The Herm Edwards era officially kicks off today for the Chiefs. Edwards will lead his first practice in the red and gold when minicamp gets underway this weekend.
One thing that will be noticeably different for past Chief players is the shorter practices. Former Head Coach Dick Vermeil was notorious for his delayed practices. Players often complained about Vermeil’s practices running close to 2 ½ hours long. More than likely, they won’t have to worry about that under Edwards. The new head coach doesn’t have any minicamp practices scheduled to last more than 1 ½ hours.
Rookies and invited veterans will have an excellent chance to get their feet wet. The Chiefs coaching staff plans on keeping things very upbeat, but playbook information will be kept to a minimum. Edwards wants to focus more on seeing what natural abilities the young players have.
All of the Chiefs draft picks are expected to attend, along with a few undrafted rookies, some invited veterans, and a couple players trying out on a trial basis. The minicamp will be closed to the public, but fans will get their first assessment of first round pick Tamba Hali. The defensive end from Penn State has been ragged on because of a less than spectacular 40-yard dash time. He now has a chance to show the speed that really matters on Sunday… How fast he can get to the quarterback!