LOCKER ROOM QUOTES
MAY 21, 2012
T BRANDEN ALBERT
Q: You’re not getting old, fifth year in the league, but maybe you’re getting into the prime of your career right now?
ALBERT: “Yeah, yeah. I do feel like it’s the prime of my career, but I am getting old. I’m starting to feel it a little bit.”
Q: This position (offensive line) has been kind of a source of pride a little bit. When Brian (Waters)/Ryan (Lilja) passes things down, do you feel like you should do that too?
ALBERT: “I do. I feel like it’s an obligation because it’s something that I just learned from him (Brian Waters). He helped other guys, he wasn’t a selfish person. I get it from (Ryan) Lilja too, because Lilja is a good guy. He’s not a selfish guy. He’s not one of those guys who says ‘I’ve been in the league nine years, I’ve done what I’ve done and you guys are on your own.’ He’s willing to help guys out and I learned from those guys to help the young guys out because at the end, you never know when a young guy is going to step up and you’re going to have to play with them. So you’ve got to help them out.”
WR JON BALDWIN
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.COM): What do you remember about when you first went down to Joplin, Mo., and saw the damages?
BALDWIN: “I’ve never seen anything like it, but it was a great thing to go down there and help a lot of people. A lot of people’s houses weren’t livable anymore, so we just wanted to do anything we could to get a lot of the damaged stuff removed and collect as much stuff from their homes as we could.”
LOONEY: When they played at Arrowhead, you were one of the guys that stood on the sidelines and met the kids. What kind of impact did that have on you?
BALDWIN: “It was a big impact just to see those kids. They were really excited to see us. To show our appreciation and that we actually care was a big impact on me.”
LOONEY: Have you been able to follow the rebuilding of that community and where they’ve been since.
BALDWIN: “We actually had a meeting about that today, and we’re going to get a group of guys to go down there after OTAs are over and just continue what we did last time. I’m definitely going to be one of those guys and encourage a lot of guys to do it with me as well.”
QB MATT CASSEL
ADAM TEICHER (KANSAS CITY STAR): How important is this part of the offseason process? Take us through what you take out of these practices as a team.
CASSEL: “I think you come together as a team. You build that camaraderie. You’re out on the field, you’re working on technique, you’re working on skills and you can’t spend enough time together as a group, as a unit, especially offensively with the new offensive scheme to really tone our skills. These OTAs are pivotal for us as an offense and also as a team.”
JOSH KLINGLER (610 SPORTS RADIO): Is that first day any different? Do you get to put the classroom work in motion?
CASSEL: “Absolutely. We’ve been working really hard out there and we’ve had limited on-the-field work. Also, we’ve been up in that film room and that study room studying our butts off, so it’s been good to get out there today and compete against each other, put what we’ve been learning out on the field, and it was a fun day.”
KLINGLER: How different is this offense?
CASSEL: “There’s subtle changes here and there. There’s some similarities, but it’s definitely a different offense, so for us, we just have to continue to work hard. Again, it is going to be a process, so we can’t get frustrated with the facts, some days are going to be better than others, but at the same time, I think as long as we keep getting better each and every day, we’ll become a good offense.”
AL WALLACE (FOX 4): What are your thoughts on this organization and what has been done for the city of Joplin?
CASSEL: “I think the Chiefs have done a great job of being able to contribute to the people of Joplin. Obviously, our hearts go out to them and what they went through last year. At the same time, if we can continue to give back to them and we can contribute – which I know that we hold dear to our hearts – we’re going to continue to do that.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): Is there another offseason where you have put in as much work as you have this year?
CASSEL: “I think every season, for me, my approach is the same: I work hard. I work hard in the film room and the study room and also in the weight room. My approach doesn’t change. At the same time, when you miss a little bit of football like I did last year, it makes you that much more eager to get out there and you never take any day for granted.”
GRETZ: How much can you really take out of these practices?
