I was sitting around talking with some of the players who have been here the last couple years, and it was funny because we feel like the new guys because there are so many other new faces. It was kind of a weird feeling after being here for three years, and not recognizing barely anyone.
It was fun to see some of the players that got drafted. We've got some big, talented guys, players who are going to be able to help right away.
It was a voluntary workout, but everyone knows what that means in the NFL – you better be there. Being one of the veterans, a lot more is expected from you after you've been here a few years. The coaches aren't calling you out and directing you on the proper footwork and things like that. They pick up where they left off and it's fun to see guys who were struggling last year to compete day in and day out as rookies come in this year and act like they've been here before and take the coaching.
That goes for me as well. It was fun to see Tony Gonzalez and Donnie Edwards and all these guys who are 13 or 12-year veterans working with rookies. One of the things Herm said today was, "Come with a sharpened pencil," and that means be ready, let's hit the ground running, and that's exactly what we're doing.
Compared to last year, right now everyone is a little bit more upbeat. We haven't lost any games yet, so we have a clean record and we can make things positive. Anytime you have this much turnover on the roster – we have 31 rookies – you're going to have some naysayers out there.
But the way we look at it is we have a clean slate and a bunch of youthful guys who can run to the ball as well some veterans who will put these guys in the right position and give them some wisdom. Everyone's been positive with it so far and that's really the only way to go. With Herm, how he wants it done, he wants a youth movement and he's ready to move on with his program the way he likes it. If you don't like it, there's 31 other teams.
One of the last things Herm said to me last year, flying home from New York, was, "You're going to be sitting in the front of the plane for a lot of these away games next year." That's the truth. We're going to have a lot of young guys, and when you get those kinds of players you don't have a lot of experience, but you get players who are hungry and want to win and really earn their spots on the team. That's what's going to be fun to see, these guys flying around and making this team better.
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