ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali jump-started a firestorm over the past week with remarks on his playing time last season and the absence of team veterans from voluntary offseason workouts. He felt the reaction to his critiques got blown out of proportion.
“I’m a competitor, Hali said. “I want to compete. It’s not about starting, it’s not about who’s better on our team. We’re a team. I just want to be included and I don’t want to feel like they’re just going to phase me out.”
Hali said he grew frustrated last season because of a disconnect between what he was told regarding playing time and his actual snap counts. He said head coach Andy Reid assures him his role will be more clearly defined for the 2017 season.
“I feel like I can still play,” Hali said. “That was my rant, that’s why I went on a rant because I know I can still play, I just don’t know how the team wants to use me.”
The seven-year veteran also made remarks about team leaders not participating in offseason workouts. Hali extended his Twitter remarks during an interview on the Arrowheads Abroad podcast.
“Whoever is on our team expected to be a leader, we need those guys there,” Hali said on the podcast. “Because the younger guys there come in and see these guys and say, ‘Well, I want to be like him. He’s here, he has a lot of money. But he’s here and he’s working with the team.’ It builds such chemistry for our team.”
Berry and Hali met in the locker room…
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