Good morning. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. This will be a tweet-free edition. Enjoy.
Heaven knows it’s a fun Chiefs fact that will likely be forgotten days from now, let alone remembered down the road:
Name the accomplished Southeastern Conference safety that was the starting strong safety for the Chiefs in the team’s first practice of 2010?
No, it wasn’t first-round draft choice Eric Berry out of Tennessee. Ultimately, the job likely belongs to Berry and maybe as soon as tomorrow. But on this Monday in May, he was running with the third team. The starting strong safety was Reshard Nelson Langford, a four-year starter at Vanderbilt, who is with his second NFL team.
Safety Surprise … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
KC Star Video: Chiefs' Thomas Jones likes Cassel, Charles
They call the NFL a quarterbacks league. They say it’s the most important position in sports, that you can’t win without a good one. On and on it goes, mostly hitting the point but missing a critical point:
A good quarterback with bad support will go as far as a nice car with no gas.
It’s because of all this that finally, in Matt Cassel’s second season with the Chiefs and sixth in the NFL, we’ll see how good a quarterback he really is.
Chiefs will see this season how good Cassel is at QB from KC Star
Head coach Todd Haley was obviously pleased with the first day, especially because, unlike last year, every player except one showed up for the voluntary workout. Haley pointed out that OTAs are a vital brick in building the foundation of a championship team, and the players seem to be buying into it.
"This isn't just about today, it's really the last few months," Haley told reporters during the post-OTA workout. "Guys are really working, and working together, and now we've got a chance to take another step towards the goals we're trying to reach. I think it was a good day overall and the guys worked hard again."
Chiefs begin first OTA of the off-season, add former K-State standout to roster from Examiner.com
According to Rasheed Wallace's official NBA.com bio, the Philadelphia native is a fan of the hometown Flyers and Phillies but prefers the Kansas City Chiefs to the Eagles when it comes to the NFL. Somehow we imagine the uproar wouldn't be quite as loud if this were about a Matt Cassel jersey.
Some people in Boston -- how many is up for debate -- are a little ticked off that Wallace has been prominently sporting his Flyers cap, as seen below in video from ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, in the wake of the Bruins' complete collapse against that team in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Should Rasheed Wallace Change Headgear? from ESPN
Former University of Alabama defensive back Bobby Johns will be one of 10 to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
A native of Cullman, Johns was a two-time All-American (1966-67) and a three-time All-SEC selection (1965-67). He shares the Sugar Bowl record for most interceptions in one game with three against Nebraska in 1967.
Johns was co-captain his senior year and was named to the Team of the Decade for the '60s. The Most Improved Defensive Back spring award at Alabama is named in his honor.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, he instead chose to pursue a coaching career, capped off as head coach at the University of West Alabama from 1997-2000.
Bobby Johns among Hall of Fame inductees from Tide Sports
Friends of JCDS (Johnson County Developmental Supports) is teaming up with Blue Corner, a local amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promoter and Outlaw Cigar South, for a fund-raising event Saturday.
Participants can see sparring, grappling and training demonstrations featuring local MMA athletes. There will also be raffle prizes, a poker tournament and local celebrities including former Kansas City Chiefs players Will Shields and Neil Smith.
Fund-raising event Saturday to benefit Friends of JCDS from KC Star
25. Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel(notes) was all the rage last year when New England dealt him to the Chiefs. Then he did what any young quarterback would do on a bad team – he struggled. Cassel still has talent, but he’s not the second coming of Tom Brady the way some people thought after his 2008 coming-out party. If the Chiefs can get him some weapons, he has a chance. If not, there will be public pressure to get somebody else.
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