When the Kansas City Chiefs players returned to their practice facility for the beginning of the offseason conditioning program on Monday, none seemed more exicted than three-time Pro Bowl LB Derrick Johnson, who enters his 10th season in the NFL. Following yesterday's workout, Johnson took time for a session of "Four Downs", addressing questions about the upcoming 2014 campaign, new Chiefs LB Joe Mays and more.
Top shots of the Chiefs LB, Derrick Johnson from the 2013 season.
What's different about being back in Andy Reid's system in year two?
"Higher expectations. Expectations are always high in the NFL, but to see what we've done last year, we're trying to come back this year and duplicate that and do even better."
What's it like being back with your teammates?
"We're excited. We know what to expect from Andy Reid and from John Dorsey as an organization. It's looking good for us, right now. We're excited; it's just like going on the first day of school, when all your pencils are sharpened and you're just ready to go."
What does your fellow Chiefs LB, Joe Mays, bring to the team?
"I watched Joe Mays play and the physicality that he brings to the game is what we need. For him to battle for a position, that's going to make this team that much better."
What are the goals and expectations of the offseason program?
"We have a mindset that we've got to get better. This is the beginning of the 2014 season; it starts now. I'm not going to whoop and holler about it, because the season's not here yet, but we're also not going to get distracted. We'll keep our head down and get better from here and go into training camp, ready to go."
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