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Arrowhead Report: Muir To Call Plays

Posted Sep 7, 2011

Todd Haley explains the Chiefs play-calling plans, Colin Brown finds a new home and other notes

Just as the Chiefs did in the preseason, Bill Muir will call the offensive plays in Sunday’s regular season opener. Game-planning throughout the week will be a collective effort from the Chiefs offensive coaches, and even quarterbacks.

“By the time we get through Friday and have our end of the week meeting to finalize all of our thoughts – and the quarterbacks are included in that – it’s a group contribution of what we like and where we like it, and we’ll place that on the call sheet,” Head Coach Todd Haley said. “Ultimately, it will fall to Bill to make (play-calling) decisions.”

Muir has taken the lead this preseason scripting plays and personnel packages for practices.

“The biggest thing with play-calling is the guy who’s scripting through the week, that’s really how you get the final feel for calling the plays – you script the plays you want versus the defense you want once you get to the regular season,” Haley explained. “The guy that’s doing a majority of that during the week, which is (Muir), ultimately has the best feel for what he thinks he’s going to see defensively and what we think we can run that gives us the best chance to succeed.”

 The Chiefs didn’t game-plan for opponents during exhibition play, but still scripted plays for each game. Much of the preseason emphasis was built around playbook installation and continued repetition of basic plays that the Chiefs will run throughout the regular season.

This is the first week the Chiefs will fully scheme towards a specific opponent. Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn will also play a key role in preparing the offense.

“The way we have it set up is he’s on the field, so that lends itself to great communication between him and the quarterbacks,” Haley said of Zorn. “I don’t know if it’s anything happening intentionally but I think it just shows comfort level with knowing that he’s saying and coaching that we as a staff and me as the head coach want passed along.

“We’re continuing to get more and more comfortable as a staff offensively and it’s exciting.”

Haley is following a similar path to the one he took last season when Charlie Weis was hired as offensive coordinator. Developing each week’s offensive game plan was a staff effort with weekly scripting and play-calling duties handled by Weis.

Muir will be in the booth on Sunday with Haley and Zorn at field level.

Chiefs Injury Report

After practicing on Labor Day as a full participant, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel did the same on Wednesday.

"There's no doubt in my mind that I'm ready to go," Cassel said. "I feel good and I'm excited that it's the home opener and I know that everyone else is excited as well. It feels good that it is all finally here."

Here is the Chiefs Injury Report for Wednesday, 9/7/11

WR Jonathan Baldwin - Did Not Participate in Practice (Thumb)

QB Matt Cassel - Full Participant (Rib)

Buffalo listed two players on its injury report:

LB Arthur Moats - Did Not Participate in Practice (Knee)

NT Torrell Troup - Limited Participant (Lower Back)

Colin Brown’s Second Chance

Reunited with former Chiefs offensive line assistant Joe D’Alessandris, Colin Brown has found a new lease on his NFL career in Buffalo. Brown was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2009, but never saw the active roster. He landed on injured reserve prior to his rookie season and was cut following training camp last year.

Ironically, Brown’s NFL debut is set to occur at Arrowhead Stadium.

“He’s a different guy than what we had that first training camp in Kansas City,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. “He was trying to feel his way through in the short time I was there with him and I think he is a lot more confident now and he’s moving better now. He seems to have added a step of quickness to himself.”

Brown is currently listed as the Bills second-team right guard behind Kraig Urbik. He bounced back and forth between right tackle and right guard during his tenure in Kansas City.

The Bills first signed Brown off the Ravens’ practice squad last December.

In addition to Brown (2009) and D’Alessandris (2008-09), other former Chiefs on Buffalo’s roster include: Gailey (2008), QB Tyler Thigpen (2007-09), tight ends coach Bob Bicknell (2007-09), offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins (2008), offensive quality control coach Kevin Patullo (2007-08) and director of college scouting Chuck Cook (1997-2009).

Fitzpatrick Takes Control of Buffalo Offense

It’s a stat nugget that’s hard to believe considering Ryan Fitzpatrick is a seven-year veteran who’s made 36 NFL starts for three different teams, but Sunday’s game in Kansas City will be the Harvard grad’s first  start on opening day.

“I’m really excited about it, obviously,” Fitzpatrick said. “Being able to take ownership of the offense from Day One is a big deal and that was a big deal for me going into this year being able to be the guy speaking up in meetings and is always working on communication with the receivers, offensive line and running backs. To be the guy who’s there from Day One is a big help.”

Trent Edwards began 2010 as the Bills starting quarterback, but Fitzpatrick was under center by the time Buffalo visited Arrowhead last Halloween.

Fitzpatrick completed 24-of-48 pass attempts for 223 yards with a TD and an INT against the Chiefs. His interception occurred on the final drive of the fourth quarter when his receiving target slipped while running a route across the middle of the field and in field goal range. Fitzpatrick’s pass landed in Eric Berry’s hands and the Chiefs would go on to win in overtime.

Overall, Fitzpatrick has made three career starts against the Chiefs – one with Cincinnati and two with Buffalo. He owns a 2-1 record against Kansas City and is 54-of-98 for 438 yards with two TDs and two INTs in his career vs. the Chiefs.

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