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  Into the fire
Posted by: Wade Wilson - 10-09-2008, 04:19 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (1)


Although OSU is undefeated and ranked No. 17 in the country, many say it hasn’t truly been “tested,” yet.

If Saturday night’s nationally televised game at No. 2 Missouri doesn’t qualify as a “test,” then nothing does.

The Cowboys (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) will take on the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Coach Mike Gundy said Saturday’s game will be the biggest of many of his players’ careers but they need to maintain their composure.

“We’re trying to keep everything within realm, and they need to understand that they need to go out there and just play,” Gundy said.

Quarterback Zac Robinson said the players try to stay calm the week before a big game but the excitement eventually begins to take over.

“When Thursdays come around, you start getting excited about the game,” Robinson said. “We just have to prepare throughout the week, but we are definitely very excited about this game.”

Although the Cowboys and Tigers do not face each other every season, the series has a history of exciting games.

A touchdown or less has decided five of the past six OSU-Missouri matchups.

Three of those five games have gone into overtime, including a triple-overtime 41-38 Missouri victory in 2001 and a double-overtime 51-50 Missouri victory in 1997.

Linebacker Andre Sexton said with both teams entering the game undefeated and ranked in the top 20 nationally, the stakes are even higher for the series.

“I love an opportunity like this going in to play a top five team in their home place,” Sexton said. “With the success we’ve had, it is just an opportunity to showcase how good we really are.

“We are just excited to be in this position to play such a great team and very explosive offense.”

“Explosive offense” might not be a strong enough term to use for either team in Saturday’s game.

Both the Cowboys and Tigers rank among the leaders nationally in several offensive categories.

Oklahoma State is second nationally in rushing offense, while Missouri is third in passing offense.

OSU is sixth nationally in total offense; Missouri third.

The Tigers are second in points scored per game, with the Cowboys right behind them in third.

To counter OSU’s Zac Robinson, who ranks third nationally in passing efficiency, and Big 12 Player of the Week Dez Bryant, Missouri has Heisman candidates Chase Daniel at quarterback and Jeremy Maclin at receiver.

It is clear that the offense will be on full display on Saturday, and Sexton said the team that holds the opposing offense in check might come away with a victory.

“I don’t think you can stop an offense like this,” Sexton said. “I think you just have to slow them down a little bit and try to contain them.

“We just need to get pressure on Chase Daniel by getting in his face and trying to hit him and disrupt him a bit to get him out of his groove.”

OSU will be looking for its first win over a top-five opponent since 2002 when it defeated Oklahoma 38-28 in Stillwater.

Sexton said coming away from Columbia with a victory will not be easy, but it would be a sign the program is moving in the right direction.

“A win would give our fans something to be really excited about,” Sexton said.

“We can’t be sold at 5-0. We have to keep progressing and getting better.”

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  Albert back at practice
Posted by: Wade Wilson - 10-09-2008, 08:13 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (2)

The Kansas City Star


Rookie left tackle Branden Albert worked in some individual drills at practice and afterward repeated what he had said last week: He would be available to the Chiefs for their next game on Oct. 19 against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium.

Coach Herm Edwards wasn’t as optimistic.

“We’re going to see,” Edwards said. “We’ll see if he can still practice. He’s doing some things individually, but we have to put him in team concepts of working. Hopefully next week he can practice, and if he can, that’s a good sign for us.”

Edwards also said Damion McIntosh would probably keep his starting spot at right tackle.

“We’d like to keep those guys together,” Edwards said.

The Chiefs practiced Wednesday and will work again today and Friday before scattering for the weekend.

Players will return Monday to begin preparations for the Titans. This week’s practices are devoted to fixing the many things that have gone wrong in the first five games.

“That’s what you do in the bye week: Go back and look at everything you’ve done on both sides of the ball, especially if you can try to specifically pick out some things that you need to try to improve on,” Edwards said. “So that’s kind of how the practices are put together. In that sense, we’re in a learning, practice mode, trying to really emphasize some of the things we’ve got to do a lot better.”

Source: [url="http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/833108.html"]KC Star[/url]

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  Chiefs have been sad sackers this season
Posted by: Wade Wilson - 10-08-2008, 05:08 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - No Replies

The Kansas City Star

The day after the Chiefs traded Jared Allen this past April, coach Herm Edwards sat at a table and said he didn?t expect anyone to replace the Pro Bowl defensive end.

Allen?s personality was one thing, but those 15 1/2 sacks were another. It wouldn?t be fair to expect another player to have that kind of year, Edwards said. But he also said that someone would emerge as a reliable, if not dominant, pass rusher. Maybe that player would get to the quarterback 10 or so times, and that was OK with the Chiefs.

