As the Chiefs prepare for the follow-up season to the most successful turnaround in franchise history, the John Dorsey-Andy Reid-led sophomore year gets underway as veterans arrived this afternoon to the campus of Missouri Western State University.
One of those players, outside linebacker and eight-year Chiefs veteran Tamba Hali, doesn't shy away from lofty goals and the process to achieve them.
"Our goals are set," Hali said. "There's only one goal we set – to get to the championship game. That's our mindset. We have to just take it a day at a time."
As a leader who will be looked upon to help first-round pick Dee Ford, another player who, like Hali, makes the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. Something Hali knows quite a bit about as he made that same transition back in 2009.
Hali is excited at what the Chiefs are building on defense, particularly in the aspect of getting after the passer.
"I'm starting to take pride in what the Chiefs organization has done with drafting guys who can get after the passer," Hali said. "Each year we're bringing in better guys. To put together a group like what they're trying to do, coach has all of us trying to get after the passer; it's going to help our team. We want to enjoy doing it while we're playing together."
Veteran players arrive at camp on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the offense looks to build off a successful 2013 season, where they finished sixth in the NFL in scoring, averaging almost 27 points per game.
Third-year receiver Junior Hemingway believes continuity and understanding on what to expect this year will help this group moving forward.
"I think it is going to be a great camp this year," Hemingway said. "Just coming in and knowing what to expect. It is a lot of guys' second year in the program."
One player who looks to have been doing some work this offseason is offensive lineman Eric Kush, who had fun working and preparing over the offseason.
"I've been working—haven't put on too much weight, just converting a lot of body fat into muscle and working on that ratio," Kush said. "It's been a lot of fun working this summer with (Anthony) Sherman, Jeff Allen and everything. Over the offseason it's been great."
These three players, along with the rest of their teammates here in St. Joseph, Missouri, look to build upon a solid foundation laid a season ago when they finished with an 11-5 record and berth into the playoffs.
They'll have the opportunity to begin that tomorrow afternoon as the Chiefs practice at 3:30 p.m., which is open to the public and includes free admission to fans.