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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 8/20


via KC Star

Good morning, and welcome to Arrowheadlines. There are a lot of stories out there this morning. Be warned, they include some unflattering season predictions. The best news is we are a day closer to seeing how accurate those predictions are. The Chiefs have a walk though today then travel to Florida for tomorrow's game. Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news.

By all accounts and appearances, Bowe is having a very good training camp. He’s in better shape. He makes some plays in drills and scrimmages. Bowe is praised by Weis and head coach Todd Haley and whichever teammate is speaking for him that day. Fans scream for Bowe’s autograph.

The accepted narrative is positive.

But we’re still waiting for him to live up to it.

This is a critical season for Bowe. For all the improvements on offense — a better line, Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and no more Larry Johnson — the most important players were here last year.

The central piece is Cassel, and his most important ally or enemy will be Bowe.

Bowe the knucklehead still vying for attention with Bowe the receiver from KC Star

Matt Cassel may be known someday as more than the only quarterback to start a game in the NFL without starting in college.

Saturday night’s exhibition outing at Tampa Bay will be his next good test, but Kansas City coaches have been greatly encouraged with the poise, accuracy and hard work their second-year man has been putting on display in grueling, 100-degree temperatures at training camp.

Cassel looks to make strides from News-Press Now

News-Press Now Photo Gallery: Chiefs Training Camp

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs wrap up training camp in St. Joseph

KC Star Video: Chiefs coach grades Matt Cassel

There’s no worse feeling for an athlete than to be left at home while the rest of his teammates play a road game.

Chiefs rookie tight end Tony Moeaki learned that the hard way last weekend when he missed the preseason opener at Atlanta because of injury. He hung around St. Joseph, rehabbed, stared at his playbook, studied practice tapes, watched the game on television and waited for his next chance.

That will come on Saturday night at Tampa Bay, and after a full week of practice, Moeaki hopes to not only be productive in the game but prove that he can stay healthy.

Chiefs rookie tight end seeks to rebound from injury from KC Star

To make an NFL roster, players sometimes have to compete and show promise outside of their normal, preferred positions.

For Kansas City’s Bobby Greenwood, that means playing on the offensive side of the ball for the first time in his entire football career.

Greenwood, a 6-foot-5, 278-pound defensive end who signed with the Chiefs last season as a rookie free agent, started Kansas City’s 2010 training camp on defense. But on Tuesday, Greenwood donned a white jersey reserved for offensive players and started taking snaps at right tackle.

Making a change from News-Press Now

The Chiefs’ players lined the fence around the field, shaking hands and autographing memorabilia for fans for nearly an hour before they took to the field for practice, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Prizes were given to fans throughout the evening, including tickets to every 2010 Chiefs home game, footballs, mini-helmets and other items autographed by players and head coach Todd Haley. The crowd of about 3,500 fans were all eligible to win the prizes.

The university charged a $10 admission, with free admission for children 3 and under.

Fans also enjoyed performances by the Chiefs cheerleaders and heard comments from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, Missouri Western President Dr. Bob Vartabedian and the "Voice of the Chiefs," Mitch Holthus.

Saying farewell to the Chiefs from News-Press Now

NFL owners are scheduled to discuss and possibly vote next week on implementing an 18-game schedule starting in 2012, and Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he’s inclined to vote in favor of it.

"It’s such a positive for the fans," said Hunt, who attended the last two days of training camp. "We’ve all seen over the last half-dozen years that the interest in the preseason games has decreased, and the athletes are better conditioned now, they practice year-round, and I think making the switch to 18 and two (preseason) games might be a positive for everybody involved."

Chiefs camp buzz | Clark Hunt likes 18-game schedule from KC Star

A pair of teams looking to turn the page following uneven preseason debuts will convene at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in the second tune-up outing for both teams...

...Also struggling to trouble the scoreboard in their preseason opener were the Chiefs, who fell in 20-10 fashion at Atlanta last Friday night.

Quarterback Matt Cassel, taking his first steps under the tutelage of new coordinator Charlie Weis, completed 6-of-8 passes for just 25 yards in the loss.

