Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Brian Daboll said the right things, leaned on his impressive set of influences, and introduced himself to Kansas City as an offensive coordinator who's confident and comfortable - and who might break from the pack and stay a while.
The Chiefs this week hired Daboll, who wasn't retained by Miami following the 2011 season, as their sixth coordinator in as many years. He spoke to reporters on a conference call Tuesday, saying that he would wait to make changes to the Chiefs' offense.
"We're going to wait and kind of evaluate and do a really thorough job of watching these guys and being in OTAs and being in the mini-camps and put together the best thing that we can put together collectively."
Daboll will make his own conclusion this spring regarding Cassel's ability to operate in an up-tempo attack. The two know each other from Daboll's time serving as a wide receivers coach during Cassel's first two seasons in New England.
Daboll Wants To Install Attacking, Up-Tempo Offence In KC from The Mothership
Q: How much input did Scott Pioli have on this hire and why did it seem to take so long to get this hire done?
CRENNEL: "Well you know Brian was under contract for a while and they've got some rules in the NFL that says when a guy is under contract, you have to wait until he is free or you have to wait until you are given permission and I think Miami wanted to try and keep Brian and they didn't want to let him go and so we had to wait to work through that process. In the meantime we did talk to other people about it, about the position, but when Brian became available and after talking with him we felt like he was the best for the Chief and I made the decision to hire the guy."
Q&A With Romeo Crennel from The Mothership
Q: In the last week, we've talked to a lot of people in Cleveland and Miami in the media that worked with you, and really high reviews from a lot of the local people. However, when you Google Brian Daboll, one of the first things that comes up is a Mike Silver article about harsh treatment of Colt McCoy. Can you maybe talk about your relationship with Colt and if the article was fair and if so, why there was that dynamic?
DABOLL: "The relationship with most of the players that I've coached, I have a very, very good relationship. Colt and I have a good relationship. It's not a bad relationship. I think there are certain times when you're a coach and sometimes emotion can get to you that maybe you step back and say, ‘Boy, I would rather have handled it that way rather than this way,' but I think the job as a coach is to tell the players what to do, show them how to do it and really not accept any excuses.
Q&A With Brian Daboll from The Mothership
"A have a lot of confidence in Matt Cassel. I've watched him on tape and I know the player," said Daboll according to the team's website.
These comments backup what I have thought. There may be some competition, but unless there is an unforeseen addition, Cassel is the player the Chiefs expected to be their starting quarterback in 2012.
Daboll Talks Up Matt Cassel from ESPN
The 36-year-old Daboll will replace the retired Bill Muir. He was offensive coordinator last year at Miami and ran the offense at Cleveland the two years before that.
Since Scott Pioli took over as general manager after the 2008 season, offensive coordinator in Kansas City has been one of the most insecure positions in the NFL. Chan Gailey was fired a few days before the 2009 season began and replaced by Todd Haley, who spent his first year as a head coach also running the offense.
Charlie Weis held the job the next season, resigned and was replaced for one year by Muir.
New Chiefs Coach Promises To 'Attack' On Offense from The Associated Press via The News Tribune
It's also beyond dispute that Haley is fiery. He has been caught on tape having sideline arguments with many former players, including Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens, Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin and Matt Cassel. He even had on-field disputes with former boss Bill Parcells. You might say he's a chip off the Parcells block.
And this is a bad thing?
I say not necessarily.
Erroneous Perceptions Dog Haley from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Americus native Leonard Pope, who was an All-SEC tight end at the University of Georgia and now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL, is returning to his hometown to tour the city's newest point pride, Phoebe Sumter Hospital.
High School Football: Ex-Colt To Coach Park Tudor from The Indianapolis Star
Kansas City Chiefs, receiver Dwayne Bowe: He is one of the most interesting free agents in the division. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli has a reputation for signing his top talent to long-term deals and the Chiefs have said Bowe is a priority. If he gets to free agency, there is a chance he'd get a monster deal elsewhere.
Franchise Tag, Who's It? from ESPN