Chiefs Head Back from Camp Full Of Optimism from KC Star
"This can be a dominant football team. Why not believe that?" said Robinson, who spent six previous training camps with Houston and three with Atlanta. "We believe that we can be one of the best teams in this league, and that's what we're shooting for when we line up on Sundays."
Robinson isn't alone in feeling that way. The Chiefs head back to Kansas City full of optimism after what appeared to be a productive camp.
Chiefs Complete Training Camp, Thank Fans from The Mothership
Chiefs rookie TE
Travis Kelcecompleted his first camp by spending time with the fans and signing autographs.
"You gotta love it," Kelce said.
"You have to put yourself in their shoes. Everybody is a kid at one point in time and being a little kid, looking up to football players, you kind of think they're superstars; like they're Superman and they have secret powers, it's cool. I do this to see smiles on their faces and to give back to them, because they're out here supporting us."
"The university and the setup here, they've been phenomenal,'' Reid said. "The people here, I can't say enough good things about them. These (practice) fields are incredible. The food is unbelievable. The people that take care of the rooms for the players, they're clean and they make your bed for you. They do everything for you. It's quite a setup. Whatever we needed, we were able to get. With that, the players can focus on their job, and it eliminates the distractions.
"I think it starts with the university. What a great setup here. If I'm an athlete with the setup here, I'm going to look at this school. It's an incredible situation for athletics.''
The tough camp continued for Jon Baldwin. He dropped a pair of passes in one of the 10-play periods, including one crossing pattern that he may have taken for a long gain.
Junior Hemingway, who recently missed some practices because of a sprained thumb, got back into the big-play column when he got behind the defense and grabbed a deep pass from Daniel.
Chiefs' Bowe Says Deep Passes Will Come from KC Star
Bowe, who during the spring predicted he would lead the NFL this season in catches and receiving touchdowns, said he isn't worried.
"We're progressing,'' he said. "Coach says we've got to crawl before you walk. As long as you're moving the chains, the offense will be productive. It's preseason. We're working on the mechanics of getting the ball thrown deep. It's all a process. We've got one game down, three more to go and then the real season starts. And that's when you'll see Bombs Over Baghdad.''
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Chiefs Wrap Up Fourth Stint In St. Joseph from The St. Joseph News-Press
"It's not over until tomorrow," Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe said following Wednesday's morning practice at Missouri Western. "Coach put us in that mindset that today might be the last hard practice, but it's still not over."
The players and coaches remained in St. Joseph for a walkthrough and meetings later Wednesday. The Chiefs will hold a closed walkthrough inside the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex on Thursday before officially returning to Kansas City ahead of Friday's preseason game versus the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Charles 'Improving' But Still A Maybe For Friday Vs. 49ers from FS Kansas City
"I guess if it was push-to-shove, he probably could've gone [Wednesday]," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said late Wednesday morning after the team completed its final full-contact workout at Missouri Western State University, home to the first three weeks of preseason camp. "But (for) precautionary measures, we kept him out.
49ers Defense Eager To Face Chiefs QB Alex Smith from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith.
So, no surprise Smith's former teammates on the opposite side of the ball will be salivating to finally chase the quarterback down when they face him and the Chiefs in a preseason game at Kansas City on Friday night.
Chiefs Have A Hard Decision To Make About Their Future In St. Joe: Stay, Or Go? from FS Kansas City
Like the spread and two-tight-end alignments, the trend toward Augusts at home is circulating throughout the league: At present, 19 of 32 NFL teams currently train in their own facility, up from 18 a year ago and 17 in 2010. The Chiefs are just one of 10 who currently head off to another college, even if only for a few weeks.
On one hand, familiar environs, cost control, the ability to simulate game-week on-site for longer stretches. On the other, team bonding, boot-camp-style isolation, and face-time for some of the more remote corners of your fan base.
A Happier Dwayne Bowe For Chiefs from ESPN
I asked the team's No. 1 pick in 2007 if new coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith were the best coach/quarterback he has worked with in Kansas City. Bowe did not hesitate.
"Yes, they both are," he replied. "Nothing against anybody else, it's just the way it is."
Bowe's feelings jibe with nearly everyone I talked to in Kansas City. Spirits are high for this group that has gone through some miserable times in recent years.
Don't worry Bills fans, he's not used to seeing himself in Kansas City's red and yellow either.
"When I first put the Chiefs stuff on," he said, "I walked out and looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Wait, there's something wrong with this picture.' I'll be the first one to tell you that it is kind of different."
But it's with good intentions and worthy praise that he joins a rival squad for training camp in 2013. Reed was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs to help coach the team's wide receivers at this year's training camp as a recipient of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Andy Reid Brings Detail To Kansas City from ESPN
While practice was controlled, Reid wanted his players to simulate game action every day in many different situations. It worked. Several players thought the preseason opener at New Orleans on Friday was slower than usual because they were used to the pace.
Wilson To Make Arrowhead Debut On Friday Night from The Great Bend Tribune
"My parents have purchased several tickets for the game," Wilson said. "Nothing outrageous. It's my first NFL game at home in front of my family and friends.
"It's going to be a big deal, not that it's going to be a distraction by any means. I'm really looking forward to it."
Chiefs' Smith Faces Former Teammates On Friday from The Sacramento Bee
Not only is Kaepernick front and center at award shows, featured in national ad campaigns and splashed across magazine covers, he makes regular appearances in Smith's film study.
Along with Smith, one of the Kansas City Chiefs' acquisitions this season is Chris Ault, the former Nevada coach who invented the pistol formation and perfected it when Kaepernick was the Wolf Pack's quarterback. Smith said Ault, hired as a consultant, hangs out with Kansas City quarterbacks "all day, every day."
"Very ironic," Smith of the situation, a wry smile on his face. "It's great to have him, though. Extremely knowledgeable. We talk a lot, all the time."
New Bag Policy In Effect At Chiefs Games from FOX4KC
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Texans Rank 5th On Forbes' Most valuable Franchises from CBS Houston
Zero of the 32 NFL franchises declined in value in the past year. The only team not to increase in value were the Kansas City Chiefs who stayed at a worth of $1billion.
An hour south of the Division II college, however, is Arrowhead Stadium, and that's where Smith will hear the roar of Chiefs fans hoping he'll lead them back to prominence. Smith makes his Chiefs debut there Friday night when the 49ers visit for an exhibition -- and a good-terms reunion.
"It's very apparent right away how much they like sports out here and how much they like the Chiefs," Smith said while sitting upstairs at Missouri Western's student union.
Right after his March 12 trade from the 49ers to the Chiefs, Smith found himself getting recognized while walking around or dining in Kansas City, "and I hadn't even taken a snap."
Reuniting With Alex Smith On A Remote, Missouri Campus from The San Jose Mercury News
So here we are, about an hour north of Kansas City on a quiet, Division II campus (enrollment: 6,000) during summer break. The Chiefs are packing up. And Smith was in a talkative mood (and it probably helped that I didn't greet him with the quip, ‘Hey Chief.')
Here are the highlights of our discussion:
Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City - AFter sitting out the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, Moeaki returned last season and had modest numbers for the Chiefs, but could be poised for a bigger role as the Chiefs offence is overhauled, with new quarterback Alex Smith and new head coach Andy Reid implementing an offence that has tended to be good for tight end production.