The Chiefs got back to work Tuesday after their Memorial Day break and defensively at least picked up right where they left off. Coordinator Bob Sutton called plays designed to disrupt anything the offense was trying to achieve.
"That's the M.O. of this system, to pressure the quarterback and make him feel uncomfortable, which is easy to say and hard to do,'' Sutton said. "But we'll continue down that road. You can't give anybody in this league, especially the good quarterbacks, a steady diet of anything because they'll usually figure it out. So you have to have some flexibility in what you do. There's a lot of different ways that you can put pressure on the quarterback, whether it's physical pressure or mental pressure, whatever. That's the direction we'd like to head.''
Kansas City Chiefs Defense Enjoying New Scheme from The Mothership
Tyson Jackson spoke to the leadership that the "old guy" Muir and DeVito bring to the team.
"You can tell those guys are veterans," Jackson said.
"They've been around the game a long time. Those guys are true professional football players, just the way they handle themselves. They take care of business and they come to work each day, preparing to get better."
Chiefs' Offense Looks Sloppy In Practice from KC Star
Between numerous dropped passes and false-start penalties, the offense had a sloppy workout as the Chiefs began their third straight week of full-squad practice.
Jon Baldwin, Devon Wylie, Jamaal Charles, Frankie Hammond, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris were among the players who dropped at least one pass. Coach Andy Reid at one point stopped practice to get after the offensive players for their sloppiness.
It seems as if the Chiefs are always asking defensive end Tyson Jackson to learn something new.
When Jackson was the Chiefs' first-round pick in 2009, he had to make the conversion from an end in a 4-3 defense at LSU to a left end in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL.
It took a few frustrating years, but just when Jackson felt comfortable in his role as a run stopper on first and second downs, the Chiefs decided late last season to keep him in the games on passing downs. Jackson responded with three sacks in a four-game span - which was one more sack than he had produced in his first three-and-a-half seasons.
And now, here comes another new defensive system, and though it is still a 3-4 front, the terminology and philosophies are new. Again.
Chiefs Talk Special Team And Defense from The Mothership
"It's really been great," Toub said. "The players have been responsive; they're buying into what we're selling. They work their tails off and if we keep working like this, I think we're going to be pretty good."
Having been described by coach Toub as one player the team is looking at for kickoff returns, rookie
Knile Daviswas beyond pleasantly surprised.
"It feels good," Davis said. "It's good; that's what you want, to work hard and stand out as much as you can and I'm just going to keep working. I have a long year ahead of me and I'm pumped and ready to do it."
Ned Yost's day started Tuesday when he was nabbed by Chiefs' security personnel while jogging at the Truman Sports Complex.
"I almost got arrested," he said, "for taking a peek at the Chiefs doing their minicamp. They surrounded me with security. I'm not going to sell any secrets. They were fine once they figured out who I was."
Ouch. That One Hurts from The Rapid City Journal
I like the Kansas City Chiefs because Derrick Thomas was my favorite player as a kid (after Walter Payton retired) and I love cheering against the Broncos. Obviously, I'm not jumping on any bandwagon there, but I will always root for Kansas City ... if the Matt Cassel era couldn't change that, I don't know what could. Sorry, Vikes fans.
16. Hank Stram: Winner, Innovator from ESPN
Stram's teams won three AFL championships and played in two of the first four Super Bowls, winning one.
His coaching innovations can still be seen in today's game. He is credited for developing the moving pocket, which he used to take advantage of quarterback Len Dawson's mobility. He also was the first to use two-tight-end sets to provide extra protection against the pass rush. On the other side of the ball, Stram was the first to stack his defensive front seven with the linebackers right behind the down linemen.
Ranking The AFC West Receivers from ESPN
1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver: Thomas is developing into one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has it all -- and he has Peyton Manning.
2. Wes Welker, Denver: Welker has a specific role, but you can't argue with his production. He is a special player.
3. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: Bowe was No. 1 on this list last year. He hasn't regressed. He is still top-notch. But the group is better.
All-Time Long Shot McNeil Took NFL Chance And Ran With It from CBS Sports
When Pat McNeil got the call that he had been selected in the 1976 NFL Draft, he didn't know who was on the phone, just that the man delivering the good news worked for the Chiefs. In the excitement, McNeil, a fullback from Baylor, didn't find out if it was the coach or the offensive coordinator or the team president or the GM.
McNeil did not learn until he got to camp that the phone call that changed his life came from the equipment manager.