Nearly all Chiefs report for start of offseason
Alex Smith and Derrick Johnson said it felt like the first day
Andy Reid is playing the role of the new teacher, and general
manager John Dorsey took on the guise of the new principal. The
Kansas City Chiefs even had someone truant for the start of class,
though the reality is that the start of offseason workouts Monday
was strictly voluntary – even if everyone but left tackle Branden
Albert decided to show up.
It was the first time the Chiefs could gather as a team since
Reid and Dorsey were hired in January, the two of them tasked with
turning around a franchise that went 2-14 a year ago.
”It’s good to get everybody back in the building, and start the
offseason program,” said Reid, who spent the past 14 seasons
coaching the Eagles.
”These are not mandatory workouts,” Reid said, ”so it’s good
to see the workouts we had, and the effort the guys put in, not
just in the meeting room but the workout rooms.”
The Chiefs mostly spent the day in team meetings, where Reid
laid out his philosophy and tried to set the tone for the
organization, though several players were working out in the weight
room and safeties Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry were spotted on the
indoor practice field.
Smith, who arrived in an offseason trade with San Francisco,
also got his hands on Reid’s playbook for the first time, and the
new Chiefs quarterback – along with the rest of the players on the
roster – will finally have a chance to dig into it in the coming
”It feels like the first day of school, but it was good. A good
day,” Smith said. ”We had a good turnout, guys were enthusiastic,
coming into work, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Albert’s role as the lone absentee was somewhat surprising.
The big left tackle would have become a free agent this
offseason had he not received the franchise designation from the
Chiefs. And while he has stated publicly that he wants a long-term
commitment, Albert decided to sign his contract worth $9.82 million
late last month.
That doesn’t mean Albert will be with the Chiefs when next
season rolls around.
Kansas City has reportedly been listening to trade offers the
past few weeks, and Reid said that he was aware that Albert would
not be attending Monday’s workouts. Asked if he expects Albert to
attend any workouts, Reid said simply, ”We’ll see.”
”You’ll find I don’t really get caught up in that. The guys
that are here we’ll work with, and that gives the next man an
opportunity to get better and get ready to play,” Reid said. ”I
don’t really want the focus to be on him, rather than the rest of
the football team.”
The Chiefs made a series of bold moves in the offseason to shore
up their roster, beginning with the acquisition of Smith and
continuing with the signing of a bevy of free agents.
Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson are expected to shore up the
defensive backfield, Mike DeVito was signed to plug up the interior
of the defensive line, and tight end Anthony Fasano and wide
receiver Donnie Avery have been signed to give Smith some weapons
in the passing game.
All of them have said that Reid played a part in their decision
to sign with Kansas City.
”I talked to a lot of guys who played for him, and they didn’t
have anything negative to say, and that’s rare in this day and
age,” said Robinson, a veteran cornerback who may be asked to play
nickel back or safety with the Chiefs. ”It’s nice to get here and
get to work.”