Unbeaten Chiefs Looking for an Edge Against Peyton Manning, Colts
Their unblemished record will be put to a severe test come Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Who can blame them for turning over every possible stone in an attempt to gain some sort of edge in their confrontation with Colts star quarterback Peyton Manning.
As noted in Doug Tucker's story for the Associated Press, the Chiefs are pursuing every nugget of football info they can get about Manning. That includes everything from rookie safety Eric Berry's recollections from some informal workouts with Manning in the off season at Tennessee, Manning's alma mater, to debriefing free-agent guard Ryan Lilja, who joined the Chiefs after spending the previous six seasons with the Colts.
"Any time you have resources that have played somewhere or coaches that have happened to coach there or things like that, you always try to go to all lengths to at least do some research," Chiefs coach Todd Haley told AP.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson said the Chiefs hope to incorporate the information into useful tidbits that can be incorporated into their play on the field against the Colts on Sunday.
"We have other guys who have played them and coaches who have coached against them," Johnson said. "We know some of their tendencies, so hopefully we can get a bead on some things. But we're going to need all the tips we can get to conquer this one. Peyton's the best quarterback in the league."
Meanwhile, the Chiefs reported that defensive end Tyson Jackson returned to practice Wednesday in limited fashion, though he was seen with a protective brace on his knee. It was his first practice work since injuring his left knee in Kansas City's season-opening win against San Diego.