Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Within the past 30 days the Chiefs have named a new head coach, hired a new offensive coordinator, ushered in a new special teams coach and hinted that
Matt Cassel would face competition at the quarterback position.
Head Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli have also keyed an upgraded offensive line as an offseason priority and, while choosing their words carefully, have indicated they'd like to bring back unrestricted free agents
Dwayne Bowe and Brandon Carr back for another season (or more).
Oh, and Phil Emery, the team's Director of College Scouting, is now the General Manager of the Chicago Bears.
On To 2012 from The Mothership
Control, always, was the Belichick way. He dispatched Terry Glenn without fanfare or ceremony in 2001, going so far as to ensure Glenn did not receive a championship ring despite playing four games that season. He cut the talented but some say troublesome Albert Haynesworth. It was the family way or the highway, and guys like Randy Moss and Chad Ochocinco were allowed in only if they understood. Once anyone did not - like Moss - they were out.
Not every political system lasts forever, and not everyone can be exported elsewhere. Ask Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs how the Patriots Way is playing in the Midwest.
Patriots Way Headed Down Rocky Path from FOX Sports
Willie Roaf joined ESPN 101 in St. Louis with Zach and the Coach (Rick Venturi) to talk about what it was like waiting for the Hall-Of-Fame call this past weekend, what it means to be a Hall-Of-Famer, what he would say to Will Shields, Cris Carter, and some of the other players that are waiting for their call, and what he thinks of the voting process.
Willie Roaf On Being Elected To The Hall-Of-Fame: "It Really Hasn't All Sunk In Yet" from SportsRadioInterviews.com
Haley, 44, who grew up in Upper St. Clair, was introduced to the media today at a noon press conference at the team's South Side facility,
"There's a lot of talk about systems, offense and defense, and I believe you do what gives you the best chance to succeed," Haley said. "If the best chance to succeed is running 63 times a game, you run 63 times a game.
"The transition is always, I don't want to say difficult, but there's an uncomfortable aspect to the newness. But that's not always a bad thing."
Haley: Steelers Offense Will Start With "Clean Slate" from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Kansas City Chiefs: This makes some sense. The Chiefs sure sound like they're content with Matt Cassel and ready to keep him but he's been inconsistent in his career. The Chiefs have a lot of weapons offensively, including Jamaal Charles, so Manning would make this team a contender right away. You can't cross KC off the list but publicly they've given no indication they're serious about Manning.
And let's not forget: The Kansas City Chiefs, owned by Clark Hunt, son of team and & AFL founder Lamar Hunt, grandson of billionaire oil baron H.L. Hunt, have made the Playoffs in only 1 of the last 5 seasons and 3 of the last 14. So how have revenue sharing and the salary cap helped the football team in the city most often cited as having "no chance" in baseball?
Let's Talk About Parity, In Baseball And In Football from Uncle Mike's Musings
Fourteen years and three Super Bowl rings later, Izzo still wasn't ready to go. Not after a neck injury, and not after doctors told him he couldn't play anymore. Upon hearing his diagnosis of multiple herniations, Izzo still worked out for roughly nine months, hoping his neck would heal.
He had a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010, and after the doctor wouldn't clear him, he knew his career was over.
The Road To NFL Retirement from ESPN
The question of football's more profound meaning has been the constant theme in Oriard's academic career. Today he is the Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State. He also pens a regular column on Washington Post's football blog, The League.
His interest in football didn't come out of nowhere. In the late 1960s, Oriard was a walk-on center at Notre Dame who snapped the ball to Joe Theisman during their time in South Bend. In 1970 he joined the Kansas City Chiefs, where played for four seasons. He finished his football career with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Reading Room: Reading Football from Football Study Hall
Kansas City: This likely would only be a fit if the Chiefs don't plan to re-sign cornerback Brandon Carr. It could come down to the Chiefs deciding who is better. So I'm not sure if they'll really be in the mix.