For those of you tired of constant draft projections and guesses about the same five or six guys in the first round for the Kansas City Chiefs, you will be happy to know that today is the first day of the offseason program at Arrowhead. That means real football players are at Arrowhead to get ready for the upcoming 2012 season. Here's what you should expect in the coming weeks:
1. Ten Weeks of Football News
Over the next ten weeks, the Chiefs will hold nine full weeks of practice. In other words, the team will run workouts, practices, conditioning drills and the like only four days per week. Those days must also fall between Monday through Friday. In short, expect spotty news here and there from now until mid-June.
The good news, however, is that you will start to hear real updates on the Chiefs roster. Coaches will get a good look at the players. You will hear who is in shape and looks ready. You will hear updates on which positions might present problems. You will also see new players in their new surroundings, including Eric Winston, Peyton Hillis and other free agent pick-ups.
2. Injury Updates
Perhaps nothing is more important for the Chiefs success in 2012 than getting the guys who were out last season back and ready to play. Few teams could handle the losses of names like Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry. Now fans should get a solid idea of where each player is with his own rehabilitation and what challenges remain.
3. Little Actual Football
Players will not wear helmets. Tackles will not be made. The spring offseason program is mostly about conditioning, going over the roster with coaches, learning the playbook and the sort of offseason work that never makes it onto a highlight reel.
While it might not resemble training camp, it is the first signs of life of the Chiefs 2012 roster coming together in a meaningful way to meet the new coaches, for Romeo Crennel to establish himself as a head coach and for fans to get an idea of what the team might be capable of in the next year.