The 2014 offseason begins for the Kansas City Chiefs, as they start a two week workout program today at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. The Chiefs announced their full offseason schedule as it includes workouts, mini camps, and training camp.
- Offseason workouts begin: April 21
- Rookie minicamp: May 24-26
- OTAs: May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13
- Mandatory Minicamp: June 17-19
The way that these offseason programs work is in steps, or phases, and the teams must follow some rather strict guidelines. Phase one will consist of the first two weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only, meaning no helmets, contact, coaching, or footballs. Only conditioning and rehab, that’s it.
Phase two will be the next three weeks of the offseason program. This is where things really start to heat up, as coaches are now allowed on the field with the players. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play” drills (e.g., offense or defense only, but not offense vs. defense), or special teams drills on a “separates” basis (e.g .. , kicking team or return team only, but not kicking team vs. return team). Players still cannot wear helmets during this time.
Phase three is when OTA’s (organized team activities) begin and each team is granted just ten days worth of work. With that, each club is only allowed a maximum of three days per week for the first two weeks of OTA’s then a maximum of four days the final weeks. Tons of rules under this new CBA, as this is how the players wanted it to be. Even during this phase, teams still cannot do any kind of contact, though they are allowed to wear their helmets. Full on coaching is allowed at this time and also a mandatory veteran mini camp in the final week of this phase, which would be June 10-13th.
After that, we roll into training camp and the new season is upon us. The only thing to really expect from these workouts today, is the interviews from the coaches and players. It’ll be good to have the boys back in town putting in the work. Last season, the Chiefs had a full participation from the players, minus Branden Albert, who was holding out for contract reasons. I anticipate the Chiefs will again have a full participation rate again this year.
Side Note: Last year the Chiefs got to start two weeks earlier, as they were one of the teams with a new head coach. Teams with first year head coaches get the extra two weeks to prepare.