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Coogs
05-20-2008, 07:49 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/story/627096.html
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I wish they would list the 10 new starters instead of leaving us to speculate. And are they 10 new starters from opening day last year or close of season? That would make it a lot easier to figure out.
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Chiefs have plenty of new faces at offseason practice
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Their world didn’t turn itself upside down in a day. That process started in the dying days of last year’s 4-12 season and continued right through the draft.

But the reality landed its blow for Chiefs survivors on Monday, the first day of offseason practice. They were able to see for themselves the change on the practice field, where the Chiefs lined up with new starters in 10 different positions, and in the locker room, where 33 rookies prowled wide-eyed but determined.

It wasn’t just like the first day of school for the veterans. It was like showing up on a different planet.

“They’re in the minority now,” Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. “They kind of looked in the locker room and a bunch of them grabbed me and said, ‘Who are these guys?’ I said, ‘You’d better figure out who they are because that’s kind of what our team is right now.’ ”

Age and experience, qualities that were prized as recently as last season, are now in rare supply. The Chiefs are down to nine players who are 30 or older, but will be down to even fewer than that by the start of the regular season.

One such veteran, safety Greg Wesley, did not show up for practice Monday and is certain to be traded or released shortly. Another, J.P. Darche, is a deep snapper. A third, Damon Huard, could eventually be traded or released if the Chiefs are satisfied with the progress of their two young quarterbacks, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen.

“At one time, we had 17 or 18 players 30 years old or older. That’s too many,” Edwards said.

“We were lopsided as a football team. We’ve got a bunch of young guys now. We’ve got some middle-aged guys that are good players, and we’ve got a group of guys that have 10 or more years of experience, but not that many.

“I’m comfortable with it. If you look through it, now it’s more balanced.”

The Chiefs sealed off their practice to the media but said everyone except Wesley and rookie safety Ron Girault participated. Girault has college class commitments at Rutgers.

Running back Larry Johnson, who missed the last half of last season because of a broken foot, practiced.

“He made it through,” Edwards said. “He did everything. He’ll practice again (today).”

The other six veterans are starters: Tony Gonzalez, Brian Waters, Damion McIntosh, Alfonso Boone, Donnie Edwards and Patrick Surtain. One veteran privately expressed reservations about playing for a team undergoing such a massive rebuilding project during one of the final seasons of his career.

But Herm Edwards said he was getting a different message.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of those guys before this even took place, way back to when the season was over,” Edwards said. “They anticipated what was going to happen. I’ve spoken to them since it happened, since after the draft. They’re excited. They really are. It’s just the first day of school, so everyone’s excited, but there’s a different demeanor. There’s a different way they’re carrying themselves right now.

“For the other guys that are here, they don’t know anything else. It’s all new to them. They’re sitting in the classroom for the first time in the National Football League, so they’re excited. They’re coming in trying to win a job.”

Monday started the cumbersome process of meshing everything. The Chiefs have 14 more scheduled practices in the next month, including a three-day minicamp in June.

Before offseason practice is finished, the Chiefs would like to solidify their starting lineup and get everyone familiar with their new offensive system, among other projects.

“Somewhere in that (locker) room, everyone is at a different stage in his career,” Edwards said. “Some are trying to begin a career. Some are trying to hold on to a career. Some are in the middle of it and trying to figure out how many more (seasons) they have.”

ChiTown
05-20-2008, 07:58 AM
It has got to suck for Tony G to be on a team that really doesn't have much of a chance to do anything over the next 2 years. I imagine he's got 3 good years left (that would put him at 35), before he hits the end of his productive years. He could be the missing piece to a Championship caliber team. Instead, he'll be anchoring an offensive unit that's trying to find an identity.

smittysbar
05-20-2008, 08:05 AM
This article really doesn't say shit

StcChief
05-20-2008, 08:11 AM
This article really doesn't say shitwelcome to a typical media article, especially during off-season.

kchero
05-20-2008, 08:59 AM
welcome to a typical media article, especially during off-season.

Seriously that basically wraps up anything Teicher does. He never really says anyting.

