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Good morning Chiefs fans. A big day for Kansas City Chiefs news. Sadly, it begins with the passing of Bill Grigsby. Here is today's news.

If you are new to Kansas City, or not paid much attention to the Chiefs or have been living under a rock for the last 50 years then the name Bill Grigsby does not mean much. For everybody else, his passing has cost them a friend, an entertainer, a cheerleader, a husband, a father, a grandfather and an icon.

Icon? Yes, Bill Grigsby had reached iconic status in Kansas City. In many ways he was Kansas City. He was full of spirit, if not patience. He was provincial to a fault and believed that everything was better as long as there was a K.C. attached to it. And when it came to those down on their luck, folks hindered by some medical problem or kids struggling to deal with an early setback in life, Grigs was always at the ready to provide whatever help might be needed.

A Life Well Lived... Sunday Cup O'Grigs from Bob Gretz

Bill Grigsby was a civic treasure.

An ambassador for Kansas City, a master of ceremonies for all occasions, and a broadcasting icon for six decades, including 46 years with the Chiefs, Grigsby died on Saturday morning. He was 89.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Therese Church in Parkville, according to the family. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

 KC Broadcasting Icon Grigsby Dies at 89 from KC Star

The Chiefs could use a pass rusher at outside linebacker to pair with Tamba Hali on the other side. That player wouldn’t do the Chiefs much good if he’s better as a defensive end because he can’t drop in pass coverage.

Pioli said he found use in the movement drills at the combine because they allow a peek at a player’s abilities to perhaps do something he wasn’t asked to do in college.

Chiefs GM Pioli Gets Peek at Players' Potential from KC Star

In the old days, when Kathy Kolbe's father was creating the test that would later stir controversy and make his name famous among most NFL fans, young Kathy had no problem challenging Eldon Wonderlic's creation. Did he realize that his test was biased against women and minorities? Did he consider that his Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test measured only one part of a person's intelligence?

That was more than 60 years ago. Some things don't change.

Daughter of Creator Says NFL Misuses Wonderlic Test from KC Star

Random thoughts from the media session Saturday with Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli:

Pioli stuck up for the past few drafts of the previous Kansas City regime. He lauded the drafting of players like Derrick Johnson and Jamaal Charles.

"The cupboard wasn't bare when Todd (Haley) and I arrived to Kansas City," Pioli said. "There were some pretty good football players."

Talking With Scott Pioli from ESPN

John Page, the agent for New England Patriots safety Jarrad Page, said today neither he nor his client had any contact with the Lions while Page was under contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'm baffled by the tampering decision," John Page said. "Never had any contact with anybody from Detroit. And Detroit had absolutely nothing to do with the situation that occurred. They had nothing to do with it."

Agent "Baffled" by Tampering Charges Against Lions, Says No Contact Occured from The Detroit Free Press

The Kansas City Chiefs have done an excellent job in recent seasons of mixing different styles of running backs. General Manager Scott Pioli, who just spoke at the combine, said the Chiefs were among the slowest teams in the league when he arrived in 2009. Last season, Kansas City finished first in rushing behind two running backs, Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, with a third, rookie Dexter McCluster, sprinkled in.

"Adding speed is important," Pioli said. "And it's not just timed speed. In the case of Jamaal, a former track guy who clearly has timed speed, Jamaal (also) has really good playing speed.... I want to see how fast a football player they are and how quick they are in a real, functional football situation -- what you see on tape."

Combine RBs: Trawling for Shrimp in Indy from The Sacramento Bee

Part 1 will spotlight former Houston Oilers quarterback and Big Spring native Charley Johnson; founding Dallas Cowboys owner Clint Murchison; All-Pro Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and member of the NFL's All Decade team for the 1970s Drew Pearson; Pro Football Hall of Famer and member of the NFL's All Decade team for the 1990s from Hearne, John Randle; and Angleton native and Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Kansas City Chiefs and current Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas.

Fox Sports Southwest to Televise Series on Texas Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2010 from The Dallas Morning News

The bubbly Harbaugh was an exception: most coaches and executives opted for variations on the uninformative monotone. Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson categorized innocuous questions about free agents as "some sort of hypothetical," far outside the realm of speculation. Kansas City Chiefs Coach Todd Haley opted for the Soviet television approach, praising assistants in six-minute filibusters that chewed up podium time. Bill Belichick didn't speak; if he did, he might have hissed at the news media like a Madagascar cockroach.

A Spectacle of Muscle, Somewhat Muted from The New York Times

Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli seems to be the voice of reason so far at this combine when the questions of a labour lockout and the effect that would have on incoming rookies, team preparation or any one of the other 100 ways the question can be asked is raised.

"It's one of those things I don't spend time worrying about or thinking about," Pioli said. "Whatever the rules are, there will be the same rules for 32 teams."

NFL Combine Notes: Weird State of Mind in New York from The Toronto Sun

This time, we stumbled into New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley at a restaurant. Before I even knew Payton was in the house, I heard him being accosted by an Indianapolis Colts fan while I was in the restroom (awkward, right?). The fan told Payton he should go easier on the Colts and never call an onside kick against them again like he did during the Super Bowl in 2010. Payton laughed a bit and moved on.

NFL Scouting Combine Recap: Wednesday-Friday from

The Chiefs are undeniably on the upswing after year two of the Pioli/Haley regime.  But the one turd in the proverbial punchbowl is the team's revolving door at offensive coordinator.

PFT asked G.M. Scott Pioli about Charlie Weis' short-lived stay.

Pioli Weighs in on Charlie Weis' Departure from Pro Football Talk

Indications from multiple sources are the NFL Players Association will decertify before the end of the current collective bargaining agreement, but according to one NFLPA source Saturday it's "not a rock-solid guarantee that we will."

If the union does decertify, the plan in place is to do so prior to the expiration of the CBA at 11:59 p.m. ET on March 3, absent any breakthrough in talks. The union would then seek an injunction to block a potential lockout.

That would, in effect, press the pause button on the process until a ruling is found on the injunction.

Lockout Block? Union Seekd to Decertify Before CBA Expires from