Chiefs: Berry On Berry

Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.35.52 PMI sat down to transcribe Eric Berry’s media interview yesterday. Let me know what you think.

 

How’s it feel to be back?

 

“Amazing. It’s good to  see everybody. Seeing all my coaches..  all my teammates… you know it’s wonderful to be back in the building…”

 

How tough was it to stay away (from camp)?

 

“It was tough man. Just because man… I love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. There was a part of me during the… struggle and everything man, so it was definitely hard to not be here and just… let alone practice and just be around them on a daily basis. That was kind of tough for me. Especially the DBs.”

 

How did you spend August, what were you doing, where were you at?

 

“Mostly training… and just relaxing. Man, I was uh… I didn’t do too much I had a few speaking engagements but other than that I didn’t do too much.”

 

Was that time basically a continuation of your offseason workouts or did you mix things up there?

 

“… I kind of  mixed things up, I tried to tailor things towards uh, the way practice is structured and the game is structured. I tried to mimic that, even the hours that I trained. I trained during practice hours. I just tried to do everything I could, on my end, to make sure when I came here it could be as much as possible and as alike.

 

How long do you feel like it will be until you’re in midseason form? Do you feel like you’ll be ready for San Diego?

 

“Should be. I’m confident in that. The only thing is… getting used to having bodies flying around NFL bodies you know you try to fill it in with high school players and other people… just around training but it’s different when you have 11 guys on the field and know what they’re doing and know where to be. Things tend to move a little faster.  So, just getting that rust knocked off and just adjusting quickly.”

 

Did you see all of the preseason games?

 

“Yeah, I did. Of course, yeah.”

 

What did you think of the run defense?

 

“It’s early. One thing about our team is, we adjust very well. So… I mean, you saw that in the Bears game. The problems that we had early on, they get fixed. It’s just about making those adjustments and… minimizing the mistakes.”

 

Were you getting an itch to play, watching that?

 

“Definitely. Always, always, I don’t like sitting out too long… Ummm… like I said, I just love being around my teammates as well, so….”

 

When you got here, who greeted you first?

 

I always run into the quarterbacks for some reason when I’m out of the building and then I come back and Alex and those guys were the first people I saw when I came into the building… the equipment managers and stuff so it just kind of ran the gauntlet when I got here.”

 

Coach Reid said he had a “sit down” with you? How did that conversation go?

 

“It was good… man, it was all about football. Me and coach Reid, we have a different type of relationship I’m just outside of the lines as well and that’s something you look for in a coach and you know, we talked, we talked about a lot of different things out of football. And, just talking him and having a conversation, and being able to see him “face-to-face” that’s always good.”

 

Are you going to be able to put this aside?

 

“It’s already aside. You know, once I step foot in this building, and everybody in this building knows me, I’m about going to handle my business like a professional and aside of that I’m gonna give you everything I’ve got every snap so regardless of whatever happened in the offseason, that’s that’s the offseason, right now it’s time to get down to business… and play ball.

 

So that means, as a leader, as  a football player, that you’re as invested as you’ve always been?

 

“Always. That’s in my DNA. I can’t change. Hehe.”

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There was more to the interview but you can certainly get the feel for the man and Eric Berry IS “The Man.” I was taken by his comment that he wouldn’t trade his teammates for anything in the world. A foreshadowing of what may be his non-departure? I sure hope so. This guy is an amazing presence and inspiration to listen to.

 

What do you think Chiefs fans? Are we getting the same reliable and amazing safety that he’s always been? I believe that is exactly the case. What do you think?

 

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  • Chiefly Bacon

    I think Where Chiefs have missed him most is the leadership of their young secondary. I wish he’d been here for all of training camp, but perhaps he can still impart some wisdom in the ensuing weeks. He should be ready to play, I’m not too worried about that.

    • ladner morse

      At least he’s coming in now and it looks like there will be no “attitude” whatsoever.

    • Frank Rodela

      I’d be willing to bet Peters and Parker made a bee line for EB when he got in the building and had a pow wow about where the secondary is at and where Berry needs to light that fire

      • ladner morse

        Having two All-Pro DBs in the secondary should make all the difference…. while Peters is great, there’s just no way to replicate having both of those guys back there.

  • Frank Rodela

    BERRY STRONG. I’ve stated before that EB29 is my current active Chief and let me tell you, I have been ecstatic since word broke Saturday that he would be back at work this week. There have been some cogs missing, but are being put back one by one….just hope the cog known as JH50 comes back sooner than later

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      Agree about JH50, but I’m still planning on hearing he will be placed on PUP.

      • Frank Rodela

        Me too…but maybe JD is wearing his mad genius coat and hiding him until right before the PUP list has to come out

    • Calchiefsfan

      I have two Chiefs t shirts, one of Lenny smoking a cigarette on the bench at halftime during Super Bowl IV and Eric Berry’s #29. I think the defense just got a whole lot better.

