Kansas City’s player-enhanced coaching staff took to the field for the second of three bye-week practices Wednesday afternoon in a session that lasted roughly 90 minutes. While each of the Chiefs “new assistants” is taking their alternate bye-week jobs seriously,
Vrabel’s name is often thrown around in discussions of current players that would go on to make excellent coaches once their playing careers are finished. Cleveland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan labeled Vrabel as the smartest player that he’s ever coached last season, and Vrabel is often thought of as an on-field extension to the Chiefs coaching staff for the Chiefs.
Today, Vrabel was busy barking out various techniques while running the linebackers through individual drills. For someone attending their first Chiefs practice, Vrabel would have fooled the rookie eye into thinking he was a full-time coach.
“He’s a natural,” DE
There shouldn’t be any confusion as to the tempo of these bye-week practices. The fact that many of the position groups are being led by veteran teammates this week doesn’t mean that it’s any less intense for the players in pads. Vrabel’s approach to the coaching aspect of things is evidence of that.
“He’s intense,” Gilberry said. “There is no B.S. with him. He coaches to get you better. It’s the same things as when you’re playing next to him.”
Handing Out Hardware
Hali currently ranks third amongst AFC defenders in sacks with 3.5. Ironically, both of the AFC players ahead of Hali will square off against the Chiefs over the next two games. Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis and Houston’s Mario Williams both lead the AFC with 4.0 sacks a piece.
Previous awards earned by Hali include a selection to the USA Today All-Joe Team in 2009 and the Chiefs Mack Lee Hill Award (Rookie of the Year) in 2006. He is the first Chiefs player to win AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since
Also bringing home honors on Wednesday afternoon was the entire Chiefs offensive line.
Former head coach and broadcasting legend John Madden in his second season handing out a weekly “Protectors Award.” The honor is given to what Madden deems as the best overall offensive line performance of the week and he selected the Chiefs as that group following Kansas City’s 31-10 victory over San Francisco.
Last Sunday, the Chiefs churned out 207 rushing yards against the 49ers and did not allow a sack. The group also received a game ball from Todd Haley.
“They’re getting better,” Haley said. “One of the things that I was encouraged about in the process last year was that progress was clearly made in my opinion. That’s what led me to some encouragement coming into this year. They are getting better and they are working hard.”
Colts In Play
Though the Chiefs won’t fully direct their attention towards the Colts until Monday morning, Kansas City’s “real” coaching staff has already begun to break down Indianapolis film. Thus far, first impressions are that Indianapolis is a team with an inordinate amount of team speed.
“I’ve looked at enough to know that they are a fast, fast team across the board,” Haley said. “They have great team speed and when they play at home that speed gets magnified even more by the turf, the environment and noise. They are a fast team and I think that they are an even faster team at home.”
One of the areas which the Chiefs set to improve upon this offseason was their own overall team speed. Through three games, it’s goes without question that the Chiefs are a faster team that they were a year ago. Seeing how they match up against Indy’s speed will be a good measurement of just how far they’ve come.
Ultimate Compliment for Pope
Chiefs starting TE
In addition to helping the Chiefs post the league’s best rushing numbers, Haley says that Pope is the ultimate team player.
“No disrespect to any of the other guys, but I don’t know if there is a guy that cares more about this team than Leonard Pope,” Haley said.
There were good signs from
Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) and