Sorry, quarterback fans.
Early prognostications have the Chiefs taking Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, and not a signal-caller, with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The following survey of 14 draft projections includes eight "votes" for Joeckel, five for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, and one for Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei.
The Star's NFL Drat Top 10: Grading The QBs from KC Star
Following last week's Senior Bowl, we've decided to spend this week's edition of The Star's NFL Draft top 10 on quarterbacks. Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, North Carolina State's Mike Glennon, Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert, Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Florida State's EJ Manuel participated. While the Chiefs likely won't take any quarterback with the first pick, keep in mind that with the scouting combine, school and personal workouts and interviews, there's still time for these prospects and others to climb the board.
Q&A With Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub from The Mothership
Q: What are your thoughts on what you've seen from the Chiefs from last year on special teams?
TOUB: "I see a lot of guys that play hard. There are obviously some things that we want to install as far as our philosophy goes - it's a different philosophy, not that the other one was wrong, but we want to try to create and we want to put the pressure on the opponent. We don't want things to happen to us, we want it to happen for us. So it's a totally different type of philosophy than they might have had here before. There are a lot of guys I like. I think there are some young players coming up that look pretty good. I particularly like our punter, I like him a lot.
Chiefs Sign Offensive Lineman Ryan Durand from The Mothership
Durand (6-5, 301) originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice (239th overall) of the Tennessee Titans in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent his initial season on the Titans practice squad before being elevated to the active roster in 2010. He made his NFL debut and only appearance vs. Dallas on Oct. 10, 2010.
Dave Toub built his reputation in nine seasons with Chicago as one of the NFL's best special-teams coaches in part because the Bears had kick returner Devin Hester and other players who were strong in the kicking game.
But there was more to Toub's success, and he plans to bring that part of it to the Chiefs as their new special-teams coordinator.
Is Football Too Violent? from US News And World Report
President Barack Obama, a self-proclaimed football fan,recently voiced his concern over violence in football, especially in college leagues. He said he would like to see the National Collegiate Athletic Association examine how it can deal with violent injuries, like concussions, that players can sustain.
"I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they're grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies," the president said in an interview withThe New Republic. He said that if he had a son, he would think twice about letting him play the sport, and gradual changes should be made to make it more safe.
S.F. Bid For Super Bowl Evokes '85 Game from The San Francisco Chronicle
Stanford Stadium was all bleachers in those days, meaning that some of the richest and most influential people in the country sat on wooden planks. One wag suggested that official Super Bowl tweezers should be handed out in case of splinters. Spotting an opportunity, Apple donated 89,000 seat cushions with its logo.
Longtime sports promoter Gary Cavalli says he got "some fantastic seats on the 40-yard line." Before the game he was sitting with his wife when a distinguished gentleman in coat and tie walked up to his seats.
"He looked down at the benches and let out this disgusted sigh," Cavalli recalls. "It was Lamar Hunt" of the Hunt family fortune and the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. "To this day I can picture his face. I turned to my wife and said, 'This game will never be here again.' "
How Important Is The O-Line? How 'Bout "Playoff-Important from CSN Chicago
The role of an offensive line in success certainly doesn't need any belaboring. But a correlation of rankings with NFL results in 2012 is worth noting.
The bad Cleveland Browns ranked fifth, but that includes left tackle Joe Thomas, one of the NFL's elite. The woeful Kansas City Chiefs were 12th.
But only three of the NFL's playoff teams (Seattle 20th, Green Bay 21st, Indianapolis 31st) rank worse than 17th, which is Baltimore. The Colts and Bears do demonstrate that you can be a winning, even playoff, team without an elite offensive line.
However, all three of those sub-17th offensive lines had Pro Bowl quarterbacks behind them (Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson). Seattle and Green Bay also had top-11 scoring defenses.
Facebook Data Science Team Slices Open The Pigskin, Analyzes NFL Fans from AllFacebook.com
With Super Bowl XLVII set to kick off Sunday, the Facebook Data Science Team put National Football League fans on the social network under the microscope, finding that one in 10 U.S. Facebook users have declared their allegiances to NFL teams.
The Facebook Data Science Team looked at the number of likesgained by NFL teams on game days and found that wins brought more new likes than losses, adding that those numbers skyrocketed for playoff games, with winning teams still acquiring more likes, but even losing teams blowing away the average number of likes for regular-season victories.
How Darrell Revis Compares To The Best Players Ever Traded from Grantland
A hamstring injury slowed Revis early in 2010, but by season's end he was again the league's best defensive player. Last year, even as Revis was slowed by a knee injury, the Jets were again the league's best pass defense against no. 1 receivers; their -44.2 percent DVOA topped the second-ranked Chiefs by more than 10 percent.
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