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February 21, 2014

Chiefs assistant and ex-Mizzou star Brock Olivo lauded as 'player's coach'

A former Coastal Carolina wide receiver who learned the ropes under Brock Olivo says the Chiefs are getting a “player’s coach” in the former Mizzou and Detroit Lions running back.

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The Chiefs and NFL by beat writer Terez Paylor

It will be a while before the Chiefs’ players really get to know new special teams assistant Brock Olivo, but receiver Charles Hazel — who was at the NFL scouting combine Friday and played under Olivo at Coastal Carolina — raved about him.

“Oh man, first of all, they’re getting a player’s coach,” Hazel said. “Coach Olivo, especially through this entire draft process when I was in school, he talked me through some things. He told me what I should experience going through this. He definitely told me I might have to do this or some things. I told him that was fine if I had to do that. ... He’s been in the NFL before. He understands what’s going on.”

Hazel said Olivo, a 37-year-old former running back at Missouri and undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Lions, won him over with his down-to-earth nature.

“Just real humble,” Hazel said. “We see him in the weight room working real hard as well, so he definitely takes care of himself and he definitely looks out for the best interest of his players.”

Hazel said Olivo prepared him for the NFL, especially when it came to special teams.

“Really just understanding different special teams aspects, different positions on special teams,” Hazel said. “He definitely told me some positions I definitely could play, so that just gave me a heads start on everything. They’re (Chiefs) getting a good one.”

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