The Chiefs will see former head coach Todd Haley on the sidelines when they play Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Haley, the club’s coach during 2009-11, is in his second season as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.
By VAHE GREGORIAN
The Kansas City Star
Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the club’s first-round draft pick in 2010, said he had a good relationship with the tempestuous Haley.
“He definitely held me to high expectations, and he’s one of the guys who brought me in, so it’s always going to be some type of feeling and some respect toward that relationship ….
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Todd, and I expect him to take his best shot, too,” Berry added with a laugh.
Adjusting to the rules
The NFL is continuing to emphasize player safety, especially when it comes to late hits and roughing the passer.
Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson was called for roughing the passer in last week’s game against San Francisco, and the 49ers’ Tony Jerod-Eddie also was flagged for roughing Alex Smith.
“We try to show (players) all the time, and I think the players overall across the league are trying to adjust and adapt to the way the rules are being enforced,” said Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. “They’re part of the game, and it’s really not important if you agree or don’t agree, this is how they’re called.
“We tell our players all the time, in any game, some officials are going to be tighter than others, not just in regards to the hits but in anything …. You can complain all you want, (but) you better adjust. Because that’s how the game’s getting called, so you’ve got to figure that out quickly as the game goes, what way are they tilted a little bit this week. The officials try like heck to stay consistent, but every group has a little different way they enforce the rule.”
Harbaugh defends Jenkins
Wide receivcr A.J. Jenkins no longer is in a 49ers uniform after being dealt to the Chiefs for Jon Baldwin. But San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is still defending him.
Wednesday at training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Harbaugh again criticized those who put down Jenkins, a 2012 first-round pick who underachieved in his one-plus season with San Francisco.
Asked Wednesday about Baldwin, Harbaugh weaved Jenkins into the discussion unsolicited, saying: “I don’t think it’s fair to bully or label a young player, though I fully understand that people are entitled to their opinion and perspective.
“However, I prefer the criticism — I’d appreciate if the criticism — is directed toward me. I’m responsible, and I certainly accept it. Actually, welcome it.”
Safety/return man Quintin Demps (illness), tight end Travis Kelce (knee), offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (shoulder) and defensive back Sanders Commings (collarbone) did not practice. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was in pads and helmet but did not participate in the team portion of practice.
Reach The Star’s Vahe Gregorian at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @vgregorian. The Star’s Randy Covitz and Star wire services contributed to this report.