Coach Fisher's Thursday practice report

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HEAD COACH JEFF FISHER, OCT. 16, 2008**

(On Jamaal Charles)

Well, he's made a lot of plays thus far. He's got exceptional speed. He's a lot like Chris Johnson in that he's catching the ball out of the backfield, running the screens and really covering a lot of ground real quick and we knew that. We had a very high grade on him coming out.

(On if he thinks there's a chance Larry Johnson might not play on Sunday)

I'm expecting him to play. I have no reason to think otherwise.

(On how they contained Tony Gonzalez last year)

I think a lot had to do with the field conditions. The field was frozen and we felt like, defensively, that in certain situations he was going to be the guy with the ball so we kind of rolled the dice. But the problem with that is you have Dwayne Bowe outside who can make a lot of plays and you have [Jamaal] Charles out of the backfield and you have a lot of other things to contend with.

(On the improvement in the return game)

What it is is you've got a group of supporting cast that's working harder week after week after week to get better and execute their blocks. There's good and bad with that. The good is that we've improved and the bad is that everybody else has improved as well. You improve over time throughout the year in the return game. I think you see more returns [for touchdowns] at the end of the season than in the beginning of the season.

(On if Arrowhead Stadium still holds its mystique)

Yeah it does, there's no doubt. It's going to be a touch place to play. They've had a great deal of success. Even in the lean years they've won there and it's a tough place to play. It's loud and it's red and it's a fun place to go if you're a decent road team because it's a great challenge.

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