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.