Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson turned the Chiefs around in the 1990s with defense. Those were the years of Derrick Thomas coming around the edge for a strip-sack, of Neil Smith celebrating with his home-run swing and, well, of the Chiefs averaging 11 points in their playoff losses.
This was a bit of a different NFL back then, when people said "defense wins championships" and they meant it. The Chiefs went all-in on this idea. Every year from 1989 to 1997 - a period in which Steve DeBerg, Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Rich Gannon all started at quarterback - the Chiefs' best player according to Pro-Football-Reference's Approximate Value was on defense.
Thomas. Smith. Albert Lewis. Deron Cherry. Dale Carter. James Hasty. Gunther Cunningham promoted a nasty attitude that made Arrowhead Stadium one of the hardest places to win. But then [name redacted] missed field goals. Or Grbac melted down in the last two minutes against Denver. And all Kansas City had to show for it was heartache.
Daniel Chasing Dreams In Show-Me State from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Don't get wrong, the Chiefs have a great history, but as of late, other than the one division championship a couple years back, they've sort of struggled," he said. "What (general manager)John Dorsey is doing, the plan he relayed to me, and the fact that he wanted to get it done now, that was something I wanted to be a part of."
Daniel said he hit it off instantly with Dorsey, who came from the Packers' front office. He also likes new coach Andy Reid's West Coast Offense and said it compares favorably to the system he ran in New Orleans. Returning to the state of Missouri was a plus, too, especially given the chance to win over Kansas fans who also root for the Chiefs.
"I've had people come up to me all the time whether I'm on the Plaza or out to eat, ‘Man, I'm a KU fan, but gosh I just like you now. You're with the Chiefs and you're a good fit,'" he said.
NFL's 'Top 100' Proves That The Chiefs' Problem Wasn't Talent - At All from FS Kansas City
NFL players admire transcendence. They crave bling. They also respect the hell out of the poor cappers who rise above the rest of the garbage roster they just happen to be stuck with.
Only hang on a tick. According to the players who voted, this isn't a garbage roster. At all.
The Chiefs constitute roughly 3 percent of the NFL while accounting for 5 percent of the league's 100 biggest studs. And Kansas City's four players ranked between Nos. 21 and 100 -- linebacker Justin Houston (49), linebacker Derrick Johnson (59), wideout Dwayne Bowe (65) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (75) -- were the most in the AFC West.
Luke Joeckel Agrees To Deal With Jacksonville Jaguars from USA Today
Joeckel becomes the ninth first-round pick under contract, and the highest selection to agree to terms.
Joeckel's contract is worth $21.2 million, with a signing bonus of $13,799,344, a person with knowledge of the contract told USA TODAY Sports.
Ten Reminders There Truly Is No NFL Offseason from The Boston Globe
For the first time in NFL history, left tackles were the first two picks in the draft when Kansas City chose Eric Fisher and Jacksonville took Luke Joeckel. Philadelphia then took another left tackle, Lane Johnson, fourth overall. The lesson, elite left tackles are still important, and hard to find.
Yet as they begin their pro careers, all three have switched to right tackle this offseason. The Chiefs have Branden Albert at left tackle, the Jaguars have Eugene Monroe and the Eagles have Jason Peters.
Seems curious for the teams to make their top picks learn a new position. Then again, it worked for the Ravens andJonathan Ogden, who switched to left tackle in his second season and is now entering the Hall of Fame.
Tennessee Titans Single Game Tickets Will Go On Sale July 12th from ClarksvilleOnline
The Titans regular season schedule features home games against the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. In the preseason, Tennessee will host the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons.
S.C. State's Biggest Fan from The Rock Hill Herald
After Bowdre another student, Avis Roper, began working in the SID office in 1994. "I came in (as a junior), filled in, learned to do whatever he needed, game notes or whatever," Roper said. "Mr. Hamilton puts you to work, and you are going to work. That experience drives you, especially if you love sports."
Today, Roper is senior director of communications for the Indianapolis Colts. His successor at S.C. State in 1997 was Ted Crews, now vice president of communications for the Kansas City Chiefs.
"The best thing about Mr. Hamilton, if you work for him, you'll be exposed to all of it," Crews said. "He taught us the job in its purest form." Crews and Roper retain an almost reverential admiration for their mentor. "Every meal I've ever eaten is based on the opportunity he gave me, the way he raised me in the profession," Crews said.
Roper said that respect for Hamilton is simple: "We owe our careers to him."
Vincent "Vince Swagnew" Agnew of the Kansas City Chiefs is hosting his first annual football camp in Grand Rapids for youth league, middle school and high school athletes. The camp will be led by a Georgia Training Alliance owner, David Irons Sr., and his coaching staff with well over 20 years of combined pro football and educational experience with current and former NFL players. The proceeds of the camp will benefit The Michigan Lupus Foundation.