Good morning! We have an odd day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Today's stories include more coverage of OTAs, a look at last season's stand out defenders, and a former Chief arrested for attempted murder. Enjoy.
If Baldwin wants to use OTAs to communicate more openly with teammates, he should start with Cassel. Following an underwhelming rookie season, the receiver said he studied hours of film and pushed himself in the weight room.
If Monday's circus catch is any indication, Baldwin's preparation will pay off in a much-improved sophomore campaign. But Baldwin's continued improvement will only go as far as his on-field relationship with Matt Cassel.
Continuing to build a quarterback-receiver rapport with Baldwin and his other new targets is one of Cassel's main goals as OTAs progress.
Chiefs Focus On Communication Camaraderie During First Week Of OTAs from The Mothership
In his rookie debut, McCluster set a franchise record with a 94-yard punt return touchdown on Monday Night Football. Two weeks later, he left 49ers LB Travis LaBoy flat-footed in the open field and raced for a 31-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
It was all about matchups with McCluster and the Chiefs were getting the looks they wanted. Especially with
Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones fueling what would become the league's leading rushing attack and Dwayne Bowe commanding the attention of opposing defensive backs.
But then, just as quickly as his career had taken flight, McCluster hit a wall.
Bringing Back The "O.W." To Dexter McCluster from The Mothership
KC Star Video: Chiefs Undecided What Role Dontari Poe Will Play
Currently, I am away with my Air Force reserve unit in Fayetteville, Tenn. Our project is a Christian Academy that was hit by a tornado in April 2011. I found a lesson from laying cinder block and building a wall.
First, building something is tough work. It's not easy. It can be hot, sweaty and you ache the next day. But I've learned something with each block. There are several things that go into laying block just right for the one to follow and the one after that...
...Crennel's opening quote hinted toward work to do. Those blocks are still being laid. The grout that will hold the Chiefs together is still being applied.
Chiefs Have To Build Success The Right Way from The Examiner
Almost every sack is a Defeat, so it is no surprise that Jared Allen, with his 22-sack season, led the NFL with 33 Defeats in 2011. Jason Pierre-Paul was second with 32, and Derrick Johnson and Terrell Suggs tied for third with 31.
Johnson was the top player in Defeats who was not a pass rusher. He had a mix of all kinds of plays: seven tackles for loss on runs, two sacks, five passes defensed on third down including two picks, and a number of tackles that stopped the opponent short of a third-down conversion. Johnson had 19 Defeats on third or fourth down, which tied for the league lead with Paul Posluszny and Troy Polamalu.
2011 Defeats from Football Outsiders
Orlando Predators wide receiver Bobby Sippio was arrested Friday after his girlfriend's brother told deputies Sippio and another man kidnapped him, beat him and threatened to kill him.
Sippio, 31, picked up Sergio Moore, 27, from his apartment in Orlando about 11 p.m. Thursday, an Osceola sheriff's report shows. Moore told deputies he thought he was going to help Sippio and his friend Santana Coats, 30, move furniture. Instead, Sippio pulled a gun out of the center console, Moore told investigators. Moore tried to open the door and the windows, but they apparently had been locked on the driver's side.
Orlando Predators' Football Player Bobby Sippio Arrested On Attempted Murder Charge from The Orlando Sentinel
There is plenty more that might be outside NFL rules, but is still seen as part of the game. For example, what happens under the pile -- particularly during a fumble recovery -- often stays under the pile, and it's rare when an offender is called out. Chiefs' fans may remember an incident two seasons ago involving defensive lineman Shaun Smith that just seemed wrong.
"Grabbing a player's testicles is not sports-strategic," Cohen says. "It is clearly just an assault for a malicious purpose."
The Blurry Line Between Sports And Assault from Yahoo! Sports