Back to work, AP (and by work I mean checking AP from your desk)! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news begins with a wrap up of Mr. Gretz's articles on the roster that includes his thoughts on what we have. You'll also find a few off season updates on players, and an atypical way a former Chief is being remembered in Kansas City.
Over the last three years, the Chiefs have an average ranking of No. 27 in yards gained and No. 25 in yards allowed. It’s easy to understand the 10-38 record with offense-defense numbers like that. No aspect of the team was good enough to carry the day.
As they begin the 2010 season, what’s different from the offensive and defensive rosters over the previous three years that indicates those rankings will improve? Not much. Growth of existing players is where the difference must come – improvement from within. There haven’t been enough talented players added to really change things. On defense there is Berry. On offense there is McCluster, Moeaki and veteran G Ryan Lilja.
The head coach is constantly talking about the "process" the franchise is going through. It’s another way to say rebuilding and there’s nothing pretty about a rebuild. Anyone who has ever been part of a home or business that went through a remodeling project knows how messy things become. It seldom comes together easily or on schedule. It’s a "process" that tests the patience of everyone involved.
Right now, with two drafts and two cycles of free agency behind them, the Pioli/Haley Chiefs should have a stronger roster than what we have seen. That can change if the ‘09 draft class comes through in its second season.
Wrapping Up The Roster … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
LSU and NFL great Joseph Addai dons his bowling shoes this week for a cause that’s dear to his heart — Heritage Ranch Christian Children’s Home.
The occasion is Heritage Ranch’s Champions for Children 2010 bowling fundraiser, "Super Bowling with Joseph Addai & Friends," which takes place Thursday at Metro Bowl...
...Joining the Indianapolis Colts running back for "Super Bowling with Joseph Addai & Friends" are LSU football coach Les Miles; former Tiger football players Early Doucet and Ali Highsmith, both now with the Arizona Cardinals; Corey Webster, now with the New York Giants; Tyson Jackson, now with the Kansas City Chiefs; Marcus Randall; and Todd Kinchen; former LSU trackster Benny Brazille, now with the UFL Florida Tuskers; former LSU hoopsters Ricky Blanton and Rudy Macklin; former Tiger College World Series champions Pete Bush and Rick Greene; LSU Assistant Athletic Director Craig Pintens; and PBA Bowler Steve Weber.
NFL Player Gives Back from 2the advocate.com
Raider Kyle Boller, who married Carrie Prejean at the Grand Del Mar on Friday night, wasn’t the only NFL quarterback exchanging vows here over the weekend. Kevin O’Connell, the Jets’ backup quarterback and former SDSU standout, married Arizona teacher Rebecca Lathrop at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Saturday. Among the 230 guests: Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel ...
This is my kind of town . . . from San Diego Union-Tribune
Imagine the expression on your face on the worst day of your life.
Well, the National Archives in Kansas City has a collection of those expressions, photographs now on display in the exhibit "Mugged: Facing Life in Leavenworth."
The first prisoners arrived at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth 115 years ago. The prison opened its doors on July 5, 1895. Every incoming prisoner since then has had a mug shot taken.
The staff of the National Archives in Kansas City, at 400 W. Pershing Road, sifted through more than 20,000 and selected enough for the exhibit...
...The exhibit includes the names and bios of numerous celebrity inmates.
One says, "I was a running back for four NFL teams in the 1990s, including the Kansas City Chiefs. Who am I?"
Answer: Bam Morris, who was sentenced to 30 months in Leavenworth for drug trafficking in 2000.
Now, coming off a season where the Chiefs doubled their win total and ended the year with a 44-24 rout of rival Denver, Pioli has added even more pieces to the puzzle in hopes of getting the team back to the playoffs in 2010.
New to the team are all-star coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, along with a new batch of young talented draft picks who should play big roles on this 2010 Chiefs team.
Here are the five training camp competitions that could determine just how much closer this team gets to getting back in the playoffs in 2010.
Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp: Top Five Positional Battles from Bleacher Report
Beyond athletic abilities, fallen coal miner William "Rosie" Roosevelt Lynch and NFL Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones have stronger common ground: both are part of the deep-rooted African American history in Appalachian coal mining. This shared history will bring the NFL premier player back to the coalfields in July. Jones will serve as keynote speaker at a unique event honoring Lynch and Joel "Jody" Price, two African American miners who lost their lives on April 5, 2010 at the Upper Big Branch mining disaster in Montcoal.
The Soul of Coal" will take place on Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m, at Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley. The event will focus on the rich history and diversity in southern West Virginia coal mining, with proceeds going to the Lynch Memorial fund set up through the Beckley Area Foundation.
Soul of Coal event set July 11 from The Fayette Tribune
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Media and Fans
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Adam_Schefter On June 27, ESPN's Outside the Lines ran a piece on purple drank, an illegal drug concocted using Jolly Ranchers and codeine.
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