CASSEL: “I think we get a lot out of these OTAs. I think every day that we can be out here together as a unit, as a group, build that camaraderie and continue to tone our skills and work together is going to be a step in the right direction. These OTAs are pivotal for us, especially being that it’s a new offense, new offensive terminology and scheme, and just try to get better each and every day.”
KLINGLER: What do you perceive of the combination of Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles?
CASSEL: “I’m excited. Peyton Hillis has come in and worked tremendously hard. Jamaal has made tremendous progress every day he’s been working out in the weight room and has been doing a lot of amazing things already. I expect those guys to step in and be able to have a great combination for us in the backfield.”
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.COM): What do you remember from when you drove into Joplin a year ago?
CASSEL: “It was a crazy experience for me. I’ve never been around tornadoes. I grew up in southern California, so our natural disasters were earthquakes, but everything stays in the same place. I just remember coming up over this hill and coming down into the main street area of Joplin and just seeing the destruction and the chaos that was going on, smelling that gas in the air, and then going around from one neighborhood to the next and just trying to help people and see a lot of people lost a lot of things. To be able to go down there and give back just a little bit, it’ll still be nice for this organization, which I know took a lot down there. They went down there and were a part of rebuilding Joplin, so for us, it’s going to be big for us to go back down and be a part of it.”
DB TYSYN HARTMAN
Q: Now that you’re here with the veteran guys, can you see where they are and is that an enticement to improve as much as you can as quickly as you can?
HARTMAN: “Yes, definitely. The vets here are so great, so talented and I’m really just trying to let everything sink in – all the advice and coaching tips they’re giving me. They’ve been doing a great job so far, so I’ve got to take every bit I can.”
RB PEYTON HILLIS
Q: How was it to get back?
HILLIS: “It was really the first time for full-team activity and guys were working together and stuff like that. It was good, good to get back into the groove of things, not just coming in and working out, but actually getting some football in. We really enjoyed it and I think it was another step forward and we’ll keep going from here.”
KLINGLER (610 SPORTS RADIO): This is kind of the next phase?
HILLIS: “Oh yeah, we’ve still got another three weeks of this and then minicamp so we’re looking forward to it. It’s good to have an offseason, unlike last year with the CBA. I think we’re minimizing injuries and getting a lot of stuff accomplished.”
S KENDRICK LEWIS
Q: When are you going to be back out there?
LEWIS: “Whenever the trainers say it’s cool for me, whenever they release me. I’m just playing it by ear, waiting it out. Everything is going smooth, according to plan, so whenever they’re ready to release me, that’s when I’ll be back.”
Q: This organization has made a big commitment to helping the people of Joplin. What are your thoughts there?
LEWIS: “It’s great. It’s a great deal because I experienced one of those with Hurricane Katrina and I know the situation those people are in, in Joplin, Mo. So it’s great the Chiefs are opening with welcome hands, going down there and supporting every way we can. Just like coach mentioned earlier, we’re going to go down as a team one day and help them out like we did last year. So it’s all great giving back to the people who have lost so much.”
Q: How frustrating is it for you to not be able to participate today?
LEWIS: “It’s real frustrating because I love the game. Just going out there, we’ve been away from it so long, and to see the guys going out there, going back to work, having fun, doing it, I looked at them like ‘Man, I wish I could be out there,’ but I’ve got to be patient and do whatever the trainers and coaches say and get back when I’m ready.”
RB DEXTER MCCLUSTER
Q: How did it feel to be out there today?
McCLUSTER: “It felt good to be out, first day, getting out there with my teammates going against somebody finally. I feel it was a very productive start and we’re going to build from this day.”
Q: How did it feel to be back at slot receiver?
McCLUSTER: “It felt great. I’m learning everything I can learn. That’s the best thing about this sport, you learn as much as you can so whenever you’re asked to do something, you know what to do.”
Q: How do you feel about offensive coordinator Brian Daboll?
McCLUSTER: “I love Coach Daboll. He’s a guy with a winning attitude. He knows the ins and outs of a great offense and I think he’s going to put us in the right places and situations to be successful.”