  • PaulfromnorthMO

    I’ve said before that I think Berry is a top 5 safety and that he should be paid as such, I’m just not sure the Chiefs will be able to do that to his satisfaction next year.
    I also believe he is the consummate professional and now that he is signed and here, what has happened during the off season is in the past and Berry will bring all to the team that he can.

    • Frank Rodela

      From what i understand it wasn’t the dollars that kept EB29 from signing, it was the insurance policy the team wanted him to get and name them beneficiaries in

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        That might have been true for this year, but for 2017 we now have both Berry and Poe and very little cap space.

        • ladner morse

          By next year… there will be a list of other guys who it would be appropriate to ask to take a salary reduction.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Starting with our highest paid player, JH50.

        • berttheclock

          What you might see is the situation the Seahawks are in today. Word from the Emerald City is there may well be 13 rookies on their new 53 roster. They are cutting out the older players.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            That’s starting to look like where we will be next year.

      • berttheclock

        Other teams have asked for such insurance policies, so, I don’t believe it was out of line. I firmly believe the cancer scared Berry to the point he feared any remission could affect his family’s future, so, he wanted as much upfront money as he could gain. The Chiefs position was they wanted to defer that upfront money to later years, so, they could restructure their Cap heading into this season. For that reason, the talks were stalled from the very beginning as it has been discussed by several pundits, there really was never any dialogue. The insurance policy came into pay late in the negotiations. But, at that juncture, it was only an afterthought and not a deal breaker.

  • drwillez37

    I have an off topic question..the Berry situation was the first time I heard about insurance policies taken out by teams on players. Now we always talk about the poor team when it comes to salaries and yes for the year it does effect the team if a player gets hurt. But I never realized maybe from pure ignorance, but now I’m ready if kapernice gets hurt they get paid $20 million which covers all monies needed to cut him or whatever. I’m just surprised I never knew about this before.

    • berttheclock

      The Broncos had one for Peyton Manning after he came to the team.

      • drwillez37

        So for an owner there isn’t as much risk from losing your stars besides the CAP money that’s gets held up in that lose.

        • berttheclock

          They were afraid any neck injury would end his career.

  • berttheclock

    Slightly off topic, but, with Bosa just signing and coming to the last week of camp and Berry signing and coming to the last week of camp, it is not that far off topic. I heard comments from the former All Pro D-back who is an analyst for NFL.com. He was asked about how this would affect Bosa in getting ready to play. He laughed and said, “All he will be told is there is the QB, go get him”.

  • berttheclock

    BTW, where is that in town practice field for the Chiefs?

    • berttheclock

      Ah, I see it is part of the Truman Complex.

  • berttheclock

    Question for the fans. With Dorsey looking at so many safeties at camp, do you see Berry being moved closer to the LOS?

  • berttheclock

    Hey, earlier on the other thread, Frank and I were discussing Paul Kruger, the LB, visiting the Saints today. Word just in is after the Saints visit, he is expected to visit One Arrowhead. So, will Dorsey be able to borrow the “Creative Accounting Manual” from the Broncos and sign Kruger to plug and play until the return of Houston?

    • berttheclock

      Just read that Paul Kruger is LDS and did his 2 year missionary work in Independence, MO.

      • Frank Rodela

        It will come down to money vs. a chance to win. At the age of 30 and in 7 seasons, Kruger has earned right at 30 mil. He has also spent the last three years with the Browns…who are an actual NFL team…somehow….

        I was just about to say something along the lines of the Saints having cap room and the Chiefs being tapped out on the cap….according to OTC we have 4.48 mil. in space compare to the saints under 1 mil. Am I looking at that wrong?

        http://overthecap.com/salary-cap/kansas-city-chiefs/

        • Frank Rodela

          What I was going to get at was at 30 years old he might not have many more chances to get another ring and might see KC as a chance to double up.

          • berttheclock

            Have Mitchell Schwartz meet him at MCI.

          • Frank Rodela

            Have Kruger stop and pick up Geoff

          • Frank Rodela

            I just tweeted at Geoff telling him it’s time to come play with Mitch…and that he knows he misses that BBQ lol so if he signs I will take credit just so you know

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            That’s great, and after he signs, you can convince the brothers to give tickets to a home game for us A1 faithfuls!

          • Frank Rodela

            I will certainly try, and you can have whatever tickets I may have received

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Thanks, but I thought you would want to make the trip!!!

          • Frank Rodela

            I would love to but that takes vacation time, baby sitters, flight and lodging that is just not available to me right now.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Understandable, I was brain dead for a bit, forgetting that not everyone is an empty nester without so many time constraints.

