Newly acquired Chiefs Jeff Linkenbach and Joe Mays participated in a conference call with the media today. Here’s a some of the highlights and notable comments from the discussion.
Linkenbach on his anticipated role with the Chiefs:
“I mean first and foremost, I go in thinking goal number one is make the team. Goal number two is to help the team win however I can, whatever that role entails, whether it’s starting at any position in particular or being the sixth man or seventh man, whatever the Chiefs need me to do to win football games I’m all about.”
For those thinking Linkenbach is the Chiefs’ plan at starting right guard it may be time to back off those thoughts for a while. This would suggest Kansas City either thinks their starting right guard is on the roster already or they have another plan for the position.
Linkenbach on Chiefs fans:
“I mean the fans are just great, tremendous and very passionate about the Chiefs and I really love that. At the playoff game in Indy there were plenty of Chiefs fans in the crowd, which is odd to see for a playoff game I guess. The year before, 2012, the Colts played in Kansas City for the last game of the season and guys weren’t doing too well, but the fans came out and still was one of the louder stadiums that I played in that year. The fan support and the passionate fan base is a big part of me choosing the Chiefs.”
Linkenbach on when the Chiefs contacted him:
“[T]he tampering period started on Friday or Saturday and my agent called me and said the Chiefs are very interested in discussing something. It seemed like a good fit moving forward and we came to terms yesterday.”
Interesting the Chiefs were in on him that early. Seems to suggest he was not a secondary option but a primary target.
Mays on his role in KC:
“They haven’t really said much. The only thing they’ve told me is they’re going to bring me to compete. So, I’ll let everything else play out. Just come in there and do what I need to do and hopefully I’ll carve out a role for myself.”
Read: Nico Johnson is going to get his shot at the starting spot.
Mays on if there were other teams interested in him:
“There was interest from a couple of teams including Houston. So they wanted to bring me back in, but I felt like it was a good situation in Kansas City. I know about the fan base from playing against these guys twice a year with me being in Denver. So, it’s just a good place to play ball and just knowing the coaches and getting a chance to meet them and talk to them, they’re serious about ball, they love ball, but it’s also a family atmosphere. That was something that I wanted to be a part of and I know my family will love it out there too, so it was just an easy decision for me.”
Mays has some familiarity with wide receiver Weston Dressler:
“You know what, I know Weston Dressler because he went to UND and I went to North Dakota State and we are rivals. You know, you just can’t help hearing about the good players that come out of North Dakota, because they’re undefeated all the time and I know about him. Just showing that we signed him and I’m coming here as well, it’ll be good to catch up with him and see how everything has been going and stuff like that.”
Quintin Demps apparently enjoyed his experience in Kansas City:
“I stayed in touch with Quintin Demps, and he told me that it’s a great place. He said that I would love it here. The fans here are great, it’s just a great place to be, a great organization, a great team and a great family-type atmosphere. He told me about that, and I knew I was going to love it from the moment I stepped foot in Kansas City. They definitely laid out the lay of the land before I got there.”