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New play caller for Chiefs

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2011 – 9:15 am

The Kansas City Chiefs were thought to have their offense run by head coach Todd Haley following the departure of Charlie Weis in the offseason. But that is not the case.

According to the Kansas City Star, offensive line coach Bill Muir will be handling the play calling duties for the offense this season. What’s interesting about that development is he’s never done it before (outside of this preseason).

On one hand an opponent like the Bills this week might think they could catch him off guard on a few things due to his lack of experience for the pace of the game and having play calls ready. One the other hand there’s no book on what Muir likes and doesn’t like from a play calling perspective… ever.

Week 1 is a bit of a crap shoot to begin with as teams haven’t established tendencies of any kind to this point with all of their new personnel acquired in the offseason. So there are some surprises to adjust to during the course of the game to begin with. Muir is a bit of an enigma in this opener, though it’s likely he had a firm hand guiding him with the game plan this week in Haley.

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Chiefs expect Cassel to play

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2011 – 11:42 am

There was some doubt early in the week that Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel would be able to play after suffering a rib injury in Kansas City’s final preseason game. But Chiefs head coach Todd Haley fully expects him to play Sunday.

“He was out there Monday and I full expect him to practice today (Wednesday) and I would expect him to be ready for the game and I think that’s his expectation,” said Haley.

There were reports out of Kansas City early this week that he sustained a cracked rib after Green Bay DT Howard Green landed on him with his full body weight in that preseason finale last week.

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Cassel practiced fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2011 – 9:11 am

Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel not only participated in practice Monday, he was a full participant.

That according to the team’s website. Here’s Chiefs head coach Todd Haley’s two responses when asked about Matt Cassel following the team’s Monday practice.

Q: Will Cassel play against Buffalo?

HALEY: “Again, I won’t talk about any of those things. He was out there, he practiced, he was moving around and I thought did a good job.”

Q: Was he a full participant in practice?

HALEY: “Yeah, he was full. I mean we don’t have to get to that, but I’ll… Since I’m so nice, I’ll say yeah, he was a full practice today.”

Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib suffered in the team’s preseason finale against Green Bay.

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Haley on Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2010 – 2:45 pm

Chiefs head coach was asked for his thoughts on the Bills rushing attack and he actually believes it’s a three-pronged running game.

““I think you have to say threesome because the quarterback, I think he’s in the top 20 or somewhere in there in over 10-yard runs,” said Haley. “This (Fred) Jackson is one of the most underrated backs in the league, in my opinion; he is good, really good. He has great vision, he runs hard, he has great balance, he makes great cuts, he is explosive and you just don’t hear his name but he is really good and this young guy, (C.J.) Spiller, looks like he is a pretty dynamic back, we felt that coming out studying him as a college player in a number of returning being one of those things.

“Then the quarterback, like I said, he’s a true threat throwing it first of all but as a runner he is a threat and you must be aware of them. I think they’re pretty good. I think that they know how to run the football, they’re trying to run it more and more and I think they’ll come in here and set their minds to trying to run the football and our job is to not allow that to happen.”

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