The Chiefs are hoping to make big improvements in their kicking game. They hired Dave Toub, long considered one of the best in the business, as their new special teams coach and Kevin O'Dea as his assistant to specifically work with the kickers.
But they won't change their punter or kicker.
"We're not going to bring anyone in,'' Toub said, meaning training camp competition for either player. "That's the way we're looking at it. We've got a good kicker and a good punter. We're going to let those guys get to know us and we're going to get to know them, and those are our guys.''
Alex Smith Talks WRs, Dontari Poe Talks INT from The Mothership
While Chiefs QB
Alex Smithaddressed the media following Wednesday's OTA, it was Chiefs NT Dontari Poewho stole practice headlines by tipping a pass, intercepting it and taking it the other way for six. According to Poe, once he had the ball, his mind immediately focused on the end zone.
"That was just my first thought," Poe said. "As soon as we came in here, they talked to us about being a defense that can score touchdowns, to be a great defense; so, it was my first thought, to just take off with it."
Donald Stephenson worked as the starting left tackle. Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson were the starting cornerbacks.
A third starter, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, was taken from the practice field shortly before the end of the session because of leg cramps. Bowe left practice early two weeks ago for the same reason.
The Chiefs were again without wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who injured his hamstring in practice last week. McCluster was at practice but not participating.
Chiefs Attention To Detail Begins With Andy Reid from The Mothership
"Little things are very important," coach Reid said during OTAs. "The little things add up if you don't take care of them and become big things. So, we're going to make sure we focus on those and we're not going to let those things slide. The players don't want that; they don't want the things to slide. They're trying to do it the right way and that's the way they've approached it since I've been here. That's a tribute to Romeo [Crennel] and Scott Pioli for things that they taught and the foundation there and we're trying to build on that."
No detail is too small for coach Reid and his staff; they want their players to do avoid distractions and focus on what will make the Chiefs a better team, now.
"That's in some people's view,'' Sutton said. "I think Tyson has had a great camp. We think Tyson is a really, really good football player. I know a lot of times, when you're picked that high or when you're a (defensive) lineman, you're judged on sacks. There is a lot more to football than sacks. A lot of it is simply affecting the quarterback as opposed to sacking the quarterback. There are other things that have to happen first."
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: OTA MAy 29th
Sitting Down With 'Red Man' from The Great Bend Tribune
One constant for Redding was former Chiefs' head coach, Marty Schottenheimer. He worked for Schottenheimer in Cleveland, Kansas City, San Diego and with the Washington Redskins before parting ways. In 2006, Redding was named the NFL's strength and conditioning coach of the year following the Chargers' 14-2 season. In 24 seasons as an NFL coach, Redding was a part of 16 playoff teams so his techniques, his coaching must have had something right about it.
Jeff Allen Gives Chiefs Value On O-Line from ESPN
Allen, a second-round pick in 2012, started the final 13 games last season at left guard. He is expected to compete with free-agent addition Geoff Schwartz there this season. Allen has a bright future, and the more versatility he can show, the more valuable he can be to the team.
Mailbag: Shaun Phillips' Role from ESPN
Murray from Edmonton, Alberta, wants to know how I think Chris Ault's experience with the Pistol offense will affect the Chiefs.
Bill Williamson: Ault is simply a consultant. He will not be around the team full-time. The Pistol will not be the focal point for the Chiefs' offense, though there will be some packages built for quarterback Alex Smith. Ault is also helping the Kansas City defense prepare to face the offense, which is gaining popularity in the NFL.