Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 6/13

Jamie Squire

Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes thought on Terrell Owens, playbooks on tablets, an offseason review, an update on the Zoey Belcher custody hearing, and a completely non-Chiefs related story about a boy in need of a bone marrow donor. I came across the last one on the KC Star site and had to include it. Some good reads are ahead. Enjoy.

Andy Reid Evaluates The Chiefs Offseason from The Mothership

"That's one of the things we just remind them to make sure they stay on top of," coach Reid said. "They've all got their notes. They can go back through those, so when they come back, they come back sharper, ready to go."

Chiefs QB Alex Smith spoke more to not wasting the offseason work.

"For me, you've put in all this work, working out, football on the field throwing, so to take six weeks off and not continue that, it would be a shame with all the gains that we've made," Smith said.

Terrell Owens Says He'd Be A Good Fit For Andy Reid And The Chiefs from KC Star

Now 39, Owens said on an NFL radio interview today that he still feels he has something to offer an NFL team - perhaps even the Chiefs.

That's right. The 15-year veteran who last wore an NFL uniform during the 2012 presason before being cut by the Seattle Seahawks told the NFL Network's "NFL AM" show that he hasn't yet heard from another potential suitor, but the Chiefs or Vikings could be good fits because they employ the West Coast Offense ... not to mention the fact that Andy Reid, for whom Owens played in Philadelphia, now coaches here in Kansas City.

Thus far, though, all T.O. has heard in return are crickets.

Terrell Owens Has No Chance With Chiefs from KC Star

While it's true, Owens, playing on a damaged ankle, delivered a heroic performance for Reid in the Eagles' loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXIX following the 2004 season, Reid suspended Owens midway through the 2005 season and released him at the end of that year.

And where exactly where does Owens think he'll fit in this offense? If Reid was interested in Owens, wouldn't he have brought him into the off-season program when so many other players were shuttling in and out of town?

KCChiefs.com Video: Quaterbacks In Motion

Terrell Owens: Chiefs Vikings Would Be Good Fits For Him from Sporting News

"I think a lot of his has to do with my reputation, things that I've done earlier in my career," he said. "But I'm a changed person. I'm a little bit more mature than I was in years past, and I think if everybody, or anybody, out there can look past that and look what I can bring more so to a team than obviously some of the things that happened in the past-I can look past it, and maybe they could, and I could go in there and help a team and develop some of those younger guys.

"But again, I know I can still play the game, and it's just a matter of someone just giving me an opportunity to go out there and play.''

Browns Among Teams Interested In Former Ravens Fullback Vonta Leach, Agent Tells Houston TV Station from The Akron Beacon Journal

Leach, 31, was named to Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams for his work in each of the past three seasons. He is known as one of the best lead-blocking fullbacks in the NFL.

The 6-foot, 260-pound Leach visited the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, according to reports. Vitolo told Fox 26 the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs are also among seven teams that have shown interest in his client.

NFL Playbook Security Ramps Up from FOX Sports

Kansas City and Jacksonville are two of the latest franchises to place their playbooks on iPads for the first time this offseason. Like many of their computer-savvy peers, Chiefs and Jaguars players now have more helpful tools like video, voice note and search capabilities at their fingertips on a lightweight tablet rather than having to use the traditional thick binders filled only with page after page of Xs and Os...

"...Our security is very strong," a Chiefs spokesman told FOX Sports. "The iPads will be managed by a mobile device management console along with multifactor level security."

Will Dolphin's Ryan Tannehill Eventually 'Take Over' As Best AFC East QB? from USA Today

Recently retired Garrard spent time with Tannehill last month at the charity golf tournament hosted by ex-Dolphin and current Kansas City Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano in New Jersey. Garrard views Tannehill as a talented, hard-working leader who is the primary reason why the Dolphins believe they have a playoff chance.

