[Kansas City.com] The Chiefs started the process of installing their new defense Friday with the opening practices of their three-day minicamp, their first under new coach Todd Haley.
The practices were closed to the media, and Haley wouldn’t disclose how the Chiefs lined up defensively. He did say the Chiefs were still assessing skills of various players and would continue to massage the lineup if necessary.
“We’ve got them lined up right now,” Haley said. “But every discussion we have as a coaching staff is, Well, let’s see what this weekend looks like.” This weekend is more about teaching, really. It’s not even a fair weekend to come out of this and say we’re going to have any idea on evaluations.”
The Chiefs have 67 players. Participation at this minicamp is not mandatory under NFL rules. Haley wouldn’t disclose an exact number of players who participated but said the number was more than 60.
“This is all voluntary,” he said. “The guys have been very good about letting me know when there’s an issue or something’s up. We’ve been 60-plus from the start. That’s a sign that the guys want to get on board.”
Haley indicated much of the practices were spent teaching the basics.
The Chiefs are planning to play some of their old 4-3 defense as well and look like last year’s Arizona Cardinals. Haley coached for Arizona last season and brought the Cardinals’ coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, to lead Kansas City’s defense.
The Chiefs have yet to unveil publicly when they’re in the 3-4 how they will use several of last year’s players, including former first-round draft picks Hali and Glenn Dorsey.