          • Frank Rodela

            I will, one day, make it to Arrowhead. Until then I will keep dreaming of it.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            What’s life, without dreams

          • Calchiefsfan

            Does this mean I’m totally selfish for wanting to dump my family and responsibilities for a day at Arrowhead with the A1ers?

          • Frank Rodela

            Nope, not at all. I would if I could lol

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Not in my book!!

          • berttheclock

            I want Laddie to be able to get a press pass. Joel T of AP has one. Laddie should, also.

          • Calchiefsfan

            I like the way you think Paul!

          • mnelson52

            I would gladly give you credit if we could sign him. He plays about like Hali does now. Around 6 or 7 sacks a year and a lot of pressures. Looks like they may be trying to move on from Ford.

        • berttheclock

          That is what AP has up. I thought the Saints had more, but, by reworking the Streater contract, KC has more money.

          • Frank Rodela

            Hmm

        • drwillez37

          Something to do with Streters deal gave us aditional cap room

    • mnelson52

      According to another article I read, Chiefs have 4 million in cap space, but Kruger won’t cost that much. He’s also been playing OLB in a 34 defense, and Saints don’t play the 34. Chiefs also give him a shot at SB.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Somebody tell me why the Chiefs had 10 men on the field blocking a field goal against the bears.

    • berttheclock

      It was only a little Teddy Bear kicking?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      3rd Quarter 10:33 if anyone wants to check it out.

      • berttheclock

        Missed that, but, which Chief was flying from the left side?

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Think it was Keivare Russel.

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Maybe having a player missing on the Bears right side gave the kicker an optical illusion which caused the kick to go wide left!
        Or some kid who will be or has been cut screwed up.

    • ladner morse

      It’s preseason… shuttling players in and out… with it always being a different group each part of the game.

      During he season, those groups are fixed with less chance for error.

  • berttheclock

    Great to read Houston was at practice working with a trainer on the sidelines.

    Plus, Chris Jones was only working with the ones.

  • berttheclock

    Late to realize it, but, both Acker and Suh played for Grant High School in Portland, Oregon. They were five years apart though.

    • berttheclock

      Grant is in an upscale neighborhood.

  • Frank Rodela

    They are going to need a new name after Chris Jones shines

    They are gonna make Chris Jones earn it, 4th amigo ? https://t.co/awTOVWY8aT— Josh Klingler (@joshklingler) August 30, 2016

  • drwillez37

    Rip!!! Gene Wilder!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Always loved his talent. Sort of a quiet man with a twinkle in his eye. Whether, in “The Producers” or trying to do a pimp stroll through Union Station in KCMO in “The Silver Streak”, his work in “Young Frankenstein” or his excellent self contrived back flip as Willy Wonka, he will be sorely missed But, now, he can join his beloved Gilda Radner. Yes, indeed, RIP.

      • drwillez37

        I read this sad story about Gilda’s fight with ovarian cancer…awful…I’ll never forget Stir Crazy!!! Him and Pryor were epic

        • berttheclock

          One scene I remember was in “Young Frankenstein” when Wilder led both Garr and Feldman down into the dungeon for the first time. All looked bleak and cob webs galore. Wilder commented about it looking so bleak, but, Feldman pulled a typical California realtor by saying, “Oh, I don’t know, a little paint, flowers and throw pillows”.

      • Andy

        High Anxiety is my favorite.

  • Frank Rodela

    Guess this answers the Bray vs Murray debate

    One note from this morning on @gmfb: The #KCChiefs have made teams aware that QB Aaron Murray is available via trade. A low-cost option.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2016

    • berttheclock

      Meanwhile, reports from Denver say the Broncos are trying to “help out” Jerry Jones by offering Sanchez in a trade.

      • mnelson52

        Yes. I saw where Cowboys weren’t interested at his present salary.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      Maybe if someone calls for Murray, Dorsey might casually mention that Bray is available also.

  • Frank Rodela

    Three seasons after being a first round pick for the Colts, he has been released twice this off-season

    Jaguars waived the Colts' former first-round pick DE Bjoern Werner.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2016

    • berttheclock

      Speaking of “Colt”, did you read that the former TE great for Oregon, Colt Lyerla, has been busted for heroin possession back in Oregon? I remember when many wanted the Chiefs to draft him. He went to the Packers, but, failed. (May have broken his leg with the Packers)

      • Frank Rodela

        So much for him trying to get back into the league.

        • berttheclock

          Tremendous athletic talent wasted by a very messed up mind. He had problems staying on the roster at Oregon, as well.

    • drwillez37

      I remember him being touted around as a must have

      • berttheclock

        Never has been able to stay healthy long enough.

        • Frank Rodela

          And when he was, he wasn’t productive.

