Not so random Memorial Day weekend thoughts:
Yes, times have changed… and so has the way players work out. If you follow the Chiefs closely, you should be encouraged by the progress they have been making when they’re not “in-season.” In the “good old” days many players had offseason jobs to help support their families but today, players spend time using the latest and greatest means to maintaining their health and fitness… and that includes the use of some unorthodox methods which have come to include: chiropractic, yoga and water aerobics (actually the list is much longer).
It looks like some Kansas City Chiefs players are taking a less traditional, somewhat more mental, or shall we say, ethereal, approach to training during the offseason. Such approaches look to be fulfilled with one “I” or another: the Inspirational, the spirit of Imagination, ways that improve Intrinsic motivation and positive Interdependence.
In a press conference following a day of practice during OTAs this week, the Kansas City Chiefs huge nose tackle Dontari Poe said he used chiropractic, stretching and yoga to regain the full use of his back strength. Poe admitted he didn’t work out in any other ways for five weeks following the season but also said, yoga is very difficult. I’ve attended yoga sessions a dozen times myself and can attest, yoga can bust your ball-peen hammer.
My favorite player growing up was Jim Brown who used to run right over players… just as much as he ran around them with his speed. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Jim Brown didn’t work out in the offseason either. But, it’s also hard to imagine him ever… lighting a candle, holding up the prayer hands, bowing ever so softly saying, “Namaste.”
One way you can tell the Chiefs are making their mark on the league is through their offseason routines. You can tell the organization as a whole is making it’s mark on the league by the recognition they’re getting. I’m specifically referring to the NFL Top 100. Perhaps you haven’t heard but, it has already been revealed, Kansas City has more players in the top 100 than any other team in the league. It’s hard to argue with the respect that your peers bestow upon you (the “NFL Top 100” is voted on by the players in the NFL).
One of those players gaining respect of his peers is the Chiefs second-year corner Marcus Peters. Peters was asked his opinion about how to play corner by the new corners KeiVarae Russell, Eric Murray and D.J. White. He told them to just be yourself and enjoy playing the game.
However, Peters has been seen swimming as part of his routine. When he was asked about Dontari Poe’s workout that included yoga he said, “Oh, yeah. I Namaste too.”
The newest corners can learn a lot from Marcus Peters just by watching him.
The Kansas City Chiefs teams has plenty of good examples to look up to.
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