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Chiefs Draft Picks Join Offseason Program On May 11

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Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fresno State wide receiver Devon Wylie participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Romeo Crennel is not considered a new head coach so the Kansas City Chiefs did not start their offseason program two weeks earlier like teams with new head coaches did. Crennel and the Chiefs started the offseason program on Monday, April 16, which included mostly strength and conditioning stuff.

But that was two weeks ago. Today marks the start of a new phase in the offseason program where (gasp) coaches can coach.

Sort of.

The CBA lays it all out but basically Crennel and other coaches can actually come onto the field and direct individual player instruction and drills. There's no live contact, player's can't wear helmets and there aren't any team offense vs. defense drills. The draft picks, according to Josh Looney, have to wait until May 11 to get on the field. That's their rookie minicamp.

It's still not real football but we're getting a step closer. This phase will last three weeks.

Phase three is when we'll start seeing OTAs which are closer to regular practices. The new CBA allows for helmets in phase three but no pads, so it won't feel like real football for a while.

If you're a huge nerd and like reading about this offseason program stuff in the new CBA, here's a link to download it.