Following a brisk day of hats only practice, I caught up with some of the Chiefs' players as they cooled down from their first day of OTA's.
How are you handling the pressure of heading in to your first camp as "the guy" and attempting to lead a franchise back to respectability?
"I embrace the challenge. I think this team has definite potential and we're all just working hard to head in the right direction. Bye the way, does anyone have Anquan's digits, I washed my Blackberry."
You've had a tough off-season. Are you truly ready to put the past behind you and help re-build the Chiefs to a playoff contender?
"I'm here, working hard with the rest of the guys. We have a new focus, and I hope to be a big part of the turnaround of this franchise. Hey, off the record, Priest isn't planning on coming back, is he?"
With Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta, are you ready to shoulder the load of this offense and be Matt Cassel's go-to-guy?
"We'll miss Tony, no doubt about it, but guys are ready to step up and do their part, and I am certainly going to do all I can to help out our offense. Hey Matt, did you say you had Anquan's digits?"
There's been a lot of discussion about your move to defensive end and just how Coach Pendergrast will put the pieces together. How do you see yourself fitting in to the new scheme?
"I'm just here to help wherever I can, whether it be at end or tackle. I think we have a lot of capable guys in here to help us do what we need to win. Hey Jax, don't enjoy yourself too much, hell's a coming."
You've been through the wars, you know what it takes to be a winner. How do you plan on using your experience to help this defense get better as a unit?
"That's what I'm here to do, Zach and I both understand we're not just here to play linebacker, we're here to help teach these young guys how to win football games. Are we still rolling? Wow, I haven't seen that many offensive lineman in my face in a while."
You're the veteran of the special teams now, how do you see your leg benefitting the Chiefs' efforts this year?
"Wow, hopefully you'll see less of me I guess, that will mean we're putting more points on the board. Hey buddy, yeah you the reporter...do you have any good stuff, I think I'll need a bit stronger leg this year."
And last, but not least, I ran in to Coach Haley just as he was leaving the field.
So coach, how's things seem to be coming together so far, any surprises for your first camp as a head coach?
"You know, we're out here working through some things and seeing what we've got. There is a lot of competition out there, and that's a good thing. We need to instill a winning attitude, and that's what this camp is all about. Hey, B/R dude, somebody said you had Anquan's digits, I think Coach Whisenhunt erased it off my phone."
And that's a wrap, this is Craig Brown reporting from Chiefs' OTA's. Check back on tomorrow's edition, featuring a special interview with GM Scott Pioli, where he discusses the present and future of the Chiefs.
*The interviews in this article are strictly comedic satire.
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