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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 3/23

Hello Chiefs fans! Hope everyone is having a good morning. It's a little late, but here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

The Chiefs led the NFL in rushing and greatly reduced the number of sacks they allowed last year, but changes could be coming to their offensive line.

Coach Todd Haley, speaking at the NFL’s annual meetings, declined to commit to Branden Albert as the starting left tackle next season. Haley also had some interesting comments about left guard Brian Waters, who made the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career last season.

Haley Mum on Changes to Chiefs' Offensive Line from KC Star

"I've said this a bunch of times but it has to be said: we have a relatively inexperienced quarterback," Haley said. "He hasn't played a lot of games. You take four years of college away from the guy and another chunk in the NFL not playing in a lot of games.

"Now he has almost three years under his belt, counting in New England. That's just now where with a normal progression guy you'd be expecting great development. Matt is maybe ahead of where a young guy would be. I know he's going to work and I know he's going to do anything asked of him. That's what's exciting."

Quarterback Potpourri... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

Nick Wright Audio Clip: Frank Martin and Rudy Niswanger

"We are certainly planning on having a full season," Goodell said. "That's our objective and we're working to make that a reality. The players chose to litigate. We're going to obviously have to defend that. I've said that litigation will not solve the problem. Clearly, we can solve this through negotiation."

No negotiations are planned and players have said that since their union disbanded, they're unable to bargain collectively.

"All negotiating and collective bargaining is over because we're no longer a union," Chiefs center Rudy Niswanger said. "But we can have discussions with the owners to settle the antitrust lawsuits we've filed."

Commissioner Says NFL Still Planning for Full Schedule from KC Star

On how the Chiefs will react to their sudden success:

"How you respond to success is the next big step for our team. It's one thing to be going to 10 wins from four wins but we've set the expectations, the bar, even higher by playing the way we played last year. Things are only going to get tougher. We have a little tougher schedule. We did a great job of staying healthy last year, which was one of the keys to our success. Now we've got to continue to make progress. We can't do much backsliding."

Haley: Cassel's Progression is Key from ESPN

However, coming off a successful 10-6 season with the franchise's first trip to the NFL Playoffs since 2006, Haley doesn't seem to be in a hurry to figure it out yet.

"I've seen it go a lot of different ways," Haley said. "If you make that decision too early, too fast, without enough thought, without enough evidence, then sometimes that can be more damaging than taking your time. There's no hurry on that decision. It's not like the play-caller can practice play-calling right now."

Haley Holding Out on Who Will Call Plays from Football News Now

Former Ole Miss star Dexter McCluster was among a handful of former Rebels at the school's pro scout day at the indoor practice facility on Tuesday.

But McCluster didn't come in all the way from Kansas City, where he just completed his rookie season with the NFL's Chiefs.

He just came from across campus.

McCluster is back at UM to finish up the two classes remaining before getting his degree. It's a decision that McCluster said was prompted by the Chiefs.

McCluster Back to Finish Degree from The Jackson Clarion Ledger

"I feel like I am going to do the very best I can possibly do to bring an entertaining and prideful broadcast to the University of Oklahoma, and I feel confident of that. Oklahoma is such a great job. I'm not naive. I know there were a lot of bigger names that wanted this job. That's why I am so humbled and appreciative that they have trusted me with such a big responsibility."

Among the big names interested in the job were Kansas City Chiefs radio voice Mitch Holthus, whom sources said was offered the job, and Washington Nationals TV announcer Bob Carpenter. In an email, Holthus complimented the Sooners on "a great hire. This is a hire for an entire generation of Sooner fans."

Toby Rowland to be Play-by-Play Voice for OU Athletics from American Chronicle

During NFL owners' meetings full of distractions, Bears chairman Michael McCaskey provided much-needed perspective and earned two ovations.

After commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged McCaskey, who will hand the chairmanship of the Bears to his younger brother George in early May, he addressed owners, coaches and executives Tuesday with a powerful four-minute speech that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder described as "beautiful."

"It was very thoughtful, touching and really moved a lot of people," said Clark Hunt, the chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs. "It was a tremendous speech."

McCaskey Wows Owners with Speech from The Chicago Sun-Times

For instance, the Kansas City Chiefs' flagship station KCFX-FM ranked #1 among all listeners in the market during the football season, but dropped to third in the most recent January 2011 Arbitron (ARB) ratings*. Despite this drop, it likely will not experience the magnitude of decline in revenue, New York Giants' flagship WFAN might if it dips by half a rating point -- like it did after this past season -- without football.

Terrestrial Radio's Exposure to the NFL Lockout from Seeking Alpha

When it comes to the NFL, Roger Goodell knows there's nothing like the real thing.

Although the NFL commissioner didn't completely dismiss the idea of using replacement players in 2011, Goodell indicated Tuesday that the league has no plans of doing so even if the current labor impasse extends into the regular season.

"We haven't had any discussions or considerations of replacement players," Goodell said Tuesday afternoon at the conclusion of the NFL owners meeting in New Orleans. "It's not in our plans."

NFL Not Planning on Replacement Players from FOX Sports