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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 5/25


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Morning AP. I'm in the City the next few days, so I might have to do Twitter0free posts to make sure I catch my train. I'll try to get it all done. We'll see. More OTAs today, and NFL owners vote on the location for SB XLVIII.

Dwayne Bowe did his speaking on the field Monday, and that’s something the Chiefs could stand more of from their top wide receiver.

Instead of discussing a secret custom of "importing" women to the team’s hotel during road trips, or describing the contents of his grandmother’s medicine cabinet, Bowe dashed across the middle and caught a tough pass in the wind during the week’s first offseason practice.

"You’ve got a lot of young guys who our coaching staff is constantly coaching, on and off the field," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said, "trying to get them to think the way that we know works, and act the way that we know works."

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And if it happens, what’s to keep other cold-weather teams from seeking the game in outdoor stadiums, like Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, or even Kansas City?

"With all due respect, Chicago or Pittsburgh or Cleveland or Washington or Green Bay, I don’t think they are all the same as New York," Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the New York Times. "Owners would have to decide in the future if any of those cities are unique enough, would create enough natural draw."

There appears to be about a dozen teams that will vote yes, including of course the New York Jets and Giants. There appears to be about a dozen teams that will vote no, mainly teams in frozen cities like Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Cincinnati.

That will leave the decision to be made by that remaining group of eight to 10 teams, which likely includes the Kansas City Chiefs.

Shivering at Super Bowl 48 … Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

If the Chiefs are going to be significantly better in 2010—and a team coming off a 4-12 record has much room for improvement—their young players on defense must make big-time contributions.

The Chiefs have invested a lot on defense in recent years. They have selected a defensive player with their No. 1 pick in five of the last six drafts, including each of the last three years, when they had a top-five pick overall. Now, it's time for those players to step up and be pillars on defense.

"They have to be," second-year coach Todd Haley said Monday, shortly after the team's fourth practice of the offseason. "What I've been taught about the key to being a good team year in and year out is developing your young players. You've got to draft well, but then you'd better develop your young players. And that's what I feel like is happening."

Chiefs' defensive investments on verge of paying off from The Sporting News

And yet, speaking from suburban Kansas City, Mo., an area he's called home since he played for the Chiefs (1971-72), and where he met his wife of 35 years, Sharon, Jankowski recalls how that drive fueled him through Fair Lawn, Ohio State and business today.

"You hear the analogy between sports and business," said Jankowski, 61, who lives on a golf course in Leawood, Kan., near the Kansas-Missouri border, and has a daughter, Elizabeth.

"I believe it. I buy it. I drink the Kool-Aid because in business, there are times when you're going to get the [stuffing] knocked out of you and you've got to get back up off the ground and go right back in.

"Those were life lessons."

Lessons learned from, among others, three Hall of Fame coaches: Brown, Ohio State's Woody Hayes and the Chiefs' Hank Stram.

Bruce Jankowski was the total package from

The ratio was the team's 'payroll cost per win' over the median 'cost per win' for that league.  So, for example, a ratio of 150 suggests that the team in question is 50% less efficient than the median standard of efficiency for the league.

Using this comparative ratio metric, the worst managed pro sports franchise of the last 5 years was the Detroit Lions.  With an efficiency ratio of 262, this implies that the Lions organization has been 162% less efficient than the median NFL franchise.  The St Louis Rams were a close second with a ratio of 260.

Rounding out the top 10 list of worst managed pro sports franchises over the last 5 years (with their inefficiency rating in parenthesis):  3) NY Knicks (222), 4) Oakland Raiders (191), 5) Kansas City Chiefs

The Worst Managed Pro Sports Franchises of the Last 5 Years from Forbes

A congressional committee criticized the NFL's research into equipment, particularly helmets, questioning if player safety is indeed being given top priority in an "infected system that needs to be cleaned up."

At a Manhattan forum yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee also expressed dissatisfaction with how the league is dealing with retired players now suffering from traumatic head injuries.

Reps. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., questioned Drs. Richard Ellenbogen and Hunt Batjer, the new co-chairmen of the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee. Sanchez and Weiner wondered why Ellenbogen and Batjer do not have stronger roles in gathering data about equipment.

U.S. reps rip NFL docs for not doing 'what's best for players' from

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