Monday morning is the kickoff to the Chiefs off-season strength and conditioning program and the tension and anxiety level in the locker room must be significantly lower than it was at this time last year.
Todd Haley hopes it’s not too low; a healthy dose of anxiety is something he wants for every one of his players.
There isn’t a soul on the roster that after his performance during the team’s 4-12 season in 2009 that should feel he’s arrived in the NFL and he can’t improve his production and efficiency. If there is someone of that mindset, he will be exposed very quickly once the bodies are set in motion during the workouts.
Last year at this time, the team began Year No. 1 under Haley without much of an idea of what they faced. They soon learned that no matter what shape they reported in, they were not nearly in good enough shape for this head coach. By the time the workouts were over in June, there had been some 700+ pounds lost, gallons of sweat poured from the players and there were more than a few hard feelings along the way.
The Chiefs get what they are hoping for!!! Gerald McCoy falls, and the New York Giants trade down to snag him up. With so many 3-4 teams this year, McCoy’s fall is very likely. The Giants DT Position must be upgraded this offseason, and one could argue that McCoy is the best the draft has to offer. With not many holes to fill the Giants gladly offer up their 1ST and 2ND rounders!
So much anticipation, so much athletic ability, yet such an inconsistent performer. The knock on D.J. coming out of Texas in 2005 was his poor tackling. Five years down the road, I’m not sure if Johnson’s shaken that label. His demotion to 2nd and 3rd team last season left many scratching their heads. But honestly, his shortcomings on the field may just out-number his strengths.
D.J. could use a fresh start. His relationship with Todd Haley was clearly delicate, and it might be best to part ways and move on. Johnson could be appealing to teams looking for replacements at LB, including the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs won’t get first round value for D.J., but extra picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds may be worth it.
Some of the Huskers who participated in the earliest program are still active today in some kind of mentoring capacity.
Offensive lineman Will Shields spent his pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He and his wife, Senia, established the Will to Succeed Foundation in Kansas City, with a mission to reach out to abused and neglected women and children.
Osborne says another offensive lineman, Steve Volin, still maintains contact with his mentees. And some former mentees are now mentors themselves.
So a TeamMates relationship works best if the mentor is popular or famous, right?
Hardly, Osborne says. “We find that any person who has the capacity to care and has a high level of commitment [can usually effect] very positive outcomes.”
Troup had a pretty busy week last week. The school held its Pro Day on Friday where he took part in position drills only. The defensive tackle stood on his numbers from last month’s Scouting Combine.
Former Browns head coach and current Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was in town last Monday to work the player out. And the following day New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick paid Troup a visit.
This week will be more of the same. Members of the New Orleans and Denver coaching staffs are due in on Wednesday for private workouts. On the same day, Troup will hop a flight to Detroit for a visit with the Lions and from there will travel to Minnesota.