While the Kansas City Chiefs have brought in a number of important free agent signings and an entire draft class, perhaps no addition is more important than the return of Eric Berry to the defensive unit after missing the 2011 season due to injury. An impact rookie in 2010, the Chiefs definitely missed his incredible skill set last season despite their defensive success.
In a recent interview with Bleacher Report's Farzin Vousoughian, Berry recently sat down to discuss his rehab and other aspects of the Chiefs offseason. The best phrase to describe his mood seems to be cautiously optimistic.
"Everything is good," said Berry. "Everything is 100 [percent]. Right now we are just taking it slow in OTAs just to make sure nothing crazy happens or any freak accidents happen but everything is good. I'm just excited to be back out there."
As for the Chiefs changes at head coach, Berry sounded pleased with the team's choice to go with Romeo Crennel.
"I think it's going to be good," said Berry. "Romeo is a fair guy and he keeps his word. We are going to play hard for him. The passion he brings to the game everyday, day in, day out, we feed off that. We try to bring that energy everyday and try to perform and do better everyday and get better."
As for the Chiefs offseason moves, Berry was distant to say anything about a subject he has no control over.
"I trust those guys. They go in and study who they need to pick up and who is going to make us better. I let them do their job and whoever they bring in, it is our job to just make them feel at home. We also help to get them acclimated to the new system and make sure they are comfortable to where they can perform. That is what we try to do."
That will be the same task facing Berry, to get comfortable enough to perform. The Chiefs are certainly counting on this to help improve a defensive unit that last Brandon Carr to the Cowboys.