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Bill Maas impressed with Chiefs coach Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. The Kansas City Star

It was Alumni Day at camp on Saturday, and about a dozen Chiefs Ambassadors attended practice and met with the team afterward.

The single morning practice is far cry from the full-contact, two-a-day practices of yesteryear.

“Two a days? Remember those three-a-days we had in Liberty?” chuckled former Chiefs nose tackle Bill Maas. “Full pads in the morning, then we had special teams full pads in the afternoon after lunch and then the evening practice. You hear how it’s a physical camp, and you kind of roll your eyes … but it is quite different.

“The collective bargaining established those (new) rules, and more power to them. The guys who are good have a better chance of taking care of their body for a long time, and that translates into more years.”

Maas, who played for the Chiefs during 1984-92, was impressed with the way coach Andy Reid runs training camp.

“You can see a comfort level with this team,” Maas said. “Coming to training camp the last few years, you always saw yelling and screaming going on with the coaches … getting the guys lined up … because it was new every year. It’s not. It’s (Reid’s) second year, and these guys seem to know what they’re doing. That’s running an efficient practice.”

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