In this case, these moves were less about finding rock stars there than they were about fortifying the bedrock of depth.
"We've always said ... we're going to try to make that back end as competitive as possible," he said. "Because what that does is that creates the next man up, that creates competition, that creates a stronger roster at the end of the day."
The maneuvering also serves to further illuminate the depths of what's needed to turn the franchise around and this rare opportunity to do it.
That's because by virtue of earning the overall No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft the Chiefs also got another perk from their 2-14 record in 2012: assured first dibs among NFL waiver claims until after the third game of the season.
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Chad Hallis also new to KC, but has familiarity with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, from their days together in Philly. Earlier today, Hall described how the Chiefs made him feel right at home.
"This team is great," Hall said. "They know I'm new and they'll come up and introduce themselves; everyone's been great. All the receivers are great and WRs coach (David) Culley is great; I'm excited to be here. I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing some football."
Playing football is exactly what the Chiefs will be doing on Sunday in Jacksonville, only this time, the stats count.
"I was hoping," Moses said of his chance to join the Chiefs. "I spoke with John Dorsey throughout last year. He gave me an opportunity there, and I'm very excited he gave me another opportunity here."
Of the seven players the Chiefs claimed off waivers, Moses would appear to be the most ready to contribute. As a rookie last season, Moses replaced injured starter Clay Matthews and started the last six games at outside linebacker and had four sacks in a 3-4 defense that is similar to the Chiefs' scheme.
Fasano Is Chiefs' Only Experienced Hand At Tight End from KC Star
The Chiefs need Fasano's magic touch to continue at Arrowhead. Fasano, 29, is the only tight end on the roster who has caught a pass in an NFL game.
The departure of veteran tight end Tony Moeaki left the position in the hands of Fasano, who has 205 career receptions, including 24 touchdowns; third-round pick Travis Kelce, and newcomer Sean McGrath, who was claimed on waivers from Seattle, where he appeared in two games last season.
"I'm still excited about our group," Fasano said. "We have a lot of potential, and we're going to create some mismatches for defenses. We've got some young guys, but we have a nice mix, and we'll get better and better as time goes on."
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Moses May Become More Than Waiver Claim from ESPN
If you're looking for an eventual find from the seven players the Chiefs claimed off waivers Sunday, you could do worse than outside linebacker Dezman Moses. Cut by Green Bay, Moses started six games as a rookie last season for the Packers and had four sacks.
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The classes of 2009 and '11 have suffered the worst retention rate under the new regime of coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey, with six of the eight picks from four springs ago now gone and six of the nine picks from two years ago befalling the same fate. It's hard to say for certain if that much overhaul of young pieces is just another chance to again recast the culture in the locker room or a scathing indictment of talent evaluated by Pioli and his confidants. But we know this: 99.9994 percent of Chiefs fans are going to roll with the latter.
Fantasy Football Audibles: Julio Vs. Roddy Headlines from NFL.com
In the overall rankings, it's Sproles over Shorts, but that's more of a long view. When it comes to the first week of the season, that gap closes significantly since Shorts gets the first crack at a woebegone Kansas City Chiefs offense. And with Justin Blackmon out of the equation for the first four weeks, he'll see plenty of chance to make plays.
Fantasy Football 2013: 10 Deep Sleepers To Watch On The Waiver Wire from PennLive.com
Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Surprisingly, Davis has emerged as the No. 2 running back to Jamaal Charles in Kansas City. An undrafted free agent, Davis quietly becomes one of the highest-upside handcuff picks in fantasy football. His dynamic skill set, combined with Charles' injury history, could yield big opportunities in coach Andy Reid's offense.
Fantasy team owners and league commissioners gathered in style at Arrowhead Stadium Monday night for their fantasy football drafts.
For $85, team owners had the chance to rent out a luxury suite for the night and overlook the playing field as they put together their roster.
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It's bad enough when the Turk visits you on Cut Down day in the NFL. But it's worse, when he hangs around 24 hours and does it again.
For seven Chiefs, six of them lost jobs, another was traded and seven more, who thought perhaps their NFL dream had ended, found a new home in Kansas City.
You had to know once the Chiefs traded back-up linebacker, Edgar Jones to the Cowboys for a 2014 6th round draft pick, that General Manager, John Dorsey, was going to shake up the bottom end of his roster before the weekend was out.
Looking Over The 2013 Schedule For The Indianapolis Colts from Naptown's Finest
Week 16 - @ Kansas City Chiefs - Loss. By week 16, the Chiefs could either be fighting for a wildcard playoff spot, or could be totally out of the running. Still, Arrowhead Stadium is always a tough place to play, and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe always seems to kill the Colts. Bad weather, a loud crowd, and a desperate team, could result in a trap game for the Colts at Kansas City.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is "progressing as planned," according to head coach Gus Bradley. The third-year passer is looking to return from a fractured thumb in his throwing hand in time to start the team's Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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MLB James-Michael Johnson, Chiefs: Johnson started eight games as a rookie for Cleveland in 2012, but after an offseason coaching change he was cut over the weekend. He wasn't unemployed for long. The Chiefs picked up Johnson, who figures to get playing time once he learns the defensive scheme.
Blaine Gabbert Returns To Limited Practice from The Florida Times-Union
Gabbert said the thumb felt "uncomfortable" while he was throwing but the feeling all along was that he will have to deal with pain if he plays against the Chiefs.
During the early portion of practice, Gabbert took no center snaps or shotgun snaps, but he said he'll start doing that on Wednesday.
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KANSAS CITY 30, JACKSONVILLE 6: The Chiefs are a team that struggled last year and actually bottomed out the Jaguars to win the first overall draft pick. That led to a better offseason for the team -- getting Andy Reid as a new coach certainly helped -- while Jacksonville didn't seem to show signs of taking a step forward.
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The Chiefs began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. When the team moved to Kansas City in 1963, owner Lamar Hunt considered the Mules, Royals, and Stars before eventually settling on the Chiefs. Hunt said the name was locally important because Native Americans had once lived in the area, but he may have also been swayed by Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle, whose nickname was The Chief.