If there were any Kansas City Chiefs fans that weren’t yet sold on QB Matt Cassel’s leadership abilities, there’s a good chance that purchase was made on Thursday afternoon. That is when a very well attended unofficial Chiefs three-day mini-camp came to a close in Kansas City.
Virtually every notable Chiefs player reportedly participated in the spirited, but tempered, practice with the exception of Tamba Hali, Branden Albert, Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel. The press was allowed to attend on Thursday, while security was in place to keep others away.
The person that arranged the practice and all the details that went along with it? That’s right, Cassel.
Nearly six months to the day that he returned to the field after missing just one game due to an appendectomy, the Chiefs QB once again showed why this is his team and why fans shouldn’t have a problem with it.
Sure, he was already leading much more informal workouts with a handful of rotating players, but nothing nearly the scale of what went down this week. Even in shorts and t-shirts, the Chiefs were able to go 11-on-11 and work on their playbook with the same guys that will be lining up next to them whenever this lockout finally comes to an end.
With Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers holding similar workouts since March, it was clear any team that wanted to hold them off for a second straight year in the AFC West would have to be prepared for a fight from the start. Cassel has made sure that the Chiefs will be armed and ready to go when they “officially” get together for the first time this season.