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KC Chiefs look to improve on 10-7 season

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not afraid to go over the middle. Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Dwayne Bowe catches a pass during the Chiefs training camp practice session on Tuesday in St. Joseph. Bowe led Kansas City with 72 receptions and 15 touchdowns last season. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The NFL's motto for the 2011-12 season is "Back to Football" for the Kansas City Chiefs and all professional football fans those words are sweet music to the ears.

On Tuesday, the Chiefs continued their preseason training camp workouts in St. Joesph with a two hour and forty minute workout in the morning and and hour long walk-through session in the afternoon.

Coach Todd Haley picked up the pace during the team's full practice in the morning.

Hitting the mark. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback throws a pass during Tuesday's practice in St. Joseph. Cassel threw for 3,116 yards last season and completed 58 percent of his pass attempts. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
"As you get closer to some of these games that are coming up, you have to try to lengthen things out and where guys are handling many more reps," Haley said. "It's not something we're going to do all the time, but we wanted to get one in there before Thursday and Friday

"Thought it was good work," said Haley. "We created a little controlled chaos out there to kind of keep them on their toes and also put everybody on the same sideline there for a period to give them a feel for what Friday night would be a little more like as far as a crowded sideline ,which is another one of those things that you don't really think about, but you have to handle and have some organization out there."

All in all, Haley like what he sees in his new squad.

"Only being a week in to training camp, I think we are a better squad than last season," said Hailey. "We have to put a lot more emphasis on evaluation right now. Because of the lockout, we lost three months of off-season time to evaluate our players. I do think we have some obvious instant improvements from last season and only time will tell if the improved competition at other positions will pan out."

The Chiefs' defensive end Tamba Hali spoke about his new contract. He thanked the Chiefs and owner Clark Hunt and then talked about his role on the team.

"I wanted to be here, of course I wanted to be here; I missed my teammates," Hali said. "Any player would want to be here longer than a year. Our game is so risky because of the injuries. You want to take care of the business part and come in and just play football and not worry about being hurt and just having fun on the field.

"I believe in working," Hali continued. "Impressing myself is not really important. It's been about working since I've been here. I feel like I'm coming into the player that I want to become and I'll continue to have that success on the field."

The Chiefs selected Hali in the first round of the 2006 draft. He has started all but one of 80 games in his first five years, recording 41 sacks. Hali lead the AFC conference last season with 14.5 sacks.

"I can personally have my goals, but it's more about the team," Hali said. "A lot of credit goes to our team, our coaches really put me in a position to make plays. We've got a bunch of good players on our team that allows other players to make good plays.

Kicker Ryan Succop talked briefly about training in the off-season.

"As a kicker you really don't need other (players) to help you practice kicking," said Succop. "I was able to get a lot of work in at USC (University of South Carolina) over the summer. I feel great and am ready to play."

The Chiefs host Tampa Bay on Friday to open preseason play. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

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