Positive Vibes

<b>Brett Williams</b> has noticed difference in approach by simply watching Florida State on television. He senses an attitude change from the Seminoles, who have clinched their first 10-win season in two years and have an opportunity to climb in the polls with an Orange Bowl victory over state rival Miami. In fact, Williams -- as he said following his senior season with the Seminoles in 2002 -- believes the program is again poised to rejoin the nation's elite.

"I think basically everyone got fed up and everyone was tired of (struggling) and they (players) came together and stepped it up a notch," Williams told TheTerritory Monday night from Kansas City.

"Their character really showed in that they were able to win the close games this season and there were times they played extremely well. Even on television I could tell the team had a different attitude.

"Obviously, Clemson wasn't good and the Miami game... I know they wish they had that one back, with the weather and all that. But that's the good thing about the Orange Bowl. They get another opportunity, and hopefully we can beat them. But, overall, I think they played well and seem to be back on track."

Williams, meanwhile, is enjoying his new NFL surroundings with the Chiefs. He recently purchased a new home in nearby Overland Park. (He's currently living in apartment).

The Chiefs, of course, are on the league's hottest teams.

They trounced the Lions at home Sunday 45-17 to clinch their first AFC West title since 1997. Although Williams has played since the preseason, he's a reserve tacklet behind starters Willie Roaf and John Tait.

"I am in a great situation, being able to learn behind these two guys every day in practice," said the 310-pound Williams, who saw plenty of preseason action. "Everyone of our starting five is capable of making the Pro Bowl."

Williams, who grew up in the Florida sunshine in Kissimmee, is also learning how to cope with the weather. Kansas City has already received plenty of sleet and snow, which has made Williams' 20-minute drive to the Chiefs' complex a harrowing experience at times.

"That first day it took me 30 minutes to get the ice off my truck," Williams said and laughed.

"We had a bad snowstorm last week. In fact, they had to push practice back two hours because nobody could get to the complex. It took me about 90 minutes, and that was going around 10 miles per hour. The first time I put on my breaks, my truck didn't stop (laughing). It's something else. Some of the players were giving me a hard time Sunday, because I was wearing so much on the sideline trying to keep warm."

Williams admits he also has been somewhat surprised by the NFL atmosphere.

"It has been different here in Kansas City -- I figured it wouldn't be much as a team atmosphere," Williams said.

"I thought everybody would kind of be looking at for himself at this level, but it's not like that here. It's really a unique atmosphere in that everyone is really close and gets along so well."

Of course, Williams also senses that difference with the Seminoles, too.

"It seems like everyone has their act together," Williams said.


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