After cutting the final practice of last weekend’s mandatory mini-camp short by a half hour to reward his players for their hard work, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has extended his reward by canceling today’s final OTA of 2010.
Hard work makes good things happen – not only on game days, but at the discretion of the head coach in the off-season program as well.
All of the positives that we’ve heard from the players and coaching staff this off-season has come full-circle these past three days. Haley saw a team focused on meeting its goals both on and off the field, so he rewarded them with an early dismissal.
For the veterans, they are now off until training camp begins. Some of the players who live in Kansas City will continue to come into the building for workouts and film study, but the next six weeks are a time to refresh before the real grind begins. Of course, each player will be required to stay in shape as a grueling conditioning test awaits them upon arrival in St. Joseph.
For the rookies, a formal off-season program continues for the next several weeks. The rookie class started off the spring behind in workouts and this is a time for them to both catch up to the veterans and further prepare for what will be their first NFL training camp.
“The next step for us in the next 45 days or so is that they continue to make progress and don’t go backwards,” Haley said. “The next thing in line will be training camp.”
Great decision from Haley. The players have given so much over the past couple of month it’s good to see Haley give something back to the players ahead of training camp.
Is this part of the new and improved Todd Haley that we’ve been talking about the past few weeks?