The Chiefs held their final open training camp practice of 2014 on Thursday at Missouri Western, and it remains to be seen if they’ll be back next year.
This marks the final guaranteed year of the original 10-year contract between the Chiefs and the school, and the Chiefs now have five one-year options to keep the camp in St. Joseph.
But while that decision will be made by the Chiefs’ front-office brass and ownership, coach Andy Reid has repeatedly praised their camp hosts, and did so again on Thursday.
“We finished up practice today, and we appreciate the people here is St. Joe. They have been great,” Reid said. “The university here has been phenomenal, and they take care of us like no other. The fans have been awesome. Every day we come out and it seems like they loaded up here and that gives you a little energy; especially when you’re going through the dog days here with training camp.”
Reid was then asked what he’ll tell owner Clark Hunt and team president Mark Donovan if they ask if he wants to have camp in St. Joseph again next year.
“I don’t do the business part of it and I understand how that works, but we enjoy it here, we do,” Reid said. “From a player and coach standpoint, we enjoy it, but I understand the business side of it, too, and that part has to go about its business. But, from our side it’s a nice setup.”