Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/17


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Greetings from Atlanta. This is your Saturday (sucks to be working on a Saturday) edition of Arrowheadlines. Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news.

When listening to the radio or cruising the Web, don’t people tend to overthink it?

Here’s my spiel, ready?

Not a single pad has been donned and serious practice has yet to begin for the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s simple, because as you listen to fans and experts argue on who and what the Chiefs will be, we haven’t witnessed the 2010 Chiefs.

This season I’ll call it like I see it, but until I get a good look at Todd Haley and the Chiefs, I’ll be fair. Mini-camp only took a minute and there’s plenty of ground to cover. Radio is radio and talking about the Chiefs is what makes the offseason fun. I get that, but here’s my point.

Leave enough room to have an open mind. That’s it.

Fans and Experts Have Yet to Witness the New-Era Chiefs from The Examiner

4. Thomas Jones, Chiefs (free agent, from Jets) - It's too bad Jones didn't hit his stride until he was 27 years old, otherwise we might be talking about him as a future Hall of Famer like Tomlinson. As it is, the 31-year-old Jones has now posted 1,100 or more yards in each of the past five seasons, split among two teams that ultimately decided he wasn't good enough to continue playing for them. Jones hopes to make the Jets pay for that decision just as he did the Bears three years ago, but there's no doubt that the odds are stacked against him repeating that scenario in Kansas City. The emerging Jamaal Charles (1,120 yards and eight TDs last season) and second-round draft pick Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss) are going to siphon carries away from Jones, and the Chiefs offensive line isn't nearly as strong as the one Jones ran behind as a Jet. Though he still appears to have something left in the tank, the former No. 7 overall draft pick is going to have to fight for an opportunity to shine.

Line of Scrimmage: NFL GameChangers '10: Running Backs from KC Star 

The Chiefs would not confirm on Friday that they have signed the second of their fifth-round picks, linebacker Cameron Sheffield.

The NFL’s transactions report lists Sheffield as signing a four-year contract.

Chiefs reported to have signed fifth-round pick Sheffield from KC Star

Former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson avoided jail but didn’t escape the wrath of a judge who admonished him Friday for dropping the ball on his community service.

Johnson, 30, was supposed to work with children at the Kansas City Police Athletic League for his 40 hours of court-ordered service. But Johnson refused to play sports with the children and instead told police officials he wanted to start an art program. The program didn’t draw enough students and quickly fizzled out. He got credit for nine hours of service.

Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio said his intention was for Johnson to play sports with the kids.

Larry Johnson gets scolding for poor effort on community service from KC Star

The New Arrowhead Stadium will debut at the end of August when the Chiefs host Philadelphia in a pre-season game...

...Remaining within the stadium shell are memories of the hundreds of games that have been played there since the summer of 1972...

...Today, it’s the best passing games in Arrowhead Stadium history.

Arrowhead History: Best Passing Games from Bob Gretz

Prediction – 2nd AFC West: A lot of people believe the Chiefs are still a year away from competing for the division title, but I think we see this team make a huge transition in 2010. I think there are a lot of similarities to the 2008 Miami Dolphins who went from 1-15 to 11-5 and won the AFC East. Don’t be surprised if the Chiefs upset the Chargers on Monday Night Football to start the season.

Find out where the rest of the teams finish the season in our 2010 NFL predictions . If you plan on betting the NFL this season, be sure to stop back for our live NFL odds each and every week.

2010 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions from Bleacher Report

For the ninth consecutive season, Pittsburg State University and Northwest Missouri State University will face one another in a regular season MIAA contest at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs.

The game, dubbed The Fall Classic at Arrowhead IX, will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, the final weekend of the 2010 regular season.

Pitt State Going Back to Arrowhead from The Morning Sun

The best thing the Chiefs did in the offseason was hire a pair of coordinators with sterling credentials (as long as you focus on their Patriots Super Bowl rings, not their head coaching stints in Cleveland and South Bend). Charlie Weis takes over the offense and former New England compatriot Romeo Crennel directs the defense, and together they should help make Todd Haley a better head coach — assuming he lets them do their respective jobs. Weis also is charged with getting quarterback Matt Cassel back on track. The roster isn’t nearly what it needs to be, but an improved coaching staff counts for something, right?

Not that the Chargers are shaking in their cleats.

AFC WEST WRAP-UP from Athlon Sports

John Layton had no idea when he started Peabody Youth Football how quickly the grade-based program would grow.

He held the first football clinic at Peabody High last Saturday, and 139 youngsters showed up for the day of non-contact drills and instruction from a former New England Patriots star and four top notch Boston College players...

...The Eagle players included just-graduated wide receiver Rich Gunnell, who was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs this year along with starters Montel Harris (tailback), Wes Davis (safety) and offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, who is 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds and is projected to be taken in the first round at next year's NFLdraft.

Givens, BC players make Peabody Youth Football clinic a big hit with kids from The Salem News

The talk in Kansas City these days seems to be centering on youth. Guys like Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles are receiving the bulk of the attention but there is one person Chiefs fans seem to have forgotten about.

Matt Cassel.

I have been amused lately as I read through article after article previewing the Chiefs 2010 season. When speaking of Cassel, the pundits always say the same thing. They say he was a big disappointment in 2009 and although they concede that he had a terrible team around him, they are always sure to mention that he is unlikely to every be great. They always make sure to throw in that he only did well in NE because of Moss and Welker.

I think this is crap.

It Is Time To Give Matt Cassel A Fair Shake from Arrowhead Addict

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