Waters: “I’m Glad To Be Here”

From the Truman Sports Complex

The last time Brian Waters was inside the Chiefs facilities things apparently did not go so well.   Reportedly he and head coach Todd Haley had a conversation that left the Chiefs guard upset and wanting to be traded.

Things were a bit better on Friday morning as Waters was with the team for their first practice of mini-camp.

“When it’s time for business, I try to take care of it at that time and when it’s time for football, I try to take care of it at that time,” Waters said.  “This weekend is about football.

“I’m glad to be here with my teammates.  I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.  Whatever happens in the future is going to be between me and the organization. As of today, I”m a Kansas City Chief.”

When asked  if he wanted to be part of the Chiefs, Waters answer wasn’t very definitive.

“Today I do, that’s why I’m here,” Waters said. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here.  If that changes, then the right people will be notified.”

Waters said he would talk about football and did not answer questions about the earlier meeting with Haley.  He was specifically asked if he was seeking a trade and waved off the question.

As to why he’s not been around the team through the off-season, Waters said that was nothing new.

“I’m never here in the off-season,” Waters said. “This idea of me skipping OTAs, skipping workouts because of some other thing is not true. I”m rarely here in the off-season. I’m always here for mandatory things.  I’m almost never here for the OTAs or off-season program.  I wanted to make sure to clear that up.”

Waters did admit that he’s nowhere near in the physical condition of his teammates who have been part of the off-season work at the Chiefs facility.

“From what I understand these guys have been working intensely hard,” Waters said. “There’s no way you can do the same thing.  I’ve been doing what I need to do to maintain.  I feel like I definitely have to improve my workouts going into training camp.”

About the only emotion Waters showed came when he addressed his no-show at a First Downs for Downs Syndrome event on Wednesday evening.  The FDDS charity is something the Chiefs offensive line has been involved with for years and Waters has been very active with the group.

“I had no idea that the charity (event) was going on at that particular date and time,” Waters said. “I hadn’t communicated with anybody and nobody had communicated with me.  To think that I would skip out of a charity event that I was involved in for any reason is really not my style, it’s really not my character.”

14 Responses to “Waters: “I’m Glad To Be Here””

  • June 5, 2009  - jimbo says:

    I’m still left guessing what is on Brian Waters mind. He is a Chief today, sounds like there’s a door somewhere still open.
    To say that he was unaware of the fundraiser, both the day & time seems incredulous to me.
    Either way, I am glad he is participating.

  • June 5, 2009  - Scott says:


    Doesn’t really sound like he’s too happy to be there…or that he’s commited to being a Chief. Maybe that will change with some time.

    I like the sound of this, though:

    “From what I understand these guys have been working intensely hard,” Waters said. “There’s no way you can do the same thing. I’ve been doing what I need to do to maintain. I feel like I definitely have to improve my workouts going into training camp.”

    Sounds like our guys are in shape…even if he isn’t.

    Not sure I believe his excuse for missing the First Downs event, either.

  • June 5, 2009  - JBChiefs says:

    Glad he’s here. Welcome BW. How cool for him to see the change in the organization and how hard the players are working to win. If that has not hit him yet, it will sometime in the next few days during mandatory OTAs. By the end of these, I think he will come around and WANT to be here, WANT to be a chief CHIEF again.

    He’s a winner at heart. A worker. Now he gets to see that everyone else is too and he’s behind. I think it will motivate him! I mean, third string OL. That should motivate him!

  • June 5, 2009  - colby says:

    You’ve got to more than “maintain” your physical condition now big man! There’s a new sheriff in town. Glad these guys now have to actually earn their pay in the offseason!

  • June 5, 2009  - Rip 'em a new one says:

    Well said, Colby. The returning vets have to feel the changes, know of the new expectations, and either get on board or get out.

  • June 5, 2009  - alex k says:

    Im sorry ALL, but I am 100 percent seeing a different story.

    Waters is going to be moved, I wasnt sure of it before, but after those comments he made, I am positive of such things, and if he isnt moved, I will be bummed, Waters sounds like a different person, and to say he didnt know about the charity function…CMON, over THIRTY chiefs attended….

    Weak excuse, and an ever worse display of faking interest in being a chief,

  • June 5, 2009  - Gump says:

    Whether everything BW said was completely true may be up for debate. I feel, however, that he’s trying to say the right things and is here to be a Chief. I’m quite okay with welcoming him back and looking forward to he and Albert anchoring the left side of the line.

  • June 5, 2009  - lozphil says:

    Welcome Back BW. Now go show them what you got!!

  • June 5, 2009  - Kevin B says:

    I just hope Waters puts out enough effort and plays at his level. If he wants out of here and has to stay for the year fine, as long as he produces. Our Right side of the line was awful last year at best, and is the reason for all of our offensive woes. We need to revamp the right side, which has been half way completed. Hopefully we can pick up a right tackle this offseason. We are pretty solid from LT to RG,with some questions at center. RT is our biggest team need in my opinion.

  • June 5, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    “Welcome Back BW.”

    Now our regulars can get back to real discussions and resume regularly-scheduled refutation of Rin.

    Since anonymous is still anonymous, we’re going to give him the name JasonWhitlock.

  • June 5, 2009  - MQHESS says:

    . “This idea of me skipping OTAs, skipping workouts because of some other thing is not true.” Seems to discredit Whitlock a ton

  • June 5, 2009  - Randy says:

    Waters says he skips voluntary OTA’s every year…There must be someone who has the time, resources, and motivation to dig through some archives of last year’s off season blogs and see if Waters was noted as being present or missing. I would find it hilarious if indeed Waters misses these activities every year, and nobody in the press took the time to check into that before they made a big story out of it. Waters seems fine to me, he’ll ride out his contract like a good soldier IMO.

  • June 6, 2009  - mountain man mike says:

    i remember at least last year him missing most of the OTA’s. i was also surprised that nobody picked up on that. i kinda thought i must have remembered it wrong since no media circles picked that up…but now that i think of the sensationalist media, it makes perfect sense. they just wanted to sell newspapers and keep their jobs. they still r not reporting any news that BW never goes to OTA’s.

  • June 6, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Glad to see ‘check’ acquiesced and apologized to you BW- that’s the way the rookie coach crumbles. They’ll treat you with respect or you’ll get your wish & leave this sinking ship Titanic proportion called the Chiefs…best of luck Brian!

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