I'm peeking out my Alexandria hotel room window right now and the Washington, DC, "skyline" is unfolding in front of me. Very beautiful. Almost makes me wish I lived here again. Almost.
The Kansas City Chiefs' 2009 mandatory minicamp concluded yesterday and while I was at a wedding here in DC, Primetime lit it up with his coverage. Just amazing work. I've also got to hand it to Bob Gretz, the KCChiefs.com web guys and the Kansas City Star crew for delivering all of this info to us. We're really lucky to have all of those resources in the Chiefs blogosphere.
The Chiefs continue OTAs this week. Training camp is a short month and a half away. It's going to fly by.
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Sorting Out the Fines for Missing the Chiefs Mandatory Minicamp
According to the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), teams are allowed one minicamp each off season where every player is required to attend. Today, that mandatory minicamp begins for the Kansas City Chiefs and goes through the weekend.
Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel Report for Chiefs Minicamp
After missing all of the previous offseason workouts, guard Brian Waters and linebacker Mike Vrabel arrived today for the first day of the Chiefs' mandatory minicamp.
Brian Waters: 'As of Today, I'm a Kansas City Chief'
"When it’s time for business, I try to take care of it at that time and when it’s time for football, I try to take care of it at that time," Waters said. "This weekend is about football."
VIDEO: Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley on the First Day of Mandatory Minicamp
Todd Haley mentions that the Kansas City Chiefs team as a whole has lost 338 pounds. He also mentioned that he wasn't surprised that Brian Waters or Mike Vrabel showed up.
Photos and Video from Chiefs First Mandatory Mini-Camp
The Kansas City Star has a photo gallery up of the first day of the Chiefs mandatory mini-camp. While you're at it, here's a photo gallery of Brian Waters as a Chief and here's a video of Mike Vrabel talking to the media.
Kansas City Chiefs Wrap Up Day One of Mandatory Mini-Camp
The big news today is of course that Brian Waters and Mike Vrabel attended today's mini-camp. Neither player had been at any of the voluntary practices over the last six weeks. Despite the whirlwind of media reports following the morning practice, there was still an afternoon practice.
Does Brian Waters Acting as his own Agent Represent a Liability?
The NFL is a business alright. As Kansas City Chiefs fans we have received a shrewd reminder of that reality in recent months. The excitement of receiving Mike Vrabel as a "throw in" to the Matt Cassel trade wore off quickly when his initial press conference with Kansas City area reporters wasn't exactly a session that pumped us up as fans.
Some Advice For Brian Waters
I can empathize with Brian Waters. Like Brian, I too have had to deal with big changes in my job. A job that I had begun to think I wanted to spend the next 20 or 30 years at.
VIDEO: Chiefs' Todd Haley on the Second Day of Mandatory Mini-camp
TODD HALEY: "I thought we had a very good day of work considering two practices yesterday. It was the first time we’ve gone through that. That usually makes it tough today. And, we had a bit of wind. But I thought it was a pretty active practice.
Photos and Updates from Day Two of Chiefs Minicamp
79 players attended the afternoon practice. The four usual suspects were missing in action (Kolby Smith, Glenn Dorsey, Brodie Croyle, Ron Edwards), Monty Beisel was attending his brother's wedding and Tony Curtis was getting married.
Chiefs Wrap Up Day Two of Mandatory Mini-Camp
Mandatory mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs has seemed to generate a whirlwind of news and speculation since its commencement on Friday morning. Two practices on Friday, two yesterday and one today will close the books on the Chiefs first (and only) mandatory offseason camp.
Chiefs Mandatory Mini-Camp: It's a Wrap; OTAs Resume Monday
The team concluded the final practice of the mandatory mini-camp with some fun. Players like Mike Goff, Tamba Hali, Tank Tyler and Barry Richardson fielded punts. The Chiefs official site said Goff made one of the more interesting snags of the day. Let's hope this was just for fun.
Q&A with Todd Haley on Chiefs Final Day of Mandatory Mini-Camp
Todd Haley: "Now there are a lot of young guys that I didn’t know a lot about specifically on that defensive side of the ball – some of the linebackers and those guys who are changing positions that I’m encouraged by."
Redshirt Stock Report
With our first mandatory Mini-Camp in the books, it is time to re-shuffle the deck and see where we are at with our new 3-4 defense.