SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Don Banks of SI.com went to Kansas City Chiefs training camp last week and came away with an interesting tidbit in his write-up:
The Chiefs are using the buddy system. Yeah, the buddy system. (I had to use the same system with my older cousin when my aunt took me to New York City when I was seven years old.)
Chiefs coach Todd Haley has paired some of the younger guys with an older veteran to show them the ropes in this unique training camp. Via Don Banks' camp report:
[Kelly] Gregg and rookie offensive lineman Rodney Hudson are teamed, as are first-round receiver Jonathan Baldwin and safety Eric Berry, and rookie quarterback Ricky Stanzi and safety Kendrick Lewis, and third-round linebacker Justin Houston and tight end Leonard Pope.
These pairings make sense. Nose tackle goes against center, receiver goes against safety, quarterback goes against safety and linebacker goes against tight end.
Haley's definitely an outside-the-box thinker -- for example, the players acting as coaches for a week last year -- and I think this is another instance of him doing things differently. It sure makes a lot of sense to me.