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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 6/30

Good morning and welcome to Arrowheadlines! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes more commentary on Bowe's inability to remain silent, a look at linebackers, and a Twitter update from Glenn Dorsey.

At this time, the magazine folks need to release the tape. If there are names involved that they don’t want to make public, then they can be redacted or beeped out. That’s not their problem; they didn’t provide the information. If it’s on the tape, it came from Bowe. And if they had doubts about the veracity of the information Bowe was giving them, then the magazine should have never used him as a source for the story in the first place.

It would be easy to just ignore all of this and label it the further adventures of a major screw-up. In the bigger picture of the NFL and the smaller picture of the Chiefs, it does not require the formation of committees or the commencement of an investigation.

But this is a problem for the Chiefs. Bowe has again shown that his ability to focus and concentrate on moving on is that of a gnat. Want to know why Bowe drops passes? It’s the same reason … no concentration, no focus. Want to know why Bowe forgets his assignment sometimes in the five seconds it takes to leave the huddle and line up? It’s the same reason … no concentration, no focus.

Time For A Muzzle … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

The Chiefs signed their first draft choice Tuesday, more than two months after he was selected. Kansas City signed fifth-round safety Kendrick Lewis, the first member of the team’s class to agree to terms.

The team didn’t specify contract terms in a release announcing the signing.

Lewis, a 6-foot and 198-pound safety, was the 136th overall pick in April’s NFL draft.

Fifth-round first pick to sign with Chiefs from KC Star

Dexter McCluster and the rest of the Chiefs rookies are at the Rookie Symposium which is basically an orientation for rookies coming into the NFL.

it's what to do and what not to do as a NFL player.

Chiefs rookie receiver McCluster talked with NFL.com at the meeting.

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs Rookies Soaking In The NFL Rookie Symposium from SB Nation Kansas City

Over the years, there has been many great players that have put on the Kansas City Chiefs uniform going all the way back to the early 1960's. Each and every one of these players has their own story and their own talents. From NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas to little known Johnny Robinson, every man on this list has a spot in Chiefs history and fame. For this list, I have complied my version of the Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs, since the team set up shop just 47 years ago, in 1963.

The Top 50 Kansas City Chiefs of All-Time from Bleacher Report

I hate the "Nobody believed in us!" card – chances are, there are some people somewhere that believed in you if you are a professional sports team. Heck, even the Raiders have fans. But there are some instances when the feeling that nobody believes in you is warranted.

For instance, Fox Sports recently released their Top 100 Players in the NFL list – and there isn’t a single member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be found.

(Although I saw Tony Gonzalez’s name, felt momentarily vindicated, then remembered the reality. It still hurts.)

No Respect for the Young KC Chiefs from NFL Gridiron Gab

The lack of new faces, however, doesn’t mean the Chiefs starting linebakers will be the same this season.I have a strong feeling that by the end of 2010, the starting linebackers will line up as such:

Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Jovan Belcher, Andy Stuebaker

The changes have already begun. OTA practices started with Williams and Mays holding on to their starting roles at MLB but by the end of the practices, they had been overtaken by Johnson and Belcher.

Belcher and Johnson, both backups last season, were extremely productive when they got on the field. Johnson, who started in Haley’s dog house, began pairing with Belcher in passing situations a few games in to the 2009 season. In limited action, Johnson had 37 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 3 interceptions, 2 of which he returned for touchdowns. He also added 5 passes defended, which was was 4 more than Mays had over the entire season as the starter.

The Chiefs seemed to get the memo that despite his often inconsistent play, Johnson’s athleticism and big play ability were more valuable than anything Demorrio Williams has to offer.

Then And Now: Chiefs State Of The Chiefs Linebackers from Arrowhead Addict

We need a new individual honor in the NFL. We're calling it the MV non-QB P -- the most valuable player who doesn't play quarterback.

It's an honor long overdue.

After all, America's pigskin "pundits" are obsessed with offensive players and with quarterbacks in particular. Just look at the long list of NFL MVPs or college ball's Heisman Trophy winners. Both awards are almost exclusively reserved for offensive players...

...So it's this obsession with offense and with quarterbacks that spawned the introduction of our new MV non-QB P.

And that player over the past six seasons, the NFL's Most Valuable Non-Quarterback Player, is Jared Allen, the high-motor defensive end currently plying his trade with the Minnesota Favrkings, a team that was so much more than just its over-exposed quarterback last year...

...By 2007, the Kansas City defense had improved dramatically, to the point that the stoppers carried the team despite a poor offense. Allen was a dominant defensive end in 2007 -- leading the league with 15.5 sacks -- and the Chiefs were a dominant group of Defensive Hogs: No. 5 overall on our Defensive Hog Index and the NFL's best defense on third downs.

