“It’s fast-paced,” Albert said. “First of all, we’re going to be in shape. Second of all, when we push the tempo, it can get teams off balance, but we have to perfect it first.”
Schwartz knows that once the defense is tired, the Chiefs can take advantage.
“It’s great,” Schwartz said. “It keeps the defense on their toes, gets them tired and offensively, we play better when the defense is tired and we can handle it better.”
If the Chiefs are going to operate under such a high-octane philosophy, they have to train accordingly.
“Number one thing is conditioning,” Chiefs TE Kevin Brock said. “Every team is working hard, but at the same time, they’re not prepared for our pace. We feel like, if we can push the pace and we execute our plays, we have a significant advantage.”
Reid and Dorsey replace Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli, respectively, who were fired after the Chiefs won two games — and none in the AFC West — and were the lowest-scoring team in the league last year. Reid and Dorsey almost immediately began making major moves to improve the roster, starting with a trade for quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. Dorsey and Reid think adding Smith, an efficient, savvy passer, to an offense that already includes star running back Jamaal Charles and receiver Dwayne Bowe makes the Chiefs significantly better right away.
The Chiefs defense includes four Pro Bowlers — outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry — so there is reason to think Kansas City could be the team to make the biggest turnaround this season.
The Chiefs led the league in giveaways and were last in takeaways in 2012 — a bad combination.
Banks did not rest long after obtaining freedom, he went back to the first thing that defined him, FOOTBALL. In the summer of 2012 he received tryouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and even attended mini-camp with the Seattle Seahawks reuniting him with Coach Pete Carroll, the former coach of USC who offered Banks a scholarship just 10 years earlier. He ended up catching on with the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives in September of 2012 before the league suspended play in October of that same year. He never let his dream of football die and our hometown Atlanta Falcons gave the opportunity for Banks to continue this pursuit of landing with an NFL Franchise. He may be somewhat of a long shot to make the team but just the fact that he has the opportunity when a little more than one year ago he could never have fathom the chance is one amazing story.
When cornerback Emmitt Thomas arrived as an undrafted free agent in 1966, it was Stram who promised him a fair shot at earning a spot on the team. Stram even went so far as to suggest he would cut a drafted rookie if Thomas could prove his worth. It was moments like those that earned Stram the confidence and respect of his players. If he was a man interested in playing politics, he never showed that side to the men he asked to follow him every Sunday.
It wasn’t easy for a white man with ample power to connect with black athletes in Kansas City. Most of the African-Americans who played for the Chiefs in the 1960s had known each other for years. They’d competed against each other at historically black colleges in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and developed a deep camaraderie. They knew the only way to deal with racism at the time was to band together. For most, Stram was the first white man they had ever called coach.
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