What a difference a year makes.
A year ago, the storylines circling around the Chiefs OTAs were an out of shape football team and veteran players who decided not to show. A year later, the buzz around Arrowhead is about team that has committed themselves to an off-season strength/conditioning program and a first day of OTAs that saw nearly every single player in attendance.
Only one of the 85 players that currently make up the Chiefs roster was not in attendance for Monday morning’s first session of on-field spring practices. That player was S
Past Page, however, the Chiefs had a packed house; one that consisted of both G
“The commitment has been here,” head coach Todd Haley said. “With both those guys, I think I’ve said in here a couple times, obviously [we’re] in a very good place with both of them. We’re on the same page with where we were and again, this whole off-season has been a really good sign of commitment by everybody involved.
“This isn’t just about today,” Haley continued. “It’s really the last few months where these guys are really working and working together and now we’ve got a chance to take another step towards the goals we’re trying to reach. I think it was a good day overall and the guys worked hard again.”
As a whole, the day went as expected. The defense seemed to be a bit ahead of the offense as timing is always an issue during spring and early training camp practices. There were also several drops, with one ending up in LB
Really, practices at this time of year can only tell us so much. Conclusions are particularly difficult to draw with no live contact drills taking place and the play-books still in the beginning stages of installation. In addition, we don’t know the specific techniques that each player is asked to do on a snap-by-snap basis, making the analysis of a shorts and helmets practice a particularly difficult task.
With that said, there are still a few interesting items to follow in the spring. Here are some of the interesting notes from today’s first day of OTAs.
Players Held Out of Practice (Rehab/Conditioning Zone)
*Moeaki was the only player who didn’t re-join his position group for “mental reps” during team period
None of the players sitting out today’s practice appeared to have serious ailments.
Specific to Moeaki, Haley said: “He just has something that should not be a big deal. He should be out there soon.”
How They Lined Up
Outside of both Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel attending Monday’s workouts, this is the next most sought after information that I’ve been asked. Keep in mind that Todd Haley liked to plug guys in and out of first-team snaps and sub-packages throughout OTAs and training camp a year ago. But for what it’s worth, here is how the Chiefs started on both sides of the football for team period.
LG Brian Waters
RT Ryan O’Callaghan
OLB Mike Vrabel
LB Corey Mays
Other Practice Notes
· Maurice Leggett filled in for Brandon Flowers at cornerback today. He’s an interesting player to watch this spring as he began the 2009 season as a starter in Flowers’ absence at corner, then shifted to nickel back and finally to a situational safety. Today, he was back at that corner position.
· At the defensive end position,
· TE Leroy Banks officially became a member of the Chiefs just hours before the start of OTAs and he was thrown into the deep end from the start. With both Brad Cottam and Tony Moeaki sitting out of drills, Banks learned on the fly from Leonard Pope and Jake O’Connell in the smallest position group at today’s practice.
· Reshard Langford got a lot of work today at safety. This is an interesting player, who many may have forgotten about with the drafting of
· I’m not sure if the Chiefs had an inordinate amount of drops today, but every time a receiver drops the football people are going to take notice. That’s just the nature of the beast when you lead the league in drops a year ago. Today, three newer players had noticeable drops –