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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/16

Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. What's that you ask? No, really, this is all I could find. At least the flag football story from the NY Times is pretty good. Let's just start this OTA crap and get moving toward the season.

8. Tamba Hali: Outside Linebacker, the Kansas City Chiefs

For those of you that don't know who he is: Meet Tamba Hali, the next big pass rusher in the NFL.

When I say "next big pass rusher," I really mean it.

Hali switched from defensive end to outside linebacker—a switch no one thought he could make before the 2009 season. Chiefs fans were really questioning if he could make an impact or even start.

Hali proved all those doubters wrong and ended up being one of the best at his position in the 2009 season. Still, he has flown under the radar.

The Top 10 Pass Rushers to Watch in the 2010 NFL Season from Bleacher Report

Nothing makes a fan or fantasy owners' skin crawl more than hearing that a player is having "contract problems" with his team. He may still be under contract, but hearing that he and the team are having trouble getting it down on paper makes it much more difficult to evaluate his fantasy value. This is particularly troubling when the player misses mini camps and/or summer camp.

For a perfect example of why this situation is so troubling, just remember back to 2007 when Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson was trying to get a deal done with management.

Johnson had just come off a fantastic season - 1,789 yards rushing with 17 rushing touchdowns and 11 100-yard games. An additional 410 yards receiving on 41 catches and two more scores. He was the focal point of the Chiefs offense.

Beware the dreaded "contract problems" from The Sports Network

If even for just a bit, Steven Adams lived a childhood dream as he traded the Emerald Coast for the Pacific Coast.

The Freeport High School and Troy product just returned from a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks after the NFL team invited him to camp after the NFL Draft. Although he was not offered a contract by the team, the offensive lineman still treasured the experience and never forgot his roots.

 "It was awesome being there, just awesome," Adams said. "The whole time I was thinking I was on an NFL field, wearing an NFL helmet and I am from Freeport."

Adams was just one of 13 Troy players who have been invited to camps with NFL teams. Three Trojans were selected in the NFL Draft, Cameron Sheffield went to the Kansas City Chiefs, Jorrick Calvin to the Arizona Cardinals and Levi Brown was taken by the Buffalo Bills.

Freeport's Adams gets a shot at the NFL from The Walton Sun

Listen, it's no secret I like McDaniels.

His instant recognition that quarterback Jay Cutler didn't get it was spot on (ask the Chicago Bears). The non- negotiable demand to put team before self is what every legendary coach from Vince Lombardi to John Wooden has always preached. McDaniels is the brightest young mind to come through the doors at Dove Valley since, well, Shanahan.

But there are no five- year plans allowed at the professional level. This ain't college football, brother. It's the NFL.

Anything less than winning the AFC West this year must be considered a failure by the Broncos.

With all due respect to feisty Philip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers are staler than yesterday's fish tacos.

The Oakland Raiders have no future until Al Davis is watching games from heaven.

And the Kansas City Chiefs have pinned their hopes on somebody named Matt Cassel. (Whoever thought he could be a player in this league, anyway?)

Real NFL coaches don't mess around. Check the history of the Broncos. Red Miller traveled to the Super Bowl in his first season. Shanahan went 13-3 in his second season on the job. And what happened to Wade Phillips in Year 2? Hmm, he got fired. Proves the point.

Kiszla: No reason to wait for Broncos' McDaniels to succeed from The Denver Post

I do not like all these reality shows on TV, unless of course they make one documenting my attempts to date Sharon Stone or the now available Halle Berry.

However, tonight on ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" it will be something special.

Numerous on-air personalities from ESPN will join in and lend a hand. Football analysts Herm Edwards, Mark May, Desmond Howard and Mark Schlereth will all have hammers in their hands in what should be a fun watch. Edwards, who hails from Monterey, is the former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs coach.

He is one of the nicest and most good-hearted people you will ever meet. I am very happy for him and the success he is having on TV. He is a natural, as is Schlereth.

Airwaves: ESPN piece captures the essence of the Raiders from The San Franciso Examiner

Flag football, long relegated to family picnics and gym class, has quietly become one of the fastest-growing varsity sports for high school girls in Florida. A decade after it was introduced, nearly 5,000 girls play statewide — a welcome development in a state that, like others, has struggled to close the gender gap in high school athletics...

"...It did not come from a groundswell," said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a Jacksonville law professor and three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, who sued the Florida association last year over a scheduling issue that she argued violated Title IX. The case was settled out of court. "It was done by school administrators, not by kids."

Coaches disagree. Interest in flag football is so high, some high schools field freshman, junior and varsity squads and still make cuts. Its popularity has led to grumbling by coaches of other spring sports, who say they have lost their best athletes to flag football. In Palm Beach County, a recreational program has started for girls as young as 6.

No Tackling, but a Girls’ Sport Takes Some Hits from The New York Times 

Player Tweets

BCarr39 @ "Operation Blessing" distributing food and signing autographs. Hope it doesn't rain!
BCarr39 I think I jinxed myself with the rain...I'm soakin wet and feel like I'm gettin sick BUT it was all for a great cause!
almighty31 Gotta find me some new friends. Who wants to be my new friend? Lol
berry1429 Ridin with my favorite twins headed to our favorite restaurant. Spondivits!!!!! Oh and boosie Is in the disk changer.
berry1429 U know its bad when ppl think we're triplets. LOL 3 the hard way!
GlennDorsey72 My addiction starts Monday....#chiefs!

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