Chiefs open 3-day minicamp without Branden Albert
Alex Smith threw passes to Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin. Jamaal
Charles took handoffs and sprinted through the line of scrimmage.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense did everything it could to stop
them short of making the tackle.
The start of a three-day, voluntary minicamp Tuesday could have
easily been mistaken for a mid-season practice – with the exception
of a few errant passes and some minor confusion.
Even that was expect as the Chiefs under Andy Reid get to know
each other, a process that could take several months. But they’re
at least getting a jumpstart with an extra minicamp that is allowed
under terms of the collective bargaining agreement to teams that
had a coaching change.
”We’ve had the guys for a couple weeks here in meetings, and
now we’re able to take it on the field,” Reid said. ”Is it
perfect? No, it’s not perfect right now, but it’s the first step in
the process, and we’ll keep working at it right now and get better.
There’s a good attitude.”
Everyone on the roster was accounted for except franchise left
tackle Branden Albert, who Reid said has made the decision to stay
away from the team during the offseason program.
Even though he’s signed his contract, Albert has said he wants a
long-term deal, and then took to Twitter to express his disproval
with the notion he might move to the right side. Now, the Chiefs
are listening to offers as they consider trading Albert ahead of
next week’s draft.
The Chiefs reportedly are seeking a second-round choice for
”I understand the business,” Reid said, ”and we don’t really
concentrate on who isn’t here. We concentrate on the guys who are
here. So I’m excited about that.”
The only other player who didn’t participate in the workout was
tight end Tony Moeaki, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his
knee to clean out some residual damage this offseason.
Otherwise, it looked just like a typical full-squad workout.
”I don’t think any guys are minding this at all. I think it’s
fair – new coaching staff, new group of guys, that we get the extra
minicamp,” said Smith, who arrived in Kansas City after an
offseason trade that sent two draft choices to the San Francisco
”You have to take advantage of when coach is on the field with
The Chiefs have spent about eight days slowly implementing
Reid’s offense, which Smith said bears some resemblance to what he
ran in San Francisco. The task the next three days is to over
everything again, only this time translating it to the field – and
upping the tempo.
”They’re hearing it a second time, digesting it, and now going
out at a fast pace – a rapid-fire pace – of calling plays, getting
up to the line of scrimmage and executing,” Reid said. ”Like I
said, is it all perfect? No, but we’re getting there.”
If nothing else, the workout represents a fresh start for the
After going 2-14 last season, and enduring numerous
off-the-field issues, team chairman Clark Hunt parted ways with
coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli and reworked
the front office. Reid was brought in as coach and longtime Packers
executive John Dorsey as GM, and they’ve been working feverishly
this offseason to overhaul much of the roster.
So along with holdovers like Bowe and Charles, newcomers such as
Smith, cornerback Dunta Robinson and tight end Anthony Fasano were
trying to get acclimated to their new teammates.
”Coach Reid is so systematic and so disciplined, and I already
feel like Day 1 it’s rubbing off on the guys,” said defensive
tackle Mike DeVito, who spent last season with the Jets. ”We’re
working hard, buying into the philosophy and the program, and
that’s what it takes to win.”
Notes: Reid wouldn’t even hint at who the Chiefs are considering
with the No. 1 pick in the draft. ”I’m going to let you guys
know,” he said teasingly, ”after we do it.” … Robinson spent
most of the workout working with the first team ahead of Sean
Smith. … Recently signed ILB Akeem Jordan ran with the first team
alongside Derrick Johnson.