Former Chiefs guard Will Shields is one of 15 modern-day finalists announced Thursday night for selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is the third straight year Shields has been a modern-era finalist since he became eligible for the Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 will be selected when the 44-person Board of Selectors meets Feb. 1, the day before the Super Bowl, outside New York. The board will also vote on two senior nominees — punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey — who were nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.
Smith still has one more season remaining on the contract the Chiefs inherited when they traded for him. They could always wait another year, but why? Locking him up now for the long-term allows the Chiefs to get on with other pressing matters. Smith isn't one of the game's elite quarterbacks but he's certainly good enough to win with given the right cast around him. Smith is working on a three-year playoff streak. That's counting 2012, when the 49ers benched him late in the season after Smith had the 49ers poised to win the NFC West title.
As first reported by Buckeye Grove, Rivals' Ohio State presence, Buckeyes defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is leaving OSU to become the linebackers coach for former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien (whom coached for the Patriots when Vrabel was on the team from 2007-2011) and the Houston Texans. Ohio State confirmed that Vrabel was leaving but did not specify for what job. The coach himself spoke to the news on social media shortly afterwards:
Carl Peterson: "I've known Steve for a long time and I know that no one wants to bring a winner to Miami more than he does. I look forward to advising Steve through this search and I am confident that he will add an outstanding candidate with a proven track record in talent evaluation to the Dolphins."
There could be another defection or two but Andy Reid won't be making any changes on his own. Though it's tempting to look at how the season ended for the defense and want to make some changes involving coordinator Bob Sutton or other assistants, the Chiefs need to stay the course there.
Qualcomm Stadium was left in the lurch with two days before the Chargers playoff-clinching victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, as its janitorial staff walked off the job. Outside contractor Jani-King, which is paid $750,000 a year by the city, had not paid its workers, city officials said.
The NFL has come a long way fast on the concussion issue. Based on litigation, it really had no choice. Regardless, the Kansas City Chiefs, in their wild-card exit from the playoffs, will forever be remembered as the first team eliminated by "concussion protocol." And yet the story of the Chiefs losing three players to concussions at Indianapolis wasn’t really the one that stayed with me as the playoffs moved toward the second one. I’ve been more consumed by this league’s inability to figure out how to use instant replay to correct officiating errors after 27 years.
The Chiefs split their running back, Jamaal Charles, wide to the right. The confused Jaguars pointed to Charles and made some indecisive moves before a linebacker, Geno Hayes, trotted out to cover Charles. Charles ran a simple slant against the slower Hayes for a 15-yard gain. The Chiefs scored their first touchdown of the season on the next play and eventually won the game 28-2. The play served notice the Chiefs would no longer be content to use Charles just as a running back but as a receiver as well.
Four first-year eligible nominees – Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, and Walter Jones – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.