EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Good morning! That light ahead? It's football. We are almost there and today's Kansas City Chiefs news reflects that with multiple training camp previews and season projections. Enjoy!
And as the Chiefs travel to St. Joseph for training camp, Hali could be entering a season that cements his position as something better than a Pro Bowler in 2012.
Hali could very well be the best pass rusher in the AFC.
No player in the conference has had more sacks since 2010 than Hali had. He led the AFC with 14.5 sacks two years ago, and trailed only Terrell Suggs by 2.0 sacks last season.
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By going for continuity rather than radical change during the offseason, the Chiefs believe they can be contenders in the AFC West. That's not an unreasonable thought. If they can stay away from injuries that hit so hard early last season, the Chiefs could be in the race to the end.
But the Chiefs could also wind up closer to the division basement. They have a number of unresolved issues, none more important than getting Charles, Moeaki and Berry back to what they were before the injuries...
Prediction: Second, AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs Camp Outlook: Keeping Romeo Crennel Mojo Going from SportingNews
Schedule Changes/Practice Cancellation:
The Chiefs reserve the right to change their practice schedules at any time, without advance notice.
Practices may be cancelled or moved indoors due to inclement weather. Due to space limitations, fans are not permitted to view practices that are conducted in the Indoor Practice Facility at Missouri Western State University. Continue to check the Chiefs website at www.kcchiefs.com for updates. You can also find up-to-date information on practice changes by following the Chiefs on Twitter or Facebook.
Heartland Health Training Camp Frequently Asked Questions from The Mothership
He nursed injuries. He snubbed kids at charity functions (will no one think of the children?). Then he got his ass run straight out of town. And now Hillis will fulfill the Thomas Jones role of vulturing carries from Jamaal Charles and causing you to shriek WHY IS THAT ASSHOLE ON THE FIELD after Charles helps the Chiefs drive all the way down to the five yard line and is then immediately subbed out. The Chiefs find themselves relying on two Browns castoffs-Crennel and Hillis-to help them win in 2012. Why not add Derek Anderson to the mix, to finish the job?
Why Your Team Sucks 2012: Kansas City Chiefs from Deadspin
Thus far, however, Lilja has shown no signs of surrendering his starting role and there's a lot more at play than a high draft pick pushing a long-time starter for playing time.
First, it should be noted that Lilja is the leader of the offensive line. He's the most experienced, accomplished and respected player in the position group.
Eric Winston, the crown-jewel of this year's free agent class, noticed this shortly after arriving in Kansas City.
"Ryan Lilja is going to be our leader, I think, in that room," Winston said. "He's a veteran guy that's won a Super Bowl before. He knows how to do it."
Heartland Health Training Camp Preview: Interior Offensive Line from The Mothership
2. Devon Wylie (WR) - Wylie was the fastest player in Fresno State history and could be a big piece of the Chiefs offense in 2012. While the focus at wide receiver is set firmly on second-year pass catcher Jonathan Baldwin and veteran Steve Breaston , Wylie has a golden opportunity to step up his game as Dwayne Bowe's holdout lingers.
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Fans and members of the business community will have the opportunity to see all of their favorite Chiefs players up close and personal at the 2012 Chiefs Kickoff Luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. The event, which will be at the Kansas City Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will benefit the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Kansas City 8-8
The Chiefs had critical injuries last year in a disappointing season. The good news was they gave up only 13 points a game in divisional play, which was the stingiest in the AFC West. When Romeo Crennel took over as head coach, the defense gave up 33 points in the last three games of the season and are poised to have a solid 2012.
The offense gets back Jamal Charles, who causes matchup problems and has plenty of big-play potential. In the two years before his 2011 injury, he touched the ball 505 times for 3,352 yards and 16 touchdowns. Matt Cassel is considered the weakest of the four quarterbacks in the division, and once again he has a new offensive coordinator. Matt has had five different coordinators since he took the field in New England as a starter five years ago. The Chiefs stole a very good player when they signed OT Eric Winston (released by the Texans) but they have some scratching their heads about drafting nose tackle Dontari Poe in the first round.
The Chiefs have the receivers and tight ends to have an explosive passing attack this season and might be the surprise team in the AFC west.
NFL Preseason Projections: Who Rises And Who Falls In 2012? from CBS Sports
WHEN: Opens Friday
WHERE: Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.
PRE-SEASON GAMES: Aug 10 vs Arizona, Aug 18 at St. Louis, Aug 24 vs Seattle, Aug 30 at Green Bay.
LAST SEASON: 7-9
COMPELLING CAMP QUESTION: It's Year 4 in KC for QB Matt Cassels. Once and for all, is he the point man to lead an effective offence that can complement the Chiefs' tough D?
NFL Training Camp Preview Capsules from The London Free Press