Good morning! I'm very pleased to report that it is Friday. You'll also be happy to note that we have your Kansas City Chiefs news for you. It includes more updates on the OC hiring process, analysis of HOF chances for a couple of former Chiefs, and competition at QB? Enjoy!
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli are looking to plug holes on their coaching and scouting staffs and emphasized Thursday the need to bring in competition for Matt Cassel at starting quarterback.
Crennel has interviewed quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders for the vacant offensive coordinator's job and said, "I might interview another one or two" before making a decision, perhaps early next week.
Whatever the itinerary holds for the two men in Indianapolis, Crennel says that the Chiefs are close to naming a new offensive coordinator. A deal could potentially be reached over the weekend.
"We are still working through that process and I hope to have it done relatively soon now, because we've had a couple weeks now that we've been talking to guys," Crennel told Soren Petro of 810 WHB on Radio Row at the Super Bowl XLVI media center.
"We are a lot closer, and I think that we will be able to get some things done over the weekend."
Chiefs OC Search Winding Down from The Mothership
The Nobert's paid their renewal deposit in December to make them eligible for the Chiefs 30 Prizes in 30 Days Sweepstakes. Prize packages ranged from tailgate parties, to pre-game field passes, to Super Bowl XLVI tickets.
"I told my son that there were some neat things they were drawing winners for," said Nobert. "I'd never been on the field before, or had an opportunity to meet any of the players, but I never thought beyond my wildest dreams that I'd end up winning Super Bowl tickets."
From Section 319 To Super Bowl from The Mothership
Note, however, that Pioli didn't mention 2011 fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi. Stanzi will likely try to latch on as the backup after spending his rookie season as the No. 2 quarterback. Crennel is a big fan of Orton, so maybe the Chiefs will make a big run at him. Still, I don't think he'd be interested in signing with the Chiefs unless he was told he'd be the likely starter.
Matt Cassel Will Have Competition from ESPN
KC "Cupid" Wolf will once again be spreading love & laughter while making Valentine's Day deliveries this year. KC Wolf will be available to make "surprise visits" on 4 different dates.
Sunday, Feb. 12th, Monday, Feb. 13th, Tuesday, Feb.14th and Wednesday, Feb.15th.
KC Wolf Valentine's Day Deliveries! from The Mothership
Also, in what might play out as a kick in the teeth to Raiders fans who wanted Al Saunders to stay on as offensive coordinator rather than Allen hiring Greg Knapp, Saunders reportedly interviewed with those same Chiefs on Wednesday. Saunders has had two previous tours of duty with the Chiefs, serving as their O.C. for the high-powered offenses of 2001 through 2005.
Reports: Hoffman Hired, Saunders To KC? from CSN Bay Area
Roaf's seven All-Pro selections might be the strongest argument for his candidacy. Making All-Pro is a much bigger deal than making a Pro Bowl squad because it means you're among the best in the league, not just in your conference. Dawson was All-Pro six times. Shields got the honor three times.
Roaf also made 11 Pro Bowls, while Shields went to 12 and Dawson six.
Willie Roaf Deserves HOF Spot from ESPN
Romeo Crennel, the former Patriots defensive coordinator and current head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, joined Felger and Massarotti to discuss his career with the Patriots and Sunday's game.
Crennel was asked if he ever would have considered rejoining the Patriots staff, and he said he would have but the timing just never worked out.
Football greats Leon Seals from the Buffalo Bills, former Cincinnati Bengal Glen Collins and Noland Smith who played with the Kansas City Chiefs, will attend the Salvation Army's SOUPer bowl XV event on Super Bowl Sunday.
26 area restaurants will be serving up gourmet soups at the new Salvation Army Corps Community Center on Beasley Road in Jackson.
With Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Jackie Smith and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker Gary Reasons headlining the lineup of Northwestern State football greats, the NSU Athletic Association will host its first Legends Dinner and Golf Scramble presented by Securitas USA March 25-26 at Bossier City's Horseshoe Casino and the Shreveport Country Club...
... The event replaces the Joe Delaney Memorial golf scramble, which began in 1989 in Shreveport. An award honoring an NSU alumnus in the name of Delaney, a two-sport All-American for NSU who heroically gave his life trying to save three drowning children in 1983, will be presented annually during the Legends event.
The permanent team captains at NSU receive Joe Delaney Leadership Awards each season, and the Demons' spring game, set for April 5 this year, is the Joe Delaney Bowl. A permanent shrine honoring Delaney, a Haughton native and a Pro Bowl running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, is under the west side grandstand at Turpin Stadium.
Demon Greats Among The Attractions For Legends Event March 25-26 from Northwestern State University Website
"Football has always lent itself to this kind of appropriation or projection if you will, project your own values onto the game," noted Michael Oriard, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1970s and is now a professor at Oregon State University.
He says that has only become more pronounced with ceremonies such as Air Force flyovers that connect the game with patriotic fervor.
Super Bowl Caps Football Season Dogged By Prayer Controversy from Voice of America