Some members of the Kansas City Chiefs met with members of the media on Saturday to discuss everything from the complexities of their defensive system to the Olympics.
TRAINING CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
JULY 28, 2012
T ERIC WINSTON
Q: What is the capability of this team?
WINSTON: “I think we’ve got a lot of athleticism. I think we’ve got a lot of guys with a lot of experience combined with some youth. I really expect us to do some good things; I really do. I expect us to get Peyton [Hillis] and [Jamaal] Charles out in the open field and let them do their thing. I think it’s on us to get them separation into the secondary. I think from there, then they decide what they’re going to do with the ball, if you will. There’s no reason for us not to be a good offensive line that can put up some big yards in the run game and allow [Matt] Cassel to have some time back there.”
Q: How is camp going for you?
WINSTON: “We’ve got a long way to go before this camp is over and into the season. You just kind of take it one day at a time and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”
DL ANTHONY TORIBIO
Q: Two gap on the nose, is it like standing in the middle of four lanes and trying to cross?
TORIBIO: “Exactly, it's not like I've got this gap or that one. I’ve got to make sure my technique is perfect. When each one is two or three hundred pounds that's 600lbs on me at the same time, so I've got to make sure my technique is good to finish our blocks.”
T BRANDEN ALBERT
Q: How is camp going for you thus far?
ALBERT: “I feel pretty good. I feel like we’re coming along and the team is working hard. I’m just happy to be back around my teammates again and I’m ready to fight.”
Q: What do you think about the addition of Eric Winston to the offensive line?
ALBERT: “I think it’s a big addition. He’s a hard worker, a player that has proven himself in the league and will help this offensive line.”
Q: What’s your impression of Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen?
ALBERT: “Those guys are going to be good players in this league. They’ve just got to work on some things and learn how the NFL works and how you take care of yourself. Those guys are going to be pretty good.”
S KENDRICK LEWIS
Q: Coach was talking today about putting the scheme back in from OTA's. How much of that are you able to retain from that until now and be ready to go in the first couple of days?
LEWIS: "I've still got my folder from last year, so I’m still going over the same stuff we had last year. I'm just reading and going back over it and just getting to work on it."
Q: More like ironing it out?
LEWIS: "Absolutely, just working on your craft, just ironing it out, get to work and adjustments that we made in OTAs that we are going to be doing in training camp and just getting that ironed out."
Q: How are you feeling coming off that shoulder?
LEWIS: "I'm feeling good, I'm communicating well with the trainers and everything. The shoulder is feeling good and we are going to see how it goes from here."
QB RICKY STANZI
Q: How about the red, white and blue in the Olympics?
STANZI: “It’s been tough to get to a TV. I haven’t seen anything, which is kind of nerve wracking, but I’m trying to keep up on my phone. It’s exciting, but obviously this is more important right now.”
Q: Favorite American athlete?
STANZI: “I like [Michael] Phelps, some of the lady athletes too, pretty talented.”
Q: You’re going to have your first padded practice tomorrow in the heat.
STANZI: “That’s part of camp. You know it’s going to be hot. You’re going to have to put the pads on pretty early and there’s supposed to be heat and you’re supposed to push through it. That’s what makes you tough and gets you ready for the season as a team.”
Q: In terms of your reps this year, it’s been more evenly divided. Do you feel that’s put you in a better position?
STANZI: “We’re just trying to compete as a team, and I think everybody getting out there and just getting some reps, just getting in the flow and getting a little different combination with different receivers, a different O-line, different running backs. That’s going to help us down the road because we’ll be able to gel better as a team.”
DE TYSON JACKSON
JACKSON: "We will just continue to work hard out there, you know coach AP [Anthony Pleasant] will continue to put us through a lot of different situations to help us understand the technique much better, and I think we are going to continue to grow as camp grows."
Q: Do you think you guys could be the strength of this football team?
JACKSON: "I think so, I think that the past couple of years we have been coming together more and more . Everybody is coming together and we are starting to understand each other's chemistry much better and the 3-4 defense. I think we should be a force to be reckoned with this year if we continue to work hard."
Q: How tough is it to get it done with a limited number of padded practices, when you guys have to hit to learn your technique?
JACKSON: "Yes, in our position everything is full speed, so there is no such thing as padded practice or unpadded practice up front everything is live going."