Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/18

Rob Carr

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

By The Numbers: Chiefs Wide Receivers from The Mothership

The 2013 season began with new optimism for the Kansas City Chiefs, when head coach Andy Reid took over the reins last January. Known for his brilliance on offense and equipped with new Chiefs QB Alex Smith, the team's passing game was set up for a very productive year. Coach Reid hired Chiefs WRs coach David Culley to get the most out of the team's wideouts and 2013 was a great start.

By The Numbers: Chiefs Linebackers from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs put an emphasis on attacking quarterbacks in 2013. The Chiefs finished with 47 sacks in the regular season, tied for the sixth-best total in the NFL. 29.5 of those QB takedowns came via the Chiefs linebackers, coached by Gary Gibbs. The team's sack leaders, Pro Bowl LBs Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, each tied for 11th in the NFL with 11 QB sacks.

Chiefs STH Renewal Signing Bonus from The Mothership

Chiefs STHs who renew their tickets through February 18th, will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes, including tickets to the Super Bowl in 2015, lunch with team president Mark Donovan, autographed memorabilia and much more. 30 drawings will be conducted, one for each day from January 20th through February 18th.

KCChiefs.com Video: 2014 Season Ticket Holder Signing Bonus

Sanders Commings Could Be Chiefs' Answer At Free Safety from KC Star

With last year's starter at free safety, Kendrick Lewis, a free agent this offseason, there's little doubt the Chiefs will be shopping for players at that position.

But while it remains to be seen if they will address this need through free agency or the draft, it's quite possible that Sanders Commings - the Chiefs' fifth-round pick last April - also will have a chance to make an impact at the position.

Chiefs Are Close To Being A Final Four-Caliber NFL Franchise from KC Star

The more complicated version is that the Chiefs aren't that far from being worthy of playing this weekend.

And good thing, because their roster is at the point where the Chiefs need to win now or rebuild.

The key is zeroing in on a few specific spots to improve.

Plays That Defined The Season: No. 7 from ESPN

Arijotutu had only three catches and one touchdown this season, but his 26-yard score from quarterback Philip Rivers with 24 seconds left to give the Chargers a 41-38 win over the Chiefs served notice that Kansas City's defensive problems ran deep and that their season would be in trouble.

Success Again Follows Toub from ESPN

The Dallas Morning News annually ranks all of the 32 special teams based on various statistical categories. The Chiefs came in third behind only the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. By the way, if you've ever wondered about the importance of the kicking game, please note that both the Patriots and 49ers will play in their respective conference championship games on Sunday.

Cubs' Offseason Surprise: Clark The Mascot from Only A Game

According to a survey conducted last year by Sports Business Journal, of the 122 MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL franchises, just 20 - now 19 thanks to Clark - do not have a mascot. But Mass says the San Diego Chicken and the Phillie Phanatic loom large over their larger-than-life colleagues.

"There's certainly a Mount Rushmore of mascots throughout all four sports," Mass said. "On the field, there is no doubt that the Chicken and the Phanatic, for baseball, are the two most successful. You can argue about maybe who the other two are. I would say K.C. Wolf for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Phoenix Suns' Gorilla."

Towson, Morgan State Players Hope To Make An Impression At NFLPA Collegiate Bowl from The Baltimore Sun

Last year, scouts from every NFL team, including the Ravens, and other professional leagues attended the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl's practices and games. Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath and Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson played in last year's game and went on to make NFL rosters this fall.

A Lifetime Of Experiences from The Emporia Gazette

Hirschorn said she officially became a New Yorker on Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks.

"All of us knew somebody who lost somebody at that time," she said. "It was a big shock to me. That's when I became a New Yorker. I would always say ‘I'm from Kansas.'"

While she considers herself a New Yorker now, she still supports the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm a Chiefs fan all the way," she said. "For the last two years, I've always been supporting them through thick and thin."

Former NFL Players Speak To Soldiers About Transitions from The Nisqually Valley News

Each of the four former NFL players at JBLM Sunday - Damon Huard, Ricardo McDonald, George Wrighster and Samie Parker - spoke about their hardships transitioning from pro ball to civilian life and offered advice to those present. Still, though they acknowledged there are similarities between themselves and military personnel, those in uniform have a greater and more significant impact.

"I'm very sensitive to the similarities, because yes, I think there are similarities between the military and pro football, but our servicemen and women do so much more than us," said Huard, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots. "They put their life on the line, protecting our country, so comparing the two is kind of hard for me.

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