SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn looks on as Matt Cassel #7 drops back to pass during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
As the roster begins to take shape and the practice routines settle in, new Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is getting a better hold on not only his own position but what to expect of his coaches and players. With some recent remarks at training camp, it was clear that not everything was up to his standards.
After chiding the Chiefs media a bit for their own haggard look in the heat of St. Joe, Crennel gave the media a rundown on his expectations for his players through the training camp regimen and the heat of summer.
"They've got their camp legs too," said Crennel. "Particularly yesterday, they were dragging a little bit. I had to try to push them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. One of the things they have to do is learn to push themselves in that tough situation. They're tired, they're beat up, they've got some bumps and bruises, they're sore, so you have to be able to work through it.
"There are going to be tough situations in the games, so they have to learn to push themselves and make themselves go at the level they need to go at so that they can perform."
Crennel wasn't quite happy with the team's performance near the end the first full week of camp, and that's likely a common sentiment across the league as players are adjusting after several weeks off of work. Coming in fresh is one thing, but working through the grueling August temperatures day after day is another.
"Even though practice yesterday wasn't as good as I wanted it to be, I think it can be a learning experience for a lot of the young guys and for the team in general. You have to be able to finish. It's not over until that final whistle blows. Both sides of the ball had some ups and downs. We've got to get those straightened out, ironed out and see if we can do better today, which we will try to do."