Then Allen was traded to Minnesota in 2008: the Vikings instantly went from a one-dimensional group of great run stoppers to a group of Defensive Hogs dominant in all phases of the game. They remained a dominant group in 2009.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have imploded in the wake of the Allen departure. A dominant defensive front in 2007, the Chiefs fielded one of the worst defensive lines in memory 2008. They barely improved in 2009.

Why Vikings' Allen is NFL's Biggest Non-Quarterback Impact Player from Sports Illustrated

Mackie Freeze, known today as a sideline icon at Richwood High School, had already established his credentials during a memorable stint as a student-athlete at Grambling.

Freeze was a standout pitcher, helping the Tigers win 120 of 137 baseball games over his final three college seasons. That included Grambling's first ever national NAIA championship under the late coach R.W.E. "Prez" Jones, who was also the school's second president...

...Coaching at Richwood for 13 seasons ending in 1967, he guided scores of youth to Grambling — among them Goldie Sellers, a two-time all-conference honoree; Charles "Tank" Smith, part of Philadelphia's 1980 Super Bowl squad; and Amos Augustine, a member of the team that earned Robinson his historical 200th career win...

...Freeze earned victory in 116 of 139 prep football games at Richwood, including a staggering 66 in a row. His Rams claimed four consecutive state titles from 1961-64, though the last was won by forfeit — so Freeze never counted it. They were also district champions from 1960-62.

"We were pretty good, though we didn't get as much coverage back then," said Sellers, who then helped Grambling to a league title 1965 and became a Super Bowl champion with the Kansas City Chiefs four seasons later. "A lot of those guys didn't have fathers, so guys like Coach Freeze and Coach Robinson were our father figures. The things that they taught us eventually helped us so much."

Versatile Freeze lands in GSU Hall from The Shreveport Times

Who knew dogs were such big sports fans? This one can't wait for the NFL season to start. You can see his photo and other readers' photos of pets in this album.

Real name (just first is fine): Cristina

Pet's name: Chief

Why I chose this name: My husband and I are huge Kansas City Chiefs fans!

NFL season can't start soon enough for these dog owners from The Paw Print Post

With a target date set for July 30 for Pittsburg State University to name a new Athletic Director, the university has established a seven-member search committee to begin the search process...

...Kendall Gammon serves as the search committee chair. The former All-Pro long snapper enjoyed a 15-year career in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. A 2006 member of the PSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Gammon was an All-American offensive lineman on the Gorillas’ 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship football team.

Pittsburg State AD search 'on schedule' from The Morning Sun

Dozens of white-shirted campers sat in the metal bleachers at Central York High School, their eyes fixed on the hulking figure in front of them.

Years ago, Wayne Tribue had been in their shoes. Now, as an instructor and guest speaker at Tuesday's session of the inaugural Big 33 Youth Camp, the former Central York football standout was tasked with offering the campers a few parting words...

...Each day ends with a guest speaker. Tribue filled that role Tuesday (pinch-hitting for Kansas City Chiefs fullback and Red Land graduate Mike Cox, who was originally scheduled to speak), while former Penn State and New England Patriots' offensive lineman Todd Rucci is scheduled to speak to the campers today.

New Big 33 football camp takes root from The York Daily Record

Meanwhile, former sports information student-assistant Kristen Deahl just completed her second year as a graduate intern in the public relations department of the Baltimore Ravens, working the Super Bowl for the NFL as part of her internship. After interviewing with Clark Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, she recently began a full-time position as the communications coordinator with Hunt Sports Group in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Hunt's family moved the Chiefs, originally known as the Dallas Texans, in the 1960s, but maintained a strong presence in the DFW Metroplex.

MORE NFL TIES: from The Colorado State Rams website

Player Tweets

BCarr39 Watchin the #WorldCup wit my tv on mute again!
BCarr39 Bout to try these Insanity workout wit the young boys at my high school
GlennDorsey72 Had a great workout with Coach Moffit and them tigers! They working hard!!! #LSU #LSU #LSU
GlennDorsey72 Just met the family I'm sponsoring for the Special Olympics!! Talk out about humbling... We are so blessed...
GlennDorsey72 This is K'Von from Gonzales,La he's gonna take home the gold in the Special Olympics in Nebreska!!! Good Luck Bro! http://twitpic.com/213bgf
JarradPage44 Dammit we lost to USC again. Except this time it was the Cocks instead of the Trojans. Lol

Media and Fans

gregaiello RT @nfllabor: Atlanta Journal: "Goodell places his imprint on the league" http://tinyurl.com/39293g2

 mellinger Love this video from 1984, Walter Payton running the Wildcat http://bit.ly/dkMWCJ (via @smartfootball and @deadspin)

mellinger Could've done it in three words: "Dwayne is silly." RT @espn_afcwest Magazine's statement on Bowe's denial - http://es.pn/98vZYP