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  • December 30, 2019
    Andy Reid has been coming to training camp with the Kansas
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    , whether it's finding the best route to the two
    outdoor practice fields or the quickest way to the dining hall.Sometimes the
    Chiefs' coach forgets that this experience is new for a whole bunch of
    people.Most of them reside on his rebuilt defense.After the Chiefs put together
    one of the worst seasons in franchise history on that side of the ball, yet
    still reached the AFC championship game thanks to their record-setting offense,
    Reid made the painful decision to part ways with longtime friend and coordinator
    Bob Sutton.In his place came Steve Spagnuolo, and that was just the start of the
    changes.Spagnuolo immediately decided to convert the Chiefs from a 3-4 scheme to
    a 4-3 defense, then watched as general manager Brett Veach began finding players
    to fill it out. They traded for defensive end Frank Clark and signed him to a
    $104 million, five-year extension, and added free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu on
    a $42 million, three-year deal to become the quarterback of their secondary.They
    parted with longtime stalwarts Justin Houston, Eric Berry and Dee
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    , and used the savings on defensive ends Alex Okafor and
    Emmanuel Ogbah, linebacker Damien Wilson and cornerback Bashaud Breeland.It was
    an unprecedented overhaul for a team that came within a hair of playing in the
    Super Bowl."In my mind we're all coming up for our seventh camp and then I have
    to keep reminding myself that these guys don't even know how to get up to the
    practice field," Reid said. "There's some nice leadership qualities from some of
    those players that were added, and intensity. I've been looking forward to a
    competitive camp up here. It should be pretty exciting."That competition already
    has been on display.Clark spent the first padded practice Monday getting into
    the face of left tackle Mitchell Schwartz during one-on-one drills. Then, he
    stood before a bank of television cameras and proudly proclaimed that the
    "defense won the day," no doubt igniting a fire under that high-powered
    offense."Spags is a legendary coach," Clark said. "You know, he came in and he
    threw everything at us in the spring. He put the whole script out there and put
    it into our hands as players, and to really invest our time learning this
    playbook. You look down at his tree of him coaching with Coach
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    , and him coaching in Philly, and him coaching the
    Giants' defense — he's just a great coach."Clark should know something about
    great defenses, too. The Chiefs acquired him from Seattle, where he was part of
    coach Pete Carroll's highly regarded "Legion of Boom."Yet the differences
    between the Chiefs' defense last season and this season extend far beyond the
    coaching staff, the scheme and the personnel, though they could have as many as
    seven new starters.There is also a different personality.The Chiefs played the
    quintessential bend-but-don't-break style last season, giving up huge yardage
    before buckling down. That softness came back to haunt them in the AFC title
    game, when Tom Brady led the Patriots downfield on the first possession of
    overtime for the winning score.The bunch that has taken the practice fields at
    Missouri Western this week already have shown more energy, more speed and more
    attack. There were several big hits during practice
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    , including on a play in which star wide receiver Tyreek Hill
    had to leave with a bruised quad muscle."I love training camp. I always have,
    right from the beginning when I was with Andy and we used to go to Lehigh
    University (with) Philadelphia," Spagnuolo said after Tuesday's practice. "We're
    getting closer to football. It's not all the way there because we can't
    tackle."That won't happen until the Chiefs play their preseason opener Aug. 10
    against the Bengals.Then they'll begin to know whether their defensive overhaul
    has paid off."All I do is focus on them getting better each day," Spagnuolo
    said. "Now, that's a cliche, right? But it's real. I mean, if we don't do that
    or buy into it and embrace it, all we'll do is go back."NOTES: Hill walked off
    the field before riding in a cart to the locker rooms. The Chiefs do not believe
    his injury is serious. ... RT Mitchell Schwartz (back) did not practice Tuesday.
    Cam Erving took his place with the starters. ... Breeland (lacerated thumb) was
    back at practice. ... The Chiefs practice again Wednesday before their first day
    off of training camp. After Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson appeared on and
    fielded a question about possibly becoming the highest-paid player in league
    history, Simms and I suggested that Wilson may have been sending the Seahawks a
    message. (Simms took the cynicism to the next
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    , wondering whether the question from Jimmy Fallon was
    planted by Wilson’s people.)Given the report that Wilson wants a new deal in
    place before the start of the offseason program on April 15, it’s seeming even
    more likely that Wilson was sending the team a message. And the full message is
    now clear: Make me the highest-paid player in league by April 15.That’s the only
    logical conclusion to the current situation. It’s not simply a contract that he
    wants; it’s a record contract. It’s a more-than-$33.5
    million-per-year-in-new-money contract.The next question becomes what will
    Wilson do if he doesn’t get what he wants. I’ll address that in another post,
    one that also looks at what a new deal for Russell Wilson would look like, and
    why his expectation for a deal worth more than $33.5 million per year makes
    sense, in light of his alternative options.If you want to know more along those
    lines now, you can listen to Tuesday’s #PFTPM, during which I reacted in real
    time to the news of Wilson’s artificial deadline.