Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 5/7


Good morning! Today we have a beloved, former player and a member of the coaching staff up for The College Football Hall of Fame. Good luck to both Derrick Thomas and Eric Bieniemy! The Chiefs homepage also has the first part of an interview with Alex Smith. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Alex Smith Conversation: Part I from The Mothership

It's been nearly two months since Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid introduced Alex Smith as the team's new QB, following a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. Having gone through voluntary workouts, it's been business as usual for the team's new signal caller.

"It's been football for the most part," Chiefs QB Alex Smith said. "Besides living out of a hotel and commuting back on some weekends to see my family, just football. It takes a little while to get acclimated but the longer you're here the better you feel, the better you feel about the guys in the locker room; you start to build some relationships and then about the football, you're getting more comfortable with it, that's why we're here. The longer you're in the system the better you feel. The coaches keep pushing us, so, it's good work."

Derrick Thomas Could Be Selected To College Football Hall Of Fame On Tuesday from KC Star

Thomas, an All-American who played at Alabama from 1985-88, holds the unofficial single-season sack record with 27 in 1988. The NCAA didn't begin keeping sacks as an official stat until 2000. Thomas has been on the last two ballots but was not elected.

Branden Albert, Chiefs Start Contract Extension Talks from's Ian Rapoport reports both Albert and the Chiefs want an extension and already have started discussions.

Per Rapoport, Albert is seeking a contract on par with the six-year, $53.4 million extension signed by Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown last summer.

Fantasy Football Preseason Preview -- Kansas City Chiefs from The Sporting News

X-FACTOR: To address their glaring need at quarterback, the Chiefs traded for Alex Smith, who was relegated to a backup duty with the San Francisco 49ers. Smith may not have lived up to the lofty expectations thrust upon a quarterback drafted No. 1 overall, but this move could pay significant dividends to fantasy ballers in 2013. All but one of the Chiefs' passes in 2012 were attempted by Cassel and Quinn. Based on what we saw from Smith in San Francisco, he should serve as an easy upgrade over that duo.

Kyle Ringo Blog: Hall Of Fame Announcement Could Be Awkward For Colorado from The Boulder Daily Camera

The National Football Foundation will announce the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class Tuesday morning and former CU coach Bill McCartney and running back Eric Bieniemy are possible inductees.

If either man earns induction this year it will be a well-deserved achievement that every Colorado fan will celebrate, but it could make for some awkward moments with school officials...

...In firing Embree, CU also fired Bieniemy, who served as offensive coordinator for two seasons under Embree. Both Embree and Bieniemy are working in the NFL again as assistant coaches for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs respectively.

The NFP's Preseason Fantasy Top 25 from The National Football Post

4. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Adrian Peterson got all of the attention, but Charles game back from his own nasty injury to post a career-high 1,745 total yards last season. Remember what Andy Reid did with Brian Westbook and LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia? Charles is in line for the same type of production, which is a scary thought considering what this guy did with Romeo Crennel as his head coach.

Tackle Swaps, LB Switches Among Key Position Changes To Watch from CBS Sports

Switching a tackle from left to right or vice versa is common in football, but it's not an easy adjustment if a tackle has spent his entire college and pro career on one side of the ball and he has always come out of his stance one way with the same kick step, punch and pass set.

Switching sides means everything is done with the opposite feet and hands and even the stance can seem strange. Pass rushers will quickly pick up on any weakness in the mechanics of the position change.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted their future left tackle in April and, sooner or later, Branden Albert is headed to the right side if he isn't traded.

Front-Office Additions Are Predictable from ESPN

New regimes bring in their own people to fill out their front-office staffs. Expect to hear about other scouting moves in both Kansas City and in San Diego in the coming weeks. Often, these moves happen shortly after the draft.

Team History: Movin' On Up from The Mothership

Lamar Hunt had signed Don Klosterman away from the San Diego Chargers and his hiring of Lloyd Wells as the team's talent scout, with contacts to the country's traditional black colleges and universities, had begun by this time to pay large dividends, especially in competition with the NFL, where the Washington Redskins didn't have a single African American player until 1962.

"We picked up much of the heart of the championship teams," recalled Burford, "adding [Jerry] Mays, [Fred] Arbanas, [Jim] Tyrer, [Ed] Budde, [Bobby] Bell, [Buck] Buchanan, and [Curtis] McClinton to go along with [Johnny] Robinson, [Abner] Haynes, [Jack] Spikes, [Smokey] Stover, [Walt] Corey, [Sherrill] Headrick, [Mel] Branch and myself. Then the addition of [Len] Dawson set the stage for the dominant teams of the middle and late 60s.

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