KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: DeQuan Menzie #49 of the Kansas City Chiefs tosses a ball around during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Cassel and the Chiefs are in the no-more-excuses phase of their football existence. Though Cassel is a cool customer, the pressure is on. He has to win. He's been there three seasons and is the question mark on a team that's pretty stocked with talent and playing in a division -- and conference, for that matter -- that can be won.
Cassel is back from a broken hand that ended his 2011 season with six games remaining. Had he stayed healthy, Kansas City could have won the AFC West, which was ultimately claimed by the 8-8 Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs announced a slew of player transactions Wednesday morning, including the signing of two more draft picks and four free agents.
Three of the four free agent signees were tryout players from last weekend's three-day rookie minicamp.
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The Chiefs were saddened to learn that longtime assistant coach William H. "Bill" Walsh (pictured second from left on top row) died of natural causes in Atlanta over the weekend. Walsh was part of Hank Stram's first coaching staff and instructed the offensive line for the Texans and Chiefs from 1960-74.
William H., "Bill" Walsh, of Atlanta, died of natural causes at Hospice Atlanta on May 13, 2012.
Former Texans/Chiefs Assistant Passes Away from The Mothership
The folks over at Football Outsiders took the time to break down each team in the AFC West after the 2012 NFL Draft, assessing their needs and what notable undrafted free agent signings each club has made since the end of April. Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, Kansas City's undrafted free agent class is underwhelming, especially in comparison to the rest of the AFC West.
I had a chance to talk to Kansas City Chiefs safety and former Tennessee Volunteers great Eric Berry. The full interview is available for you to listen to in the video to the left...
...Below is just a small sampling of quotes from our interview with Eric Berry:
Eric Berry Talks Fulmer, Vols, Chiefs, Tebow & Peyton from Examiner.com
4. Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs: Week 4 vs. Minnesota (+7.4)
When the Vikings came to town it seemed the Chiefs had a plan in place, with Hali attacking Phil Loadholt relentlessly. By the time the game was over, Hali had notched two sacks, two hits, and eight pressures as Minnesota couldn't handle his speed off the edge. That qualifies as a big day.
2011's Best Performances: 3-4 Outside Linebackers from Pro Football Focus