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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Chiefs end minicamp with positive vibes

  • It’s a wrap. Thursday was the Chiefs final day of mandatory minicamp. Now it’s off for six weeks then training camp.

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  • It’s a wrap. Thursday was the Chiefs final day of mandatory minicamp. Now it’s off for six weeks then training camp.
    “Guys are clicking, guys are in sync,” wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said. “We’re getting ready to go away for a couple of days and take some time off and work out and train and be ready for the season. That’s the good part.”
    Bowe says the players feel good right now.
    “Repetition, guys are getting 100 reps a day, so things are starting to click on both sides – offense and defense,” Bowe said. “Only time will tell when the season starts how good we’re going to look, but we feel good right now.”
    With the new collective bargaining agreement, coaches and players only get so much time, even Alex Smith has called some of the new rules “weird”, but watching practice there’s never an idle moment.
    There’s no choice. Go fast, get it all in and make the most of every opportunity.
    These practices under Andy Reid have all been about the hustle. If a player or coach isn’t into that, then the plan won’t work, but Reid has definitely kept the Chiefs on track.
    Bowe has commented more than once during OTAs and minicamp about Smith’s leadership.
    “He’s a leader on and off the field,” Bowe said. “He’s putting pressure on the defense. He’s running the huddle. When we don’t have a huddle, he’s speeding guys up and the tempo gets us in better shape. And he’s pushing the defense, so that’s going to make our team better.”
    Something I noted watching practice this week is how Andy Reid is doing less of the “let’s go!” or telling players to huddle up, but the players themselves are doing that for him. They’re driving each other to keep up.
    Alex Smith is the leader, Bowe’s not lying, I've see it at practice. Smith’s final hurdle will be proving it to the fans.
    A WINNING ATTITUDE: “High expectations. Andy Reid, he put a standard on us when he first walked into the meeting room – it’s winning a championship,” Derrick Johnson said when asked about expectations for the Chiefs this year and what the team is capable of. “If you play for anything else, you’re not doing justice to the game.”
    It’s championship talk right now. This week the offense was breaking the huddle yelling, “championship.”
    “He’s been winning, Andy Reid’s been winning for a while in Philadelphia,” Johnson said. “To get him here and get that winning attitude around this Chiefs organization, it’s going to be great for us.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Johnson, without spilling it, just said it. The attitude was wrong; the players didn’t see it before like they do now. Before John Dorsey and Reid, the culture wasn’t helpful toward winning. Unfortunately Scott Pioli turned it into something else.
    That’s big. There’s been a giant change.
    “Offensively and defensively, we’re competing,” Johnson said. “We’re doing a heck of a job out there. I was a little winded today because coming off a weekend, but we’ve done a lot of good things.”
    A mental overhaul, that’s been the biggest adjustment with these early practices. The talent is there, Dorsey added more, but the thinking was wrong.
    “I wouldn’t say rebuilding,” Clark Hunt said when asked if this season was a rebuilding year. “We came into 2013 with a lot of talented football players on the team and John Dorsey has done a great job in adding some people who I think will help us both this year and down the road. And then, obviously, Andy and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job with them.”
    It’s encouraging; Hunt has a right to be excited, which he said he is. Already, Hunt has showed his face more than he did to start last season. He wants people to know that he’s a fan, too.
    It’s different, I see it. It’s professional, believable and legit. Like real football.
    No guessing, or like it’s the first time, but Reid has a plan. No rebuild, not another redo – no need to.
    “No, you never look at it as a rebuilding year. That’s college talk,” Johnson said. “You always reload. Even though we didn’t win a lot of games last year, this team that we have already had some good core players here – something we could build off of or we could reload off, I should say, by bringing Alex Smith in and bringing a few other guys in to help us win.”
    Some think it premature to talk championship or playoffs right now. Maybe, but hey, it starts by thinking it. Then talk about it followed by playing like it.
    You have to dream it first. They’re professionals, talented athletes but they needed a general.
    Hello, Andy Reid!
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     
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