Saturday Mini-Camp Update P.M.

From the Truman Sports Complex

The afternoon session of the Chiefs mini-camp played out much like the morning workout, or at least what the media was allowed to see.  The team worked  inside to escape the wet conditions.  There were 66 players on the field, with three from the roster missing: Tony Gonzalez, Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel.

Two notes from the day:

HELMETS: Right now the Chiefs are practicing in helmets that do not include the Chiefs arrowhead logo on either side.  They are just plain red helmets, with the players name written in tape across the front of the helmet.   This is an old Bill Parcells motivational tool where the players must earn the right to wear the logo.  Parcells did this in Dallas, where in the off-season the Cowboys helmets did not have the star on the side.  Eventually, at some point whether through the off-season program, training camp or pre-season, they reach a point where they will earn the honor of wearing the arrowhead.

CONCENTRATION DRILL: At the end of the afternoon session, Haley allowed the media a few extra minutes of viewing time.  What we saw was a concentration drill and the head coach was right in the middle of it.  All the players were in a three-point stance. Yes all the players, including the quarterbacks.  When Haley called out “set, hut” the players came out of their stances and jogged 10 yards and turned around.  They got back in their stance and got rady to do it again.  They could only move on Haley’s call of “set,  hut.”

Not so tough physically, but at the end of a day with two practices, many of the players were sore, tired and not focused.  Haley would throw in different words and blow his whistle and try to get one of the players moving.  It happened quite a few times, much to the consternation of the whole team as they would have to start over. Haley was loud enough to heard from over 50 yards away.

“You can’t start acting dumb when you are tired.”


“This is simple.  You’ve got to think.”

“We will not be a dumb football team.”

There’s one more practice for this camp set for Sunday morning.

16 Responses to “Saturday Mini-Camp Update P.M.”

  • April 18, 2009  - Mark says:

    Why isn’t Vrabel there???

  • April 18, 2009  - Patrick says:

    I have to say I really like that they have to earn their Arrowhead, just because you’re in the NFL doesn’t mean you’ve made it, you have to earn your stipes!

  • April 18, 2009  - Uncuffed says:

    Every day the new management group looks better and better and the old one looks worse and worse.

  • April 18, 2009  - True Red & Gold says:

    Sounds to me Haley is treating them like high school players! It will be interesting to see if that backfires on him.

  • April 18, 2009  - Blake says:

    He isnt treating them like high school players. He is trying to bring back the winning attitude to KC, he wants his players to earn their spots not just give it to them. I love what Haley is doing and he already sounds like a better coach than Herm ever could have been. KC is going to be a winning team, Pioli and Haley will MAKE that happen they dont accept losing like Herm. This will be a great team in the future.

  • April 18, 2009  - Devildog 1976 says:

    1976 Marine Corps Boot Camp… we were not allowed to wear the EGA, Marine Corps emblem until the last week of training. I like the earn your symbol motivation, I like it allot. Maybe they could do the telephone pole drills too. Anyone remember those? Good TEAM building.

    It is ALL about the TEAM……….and……….

    THE RIGHT (22) 53 2009

    In Pioli I trust

  • April 18, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    I like the earn the arrowhead think if it helps us win….but dag nabbit….now there will be a bunch of Chiefs football cards with pictures of players without that beautiful arrowhead on their helmet….you watch.

  • April 19, 2009  - Javi says:

    I think this is a great tactic. Difinetly agree you have to earn your stripes before you can put them on!!

  • April 19, 2009  - tm1946 says:

    Only tactic I fould acceptable by Dallas. Great psych out, got the money now make to team.

  • April 19, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    Hey punk…

    Hey…that was so funny. At least everyone can clearly see where my sentences begin and end and the words I use can be found in a standard dictionary. None of my sentences require 10 minutes of study with a Captain Nemo decoder to figure out what they say. Can you say the same? No! :)

  • April 19, 2009  - SG says:

    The question I’d have for the nice folks watching from the sidelines – are these guys practicing like they want to do something more than a 4-12 or 2-14? How much fire are they showing?

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