PGM
05-20-2008, 09:01 AM
It has got to suck for Tony G to be on a team that really doesn't have much of a chance to do anything over the next 2 years. I imagine he's got 3 good years left (that would put him at 35), before he hits the end of his productive years. He could be the missing piece to a Championship caliber team. Instead, he'll be anchoring an offensive unit that's trying to find an identity.

i'm sure the loads of cash he's making will help ease the pain :thumb:

Douche Baggins
05-20-2008, 09:02 AM
Seriously that basically wraps up anything Teicher does. He never really says anything.

Here we go again.

That's not his JOB.

Rooster
05-20-2008, 09:08 AM
This article really doesn't say shit

The Chiefs sealed off their practice to the media but said everyone except Wesley and rookie safety Ron Girault participated.


Welcome to the offseason.:rolleyes:

Chiefnj2
05-20-2008, 09:09 AM
" I’ve spoken to them since it happened, since after the draft. They’re excited. They really are."

Excited about an early retirement.

Douche Baggins
05-20-2008, 09:11 AM
The Chiefs sealed off their practice to the media but said everyone except Wesley and rookie safety Ron Girault participated.


Welcome to the offseason.:rolleyes:

And there's that, too.

Chiefnj2
05-20-2008, 09:15 AM
Bad PR move to seal off practice. The organization really doesn't have a clue.

Even though they sucked ass last year losing 9 in a row, fans have apparently given Edwards a second chance after the draft. Give people some footage of the rookies in Chiefs gear and give them something to get excited about.

Hydrae
05-20-2008, 09:25 AM
The other six veterans are starters: Tony Gonzalez, Brian Waters, Damion McIntosh, Alfonso Boone, Donnie Edwards and Patrick Surtain. One veteran privately expressed reservations about playing for a team undergoing such a massive rebuilding project during one of the final seasons of his career.


:hmmm: I say it is Surtain having reservations about still being here.

Coogs
05-20-2008, 09:36 AM
:hmmm: I say it is Surtain having reservations about still being here.

If they wouldn't have thrown in the "one of the final seasons of his career", I would have went with LJ. But with that part, I tend to agree with you.

the Talking Can
05-20-2008, 09:42 AM
:hmmm: I say it is Surtain having reservations about still being here.

yup

plus, Gonzo is already on record that he doesn't want to end his career on a losing team....if there isn't real progress this year, especially at QB, he'll ask for a trade next year, imo...

hopefully Surtain plays well enough that we could trade him next year, even for a 4th or 5th....

HemiEd
05-20-2008, 10:35 AM
Bad PR move to seal off practice. The organization really doesn't have a clue.

Even though they sucked ass last year losing 9 in a row, fans have apparently given Edwards a second chance after the draft. Give people some footage of the rookies in Chiefs gear and give them something to get excited about.

Are you kidding? Then the Patriots could send in a spy to figure out the Chiefs new offense. Gotta keep it locked up as long as possible.

Brock
05-20-2008, 10:42 AM
Bad PR move to seal off practice. The organization really doesn't have a clue.

Even though they sucked ass last year losing 9 in a row, fans have apparently given Edwards a second chance after the draft. Give people some footage of the rookies in Chiefs gear and give them something to get excited about.

This team has never cared about PR.

Fish
05-20-2008, 10:45 AM
:hmmm: I say it is Surtain having reservations about still being here.

Weren't there rumors/3rd hand stories/etc. about Waters commenting that he wasn't wild about the rebuilding this late in his career?

I thought it was reported somewhere that he had some doubts about the rebuild...

Skip Towne
05-20-2008, 10:57 AM
Bad PR move to seal off practice. The organization really doesn't have a clue.

Even though they sucked ass last year losing 9 in a row, fans have apparently given Edwards a second chance after the draft. Give people some footage of the rookies in Chiefs gear and give them something to get excited about.

But they would run the risk the fans will see that the new guys don't even know where to stand in the huddle.

Chiefnj2
05-20-2008, 11:18 AM
This team has never cared about PR.


They did years ago when they were trying to sell out the stadium. It's easy for them to take the fans for granted these days.