One On One: Chiefs Quarterback Trent Green

With the retirements of offensive tackles Willie Roaf and John Welbourn, there isn't a player on the Chiefs' roster who has more at stake than quarterback Trent Green. But he doesn't seem to be worried at all, despite the inexperienced players stepping in.

"There's continuous growth going on there," said Green. "It was good the last couple years with Kevin Sampson and Jordan Black, and they've been able to get some valuable reps. Any time you can get game experience, it just makes it that much better. I think this year in camp, they're continuing to work and continuing to get better, and that experience factor is going to carry over into this season, and we're looking forward to one of those guys stepping up and putting a stranglehold on that position and not letting it go."

One of the players the Chiefs are hoping can fill the void is Kyle Turley. For several years, Turley was considered one of the best tackles in the game. He could play either side, and had a well-documented nasty streak that made him one of the NFL's most volatile personalities.

Turley spent the last couple of years out of football after a string of back issues forced him out of the league. But Green couldn't be happier about Turley's come back.

"Maybe he's mellowed with age a little bit, but he's not the same guy that he was in New Orleans," said Green. "I've had a lot of good conversations with him and talked to him about what we've done as an offense. He has some background in this offense, having played in St. Louis playing with Coach (John) Matsko and Mike Martz, so he has some familiarity with the offense and has fit in real well. It's just a matter of when you haven't played in two years, it takes a while to get your football legs back. He's done a good job picking things up and he's been a nice fit with this unit."

Besides keeping his eye on the offensive line, Green is also tutoring the two young quarterbacks the Chiefs acquired this offseason, CFL alum Casey Printers and third-round draft pick Brodie Croyle. The two young players couldn't find a better quarterback to learn from.

Not only is Green the foremost authority on the Chiefs' offense, but he's also well versed in the unwritten code of conduct that leaders in the NFL must follow. Croyle and Printers are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their talents, but Green thinks they can both do well.

"Casey's obviously had a couple of years of experience in the CFL, so he's a little bit more weathered," said Green. "The CFL game is substantially different from the NFL game, but he has a great deal of talent. He does a great job of leading the guys and has a lot of confidence in the huddle. He really has a strong arm and moves around well."

"Brodie, having been at a big time program like Alabama, nothing really rattles him. If you look at him, he's really calm and collected. Casey has a great deal of confidence in the huddle and great confidence leading the guys. It's amazing how quickly the two of them have grasped this offense, and have done a good job with it. There's a lot of wording, a lot of understanding the progressions and those two have done a great job."

No one in the NFL runs the Chiefs' style of offense as well as Green. He's spent his entire career in it, and knows every nuance of the scheme.

Obviously, neither of the young quarterbacks will be able to grasp the scheme this year as fully as Green does. But there are some simple things they can do to make their transition into the offense easier.

"The main thing is to know the progressions, and know the words," said Green. "When I say know the words, it's because this offense is so wordy. When you're in the game with the 40-second play clock and you get the play with 25 seconds, you've got to get in the huddle, you've got to get the shifts, you've got to get the movement, you've got to get the protection and you've got to get the play. Then you've got to get up to the line and execute it, while making your reads downfield. So, the quicker they can understand the terminology and understand their reads, they'll have that much more success."

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