Chiefs Camp Buzz


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Jan 22, 2006
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HERMISM “I thought we were going to fall into a little bit of a lull because this was the fourth consecutive day that we’ve gone out in pads as a team. I thought maybe they were going to feel sorry for themselves and they didn’t do that, and that’s a good sign. That tells me that the veterans in the locker room are controlling the locker room and the mind-set of this football team, and that’s very, very important.”

Back in his perch

After a season spent calling the signals from the sideline, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will head back upstairs and do his game-day work from the press box.

Cunningham made the switch last year to bring his brand of fiery motivational tactics to the sideline. He found the experience draining and distracting and said he no longer believes he is needed on the sideline.

“I came down just to try to light a fire last year, to be emotional,” he said. “When you’re down on the sideline, you lose a tremendous amount of energy with all of your talks and all of your things like, ‘Hey, let’s go.’

“Upstairs, you’re totally focused on your opponent.”

Jackson County ticket sale continues today

The single-game ticket sale to Jackson County taxpayers only continues through today. Single-game sales to season-ticket holders and Chiefs Nation members will begin Wednesday and continue through Thursday.

Sales to the general public will begin Friday. Tickets will be available at the Arrowhead Stadium ticket office as well as through Ticketmaster at outlets, on the Internet at or over the phone at (816) 931-3330 or (800) 676-5488.

Homecoming of sorts for Kimble Anders

For the first time since his Chiefs career ended in 2000, Kimble Anders is summering in River Falls. An assistant coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Anders is interning with the Chiefs for training camp, helping James Saxon coach the running backs.

“I never thought about coaching until I got done playing,” Anders said. “But I enjoy the game so much to leave it behind. It’s great being in the same meeting room with a bunch of coaches on this level. They’re real sharp.”

Asked whether the Chiefs had any future Kimble Anders at running back, Anders suggested it would be rookie free agent Derrick Ross.

“He has a nice, smooth stride about him,” Anders said. “He reminds me of myself a little bit. He might be even more powerful than I was.”




Jordan Black, who once looked to be a starting tackle candidate, was the first-team left guard in the absence of the injured Brian Waters. Chris Bober replaced Will Shields, who sat out the morning practice, at right guard. … Tight end Tony Gonzalez also took the morning practice off. Quarterback Trent Green was withheld from throwing drills in the morning to rest his arm. Damon Huard took the first-team snaps in passing drills. … Kicker Lawrence Tynes is displaying none of the problems he had at training camp last season. Tynes, who made all four field-goal attempts in practice Sunday, was five for five Monday, including a 52-yarder.


Eric Hicks was at his old familiar place as starting left end in the absence of Tamba Hali, who was in New Jersey becoming a U.S. citizen. The Chiefs expected Hali back today. … Injured defensive tackle Junior Siavii faces some long odds in his effort to make the team. Siavii, who hasn’t practiced yet at camp, has fallen far behind the top five tackles. Ryan Sims and Lional Dalton appear entrenched as the starters. The Chiefs are impressed with the camp play of backups James Reed and Jimmy Wilkerson. A fifth tackle, Ron Edwards, practiced for the first time Monday. The Chiefs were eager to get a look at the massive Edwards, who is listed at 315 pounds but appears much bigger. He played for new line coach Tim Krumrie the last three years with Buffalo.


Still no sign of Waters on the practice field, and the Chiefs may have to live with that for the rest of training camp and beyond. “It could be a week, it could be two weeks, it could be three weeks,” coach Herm Edwards said after he was asked when Waters, who has a foot injury, would return. Halfback Priest Holmes (neck), wide receiver Scott McCready (shoulder), tight end Aaron Golliday (hamstring), defensive linemen Edwards (shoulder), Siavii (knee) and Steve Williams (knee) and defensive backs Lenny Walls (hamstring), William Bartee (Achilles), Marcus Maxey (knee) and Alphonso Hodge (knee) did not practice.


The Chiefs will practice in full pads in the morning and light pads in the afternoon.

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