"Voice of the Chiefs" Mitch Holthus hosted his weekly Chiefs Kingdom Radio Show, which can be locally heard on Sports Radio 810 WHB, on Monday night with special guest, former Kansas City wide receiver Danan Hughes.
With the regular season kicking off this week, the excitement surrounding the Chiefs taking on the Patriots drove this special Labor Day show edition.
Here are a few highlights from the show:
CHIEFS OPEN THE SEASON AGAINST THE BEST.
In case you forgot, the Chiefs head to Massachusetts on Thursday to take on the world champions to kick off the NFL season.
*"I think this will be a great test. And you hate to say a game is a test, but there are a lot of guys that aren't sure yet, there are a lot of coaches that aren't sure yet. That's not just with the Chiefs, that's with every team in the NFL. What team do we have? What's our identity? And how are we going to play when the bullets are flying and the lights are on? What's a better way to see your team and where they're at than to play against the best? And that's how I look at it. It's going to be a very very tough game, a lot of excitement up in the Boston area and we'll look to see what this Chiefs team is made of." *–Danan Hughes
"After being around the guys all summer and every day at camp, you can sit there and go well I hope we win this game, but there are guys getting on this plane that are expecting to win."- Mitch Holthus
EXPECTING TO WIN > HOPING TO WIN.
The mindset of knowing you can win the game, not just thinking you can win, is a mentality to thank Coach Reid for instilling in his players.
*"That's huge. Quite honestly, there have been a lot of teams that went week-to-week hoping and there's a difference. Fans can hope, player's families can hope, but those players in the locker room have to expect to win. Doesn't matter if they're playing in the parking lot or in Massachusetts. It's a mindset. When you expect to win, you're leaning on somebody making a play at any time. When you're hoping to win, you're kind of just hoping a guy is going to come through and it's kind of like covering your eyes in a scary movie, you're hoping that somebody doesn't get killed. And expecting is totally different, so I like that mindset. I think a large part of it is on the shoulders of Andy Reid. He's kind of instilled that mindset and these guys seem to be ready. And I like the fact that there's talk about the expecting to win part." *–Danan Hughes
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who was limited at practice Monday (calf), is confident in the explosive Chiefs' team that surrounds him this year, and in particular the wide receivers.
"I feel great. I know we have play makers in the wide receiver room. If you guys don't believe it, you'll be surprised nonetheless. I mean all across the board we do have a young receiver room. I think Albert Wilson is the oldest being 25-years-old. So it's definitely a young room, but at the same time, guys who are very confident in what they are able to do, and Coach Reid and the offensive coordinators putting them in the position that they need to be put in." –Travis Kelce
Missed out this week? Don't make that mistake again! Head over to the HyVee on W 95th St. in Overland Park on Monday September, 11th to catch what Mitch and his special guest have to say before the Chiefs take on the Eagles.