KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Place kicker Ryan Succop #6 of the Kansas City Chiefs kicks a 23-yard field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs have spent a significant amount of time on Red Zone snaps this offseason and it's no secret as to why. Kansas City finished 2011 ranked 32nd, dead last, in Red Zone scoring at just 3.58 points per Red Zone trip.
"When you get into the Red Zone you want to score points and our philosophy is touchdown/check-down," Daboll said following OTAs this week. "We're out here and we're working new plays. We're working some vertical plays that take shots into the end zone and if we've got them, we'll try to stick them in there. If not, we'll check-down and live to see another play.
Daboll Makes Red Zone Offense A Priority In OTAs from The Mothership
Daboll is the fifth coordinator for Cassel since he joined the Chiefs. None of the others could fix Cassel like Weis did. Last year, Cassel threw 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions before breaking his hand and missing the final seven games.
So getting Cassel back to what he was for Weis is the goal. The Chiefs added some pieces around him in running back Peyton Hillis, offensive tackle Eric Winston and tight end Kevin Boss. Tight end Tony Moeaki and running back Jamaal Charles are on schedule to return from season-ending knee injuries suffered last year.
KC Star Video: Chiefs OC Daboll Praises Matt Cassel
Defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant on working with defensive tackle
Dontari Poe, this year's first round draft pick:
"It's good to have a guy of that magnitude and size, you just have to work hard--which he has been doing. Coming from college to the pros is a big transition for him, so he's learning how to play the technique. He is a unique type of player he just has to continue to work hard and push himself. Personally, I just emphasize him watching film, saying this is how you need to play and this is your technique."
Overheard: Assistant Coaches Chime In from The Mothership
U-T San Diego reports that San Diego coach Norv Turner said the team doesn't plan to invite Banks back after his Friday workout. The paper adds that Banks will soon work out with the Chiefs.
Chargers Pass On Banks; Chiefs Up Next from ESPN
On if it's strange moving within the division from Oakland to Kansas City:
"No, not really. I was in Oakland for such a short period of time that it wasn't really something where I really understood the whole Chiefs-Raiders rivalry. I just know now that I'm on the better side of the rivalry. ... It's been a great transition and it's really been a blessing in disguise to have been moved on to greener pastures."
Kevin Boss On Going From Oakland To Kansas City: "I Just Know That I'm On The Better Side Of That Rivalry" from Sports Radio Interviews
Donovan said the Chiefs worked with its concessions partner, Aramark, to scout possible trucks after testing with a single truck months ago. Donovan said Aramark was on board because the company understood the value of enhancing the experience and bringing in more people in the long-run. He could not say whether the Chiefs or Aramark would receive a cut of the sales from the food trucks.
Arrowhead Adds Food Trucks For Chesney-McGraw Concert from Kansas City Business Journal
During a recent conversation with a few other veteran players, Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Eric Winston came to a few conclusions: First, he isn't overly concerned about the current labor drama between the NFL and the league's referees.
"I think players will start to care once the season gets closer," Winston said by phone Wednesday evening. "What they can do about it, I don't know. But I'd be shocked if it doesn't get resolved by Week 1. I think that's probably why it's not on a lot of team's radar."
Cassel, to be sure, has been on some winning teams. He's also played dreadfully recently. Over the course of Cassel's last 11 starts, he's accounted for ten touchdowns and 16 turnovers, with a yards-per-pass attempt average of under 6.0. He has more touchdowns than interceptions in just four of those 11 games. And he's exceeded 261 passing yards twice in his last 27 starts.
Daboll Cites QB Wins As Reason To Believe In Cassel from ProFootballTalk
Here at the corner of 22nd and Brooklyn, an ailing Lou Gehrig took his last at bat. A quarter century later, the Beatles played a concert here in front of 20,000 screaming teeny boppers.
And it was here, for nearly a half century, that Kansas City sports fans cheered their hometown heroes - their Monarchs, their Blues, A's, Royals, Spurs and Chiefs - before old Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of two new ones further east.
Old Ballpark Site Makes Play For Nostalgic Buyers from KC Star
Kansas City is building a solid offensive line. Scott Pioli hasn't ignored excellence. Right tackle Eric Winston is the huge upgrade every fan wanted for the offensive line. Winston was the Chiefs' biggest offseason acquisition.
A dependable offensive line has always been a Chief cornerstone. In just three seasons, Pioli has quietly retooled the offensive line. Most audible has been what Pioli hasn't done, but fans are waking up to what Pioli is doing.
Stephen Brown: Chiefs' O-Line Has To Be Better Than Generic from The Examiner