ST. JOSEPH, MO – Perhaps it was the excitement of an upcoming game; a chance to bounce back from Friday’s 25-0 loss paired with an opportunity to square off against the team that ended Kansas City’s 2010 season. Maybe it was just the result of three-straight padded practices with bodies beginning to feel the aches and pains of mid-August.
Whatever the reason, Tuesday’s practice was fiery as we’ve seen this training camp.
We saw two separate scrums break out in a day dominated by the defense. Although mild in nature, the shoving matches were the first of camp.
“This is camp and we’re in camp mode; attitudes flare,” LB
Big defensive plays built on one another throughout the afternoon to fuel the group with intensity. Interceptions, sacks, hits and diving pass breakups were all part of the performance.
Head Coach Todd Haley paused practice several times to remind the defense about player safety.
“That’s what you want, as long as no one gets hurt or anything escalates after the play, it’s totally fine to bring some toughness,” Johnson said. “This is football. We’re grown men out there and have people knocking people down every which way, both big and little. It’s a good feeling.”
“We’ve been able to be a little more intense the last couple of days,” defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel added. “That helps in the development of the young guys that we need to develop and we’re excited about that.”
Movie Day 2011
The Chiefs spent the morning at the movie theatre in St. Joseph. It was the second-straight year Haley surprised his squad with a team-building activity in place of a morning workout. Players had the choice of four movies – The Change Up, Planet of the Apes, Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.
“I went to Captain America,” NT
Haley saw The Change Up while
“Great movie; two-thumps up,” Dorsey said.
Haley has made it a point throughout camp to spend time with team-building activities. As a response to rookies missing an entire off-season program, Haley instituted the buddy system early in camp. Each rookie is paired with a veteran mentor from another position. In most cases, mentor takes on mentee throughout much of practice.
For instance, rookie OL
“Some of that buddy up stuff that I’ve done is important because they haven’t lifted together and got to know each other maybe quite the same way; specifically, the new guys on the team, young and old,” Haley said. “They haven’t got to know each other and maybe develop some of those relationships to the point where they’d be. We’re trying to facilitate that as much as we can as coaches.”
The Count Is 89
Former Emporia State DL Harold Ayodele brought Kansas City’s training camp roster count up to 89 players after signing a contract Tuesday morning. Teams can carry a maximum of 90 players until August 30th.
By afternoon, Ayodele was on the field working at nose tackle and wearing #79. The Chiefs are currently short at the position with injury forcing
“I think that we’ve had continuous workouts here through camp - really, I think almost every position, probably every position,” Haley said. “When there are guys through here that we like, and with available roster spots, it gives us an opportunity to bring guys in and get them into the mix and see if they can add to the competition.”
- Speaking of solid camps,
“You don’t get faster in this league; you get smarter and smarter makes you play faster.”
- Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson
Photo of the Day
Harold Ayodele gets a first-day tutorial from defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant