The theme of the day for the Kansas City Chiefs was that of correcting mistakes. Players arrived at the Chiefs Training Facility earlier than usual on Wednesday morning to go through a correction period involving mistakes made in Oakland before turning full attention towards the Broncos.
“The key is to just continue to tighten up on the things that are really, really important to us as a staff for our players across the board so that we’re doing those more often,” Coach Todd Haley said. “(Last week) was a great indicator to me that for our team at least and in this game, the more I see it, it’s not about who makes the most plays; it’s about play smarter and do less of the poor plays and the things that get you beat.”
Nearly a quarter of Kansas City’s penalty yardage and a third of the Chiefs turnover totals in 2010 came occurred against Oakland.
“We went back to the drawing board in correcting our mistakes,” DE
This Sunday’s football game is slated to make NFL punting history. In a sibling rivalry,
Denver plucked Britton Colquitt off of Miami’s practice squad just prior to the Chiefs visit to Invesco Field at the close of the 2009 season. Colquitt was inactive for that game, but won the Broncos punting duties over A.J. Trapasso during off-season practices. Colquitt originally signed with Denver as a rookie free agent in 2009 before losing a training camp battle with veteran punter Brett Kern for the Broncos punting job last summer.
Chiefs punt returner
“It’s his brother, so (Dustin) knows everything that he does,” Arenas said. “We’re taking any pointers that he can give us.”
The Colquitt brothers’ father was also an NFL punter. Craig Colquitt punted eight seasons in the NFL and, ironically, was drafted by Todd Haley’s father, Dick Haley, with Pittsburgh in 1978.
Speaking of Kickers…
Who knew that Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd was a Nick Lowery fan? During his conference call with the Kansas City media on Wednesday we learned just that.
Being a native of Blue Springs, Missouri, and playing football for Blue Springs High School, it wasn’t a surprise to hear Lloyd talk about childhood aspirations to play for the Chiefs. But to hear that one of the best local football prospects from the past two decades talk about his fondness for a kicker was a bit odd.
“I think that every kid’s goal was to play for the Chiefs and that’s the same way that it is in every city,” Lloyd said. “I think that I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the Chiefs as a whole, but was a fan of the players. I loved Nick Lowery.”
Lloyd went on to mention Christian Okoye and Dale Carter as well, but Lowery topped his list.
Now, Lloyd presents matchup issues for his home town team to prepare for. The eighth-year receiver has already broken his previous career-high by leading all NFL pass catchers with 878 receiving yards this season. Lloyd’s best receiving total prior to this season came in 2005 when he caught 48 passes for 733 yards with the 49ers. He’s having a very Eddie Kennison-like breakout late in his NFL career.
“Lloyd leads all receivers in 20-plus yard catches,” Haley added this afternoon.
On a side note, Lloyd was one of the first area football recruits to announce his college commitment to a live audience. During the 1998-99 school year, Lloyd revealed that he would attend the University of Illinois inside the studios of 1510 AM in Kansas City. That station has since grown to become Sports Radio 810 WHB and live announcements of area commitments aren’t such a rare occurrence.
“I think I remember that a lot of people were upset that I picked Illinois over MU,” Lloyd laughed.
As a sophomore, Lloyd was the Blue Springs quarterback while current New Orleans Saints RB Ladell Betts was the school’s running back.
“Just Like Old Times”
This week’s Sports Illustrated hit newsstands today and the Chiefs/Raiders rivalry was featured inside.
Written by senior NFL writer Jim Trotter, the story “Just Like Old Times” pays particularly close attention to the young players that the Chiefs have accumulated and received contributions from during their 5–3 start.
It’s worth a read this week.