It’s Monday, April 17, which means Kansas City Chiefs football is officially underway, even if it means only player training and classroom instruction.
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of numerous teams kicking off their offseason programs today. On April 17, the Chiefs begin the first two weeks of a nine week stretch wherein teams will move between three stages. This first stage for the Chiefs will include getting veterans back in the building to check in from working out, building up player conditioning and stepping into the classroom for offseason instruction.
This part of the schedule is entirely voluntary, so this is about the time you start to figure out if any players have been covertly upset about their contract because they might refuse to show up. Then again, it might also mean that a respected veteran just wants to work out closer to home and the team has basically said, “That’s fine with us.”
For a complete understanding of the Chiefs offseason schedule, you should definitely read the linked piece, from First Day to OTAs, but here’s a slice to tell you more about these two weeks:
"During this two-week period, the only news will likely be veterans talking about how good it feels to be back, updates on injured players in terms of rehab and timelines and younger players discussing how good it is to have a full year under their belt. For the Chiefs, this is more about review and going deeper with developmental players. For teams meeting head coaches for the first time, this is a much more vital period than for veteran teams in the league."
If anything, this will be a good time to read more on who seems in shape and get fresh quotes from players about the stinging playoff loss to the Steelers and how they’ve prepared to get ready for the next year.