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Arrowhead Report: Labor Day

Posted Sep 6, 2010

The Chiefs officially turn their attention towards San Diego

It’s officially game week in Kansas City.

Though we saw a few days of San Diego emphasis in training camp, Monday was the first day that the Chiefs put full focus towards the Chargers. As the team took the field this morning, the squad was considerably healthier than it was at the close of preseason practices.

Three players worked out in the rehab area – T Ryan O’Callaghan, OLB Cameron Sheffield and DL Alex Magee. O’Callaghan and Sheffield were in t-shirts and shorts while Magee had a helmet on, but did not practice. The rest of the squad wore full pads.

O’Callaghan is now pushing a full two weeks on the injury list after leaving practice early on August 24th with an undisclosed injury. Barry Richardson has taken all first-team reps at right tackle in O’Callaghan’s absence and is the only player on the Chiefs 53-man roster with any right tackle experience outside of O’Callaghan.

This Week’s Schedule

A typical game-week schedule would call for a film/lift session on Monday, players day off on Tuesday, practices on Wednesday and Thursday with final workouts and walk-thrus taking place on Friday and Saturday. With kickoff still one week away, the Chiefs schedule is a bit different this week.

Following practice today, the players will have Tuesday off just like a normal week. The team will then re-convene for practice sessions Wednesday – Saturday. A few practices will likely be held under the lights as the team prepares for a night game against San Diego.

All practices during the regular season are closed to the public.

New Jersey Numbers

A few Chiefs have changed jersey numbers for the regular season.

WR Jeremy Horne will switch from #8 to #11.

NT Anthony Toribio will wear jersey #98.

Though both players are on injured reserve, WR Chandler Williams and RB Tervaris Johnson were both issued new jersey numbers as well. Williams now owns #8 while Johnson will wear #38.

Toribio’s Last 24 Hours

Claimed off waivers yesterday from Green Bay, NT Anthony Toribio is a player that the Chiefs are plenty familiar with. He began his career in Miami, which of course has the Bill Parcells connection. Next, he was on his way to Green Bay, which employs the same 3-4 defensive scheme as the Chiefs. Lastly, the Chiefs saw Toribio up close and personnel last Thursday night at Arrowhead…for a lot of snaps.

“I remember that I played in a lot of plays (on Thursday night), I’ll say that,” Toribio laughed. “It was a good experience for me and I needed that.”

After being released by Green Bay on Saturday night, Toribio was all geared up to join the re-join the Packers as a member of the practice squad. Instead, Toribio received a call informing him that he was headed to Kansas City just a few minutes before the waiver deadline expired.

His last 24-hours have been a whirlwind, changing teams and hitting the practice field for his new team all in that same a 24-hour window.

“It’s the same system here, so I just have to get adjusted to some of the minor details,” Toribio said. “Once I get adjusted, I’ll be comfortable.”

Never Comfortable

Speaking of comfort levels, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley doesn’t want any of his players to think that the hardest part is behind them just because they’ve made the club’s 53-man roster.

“Don’t thank me, just show me that we’re right,” Haley said referring the lower end of his roster. “There are a lot of guys out there right now that are chomping at the bit for an opportunity and they now taste a little bit of what it’s like to be out in the darkness, and that’s where nobody wants to be.”

Though Haley refrained from mentioning names, one of the final players to make the roster was likely rookie free agent LB Cory Greenwood. At least, that’s what Greenwood is assuming, and he’s approaching his practice sessions with that thought in mind.

“For guys like me, who are on the back-end of the roster, you really can’t get comfortable because they are always trying to improve the team,” Greenwood said. “I have to come in here and work hard every day and prove that they made a good choice in keeping me. I have to earn my keep.”

But it’s not just the undrafted players that feel the need to stay on their toes. In the nature of today’s NFL, even draft picks don’t feel comfortable.

“You can never relax,” rookie OL Jon Asamoah said. “I always feel like everybody’s job is on the line. Everything that you do is being evaluated. There’s never a time to take a deep breath and say, ‘ahh,’ because the pressure is always on.”

Starters Set on Wednesday?

Haley has made it clear throughout training camp that he wants first-team and second-team status to exits the minds of his players and fellow coaches. Haley is more concerned about finding the right mix of 45 players each gameday; a mix where each player owns a specific role that contributes to the greater performance of the team as a whole.

Regardless, fans are itching to find out who the starters will be after high-profile competitions at inside linebacker and center this preseason. Apparently, that answer could come as early as Wednesday.

“We’re getting a lot closer (to determining starters),” Haley said. “I’ll get into more as we go forward on Wednesday.”

The team also typically releases an unofficial depth chart on Tuesdays each week of the season.

Toribio’s Last 24 Hours

Claimed off waivers yesterday from Green Bay, NT Anthony Toribio is a player that the Chiefs are plenty familiar with. He began his career in Miami, which of course has the Bill Parcells connection. Next, he was on his way to Green Bay, which employs the same 3-4 defensive scheme as the Chiefs. Lastly, the Chiefs saw Toribio up close and personnel last Thursday night at Arrowhead…for a lot of snaps.

“I remember that I played in a lot of plays (on Thursday night), I’ll say that,” Toribio laughed. “It was a good experience for me and I needed that.”

After being released by Green Bay on Saturday night, Toribio was all geared up to join the re-join the Packers as a member of the practice squad. Instead, Toribio received a call informing him that he was headed to Kansas City just a few minutes before the waiver deadline expired.

His last 24-hours have been a whirlwind, changing teams and hitting the practice field for his new team all in that same a 24-hour window.

“It’s the same system here, so I just have to get adjusted to some of the minor details,” Toribio said. “Once I get adjusted, I’ll be comfortable.”

Never Comfortable

Speaking of comfort levels, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley doesn’t want any of his players to think that the hardest part is behind them just because they’ve made the club’s 53-man roster.

“Don’t thank me, just show me that we’re right,” Haley said referring the lower end of his roster. “There are a lot of guys out there right now that are chomping at the bit for an opportunity and they now taste a little bit of what it’s like to be out in the darkness, and that’s where nobody wants to be.”

Though Haley refrained from mentioning names, one of the final players to make the roster was likely rookie free agent LB Cory Greenwood. At least, that’s what Greenwood is assuming, and he’s approaching his practice sessions with that thought in mind.

“For guys like me, who are on the back-end of the roster, you really can’t get comfortable because they are always trying to improve the team,” Greenwood said. “I have to come in here and work hard every day and prove that they made a good choice in keeping me. I have to earn my keep.”

But it’s not just the undrafted players that feel the need to stay on their toes. In the nature of today’s NFL, even draft picks don’t feel comfortable.

“You can never relax,” rookie OL Jon Asamoah said. “I always feel like everybody’s job is on the line. Everything that you do is being evaluated. There’s never a time to take a deep breath and say, ‘ahh,’ because the pressure is always on.”

Starters Set on Wednesday?

Haley has made it clear throughout training camp that he wants first-team and second-team status to exits the minds of his players and fellow coaches. Haley is more concerned about finding the right mix of 45 players each gameday; a mix where each player owns a specific role that contributes to the greater performance of the team as a whole.

Regardless, fans are itching to find out who the starters will be after high-profile competitions at inside linebacker and center this preseason. Apparently, that answer could come as early as Wednesday.

“We’re getting a lot closer (to determining starters),” Haley said. “I’ll get into more as we go forward on Wednesday.”

The team also typically releases an unofficial depth chart on Tuesdays each week of the season.

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