Editors Note: Headline should read "Arrowhead Report: Tuesday, Sept. 28th"
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has taken a new approach to the Chiefs bye week. Rather than simply reducing the number of bye-week practice snaps for his veterans, Haley decided to put them to work…with a hat, whistle and call sheet.
On Tuesday, the first of Kansas City’s three bye-week practices, 15 veterans coached their respective position groups alongside their daily position coaches. The scenery included
Some of the players, like
“(I’ve had) a lot of different discussions with veteran players through the last year and asking about what parts of bye week they like, what they don’t,” Haley said. “I came to the conclusion that veterans didn’t like bye week period. In that time of thought I came up with this thought of getting some of our leaders and veterans, different reasons for different guys, a little more involved in the communication process with the other players.
“Through one day I’m happy with how things went,” Haley continued. “I thought it was a real productive day for us. I definitely got a little bit better today. Now it’s important we continue that movement tomorrow.”
For the players, the day offered a glimpse at the other side of what goes into preparing a team, and they also had a bit of fun along the way.
“It was great team building and it was great for guys to see it from the other perspective,” LB
Following practice, we tried to talk to
“I’m using them to their fullest,” Haley said.
The 15 Chiefs who transformed into assistant coaches on Tuesday included:
Wide Receivers: Chris Chambers; Terrance Copper
Defensive Linemen: Ron Edwards;
Haley said that those players would serve as “assistant coaches” for the remainder of the week.
Arenas left Sunday’s game early after favoring his right ankle/foot/leg at the end of a special teams return. He was at practice today and worked out on a stationary bike.
O’Callaghan has been out of action since suffering a groin injury on August 24th and continues to rehab outdoors along with Jackson. Jackson has missed the past two games with a left knee injury, but appeared to be moving better today. Last week, Jackson told reporters that he is seeing daily progress with rehab.
Langford was the only player missing from practice today. He was inactive on Sunday and was a late-week addition to the Chiefs injury report due to an ankle injury.
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The Chiefs have the chance to claim two of the first three NFL Rookie of the Week awards.
Following his franchise-record 94-yard Punt return TD,
“Matt threw a really good ball,” Moeaki said. “I didn’t go into that play trying to make a one-handed catch. It was just kind of coincidence.”
The catch headlined SportCenter’s Top Ten list. Unfortunately, the slow-motion footage and multiple camera angles of the catch isn’t something that he’s been able to see yet.
“I saw it upstairs on the TVs, but I haven’t set up cable yet,” Moeaki said. “My friends and family tend to keep me updated on that stuff.”
The soft-spoken Moeaki isn’t one for personal honors, but his nomination is a testament to the impact that Kansas City’s rookie class has had on the Chiefs 3-0 start.
Moeaki is currently the Chiefs leader in all receiving categories with 12 catches for 123 yards and two TDs.