NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 22: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley answers questions from the media during the NFL Annual Meetings at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 22, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite a NFL owners imposed lockout in effect since March 12 the league is conducting it's annual owners meeting in New Orleans. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Those that know him and those that have talked with him over the last few months could have been knocked over with a baby's breath upon hearing the news. It sounds like a fortnight ago Schottenheimer would have said the same thing.
"If you had asked me, a little over two weeks ago, if I would have entertained returning to coaching, I'd have said no," he said. "You look at the upside, you look at the downside. The only way to go is up from a personal standpoint.
"To me, I feel kind of like it's a win-win situation for me. I'm back on the field again, and I just think that we are what we are. I just felt like it was the right time and the right place."
A Surprising Return... Thursday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Teams continue to say they are prepared for the event of a long lockout, but how can they develop players if they can't talk to them?
Trust is obviously a big factor. Todd Haley, heading into his third season as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, says he tried to get the message across to his players.
"One of the points I made when the season ended was this third offseason, there can be no letup. We've got to build on that second offseason and move into our third," he said this week at the owners meetings.
"Players have to work out on their own," he added. "And with players training on their own, teams will not be able to supervise their physical activity. But that's not the only element (of) getting their teams ready for this coming season that is absent."
No CBA Means No Growth for Rookies from FOX Sports
"I couldn't be more excited about what Thomas Jones has brought to this team both as a player and as a leader," Haley told the Kansas City Star. "He's the epitome of the same guy every day. We've got a little plan for Thomas that I'm excited about getting to. I'm excited to have Thomas back. He's a big part of what we're doing."
Thomas Jones Remains in Chiefs' Plans from National Football Post
In his rambling introductory remarks to an array of media and UFL supporters at a Town Center restaurant, Schottenheimer digressed often about his career, his reputation for conservative, so-called "Marty Ball" game strategy, and his beliefs about what it takes to win.
But he delivered his comments with the fire of a halftime orator, drawing bursts of applause and even "amens" from fan-club members taken by his pastoral fervor.
Schottenheimer Offically Named Virginia's UFL Coach from The Virginian Pilot
University of Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston is scheduled to take official visits with the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Georgia's Justin Houston in High Demand from National Football Post
Former Indiana University and NFL quarterback Trent Green and PGA Tour golfer John Daly were named Red Coat recipients for the 2011 Mad Anthonys Charity Classic golf event.
The two will be honored at the annual Red Coat Dinner on June 12 at Ceruti's Summit Park, which precedes the annual Charity Classic golf tournament to be held June 13, at Sycamore Hills Country Club.
Green, Daley to be Awarded Red Coats from The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Chad Ochocinco woke up in Kansas City today.
He arrived in town on Tuesday night, made a pit stop at Oklahoma Joe's - and now this whole Sporting KC
publicity stuntexperiment begins at 10 a.m. today...
...But for today, here's 8 minutes of nostalgia - a gentle reminder that nobody does sports crossovers like Kansas City.
Ball Star Tube: Bo Knows Crossovers from Ball Star
Williams' calendar is filling up quickly with scheduled visits in early April to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins along with the Redskins as teams get another look at one of the top two-to-three available running backs going into the NFL Draft April 28-30.
Williams has already done one private workout at Virginia Tech for the Baltimore Ravens, which was on Monday. And he has one scheduled at the school for Thursday with the New England Patriots and another one March 30 with the Dolphins.
Ryan Williams to Visit the Washington Redskins from InsideNOVA.com
After his workout Tuesday, Lamaak spent 15 minutes filling out a personality test given to him by the Kansas City Chiefs, one of more than a dozen NFL franchises that were able to talk with and see him perform Tuesday.
"To play at that level I really need to continue to work on everything," Lamaak said. "But I've trained hard for everything, I think [Pro Day] went really well and now I'm anxious to see what happens on Draft Day."
Lamaak Improves at Pro Day from Iowa State Daily
Masoli has one player on his side: Kansas City Chiefs receiver/returner Dexter McCluster, the former Ole Miss star.
"Definitely," he said, asked about Masoli's chances to make an NFL roster. "You can see he's a ballplayer. Wherever it's going to be, whether it's quarterback, whether it's whatever, if you're a ballplayer, you can play football no matter where you're going to be put. You see he has the leadership. I saw that a lot. He really stepped in and became that leader for Ole Miss. And he has that passion for the game. I think he'll be OK."
Will Jeremiah Masoli Make It in the NFL? from The Clarion Ledger
During his guest speaking engagement at the Greater Greenville Sports Club meeting Wednesday at the Greenville Hilton, former East Carolina standout receiver Terrance Copper shared a story about a conversation he had with Johnson when both were playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2004...
...Copper has played with the Kansas City Chiefs the last two seasons and had 18 catches in 2010, the most since a career-high 23 grabs with the Saints in 2006.
A free agent, Copper is hoping he can resign with the Chiefs, but he understands that nothing is certain, especially with the NFL labor situation at a crossroads.
Copper Shares Stories of Life in NFL from The Daily Reflector