The sheer, sincere energy radiates, almost enough to make you flinch or squint, as John Dorsey walks in the room and introduces himself.
As the new Chiefs general manager prepared to embark Friday for an inspection of the operation at Missouri Western, where the team begins training camp with a trickle Monday and in earnest on Friday, it was hard not to get reeled in by his boyish enthusiasm.
He spoke of the franchise being a "crown jewel" once it's awakened and vowed he "will not rest" until then. He talked of an organization that is "symmetrically aligned" and of the good people he is working with - "You can feel that around here " - in the aftermath of a reign of error that he isn't interested in addressing.
Hard to believe it's nearly here, but Chiefs training camp kicks off Friday, July 26 and runs through Aug. 14 on the Missouri Western campus in St. Joseph, Mo.
One big change for camp this year is that most practices will take place in the mornings, rather than the afternoon. That should make for a cooler experience - yes, we're talking in terms of temperature here - for both players and fans alike.
All outdoor practices are open to the public unless there's inclement weather. In that case, the team moves indoors and closes is session to the public.
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Chiefs 2013 Training Camp Roster from KC Star
No. Player Ht. Wt. College 9 Tyler Bray 6-5 215 Tennessee 10 Chase Daniel 6-0 225 Missouri 11 Alex Smith* 6-4 217 Utah 12 Ricky Stanzi 6-4 228 Iowa
Smith can improve the position for the Chiefs if he can merely cut down on the number of turnovers committed by Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn last season. He threw just 10 interceptions in his last 25 games with the 49ers. Daniel is solid as the first quarterback off the bench, so the real intrigue lies in the battle for the No. 3 spot. Bray appeared far ahead of Stanzi during offseason practices. He has remarkable skills for an undrafted rookie.
Alex Smith joined the show from Lake Tahoe. When asked about new coach Andy Reid's system, Smith raved about the Kansas City Chiefs' possibilities given the team's new weapons. Building off of that, Smith agreed with Donovan McNabb's statement that Reid knows how to coach to his players' strengths. Smith sees a lot of depth on the team.
Eleven Jayhawks Heading To NFL Training Camps from KU Athletics
A pair of Kansas City Chiefs rookies will spend their first NFL training camp just up the road from Lawrence as safety Bradley McDougald and defensive lineman/linebacker turned fullback Toben Opurum didn't have to travel far to start their professional careers. McDougald finished his senior season at KU ranked second on the team in tackles with 92, while leading the Jayhawks in interceptions with three. Opurum spent the last three seasons at KU on the defensive side of the ball after a stellar freshman campaign as a running back. In 2009, Opurum was the first freshman to lead Kansas in rushing in a season since Clark Green in 2002 as he carried the ball 133 times for a team-best 554 yards and nine touchdowns. He is returning to his roots with the Chiefs as he is slated to play fullback in the NFL.
"Always excited for the Chiefs; are you kidding me?" replied Riggle, who's part of the NFL on FOX crew. "Even last year, I picked them every week. And it cost me, but I did it. I'm not going to change. I'll pick them every week this year.
"I love it. We've got a new coach (Andy Reid), a new GM (John Dorsey), a new quarterback (Alex Smith), we've got a running back from Arkansas (Knile Davis) that's going to be killer. We've got Jamaal Charles. Defense is stout. It's gonna be a good one in the AFC West. Woo-hoo!"
The NFL is a copy-cat league, but rarely have coaches looked to the college level to take ideas the way they did in 2012 come up with the latest craze - the read-option offense.
This season could find even more teams, including the Chiefs, implementing the read-option and one of its components, the Pistol.