Len Dawson To Receive Prestigious Award from The Mothership
The 44th Annual NFL 101 Awards gala is this weekend, on Saturday, March 1st at the Westin Crown Center, honoring those in professional football...
...It was also announced on Tuesday that Kansas City's legendary signal-caller, Len Dawson will receive the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football.
The award was created in 2007 to honor the life and legacy of the founder of the Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Hunt. The award is given annually to an individual or group that has played a role in helping the NFL become the preeminent pro sports league in America.
The Dorsey-Reid Trust Factor In Kansas City from The Mothership
Just like that, the Combine has come and gone, but the talent evaluation by the Kansas City Chiefs never stops. Leaving Indianapolis, I felt just like last year, the first Andy Reid-John Dorsey-led Chiefs campaign, when the team made moves in free agency, followed by the draft, each playing a role in the team's record-breaking turnaround in 2013.
So, as year two moves on and the Chiefs brass continues to take the next steps in preparing to form the 2014 roster, the overwhelming factor in the team's success will continue to be one thing: trust.
Justin Gilbert, DBs Close Out The Combine from The Mothership
All good things must come to an end, including the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, which shut down Tuesday, following workouts by the defensive backs, including Oklahoma State DB Justin Gilbert.
The 6'0, 202-pound DB entered Tuesday admitting that he'd be satisfied if he ran a 4.2-4.3 40-yard dash, during his workout; he finished with a time of 4.37 seconds. Gilbert also bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times and his vertical jump registered at 35.5 inches, along with his broad jump that covered 126 inches.
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A Trade Up? Don't Expect It To Happen from ESPN
The Chiefs may not have enough premium picks to allow them to make that trade. Even if they do, it would in effect make this a one-player draft for the Chiefs. They'd have to give up enough of their top picks that the likelihood is slim of the Chiefs getting another solid player through the draft this year...
...The bold moves always get the headlines, but the draft is about playing the percentages. The teams that generally do the best in the draft are the ones with the most picks. They -- like all teams -- make their share of mistakes but still have the numbers to make it a productive draft.
Oreos, Routers, And Left Tackles: Things You Should Overpay For from Arizona Sports
There are certain things in life I am willing to over pay for.
Real Oreo cookies and not the generic grocery store brand. Wireless internet routers. A good ballpoint pen.
And left tackles.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says that Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert is a "high priority" for both the Cardinals and Dolphins. It's possible the Chiefs move to re-sign him, but there seems to be a decent chance -- based off recent reports -- they might let him walk.
Good. Let him walk right into the Cards' Tempe facility.
KC Has About $6.6 Million In Cap Room from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs as of Monday had $6,626,444 in available salary-cap room for 2014, assuming a salary cap of $130 million. The cap has yet to be set, and Pro Football Talk has reported it could exceed $132 million per team.
"We shouldn't use it, and we shouldn't allow white people to use it to black people. We shouldn't allow black people to use it to other black people," said Danan Hughes, a former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver.
That said, Hughes does take issue with what the NFL is considering.
"There's a lot of foul language, a lot of foul actions that go on the football field, but to specify one word and to put the onus on the officiating crew to go out and police it, I think is absurd," he said.
How Squirrels Nearly Ended Terry Rozier's Hoops Career from The Courier-Journal
TR: I don't trust squirrels.
JG: Have you seen the video of Eric Berry, the safety on the (Kansas City) Chiefs? He's really afraid of horses.
JG: Well, the Chiefs, their mascot (Warpaint) is a horse. At the beginning of the games, they have the cheerleaders all lined up and the horse runs out. (Berry) is what, 6-feet, 210 pounds, and he hides from the horse. You need to see the video. You've got to Google that.
Ravens Could Be Looking For Running Back Help In NFL Draft from The Baltimore Sun
"We need a guy who puts his foot in the ground and goes north and south," Harbaugh said. "To me, that fits this scheme. You really don't need a dancer. You don't need a sideways runner, although [Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl runner] Jamaal Charles has been in this system. He runs north and south, but he's fast as heck around the edge. It doesn't have to be a certain big guy, little guy, fast guy, slow guy.
"It's all different types of backs. We want to get a good guy with good vision who will run hard and protect the football. Ray can do it, Bernard can do it, but we're looking for more backs. We want to add some backs."
Brandon Albert's Welcome Mat from Arizona Sports
His inconsistency is one of the reasons why the Chiefs may be willing to let him walk; it's why they drafted Eric Fisher with the #1 pick in the draft last year. Fisher was going to replace Albert. And it looks like that is going to be the case in this season.
Free agency has not and will not be the panacea most NFL GMs thought it would be. It's inherently flawed by the whims and weaknesses of human nature and what piles of gold tends to do to human beings. Money, typically, doesn't improve one's character or make them try harder at their job.
I know this and it's why free agency has been such an abject failure. And I still want Albert.