The Chiefs were back at it on Thursday, preparing for a Jaguars team without a quarterback. Actually, the Jags have four quarterbacks. The problem is figuring out which player to prepare for.
Just as he said yesterday, head coach Todd Haley is preparing as if Jacksonville starter David Garrard will be under center at Arrowhead. Haley will likely continue that line of thinking until Garrard is officially ruled out of Sunday’s game, which could happen as early as Friday afternoon.
After suffering a concussion against Tennessee on Monday Night Football, Garrard has been away from the Jaguars practice facility. Reports out of North Florida say that the quarterback was resting at his home Thursday afternoon. That’s not exactly the sign of a player who’s making strides in order to play on Sunday.
Under the NFL’s concussion policy, Garrard will have to be cleared by an independent doctor before he can play again.
Preparing for the Jags this week isn’t much different than when the Chiefs had to prepare for a Cleveland team that faced issues at quarterback. The main difference, however, is that with the Browns it was about preparing for either Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace. With Jacksonville, there are technically four players that could draw the start under center.
“We’re just preparing for their offense and what they’ve done in the past and had success with,” S
Based on Jacksonville’s most recent injury report, it seems that the best chance for the start lies with third-string journeyman Todd Bouman. Garrard’s primary backup, Trent Edwards (thumb), missed his second consecutive day of practice on Thursday.
In order to prep for Bouman, or fourth quarterback Patrick Ramsey, Haley has gone back in time and found cut-ups of their play. Bouman last attempted a NFL pass in 2005 as a member of the Saints, while Ramsey last start came with the Redskins in that same season.
“The good is that the couple guys that were signed yesterday, is they’ve played in the league, there’s tape of them,” Haley said. “It may not be necessarily in a Jaguar uniform but that’s different than the alternative sometimes when there’s a complete unknown guy that you may only have college stuff on. That part of it is good. We’ve put together a full cut-up that goes back multiple years on both guys just so that we are prepared.”
Bouman has played in 43 games (six starts) since entering the league undrafted in 1997. He’s been a member of six different organizations, including spending parts of the past three years in Jacksonville. Ramsey has also bounced around, appearing on the roster of six teams since being traded out of Washington in 2006.
Whoever the quarterback ends up being, expect to see a heavy dose of RB Maurice Jones-Drew this Sunday.
“That’s got to be your focus defensively,” McGraw said. “He breaks a lot of tackles and makes a lot of big plays for them. Really, their offense is centered around him, so he’s a big concern for us.”
Jackson was originally injured in the season opener vs. San Diego, while O’Callaghan went down in practice on August 24th. Chambers suffered his finger injury while throwing a block against the Colts two Sundays ago.
Illegal Hits Video
NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell officially notified teams yesterday that more significant discipline, including suspensions, will be imposed on players that strike an opponent in the head or neck area in violation of the rules. In order to further explain the rules, Goodell sent an instructional video to each of the NFL’s 32 head coaches.
“We just got (the video) right as I was getting ready to go out on the field,” Haley said. “I watched it and we’ll show it to all the guys in the morning.”
Here’s a copy of the video that Chiefs players will be watching tomorrow.
No Jinxing Vrabel
How does he do it?
“I’m staying away from that one, no matter what I would not answer that question,” Haley said. “I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m just glad that it happened last week. I wish it could’ve happened again.”
Vrabel’s first touchdown catch came against the Chargers in 2002 on a one-yard toss from Patriots QB Tom Brady. He would go on to grab nine more TD receptions for New England, including a pair in Super Bowl wins (XXXVIII and XXXIX).
Only three times has Vrabel been targeted and the pass fallen incomplete. He has two TD catches as a member of the Chiefs; one last week in Houston and one in 2009 vs. Dallas.