SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 performs drills alongside quarterbacks Ricky Stanzi #13 and Tyler Palko #4 during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Last week, KQ2 up in St. Joe reported that officials from Missouri Western, site of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp, recently hosted officials from the Arizona Cardinals regarding a possible camp visit between the two teams. The Chiefs and Cardinals play in the first week of the preseason (well, the second preseason game for Arizona, who also plays in the Hall of Fame game this year). Missouri Western officials confirmed to Lance Snow of KQ2 that there were some discussions going on.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel was asked about that on Friday (via this video on KCChiefs.com) and he was non-committal on whether it'll actually happen.
"Well, I don't think so,' Crennel started. "Well, let me put it this way. There's been some mention of that but whether that'll happen or not, I don't know."
Hmm...interesting that his initial reaction was "I don't think so" before fleshing out his answer.
If it does work out, Crennel said he would not be opposed to it.
"I'm not opposed to it," Crennel, who has done joint camp visits in the past, said. "If this were my first year I would be opposed to doing something like that. But I've been here a couple of years and defensively we have our system in place and I think we're making good progress with our offense. If it works out, I think it'll be a good change. If it doesn't work out then we'll just go right on like we normally do."
As for why the Chiefs would do something like this, Crennel said that it does hold its advantages.
"The pros is you get a chance to work against someone else other than your own guys, your teammates," Crennel continued. "As practice goes on, you get used to your teammates. You know what their moves are and you can anticipate their strong points and their weak points and you can play to those things during practice. When you get a totally new person you have to go against, you don't know him, and you get a chance to see how your group is evaluated against a different group."
That's pretty much what we thought when the idea first came up. Working against your teammates is one thing. Working against a group of players you haven't seen for four hours every day is another.
I hope the Chiefs make this happen. It'd be a good draw if they had a scrimmage one night in the big stadium at Missouri Western.