ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- A goal of Todd Haley’s second training camp as the Kansas City Chiefs coach is to make daily strides.
Every day, Haley looks for progress. Wednesday, in the morning of a double session, Haley believes his team “got a little better.”
The team ended the two-and-a-half hour session with a spirited goal-line drill. Both sides of the ball had their moments. Haley wasn’t sure how the drill was going to transpire after a sluggish start to the final day of double days here.
“It was good to see that after a less-than-perfect practice,” Haley said. “It was a glass-half full day … last year we finished practices how we started … That was good to see.”
Haley is going to be a successful NFL coach. He's detailed oriented and deep in his coaching thoughts. He knows this is a journey and he recognizes key signs, no matter how trivial they may appear.
Haley let his players know they were slacking off early in the morning session. He fired off several verbal jabs in an attempt to get their attention. Apparently, it worked.
The Chiefs break camp Thursday. However, they will resume training camp back in Kansas City next week with two two-a-day sessions planned.
Undrafted rookie receiver Jeremy Horne has been impressive. He continued to make some nice grabs. The Massachusetts product still has a lot of work to do to make the 53-man roster
Quarterback Matt Cassel knows how much he plays in Kansas City’s second preseason game, at Tampa Bay on Saturday, is not his decision. Still, when asked how much he wants to play, he made it clear he is looking for a lot of work. “The more the merrier,” he said.
Haley noted the battle at center going on between Rudy Niswanger and Casey Wiegmann, who has returned to Kansas City after playing in Denver the past two seasons. Haley called a Wiegmann a “football-playing dude.”
Could linebacker Derrick Johnson be headed to Detroit? Not sure, but Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has coached Johnson, so the linebacker-hungry Lions could potentially make a push for Johnson.