Players Who Must Improve: Travis Kelce from ESPN
The Chiefs, who also declined the opportunity to add a tight end, are obviously counting on Kelce for significant help.
Kelce has the ability to provide it. Even at 260 pounds, Kelce showed the ability last year before his injury in offseason practice and training camp to beat a linebacker or safety down the field and make catches. Having a player of Kelce's size and abilities can add a dimension to a team's passing game.
Howard Mudd: A three-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection with the San Francisco 49ers, Mudd began his coaching career at the University of California in 1972, where he spent two seasons. He came to the NFL in 1974 as an offensive line coach with the San Diego Chargers. He was an O-line coach for the Chargers (1974-76), San Francisco 49ers (1977), Seattle Seahawks (1978-82; 1993-97), Cleveland Browns (1983-88), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-92), Indianapolis Colts (1998-2009) and the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12). Mudd is best known for his time with Indianapolis, where his offensive line protected quarterback Peyton Manning for the first 12 years of his career and where he was part of the Colts' Super Bowl XLI and XLIV staffs.
Al Harris Jr. Ready To Compete For Role At Cornerback from Go Gamecocks
Harris Jr. only played three games in his senior season because of a hamstring injury. Ruled out for the season when it happened, he moved to Stilwell, Kan., to live with his father, who is currently defensive backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
He said on National Signing Day that his hamstring was back at 100 percent and says that's still the case as he arrives at USC. Since recovering entirely, he's been able to return to football-related activity with his father, as opposed to simply regaining strength in the lower body.
Remembering The First Super Bowl from The Epoch Times
That first Super Bowl was played at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles before 61,946. Yes, there were many empty seats-the first and only time the legendary event failed to sell out even with ticket prices that topped out at $12.
The contest was officially known as the AFL-NFL World Championship; however, its unofficial name-the Super Bowl-was used by media, fans and players.
The name stuck.
Cover-Two: Second-Year AFC West Player Poised To Break Out And More from Sports Illustrated
...When all is said and done, the Chargers could wind up with the No. 2 defense in this division behind only Kansas City...
...The Chiefs come into the 2014 season with the division's best defense, though it's vulnerable whenever Justin Houston is hurt...
There's another route clubs in this predicament could take, as well, but it's one that would require considerable fortitude.
Here's how the NFC personnel director says it: "Someone's gonna buck the trend at some point."
He's explaining what others in the NFL have been talking about for some time now -- the idea that a team could churn through quarterbacks the way it would players at another position.
Sound crazy? Sure. But consider that the past two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks were on their rookie deals, and four of the past five to win it all were on contracts that were clearly short of the top of the market. Consequently, their clubs had the flexibility to build around them, which they obviously did at a very high level.