While the NFL lockout drags on, more and more players are conducting unofficial workouts around the league. The Chiefs hadn’t been involved in any of those type of workouts, until this past week when Matt Cassel got things going in Kansas City with Dwayne Bowe, Jerheme Urban and Brad Cottam. A couple of the newest Chiefs — Jonathan Baldwin and Ricky Stanzi — are expected to join in shortly.
“We’re making arrangements trying to get them out here as well, even if they have to come out and stay with me for a few days,” Cassel said. “I told (Baldwin) I’m excited he’s with us. I told him to get settled and let everything kind of sink in and then get out here and start to get to work. That’s going to be the biggest challenge is getting some of those younger guys up to speed because they’re not going to be able to have the coaching and the extra time at the facility to go through the playbook. So they’ll have to rely on myself and some of the other leaders as well.”
Cassel said the Chiefs’ other quarterback, Brodie Croyle, was in Mississippi with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s first child any day. Croyle has no contract for 2011, so it’s uncertain whether he would participate in any case.
Great news for the Chiefs. The San Diego Chargers have been working out together for over a month, leaving many fans in Kansas City to wonder when Cassel would get out on the field with his teammates. Now we don’t have to wonder any more as Cassel continues to get new players involved in the workouts.
Luckily Cassel was able to meet with new offensive coordinator Bill Muir and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn during the short time the lockout was lifted. The Chiefs QB can bring with him a unique view into the wrinkles that are going to be built into the offense and pass them along to the rest of the players.
If Baldwin can get into Kansas City and start getting comfortable with Cassel sooner rather than later, he will go a long way towards shedding the “diva” tag he carried into the draft. It will also give the rookie a chance to crack the starting lineup from the Chiefs first official practice — whenever it is that ends up being.