It’s going to be a long time before Tamba Hali has to worry about not having a spot on the Chiefs roster. He’s an impressive presence not only on the field, but in the locker room of a very young Chiefs team. As one of the longest-tenured and most talented players in the organization, his words and actions carry a weight few, if any, other Chiefs players can match.
The most impressive aspect of Hali’s camp thus far is how he seems to have taken that role head on.
When the first team defense isn’t on the field, Hali can be seen working with Tyson Jackson, Derrick Johnson or any other member of the Chiefs front seven in an arm-slapping, hand-swinging match to perfect pass rushing. Engaging his teammates and pushing them constantly shows an ownership of this defense Hali hasn’t been observed doing very often in the past.
But the most telling indicator of his newfound role may be his recent comments about the cantankerous holdout by the player drafted a year after him.
"I don't want to talk about our talent, but we have our players, we have who we need here. Everybody is here ready to go,” Hali said when asked about the overall talent of the team.
But then he slips in a very interesting tidbit.
“We need (WR Dwayne) Bowe to come get ready so we can win this AFC West. We need every guy that's in here, so right now we are focused on the guys that are here."
Very intriguing statement from a guy who rarely talks to the media and it is apparent Hali feels strongly about Bowe skipping out. The fact that he voiced such an opinion and called out his teammate is remarkable, considering his reluctance to be vocal about his leadership in the past.