Phase Three OTAs Day Nine Recap from The Mothership
Q: Where is Alex Smith at compared to where you guys were at last year?
BOWE: "Definitely peaking and rising. Definitely leading this offense and making tremendous strides on delivering the ball and putting it where it needs to go and that's all you can ask as a receiver from the quarterback and leadership to help this team win games.
Q: Have you thought of your goals or team goals for the season?
BOWE: "Not personally, but team-wise we always talk about winning the AFC West and winning the Super Bowl. After every break we do that. It's ‘let's win an AFC Championship and after that a Super Bowl'. As a team collectively that's what we're trying to do."
KCChiefs.com Video: Phase Three OTAs: Dwayne Bowe
KCChiefs.com Video: Top 100 Players Of 2014: Tamba Hali
KCChiefs.com Video: Top 100 Players Of 2014: Eric Berry
No Way Sugar-Coat It, Chiefs Fans: Dontari Poe Got Freaking Robbed from FS Kansas City
Whenever defensive coordinator Bob Sutton hatched another of his dozens of mad blitz formations, he'd start with 92 in the middle, holding court, then build the rest of the beast from there. Besides that spine of Poe, Johnson and Berry up the gut and a healthy Houston and Hali on the wings, all other parts were flexible and interchangeable, depending on down and distance.
"Dontari Poe is a lifesaver for inside linebackers like myself," Johnson said. "He's heck to deal with in the middle. Anytime he's 1-on-1, he wins."
Chiefs QB Alex Smith, WR Dwayne Bowe Building Chemistry from Chiefs Spin
Of course, the team is in shorts and helmet. But Smith has looked sharp through nine days of OTAs, connecting frequently with his primary wide receivers in Bowe and Donnie Avery.
Smith's timing with Bowe in particular has been on target. And it was on full display during Thursday's workout on two of the nicest back-shoulder completions observed during all 11-on-11 drills combined...
...Seeing the relationship between Bowe and Smith improve in Reid's version of the West Coast offense offers optimism of a rebound season for Bowe, who caught 57 passes for 672 yards and five touchdowns last season.
While the true test of chemistry occurs once the pads come on in training camp, the year together allowed growth in the system as the players enter a second season.
Weston Dressler Injures Hamstring from ESPN
Weston Dressler was the latest casualty when he pulled up after a play and grabbed his left leg. Dressler injured his hamstring and didn't return to practice. He might not return before offseason practice concludes with next week's three-day mini-camp. Other top slot receiver candidates who haven't been working recently include Junior Hemingway (illness), Kyle Williams (rehabbing after last year's ACL surgery) and rookie De'Anthony Thomas (ineligible under NFL rules to begin practice until next week).
"Aunt Norma" Champion Inducted Into MBA Hall Of Fame from The Springfield News-Leader
On June 7, the Missouri Broadcasters Association inducted six people, including Springfield's Norma Champion, into its 2014 Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, according to the MBA...
...Len Dawson, an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs who became sports director of KMBC-TV in Kansas City in 1966 while still playing with the Chiefs; later working in NBC Sports AFC coverage, on HBO and today on Chiefs Radio Network Broadcast.
NFL's Most-Tweeted About Team Lately? Cowboys 2nd to Manziel, Browns from The Dallas Morning News
Kansas City Chiefs: 13,493. Chiefs fans still tweeting about how KC blew a 28-point third-quarter lead in playoff loss to Colts.
Jonathan Baldwin As A Tight End? from Cardiac Hill
A fan posed an interesting question in a Q&A with ESPN's Bill Williamson about Baldwin potentially moving to tight end. The idea stems from the fact that star Vernon Daviscould hold out, but Williamson wasn't so sure it would work:
Craig from Fox Island, Washington, wants to know if I think receiver Jon Baldwin could be moved to tight end.
BW: Conceivably, sure. Baldwin is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He is big and he could probably get bigger. If Vernon Davis holds out in training camp, perhaps the49ers would think about it. Baldwin has virtually no chance to make the roster as a receiver. I think the chances of him making it as a tight end would be a longshot as well. The former first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs has had trouble making an impact in the league in any way.
Signups For Friday, June 13, 2014 from The Daily Republic
15th ANNUAL MISSION SOLANO CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT - June 30, at Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Special guest: James-Michael Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker. Proceeds benefit Mission Solano's shelter programs. To make a donation or to be part of the tournament, go to www.missionsolano.org or call 425-FOOD (3663).