The Kansas City Chiefs were back to work yesterday when most of the team gathered at their training facilities to begin their offseason program. Some of the players took to the podium yesterday to speak to the Media, starting with Jamaal Charles.
When asked about how last season ended,
It stings, it’s something that I can’t control. It’s the rules of the NFL today, and if we would’ve won the game, I definitely would’ve played the next week. I could have gone back into the game, I just needed to get my feet back under me and I could have helped my team finish.
He was asked about his career high in touches last season, and if it’s something he could repeat,
Oh yeah, I’m a natural. I mean, I run the ball, that’s what I do. It doesn’t matter how much I touch the ball, that doesn’t matter to me. I can do everything and as long as God is on my side and after I tore my ACL, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to do anything, so I’m just happy to be playing football.
He was asked about his thoughts on the state of the offensive line,
I think we got a pretty good offensive line. I like the young guys and it’s all about which one is going to come in this year and step it up and shape their future like a Brian Waters or Branden Albert, it’s all about stepping in when it’s your turn.
Another jewel from his presser yesterday was how he strives to play well into his thirties, much like Peyton Manning. Charles would like to extend his career and prove to people that running backs can still last in the NFL. Sounds good, assuming he doesn’t get worn down too much from the amount of carries he will be taking the next couple of years.
Moving on, Alex Smith talked about a number of things, including his contract extension with the franchise. When asked about if he’s been in contact with the Chiefs about an extension,
I have not, my agent and representatives are hired to handle those types of things so I can just focus on football. He continues, Yes they have been speaking.” he was then asked if he expected to have it done by now “I have no expectations on a date. I still have a year left on my contract so, for me, no I didn’t have any expectations.”
He was asked about how Fisher protecting his blind side,
I feel good about it, for me, a lot gets made up about the blind side and the front side, they’re both equally dangerous and Fish was over there on the right side all last year so he’ll be fine, I’m not worried about it.
Speaking of Eric Fisher, he too took to the podium yesterday. It was released yesterday afternoon that he underwent a sports hernia surgery, and, a quick procedure on his shoulder during the off season. The questions opened with asking how we was feeling,
I feel good, obviously the news was released about my surgeries during the off season. I’ve just been in here trying to improve and I spent the entire offseason in Kansas City improving my health and I’m really excited about this upcoming season and the opportunities that are in front of me.
When asked about moving back to left tackle after one season at right,
Yeah! I mean, I’m really excited because deep down in my heart I know I’m a left tackle. Playing right tackle last season was a great experience for me. I learned a lot from Branden Albert, what a great guy to learn from but, I’m ready to take over that left side with Jeff Allen and I think we’re gonna have a great crew up front.
Fisher will be a huge key to the offenses success in 2014. Hopefully, it’s a smooth transition for him to left tackle and he starts to live up to the hype of that number one overall tackle. Otherwise it could be a tremendous set back for the Chiefs moving forward.
You can check out all the players who spoke yesterday including, Dwayne Bowe, Mike DeVito, Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson and others, with this link from KCChiefs.com. It’s good to have the boys back in town, as it’s starting to feel more and more like football season. Stay tuned to KC Kingdom for more news out of the offseason program.