Hello, AP. Another day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Skipped the Twitter updates so I can get into work a little early. Enjoy.
D-Bowe doesn’t work here anymore. It’s just Dwayne now, without the alter ego that he sometimes called "The Show." That guy no longer exists. You can just call him Dwayne.
This is the new Chiefs policy, official or otherwise, a carefully monitored way of handling their good-natured but too often knuckleheaded receiver: Nobody is to call him D-Bowe anymore. Not coaches, not teammates, and especially not Dwayne.
The intent is clear. Dwayne Bowe needs to concentrate more on being a professional receiver and less on the sideshow that caused one league source to famously call Bowe "the single biggest dumbass in the NFL."
Except for Eric Berry, a badly needed safety drafted in the first round, they didn't do much for a defense that finished a laughable 31st against the run. Everybody is back on the front seven - everybody who had a hand in enabling journeymen running back Jerome Harrison to rush for 286 yards and erase the great Jim Brown's Cleveland team record.
If fans were surprised that Berry was the only significant pickup on that side of the ball, they were not alone.
So were the players.
Chiefs Have Yet to Address Problem with Front 7 from Sports Illustrated
Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 102. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. North northeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Training Camp Forecast from The National Weather Service
Players erupted after each juke, and fans roared after the whistle blew.
Dexter McCluster is easily the Chiefs’ yards-after-catch leader in their first five days of training camp, and he added 35 more in perhaps his finest talent display on Wednesday after the 5-foot-8, 170-pound rookie left a trail of linebackers in his path.
Demorrio Williams, Kansas City’s 2009 tackles leader, had good position to snuff out the screen pass near the left sideline but couldn’t contain him. Then McCluster shook Jovan Belcher and darted across the field. The all-purpose McCluster finished his jaunt in the right corner of the end zone, capping his take-notice camp’s most breathtaking catch and run.
McCluster gets plenty of work from News-Press Now
Maybe he will come around in time. There could be a day that Tyson Jackson lives up to the potential the Chiefs saw in him before the 2009 NFL draft, when they selected the defensive end at No. 3 overall.
The team is willing to wait, but coach Todd Haley knows that each practice is critical for the development of a player the Chiefs invested in — and whose payoff remains in question.
"We’ll know more as we go forward," Haley said Tuesday. "I think that he learned a lot last year. He survived it. It wasn’t always perfect, but he came back for more, hungry."
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs sweat through Tuesday's practice
Linebackers Jovan Belcher and Andy Studebaker, safety Kendrick Lewis and defensive end Wallace Gilberry have taken some turns with the starting defense in practice. All are young players and none has been a consistent starter. Another linebacker, veteran Derrick Johnson, is also getting his share of first-team snaps
While this is mostly a move to create different matchups at practice, don’t discount the possibility of some of the changes taking hold. While most coaches give lip service only to competition for jobs at camp, Todd Haley appears more sincere about it than most.
Chiefs camp buzz: Defensive lineup gets shuffled from KC Star
Defensive end Dion Gales mounted two solid rushes on back-to-back plays during 11-on-11 action, beating Colin Brown to the quarterback on the first one and powering through the Brown-Jake O’Connell double team to prevent Croyle from releasing the ball.
During the goal-line practice-closing drill, linebacker Corey Mays and running back Jararris Williams had a brief one-on-one scuffle but players on both sides of the ball stepped in and didn’t let it escalate like Saturday morning’s fracas.
Day 5 practice observations from News-Press Now
The 104 degree temperature didn't bother Chiefs rookie tight end Tony Moeaki. When asked about the heat, he said after 85 degrees, it all feels the same.
Moeaki is turning up the heat at the tight end position however.
"He's just come out and done what the coaches have asked," second year quarterback Matt Cassel said. "He's listened to Coach Haley and kept himself out of trouble so for know he's doing a great job."
Moeaki making strides at Chiefs camp from KTKA
Greenwood is currently running second team behind former LSU All-American Glenn Dorsey. He continues to impress the Chiefs coaching staff. A second team position would mean Greenwood would make the squad after spending a year on the taxi squad.
"So far, everything has been positive for me. I have had couple of excellent days working out, and I feel I am on the track to earning playing time," he said Saturday night from St. Joseph.
"I haven't had any injuries and have put on some weight, and feel that I am in the best shape of my life. I'm really excited about this opportunity," he added.
Greenwood running 2nd team behind Dorsey from The Prattville Progress
Led by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time career rushing leader in NC State’s Ted Brown (Apple Valley, Minn.), Georgia Tech’s only three-time first-team All-America in Randy Rhino (Marietta, Ga.), and one of only five players in ACC history to have been named ACC Player of the Year twice in Clemson’s Steve Fuller (Enid, Okla.), the ACC Tuesday announced its Class of 2010 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Legends...
...A charter member of Clemson’s "Ring of Honor," Fuller lettered four times (1975-78) for the Tigers and was a first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs and the 23rd overall selection in the 1979 NFL Draft. He went on to an eight-year NFL career with Kansas City, Chicago and the L.A. Rams, throwing for 7,156 yards, 28 TDs and a 56.8 completion percentage in 86 NFL games.
Only four teams won 100 games in the decade: New England, Philadelphia , Pittsburgh and the Colts. All were a plus-32 or better in the turnover battle. Of the top eight teams in turnover margin for the decade, seven played in a combined 12 Super Bowls. Only the Kansas City Chiefs at a plus-32 failed to reach a Super Bowl.
NFL Teams with a Hand in Ttles in 200s had Firm Grasp of the Ball as Well from The Dallas Morning News
Sanat Kansas City Chiefs " Although I like the Chargers in this one (being from Southern California and all) The Chiefs are due for a win. They have rebuilt their Offense over the pre-season and the tail end of the season last year and should win this one with ease by 3 ½ points.
NFL Hall of Fame Game from The SOP