Q&A: Todd Haley On First Day Of OTAs

The Kansas City Chiefs had their first OTA’s under new coach Todd Haley today, following the session he met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

On Mike Vrabel and Brian Waters not being part of the 83 players in attendance:

“I’m not going to talk about who’s here and who’s not here. You guys are out there and you have a good view and you can figure most of that out. Again, this is all voluntary and 83 guys were here, so let’s try and focus on those that are here and working hard…Yes, we’d like everybody here but those that weren’t here were not a surprise to any of us. So, I feel comfortable where we’re at with those guys.”

If he wants everyone here even though participation is voluntary:

“No doubt about it. I don’t think you can say it speaks for itself. But it is a voluntary deal and we have a mandatory mini-camp that’s coming up here in two weeks and at that point I expect to see everybody but our one college guy who is not allowed to be here. At that point we’ll have a better idea of where we’re at.”

On liking what he saw with the rookies and veterans together for the first time:

“Yes, a couple of us were standing their commenting that the big guys on the front line are starting to look like a group now. Whether they can get it done is another story, but I thought today was a good start and it looked like guys had an idea of what was going on. It was the first day and the young guys just got in last night and they’re clearly behind in some of the things. But some of them did some good work to come in this week and be ready to go.”

If first round pick Tyson Jackson had added pressure being around the veterans:

“I’m hoping that he handles it well because those were some of things we liked about him: his personality and demeanor, not only his playing ability. But you’re right. He’s here and he’s going to be under more scrutiny than most of the other guys all the time. That’s just something he’s going to have to deal with and that’s something you have to take into consideration when you pick somebody with a high pick. You believe you did the work on the guy to believe he’ll come in and handle it well.”

On how Glenn Dorsey looked:

“He’s alright. He’s got a little issue right now that we’ve been working on. He’s been working to get himself ready. But he should be going before too long. I think he made it through today pretty good and that’s what we were looking for.”

You can read the whole transcript here.

As I said earlier today, I fully expected Brian Waters to stay at home pouting but I thought Mike Vrabel would show up.  Right now we don’t know the reason for his absence and maybe he’s dealing with family and/or health issues on his own but until we know for sure it’s hard to lump him together with Waters who still wants to be traded.  The true test will be the mandatory mini-camp next month.  If Vrabel is not there then we know Todd Haley has another malcontent on his hands.

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