Haley Still Using Depth Chart To Motivate

The depth chart is not a part of the animal kingdom. It cannot talk, walk or eat. However, it can send messages, change and morph daily. Earlier in training camp, head coach Todd Haley used the depth chart to try and bring Dwayne Bowe and his "Bowe Show" back down to earth, by placing him on the third team.

Now, it seems as though Haley is using it to wake up safety Jarrad Page, who is listed as second-team safety behind Jon McGraw on the latest depth chart.

"Every day as a staff we raise the curtain and look at (the depth chart) and talk about it and just massage it a little bit," said Haley. "Say, ‘hey what's happening with this guy? What's happening with that guy? Who's paying attention, and who's not?' And if that correlates into bad practices or not practicing, then we've got to put guys we can count on in there and up there, because again, were going to be playing here in not too long, for real, and we need guys we can count on."

Page has been the most consistent performer in Kansas City's defensive backfield the last three seasons, and had a borderline Pro Bowl campaign in 2008 with 85 tackles, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. However, it would seem as though Page has somehow set up shop in Haley's doghouse.

"I don't have a doghouse," said Haley through his wry smile on Tuesday. "I have five kids."

Perhaps Haley is adopting the attitude of his old boss, Bill Parcells, who is famous for not being fond of players who are on the training table instead of the field. Page did not play in Saturday's preseason contest against Seattle, and when asked why earlier this week, he replied, "Have you talked to coach yet?"

Haley wouldn't give an answer about Page's inactivity, but mentioned it was a good thing the safety was back on the practice field Tuesday. Page didn't practice, but worked out with the other injured players.

While the depth chart is telling in the cases of Page and Bowe, its also somewhat useless in others. If you just went off the depth chart throughout training camp, you'd probably be surprised to find out Alfonso Boone was the first Chief cut en route to the final 53-man roster. You'd probably also be a little surprised to see Donald Washington taking reps with the first team Wednesday, in place of injured starter Brandon Flowers, given that Washington is listed with the fourth team.

"I would say guys are making progress," said Haley. "I don't feel bad about saying that (Washington's) a guy that's making progress. We can't put him in Canton yet, but he's definitely shown steady improvement. You got a guy that's 6-foot-2 and can run and has the physical attributes you're looking for, then you‘re hopeful."

Washington joined the team late this offseason, missing rookie minicamp due to an NFL rule and Ohio State's absurdly late graduation, but feels like he's catching up on missed time.

"I feel like I'm still learning and catching up everyday and just trying to get better everyday," he said.

Washington was known for his elite athleticism as a Buckeye, so perhaps his pedigree and ability will trump Maurice Leggett's, who despite coming out of Valdosta State, has become something of a working man's hero over the last few seasons with the Chiefs.

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