Good morning! Yesterday's day off of practice leaves us with a shorter Arrowheadlines, but that's ok. Today we have more on Willie Roaf's HOF induction, an article on Anthony Toribio, and an unflattering story about Hillis and last year's Browns team. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.
Anthony Toribio might have been tempted to pack his bags in the spring and head out of Kansas City, and if so, it would have made sense.
The Chiefs had just drafted Dontari Poe, a 346-pound man with uncommon athletic ability, in the first round and that move figured only to push Toribio even further down the depth chart at nose tackle. Toribio stuck around and the Chiefs, who return to the training camp practice field today after taking a day off, are thankful he did. Toribio surfaced to the top of the depth chart while the Chiefs bring Poe along slowly.
Toribio Hopes To Make Big Impact For Chiefs from KC Star
Not afraid to call himself, "basically...a fan" in a business whose leaders more often promote a know-it-all image, Hunt never trumpeted the pride he must have felt personally to have withstood the early trials of the American Football League and how his work as a sports entrepreneur helped it hang on when others were ready to disband.
Here are excerpts from his remarks on the occasion he became the first AFL selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio:
HOF Memories: Lamar Hunt's Speech from The Mothership
KCChiefs.com Video: Hall Of Fame Presenter: Willie Roaf
KCChiefs.com Video: 2012 HOF: Willie Roaf
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Along the way Hillis, now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, tugged at and pulled down the team. From not playing in a week three game against the Miami Dolphins because of strep throat, to difficult contract negotiations, to a lingering hamstring injury, Hillis was a divisive force behind the scenes.
There were plenty of reasons why the Browns were a dismal 4-12 in coach Pat Shurmur's first year on the job, but it's hard to argue that distractions surrounding Hillis didn't top the list.
"I don't know if anybody picked sides because I don't know if anybody would have been on Peyton's side," five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas said.
Thomas Sheds Light On Hillis from The Warren Tribune Chronicle
It's easy to look at his 2010 Pro Bowl season and believe that he's the man capable of leading the Chiefs to the playoffs. It's also possible to look at other subpar seasons and wonder whether the team isn't doing enough at the game's most important position. However, it's clear Cassel is now healthy and winning over his teammates.
New right tackle Eric Winston was recently asked about the man he's protecting after the first week of training camp and Winston said he likes what he sees so far.
"It's such an honor," said the New Orleans Saints first round selection back in 1983. "I didn't get singled out in front of a large audience very often as an offensive lineman, and when I did, it was usually by a referee who was singling me out by saying, "Holding number 77." That's not going to happen today. And it wasn't too often when I played."
Eleven Pro Bowls, including seven consecutive from 1995 - 2001 and a member of the NFL's All Decade teams for the 1990's and 2000 - Roaf reminisced and gave thanks to his family as he stood in front of a packed house after accomplishing the ultimate football players goal.
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History is on the side of Charles, whose youth and time off should serve him well in his return. The Chiefs are taking every precaution to make sure they don't work Charles too hard, and the same goes for tight end Tony Moeaki, who also is coming off an ACL tear and sat out Saturday's practice.
Chiefs Notebook: Jamaal Charles Sits Out Saturday's Practice from CBS Sports
They need all that experience to work for them. The Chiefs surrendered at least 20 points in six of their nine losses last season and gave up at least 30 points in four losses. They were 2-6 in games when they allowed at least 20 points in 2011.
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New defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder came to Auburn from the Atlanta Falcons. It's no surprise, then, that linebacker Daren Bates said VanGorder's defense has pro complexities.
"VanGorder is teaching us an NFL defense, so we have to know a lot more stuff, even more than I've known in the last few years," Bates said. "It'll set us up for the next level."
Bates said he knows Auburn is running pro-type defenses because when he talks with Neiko Thorpe, who is currently with the Kansas City Chiefs, he's told the Chiefs are running the same defense.
Auburn Freshman QB Impressing Coaches from The Dothan Eagle
Pretty psyched about the week I got coming up. That run through training camp was fun, and it's not over. I'll be in Tampa on Monday to see a regular training camp practice and check in on one of the league's most promising regimes. And then it's off to Kansas City for the Cardinals-Chiefs joint practice. I love those, and that's one assignment I got and literally said, "Yes!" It's just such a great thing to be able to evaluate a team watching them rumble during individual drills with another team. It's always intense. Everyone should do this.
Tommy from Kansas City wants to know if I think Jonathan Baldwin can catch 50 passes this season.
BW: I think that is reasonable. The Chiefs are giving to give Baldwin a chance to make a splash. After dealing with a broken thumb, Baldwin had 21 catches in 11 games. He had a good offseason and I think the Chiefs are going to give him all he can handle in 2012, so 50 catches is a steep, but reasonable, expectation.
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