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Clark Hunt Discusses Eric Berry, Justin Houston During Preseason Opener

Clark Hunt joined Trent Green and Paul Burmeister in the booth during the Chiefs first preseason game


Q: How excited are you to know that Justin Houston is going to be rushing the quarterback for the Chiefs for years to come?

HUNT:"Well, Justin's been a very important part of our football team the last few years, and the opportunity to tie him up to a long-term contract where he'll play the majority of his career—hopefully his entire career—in Kansas City is just very exciting for my family and for the organization. Justin's not only turned into a great football player but he's also a great leader. He's somebody that Andy (Reid) really relies on in the locker room and just can't say enough about how happy we are to have him as a part of our team."

Q: How much are you involved in trading or signing players?

HUNT:"Going into each offseason, I sit down with John (Dorsey) and I sit down with Andy (Reid) and listen to their thoughts and their plans for the upcoming offseason. There clearly were some positions we wanted to get better at. Obviously, the draft always affords you that opportunity. You don't necessarily know what positions you'll be able to address specifically, but they both felt that we needed to get better on the offensive line and better at the receiver position. I know John and Andy were both very excited to be able to bring Jeremy (Maclin) in here, as well as Ben (Grubbs). Two great veterans, players who played at a very high level, in Jeremy's case, someone who knows Andy's offense. Andy's just been thrilled with what he's brought to the football team so far."

Q: What was your reaction when you saw Eric Berry playing football?

HUNT:"For the last eight months, it's just been such a tough period for Eric (Berry) and his family, and really for the entire Chiefs family. Our thoughts were with him as he went through his treatments, and we were all just hopeful that he was going to beat a very difficult opponent in cancer, and really, we're not thinking about him playing football. When we got to training camp this year and he was cleared to play a couple days before, I think we were all very, very excited and very surprised, and seeing him play tonight, what an exclamation point. It just says so much about his character."

The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Arizona Cardinals in week one of the 2015 preseason.

Q: On the continuity of the coaching staff:

HUNT:"I think it's one of the most important things in professional sports and specifically in pro football, to have continuity with your coaching staff. We were lucky, three years ago, to be able to bring Andy Reid to Kansas City. He brought an incredible coaching staff and, almost without exception, we've had tremendous continuity with that staff, including not losing anybody this offseason. And I think that's so important. We've got the same thing going on with the football team, we now have a number of players who have been in Andy's system for three years. And I know that makes such a difference."

Q: What's it like to have Derrick Johnson come back from a torn Achilles?

HUNT:"Derrick has been an incredible football player for the Kansas City Chiefs for the past decade. We were all so sad last year when both he and Mike DeVito went down opening week with the Achilles injuries. Seeing them both back out here this year – not only playing, but playing at a high level – it's very exciting. It's a testament to their hard work during the offseason and I know they'll be able to help us throughout the course of the 2015 season."

Q: On the Chiefs regular season home opener versus Denver: HUNT:"It's been a long offseason and I know the players are excited about tonight and the chance to get out here and play a preseason game. But our home opener in the regular season is coming up very quickly. We open up with one of our big rivals, the Denver Broncos, on Thursday night. I know it's going to be a very, very special evening in Kansas City and I can't think of a better way to get the home schedule underway than beating those Denver Broncos."

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