It’s also possible that Albert was told by the club not to report if the Chiefs are trying to trade him.
“You’ll find I don’t get caught up in that,” coach Andy Reid said when asked if he was disappointed by Albert’s absence. “The guys that are here we’ll work with, and that gives the next man the opportunity to get better and get ready to play.”
“I hope Kansas City is legitimately interested. I hope I go No. 1, but, hey, we’ll see,” Smith told USA Today on Friday in a telephone interview. “The Chiefs are bringing me in, so I’m going in there thinking that they’re interested [in me], because I am in them.”
Smith threw for 4,205 yards and led the nation with 42 touchdown passes for the Mountaineers this past season.
He impressed at West Virginia’s pro day March 14, completing 60 of 64 throws in a workout attended by all but three NFL teams.
“Having the quarterback in and a new coach, it’s refreshing,’’ Bowe said. “It’s just like coming in your rookie year or your freshman year in college, not knowing everybody but just knowing of them and what they can do and what they did. That motivated me knowing Andy worked with some big-time players and also some big-time quarterbacks and got their receivers and their quarterbacks to the next level, which is the Pro Bowl . . .
“With a new coach and a new quarterback, it’s like the first day of school. I feel like I’ve still got a lot of fire left in the tank. My body feels great.’’
“Obviously, I am going to miss Kansas City — it has been my home for over 20 years,” said Anders, a three-time Pro Bowl player during his tenure with the Chiefs from 1991-2000. “But I’m excited about getting back on the field and sharing my experience and life lessons in a hands-on position.”
Anders’ coaching career has already included stints with the Chiefs, Avila, MidAmerica Nazarene, Fort Osage High School and Center High School. He landed his first head coaching job at Northeast High School in 2009 before taking over as the Interscholastic League athletics director.