[Kansas City.com] One of the things the Chiefs lost with the departure of coach Dick Vermeil was the grueling 2 1/2 -hour practice session that often left players grumbling.
One of the things they gained by hiring Herm Edwards as his replacement is the sub-two-hour practice that promises to leave them more refreshed.
Edwards unveils the Chiefs’ new practice regimen in a three-day, partial-squad minicamp that begins today at their Truman Sports Complex facility. The Chiefs will practice five times, all closed to the public, and none of the workouts is scheduled to last more than 1 1/2 hours.
The Chiefs expected about 65 players this weekend, including all draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents, about 25 invited veteran players, and some roster hopefuls who will participate on a trial basis.
They continue with practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday and then hold a full-squad minicamp next weekend.
It all starts this morning. Edwards’ first order of business will be to establish the order of business.
“It’s about trying to set a different mind-set on how we’re going to do things,” he said. “When you start a program, when you’re starting with a new head coach and some new coaches on your staff, the players have to realize how you’re going to do things. That’s the thing about being a pro. Obviously you have to be willing to adapt to different philosophies.”
“This is really the training ground of how we’re going to operate.”