Matt Cassel, Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Brian Waters, Branden Albert, etc. all know the offense.
Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Ron Edwards, etc., all know the defense too.
In fact these players have been involved in football for so long, (most of their lives), I am absolutely sure they can design and implement a few, or maybe even a lot of, plays on their own. They can coach, and apparently are coaching, themselves. And they should…
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If I was one of these players, I would be champing at the bit to have a hand in designing my own plays. I would be excited at the possibility of teaching any rookie the team’s plays.
If anything, the lockout has the players and owners worried about their money; but the lockout should have the coaches worried about the control of their teams.
I could not help but think that Todd Haley was a bit pleased to see Matt Cassel, Derrick Johnson, and John Mcgraw holding their own squad practices. Thankfully we have those types of leaders on the team. Can you say that about other NFL squads?
However, at the same time, Todd Haley had to be a bit worried about what they were doing. What they were implementing and the fact that he had no control over it. The coaching void will have to be filled by the players, whether he likes it or not.
If the lockout continues, the odds of this happening will grow exponentially. Thankfully, the Kansas City Chiefs’ players are competitors. Despite the lockout they want to play, and they want to win. The deeper the lockout goes, the more “player only” practices will occur, and the higher the likelihood that the things being practiced and implemented by the players will (have to) be implemented when the season starts. If we know NFL players, and we do, this should make for some rather exciting new things. At least that is what I am hoping for.