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Andy Reid: It’s Going To Be A Physical Camp

Kansas City Chiefs training camp 2013 us underway and new head coach, Andy Reid isn’t being shy about how demanding his version of Chiefs camp will be.

Rookies, QBs and a few select veterans reported yesterday and Reid took the podium and told the media that his camp will not be a cakewalk.

“I think you’ll see,” said Ried. “We’re going to tackle to the ground and it’s going to be a physical camp. It will be a challenge for them. I mentioned that to you guys and I mentioned it to the players before we left.  They have to come back and they have to be ready to go. It will challenge them. That’s what it does and that’s what this game is about.”

This could be a good thing for the Chiefs. Former head coach, Romeo Crennel, was often criticized for being a “players coach” and going to easy on his guys. Even under former coach Todd Haley, the Chiefs often seemed to get pushed around by more physical teams, like the Oakland Raiders. Haley’s team was certainly more disciplined than Crennels but it wasn’t much tougher.

That could change under Reid.

“It’s a tough game,” Reid said. “Tough guys play and it’s a tough game to get yourself ready for. It’s a long season. This is building the foundation for that and we’re building for that right here. At the same time, you have to stay sharp mentally. So through all this heat, humidity, sore bodies, you have to crawl yourself out of bed, and get yourself some nutrition, food in you, keep the liquids in you and then you have to come out here and perform.”

For a team that finished 2-14 in 2012, the Chiefs can use any advantage they can get. Hopefully Reid will debut with a healthy, tough football team that will dominate the AFC West.

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  • cd3382

    Great article Patrick! You nailed it right on the head too…The Chiefs have been missing something the past few seasons and I think Andy Reid will bring that physicality to the Chiefs. Go Chiefs!!!

  • Clint Moran

    Kinda makes me wonder why the eagles season was so bad last year. Reid seems to do all the right things to mentally and physically prepare his squads for the upcoming season. Gonna be interesting.

    • Arrowhead Magic

      Injuries mostly, specifically along the offensive line, which in turn resulted in poor QB play and many turnovers.

    • Andy

      Remember Reid installed Juan Castillo (offensive line coach) as defensive coordinator . . . and he does not regret it.

  • kcpauly

    I think this is just what this talented roster needs, a boot in the ass, and a leader willing to step up, and maybe not be real popular with some of the players that are used to lackadaisical, if not lazy camps…I like it Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!


    Remember back in the Marty Ball days? For a lot of the time that Shottenheimer coached, there was one unchanging theme, the Chiefs owned the fourth quater. And at Arrowhead, their opponents knew it. We need that toughness that has been so lacking in recent years.

    • calciomoti

      They need to find that “gleam” again…

      • Andy

        During Marty Ball, we played with an attitude “not in OUR house”

    • Andy

      Those were the days. We made great adjustments after the first half. Comments out of Philly are that Reid is not good at making adjustments. We will see.

  • Andy

    I’m not sure what to think. Most of the comments are PRO as far as getting “tougher”. Two things concern me. First is Injuries in training camp and practice. Injuries in a game are hard to accept but expected. Injuries in practice is an empty feeling. Second, is the long season of beating on each other and beating on your opponent takes a toll on the body and mind. I hope we find a happy medium.