Ever since the Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid as the new head coach of the franchise, fans have been eager to get the season underway. Going into the 2013 season, the Chiefs look to rebound and put last year’s abysmal season far behind them.
With a new general manager, head coach and quarterback, the Chiefs were one of the most active teams in the offseason. The franchise did everything it could to try and rebuild as quickly as possible in an attempt to go from worst to first in the AFC West within one season.
Reid, who is one of the most recognized and accomplished coaches in the NFL today, has a big challenge ahead of him in his first season with Kansas City as he prepares to tackle his first training camp with the Chiefs.
In the following slides, we’ll highlight and preview some major points, such as the schedule, roster, questions and more revolving around Kansas City’s 2013 training camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs begin training camp on July 26 and will hold training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. until Aug. 15.
Kansas City’s preseason finale against Green Bay will take place at Arrowhead Stadium. Following the final game, the coaching staff will begin finalizing the 53-man roster before leaving Kansas City to play Jacksonville on the road in the season opener on Sept. 8.
The Chiefs training camp and preseason schedule is as follows:
Friday, July 26 - Practice – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, July 28 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Monday, July 29 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, July 30 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 - No Practice
Thursday, Aug. 1 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 2 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 5 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7 - No Practice
Thursday, Aug. 8 - Team Travel Day – No Practice
Friday, Aug. 9 - Preseason Game No. 1 – Chiefs at Saints – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10 - No Practice
Sunday, Aug. 11 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 12 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Practice – 8:15 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15 - Team Travel Day – No Practice – Camp in St. Joseph Breaks
Friday, Aug. 16 - Preseason Game No. 2 – Chiefs vs. 49ers – 7 p.m.
Chiefs practice at Arrowhead Practice Facility for remainder of the year.
Saturday, Aug. 24 – Preseason Game No. 3 – Chiefs at Steelers – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason Game No. 4 – Chiefs vs. Packers – 7 p.m.
The Chiefs are about to take 90 players to St. Joseph, and they will trim the roster to 53 about a month later when the preseason concludes.
A majority of the starters and some of the backups have already solidified their spot on the team, but initially, the Chiefs will release an unofficial depth chart and eventually find out who is worth keeping on the 53-man roster.
In Reid’s first year with the Chiefs, he will learn about a lot of players he has never coached before. Within a month, he will know everyone well and make some tough decisions before the deadline.
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As the Chiefs get ready to start a new era with Reid calling the shots, the team must try and improve from last year’s disappointing season.
Going into a new year with a new identity, a lot of questions ponder the minds of Chiefs fans.
Click here for a list of questions about the Chiefs going into training camp.
With last year’s bad season, many new players have been brought in to try and help rebuild the Chiefs. That means there will be some big position battles taking place in camp.
Some players have been limited in their production and could be replaced soon, while some free-agent additions and newcomers will hope to make an immediate impact.
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The Chiefs will focus a lot of attention on rookie offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. Since the Chiefs owned either the first or second pick of every round—except for Round 2—they were able to draft some very good college talent.
The Chiefs also got some attention when they came away with quarterback Tyler Bray, whom they signed as an undrafted free agent, as well as some local college prospects.
Like all of the other 31 NFL franchises, the Chiefs hope that all of their draft picks will have a role on the team this year. In addition, they may like to add some more undrafted free agents if they think it will benefit the team this year.
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With a new coaching staff in Kansas City, a lot of players will have to take in a new system and run it well. Some players will struggle or find themselves with limited opportunities to prove themselves. As a result, they will be on the bubble.
Training camp is the perfect time for players to show Reid and his staff what they can do before the 53-man roster is released.
Some players, like tight end Tony Moeaki, have a lot of work to do in St. Joseph if they want to stay on the team. Moeaki did not practice during the spring, and his first official practice under Reid will come during training camp.
Click here for a list of Chiefs players who are on the bubble.
Perhaps one of the more anticipated projects distributed by media outlets around this time of year is the projected 53-man roster for each NFL team.
As mentioned earlier, Reid has a good idea of who most of his starters are, but he doesn’t know who the guys behind them will be. He will use training camp and preseason games to figure out which players will be good enough to put behind the starters on the depth chart.
By the time September arrives, the 53-man roster will be out, and the Chiefs will have a good idea of what their team will look like this season, starting with Week 1 in Jacksonville.
Click here for analysis and projections on Kansas City’s final 53-man roster.