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W hen a team is coming off three straight losing seasons, there’s never a bad year to have three picks among the top 50 in the NFL draft.
But not all drafts are created equal, and this year’s group of available players allows the Chiefs the chance to get better in a hurry if they choose wisely.
"This could be one of the best draft classes in the last 15 or 20 years," said Shawn Zobel, who runs a draft Web site at www.draftheadquarters.com. "The number of underclassmen is about the same as it’s been, but the quality of the underclassmen is a lot higher. There are at least 30 players that have first- or second-round grades that came out this year. You wouldn’t have seen that as much in years past."
It’s a good year for the Chiefs to have an extra second-round draft choice from KC Star
There are close to 100 potential draft choices working out in Mobile this week in preparation for Saturday’s 61st Senior Bowl. For every one of those players, there are four or five NFL coaches, scouts and front-office types there to watch and chart every move. The Chiefs have a pretty full contingent there, including new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis (right).
And there’s probably another one thousand or so media, agents, along with scouts and coaches looking for work, lingering around the practices of the two teams and the hotel’s that are sold out for this week every year.
There are a lot of observations, a lot of questions asked and a lot of judgments made in the cool winter air of Alabama. But is that time and energy really meaningful? Just how important is the Senior Bowl in the evaluation process?
Senior Bowl Circus … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
The Chiefs have major needs to address at offensive lineman, safety and wide receiver.
■ Russell Okung Oklahoma State, OL
•One of three Outland Trophy finalists
•Allowed one sack and two QB pressures all season
•Helped OSU lead Big 12 in rushing for three years
■ Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR
•Caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 TDs in 2008; scored twice on punt returns
•Led OSU with 17 catches for 323 yards and four TDs through OSU’s first three games in 2009
•Was suspended for lying to NCAA
Who in draft might help Chiefs from KC Star
Will the Kansas City Chiefs, complete with their up-and-coming talent and talk-of-the-town coordinators, stay relevant in the headlines?
While Super Bowl XLIV will be a great distraction, don’t ignore the elephant finding a cozy spot in the corner of the room. He will stand out from the crowd cheering the Saints or Colts. He’ll be the one hogging all the guacamole dip. This anti-revenue sharing elephant is as selfish as they come.
We’ll all notice the elephant eventually, because the NFL is about to embrace the possibility of a season with no salary cap. The league is sitting on a lot of money, and clearly they’re now aiming at maximizing revenue and success, even if it isn’t fairly distributed among the workers.
What distinguishes the NFL from arguably the nation’s second-most beloved sport—Major League Baseball—is the salary cap. Baseball is dominated by the wealthiest teams, most notably the New York Yankees, and the regulars who make the playoffs far too often. There is no parity in baseball, unless there is a blue moon and a Cinderella team takes the World Series by storm.
Tebow said he’ll wait and let the world watch the commercial without spoiling it, but NFL teams certainly aren’t asking him about it in interviews this week. Tebow sat down with the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs this week. "I think if anything, they like that I took a stand for what I belive," Tebow said. "If they don’t, if that’s soemthing that would hesitate them from bringing me on, then it probably wouldn’t be a good fit for me in the first place. I’m never going to deny what I believe in just for a game." Tebow Pressed about Super Bowl Ad at Senior Bowl from The Orlando Sentinel
Tebow said he’ll wait and let the world watch the commercial without spoiling it, but NFL teams certainly aren’t asking him about it in interviews this week. Tebow sat down with the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs this week.
"I think if anything, they like that I took a stand for what I belive," Tebow said. "If they don’t, if that’s soemthing that would hesitate them from bringing me on, then it probably wouldn’t be a good fit for me in the first place. I’m never going to deny what I believe in just for a game."
Tebow Pressed about Super Bowl Ad at Senior Bowl from The Orlando Sentinel
Peyton Manning will make his customary trip to Kansas City this March.
The annual 101 Banquet will take place March 6 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, and Manning, named Wednesday as the winner of the AFC offensive player of the year, is scheduled to attend. The Indianapolis quarterback won the award for a 101-record sixth time.
Manning passed for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns this season in leading the Colts to a Super Bowl berth.
The other quarterback in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, Drew Brees of New Orleans, was named the NFC offensive player of the year. Brees, who completed more than 70 percent of his passes and led the league with 34 TD passes, won the award for the third time in four years.
Super Bowl quarterbacks will receive awards at 101 Banquet from KC Star
Many have suggested Kansas City defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who's a poor fit for the 3-4 the Chiefs installed after drafting him. But with two exceptional DT prospects at the top of the draft, trading for a similar player who's already a disappointment makes little sense.
Think in these terms: what's a need on this team that a rookie can't fill? Positions that need development: wide receiver, cornerback, defensive end. Any rookie drafted to fill any of these needs would probably be 2-3 years away from performing well. Potential trade partners would run an aggressive, blitzing defense, and have an available player at one of those positions.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew must work trade magic using linebacker surplus from mlive.com
It took a long season but Todd Haley finally has the biggest pieces of his Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff in place.
After a 4-12 season where only marginal improvement was seen from the first game to the last, Haley responded by firing his offensive and defensive coordinators. The head coach relieved himself of the game planning/play-calling duties and hired Charlie Weis. Then, he sent his '09 coordinator Clancy Pendergast packing and signed Romeo Crennel to take over the defense.
Call it Foxboro West, but the additions of the former New England Patriots coordinator partners have loaded Haley's staff with two former head coaches and a couple of guys with a lot of NFL coaching experience and Super Bowl rings.
"I went into this job understanding that it was probably going to be a two-year process to get the coaching staff in place in a way I felt most comfortable and what would ultimately give us the best chance of succeeding and being a winning team here year-in and year-out," Haley said.
Chiefs report: Inside slant from CBS Sports
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Media and Fans
JoshLooney Just spoke with Charlie Weis...look for #seniorbowl interviews with Weis and Romeo Crennel to post on kcchiefs.com Thurs. morning
WhitlockJason NFL has asked Nevada warden to furlough OJ for the weekend so he can participate n Pro Bowl as an alternate. Decision expected noon Friday.
JoshLooney Catching the first flight out of Mobile so we can wrap up the Senior Bowl LIVE on kcchiefs.com today from 12-1 (CST)
Adam_Schefter ESPN could announce later that I am dropping out of the Pro Bowl and being replaced by Buster Olney
Linny_Buck: RT @KLSouth: @Linny_Buck Its fun to keep money. Yeah Thats why I don't bet on the K.C. Chiefs! LOL