Kansas City Chiefs Return for 18th Summer Camp
By Caleb Stevens
"I'm excited about the direction we've taken," said Head Coach Herm Edwards in an interview on the Chiefs' Web site. "I think it's the right direction for this organization. I really do. You want to do the right thing. I think we're all on board to do this. The players are too. The players understand that if you're a young player you've got to play. It's not one of those deals where you're going to watch. You've got to play and you've got to play at a winning level,"
After trading 2007 NFL sack leader defensive end Jared Allen to the Minnesota Vikings for a first round and two third-round picks this year and a sixth-round pick in 2008, the Chiefs will rebuild this year's team with young talent.
Among that young talent acquired in the draft is Louisiana State University star defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, whom the Chiefs selected with the fifth overall pick in this year's draft. The Chiefs used the first-round pick acquired from the Vikings in the Allen trade to strengthen the offensive line by drafting Virginia standout offensive guard Branden Albert.
"I think both of our picks, obviously, can come in and compete and help us right away," said Edwards in an interview on the Chiefs' Web site.
Along with the draft picks, star running back Larry Johnson and all-pro tight end Tony Gonzalez once again return. Newly hired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey brings 34 years of coaching expertise to the Chiefs offense. This is Gailey's first year with the Chiefs after being in the NFL for 15 seasons. Gailey spent the last six years with Georgia Tech and brings with him former Georgia Tech offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris as the newly hired Chiefs offensive line coach.
The Chiefs are set to arrive on the UWRF campus on Thursday, July 24. The first practice is set for the next day. Friday's practice will consist of a walk through from 10 to 11 a.m., and an afternoon practice from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Two-a-day practices start Saturday, July 26, but the first practice with pads will be on Monday, July 28. Morning practice times are 9 to 10:45 a.m., and afternoon practices are set for 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Fans will be able to get their first opportunity to see this year's team up-close as they prepare for the season.
The annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition will be held on Saturday, July 26 at noon at the Athletic Complex and Ramer Field. For more information and to register online, go to www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/ppk.htm . There will be two age groups for girls: 8-10 and 11-13, and six age groups for boys: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Everyone will receive a ribbon, and the top three finishers in each age category will receive a trophy.
Seniors' Day is Tuesday Aug. 5. Admission is free and participants will receive a gift pack including a Camp Journal and other items. To register for Seniors' Day, contact Ashley Vogler at 715-425-3771.
The Minnesota Vikings will travel to River Falls to practice with the Chiefs on Thursday, July 31. Practice will start at 6:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $10, kids ages 12-17 is $5 and children under 12 are free. Parking will also be $5 per car. Food and beverages will be for sale at Ramer Field.
Family Fun Night is set for Saturday, Aug. 2. Gates to Ramer field will open at 4 p.m., and the Chiefs will sign autographs from 6:30 until 6:50 p.m. Practice will begin at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be for sale at Ramer Field. Before the autograph session KCC President and General Manager Carl Peterson and Head Coach Edwards will both address the crowd.
The Tommy Bentz Band will entertain the crowd before the autograph session. Jumpers from the Indianhead Sport and Parachute Club will also perform before the autograph session, and a Rolf Halverson fireworks display will cap the evening's entertainment. Fans will also be able to participate in the Chiefs Experience, a free event in which fans can test their football skills. Family Fun Night is sponsored by Viking Coca Cola of River Falls.
On Thursday Aug. 7 the Chiefs will travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the Bears in their first pre-season game of the year. The Chiefs will break camp the following week at UWRF on Friday, Aug. 15.
Fans can call 1-800-4KCC-KCC to get current information about practices and special events, and check out www.uwrf.edu/chiefs for up-to-date information. To read about the Chiefs' autograph policy go to http://www.uwrf.edu/chiefs/autograph.htm .
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:09:06 Central Daylight Time
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