Offensive Coaches Talk From Wednesday’s OTA

RB coach Eric Bieniemy works with his players during OTA (kcchiefs photo)

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs made their coaching staff available to the media after Wednesday’s OTA, and coordinators and assistants on both sides of the football spent time answering questions.

Here are some nuggets from the offensive side. Defensive coaching comments will come later.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson on filling the holes left by free agency departures: “We’re rolling people in there right now. This is a time to experiment with different combinations at all positions. As we get closer to camp, things get ironed out a little bit more, and we’ll go into the season that way.”

Quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy on the focus of the offense in this year’s OTA workouts: “Last year it was focused on the details; this year it’s more on detailing the details. We’re really honing in on the details of the game. For instance in a specific play, Alex (Smith) last year might be trying to learn the concept of the play, whereas now this year he’s really focusing in on not the concept of the play so much as maybe his footwork or whether he’s going to take a single hitch versus a double hitch on a five‐step play versus a seven‐step play. It’s really detailing the details more than it is just learning the concept of the play.”

Wide receivers coach David Culley on OTA performance so far of Dwayne Bowe: “He’s been very good. He’s better at this point this year than he was last year. Basically he changed his routine. At this point in his career he decided that ‘Hey, I want to play a long time.’ In order to play a long time in this league you’ve got to have yourself right physically. And he’s done that.”

Offensive line coach Andy Heck on development of tackle Eric Fisher from last year to now: “I think that’s a natural progression for an o‐lineman, especially a young, lean guy like him coming into this thing to just put on a few extra pounds. I think he feels good at his weight and he’s been working hard in that weight room, so I think it’s going to be a positive for him.”

Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy on Jamaal Charles role as a leader: “I speak to Jamaal about that each and every day. You are the lead dog in this group. Your job is to be a professional and show these younger players what it takes to get to your status. First of all, Jamaal takes a tremendous amount of pride coming out here and working his tail off. Second, he takes a tremendous amount of pride of what he does in that weight room. More importantly, he takes a tremendous amount of pride in that classroom. All those things, combining the type of citizen he is, are going to show not just De’Anthony Thomas, but is still teaching Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray and all the other young players how to become a true professional in this industry.”

Culley on undrafted rookie receiver Albert Wilson: “We were surprised that he wasn’t drafted because the kid can run. He did very well at the (NFL) Combine; I remember him specifically at the Combine running well. He came from Georgia State and it was a new program there and he did a great job against the competition that he had. He had a bunch of big plays. He’s come in here and he’s kind of caught our eye.”

Pederson on first-year tight end Demetrius Harris and his transition from basketball to the NFL: “It was a valuable lesson for him to practice as a tight end last year; he got a lot of reps as a practice-squad tight end and as a show-team tight end. Now, coming in and the amount of reps he’s getting, it’s just making him better. He really is a smart guy. He’s picking up the system and he’s doing things right. We’re really excited to see his progress.”

Bieniemy on what draft choice DeAnthony Thomas showed during rookie mini-camp: “I thought he did a great job. Obviously when those kids come to camp, you never know what to expect. I’ll tell you one thing, he blew our socks off. He was in great shape, he did an outstanding job of catching the ball and he did an outstanding job of running the ball. It was fun watching him work. I’ve seen him since high school so I know what he can do. It was just exciting having the opportunity to see him up close and in person.”

7 Responses to “Offensive Coaches Talk From Wednesday’s OTA”

  • June 4, 2014  - George Garrett says:

    I,m very impressed with this staff’s ability to teach and put players in the best positions to exploit their talents. If the OL comes together our offense will be diverse enough to give defenses trouble. The staff is very good at getting good match ups against just about any defense and seems to have more and better talent. Over all the offense is young, may take some time to really come together. Watch out when it does.

  • June 4, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I observed in the military an obviously obscure fact in the civilian world: good leaders attract other good leaders and they produce an effective and motivated environment.

    You go Andy Reid and Company! Let’s kick some butt.

    But, as el cid is about to kick in, part of me wants to wait until November to discuss this topic again.

    Because I’ve heard this talk in June for far too long.

  • June 5, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    This would be a good time to ask “how do you really know if you have a great, good, or just average assistant coach”???? Case in point, what happened to the defensive coaching in the 2nd half of the Indy game??? Is that on the players or the coaches???? I have moved on but hope they have learned something from that complete “meltdown”.

  • June 5, 2014  - R W says:

    I’d like to buy into all this front office talk but still have the scars of too many dashed hopes over the past many seasons to put much into these comments at such an early date. My positive vibe side wants to believe all the above.

    My dreaded reality/negative side tells me most of the guys listed in this story are either busts, under achievers or won’t make the team with only a few performing as projected. For example, what IS Eric Fisher? Under achiever, ascending, or a bust? Another story to follow as the 2014 season rollout CONTINUES.

  • June 5, 2014  - DanO says:

    Chuck, have you really moved on?????
    Really????? :)

  • June 5, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    DanO; Yep, I have. I just happen to be a “realist” about the Chiefs. I look for this to be a fairly tough year. Loss of 5 pretty darn good players, no big free agency signings, struggling with the cap-I saw where we were only about 2 1/2 million under the cap. Average draft, and an “extremely tough schedule”. Going to be tough to see 8-8 this year.

  • June 5, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    DanO, of course Chuck has not moved on. No Chief fan has. 28-0 lead?

    That loss will be added to the collective memories of all Chief fans. Like the longest game on that long ago December afternoon.

    When I die and come back, I will still be a die hard Chief fan.

    I will find a way to wear red and gold on Sundays.

    And, God help my wife and friends, I will never trust a 28 point lead.

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