"It's an opportunity for us to learn a little bit," Haley insisted, "so they came out for us, which they'll be here the whole weekend. They're going to watch tape with groups in between practices and coach them up."
Maurice Leggett said the addition of the referees in practice "brings more of a focus" to the team. He reinforced Haley's idea that it prevents penalties, something that the Chiefs must control in order to be successful.
Leggett comments on officials.
So far, there isn't much more to teach before the pads come on. After about a month of practices, players are beginning to show flawless technique. All the quarterbacks, Matt Cassel especially, have been almost perfect in practices. The only struggles the quarterbacks showed today came during a laid-back drill where they had to throw into an accuracy net. Then again, it's just a net, and the drill seemed as if it was merely to pass time on a slow day.
Derrick Johnson was rolling with the first team linebackers once again, seemingly backing up his guarantee to be a starter by the time training camp rolls around. The other noticeable aspect of the defense today was the absence of Jarrad Page. Page has not attended any of the off-season practices and has yet to sign his free agent tender, but for everybody else, today's mini camps were mandatory.
Berry getting sound advice.
With the team having nearly perfect attendance throughout the off-season, Page continues to stick out on roster sheets like a sore thumb. Despite his absence, there wasn't even a mention of his name during Haley's press conference, and his locker remained untouched for yet another day.
Mini-camps are the second step in the offseason program, and with training camp just around the corner, the Chiefs are preparing for the trip to St. Joseph, Missouri. Haley called the new location of training camp easy and convenient -- not only for the team and coaches, but also for the fans.
Haley dubbed it "a win-win-win" situation for Missouri Western University, Chiefs fans, and for the Chiefs themselves. "Having a bunch of fans out there will be fun," Haley said. "It creates energy."
The players not participating in drills were mainly the same folks: running back Jamaal Charles, cornerback Brandon Flowers, wide receivers Lance Long and Quinten Lawrence, and tight end Brad Cottam. Tight end Tony Moeaki participated was on the practice field, as he had been in the previous few days, showing that his history of injuries may not be as bad as it seems.
In other news, in a day dominated by more talk about college sports and professional sports, many Chiefs players were asked their opinions about their former schools. Former Iowa Hawkeye Tony Moeaki said the prospect of the Big Ten expansion involving the Nebraska Cornhuskers is "great" and an Iowa-Nebraska rivalry is exciting to think about.
On the other hand, linebacker and Nebraska alum DeMorrio Williams said the Cornhuskers were going to "dominate" the new conference. Moeaki was quick to retaliate with a grin: "I don't think so."