Guard Brian Waters has played for the Chiefs since they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2000, making him the longest-tenured member of the team. And after a year of playing for coach Todd Haley, Waters says he sees something different than what he saw when Herm Edwards, Dick Vermeil and Gunther Cunningham were the coaches.
“In the years before, it was a little bit more relaxed,” Waters told Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. “It’s definitely changed. . . . Everybody is more professional and taking things more seriously.”
What’s changed? For starters, Haley says the players are in much better physical shape because of his offseason program — the Chiefs’ roster lost a cumulative 700 pounds in the six months after Haley arrived.
Haley called the fitness problems that last year’s Chiefs had “unheard of,” and several veterans say the team is in much better shape this year.
Of course, Waters doesn’t participate in the offseason program, so he wouldn’t necessarily know how much the Chiefs’ offseason program has changed. But Waters, who was the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year and is one of the league’s most respected veterans, is giving a public vote of confidence to Haley’s methods.