DB TERRANCE PARKS
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.COM): Where there is injury, there is opportunity. How did it feel working with the ones?
PARKS: “I feel like there is always room to get better. When you get an opportunity like that, you have to take advantage of it. It’s tough; it’s complex. It’s a great opportunity.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.com): When you got off you made a B-line to No. 29.
PARKS: “I have to. I have to because they know what they’re doing, the whole secondary. They’re helping us out.”
GRETZ: Does it also help that you know each other?
PARKS: “Of course. That’s my good friend. It makes me comfortable out there just to have him on the sideline in my ear. It makes things slow down a little bit more.”
DT DONTARI POE
JOHNNY KANE (KMBC): Is everybody being good to you?
POE: “Yeah. It’s been good. So far, so good.”
KANE: Nobody giving you a hard time?
POE: “No, not yet. They’re really trying to help me, which is what I need.”
KANE: Is there anyone that you met today that you really bonded with?
POE: “Basically my whole D-Line crew. I’ve been talking to them, getting some tid-bits. They’ll help me be the best I can be.”
QB BRADY QUINN
Q: Have you enjoyed working with QB Matt Cassel?
QUINN: “He’s great. He’s everything you want in a quarterback. He works hard, smart, he’s a team player. He, literally, does everything the right way.”
Q: Is it weird moving from one team in the division to another? I was talking to Stanford Routt and he’s been putting on the black ones for so long, he said it’s weird putting on the red ones.
QUINN: “It was really different in the beginning, but this place is a great place. I feel very blessed to be here. I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Q: How do you evaluate the receiving corps that’s here?
QUINN: “It’s great. The first thing I noticed when I got here is they like to work. It’s great to have receivers that don’t take any plays off. They’re smart guys. They’ve adopted the system that’s here for them pretty quick. They’ve done a great job so far in this offseason program.”
CB STANFORD ROUTT
Q: Is this a different feeling now that you’re with a new team and kind of have to learn your way again?
ROUTT: “It’s a little different for me, for the first time in like seven years, I’m just walking around saying ‘Hi, I’m Stanford,’ introducing myself to people and asking people ‘where’s this room and where’s that room?’ It’s going pretty good. Everybody’s been real helpful and it’s helping my transition a whole lot.”
Q: Position-coach-wise, you’re working with one of the all-time greats in Emmitt Thomas. How has that been?
ROUTT: “It’s great. Emmitt Thomas, being a Hall of Famer, and you’ve got Otis (Smith) over there, a Super Bowl champion. It’s definitely good. The best thing for me is I had Hall of Fame coaches back in Oakland with Rod (Woodson) and Willie Brown and all those guys. It’s a smooth transition over for me. But Emmitt Thomas has been real good and so has Otis (Smith), so I think the sky’s the limit here.”
OL DONALD STEPHENSON
JOSH LOONEY (KCCHIEFS.com): What do you think of the system and Romeo?
STEPHENSON: “I’m loving it. You can tell there are a lot of good guys around this organization. I’m just glad to be a part of it. I fit right in.”
Q: Has anything slowed down since draft day?
STEPHENSON: “As soon as I got back to Kansas City things started to slow down. This is my hometown. My family, they do a lot for me.”
T ERIC WINSTON
Q: How’s it feel to get back out there?
WINSTON: “Kind of confused a little bit, I think the body was wondering what I was doing. But you snap into it pretty quick when you start running plays and doing things. It’s always the first day, it’s always tough, it’s always kind of a body shock to get back into that normalcy of playing football and doing drills and doing all that stuff. But we’ll get back into it.”
Q: How important are these OTAs for offensive linemen?
WINSTON: “With this system, everyone’s got to be together, everyone’s got to be working together and not just working, but communicating and things like that. It’s a big change obviously for everybody. It’s going to be tough, there are going to be some tough days ahead and I think you have to prepare for that. I think the thing is, I think we have the right personnel, we have the right coaches and we have the right scheme to be successful. I think we just have to keep pushing and keeping moving towards that goal and have to just work through that part as we go.”