Though Routt and Flowers squared off against each other twice a season for the past four seasons, they were relative strangers when the Chiefs began offseason workouts in April. Even then, it took a while for the two veterans to develop a relationship.
"When I first got here, we really didn't talk much, but it's going real well now," Routt said. "I've always seen him from the other side of the field in years past and always admired his play then. Playing alongside him now, I can tell that it's going to be a real good year."
The chemistry between cornerback tandems isn't hyped like the bond shared by quarterbacks and receivers, but it's still an important partnership.
Cornerbacks Flowers And Routt Work To Forge New Partnership from The Mothership
If you are not from the Monmouth area and don't know Alex Tanney too well, you could say he is the "trick shot" quarterback. He's the YouTube sensation who can hit a crossbar from 50 yards out from his knees. Locally, he seemed more like a college student having some fun with a couple of friends in the summertime.
Alex Tanney Stays Grounded With Kansas City Chiefs from The Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
KC Star Video: 'Trick Shot' Tanney Talks About His Famous Video
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Live! 6-21-12
That said, Mel Kiper has given his audit of the division over at ESPN and he has Matt Cassel as the hinge upon which the Chiefs' entire season will swing. The Chiefs quarterback made the Pro Bowl in 2010, but even then he's still generally regarded as a league-average quarterback. Kiper writes:
Last week the Kansas City Chiefs were here. On Friday, athletes from Mizzou are coming. Professional sports teams from across the state have been in and out of Joplin in the year since the devastating storm, and will return again to lend a hand as the city of about 50,000 pieces itself back together.
The steady stream of professional and college athletes visiting Joplin this summer are part of the Governor's Joplin Challenge, a project with Habitat for Humanity. Paid for in part with a Community Development Block Grant, and a ton of sweat equity, the project is building new houses in the storm-ravaged parts of the community. The Chiefs, Rams and the others are here to raise money and awareness for the project ... and pound a few nails in the process.
What Sports Really Mean: Pro Teams Helping Joplin Rebuild from SB Nation
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz owns "Stanzi" - as in a framed piece of art dedicated to that ultimate patriot, ex-Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi.
According to reports, Ferentz had the winning bid for a framed sketch of Stanzi both in his football helmet and in his uniform with helmet off and hand over heart. The sketch is over an American flag background and has a famous quote from the signal-caller.
Iowa's Ferentz Buys Patriotic Ricky Stanzi Art from Lost Lettermen
The first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem. In studying the 10 teams that finished last season with the least amount of sacks, I found five legitimate playoff contenders. The Packers were the only one of those five to earn a playoff berth in 2011. Let's take a look at what the other four teams have done during the offseason to upgrade their pass rush...
Kansas City Chiefs (T-27th with 29 sacks): They spent their first-round pick on Memphis DT Dontari Poe. Despite a lack of sack production in college, Poe is an athletic freak with major upside as an interior pass rusher.