NFL Preseason Preview - Kansas City Chief (0-1) at Tamapa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) from The Miami Herald

PROGNOSIS: Haley can say all he wants about this team building a foundation, but you'll have to forgive Chiefs fans if they're a little skeptical that this building can stand on its own. Arguably the weakest areas of this team last season were quarterback, offensive tackle and the entirety of the defensive front seven. The offseason additions made to all of these areas were negligible, so to believe the Chiefs will take a step forward is to believe that all of the weak links in the chain will suddenly pull together in 2010.

The big sell here, other than "the system" needing time to take hold, is that Weis and Crennel are a couple of white knights who will steer their units to greatness. Sure, Weis and Crennel are proven, but last year's play-caller (Haley) and defensive coordinator (Clancy Pendergast) were proven too, and that duo drew up a total of four wins. It will be a surprise if Kansas City takes a step backward this season, but is anything better than a .500 finish really plausible? We'll go with "no" on that one.

Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Season Preview from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Kansas City Chiefs, 4-12 a year ago, don’t exactly bring a high-profile team to Tampa for the Buccaneers’ preseason opener on Saturday night.

 All the more reason why fans will stay away by the tens of thousands and let the game make history as the first NFL contest at Raymond James Stadium to not be shown on local television.

Muir, Jones returning with Chiefs from The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Don't think for a minute Detroit isn't keeping a keen eye on the situation in Kansas City with S Jarrad Page .

Page, 25, remains unsigned and has asked the Chiefs to trade him. The Lions, who have had interest in Page, would be willing to talk should the Chiefs decide to grant his wish.

The urgency for the Lions to push for that trade might be increasing, too, every day that starting FS Louis Delmas (groin) misses practice.

If Jarrad Page wants out of Kansas City, Lions want in from The Detroit News

Those fans came out in full force nearly every day leading up to this afternoon’s final day of camp, the Chiefs’ first camp in the KC area since it was at William Jewell College in 1990, which should came as no surprise after many had become renowned for making the 7-hour trek to River Falls for the last two decades.

But if the players didn’t quite know how committed those fans were, they certainly knew after 10,721 of them jammed Missouri Western’s Spratt Stadium for Saturday’s intersquad scrimmage. That was the largest crowd in the history of the venue — which last October hosted 10,129 for a football game between No. 6 Northwest Missouri State and No. 12 Missouri Western of Division-II — and fullback Tim Castille, in his first camp with the Chiefs after playing nearly three years for the Cardinals, said this camp reminded him of the type of college atmosphere he saw while playing at Alabama.

No Place Like Home from The Leavenworth Times

For NFL fans, the televised blackout of Saturday’s night’s game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs is a disappointment on a number of levels.  It interrupts what would 5 consecutive nights of televised professional football (which began last night with a New England-Atlanta game on Fox, picked up tonight by a Cincinnati-Philly game on Fox, followed up on Sunday Night football on NBC with Brett Favre and his Vikings going to San Francisco, before climaxing Monday night on ESPN with Arizona-Tennessee)

But let’s face it: It’s the second week of the pre-season, which means it might be watchable for a quarter, but certainly not past the first half, unless you A) have a friend or relative playing B)really, really care about seeing how the rookies look, or C) have absolutely no social life whatsoever.

Buc TV blackout a mixed blessing from Creative Loafing

While NFL players have consistently gotten bigger at other positions, the median height for backs with at least 50 carries last year was just 5-foot-11. Eric Dickerson and Eddie George are famously successful tall backs, each at 6-foot-3. But even at that height, only eight other runners have managed 1,000 or more carries. The tallest NFL back ever is Kansas City Chiefs Bert Coan (6-foot-5), who never was able to crack 100 carries in a season despite twice averaging more than five yards a pop.

Is Brandon Jacobs Too Tall for His Own Good? from The Wall Street Journal

Kansas City Chiefs

The good news for Chiefs fans is that this team has improved over the offseason. The bad news for Chiefs fans is that Oakland and Denver improved more than Kansas City did over the offseason. It'll take another solid draft and free agency for this team to be in position to win the weak AFC West, and another year or two for them to have a shot at making some serious noise in the playoffs. While the Chiefs are headed upwards, they still have quite a way to go before they get where they want to be. - Hank Koebler, IV

AFC West 2010 Season Previews from Xtra PointFootball