The Chiefs were back in pads Wednesday for the final practice before an extended weekend break.
Coach Romeo Crennel’s squad heads into its bye week at 1-5 overall after getting pounded 38-10 on Sunday at Tampa Bay, the 11th loss by 24 points or more since 2009.
Needing to get better, Crennel said finishing up the bye-week workouts with in pads should be a step in the right direction before the Chiefs play Oakland at home on Oct. 28.
“We’re going to concentrate on individual technique and try to improve our technique,” Crennel said. “That’s what we’ve been focusing on these last couple days is to try to improve ourselves and get better ourselves.”
Of course, the biggest issue hanging over the Chiefs remains the quarterback situation, but Crennel wasn’t ready to tab injured starter Matt Cassel, who returned to practice Tuesday after missing nine days because of a concussion, or Brady Quinn, who started against the Buccaneers, as the team’s No. 1 QB.
Cassel and Quinn split reps again at practice.
“He’s just getting back and he’s not back all the way yet in my mind,” Crennel said of Cassel. “He’s been cleared, but he missed some time, so we’ll give them equal reps.”
With no game Sunday, Crennel doesn’t feel any need to designate either as the starter until next week.
Several other Chiefs remained on the mend.
Running back Peyton Hillis was a limited participant again in practice, but Crennel said he’s improving. Obviously, Hillis would be a welcome addition to the offense as a complement to big-play back Jamaal Charles.
Asked how much Hillis’ absence has affected the Chiefs’ game plan since he left the New Orleans game because of an ankle injury, Crennel said, “Not as much as one might think until last week when we weren’t able to generate the kind of running game that we had been previously. A big back like Hillis might have been able to break some tackles and get you some more yards.”
Defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) and wide receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring) also remained limited practice participants along with Charles (back).
Steve Maneri (ankle) appeared to fully participate in practice, but center Ryan Lilja (back) rode the stationary bike and watched the Chiefs’ linemen run through drills.