Good morning. We have tons of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. Good stuff on Haley, and someone picks the Chiefs' D as a fantasy sleeper. Enjoy.
Good things are happening at Manual, a building filled with Chiefs connections located just west of the historic 18th and Vine District, and former Chiefs RB Kimble Anders is at the heart of the transformation.
What began as an airy hope for a new athletic director in a budget-crunched district has turned into a focused summer program for student-athletes across KSMSD’s Interscholastic League. Free to district students, Anders’ summer creation aims to develop those with college aspirations both athletically and academically.
Yesterday we had quite a few tributes to Joe Delaney on the site. Here are a few other stories that remember him:
A Man Who Should Never Be Forgotten from Bob Gretz
On Joe Delaney Day, Fans Remember Chiefs Hero from Yahoo! Sports
28 Years Ago Today from Lone Star Ball
Back to our regular news:
The Fourth of July weekend is just ahead and were it not for the legal representatives of the owners and players meeting in Minneapolis, pro football would be off the radar screen right now.
But there are plenty of stories floating around in the NFL ether and here are a few that we found interesting for your summer perusal. Enjoy.
Football Potpourri... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Whether it's the presence of Romeo Crennel organizing the schemes and calling the plays or just the talent that would have eventually broke out anyway, both Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are exciting athletic playmakers who have as much skill at the position as anyone in the division.
Kansas City Chiefs Boast Top Two Linebackers In AFC West from SB Nation Kansas City
Don’t get me wrong. I love Todd Haley. He is the best coach that the Kansas City Chiefs have had in a while. If I was the coach of the team, I would run it the same way. I would have the same intensity that he has. I would have the same passion that he has; the same control that he has; rule by the same principles that he does; and cuss like a f@#$ing sailor like he does. I love what he has done for, and with, the team. However, I would probably give a little more effort in the personal appearance portion of the job.
My Chief Concerns: Todd Haley is Haggard from Arrowhead Addict
But we’re going to give the nod to Kansas City’s tandem of Haley and GM Scott Pioli. The two have a strong working relationship, and they have turned the Chiefs around quickly. In their second season in Kansas City, Pioli and Haley built a division winner. The Chiefs are set up well for the future, and this tandem is the primary reason why.
Best of the NFL: AFC West Coaches from ESPN
The students attending summer school at the California School District received a special visit on Wednesday, June 22, from Warpaint, the long-time mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs. The original Warpaint and his rider Bob Johnson retired several years ago. For the 50th anniversary of the football team in 2009, a new Warpaint was introduced to a new generation of fans.
The new Warpaint is a 13-year-old Paint mare and is ridden on the field by Susie, one of the Kansas City Chief's Cheerleaders.
K.C. Chief's Mascot Is a Summer School Treat for California from The California Democrat
In their continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for cancer, members of the United We Ride cycling team of Kansas City will host the 3rd Annual Freedom Ride to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Livestrong on Saturday...
...Former Chiefs players Louie Aguiar and Ted McKnight are participating in their second year on the ride.
Cycle Along to Fight Cancer on Saturday from The Examiner
Best at telling it like is: Todd Haley -- Every coach in the NFL understands the importance of being candid. Haley is defined by that characteristic. He's been on blast since the moment he took over the Kansas City Chiefs two years ago and you can't argue with his results. The same team that went 4-12 in 2009 finished 10-6 last season, largely because his players responded to his no-holds-barred approach.
Best Coaches: Styles, Strengths Vary from ESPN
Most excitable, Gunther Cunningham: The Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator has always had a fiery personality. (Don't believe me? Check out his star turn on HBO's Hard Knocks a few years ago when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs.) Cunningham is a hoot to watch on the sideline, often literally spitting out his words and leaving little left to the imagination. One of Lions coach Jim Schwartz's primary game day tasks is to keep Cunningham below the boiling point.
Best of the NFL: NFC North Coaches from ESPN
The Chiefs finished 17th in fantasy points last season, but if you look up and down their roster, you see myriad intriguing young players ready to bust out. Tamba Hali is a budding superstar, and Wallace Gilberry contributed to a fairly menacing pass rush. My regular readers know I've been gushing about the corner combo of Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr for more than a year, and Eric Berry is a big hitter at strong safety. Heck, even Glenn Dorsey started contributing as a run-stuffer last season. The fact that Kansas City wants to play ball-control on offense should only help this group. I think this unit has top-10 upside.
2011 Fantasy Football D/ST Preview from ESPN