Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley gave his team a reprieve from the remainder of its OTA schedule on Tuesday, cutting short today’s session and cancelling the final two OTA sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The club went through its regularly-scheduled walk-thru period before Haley called up his squad. He then put the club through a conditioning test similar to what the players will be asked to pass prior to their first practice in River Falls, WI.
"Now, we’ve got a long way to go, but from where we started to where we’re at right now I think the guys really worked hard every day and we had such a good attendance – so many guys here – that it was worth throwing them a bone," Haley said of the decision to wipe the final two OTAs from the club’s slate.
Haley indicated that today’s conditioning test was a challenge for even the top-end cardiovascular performers on his roster. But he again reiterated his desire to literally hit the ground running in River Falls.
"I don’t want to go into training camp to get into shape," he continued. "I want to go into training camp in shape. I think that gives us the best chance to succeed since that’s one less thing to be worrying about. We’ll have more focus on the football aspect of it; we’ll have less injury and all the things that have to go along with being a well-conditioned team."
While the Chiefs did work on Red Zone and two-minute drills during their final on-field workouts, Kansas City’s head coach indicated that situational football will be a primary focus once the pads go on at training camp. "In training camp we’ll have to see a lot more practice devoted to situations – all kinds of situations – anything you can think of to get this team to a point where it’s a smart football team and understands how to win," he related. "That will be the next progression along with getting into the full pads and having some physical practices."
The Chiefs will report to training camp on Thursday, July 30th and are scheduled to officially begin practice with a pair of workouts on Saturday, August 1st.