With the NFL lockout (hopefully) in its final days, it's time to turn our attention to actual football stuff, which includes the Kansas City Chiefs training camp. Adam Teicher pointed out in the Kansas City Star this morning that, according to the previous collective bargaining agreement, teams could start training camp 15 days before their first preseason game.
For the Chiefs, that date would be Thursday, July 28, if the rules are the same. They haven't officially announced anything but Thursday or Friday makes the most sense for a start date assuming the lockout is indeed done this week. If we've learned anything from Todd Haley over the last two years, I would guess he'll be pushing for a Thursday start.
Haley talked with Kevin Kietzmann on 810 WHB's Between The Lines from Lake Tahoe, site of the American Century Championship, last week and gave his best non-answer when asked if the Chiefs could prepare for a regular season game in just a couple of weeks.
"That's speculative," Haley said. "I don't know. One of the things I've tried to do through this, and I've said to our coaching staff, is not to worry about things we can't control. Let's talk through scenarios and decide what's most important when we get back at it and do the best possible coaching job we can, maybe the best we've ever done because that's what it will take."
Hopefully the Chiefs have a full training camp which would give them about six weeks to prepare for Week 1.