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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Blog: Day One from The Mothership

Thursday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine came and went just like an Andy Reid-led Chiefs practice, very scheduled and with a pace that had me feeling like I was running 40-yard dash. The day was filled with all sorts of interviews, topped by the one our team's leader gave, describing his emotions of being at the Combine and a brief look back to his first year in Kansas City.

Coach Andy Reid's Combine Presser Transcript from The Mothership

Q: Looking back to a month ago with the loss to Indianapolis, do you think you could pinpoint what it was?

REID: "Well, that's something we're going through now. We're going through all of our self-scout evaluations now and so we're obviously looking at that head on. You start with myself, and the coaches doing the same thing, and then you obviously look at where we can make improvements, whether scheme-wise and, or, put guys in better positions to make plays."

Chiefs Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder Honored from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs are well represented at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, including their head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, who on Wednesday was voted as the president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), which is a Professional Association, representing the athletic trainers of the National Football League. The society's mission is to serve the players of the NFL, the member Clubs and other members of the community, while ensuring the highest quality of health care provided to the National Football League.

NFL Scouting Combine: The Wonderlic Test from The Mothership

The Wonderlic Contemporary Cognitive Ability Test is a standardized test that measures player's aptitude for learning and problem solving. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes. The score is calculated on the number of correct answers in the time allowed. The test consists of English, reading, math and logic problems that increase in difficultly as the test progresses.

Reid Evaluates Team After Disappointing End To '13 from Lindy's Sports

The first step for the Chiefs' hierarchy in keeping the momentum going forward will be to improve the talent on their roster. That starts with identifying their own free agents that they want to keep, and then evaluating the league's other available players that can help the cause and come at a worthy price.

Starters from last season that will become unrestricted free agents in March are left tackle Branden Albert, right guard Geoff Schwartz, receiver-returner Dexter McCluster, inside linebacker Akeem Jordan and free safety Kendrick Lewis.

Steelers Run Defense Needs Help But Nose Tackle Might Not Be The Answer from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If the Steelers take a nose tackle with the No. 15 pick they would project him as playing much more than that. A few nose tackles, but not many, stay on the field for the majority of their team's snaps. Kansas City nose tackle Dontari Poe, the No. 11 overall selection in 2012, played 1,063 snaps this season, about 90 percent of the defensive snaps for the Chiefs. New England's Vince Wilfork played about 80 percent of the snaps in his last full season in 2012.

Lawmaker Proposes Naming Bridge Near Arrowhead For Len Dawson from KMBC

LeVota's bill would rename the Stadium Drive Bridge over Interstate 435 the "Len Dawson Bridge." Many people from the south and west sides of the Kansas City metropolitan area use the bridge and its exits to reach the Sports Complex.

A similar bridge over Interstate 70 on the east side of the stadium is already named for Royals superstar George Brett.

Patriots Pick Big Pass-Rushing Defensive Lineman In 2014 NFL Mock Draft from NESN

23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Oklahoma State The Chiefs' pass defense started as a strength for Kansas City. By the time the playoffs rolled around, though, it was a joke. The Chiefs could upgrade their No. 3 cornerback spot.

10 Guys Who Aced The NFL Combine And Made Millions from Stack.com

3. Dontari Poe

Poe's University of Memphis team sat at the bottom of the pack in college football in 2012, posting a 2-10 record. This left 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe off a lot of teams' radar until his monstrous Combine performance. Poe Bench Pressed 225 pounds 44 times-more than any other player that year, while also jumping 29.5 inches in the vertical and running a sub-five-second 40-Yard Dash. These impressive stats rocketed Poe from a peripheral first-round pick to the 11th overall selection (Kansas City Chiefs). He signed a four-year contract valued at more than $11 million.

How the Myth Of The NCAA "Student-Athlete" Was Born from Deadspin

Eric Ramsey, a defensive back who would later be drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, felt battered between Auburn football and his bride, Twilitta. He and his black teammates, she argued, were not being treated with the same respect shown to Auburn's white players... The coaches called her a Jezebel distraction, while she upbraided him for timidity in the face of exploitation...

..."Just keep it down home, cuz," instructed one coach. An Auburn booster, delivering food, bluntly advised that the fans who praised Ramsey to his face "turn right around when you walk away and you're nothing but a nigger ... I mean that's, Eric, that's the real world..."

...Dye quit before the NCAA punished Auburn with a blackout for its 1993 season, and Twilitta defiantly procured his-and-hers bulletproof vests for an Auburn graduation day marked by chanted epithets and graffiti such as "Ramsey Must Die."

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