“… A little bit of progress, but we have a long, long way to go,” Romeo Crennel said with the end of the first week of OTAs.

“… A little bit of progress, but we have a long, long way to go,” Romeo Crennel said with the end of the first week of OTAs.

“With this system, everyone’s got to be together, everyone’s got to be working together and not just working, but communicating and things like that,” said Eric Winston on the importance of OTAs to the offensive linemen. “It’s a big change obviously for everybody. It’s going to be tough, there are going to be some tough days ahead and I think you have to prepare for that. I think the thing is, I think we have the right personnel, we have the right coaches and we have the right scheme to be successful. I think we just have to keep pushing and keeping moving towards that goal and have to just work through that part as we go.”

Currently, I am away with my Air Force reserve unit in Fayetteville, Tenn. Our project is a Christian Academy that was hit by a tornado in April 2011. I found a lesson from laying cinder block and building a wall.

First, building something is tough work. It’s not easy. It can be hot, sweaty and you ache the next day. But I’ve learned something with each block. There are several things that go into laying block just right for the one to follow and the one after that.

If you don’t get it right, then the block after won’t be right. It distorts your whole wall and it won’t be level or plumb.

You can’t rush it or get in a hurry. It takes good old-fashioned work. That means putting your hands on the tools and placing the block where it has to be. If the cement is too soft, the block sinks too fast. If you wait too long the mortar gets hard and you start over.

Crennel’s opening quote hinted toward work to do. Those blocks are still being laid. The grout that will hold the Chiefs together is still being applied.

I’m all for setting limits high. It’s called self-motivation. If you don’t push yourself, then most likely nobody else will. I’ve seen several fans say that this season has them the most positive they’ve been in a long time.

As excited as Jamaal Charles gets fans with the things he says, reality dictates that the Chiefs are still working. Scott Pioli will tell you that he’s still occupied with making Kansas City better. Crennel is telling fans there’s much more to do. As a fan, I want the Chiefs to be the best they can be.

Lesson No. 2 from Fayetteville, Tenn.

I’ve learned chemistry. You discover a lot about the ones you work with when deployed. You learn likes and dislikes. You pick up on how each person works together and how they don’t. Close quarters teaches you how to team up when you don’t like everything about each other. You still have to get the job done.

“Each unit was beginning to develop camaraderie on their side of the ball,” Crennel said about this week’s OTAs.

I like taking everyday things I learn and thinking of how that might apply to the Chiefs. I think with any team environment or group effort it takes the collective to really get things done. In my last column I talked about the 1969 Chiefs and how they won the Super Bowl without Len Dawson starting the full season. I wasn’t trying to predict the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl this year. I just wanted to emphasize the 52 players besides Matt Cassel.

I’ll preach it until I’m blue in the face. Team is what wins championships.

In Crennel's opening statement he’s telling fans to be tolerant. To not set expectations too high, but remain eager. To understand players have to grind, it’s not automatic. Crennel isn’t putting himself in a bad spot with fans because of the way the season ended last year. Not everything’s fine or fixed.

The offensive line is being built. The defensive line is being built. Kansas City doesn’t have Dwayne Bowe signed. Kansas City needs a full productive season from Matt Cassel. Jamaal Charles has been rebuilt. Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki, who both ended 2011 early because of injuries, are healing.

Fans are very enthusiastic. I’m not saying don’t be, I’m excited.

But Crennel’s placing his men where they should be. Crennel can’t afford a bust in Dontari Poe; Poe has to get it. Second-year receiver Jonathan Baldwin is just starting to come into his own. Baldwin’s raw yet. In ways, Baldwin is a rookie.

“We’re experimenting and moving people around to see who can do what, so we plan guys who are corners in college and we’re giving them some look at safety,” said Crennel. “We’re making some things up to see what we have because the bulk of them are young guys. So, we don’t exactly know what we have back there, so until we can sort it out, we’ll continue to mix them in and see what happens.”

Eric Winston mentioned the Chiefs having the right players and coaches. I agree. The block, mortar and tools are present to construct this team. When it’s done, I think is going to be a lot of fun.

But they have to build it right. Fans need to let that happen.

Good day, Chiefs fans!