Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp Quotes: Alex Smith and Marcus Cooper

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Jun 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws passing drills during the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp at University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Day one of the Kansas City Chiefs three-day minicamp concluded Tuesday with some media availability. Alex Smith and Marcus Cooper answered some questions after practice which you can read below.

Note: Comments from AA (me) are in italics.


Q: Is there a big difference between what happens in OTAs and minicamp?

SMITH: “I think it’s a continuation of the OTAs. There are less guidelines as far as the hours. Obviously we can be here all day. We get the morning walk through. I think the biggest thing is we all know that this is the culmination of our offseason, so to speak. So I think in that sense, the sense of urgency is just turned up. These are our last three days of practice. You’re trying to end on a great note and really finish off this offseason.”

Q: How did Travis Kelce look?

SMITH: “I thought he looked great. It’s great to see him out here. He’s been working his tail off for a long time now and it’s tough work behind the scenes. He’s been here trying to get it right, so this is just the next step for him. I thought he looked good.”

AA: A healthy Kelce is going to be huge for this offense, even if he’s somewhat limited in what he can do in his first year on the field.

Q: What about De’Anthony Thomas?

SMITH: “A little bit of a crash course for him, just because of (Oregon) with the quarter system, it’s tough. We’re trying to cram a lot in in three days. A lot of reps, a lot of mental stuff. I’m sure he’ll be spending a little bit these few days (working on that.)”

Q: Isn’t the mental side one of the things that makes this different than OTAs?

SMITH: “Yeah, we have more time for install, so we’re not as crammed on time and we can install. We get the walk through to go through these different looks and then after we get through all of the film. It’s tough in OTAs to squeeze all that in in six hours. So, minicamp-wise, a little more relaxed pace. We really can take our time and kind of zero in on details.”

AA: A lot of the reports I saw were that Thomas was a matchup nightmare during the 11-on-11 drills. There are not many linebackers in the AFC who would match up well against Thomas one-on-one in space. Thomas should be a lot of fun to watch… if he can stay hydrated. 

Q: Is there ever a time that you have enough time to do everything?

SMITH: “Yeah I mean you’re always trying to cram it in and be as efficient as possible and get more time, especially come season because now not only are you focusing on what you have to do, you’re trying to look at their stuff as well.”

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  • A1 Yola

    “AA: I think it may be safe to say that Marcus Cooper may be the most important player on the Chiefs defense in 2014. If he can’t handle the starting outside cornerback position then the Chiefs are screwed.”

    So true.

    • mnelson52

      Well I would say anywhere they can find a weak spot will be picked on. Not just Cooper.

      • A1 Yola

        The Weak Spot is The Secondary for The Chiefs. That’s why EB will playing at least 10yds deep all season. EB can’t be everywhere , so Coop better hold up his side of the field.

  • berttheclock

    Marcus Cooper was switched to defensive back his junior year at Rutgers, so he didn’t have a great of time to learn the position. Then, with the Chiefs in his first pro year, he was asked to play a completely different system. Remember, he was looking very good before Denver befuddled him with their semi-legal picks on slants. This really hurt his development. Corner back in the NFL is not a gimme plug and play position, especially, with systems such as Sutton uses of switching players around.

  • Jason Mauzey

    I have faith in the Coop. If he can have the consistency he showed the first half of last season coupled with added support from our LBs and Poe that should make it easier for our secondary to shine.

  • berttheclock

    Please, do not let micah see that Bray handled checkdowns.

  • Randall Miller

    The key to our secondary getting better is the DL. Period.

    • cd3382

      You are correct sir! I’m starting to like the Dee Ford pick more and more.

      • Randall Miller

        Justin holding out is a blessing for Ford, running with the first team and getting a crash course. Who knows what really is happening but my guess is the front office may be letting Justin rest his elbow, promising not to fine him and presenting him with a nice contract and WILL be in camp on time. All the while Dee is getting better, as well as our secondary…did I like letting Flowers go, no but I understand it and will pay off soon!