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Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.
Welcome to The Morning Fix.
Let’s start off this beautiful Tuesday morning with a quote from everybody’s favorite new Chiefs’ quarterback, Alex Smith. Don’t know if you know, but Smith will be facing his old team, the San Francisco 49ers in this upcoming preseason game.
“It’s different. Of course it’s different. I was there eight years. These are a lot of my good friends. Definitely different,” Smith said during an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “But the weird thing is, it’s still a preseason game. If it were a regular season game, I think we’d have a little more to talk about but this still isn’t the main focus.”
Injuries have been a hot-button topic this preseason, especially after yesterday’s Jamaal Charles scare. Some coaches like to avoid much physical contact in the preseason for that very reason, injuries, but according to Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, Andy Reid is not one of those coaches:
The Chiefs have, relatively speaking, a hard training camp. They run real plays. They tackle. They hit. Monday morning, safety Eric Berry clobbered running back Shaun Draughn with a hit that would’ve made all the highlight shows in a game. Eric Fisher was a full participant in practice after minor injuries to his thumb and shoulder.
This is a stark change from recent seasons, when Romeo Crennel went to great lengths to protect against injuries and Todd Haley basically turned training camp into an extended calisthenics class to keep players healthy.
Reid can only be concerned about this on the micro level, about doing what needs to be done to turn what was the sport’s worst team last year into a contender. He can’t do that without his best players, of course, but he also can’t do it if his best players aren’t improving during this critical period of team-building.
That means players will be injured, at some point. But players often get injured the other way, too.
At least with this approach, you can assume they’re getting better when healthy.
It’s an old coaching cliché’, but you practice exactly how you want to perform in the game.
By that logic, expect the Chiefs to be physical in 2013.