Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 7/28

Listen! Do you smell something? That's right, training camp is just around the corner. Bob Gretz has word or two about drinking the Kool-Aid. The addition of Thomas Jones has confused scores of Fantasy Football players pre-draft. Also, and this might not count as news, but it's going to be hot in St. Joe. Read up on your Kansas City Chiefs news so you can be an informed fan. Enjoy!

Quite naturally it’s the time of year when all fans of all NFL teams hold hope that their favorite club can turn things around; that they can go from contender to champion, from pretender to contender or from bottom of the barrel to pretender status. That kind of enthusiasm is normal at this time of the year.

But let’s inject some reality here and let me ask these questions – just what have Pioli and Haley accomplished since they walked in the door in January-February 2009? Just how are the Chiefs a significantly better team, or a better organization? To win 10 games, they would have to be quite a bit improved from the teams that lost 38 of the last 48 games.

Please, Less Kool-Aid … Monday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said on Sports Radio 810's The Program this afternoon that coordinator Charlie Weis will call the majority of the team's offensive plays.

Haley called plays last year after firing coordinator Chan Gailey less than two weeks before the regular season began. Haley, a former coordinator himself, said that, although Weis will call most plays, the head coach won't be far away.

"We're going to work together," Haley said.

Haley says Weis will be the Chiefs' 'predominant' play-caller from The Red Zone

The biggest debate in fantasy football circles right now doesn't center around Tom Brady or Terrell Owens. The man at the center of the fantasy football universe is Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, and the question hanging over is what to do with him.

Over the last four games of the 2009 season, Mr. Charles ran for 658 yards, including a 259-yard performance against Denver in the finale. The 2008 third-round draft pick out of Texas was poised to accept the bulk of Kansas City's carries in 2010, and was well on the way to being a fantasy superstar. He seemed to be a running back with little competition who runs and catches for oodles of yards (40 receptions for 297 yards in 2009). But a funny thing happened on the way to Mr. Charles's supposed breakout season: in March, the Chiefs signed free agent running back Thomas Jones, who had run for career highs of 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Jets in 2009.

In Search of This Year's Chris Johnson from The Wall Street Journal

As NFL teams head to training camp this week, they will begin preparations to play their 2010 regular-season schedule.

How strong those opponents are is what’s called the strength of schedule and how relevant it can be goes out the door after a few weeks of the new season, it’s a starting point for considering the chances of a team winning more games than they lose.

NFL Strength of Schedule 2010 from Bob Gretz

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 top 20 punt returners with the best career average in Arrowhead Stadium.

Arrowhead History: Best Punt Return Average from Bob Gretz

It’s taken over four years to realize the dream that the Chiefs' late owner and founder Lamar Hunt had for his beloved Arrowhead Stadium. But when Chiefs fans, and everyone else who passes through the portals of the New Arrowhead this season, get the opportunity to see the fruits of the 1.9 million mans hours and 1,147 days of construction that went into the project, they’ll surely agree it was well worth the wait.

Makeover at Arrowhead renders storied Chiefs home better than new from Examiner.com

The start of Kansas City Chiefs training camp this week is the hot news in St. Joseph, but even hotter news may be the scorching temperatures that will greet the team when they arrive at their new facilities on Friday.

On Tuesday, crews put the finishing touches on the Chiefs practice fields at Missouri Western University, the team's new training camp home, where players will soon be running up and down the fields in full pads.

"That's so intense, I admire them for being able to wear all that stuff," said Kyle McPhillips, who was preparing for a women's tennis tournament at the college with her friend, Catherine Harrison. Both McPhillips and Harrison say that they plan to beat the heat the same way as the Chiefs.

"Lots of Gatorade to stay hydrated," said Harrison.

Scorching Heat Set to Greet Chiefs in St. Joe from FOX4KC

... Lead the league in interceptions: Eric Berry, FS, Kansas City Chiefs

The safety position has changed in the NFL and is viewed as a position of playmakers. The instincts, awareness and ball skills Berry possesses are that of a cornerback, and those talents will be a welcomed addition to a Kansas City Chiefs secondary that made only 15 interceptions last year. A three-year starter at Tennessee, Berry had only two interceptions this past season, but in his first two years as a starter, he totaled 12.

Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers said of Berry's playmaking skills: "He had success at the college level. We're just excited to see what he can do for us in the secondary. When you add a playmaker to the team, I think the whole team steps up, and they want to rise to the occasion."

Most likely, these rookies will make impact in 2010 from CBS Sports

Reunions really seem to be in vogue this season in the NFL, especially in Kansas City, where former New England player personnel director Scott Pioli is in his second season as general manager.

The Chiefs have become New England Midwest, a haven for former Patriots, coaches and players alike.

NFL preview 2010: Reunions from The Orange County Register

Fox4KC Video: Despite Report, Chiefs and Royals Say Ballpark Food is Safe

Dwayne Bowe (WR-KC) –Bowe has been a frustrating player to watch and own. He has all the talent and potential to be considered among the elite receivers in the game, but he lacks focus and discipline. One year after a 1,000 yard, 7 TD season in 2009, Bowe laid an egg the following season gaining only 589 yards and 4 TDs. He showed up overweight last season, dropped several passes, and faced a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. This season, Bowe has a lot to prove.

NFL preview: 4 players looking for comeback seasons Digital Sports Daily

As the NFL season nears and the anticipation grows, I can’t help but look ahead at the schedule a bit to find the games that really get me excited. I obviously won’t bet a game just because the matchup looks good, but I’ll sure look at it more closely if it’s an exciting game to me, or if it’s a game that is likely to draw heavy public action that could skew the NFL odds and give us some value. Here are 10 games in the first two weeks of the season that I have my eye on:

...San Diego at Kansas City – This is another potential opportunity. The Chiefs are a popular dark horse team this year. San Diego has drawn more than a share of doubts, and they are notoriously slow out of the gate. The public could be drawn to the Chiefs, but San Diego is unquestionably the better team.

10 Possible Early Betting Opportunities on the 2010-11 NFL Schedule from Maddux Sports

Businesses in the Kansas Chiefs' new training camp home of St. Joseph are hoping the teams arrival will mean an influx of dollars into the town.

"If you multiply day trips by the region we can, you can do St. Louis, Joplin, Omaha, Lincoln," St. Joseph spokeswoman Mary Robertson said. "I think we can get so much more of an impact on the day trips."

Robertson said Chiefs training camp is also a chance for the city to put itself on the national stage.

St. Joe Businesses Hopes Chiefs' Red Means More Green from KCTV5

Player Tweets

BCarr39 RT @Royal_Flyness: @BCarr39 @BFlowers24 u guys should really work on a nickname""how bout "The (cont) http://tl.gd/2pdum6

Media and Fans

Adam_Schefter RT @espn_macmahon Heartwarming that T.O.,Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones reunited in Cincy. That worked out well in Valley Ranch locker room.

JoshLooney 2010 Position Previews: Defensive End - http://bit.ly/9BfZ6o #chiefs #nfl

WhitlockJason Jason Whitlock agrees to be conditioning coach for Bengals.

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