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HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes against the National Football Conference team during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30 2011 in Honolulu Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
HONOLULU - JANUARY 30: Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes against the National Football Conference team during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30 2011 in Honolulu Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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Sorry about the late post. Seems like there have been some technical difficulties.

Good morning Chiefs fans! Let's all just do what we have to and get through the next few hours to the weekend. Yep, been that kind of week. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

When Todd Haley’s search began, the Chiefs were looking for an offensive coordinator who fit a specific set of criteria. Someone young would be nice. Maybe a coach with a background in the passing game that could help take quarterback Matt Cassel to the next level.

Who might it be? A young phenom or a dazzling name? The suspense drew on for four weeks. This was going to be good, and Haley seemed to be biding his time to pounce on a rising star who, heck, might be preparing his team for the Super Bowl. Then the announcement came Thursday, and it appeared that, at some point during the past four weeks, the Chiefs called an audible.

Chiefs Promote Muir to Offensive Coordinator from KC Star

The Chiefs are in the middle of a process, they say. This is modeled after what general manager Scott Pioli helped build in New England, of course, and Pioli says the important thing is not just getting the best people but the right people.

The Chiefs will try to pass off the promotion of offensive line coach Bill Muir — a lifetime football man entering his 34th NFL season — to offensive coordinator as a sign they already have the right people.

You shouldn’t believe that, and not many do.

For now, it’s a clear missed opportunity for the Chiefs to move closer to their goal of being at future Super Bowls.

Muir's Promotion Highlights Haley's Biggest Flaw from KC Star

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt can look out the windows from the 40th floor of Unity Hunt’s downtown offices for a bird’s eye view of what his late father created.

A blue banner stretches across the Dallas Convention Center proclaiming "Super Bowl XLV" and rises above the NFL Experience, an interactive theme park offering football-related entertainment for children and adults. Giant posters of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and the Vince Lombardi Trophy adorn the side of a downtown hotel.

It has taken 45 years, but the Super Bowl finally has come to Lamar Hunt’s hometown.

Lamar Hunt's Super Creation has Finally Come to His Hometown from KC Star

Ask McCarthy to recall his coaching influences, and typically he will launch into a litany of former mentors and acquaintances, starting with his high school basketball coach. At age 29, he found himself on the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs, sitting in quarterback meetings with Joe Montana.

"I was very fortunate and very blessed to be around a lot of excellent football people at a young age," McCarthy said, appropriately humbled by the memory.

Packers Coach a Pittsburgh Guy Proud of His Blue Collar from KC Star

The former Saints offensive tackle is a first-time finalist for the Hall of Fame, a testament to his talent, durability and toughness. Roaf, 40, grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark., and played college football at Louisiana Tech. He spent nine NFL seasons with the Saints and four more with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman played in 11 Pro Bowls, tying the Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and the Bengals' Anthony Munoz for the most ever by an offensive tackle.

Munoz is already enshrined with a bust in Canton, Ohio. Ogden didn't retire until 2008 and is not yet eligible for the Hall of Fame. Roaf's time will come, but a loaded field of 15 finalists could mean he might have to wait a year or two.

He's fine with it, either way.

Roaf Keeps Hall of Fame Process in Perspective from The Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald

"The current CBA provides that 'each club shall be permitted to designate one of its players who would otherwise be an Unrestricted Free Agent [or Restricted Free Agent] as a Franchise Player each season during the term of this Agreement,' " Smith wrote in a memo to player agents, obtained by "The 2011 season is not a 'season during the term of this Agreement' so the NFL has no valid basis for claiming the right to franchise players in 2011."

'Franchise Tag' Latest Pawn in NFL Labor Chess Match from Sporting News