  • mnelson52

    Kruger scheduled to meet with the Chiefs after a visit to Saints

  • berttheclock

    Last year, Drew Nowak was the starting center for Seattle, but, Patrick Lewis took his place and looked far better. Nowak came to the Chiefs, but, has been cut. Now, Seattle is trying to use Lewis for trade bait.

  • Andy

    Laddie, Berry does bring an attitude and inspiration to this defense…and I don’t know what’s in his heart, but some of his talk didn’t represent his actions. I fail to see how on one hand he could have signed a multi year deal, making millions of guaranteed money AND being a chief for the remainder of his career, versus this one year deal where we will go through this contract nut roll again next year…if he doesn’t get hurt.
    I’m glad he’s back, but a little disappointed it took so long.

    • ladner morse

      By “attitude” I was thinking about a bad attitude that may players in a contract dispute can have.

      I super glad he back too!

      • Andy

        The attitude I was referring was one that a special player brings to the team, that raises every players level of play. Berry is a professional, and wouldn’t have said or done anything to disrupt the team.
        We seem to have quite a few of those kinds of players, not by accident I might add. I like what Dorsey is doing. If the last few drafts are any indication, we will be a strong team for a while.

  • berttheclock

    File this under the “Look good against the Chiefs and you may make the final roster” category. Braverman, a 7th round pick by the Bears played well against the Chiefs and it looks as though he will make the final roster of the Bears. Tanner McEvoy of the Hail May fame against the Chiefs, looks as though Seattle will keep him on their final roster.

  • berttheclock

    A comment from the ESPN writer for the Bears suggests the Bears may try to trade the OLB, Sam Acho. They have a glut of LBs.

    • Frank Rodela

      They need a KR? How bout a back-up QB with Shaw out

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      He would be cheap enough, but after 7 sacks as a rookie he only has 6 since and none last year.

      • Frank Rodela

        Looks like he couldn’t earn his starting job back after an injury in 2013 while playing for the Cardinals and moved over to Chicago last year. He started 7 games for Chicago last year and looks like he was more of a run supporter in Fox’s system.

        • PaulfromnorthMO

          If all we would be getting is a supporter, we have Ford for that, just sayin’.

          • Frank Rodela

            I haven’t done much digging but what is the scheme difference between Chicago last year and Card’s 2011 and 12, and which one is closer to what Sutton does?

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            I wouldn’t know Frank, but here is a question for you. If we were to sign a OLB, who do we cut? Does the signing of an OLB indicate that Ford has been given up on or that Houston is a long way from being back? If Houston counts against the 53 and we sign a new OLB, then we probably have a choice of keeping two of Ford, Moses or Nicolas, so which two would you keep? Ok, three questions.

          • Frank Rodela

            Does Houston count against the 53 on the PUP? Nicolas is safe in my mind, he looks to have a future once he bulks up and gets to know the system. I don’t know if you intentionally left Zombo off the list, but i think it actually comes down to Zombo and Moses….I wish Ford was expendable but i just can’t see JD giving up on him with a cut, more likely to see an expired contract.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            I don’t think PUP players count against the 53, but if they think Houston will return earlier and not placed on the PUP, I think he would count on the 53. I left Zombo off the list because he plays almost exclusively right side. I agree about Ford.

          • Frank Rodela

            Gotcha…him not going on the PUP would really telling but i still don’t think his temporary replacement is on the roster ATM

          • mnelson52

            I agree. If not Kruger, then someone else by trade or FA.

          • mnelson52

            I wish either Ford had Dadi’s desire to be great, or Dadi had Ford’s body.

          • Frank Rodela

            Give Dadi a year or two and will put on the weight

          • mnelson52

            Do they say he has the right frame to put on much weight without it hurting him? I really haven’t heard much about that.

          • Frank Rodela

            From what I’ve read he has some room to add weight

          • Frank Rodela

            What I would like to see is a vet come in, such as Kruger, and even if he isn’t a 10 sack guy get after the QB consistently. Someone that you don’t have to really worry about, just tell him to go do his job. Then I would like to see Ford sent back to the dealership.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Agree 100%.

          • mnelson52

            I would like to see him on a one year deal till we know about Houston. Also would like to see how he does opposite Houston while giving Hali a rest. I think they may be looking for a good pass rusher early in the draft next year. KC has always been known for good pass rushers.

          • Frank Rodela

            The emergence, or lack of, of Dadi could sway that decision.

  • Frank Rodela

    Sorry Laddie and Bert, but Mitch Mathew’s has been released.

    • ladner morse

      I was perhaps less high on him the Bert… but it just goes to show how much Dorsey has improved the depth at WR.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Word is Chiefs will sign him to PS if he clears waivers.

  • Frank Rodela

    Looks like Saints just spent some of that potential Kruger money on Kalif Barnes.