Matt Cassel misfired on a couple of throws, and the Kansas City defense stuffed the offense during a mock two-minute drill that ended with a missed field goal Thursday — an ominous conclusion to the Chiefs’ mandatory three-day minicamp.
Unless, of course, you were wearing the red jerseys of the defense.
“Hey, offense sells tickets, they win games, but defense wins championships,” said former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt, who signed with the Chiefs in the offseason. “That’s the way football’s always been.”
The haphazard performance by the Chiefs’ offense on a steamy June morning notwithstanding, coach Romeo Crennel said he was pleased with Kansas City’s entire offseason program.
The Chiefs had near-perfect attendance during voluntary workouts, with the only significant player absent for the duration being wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He has yet to sign his franchise tender, which means he was also exempt from the mandatory minicamp.
The flotilla of guys who missed nearly all of last season due to injury appeared to have made headway in their rehab. Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry missed minicamp due to family issues, but tight end Tony Moeaki and All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles were itching to get back on the field. All three of them tore the ACL in their left knee by Week 2 last year.
Linebacker Brandon Siler didn’t even make it that far — he tore his Achilles tendon during training camp. But even he was able to participate almost fully in offseason workouts.
“I feel like we’ve made progress during the offseason,” said Crennel, who took over for the fired Todd Haley on an interim basis last season, and then was given the full-time job.
“I’m encouraged by the installation of the offense, installation of the special teams, and defensively we looked at some things we don’t normally do, so I was encouraged there.”