The best time for coaches to evaluate their players usually comes during a time when the players are battling against another team in a scrimmage or preseason contest.
In the past, the Kansas City Chiefs held a scrimmage annually against the Minnesota Vikings in River Falls, Wis. Now, the Chiefs no longer have a team to train against outside of preseason games after moving training camp to St. Joseph, Mo.
On Tuesday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt touched on having a scrimmage against the Chiefs at some point during training camp (via AZCardinals.com) The only thing setting the Cardinals back from making this decision final would be travel plans and the amount of traveling it requires in a short amount of time.
The scrimmage would likely take place between Aug. 5 after the Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame game and Aug. 10 before the Chiefs host their preseason opener against the Cardinals.
The positive part about this idea is that the Cardinals plan on having a scrimmage against a team they will soon be going up against, not forcing them to travel as much in the span of just five days. But would the Chiefs be opposed to hosting a scrimmage against a team they will be playing afterwards in an organized exhibition game?
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel confirmed with the media last week that he would not be opposed to it, but made it clear that nothing is final at the moment (via KansasCity.com).
As both coaches stated in their interviews, they are open to the idea as it gives them the opportunity to learn about their players and evaluate them as they take reps against another team. But can the Cardinals and Chiefs turn this into an annual deal, or is this going to take place once?
If the two sides find a way to make it happen ever year, it would help out immensely as coaches can use that to their advantage by taking more time to evaluate their players and construct their 53-man roster.