Sept. 16, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson (79) during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Chiefs 35 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Camp Day 7: Offense Responds

Day 6 of camp wasn’t particularly good for the Chiefs offense. Several drops, fumbles, and interceptions plagued the offense yesterday.

Today was a different story. According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs offense was able to score several touchdowns in a drill that took place from inside the 20 yard line. Teicher also reported that quarterbacks Alex Smith and Chase Daniel both looked sharp. He asked offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, about how his offense responded after yesterdays practice.

“It’s a training camp,’’ Pederson said. “Offense is going to win a day, then lose a day. That’s just the way training camp is set up. You drop a pass, you make a mistake, the quarterback throws an interception, you move on. You coach it on film. We had a lot of good teaching film from yesterday, and the guys responded nicely today.’’

Just as I expected. The offense came out sharp today, something that tells us the coaching is really starting to reflect. The Chiefs aren’t going to be perfect every play and one of the problems the Chiefs had last season was making the same mistakes each week. As Coach Pederson said, they had a lot of good teaching film and the players came out ready to execute.

Jul 28, 2013; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) drops back to pass during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s encouraging to hear that Alex Smith was particularly sharp today as well. He was able to bounce back from his interceptions and mistakes that were made yesterday. He has developed the mentality of “one play at a time” over the last few seasons in San Francisco. That’s one of the reasons Smith has been particularly good in not turning the ball over.

The Chiefs defense has been relentless with the pressure on the offense all camp, which in the end should really help when game time starts. Facing what some are considering to be one of, if not the, best defenses in the AFC every day can really help get this offense ready to play.

We always hear the cliches of training camp. The “we’re getting a little bit better every day” is one we hear most, but hearing the news out of camp this morning shows that its genuinely true from Andy Reid and his coaching staff.

Side Note: I spoke with Chiefs tackle, Donald Stephenson, yesterday and he assured me that the finger is a minor set back. He was having one of the better camps of any player out there before his finger was broken while taking reps at guard. He could play right now if necessary, but between the club of a cast he was sporting and the Chiefs precautions, he will sit and rest for at least 14 days. He won’t miss any meetings and will be ready for the regular season.

The Chiefs take the field again tomorrow at 8:15 AM, and it’s also “American Family” fun day, where the Chiefs will have an entire team autograph session. Encouraging day from the offense today, lets keep hearing good progress from both sides of the ball!


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  • Jason Collins

    Glad to hear training camp is going well…

    Is anyone else relieved to have a coach in KC who doesn’t sound like a complete moron when being interviewed??? Herm, Haley and Crennel where awful during press conferences. They never made any sense and sounded unconfident and like a buffoon. Except Herm, he just sounded like a Buffoon. Hearing Reid is a relief.

    • Thomas Sparks

      I love to hear Reid talking to the Press and getting interviewed! He’s hilarious and keeps it real!
      It really is a RELIEF!

      • Jason Collins

        Glad to hear you agree. Reid will be the savior in KC, not Smith. It’s obvious that KC has underestimated the importance of a good coach. Now, lets hope Reid is healthy enough to stay around. He looks like he’s about to die of a heart attack during press conferences. Breathing hard and looks exhausted. He needs to talk to Rex’s doctor

        • Jason Collins

          Haha, but true

        • Thomas Sparks

          The combo of Reis/Smith will be great to watch, just wait! You have not seen the BEST of Alex Smith yet!
          I’m getting intrigued by the Knile Davis pick, now! He flashes signs of greatness. I hope he can just stay healthy!
          I lve the assessment of Mike Mayock! He’s a pretty steady source of fairness & honesty in his eval’s, as well as NFL savvy!

          Could be the year we Addicyed Chiefs Fans have been waiting for! It will, at the very least, the START of something SPECIAL, IMHO!

          First RS game can not come soon enough! REID ROCKS! I think he actually looks more energized and vibrant, than he has it a while! I am sure losing one of your kid’s takes the per verbal air right out of you!
          I am happy to see him so jovial, again! A new, fresh change of scenery and second chance at what he LOVES most, will be to OUR benefit! GO REDMEN!