Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Good morning. In case any of you went to bed early, I'll just start today out by reporting that the Chiefs did not make the Super Bowl. True story. There's other Kansas City Chiefs news, too, Including blasphemy from The Star that a non-"elite" QB might be good enough to win a Super Bowl. Light the torches and sharpen the pitchforks. Rabble, rabble.
Can We Say Joe Flacco Is An Elite Quarterback? from KC Star
Maybe in the rush to declare the absolute need for an elite quarterback or the slobbering over young studs like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin we should recognize the NFL's rules and culture have opened the door to offensive success wide enough for more players and teams to walk through.
At the very least, this changes the landscape in which the Chiefs hold the NFL's first overall draft pick for the first time in franchise history. The Ravens took Flacco 18th overall in what was generally regarded as a weak draft for quarterbacks five years ago. They'll play the 49ers, who two years ago made Colin Kaepernick the sixth quarterback drafted.
So if there is one, maybe this is the lesson of Super Bowl XLVII for the Chiefs. Your quarterback needs to be much better than Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, of course, but not necessarily as good as Rodgers or Brady.
Ex-Chiefs Tony Gonzalez Falls Short Of Super Bowl from KC Star
When the final gun sounded, Gonzalez walked toward the middle of the field but then turned left and headed for the tunnel. The only cheers from a disappointed crowd were from fans cheering Gonzalez, who saluted with his left hand and blew a kiss to his family and friends, some in from Kansas City where he began his career as a first-round draft pick in 1997.
Then it came time to peel off his red Atlanta jersey with the No. 88 he's worn throughout his career and will be retired by the Chiefs five years from now when he's inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He couldn't do it. For the longest time, Gonzalez sat frozen in front of his locker, holding his head with his left hand, his right elbow on his right thigh, tears welling in his eyes.
NFL Draft 2013: Could The Chiefs Take Ryan Nassib? from SB Nation
Fourteen years ago, Andy Reid linked his fate to Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb, drafting him with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Reid and McNabb had plenty of success together in the years that followed for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fast forward to 2013, and Reid could potentially hitch himself to another Syracuse quarterback. Russ Lande has predicted that the Kansas City Chiefs will spend the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Bernard Pollard Unapologetic For Latest Big Hit On Pats from USA Today
It all started with a hit (while with the Kansas City Chiefs) that injured Tom Brady's knee and forced him to miss almost a full season. Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore an anterior cruciate ligament on a Pollard tackle in the final game of the 2009 season, and tight end Rob Gronkowski sprained his ankle during a hit by Pollard in last year's AFC Championship.
On Sunday, the Ravens won 28-13, Ridley never came back in the game, and Pollard had no regrets.
Live From The Senior Bowl In Mobile from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
And so it begins. The 2013 Draft Season. Roger Goodell won't announce the Kansas City Chiefs' first selection for another three months, but everything unofficially kicks off here in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. The country's top seniors will practice in front of droves of scouts, coaches and personnel men throughout the league all week.
This will be a interesting off-season for a Packers team with questions.
Here are a few things to keep an eye on in Mobile. We'll have updates from practice all week here on the Packers Blog.
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