KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid saw his new team in action for the first time on Tuesday during a three-day mini camp at Arrowhead Stadium. The team will continue practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
“No, it’s not all perfect right now but it’s the first step in the process,” Reid said. “We’ll keep on working at it and getting ourselves better.”
Besides having a new head coach, there are a lot of new faces on team, including quarterback Alex Smith.
“It’s great to be out here playing football,” Smith said. “You know there are restrictions in the offseason, so it’s good to be out here. I thought there was good effort, good energy.”
The NFL allows teams with new head coaches to hold a special mini camp to help the players adjust to a new system. It is voluntary, but every player was there, except for starting left tackle Brandon Albert. Albert signed a one-year franchise tender with the team but says he wants a long-term contract or to be traded before he shows up for practice.
Tuesday was the first chance players had to make a positive impression with the coaching staff. They’ve already spent time together in the meeting room installing their offensive and defensive game plans. And now they can take what they learned in the classroom to the field.
“We’re repeating those things they heard in meetings the last couple of weeks,” Reid said. “They’re hearing it for the second time, digesting it, and going at a fast pace here. In other words, rapid fire pace of calling plays, getting to the line of scrimmage and executing them.”
The mini camp is also beneficial to coaches, allowing them to see what the team is missing right before the NFL draft, which begins a week from Thursday. Most NFL analysts expect the Chiefs to take a left tackle with that first pick, but new GM John Dorsey isn’t revealing his plans, so we’ll have to wait and see what they decide to do.