Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebackerFrank Zombo
(51) warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Three Kansas City Chiefs signees met with the media today via conference call. Frank Zombo, Weston Dressler, and Vance Walker each met with the media Monday afternoon. The Walker and Zombo deals were finalized over the last few days so their attendance is timely. Dressler has been officially signed for about a month now but had yet to meet with the local media.
We learned a few new things about the players and their anticipated roles as well getting our first looks into the personalities of Dressler and Walker. Here are some of the highlights from the interviews.
Spoiler: Walker is a fun dude.
What interests you about the situation in Kansas City that made you want to come back for another year?
"“Actually (it is) another two years. The main reason I wanted to come back was obviously the people and the friends I made out there. Honestly, that was the number one reason I wanted to come back, just the people I’ve met. And then honestly it is a great place; I enjoyed going to work every day. I look forward to going to work every day. Kansas City is a great spot; it’s a great work environment and obviously we have a great team. Those are the things I look forward to.”"
Interesting Zombo signed for two years. One wonders if this is more of an accounting thing than it is a short-term commitment. A the very least Zombo will be useful in stopping the run. Still, Kansas City needs to find a backup pass rusher at the position because Zombo is not the guy.
What intrigues you most about the defense coming into 2014?
"“Obviously, we had a good year last year. Playing outside linebacker in that kind of scheme is always extremely fun (with the) different blitzes that we do and dropping in coverage and keeping the offense at stride. Obviously my role was as a special teams player as well. Our special teams unit was a pleasure to be on. Guys played with a lot of pride. Our coach is, well it’s awesome playing with him, I’d say he’s the best special teams coach in the National Football League. It’s always nice playing for him. Those two things, with special teams, I obviously know my role. I look forward to being a part of that group again.”"
So much love for Dave Toub in all of these interviews. Makes one wonder if Toub has a future as a head coach.
Can you talk about your relationship with John Dorsey?
"“Like I’ve said, the Chiefs organization is first class all the way. John (Dorsey) is not like a normal general manager. He’s close with his players; you can talk to John on a daily basis where with other general managers you may never see them, so guys respect him a lot. They enjoy playing for him and that’s one of the main reasons, he was honest with me and it was one of the main reasons I’ve wanted to come back.”"
Complete reversal from the Scott Pioli era. There’s something about the tone Dorsey and Andy Reid set that helps one understand why people want to be apart of this organization. Minus Emmanuel Sanders, of course.