When the Kansas City Chiefs wrap up their three-day mandatory mini-camp on Thursday, it will be the final time head coach Romeo Crennel sees his players on the field until training camp in St. Joseph late next month.
Any time players have six weeks to themselves there have to be plenty of nervous moments as a coach. Ideally, you’d like to see everyone in the same or better shape than they were during this week’s mini-camp but as we’ve seen over the years that doesn’t always happen.
Crennel, for his part, will leave his players with a very simple message after Thursday’s practice.
“Make good decisions, the right decisions,” the head coach said, according to the Chiefs official site. “Because it impacts everybody, your teammates, the coaching staff, your team, the community, the owner and all of those things.”
Though there has been no word of a Todd Haley-esque conditioning test waiting for players when they report for training camp, Crennel says they are being given what they need to be prepared.
“[Strength and conditioning coach] Mike Clark does a good job at that and telling them about staying in shape and having to lift and how they need to run before they get back.”
Will all 90 players follow the team’s plan and be in tip top shape? Of course not, but it’s always intriguing to see which players are huffing and puffing their way through that first workout at camp.