John Dorsey and Andy Reid have made it a point to build a quality locker room in addition to a quality football team. If the comments of Vance Walker are to be believed, Dorsey and Reid are well on their way to accomplishing their goal.
The Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor wrote a piece on Walker today for the paper and the quotes in the article lean towards Walker being impressed by what Kansas City has built.
From the article:
“You know, I’ve been in locker rooms … but I feel like they actually care about people here and say ‘Hey dude, how are you doing,’ ” Walker said. “It’s never really been like that where I’ve come from. I’ve had good friends on teams, but for the entire locker room to be like that, that’s a great thing.”
It is difficult to quantify the importance of chemistry on a team. While it is not reason why great teams win, it would be foolish to discount it as a reason why great teams reach their potential.
At the very least it would seem the Chiefs have built something to where the culture in the locker room isn’t going to be what prevents the Chiefs from reaching their goals. Whether or not Walker and his teammates have the talent to get there is the real question – if not the only question. And that’s a nice situation to be in.