And while Holmes generally keeps his personal ambitions to himself, he did let something slip in the offseason that provides a glimpse into what he considers personally important in 2004.
"The only record that really meant much to me was touchdowns," Holmes said. "This year I'd like to break some longer runs, do some of the things (Baltimore's) Jamal Lewis did last year in going over 2,000 yards (rushing).
"We have the offensive line to do that," Holmes added. "And, with the improved attitude we have on defense this year, we'll definitely be on the field (offensively) a lot longer this year."
Holmes had a career-best 1,615 yards rushing in the 2002 campaign, one that lasted only 14 1/2 games because of the hip injury he received in the season's 14th game in Denver. His rushing production fell off to 1,420 yards last year when the Chiefs ran him only 320 times in 16 games, well off the pace of '02 when he ran 313 times before missing the final two games.
Concerned about not over-working their workhorse in that first season back from the hip injury that some thought might threaten his career, the Chiefs will be monitoring Holmes' touches again in '04, his eighth NFL season at the age of 31 (in October).
That's why Holmes wants to break longer runs to make the most of his opportunities.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez has been named the NFL's No. 1 "Good Guy" in an annual feature prepared by The Sporting News.
Gonzalez's charitable foundation offers emotional and educational support to medically needy children through the Shadow Buddy Program -- condition-specific dolls wearing a hospital gown emblazoned with Gonzalez's No. 88. Gonzalez often personally distributes the dolls, designed to provide a friend in time of need.
At Christmas time, Gonzalez's "Shop with a Jock" program provides money and a shopping opportunity for under-privileged children who conduct their shopping sprees with a Chiefs player.
Gonzalez also has been active in United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, organ donation awareness and seat-belt safety programs.
Right guard Will Shields previously received the publication's designation in 2001. Shields and Chiefs' fullback Tony Richardson also were named to the publication's list of 78 pro athletes honored for their off-field service.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was named the No. 1 Good Guy in all of sports for his efforts in battling ALS.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I never mention my goals individually. But as far as team goals go, we want to make sure we don't waste a 13-3 record again. It's just too hard to get that kind of record." -- Running back Priest Holmes.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
The Chiefs have come to contract terms with third-round draft pick Keyaron Fox, a linebacker from Georgia Tech. Fox signed a four-year deal. He becomes only the second Chiefs draftee signed thus far after seventh-round pick Kevin Sampson came to terms with the team.
Fox, who was second in the voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year, had a generally impressive showing in the limited number of spring drills in which rookies were allowed to participate. He is expected to battle for the backup spot behind weak-side backer Shawn Barber.
Defensive end Robert Flickinger, who has played for the Scottish Claymores in seven of his eight NFL Europe seasons, has signed with the Chiefs.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: (1) Non-Tender CB Darrius Johnson
TE Billy Baber; P Jason Baker; CB William Bartee; LB Monty Beisel; RB Derrick Blaylock; LB Quinton Caver; DT Eric Downing; TE Jason Dunn; LS Kendall Gammon; S Shaunard Harts; DE Eric Hicks; DE R-Kal Truluck; S Lyle West; S Jerome Woods.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: (5)
OT Chris Bober; CB Cliff Crosby; DT Lional Dalton; QB Damon Huard; OL John Welbourn.
PLAYERS LOST: (3)
QB Jonathan Quinn; OT Marcus Spears; OT John Tait.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED: (2)
LB Keyaron Fox; OT Kevin Sampson.
LB Mike Maslowski is still limited to light workouts. It's not known if he will be at full speed at the start of training camp later this month.
CB Eric Warfield showed no ill effects of off-season back surgery in the Chiefs final mini-camp.