The NFL lockout may still be rolling on, but so are the unofficial Chiefs workouts led by Matt Cassel. The Kansas City QB gave Adam Teicher a glimpse at the kind of work the rotating group of teammates are doing at a local high school, including Cassel calling out plays and giving out defensive coverages.
“I don’t want to come out here and just go through the motions,” Cassel said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys out here trying to get better. If we come out here and I say, ‘Just run a slant,’ then they’re not thinking about coverages or trying to get better. This is all about, “Why are we running this route?’…
“It’s also an exercise for myself to be able to stay mentally sharp. We go through the route concepts. We can’t get lazy with this. There’s no defense out there so there are guys running around open all the time. But it won’t be that way in a game. So I’ll go through my route progressions, look here, look there, redirect my feet. It’s a lot of good work for everybody.”
“There’s no substitute for having the whole team here . But we’re trying to make our best effort to make progress this time of year. We’re doing a pretty good job of it.”
Are there two people better suited for each other than Cassel and Chiefs head coach Todd Haley? The QB’s words sound an awful lot like those of his coach, which are based in getting better every day by giving your best effort no matter what you’re doing.
It’s great to see a handful of players that weren’t even on the 53-man roster at the end of last season — Jeremy Horne, Quinten Lawrence and Brad Cottam — are in town working with Cassel to try and be a step ahead when the lockout is finally lifted for good.
Hopefully when more of the team gets involved, the veterans will take a cue from the kids and really get after it with Cassel.