KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Marshall Newhouse #74 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball after picking up a fumble as Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With the recent close of Chiefs mini-camp, it's important for Chiefs fans to remember not to draw many conclusions based on how players looked in spring workouts. After all, players are in shorts and no contact is really allowed. In other words, anyone can look good.
The KC Star recently posted a video interviewing Glenn Dorsey before mini-camp ended about not being able to play in pads and he gives a bit of insight into what Chiefs players can get from a session like mini-camp even if they're not able to go all out.
"Up front wise, I think it's kind of even," said Dorsey. "You can't come off the ball like they can't come off the ball. It's too early to tell anything, man. You can't tell anything without pads, so we'll have to wait until training camp.
"When you're not in pads, it's a little more about [the game] mentally and technique," he continues. "Instead with pads on, you gotta him 'em in the mouth and go get it. When it's like this, you gotta make sure your mental game is ready and your technique is right."
That's been the point of emphasis for rookies like Dontari Poe, but with new coaches in place, especially on offense, there's a lot of work for veterans to do as well -- even if the work on the field didn't mean as much.
The pads and corresponding hits will eventually come, but it's the mental work focused on in settings like mini-camp that will eventually pay off for the players who immersed themselves in the work. The Chiefs camp felt very focused and united, so that should pay dividends in just a few months.