Denver coach Josh McDaniels is familiar with first-year offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The group worked together in New England.
McDaniels said there is a fundamental familiarity, but he is sure the Chiefs have mixed some things up since Weis and Crennel were in New England. The Chiefs and Broncos meet Sunday in Denver for the first time this season.
“When I look at what they’re doing on film, I’m very familiar with it,” McDaniels told reporters in Denver on Wednesday. I understand and am probably very aware of what the call is and what they’re actually trying to accomplish on some of those things. They’ve tweaked and changed things like we all do, so there’s certainly plenty that I’m not familiar with, but I do have an awareness of both of those coaches. I know they’re going to be extremely well prepared. I know we’re going to see some things that we’ve never seen before and that’s part of the game, that’s what’s made them as good as what they are. I think with those two, the addition of Charlie and Romeo and what they do in the kicking game affects everybody. As I mentioned yesterday, this is probably the most complimentary football team that we have played, and I think that stems from the coaches.”
McDaniels said linebacker Robert Ayers (foot) and cornerback Andre Goodman (hip) will not play this week. They’ve both been out for an extended period of time. Kansas City rookie receiver/returner/running back Dexter McCluster (ankle) and guard Brian Waters (shoulder) were limited Wednesday. McCluster has missed the past two games.
San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding may be on target to return Nov. 22 against Denver. He has missed three games with a groin injury. He was practicing Wednesday for the first time since being injured. Kaeding has been replaced by Kris Brown, who’ll likely be cut when Kaeding returns.
Oakland coach Tom Cable denied a report that it was owner Al Davis’ decision to stick with Jason Campbell over Bruce Gradkowski at quarterback. Cable said it's his call. Whoever’s decision it was, it was the right call.