Dave Toub: Special Teams Is All About Effort from The Mothership
"Having good players, number one," Toub said of reasons for the Chiefs success. "Having a head coach that gives me a lot of time, as far as meeting and practice time, and then really, it's about timing and spacing on the field, making sure that the returner catches the ball coming forward and that the tandem in front of him is spaced a certain way and then that guys are sustaining blocks for a certain time. It all has to come together in the timing and spacing and then boom, all of a sudden, we pop one."
Chiefs Spotlight: Cafe Chefs And Staff from The Mothership
The staff prepares three meals a day, breakfast and lunch for all and dinner for the football staff. Normally, the staff arrives around 5:30a.m. Monday - Friday, to prepare for breakfast. They begin serving the first meal at 6:00a.m., typically catering to 100 people, including coaches, players and staff.
Following breakfast, the crew begins to prepare for lunch for about 300 people. There are two periods for lunch, the football staff and the business staff. There is a salad bar, an entrée, some sides and a fruit bar. For the football staff, there is an additional pasta bar, a yogurt bar and a snack area, which provides granola bars, fresh breads, peanut butter, juices and more.
Eddie Kennison & Jon McGraw Talk Chiefs from The Mothership
Since the arrival of Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey, it's been very clear that winning has been and always will be the ultimate goal of this franchise. It's not only the coaching and personnel staffs with high hopes, entering the 2014 season, but also former players like WR Eddie Kennison.
"Especially being a Chiefs fan and an ex-player, the expectations are always high," Kennison said. "If anybody doesn't start with high expectations, something's really wrong. We want to win. I really truly believe that Andy Reid and the rest of the guys who are in the executive office have a plan to get this team to win a playoff game and into the Super Bowl."
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Chiefs Are Putting In The Hard Work Now For Championship Results Later from FS Kansas City
Last spring, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end was pounding iron for the Seattle Seahawks. Attendance at the team facility was high; enthusiasm was even higher. In hindsight, the workouts of February-March-April proved to be jumper cables that led to a Super Bowl emasculation of the Denver Broncos and the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy.
Over the last three months at the Chiefs' practice digs, it's been deja vu all over again for The Bearded One.
Same vibe. Same camaraderie. Different colors.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Ready For NFL Spotlight from Chiefs Spin
OK, what about the Kansas City Chiefs?
"I did not, but I talked to them," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I was able to talk to them, but I didn't do it informal."
Asked to clarify what he meant, Seferian-Jenkins said his interview with the Chiefs at the Combine was in a formal setting.
Another Look At The Chiefs' 2013 Draft from ESPN
The season behind: The Chiefs didn't get much from this group when they were rookies. In fact, their rookie of the year was a seventh-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers, cornerback Marcus Cooper. Fisher started 13 games at right tackle but his season wasn't what could reasonably be expected from the first overall pick in the draft. His play was uneven at best, particularly earlier in the season.
Piecing Together Camp, Preseason Slates from ESPN
The Bengals also haven't announced a date for the game but they have said their first training camp practice will be on July 23. Teams aren't allowed to begin camp more than 15 days before the first preseason game, so unless the Bengals are starting with a rookie camp (and they didn't label it as such) their game against the Chiefs could be no later than Aug. 7, a Thursday night. That date also makes sense because the Royals are on the road that night but are occupying adjacent Kauffman Stadium on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9.
Chase Daniel Talks The Apparel Business, Following Up A 12-2 Season And Maty Mauk from The Columbia Daily Tribune
Daniel, the founder and CEO of 10Star, took some time Thursday to talk about his foray into the apparel business, the state of the Missouri football program and the current Tigers quarterback trying to live up to the legacy guys like he and Brad Smith started:
So, how did you get started in the clothing business?
"In general, 10Star Apparel started in 2011 with the notion that the NFL stands for ‘Not for Long.' We've been working with different corporations throughout. We've really grown our business and actually did a run of about 700 shirts for the football players and the former player reunion coming up tomorrow for Don Barnes with the equipment staff. He really loved them and thought, ‘Hey, let's try to sell this.' Through my contacts with the university, we just started talking about how we can set this up, how it's going to be. It's been exciting. We're taking baby steps right now, but hopefully it's the start of a long-term relationship with the university, and one of many Chase Daniel items, or 10Star Apparel items we can bring."
Cleveland Browns Finalize Medical Staff, Name James Voos Head Team Physician from Cleveland.com
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has tapped into his time with the Kansas City Chiefs to select a new head team physician.
The club announced Thursday it had hiredJames Voos, M.D. Voos, an orthopedic surgeon, has five years of NFL experience, including three seasons with the Chiefs (2011-13) and two with the New York Giants (2009-10).
49ers Reportedly Trying To Trade LaMichael James from The San Jose Mercury News
General manager Trent Baalke has dealt other young, high-round prospects in recent years: wide receiver A.J. Jenkins (first round, 2012) to the Kansas City Chiefs last year, and safety Taylor Mays (second round, 2010) to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011. In return, the 49ers got wideout Jon Baldwin for Jenkins, and a seventh-round pick for Mays. Also, Baalke dealt quarterback Alex Smith, the 2005 draft's first pick, to the Chiefs last year for two second-round picks.
2010 Fantasy draft Do-Over: Surprise RBs In Round 1 from NFL.com
3. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (2010 ADP: Third round): Charles was a key part of my fantasy championship team in 2010. I nabbed him even later than his ADP of the third round that year, and rode his almost 2,000 scrimmage yards to the fantasy bank. His eight total touchdowns weren't anything to complain about either, and would have made him a dynamite early first-round pick in 2010.
NFL Mock Draft: Thursday, April 17 from The Chippewa Herald
23) Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
I like Shazier a lot and think he walks into a good situation in Kansas City.
23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Odell Beckham, wide receiver, LSU The Chiefs would leap for joy if Beckham falls to No. 23. He probably will and should be drafted higher, but in this situation, he drops.
Durkin: NFL Mock Draft 2.0 from CBS Chicago
23) Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee WR (USC) - Hat tip to the Chiefs for winning 11 games and making the playoffs without a receiver who gained more than 700 yards. Lee needs to polish up his route-running, but he's an elite athlete for Andy Reid to develop.