Calhoun County Sports Hall Of Fame: Three-Level Football Career Sends Malone To Hall from The Anniston Star

"‘Darrell, are you in the room,'" Malone recalled. "‘The Kansas City Chiefs are here to work you out.'"

The defensive back had skipped most of the pro-team combines because scouts were showing up at different times and expecting athletes to perform at their best multiple times throughout the day. On that day with nothing else to do on a nearly empty campus, he worked out for the Chiefs.

That April, while sitting at his girlfriend-now-wife's apartment in Jacksonville, Malone received a call notifying him he'd been drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round.

Late For Work 6/12: Why Cut Vonta Leach Now? Something Up Ozzie's Sleeve? from BaltimoreRavens.com

The Ravens released the three-time Pro Bowler just more than a month before training camp, which usually isn't much time for a free agent to find a new team that has the cash and need (although you'll see below that Leach is drawing plenty of interest).

But it's not like Ravens brass was holding on to Leach out of spite, wrote The Baltimore Sun reporter. After all, the 10-year veteran was a beloved figure in the locker room and the coaches loved his team-first attitude.

So why make the move now?

"The obvious answer is ultimately, the Ravens decided that they needed the salary cap space more than Leach and it just didn't make sense for essentially a part-time player to take up $4.33 million in cap room," Zrebiec wrote. "Still, the pending move does spur some questions ...

Rookie Runningbacks Highlight Summer Subplots Across AFC from NFL.com

Will Dontari Poe make the leap in Year 2? The Chiefs have a new head coach (Andy Reid), a new quarterback (Alex Smith) and a strong sense of confidence that 2013 will be different.

Speaking of strong, several of the ancillary parts on defense are quite formidable, like the edge rushers the team boasts in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. But like other 3-4 teams, so much of what happens on that side of the ball begins on the nose. Hello, Mr. Poe. Last year's first-round pick got better late in the season and started making some tackles. If he can occupy blockers while occasionally making opponents pay for single-teaming him, people might be talking about the Chiefs' defense instead of Reid, Smith and their offensive brethren. Poe turned some heads at practice when he tipped a pass, caught it and took it to the house. Keep it up, big guy.

Lyons Companies Welcome Joseph W. Valerio from The Cape Gazette

Before entering the insurance industry, Valerio had a six-year career with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, starting at every position on the offensive line, including tight end. As an offensive lineman he caught an NFL-record four touchdown passes, three from the legendary Joe Montana. He held an active role in the Kansas City community and in 1995 was nominated for NFL Man of the Year for outstanding community service.

Blecher Baby's Maternal Family Presents Its Case from KC Star

Sophie Perkins and Cheryl Shepherd, mother of Jovan Belcher, both have petitioned to be named guardian. A Jackson County probate commissioner will make the decision.

Perkins described her hopes for Zoey's future.

"I want to be able to give her a life that her parents were not able to give her," Perkins said. "I want to give her an opportunity to be her own person."

Day Two Concludes In Belcher Custody Hearing from FOX4KC

Wednesday marked the second day of a legal battle for custody of little Zoey Belcher.

Belcher is the nine-month-old infant who was orphaned when her father, former Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher, killed her mother and then killed himself back in December.

Wednesday's testimony was a comparison of two homes and the people who live in them.

A Pitch For Bone Marrow Donors From 1,800 Miles Away from KC Star

At close to 9 p.m., Nick wound up and threw in the offices at 1814 Westport Road. Through Google magic, his throw crossed a sensor that instantaneously linked to a robot set up on the field in front of some 35,000 fans gathered at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., for a game between the A's and the New York Yankees. The robot, a modified pitching machine, then slung the ball toward the plate.

Nick, shown on the giant scoreboard screen along with a story about his illness, threw out what a commentator described as the first telerobotic pitch in Major League Baseball.

The crowd in Oakland and group of well-wishers at the mock-up ball diamond in the Google offices erupted in cheers.

"It felt good," Nick said afterward as people rushed up to give him a hug. "I was just in the moment. I've been wanting to do that for a long time."

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