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10-14-2005, 05:06 PM

Week Six Ė October 14, 2005
The diary is back. Sorry I missed last week, but the bye week around here meant a bye from the diary I guess, too. Never fear though, Iíll be here every week.

Well we had about six days off last week to get away and clear our heads. It allowed for me to reflect on what a rollercoaster ride itís been these first few weeks. I know Coach Vermeil got a lot of heat from people about how he let us have the time off, but what a lot of people donít realize is this NFL season is really long. Just look at it from my perspective. An NFL season is 20 games including the preseason, and that doesnít even count if your team makes the playoffs. The longest college season I ever played was 11 games. So that is nearly two collegiate seasons in one. The older you get, like our veteran team, sometimes it takes longer for our bodies and minds to recover.

Having those days off wasnít to release the players to go have a party and everybody go to Maui. It was to release the players because Coach knows that we have a lot of veterans that will get away from here to recover from injuries, study the playbook and get their legs back under them for the stretch run. So Coach is the boss and he definitely knows what heís doing. I think it was great for us as a team. We came back fresh and fired up for Washington, I can say that for sure.

Personally for me the bye week allowed me to reflect mentally on what is going on. Since getting to Kansas City Iím not sure if Iíve given my 100 percent. Iím not trying to make some bold statement or anything, but Iím just critical of myself and I know I can work harder. Itís not that Iíve gotten complacent, but one thing that did happen to me is that I got here and it took me until bye week to realize what it means to be a professional.

When you get here, they tell you to study the veterans and study what they do. The problem with that is we have a lot of great veterans. Some of those guys are so gifted and experienced that they donít have to do as much work as me to perform at that level. The reason I got to where I am today is because I always just did more work than everybody else. I think I got to the NFL and got around all the other guys and forgot that Iím a 5-11 kid from Central Illinois. Thatís never going to change and those are the facts.

Iím a natural athlete to some degree, but mainly Iím self-built, man-made. I put in more hours in the weight room in high school than anyone I know. The veterans know what theyíre doing, so me watching them wasnít entirely enough. I needed to find out what works for me, and thatís going above and beyond. It helps me physically, but maybe even more so mentally it gives me confidence. Even if itís all placebo and in my head, I think it helps me.

I also went to Bloomington, Illinois to visit my college Ė Illinois State.

The first night I took the opportunity to sort of drown the Philadelphia loss a little with a few friends. Just clear my head a bit. When the night was over my buddies were walking home just down the street and the next thing they know Iím walking behind them with a blanket and pillow that I had grabbed from my car. Heís looking at me saying, ďWow. Youíre supposed to be some big NFL player and now youíre crashing on my couch with your pillow and blanky.Ē I said, ďAbsolutely, thatís exactly how I want it to be.Ē

The second night I went back to my hometown of Canton, Illinois and I got to watch my high school team play. Being around my high school reminded me of all that I used to have to do to get better. I would do crazy things like go to YMCA at midnight to do squats. I remember once I saw a story on TV about an older teammate of mine who was graduating and going to play football at a really small high school. Seeing that made me want to play college football so badly that I took my momís car and drove to workout at the Y at midnight. I needed to do that just to give me peace of mind.

The weight room for some reason is my sanctuary.

Growing up I used to see that poster that said something like, ďSomewhere, some one is practicing. When you meet them one-on-one will you beat them?Ē Thatís exactly how Iíve always lived.

In fact I bought a new inspirational poster in Bloomington. It says something along the lines of ďWhen tens of thousands of hours of work come together for one moment.Ē I hung it in my house so I can wake up and remember every day to keep my mind right.

So now we get after it again this week back here at Arrowhead. That stadium is one of the most amazing places in the world to play in. I donít think the fans fully realize how big of an impact they have on the game. We rely on that homefield advantage. We practice on Fridays with giant speakers on the practice field playing screaming noise to imitate the crowd noise at Arrowhead because it is so loud.

We as players demand more of ourselves to win some more games, but fans need to realize that we need their help, too. The louder you cheer the more of an impact it has on the game. The offense canít call audibles when itís so loud. So when the defense is moving around and disguising things the quarterback canít communicate with his teammates.

The other way the crowd impacts the game is on the snap count. The offense has the advantage in a normal situation because they know when the ball will be snapped and the defense has to react to you. But when they canít hear the snap count, then both sides are on an equal playing field. So you level the field at a time when the offense is supposed to be at an advantage. So thatís huge.

So when you see the defense waving their hands in the air on Sunday, thatís not a publicity stunt to mug for the cameras. Thatís to call on the help of the fans to say we need you. We need Mark Brunell to not even be able to think straight because itís so loud. The ultimate goal is try to get as many false start penalties as possible, and the fans can take all the credit for that. As a defense we canít lure them offsides, so if they jump it is all because of the fans at Arrowhead.

So remember that fans, we need you all to put the beer down Ė because I know everybodyís got one in their hands. And stand on their feet and all start screaming like crazy. If you look down at me, Iíll probably be screaming at the top of my lungs, too.

Canít wait to see and hear you on Sunday!




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10-14-2005, 05:54 PM
When I am screaming at the TV I never find the need to put my beer down to do it. Except against the Eagles. It was either put it down or throw it through the TV. Probably why beer is served in plastic at the stadium.

10-14-2005, 06:04 PM
He'll be a great motivational speaker in two years when his NFL career is over.

10-14-2005, 06:06 PM
What a straight up football guy. Still need more of those in the NFL.

10-14-2005, 06:08 PM
Well im really not liking the 2 rookies Boomer and DJ both begging the crowd to be loud. The Crowd always comes through on gameday, its the Defense that needs to come through this time.

10-14-2005, 06:36 PM
We need Mark Brunell to not even be able to think straight because itís so loud. The ultimate goal is try to get as many false start penalties as possible, and the fans can take all the credit for that.

If it weren't for the perfect grammar, I'd have bet a dollar ArrowheadLouder wrote that graf.

10-14-2005, 06:41 PM
At least he is fresh...fresh...fresh