Good morning! Welcome to Saturday and your Kansas City Chiefs news. Updates from the combine, more details on Ed Podolak's injuries, and a strange story from The San Francisco Chronicle are ahead. Enjoy.
Haley answered questions on all those subjects on Friday, but there’s more to the Chiefs offense than many of those asking the questions might know, particularly when it comes to the running game.
"We quietly led the league in rushing, the first time I was part of staff involved with something like that," Haley said. "The key is we have to continue to get better."
Building on what the Chiefs did last year on the ground will include some tinkering and tweaking:
Tweaking the Run Game... Saturday Cup O'Combine from Bob Gretz
With Weis’ departure, Haley had the chance this year to go one way or the other, but with neither feeling right, he split the difference. Line coach Bill Muir was given the additional job of coordinating the offense, but Haley is likely to wind up calling most — if not all — of the plays.
Haley may have stumbled on his perfect world, or at least what’s right for him.
Haley May Have Found What Works For HIm On Offense from KC Star
David Arkin is by all accounts a high character guy who was a two-year captain and never missed a game in four seasons as an offensive lineman at Missouri State.
All of which seems to make the Arkin a good candidate to be selected by the Chiefs, who need to add to their offensive line depth. Arkin, who is from Wichita, projects as a late-round selection.
Missouri State Lineman Seems a Good Candidate to be Drafted by the Chiefs from The Red Zone
As Todd Haley said this week, he thinks the addition of Zorn will be a big help for Cassel in making the next step up the NFL starting QB ladder. "He'll be coached by someone who has been there, whether it's in the huddle or in the pocket," Haley said. "I think it is perfect timing for where Matt is at this point in his career."
"I think Jim will be great with Cassel because he's a guy that played the position and Jim is one of the great technique coaches, moving around the pocket and buy time and understanding how to attack defenses," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh Says Cassel Will Love Zorn from Bob Gretz
Kansas City Chiefs lineman Kyle Turley was outspoken to get fellow NFL players to donate their Dec. 23, 2007 paychecks to a fund supporting retired NFL players who are struggling with life. Turley recognized and appreciated the men who played before him and allowed him the opportunity to play in an NFL that is better to players, but still has a long way to go. Turley said "We make a lot of money playing this game and it's because of the guys that played before us." Turley was the first active football player to stand up for rights of the retired players encouraging the owners to better care for players who are not doing well after football.
NFL: Is Greed the Motivation from Upon Further Review
Kansas City's 23-20 overtime loss in Oakland on Nov. 7 was a hard one for the Chiefs to leave behind. Oakland police confirmed Friday that the Chiefs' buses were detained for nearly three hours after the game after a baggie containing a white powder was found in a Transportation Security Administration screening area at the Oakland Coliseum.
Although Chiefs coaches and players maintain that the bag was already on the ground near the bus and "appeared stepped on," a TSA agent said she saw it fall out of a player's jacket pocket before the screening process.
Chiefs Were Delayed by TSA OVer White Powder from The San Francisco Chronicle
Podolak suffered significant injuries over the weekend after being run over by a vehicle while crossing a Scottsdale, Ariz., street. While none of the releases from the school updating his condition have stated the exact nature of his injuries, the Des Moines Register reports that two broken legs and two broken ribs were among the injuries Podolak suffered.
Here's the complete text of the latest statement from Podolak's daughter Laura:
Podolak Facing "Challenging and Lengthy Rehab" from College Football Talk
Maybe the Detroit
Lionswon't appeal the NFL's decision that they violated the league's anti-tampering policy after all.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said this morning he's ready to "move on" from a decision last week that cost the Lions a draft pick.
"We haven't made a final determination of what the next step is," Mayhew said. "We have until (Monday) to decide. And we will decide by (Monday).
Lions Will Decide Monday Whether to Appeal Decisionon Tampering from The Detroit Free Press