As Franchise Tag Deadline Nears, Don't Expect A Lot Of Deals from CBS Sports
The Chiefs tried to ink Albert long-term before franchising him. They tried like heck to trade him before doing the inevitable and drafting a left tackle with the first-overall pick (Eric Fisher), then continued attempts to move Albert through draft weekend. Fisher could play right tackle for the short-term, but was drafted to play left, and Albert, a left tackle who could dabble on the right, wants to be paid like a left tackle, which is way more lucrative. Eventually, if Fisher is the player he's expected to be, the Chiefs will have to tear up that rookie deal and give him a new contract. So it looks like the time to secure Albert's services into the future may have passed.
The chic pick in the AFC West is the Kansas City Chiefs, mostly due to the trade for quarterback Alex Smith and the arrival of coach Andy Reid. It's interesting that no one is considering how much Smith struggled prior to Jim Harbaugh becoming his coach in San Francisco. Smith will have a new offensive coordinator in Kansas City -- and, if you remember, the constant changing of offensive coordinators was blamed for all of Smith's struggles over his first six years in the league.
Former Chiefs Tony Gonzalez Wins 'Good Guy Award' from KC Star
Gonzalez, the ninth Good Guy Award winner, is the first non-quarterback to be selected for the award since 2007. The Good Guy Award is given to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs.
I nominated Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was always available and accountable during the Chiefs' miserable 2-14 season, but not many national writers were around the team to appreciate Johnson's cooperation.
Desmond Bishop To Meet With Vikings, Chiefs from SI Wire
Linebacker Desmond Bishop will reportedly meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday and could even meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the coming days, according to media reports.
Big Names Abound At Ben Brady from The Rome News-Tribune
Numerous NFL players of the past and present could be spotted at Ben Brady Field on Tuesday.
Crennel Misses The Fast Lane But Is Enjoying His Time Off from FS Kansas City
A 1-2 start begat eight losses in a row, a horrific murder/suicide involving former linebacker Jovan Belcher, then four more losses to close out December. The quarterback was cheered when injured; the fans were scolded by the right tackle, then decided to wear black in protest; the general manager was openly reviled. Farce traded verses with Shakespearean tragedy.
"You know what? I haven't thought a whole lot about it," Crennel replies. "And like I tell everybody in this business, you have to win ballgames. If you don't win ballgames, generally, they're going to make a change. And whatever the circumstances are, the bottom line is, 'Did you win or did you lose?' And when you don't win, then they make changes."
Ron's Ramblings from Coal Valley News
It appears former Scott standout and Kennedy Award winner Jordan Roberts is doing well in his pre-season workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs. Roberts certainly looks good in a red Chiefs uniform and appears to have settled in at his new home.
I continue to believe Roberts does not receive the attention he deserves, and I'm not sure Scott High has ever correctly honored him. After all, how often is a high school player named the best in the state? It seems to me that some sort of signage should appear at the Scott stadium to commemorate Roberts. I understand there are plenty of boosters and business people who would gladly pay for such a sign.
Best Chance Of Going Worst To First from Revenge Of The Birds
One of eight newly placed Head Coaches going into 2013, Andy Reid will bring his prolific offense down to Kansas City to rejuvenate the passing game. They have talented weapons also; Pro Bowl receiver Dwayne Bowe, former first-round pick Jon Baldwin, tight-end Tony Moeaki, draftee's Travis Kelce and Knile Davis, the list goes on. With a competitive quarterback, they have the offensive fire-power to compete in a less-than competitive AFC West. Defensively, the likes of Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dontari Poe give the Chiefs high-sack potential and an imposing front-seven. Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry is quickly becoming one of the best at his position, and adding Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson during free agency, in addition to Brandon Flowers give the Chiefs a very-strong secondary. Sleepers for obtaining a Wild-Card spot in a relatively open AFC, Andy Reid should manage to make the Chiefs a stronger team; reaching the .500 mark is a real possibility.
Denver Broncos 2013 Schedule Analysis from Athlon Sports
Playoff Push: Denver's December slate is extremely manageable with the Week 16 trip to Houston the only game against a team that finished with a winning record last season. That clash with the Texans could be chock full of playoff implications, making it even more critical that Denver run the table beforehand. Three divisional contests, including road games in Kansas City and Oakland, and a visit from Tennessee is what Denver has to look forward to as the Broncos hope to make last season's playoff disappointment a distant memory come January.
The NFL offseason is heading into its darkest days. That lonely period when minicamps end and we're forced to contemplate the greater things in life while we await the start of training camp, the preseason and finally -- regular season football.
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