Yesterday as we entered the Browns Training Camp we were greeted by the loud music of the “Talking Heads” singing about Ohio, and about three thousand orange and brown clad Brown fans. Practice was sharply begun at 5:45 and ended at 7:45. In between we were treated by:
1.Shaun Rogers jumping offsides cursing and running (fast walk ) a lap around the field.
2. Martin T. Rucker the former Mizzou Tight End catching a touchdown pass from Brady Quinn.
3. Eric Mangini only commenting when to turn the loud rap and rock music to be turned off so the position coaches could make a teaching point or a substitution.
4. Rob Ryan coming to the sideline to say hi to the parents of twins.
5. Bray Quinn being indecisive again and the other QB Anderson being inaccurate on short throws.
Overall I was left with several impressions:
1. Fans everywhere in the NFL begin the season with the glimmer of hope that this could be their year.
2. The NFL continues to market itself as the number one pro league. The training camp was free and extremely fan friendly
3. The people of Cleveland are very similar to those of K.C. — both have horrific baseball teams and football teams that long for success.
4. The Chiefs may be the least talented team in the NFL. When comparing their roster to the Browns (another bottom feeder) I notice a plethora of players with NFL experience between 4-7 years (NFL Pprime). This is an area the Chiefs sorely lack. We are saddled with young players and end-of-the-line veterans. We lack the star power of Shaun Rodgers, Braylon Edwards Jamal Lewis and Joe Thomas to name a few.
Furthermore, I doubt in his first year, with a new QB and new staff, that Todd Haley can coach up the Chiefs at their current overall talent level. Sorry, this reclamation project will take more than one draft to fix.
Tonight DT is in the HALL!