Good morning, Kansas City Chiefs fans! We have a full plate of news for you today! Crazy, right?
Eight Chiefs players gathered Tuesday for a throwing session at a Kansas City area high school. There was no doubt about the one in charge.
Matt Cassel, practicing in sunglasses and a ball cap turned backward, wasn’t necessarily dressed for the part. But he was the one calling out orders, giving all the play calls, directing traffic. Practice started when he arrived and concluded when he left.
"This," wide receiver Jeremy Horne said, stating the obvious, "is Matt’s deal."
There is no question that Shields deserved the college honor and what he accomplished over four seasons where he played for Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne's Huskers. He was All-Big Eight three times, a unanimous All-America as a senior and the winner of the Outland Trophy in 1992 as the nation's best interior lineman. Shields was part of two conference winning teams, four bowl teams and Nebraska had a 37-10-1 record in his four seasons playing for Osborne.
But his qualifications for the next step are every greater - the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Win for Will... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
The NFL and its locked-out players wrapped up another round of court-ordered mediation Tuesday without any signs of a new agreement and the clock ticking on the 2011 season.
Officials and attorneys for both sides said they will return for more closed-door talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan on June 7, four days after a key appeals court hearing in St. Louis on the legality of the lockout.
Another Round of NFL Talks Ends Without an Agreement from KC Star
After a key victory in court by NFL owners, the players say they aren't panicking. Unity remains their motto.
How long they can remain unified is the question being asked just about everywhere else.
"I don't see that as an issue at all," Jets fullback Tony Richardson said. "We have kept saying throughout this process that the players are stronger than ever. That hasn't changed.
"As disappointing as this process is, we've got to go through this on both sides to get to an agreement."
NFL Players Not Concerned With Loss of Unity from KC Star
Position versatility has become commonplace across the Chiefs roster. Few players, outside of quarterbacks and kickers, line up at just one position. For reserves, position flexibility is becoming a mandatory part of the job description.
Whether it’s a tight end that can play h-back, or a guard that can play center, the Chiefs are becoming a plug-and-play team. Game plans are constantly evolving and position demands increasing. As long as gameday rosters remain at 45 players, those that are active must be versatile.
Versatility Please: Position-Flexible Chiefs from The Mothership
Shields, the gentle giant offensive lineman from Lawton whose blocking and durability were nonpareil, received a ceremonial football in the mail Monday informing him that he was now a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
"It was pretty good, man. It was real cool," Shields said Tuesday in a telephone interview from Overland Park, Kan. "It was sort of honoring at the same time as being wild, knowing you made it to the NCAA Hall of Fame and from that point, you know you've done things right and you've made some things happen that were really unique."
Lawton's Will Shields Named to College Football Hall of Fame from The Tulsa World
Shawnee Dispatch Video: Kansas City Chiefs Lineman Ryan Lilja Speaks at Broken Arrow Elementary School
The Jamaal Charles "Youth Matters" Family Foundation is excited to present a Jamaal Charles Flag Football Tournament and a Jamaal Charles Football Camp. "Youth Matters" is the foundation platform highlighting passion toward youth in the community. Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs has found a new way to bring awareness to his small town with a big heart. As he sets out to give back to his community through time and service, he has invited other professional athletes to participate.
The two-day tournament is scheduled for May 21-22, 2011 at Adams Park Field, 3401 60th St. Port Arthur, TX. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Jamaal Charles Flag Football Tournament & Camp Info from KFDM.com
The College Football Hall of Fame got it right.
Former Arizona Wildcats defensive end Tedy Bruschi should get into the Hall - and soon - but the better choice was his teammate, defensive tackle Rob Waldrop...
...No doubt, Waldrop had his way of doing things. He knew what worked. He knew his body. That was one reason why things didn't work out with the Kansas City Chiefs after he was a fifth-round pick in the 1994 draft.
The Chiefs, naturally, wanted things done a certain way - their way. Waldrop had his way. And football never defined him. It was important; he was dedicated; but after playing in only three games as a rookie, he was content to go to the Canadian Football League, saying he didn't like being treated "like cattle."
Hall of Fame Honor Ensures Arizona's Waldrop Will Be Properly Remembered from The Tucson Citizen
6. Dallas Texans 1960-62
In case you didn't know where Dallas is, this helmet tells you. Worn by Lamar Hunt's team before he moved the franchise to Kansas City and renamed them the Chiefs (and recently resurrected as a throwback), the design has one key advantage over the current Chiefs helmet: The yellow star coordinates nicely with the yellow striping on the team's pants and socks.
For Creekside (Ga.) High School, it could be a secondary to remember. Coach Johnny White has an incredibly talented defensive backfield, loaded with both young and experienced elite talent.
"It's unbelievable," White said. "To be able to coach this group is something else, and once we all get on the field together we have a chance to be pretty special. They are so talented and so athletic. The talent is scary..."
...Former Creekside and Tennessee star Eric Berry, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, has younger twin brothers -- Evan and Elliot -- who star for his former high school.
Need a DB? Go to Creekside High from ESPN
OK, what will it take in draft picks to pry Tamba Hali away from the Chiefs? I doubt the Pats would want to give 2 1sts. Would the Chiefs take a 1st and a 2nd in next year's draft?
Like you, I've talked about Hali being a great option if the Patriots were looking to address their pass rush woes via free agency/trade. He's young and coming off a 14-sack season in a scheme that's run by former New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Perfect option, right?
Ask PFW: Lockout Lull Continues from Patriots.com