Stadium to be released to the public sometime in the middle of August. Unfortunately, a provision that would have resurrected the “rolling roof” concept for Arrowhead Stadium was not passed by voters in April of 2006 and current plans for the new Arrowhead don’t include that feature.
Questions?: Is there a question about training camp or the Chiefs that you want answered? A handful of questions will be answered daily in the River Falls Wrap. Chiefs insiders Rocco and Stuckey will also discuss submitted fan questions weekly in Chiefs Chatter.
Have a specific question for a specific player? One fan question will be selected daily and featured in the Fan’s Want To Know portion of Camping With The Chiefs, which airs every evening of training camp on KCChiefs.com.