Good morning everyone. NJ Chiefs Fan continues to be off this week enjoying sunny weather. We have a couple of Romeo Crennel interviews from the NFL owners meetings and a Scott Pioli interview with ESPN. Enjoy today's your Kansas City Chiefs news.
I know there is a faction of Chiefs fans who perpetually want the team to move away from Cassel. Don't be surprised if Cassel flourishes with these new additions and an otherwise healthy supporting cast. Pioli thinks that is the case.
"I do believe in Matt," Pioli said. "He is a good starting quarterback."
"We've done a nice job of addressing some needs through free agency," Crennel said from Palm Beach, Fla., site of the NFL's annual meetings. "We've put ourselves in position, with the needs we filled, that when we go into the draft, we can look at the best athlete available and the guy we think can help our team the most.
"We won't have to draft for need. That gives us many more options."
For that reason, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel plans to handle the return of Pro Bowl RB
Jamaal Charles cautiously this spring.
"You don't want him coming back too soon and then reinjuring himself," Crennel said from the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. "You talk to them about that, you have the trainer talk about it, his physician has to talk about it because when they do start feeling good, they want to do more.
This year it's C Peter Konz and Zeitler, one of the higher rated guards in this '12 draft class. At a position group know for a work ethic that never quits among the best players, Zeitler is one of a kind in Madison. He works so much and with a quiet personality, his teammates have taken to calling him a "robot."
Even at a position known for guys with unyielding work ethics, Zeitler is in a world of his own. Few players put in more time after practice, watch more film or are more critical of their play. Zeitler works so tirelessly and has such a reserved personality his teammates jokingly refer to him as a robot.
"First of all, he's been able to line up on the field and go one-on-one with some of the top receivers in our division and some of the top receivers in the NFL to prove he can cover, that he can handle the pressure it takes to play that position,'' Crennel said. "If he has a bad play, he's able to put that behind him and go on and play the next one. I've seen him develop and grow in confidence.
"I think they have a good player and he will fit well in Rob (Ryan's) system.''
KC's Best Pick at No. 11: The Chiefs made history in the 1980 NFL Draft, selecting offensive guard Brad Budde with the 11thoverall pick. Budde and his father, Chiefs Hall of Famer Ed Budde, became the only father/son duo in NFL history be drafted in the first round, by the same team and to play the same position.
The younger Budde played in 92 games (80 starts) with the Chiefs from 1980-86.