Hello from St. Joseph, a little town in Missouri that houses the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp. Today, it’s also home to a joint practice between the Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals at 3 p.m. central. A cool deal. I love these things.
So… what will we see?
As KC coach Romeo Crennel explained, the teams will start out on separate fields, doing their stretching and individual drills. Then, they’ll start drills and the defenses will travel to the other field, offenses will stay where they are. At that point, they’ll start drills, 1-on-1s, 7-on-7, and some two-minute drills.
The teams won’t tackle to the ground, and it won’t be completely live. But it’ll be a chance for both coaches to see what they got. Still, I asked Crennel if this evaluation tape will be treated differently from others, since it’s against a new opponent.
“It’ll be lumped into the pile, a Tuesday p.m. practice and that’s it,” Crennel said. “When they want to see it, that’s where they’ll go. … We’ll see how our guys look, they’ll see how their guys look, and both teams will benefit.“
For the Cardinals, it was a big help logistically. They played in the Hall of Fame Game, but didn’t have to travel back to Flagstaff, then come out to play the Chiefs in the preseason.
“I’m excited about, this environment, going against another team,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said, “you get a chance to evaluate where you are as a team.”
A few notes…
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb, who has a bruised muscle in his chest, will likely participate today on a limited basis. Still, he escaped major injury and felt this would be a good test for him, especially mentally. He lost his breath when he got hit in the preseason game against the Saints, and it was scary. But he made it out OK. John Skelton will start, as was the plan. They’ve been alternating and that’ll continue in preseason games. Oh, and RB Beanie Wells was activated off the physically unable to perform list, but he’s gonna be eased back in after a knee scope.
For the Chiefs, the ACL three — Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, and Tony Moeaki — will participate this afternoon. All three have progressed nicely, particularly Berry. They just have to knock the rust off him.
And finally, both coaches were asked about fights, mostly because the New York Jets have been battling, and it’s on everyone’s mind. Crennel and Whisenhunt both said if it happens, it happens. What can you do? But neither expects it.
“We’ve done (a joint practice) before and haven’t had that,” Whisenhunt said. “I have a lot of respect for this team. I don’t anticipate it. But if it happens, it happens.”
Crennel said as much. “Our guys are professional,” he said. “I’ve told them, we don’t need to hurt a teammate. Now we’re going against a different team, we don’t need to hurt their guys. The other thing is, it takes some discipline to avoid fights, and we want to be a disciplined team. I expect them to display that.”