Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/14

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

End Of Season Q&A With Chiefs GM John Dorsey from The Mothership

Evaluate what you saw from Chiefs QB Alex Smith in his first year with the Chiefs.

"I think he's everything that I thought he would be. As the season went along, you could see him getting more comfortable with the offense; you could see him actually taking more shots down the field, because that's his comfort with the actual offense. His leadership was evident from the moment he was introduced to his teammates; they gravitated to him. I think he earned their trust with his play on the field, but also by who he is as a person, because he's just a natural leader and the guys come to him. He's everything I thought he'd be. I still think he's one of the better QBs in the National Football League."

Seven Chiefs Earn All-AFC Honors, Three All-NFL from The Mothership

Three players from the Chiefs, RB Jamaal Charles, S Eric Berry and PR Dexter McCluster, made the 2013 All-NFL Team, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

The PFWA also announced the All-NFC and All-AFC teams, which included seven Chiefs players, OL Branden Albert, RB Jamaal Charles, PR Dexter McCluster, S Eric Berry, DT Dontari Poe, LB Justin Houston and KR Quintin Demps, the most of any AFC team.

Chiefs Kingdom Represented In Post-Season Competition from The Mothership

Seven-year-old Nebraska native, McKenna Murphy, was one of more than 100,000 kids, ages six to 15, who participated in the 52nd annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) National Championship.

McKenna participates in a number of sports and is very competitive, athletic and an energetic second grader. She entered the local PPK competition in Fremont, Nebraska and then moved on to the competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, before competing in Kansas City to qualify for the National Championship.

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KCChiefs.com Video: Top 10 Plays Of 2013

Will Chiefs Be Looking For Next Tony Gonzalez Or Megatron In The Draft? from FS Kansas City

Chiefs fans might still be reeling too much to even watch the rest of the NFL playoffs.

So, hey, let's talk about the NFL Draft, a subject always good to cheer up even the most depressed football fan.

The Chiefs will get the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft and, like most teams, their draft needs are spread across the roster -- safety, tight end, defensive tackle, wide receiver, inside linebacker and so on.

Here's a look around the web at what the draftniks are predicting for the Chiefs' top pick:

PFWA End-Of-Season Honors Heavy With Chiefs from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs special teams unit, which set an NFL single-season record for highest kickoff return average with 29.9 yards (1,316 yards on 44 returns), produced two All-AFC returners in McCluster and kick returner Quintin Demps.

Going back to 2002, no AFC team has produced two separate individual PFWA honorees at the punt returner and kickoff returner positions. Chiefs returner Dante Hall won both in 2003, while Josh Cribbs accomplished the feat with the Cleveland Browns in 2009.

Plays That Defined The Season: No. 4 from ESPN

The Oct. 6 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans was scoreless in the first quarter when Dustin Colquitt's 40-yard punt bounced off the foot of Tennessee's Damian Williams and caromed into the end zone.

The mad dash for the ball was won by none other than Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper and the resulting touchdown gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead in a game they would eventually win 26-17 to raise their record to 5-0.

Dressler To Workout For Kansas City from The StarPhoenix

Dressler, who turns 29 on June 14, is to become a free agent Feb. 15. He is allowed to work out for NFL teams in advance of free agency but cannot sign with anyone until mid-February, unless he inks a new pact with the Roughriders or is released from his contract.

UMKC Hosts Summit To Prevent Hate Crime And Bullying from KSHB

Former Kansas City Chiefs football player Bobby Bell opened the conference.

He spoke about the discrimination he faced in collegiate and professional football and the trouble he faced trying to buy a home in Kansas and Missouri because of his race.

"I looked at more than 200 homes. I wasn't able to buy a single one of them even though I had the money, all because I am black," he said.

Rob Riggle Misses Super Bowl Pop Quiz Question, Still Gets To Stay At Bud Light Hotel from FOX News

And while Riggle's beloved Kansas City Chiefs have already been eliminated (in the first round by a single point by the Indianapolis Colts), Riggle still thinks football is just aces.

"I don't know if it's so much that all the other sports suck, it's just that football is the best sport there is. It doesn't get any better," Riggle said. "It's the highest level of competition. It's gladiatorial. If you look at the stadiums of today and the Coliseum of old, it's gladiatorial."

Detroit Lions Talking to Jim Caldwell After Tennessee Titans Get Ken Whisenhunt from The Detroit Free Press

Fritz Pollard chairman John Wooten said tonight he hadn't heard anything more on Caldwell's candidacy, but that Mayhew had indicated during Caldwell's interview Jan. 3 that the top candidate would fly back to Detroit to meet with owner William Clay Ford before a hire was made.

Caldwell, who met with vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. during his interview, is expected to bring Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin, a former assistant at Michigan, with him as defensive coordinator, and Kansas City Chiefs assistant head coach David Culley with him as offensive coordinator, though he might retain play-calling duties.

2013 Consistency Breakdown: Quarterbacks from CBS Sports

Smith is probably the only quarterback who notched over 250 Fantasy points that no one will really target in drafts. When he was on, he was really on, as he had seven games with 25-plus Fantasy points (only Peyton Manning had more). But he also had six games with 15 points or less. What should help Smith's case to establish some stability in his production is a boost to his receiving corps this offseason. Anything the Chiefs can do to improve Smith's group of receivers will go a long way in making him a more reliable Fantasy option. It would also help make up for the likely regression in rushing yards in '14 after posting a career-best 431 in his first year in Kansas City.

Opinion: Who Gets The Blame For NFL Player's Suicide And Murder? from CNN

So what about the alleged murder committed by Belcher? Could the Chiefs be liable? Traditionally, an unforeseeable, willful criminal act that intervenes between the negligent act and an intentional killing breaks the causal connection.

Similarly, courts traditionally held that suicide was an "independent intervening cause," so that there was no liability for negligence that resulted in a suicide. But the times are changing. The recent trend is to permit these cases if the plaintiff can "prove" that the negligence caused the suicide.

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