Six months later, Kansas City is on pace to finish with fewer than 10 team sacks, far fewer than Allen alone generated last year when he led the NFL. The Chiefs have three sacks in five games, tied with Cincinnati for the league?s lowest total. But the worst part might be that none of the Chiefs? starting defensive linemen has a sack.

?We haven?t gotten there like we?d like to,? Edwards said Tuesday.

Edwards said linebackers Derrick Johnson and Demorrio Williams might be used more frequently as pass rushers. The Chiefs prefer to be conservative in blitzing their linebackers, but it has become clear the defensive front needs help.

Tamba Hali, who replaced Allen at right end, has struggled with lingering knee problems and has been substituted at times in passing situations, usually by Williams.

It?s not what the Chiefs hoped for when they traded Allen, who has two sacks for Minnesota. And although Edwards expected some rough days when he filled the Chiefs? starting line with young players ? all four players have been in the league three years or fewer ? the Chiefs? pass rush is falling far below expectations.

Edwards said the linemen are getting close to quarterbacks, and whether or not that?s good enough, that?s all he has to talk about.

?At times,? Edwards said, ?we got there, but we didn?t sack him. If you hit the guy and disrupt the guy and he can?t throw it on time, that?s almost as good as a sack. If you can make the guy throw quick, you?ve got a chance.?

Hali said during the preseason he wanted double-digit sacks this season or he?d feel he was taking a step backward. He had eight and 7 1/2 sacks in 2006 and ?07, respectively, and Hali didn?t want to think he might be regressing. But he also acknowledged that moving to right end might be more difficult than he?d like. He?d be facing each team?s best pass blocker and frequent double-teams. Still, Hali said double-digit sacks would be his barometer for success this season.

Edwards said it?s too early to think Hali can?t handle the right side. The coach said Hali?s knee problems have slowed him the last three games, and some time off is crucial for the third-year end.

?This bye week comes at a good time for him,? Edwards said. ?We can get him back healthy. That?ll help us.?

In the meantime, the Chiefs will keep relying on linebackers to pick up the line?s slack. Johnson has two of Kansas City?s three sacks, and backup defensive end Alfonso Boone has the other. Turk McBride had three sacks in preseason games, but he hasn?t been a force during the regular season. The Chiefs? tackles, Glenn Dorsey and Tank Tyler, are run stoppers and aren?t counted on for many sacks ? although Kansas City would take sacks from any position at this point.

Edwards said linebackers would blitz more often as it becomes more painfully apparent the linemen can?t get into the backfield. That would mean taking Johnson and Williams out of their regular assignments. It also would mean gambling that the Chiefs? young secondary can continue protecting the defense when Edwards and coordinator Gunther Cunningham gamble on a blitz.

Edwards said Tuesday that the secondary has played well so far, allowing some catches but preventing most deep completions. That secondary, which includes rookie cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr, has kept the Chiefs close in at least two of the games, Edwards said.

But the coach admitted that expecting those young corners to be consistently flawless, especially while the defensive front struggles, would be unfair ? as unfair as expecting one of those linemen to become the next Jared Allen.

?It puts a lot of burden on them,? Edwards said. ?They?re doing a good job. For us not sacking the quarterback a lot, they?ve done pretty well. It?s a true testament to them when you think about it.?

Whether the Chiefs want to think about it or not, those youngsters might be tested often, at least until the defensive line solves its problems.

Source: [url="http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/831738.html"] KC Star[/url]

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  Chiefs Update 10/8
Posted by: Wade Wilson - 10-08-2008, 04:57 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - No Replies

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs went through a 90-minute practice outdoors on a spectacular fall morning on Wednesday.

This time was spent on themselves, which is what the Chiefs will do in their three bye week practices.

?You try to specifically try to pick out things you need to improve on and that?s how are practices are put together,? Herm Edwards said.

The areas of improvement Edwads highlighted were on offense, stopping the three and outs, being more consistent with the running game and dialing up some big plays in the passing game. On defense, he mentioned a need to improve third down defense and eliminate the big plays.

Edwards said there were no personnel changes planned for this week or next. ?The more they play the more they will gain some confidence,? Edwards said of his young roster. ?We are at the point now, after five games, they?ve got to feel like they know what it takes. They need to continue to prepare. That?s the whole thing now, teaching them how to prepare each week with a great focus.?

The Chiefs will not begin working on preparation for the Tennessee Titans until next week, although the coaches will begin film study over the weekend.

LT Branden Albert did some individual stuff during the practice but will not work with the offense at all this week. Edwards said they hoped to have him back next week, but only time and his right elbow will decided that. LB Donnie Edwards was at practice but he continues to rehab his sprained right ankle and did not take part in workout.

As expected, Brodie Croyle took most of the snaps with the first team offense.

Source: [url="http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/chiefs-update-108.html"]www.bobgretz.com[/url]

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