Phase Three OTAs Day Two Recap from The Mothership
Q: How do you navigate that relationship with a guy who may eventually take your job?
HALI: "Oh, I have to help this guy. The Chiefs have been loyal to me and kept me here for a long time even when I had three sacks in my career. They still believed in my talent and kept me around. The best thing I can do with the knowledge that I've acquired is to pass it onto these guys. We want to win a championship however we can. We have to share the knowledge and build on what we have right now."
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Chiefs Weekly from The Mothership
Eric Berryhosted the Man 2 Man event at Arrowhead Stadium, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Read more.
And, I sat down with G
Zach Fultonfor an exclusive one on one. Read more.
Lastly, Coach Reid was on NFL Network on Tuesday, discussing QB
Alex Smithand the upcoming season.
Now, let's check out what the Chiefs have been up to on social media.
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None of that is No. 11's fault, per se. His agent, Tom Condon, has a job, and that job involves grabbing the Hunts by their wingtips, flipping them over, and shaking them soundly until the last nickel hits the pavement.
Smith will be 30 only once. The Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback is hardly in the winter of his career, but he is at the point in the calendar where the leaves start to turn in a year or two.
Still, $18 million can buy an awful lot of burnt ends.
Chiefs Continue OTAs Without Houston, Flowers from Chiefs Spin
During 11-on-11 drills, quarterback Alex Smith completed a pretty back-shoulder throw almost 20 yards from the line of scrimmage to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who made a sliding grab. Cornerback Marcus Cooper was in tight coverage, but the ball was perfectly placed.
Marcus Cooper had what would've been a pick-6 on Smith in a live game. Smith's intended target, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, slipped coming out of his break near the right sideline. Also during the play, rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford beat right tackle J'Marcus Webb and was applying outside pressure on Smith.
Alex Smith, Chiefs Headed For The Franchise Tag? from NFL.com
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via sources informed of the situation, the club is indeed willing to wield the franchise tag if talks remains remain stagnant.
That decision is nine months away. Much can change in the meantime.
Will Kansas City Chiefs Extend Alex Smith? Reports Conflict from Sports Illustrated
On Tuesday morning, Reid joined the crew of NFL AM, and he seemed pretty confident that they'll get something done with Smith to keep him around past this season.
"I've always believed that if there's open communication, then normally good things happen." Reid told the NFL Network. "So, I'm sure something will get done. I can't put a time frame on that, but I'm sure something will get done."
But are the lines of communication really open? The Kansas City Star suggests otherwise.
What Kind Of Deal Does Quarterback Alex Smith Deserve? from Sports Illustrated
So, where is Smith in the economic structure of quarterbacks? The horrible deals given to quarterbacks like Kolb (six years, $63 million with the Cardinals) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (six years, $59 million with the Bills) a few years back scared teams away from giving huge dollars to quarterbacks who need a lot of help, and rightfully so. When the Seahawks signed former Packers backup Matt Flynn to a $26 million deal with $10 million guaranteed in 2012, they were relatively protected when Wilson came in as a rookie and took the starting job away. The Flynn deal was still a bad one, but not the kind of contractual albatross that gets people fired.
And that's what the Chiefs have to balance now.
Hali Alone Again In Houston's Absence from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs were on an NFL record pace for sacks midway through last season before losing outside linebacker Justin Houston for the season's final five games with an elbow injury.
The Chiefs didn't get that sack record or even come close. Their pass rush largely disappeared over the final few games of the season.
So it's understating the situation to say it's troubling for the Chiefs that Houston, one of the NFL's premier pass rusher, has yet to show up for voluntary offseason practices.
A couple of factors are evidence the absences of Flowers and Houston aren't casual or innocent. First, the Chiefs ignored the issue publicly. Coach Andy Reid didn't answer media questions after practice, and players issued bland and repetitive answers to questions about their missing teammates as if they were coached on their responses.
Second, and perhaps more telling, the first two players drafted by the Chiefs this year were an outside linebacker, Auburn's Dee Ford, and a cornerback, Rice's Phillip Gaines.
Johnson, Chiefs Get Busy With Day 3 Of OTAs from The Andalusia Star-News
Kansas City Chiefs veterans will take the field for organized training activities today at the Kansas City Hospital Field.
For the first two days, the Chiefs' rookies and invited players went through reps in what's called minicamp.
Andalusia native Nico Johnson is entering his second round of OTAs, this time with one year of football experience under his belt.
2014 Fantasy Preview: Top-25 Players from National Football Post
1. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (Age: 27): With an offensive system that turned both Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy into fantasy gold in Philadelphia, head coach Andy Reid signed on with the Chiefs in 2013 and helped Charles produce the most explosive stat line of his six-year career. In addition to the 19 total touchdowns, PPR owners should note the career-best 70 receptions (fifth among RBs) for 693 yards and seven scores Charles amassed in 2014.
Chiefs Recruits See Ingredients For Quick Texans Turnaround from The Houston Chronicle
Lewis and Powe played for Kansas City in 2012, when the Chiefs finished with an NFL-worst 2-14 record and earned the first overall pick in the draft.
Doubts Cast On Chiefs' Optimistic Comments About Alex Smith Deal from ProFootballTalk
Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that talks on a contract negotiation have been "almost nonexistent." And Ed Werder said on ESPN that there are substantial differences between Smith and the Chiefs, and there's a sense of pessimism about a deal getting done.
Those reports suggest that the Chiefs may just be putting a happy face on things because they don't want to express any public doubts about the long-term viability of Smith as their starter.
Now, he's launching a new venture, teaming up with former Miami teammate and longtime friend, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino (@DanMarino) and several others.
The New Life Of JP Darche from The Montreal Journal [translated from the orignial French]
After a nine-year career in the NFL and away to school for 11 years, Jean-Philippe Darche earned his medical degree on May 17 from the University of Kansas.
The former long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs did not do things by halves. At 39, he was one of three graduates of his cohort to maintain a perfect average of four during his four years of study.
Does Chiefs QB Alex Smith Really Want $18 Million Per Year? from CBS Sports
Hey, I'm sure Smith would like to make as much or more than Cutler. And it's true that Smith's career has been resurrected in Kansas City. And yeah, his stats from 2013 look nice (a 60.6 completion percentage, 23 touchdowns vs. seven interceptions, an 89.1 quarterback rating).
But still, are there many people, besides maybe Mrs. Smith, that would argue that Smith is a top-10 quarterback? Or that you'd rather have him under center than Cutler? I certainly wouldn't.