Morning folks. An early Arrowheadlines so I can get to the airport. Not a good day for Kansas City Chiefs news. Besides the Page allegations, the Star's Adam Teicher fires back at critics who wonder why there was a stink over a closed
practice walkthrough, and the Chiefs players go head to head with Goodell. Enjoy.
In Kansas City, Waters asked Goodell directly whether the owners were planning to cut health benefits for players in the event of a 2011 lockout. Linebacker Tamba Hali stood up and flat-out asked why the owners had opted out of the collective bargaining agreement.
"He couldn't give us any answers," Waters said. "All he said was, 'They weren't happy.' If we ask you why they weren't happy and all you can say is, 'They weren't," then how can you say we're having an open dialogue and this isn't just a P.R. move so you can say, 'Hey, I went and talked to the players?'"
If it were that, it hasn't gone the way Goodell hoped it would. What the commissioner has found is an angry attitude among players who are concerned that they'll be locked out in 2011.
Goodell's Locker Room Meetings Aren't Going Well from FanHouse
Kudos to the Chiefs fans who understand that this seemingly silly skirmish over media practice access is a small battle in a bigger war.
The Chiefs have increasingly tried to smother local media coverage by limiting access to the general manager, players, assistant coaches and other football staff. Now they're starting in with training camp practice...
...The NFL has a policy regarding media access to coaches, players and practice. I won't bore you with details other than to say some teams meet the minimums in the policy while some go beyond. The Chiefs generally meet the bare minimum in most areas except with regard to access to assistant coaches, where they've failed miserably. The policy requires access to assistant coaches at training camp, but a week into camp, despite numerous requests, the Chiefs have denied Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and other assistants the chance to speak to you, the fans, through the media...
...So if you find yourself somewhat amused by all of this, you can go ahead and laugh. But don't complain when the day comes that the only Chiefs information you get is the information Scott Pioli wants you to have.
Here's why you should care about media access from The Red Zone
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89. South southeast wind between 3 and 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind between 6 and 9 mph.
Training Camp Forecast from The National Weather Service
The agent for Chiefs safety Jarrad Page sent an e-mail to a Kansas City radio station Friday, stating that Page had been mishandled, was injured because of coach Todd Haley’s negligence and that trade requests had been ignored by the team.
Page spent most of last season on injured reserve because of a calf injury, and he has yet to sign the Chiefs’ restricted free-agent offer for the 2010 season. Page didn’t participate in Kansas City’s offseason program, including mandatory workouts. He hasn’t reported to training camp in St. Joseph, and the e-mail stated that Page no longer keeps a residence in the Kansas City area and has moved to his native California.
Chiefs’ day in camp Friday from KC Star
The gates open for Family Fun Day at 11 a.m. today at Spratt Stadium. The players will sign autographs at 1:10 p.m. before the scrimmage starts at 1:30. Admission to the event is $10, and children three years and younger are admitted for free.
The event will also include appearances by the Chiefs cheerleaders, KC Wolf and Warpaint, the horse the team re-introduced last year to run the Arrowhead field after touchdowns and field goals...
...According to Haley, the players will be live, meaning that tackling will happen for the first time this camp. Usually, defensive players wrap the offensive player but don’t force them to the ground. Of course, quarterback Matt Cassel will wear his yellow quarterback jersey and will not be sacked.
Page's holdout rolls on from News-Press Now
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News-Press Now Photo Gallery: Chiefs Training Camp
The Chiefs finally got serious about obtaining a high-quality kick-return specialist when they selected not one but two in the second round of this year’s draft.
Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas are now battling on the training-camp practice field to be the return specialist. Their ability is sparking hope among the Chiefs that McCluster or Arenas and possibly both can do for them what Hall once did.
Chiefs hope rookies can add kick to return game from KC Star
The biggest cheer of the roughly two-hour practice came during an unlikely drill: punting practice.
Near the beginning of the drill, six-year veteran punter Dustin Colquitt boomed a high, spiraling, 51-yard punt.
Loud "oohs" and "ahhs" came from the crowd as the punt reached its apex and then was caught by waiting rookie speedster Dexter McCluster.
Colquitt said he didn’t hear the loud response during the drill but was nonetheless pleased that the fans appreciated a good, high punt.
"That makes me smile," said Colquitt, a six-year veteran from Tennessee. "It’s good."
When asked if those types of cheers are what punters wait for during training camp, Colquitt quipped with a laugh: "Sure. The specialists are here."
Day 7 morning practice observation from News-Press Now
If you read the paper or listened to the radio, the subject usually shifts back to the Missouri heat. For every player on the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s their first time in dealing with it for an entire training camp. There may have been a couple difficult days in River Falls, but nothing like summertime in Kansas City.
Maybe I’m not sensitive to the whole debate – perhaps I’m not. After talking to my friend who’s a season ticket holder, I know I’m not. He makes it a point to fly back to Kansas City for every home game. He’s been steady for the last four seasons. He’s a diehard fan and wouldn’t change a thing, but it’s not cheap. It costs him in the neighborhood of $500 a game. Again, he loves every tailgating minute of it, but that’s not the point. Does he shed a tear over whether the players are hot or not?
Let me answer that – no.
Chiefs Players Can Take the Heat from The Examiner
Haley singled out four rookies in particular. Wide receiver Dexter McCluster, safety Kendrick Lewis and linebacker Cameron Sheffield, all practiced well. McCluster scored on a long touchdown pass while Lewis broke up three passes, including two in the endzone. Haley also had nice things to say about tight end Tony Moeaki. "I think it was pretty obvious that this young tight end, looked like he wasn’t affected a whole bunch by that situation. He continued to do the things he has been doing in practice. All the sudden they are under the lights and it created a different atmosphere for them and at the same time."
Haley holds high praise for rookies (AUDIO) from Missourinet
"(Former Miami Dolphins quarterback) Bob (Griese) got up and he said, 'This guy was a great football player,'" Little said. "Same with (former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker) Willie Lanier. They were (my contemporaries), and they each said that (I) should have been in long before now.
"But the time is now for me. This is my time, and I've got to accept that as my time, and I can't be mad about being overlooked because I played for the Broncos my whole career."
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones: Once Charles got hold of the starting job last season, there was no stopping him. During the last eight games of the season, only the Titans' Chris Johnson (1,047) rushed for more yards than Charles, who capped the year with a club-record, 259-yard performance at Denver. But Charles is slightly built - 5-11, 199 pounds - and the muscular Jones - 5-10, 212 - will help keep Charles fresh for the long grind as well as extend his own career.
Running the league: NFL teams using multiple running backs to split workload from The Victoria Advocate