The Chiefs opened their three day rookie mini-camp yesterday and Todd Haley liked what he saw from his new players athletically.
“There are some physically good-looking guys. As far as practice went, their heads are spinning. There were a lot of errors out there for sure. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard to evaluate them off one practice, but as far as the eye test, there are some guys that passed it, clearly.”
The mini-camp began with 33 players, including the draft picks, 12 undrafted free agents, some younger veteran players and a handful of those invited on a tryout basis.
One of those younger veteran players is former Iowa quarterback Drew Tate. Tate joined Chase Patton as the camp quarterbacks attending on a tryout basis. He initially signed with the Rams out of college two years ago and also played for Saskatchewan of the CFL.
Also, during this morning’s practice the Chiefs played only the 3-4 defense during the media access portion of practice.
Haley has talked about working on getting the rookies caught up with the veterans, so I find it interesting he is using their time on the defensive side of the field exclusively in the 3-4. He also referenced a few of the rookies being out of shape and though he didn’t name names I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to figure it out when the first mandatory mini-camp rolls around and we see who is rotating with which unit.
Even though he’s been retired nearly 25 years, former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant felt the need to comment on the possible comeback of Brett Favre and ripped Joe Montana in the process, according to Bob Gretz.
Grant was expressing his belief that Favre should stay retired, mentioning several Hall of Fame quarterbacks who finished their careers in less than stellar fashion. One of those was Montana, who was traded in 1993 to the Chiefs and played to years in Kansas City.
“The 49ers released him after a brilliant career so he could go to Kansas City. In two years with the Chiefs he failed to produce.”
Grant had a great career not just as a coach but as an athlete as well. He was selected in both the NFL and NBA Draft and played for a short time in each league. In any era that is an amazing feat. But he needs to stop including Montana in any Brett Favre retirement talk. Favre came back last season with the Jets after retiring and not only did his team not make the playoffs but his poor play was a major reason. Meanwhile, Montana came to Kansas City and played well for two seasons, going to the playoffs each time. You call that failing to produce? Give me a break. Time for your nap, Bud.
Denny Thum, who has handled almost every responsibility except coaching in his 35 years with the Chiefs, added a new title Friday when he was appointed the fourth president in club history.
Thum, who was interim president since the Chiefs replaced Carl Peterson in December, reflected on his time spent in Kansas City.
“It’s quite a story, and I think it’s quite an accomplishment. Through Lamar, through Jim Schaaf, through Carl Peterson, through Jack Steadman, I’ve been given opportunities to go ahead and use my talents. They’ve been satisfied with what I’ve done, and I’ve been afforded the opportunities to continue to grow with this organization.”
Thum will be responsible for all business aspects of the organization and everything outside of football operations, the domain of general manager Scott Pioli.
Thum’s responsibilities will include but not be limited to tickets, marketing and sales and Arrowhead Stadium construction and operation. Pioli will be responsible for negotiating player contracts. Pioli and Thum will each report to chairman Clark Hunt.
There have been countless good “football men” who have passed through Kansas City and Thum is one of the best. This job has been a long time coming for Thum and it still feels good to see Carl Peterson’s job split up between two different people. Let Pioli concentrate on football operations and Thum take care of the rest.