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Starters traditionally get to play for a series or two in the opening preseason game before getting pulled from the lineup. Coach Romeo Crennel said today he wouldn't necessarily hold himself to that tradition Friday night when the Chiefs begin their exhibition schedule against the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I told them to be ready to play however long I needed them," Crennel said. "I didn't know how long that might be. The only consideration will be if there's someone who might have a little nagging injury or something like that, I may take that into consideration and not give them as much playing time.
Crennel, a 31-year NFL veteran, is still the teams' defensive coordinator. But he credited the flexibility of his defensive coaching staff with letting him focus on the offensive side of the ball as well.
"I think it's coming along pretty well," said Crennel. "I've got good help, and that's the thing that allows me to try and take on both roles. (Secondary coach) Emmitt Thomas, (linebackers coach) Gary Gibbs, (defensive line coach) Anthony Pleasant, (defensive assistant) Adam Zimmer, (defensive quality control coach) Otis Smith - those guys do a tremendous job, and I have faith in them. If I'm not there, they can get it done. "
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Because the lockout kept teams from holding offseason programs or minicamps, Brown, like most of last year's rookies, was not prepared for the demands of an NFL training camp, much less seeing substantial playing time at the start of the preseason.
But one year later, Brown is playing with confidence and moxie. A foot injury to Brandon Flowers early in camp elevated Brown to the starting left cornerback position.
Poe acknowledged the difficulty of adjusting to the NFL game.
"It's all different," he said. "The technique of it, there's nothing the same about the college level. The only thing the same is that it's football. As far as the speed level and the strength and all that, you've got to learn it all over again.
"I still have a ways to go but I'm getting better every day. I'm just trying to do what I can, trying to do everything they teach me."
Chiefs Camp Report: Poe Has 'A Way To Go' from KC Star
Chiefs fans will be able to watch the 50th season of professional football in Kansas City like never before, beginning with this Friday's night's preseason opener against Arizona.
Kansas City's preseason game broadcasts will extend to 10 different markets over a five-state region though the Chiefs Television Network on KCTV5 for all four preseason games in 2012. 65 Toss Power Trap Productions, the production arm of the Chiefs organization, will deliver all live-game action in high definition.
Locally, KCTV5 (CBS) will carry Chiefs preseason games for 10th consecutive year, and this season, fans will be treated to some familiar faces on the booth and on the sideline.
Chiefs Preseason Broadcast Affiliate Information from The Mothership
Kansas City in the 21st century has a split personality.
It's an arts town!
No, it's a sports town!
Now that duality of identity is being reinforced by the Hunt family's latest idea: a "world class" collection of art to be installed at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas City begins its preseason slate with some sorting out to do at quarterback as well, though its competition is at the No. 2 job behind established starter Matt Cassel. The combatants for the spot are veteran Brady Quinn, signed by the Chiefs in March, and 2011 fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi, with neither gaining a distinct advantage on the other during offseason workouts.
Quinn is expected to follow Cassel, who'll be making his first appearance since having last season cut short after nine games by a broken hand suffered in November, in Friday's pecking order.
NFL Preseason Preview - Arizona (0-1) At Kansas City (0-0) from The Miami Herald
He's recovering from a torn ACL, but looked really strong yesterday. Watching him jam Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, knock him off his route and knock the ball away was sweet. Better was Berry's description of himself: "I feel good as Hell," Berry told me. I knew the circumstances I was in, I had a lot of help around me to get back to where I was. Just looked at it like a challenge. Just wanted to come back, make sure I was ready to help my team. It was a sense of urgency, even though I had a whole year off, I felt like I had a lot to do. That was the mentality I took on."
As of 2:20 p.m. ET Wednesday, a whopping 82 percent of the votes cast believe Bowe is in the wrong in his holdout, while 18 percent believe Bowe is in the right. He has missed all of training camp and he stayed away from the team during the offseason program.
I have to agree with the overwhelming majority here.
Poll Result: Dwayne Bowe Is In The Wrong from ESPN
The ball came out of the Kansas City Chief quarterback's hands like a Bugs Bunny cartoon change-up, wobbling on this short and high arc, as if served by a badminton racket. Michael Adams had him dead to rights.
Adams, the Arizona Cardinals cornerback, almost immediately recognized that the pass was comically underthrown. He closed quickly to a comfy spot near the sideline, boxed out the receiver, set his feet, and waited for glory.
Only it never came. As the ball descended, a pair of giant arms suddenly stretched across Adams' shoulders from behind and plucked it out of the sky, inches before the defender could grasp what, by position, seemed to be rightfully his.
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We strongly considered putting the Seahawks and Giants in their own tier or the tier above. Seattle is greater than the sum of its parts and the parts are fantastic in the secondary. New York's defensive line can make up for its back seven. Philadelphia's talent remains elite. Their continuity should serve them well in year two under defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
The Cardinals are a sneaky defense that's tough to prepare for. We love Bengals coordinator Mike Zimmer and his deep rotation of pass rushers. My Chiefs man crush extends to their young, primed defense under Romeo Crennel.
The talent and potential is there for any of these defenses to be among the best in the league.
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"Obviously there's obstacles you have to overcome, but I'm out here practicing, and it's just a testament to our trainers and just hard work," Moeaki said.
"An injury is tough, whatever it is. I'm past that now, and I'm just focused on football."
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To kick things off, Midwest Dairy Association, which puts together the fair's activities on behalf of dairy farmers, is participating in the fair's Grand Opening ceremony on Aug. 9 by bringing former National Football League wide receiver Eddie Kennison and Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf in for a Touchdown Dance competition. The event, at 7:15 a.m., highlights Fuel Up to Play 60, the National Dairy Council's partnership with the NFL to fight childhood obesity.
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Receiver Steve Breaston wanted to remain with the Cardinals when he became a free agent in 2011. But the Cardinals showed little interest in re-signing Breaston to a multi-year deal. It was a business decision: Breaston had been dealing with a knee problem, and the Cardinals didn't want to commit a huge amount of money to him.
So Breaston signed with the Chiefs. But Breaston isn't angry and resentful.
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Q: What do you think your chances are to make the roster?
A: "I don't like to look at it like that. I'm just out here competing every day. That's not up to me to decide. That's up to the coaches. I think I'm doing as well as expected."
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