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Good morning! As the Chiefs' offseason continues, we have another day with few stories. Luckily, the stories are pretty good today. Keep reading for a Clark Hunt interview, Tony Gonzalez in perspective, and a reminder of just how long the Pats to Chiefs train has been running. Enjoy today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
Gosselin: Chiefs Owner, SMU Alum Clark Hunt Stress Relationships After Tragic Season from The Dallas Morning News
Hunt expected 2012 to be different. I visited with him at an FC Dallas game in August, and Hunt spoke optimistically about the Chiefs competing for a playoff spot and division title. Instead, Kansas City earned the first overall pick of a draft for the first time in the franchise's 53-year history.
Again, there were lessons to be learned.
"I learned that things don't always go according to plan," Hunt said. "You have to persevere. You have to have patience, which is very hard to do in a situation like that. Then when you get to the end of the year and have the chance to make the changes you need to make, you must be willing to do it."
Sunday was an important day in Kansas City Chiefs' history even though it's been three weeks since the team last played.
Atlanta's loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game likely meant the end of tight end Tony Gonzalez's career because he has said he'll likely retire.
Gonzalez is the most decorated and accomplished tight end in NFL history. Even though, he leaves the game as a Falcon, Gonzalez will always be remembered as a Chief.
Bell: Good Ol' Boy Network Still Exists In NFL from USA Today
The shutout is a shameful way for the NFL to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rooney Rule, instituted to open doors for minority candidates. Sure, each team that hired a coach complied with the rule and interviewed at least one minority candidate, but that doesn't explain how Andy Reid become a hot commodity after a freefall as the Philadelphia Eagles coach. Reid wasn't merely hired by the Kansas City Chiefs to coach; he was given full authority over personnel.
Dallas Cowboys Swagger, Victor Cruz Dances: Sports Books from Bloomberg
It was a good life, and he looks back on it in "Martyball" (Sports Publishing, $24.95), written with Jeffrey Flanagan...
...The value of this book isn't in the retelling of game stories or coaching exploits but in the discussion of values. And in fact the entire price of the book can be redeemed in one paragraph, 12 pages from the end, which is Marty's meditation on coaching:
"Some of the losses were self-inflicted, some were bad bounces or bad breaks. It wasn't meant to be. Sometimes it's not about you. Sometimes it is more important that the other guy gets that win. That's the big scheme of things."
To Be Tom Brady's Backup Is... from ESPN
The first man thrust into the hopeless situation of being Tom Brady's backup believed, for a little while at least, that he stood a chance. He watched film until his eyes glazed over, just like Brady did, and with every precious snap Damon Huard got, he tried to do everything perfectly. Before this gig, Huard had backed up Dan Marino, who taught him to be a pro and always, under every circumstance, to stay confident.
NFL Run & Shootaround: Brotherly Love from Grantland
You could argue that Ray Lewis is the greatest player ever at his position. With Gonzalez, there is no argument. Gonzalez, a tight end, has more career receptions than any player in history not named Jerry Rice. His 103 touchdowns are good for 18th all time, his 14,628 yards good for seventh. Gonzalez changed not only the record book for tight ends, but also how fans and coaches viewed the position (if Gonzalez hadn't come along, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates might be toiling in the NBA D-League).
Statistics will likely be how most define Gonzalez's legacy, but like most great players, his biggest impact was as the face of his game, in a city that embraced him. Tony Gonzalez was synonymous with football in Kansas City during his time with the Chiefs, and it's easy now to forget just how dynamic those offenses were.
KCChiefs.com Video: Checking In From The Senior Bowl In Mobile, AL
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