Head Coach Todd Haley quickly addressed his players after practice and told him that in-fighting between teammates is not something he tolerates. He also made that very clear to the media after the morning altercation.
Still, the interesting part about the fight was how involved rookie Eric Berry was in the tussle. Toward the end, he was pushing quarterback Matt Cassel out of harm's way. This young man fascinates me. For more on him, check out my column this evening on the Chiefs' $60 million man.
What's amazing to me about the practices on Saturday was how fast and fresh the players seem to be, and how physical the action has been - especially when the offense battles the defense in 11-on-11 drills.
The battle in the trenches are physical and guys are fighting, scratching, and crawling to gain any leverage they can to become one of the Right 53.
This team is growing under Haley and Hunt.
Haley gets the credit for that, as does General Manager Scott Pioli for sticking to a plan this offseason. In my opinion, both have come a long way since this time last year.
This football team has made great strides since their season ending victory in Denver. At the time, I felt it would benefit the Chiefs to beat the Broncos and push them out of the playoffs.
What it did instead was wake a sleeping giant.
This organization hasn't had this much life in a very long time. The team will be playing in a brand-new Arrowhead this season, they have the most state-of-the-art training facility in the NFL, and leadership is clearly committed to winning the right way.
And that starts at the top. Chairman Clark Hunt has grown so much as an owner. It's been great for the media and the fans to see him at the forefront of the organization as he's been the last few weeks. He's very soft spoken, but you can clearly see he has the passion for winning and showing the kind of commitment that his father, the late Lamar Hunt, gave to this community for nearly 50 years.
Add all that with the fact that he spent the money to make sure the team's draft picks would be signed for the beginning stages of camp. And he made a strong financial commitment to make sure he has two of the top coordinators in the NFL, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
And we can't forget the fact the Hunt family put $125 million of their own money into the renovations for Arrowhead, plus another $10 million in St. Joe for this breathtaking facility.
Commissioner Roger Goodell might have said it best Friday at the dedication of Founder's Plaza when he stated that this team was on the rise.
He was absolutely right.
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2. NT Ron Edwards - Today was his best day on the practice field. He was stellar against the run and a couple of times his penetration up the middle allowed the defensive end and linebackers to move forward where they could camp in the backfield. That's key for this defense. Though I'm not sold on Edwards, he has played well. But eventually I think undrafted rookie free agent Garrett Brown from Minnesota has the chops to be a solid defensive tackle.
3. LB Cory Greenwood - There's been some buzz in camp about the Canadian linebacker. He's very quick and was highly thought of by some scouts. He's the type of diamond-in-the-rough player that make great stories in the NFL and he could become a great story for the Chiefs in 2010. He's played some at nickel linebacker in passing situations and, in my opinion, he already has better cover skills than the Chiefs' starters at inside linebacker, the aforementioned Williams and Corey Mays.
4. CB Brandon Carr - He was very physical today in one-on-one drills with the receivers. Brandon Flowers gets a lot of the glory, but Carr has been with him every step of the way. He looks so much more confident after a shaky sophomore season in 2009. I'm not ready to proclaim him a shutdown corner like Flowers, but he's gaining ground. With those young corners playing so well, it will make the job of safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis much easier in 2010. And if somehow they all mesh along with Javier Arenas, the Chiefs' defensive secondary will be deadly.
5. OC Charlie Weis - I'm just going to write about him every day. I've talked to a few people who tell me he's as gracious and nice as they come off the field. That's not the perception in league circles. But as he continues to struggle with recent knee surgery, hobbling around on a cane and riding a scooter, he is one of the best teachers I've seen on this coaching level in a long time.
But where I saw his personality shift was when he spoke to Dwayne Bowe after he ran a great out pattern Saturday. He said to trust the route and that he would not let Bowe down. In other words, the play he designed will be a success for his suddenly sharp receiver. That tells me there is a lot more to Weis than we know about.