08-30-2004, 12:30 AM
Our receiving core wasn't the best in the league already. Now with the loss of Marc, they are really in trouble. This puts pressure on Dante and ptentially hurts his return game. Morton and Kennison are average at best and are both hurting anyhow. Are the rookie WR's that we drafted any good? We need someone to step up badly. :pint:
08-31-2004, 10:21 AM
This article was in the KC Star today and talks about the toll this is taking on Dante.
Heavier job load quite a haul for Hall
By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star
A fatigued Dante Hall, drained from the Chiefs' recent busy schedule, slumped at his Arrowhead Stadium locker following Monday's practice.
Hall made an effort to pick the athletic tape from his ankles, an exercise that required more time and energy than it should have.
His new dual role as starting wide receiver and kick-return specialist is already taking its toll.
That's because we're still in camp, he said. It'll be a lot different once we get into regular season. We played Monday night and turned right around and played again Saturday. We usually get two days off. Last week, we got about a half-day.
It will be better when we get on the regular-season schedule. But right now, I am dog tired.
Hall was never as fatigued during a football game as he was in Saturday's game against Cleveland, when a shortage of healthy receivers forced Hall into his starting role.
That's the kind of thing the Chiefs want to avoid. Hall has been far too valuable to the Chiefs to be at anything less than full strength with a game on the line in the fourth quarter.
So while Hall might be a starting receiver now because of injuries to Johnnie Morton and Marc Boerigter, he won't necessarily be a full-time player.
As it looks now, we'll have to have receiver by committee, offensive coordinator Al Saunders said. The starter will just be the guy who goes out there for the first snap. It won't necessarily mean he's going to play an extraordinary part of the time. We'll have packages ready for everybody. They'll all be playing.
We've got to be very judicious in the way we utilize people.
That statement is aimed mainly at the 5-foot-8, 187-pound Hall, who isn't built to take the pounding a regular receiver takes. But it's also directed at the other starter, Eddie Kennison, and the probable backup receivers.
Kennison missed most of training camp because of a sore wrist and played for the first time against the Browns. The most likely candidates to be the spare receivers rookies Richard Smith and Samie Parker, and Chris Horn have never played in a regular-season game and aren't ready for extended playing time.
Boerigter received a possible season-ending knee injury against Cleveland. The Chiefs remain hopeful Morton will return at some point, but there's no guarantee.
Unless the Chiefs acquire a veteran their signals so far indicate they will go with the players they have they will mix and match at wide receiver.
The Chiefs believe the best place for Hall is, at times, on the bench catching his breath. He's not a 210-pound back, coach Dick Vermeil said. He's a physically strong, gifted athlete, but we don't want to wear him out. It'll be a factor.
Ideally, the Chiefs would prefer Hall play only about a third of a game's offensive plays. Generally, that's anywhere from 60 to 65.
If Hall gets much beyond that, the Chiefs believe they will see diminishing returns.
We've never seen Dante in the role of somebody that has to play 65 plays a game as a receiver, Saunders said. That might be asking too much of him. We've always envisioned Dante as someone who can give us 20 plays on offense and in those 20 plays, he gets four or five touches. At the end of the year, that's 80 or so touches. That's the role I think he's best suited for.
Circumstances may dictate that maybe early in the season he plays more than that. But what happens in the first game doesn't necessarily mean that's going to happen for 16 regular-season games and in the playoffs.
That means the Chiefs are counting on either a quick return by Morton or the quick continuing development of Smith, who was undrafted but has passed every test the Chiefs have given him.
The Chiefs will take pressure off their wide receivers by using formations that include either Jason Dunn or Kris Wilson as an extra tight end along with Tony Gonzalez.
It's different playing 65 plays a game than it is to play 20 plays a game, Saunders said. It affects your endurance and your speed. You can't specialize in a particular phase of the game. You've got to be able to do it all.
Hall prefers to be more involved at receiver, but he's not going to argue with the Chiefs about it. He would prefer to remain as the full-time return specialist, a job that landed him in the Pro Bowl the last two years and launched him onto the off-season celebrity circuit during the off-season.
That's my natural thing, he said. I enjoy it. It's fun. It's a one-time deal every time I go back there.
Hall also knows how he feels right now, with the Chiefs still in training-camp mode, and that there comes a time when it's too much. He got to that point against Cleveland.
I know it's too much when the game-time comes and I can't run the way I normally run, said Hall. I've always been fresh and able to run at the speed I'm capable of running.
09-15-2004, 11:39 AM
WE definetly need some WR's :idea:
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