The Chiefs’ playoff game last year is still singed in the minds of most players. The heartbreaking loss to the Colts is something that is not only thought about, but focused on, daily by the guys that were on the field.
In case you didn’t know, the Chiefs were up by three touchdowns at halftime and even scored first in the second half to go up 38-10. Kansas City only scored six more points the rest of the game as Indianapolis took the lead for good on a 64-yard bomb from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. The Colts went on to win 45-44.
The Chiefs’ playoff losing streak sits at eight games.
So that’s one reason why players have turned up their intensity a notch to begin training camp.
“If you’re not on the field at a time,” safety Eric Berry said. “Wherever you’re at on the depth chart, you’re considered a starter. Your number may be called and you have to look at yourself like a starter. Whenever you get out there, perform as a starter.”
Berry is currently in the midst of bringing some young players into what was a solid unit in 2013. The team’s secondary took a hit with the trade of Brandon Flowers, but clearly Berry feels confident.
“We’re pretty much on the same page,” he said. “We went through OTAs together, we had a lot of communication. We rotated a lot throughout OTAs too.”
Berry was not the only one feeling confident. Defensive lineman Mike DeVito has liked what he had seen through two full days of practice.
DeVito is entering his eighth year in the league and second with the Chiefs. What he is looking forward to is lining up with Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
“(Ford) is a great player,” DeVito said. “I’m excited to see what he can do. When you see that combination of Tamba, Justin and Dee Ford, that’s a lot of speed, a lot of athleticism.”
Saturday is the first day of padded practice for Kansas City and DeVito said that’s when things get ramped up.
“Everything spikes right up,” DeVito said.
On the contrary, Berry needed the reminder.
“We’ve got pads tomorrow?” he said.
Either way, when the pads get strapped on, that’s when football season becomes real. Whether they’re looking forward to it or had forgotten about it, Chiefs camp is about to get much more intense.
“It’s been what, seven months now? It’s time to roll,” said DeVito.