Good morning! Welcome to Thursday, which is almost Friday, which is almost the weekend. Yeah, I need the weekend. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
There is a strong chance this will be Crennel's final job. It has been an incredible journey for the Lynchburg, Va., native who played offensive and defensive lineman at Western Kentucky. As he begins his second chance, Crennel reflected on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday this week. Crennel was a 20-year-old college student when King was killed.
"It was an emotional time." Crennel said. "As a minority, I was worried about the progress Dr. King made would be stopped because of his death, but the movement kept going and I'm sure he would be very proud of it. I'm pleased it kept going and I'm very appreciative of every chance I've gotten because of his hard work."
Crennel Cherishes Chance With Chiefs from ESPN
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An emotional Jones, 33 years old and headed for unrestricted free agency, reminded his teammates not to take the game of football for granted following the Chiefs Week 17 victory in Denver.
Despite a statically-frustrating season, Jones continued to carry a big voice inside the locker room, during position/team meetings and on gameday.
Offseason Roster Review: Running Back from The Mothership
I realize it's only January, but nothing should come close to touching Kent Babb's story in Sunday's Kansas City Star about the work atmosphere at 1 Arrowhead Drive...
...After the jump, an admittedly imagined conversation in which Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli unveils his cellphone tracking sonar spy machine. Also, a look inside Pioli's office (special thanks to Christopher Nolan and Batman!).
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You probably noticed this one, but the Chiefs tight ends were among the most highly-penalized players on the team.
Leonard Pope led all Chiefs in individual penalty yardage with nine flags for 79 yards. Jake O'Connell was the fourth-most penalized Chief with seven flags totaling 40 yards in just eight games played. Anthony Becht was flagged once for five yards.
Tight ends were responsible for a total 124 penalty yards last season. By comparison, that amount equals over 38% of their receiving output.
Offseason Roster Review: Tight Ends from The Mothership
In the first week of the 2008 season, Pollard, who was then a safety with the Kansas City Chiefs, took down Brady with an awkward tackle. After he was blocked to the ground by former New England running back Sammy Morris, Pollard lunged at the left knee of the Patriots quarterback. Brady screamed as he crumpled to the grass, his anterior cruciate ligament torn and his season over.
Nearly three and a half years later, Pollard, the starting strong safety for the Ravens, still has to tackle questions about the incident, though they are relevant this week as Pollard and the 13-4 Ravens will play the 14-3 Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Years Later, Bernard Pollard Still Connected To Tom Brady Injury from The Boston Herald
Here is a rundown of some of the post-practice interviews between the player and a team that was spending some time talking to the prospect:
Kansas City - Army linebacker Steven Erzinger and South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson
2012 East-West Shrine Game: Wednesday's East Team Practice Report from Walter Football
Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs - The man who put together the offense that got the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII got off to a great start with the Chiefs - they were the AFC's surprise team of 2010 with a 10-6 record. But a disappointing follow-up year - and apparently, some really weird stuff going on in the Chiefs' front office - set things on the wrong path. Last rumored to be scouted as the Jets' passing game coach, Haley is still looking for a new place to land, but he'll probably get another shot as a head coach down the road. Underrated as a pure football guy.
Rex Ryan, Jim Schwartz The Last Two Left In 11-Man Coaching Class Of '09 from Yahoo! Sports
Patriots Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters sides with Dilfer and Sharpe. Waters played nine seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs alongside Gonzalez, who broke all of Sharpe's major records.
But Gronkowski, a 6-6, 265-pounder who runs like a deer and blocks like a beer truck, teamed with 6-1, 245-pound Hernandez, who's part fullback and part slot receiver, is a combo Waters hasn't seen in his dozen years of NFL service.
"It's definitely a difficult matchup. I mean, what do you do?" said Waters, noting that the duo also free up space for Welker and the run game.