Good morning! Tons of Kansas City Chiefs news waiting for you this morning. We're starting to get previews and news for Fridays game against the Bucs. The team has a walk-through at 9:45 this morning and a 7:15 practice tonight.
Jones, a first-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2000, began collecting classic cars as a young player in the league. His collection has been featured in W magazine and the duPontRegistry, a marketplace for luxury automobiles, homes and boats.
And several of his cars will be featured at 8 tonight on The Car Show on the Speed network.
"I’ve loved cars ever since I was a kid," said Jones, who grew up in the coal-mining town of Big Stone Gap, Va.
On the Field, Car Collector Thomas Jones' Motor is Always Running from KC Star
While that was half of teammate Tamba Hali’s AFC leading total of 14.5 sacks, Gilberry’s season was enough to have led eight teams in sacks last year (Arizona, Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, New England, New Orleans, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay.)
And it was the type of season that put his name among some of the better known pass rushers in the league, names like Julius Pepper, Osi Umenyiora and Dwight Freeney.
Smiling Sacker... Wednesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs switch up for morning practice Tuesday in St. Joseph
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. East northeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. North wind around 6 mph becoming east southeast.
Training Camp Weather Report from The National Weather Service
From one-on-one pass protection/pass rush – OLB Tamba Hali and LT Branden Albert had a nice two-snap tussle, as neither one walked away with an edge. Hali also went against RT Barry Richardson and spanked him twice … Richardson rebounded by shutting down OLB Justin Houston on back-to-back rushes.
Training Camp Practice Report - 8/9 from Bob Gretz
Todd Haley continues to ramp up the tempo of practices in preparation for Friday’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A longer practice than usual, Tuesday morning’s session was also among the most physical since camp opened.
Heartland Health Practice Report: 8/9/11 from The Mothership
Outside linebacker Tamba Hali ended his self-imposed media silence at Chiefs training camp by saying his reticence helps him concentrate on the bigger task at hand.
That, of course, is to get after the opposing quarterback.
Chiefs Linebacker Tamba Hali Breaks His Silence With Media from KC Star
Hali was especially pleased that he did not have to play this season wearing the Chiefs’ franchise player designation, and receiving just north of $10 million. Every player that’s ever worn the franchise sticker wanted a long-term contract, one that would protect them financially should they suffer a major injury.
Tamba Speaks - He's A Happy Guy from Bob Gretz
Q: Saturday, Stanzi threw a couple of nice touchdown passes to
Jeremy Horne in the back of the end zone. He tried it again yesterday and he got picked off.
HALEY: "Was it a team period on Saturday? I have to do this for the (defensive backs) because they’re upset at me because I had them in a shadow mode and the crowd was cheering for the receivers so the secondary was upset. Can we let everybody know that we were shadowing, because I yell at them if they interfere with the ball or the catch. Then we had a little more of a competitive situation, so it could’ve been a little of both."
Q&A with Todd Haley from The Mothership
"I know the depth chart is like Christmas for you guys," Haley said at his daily news conference. "You want that depth chart. But it doesn’t carry as much weight in our meeting rooms and our team rooms and our player rooms. Our guys understand what their task is right now. … They understand their roles and understand that role could change week to week as we go."
Depth Chart Not One of Haley's Favorite Things from KC Star
Haley chuckled to himself when asked, paused to seemingly come up with an answer before shaking it off.
"What if I put McClain over there, starting halfback? You guys wouldn’t be able to function," Haley eventually deadpanned in a joke to assembled media Tuesday, referencing free agent fullback, Le’Ron McClain.
Clearly, the depth chart isn’t written in 100 percent black and white.
Jones Staring Over Charles at RB from The St. Jospeh News-Press
Kansas City opens the 2011 preseason with a matchup vs. Tampa Bay at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday, Aug. 12. It will mark the opening game for both squads in 2011 as each team finished with matching 10-6 records a year ago. The contest marks the second-consecutive preseason that the Chiefs have played the Buccaneers.
Chiefs vs Buccaneers - Preseason Game 1 from The Mothership
Tony Moeaki’s never had the gift of gab, but last year he sure had the gift of grab.
The second-year Kansas City Chiefs tight end pulled down one of the season’s best catches against San Francisco...
...In its commercial promotions, NFL Network ranks Moeaki’s grab last year’s fourth-best catch.
Former Hawkeye Tony Moeaki Has Gift of Grab In Kansas City from The Gazette
Jerheme Urban has been the starter at wide receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe in training camp, and look for him to hold the spot once the regular season begins. Urban is fast and has a reliable pair of hands, so he is a nice complement to Bowe on the other side.
Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp: Look for Jerheme Urban to Start Opposite Bowe from Sporting News
A Kansas City Chiefs fan who was arrested in 2009 at a Chiefs-Chargers game after flipping off the crowd was subject to the NFL code of conduct but did not commit any crime under California law, a San Diego judge has ruled.
Jason Ensign’s attorney, Mary Frances Prevost, said Tuesday that Superior Court Judge Gale Kaneshiro granted her request to order charges against her client to be dismissed.
San Diego Judge Clears Record of Football Fan Arrested After Flipping Off Others at Game from The Washington Post
"He (Foster) is having a better camp up to this point,'' Morris said, "but he hasn't hit anybody besides us.''
When Foster opens Friday night's preseason game at Kansas City, it will be his starting job to lose against McKenzie and rookie Derrell Smith.
Notes: Rookie Foster Taking MLB Edge Over McKenzie from The Tampa Tribune
Joe Valerio will be the guest at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum (1 Beaver Valley Road at Rt. 202 in Chadds Ford) from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday.
The Ridley High and University of Pennsylvania graduate will be bringing the Kansas City Chiefs uniform he wore during the 1994 season to put on display at the museum.
In the Community: Valerio will be talking football from The Delaware County Daily Times
"The biggest question mark is how we're going to stop people," remarked second-year head coach Jonathan Quinn -- the former Kansas City quarterback who welcomes two other ex-Chiefs to his staff: Kimble Anders to mentor running back and Eddie Kennison to coach wide receivers.
MNU, Valley Top HAAC Grid Forecast from The Marshall Democrat-News
Questions are already flying about how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers barely spent any of their enormous cap space to bring in more veteran leadership. Coach Raheem Morris believes the team should continue to hone and mature its young roster led by quarterback Josh Freeman. Such a bold decision deserves testing and the improved Kansas City Chiefs are happy to oblige at their home in Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have a new backfield and a new receiver in Steve Breaston, that they are extremely anxious to put next to Dwayne Bowe against the Buccaneers defense.
Prediction: Bucs win 24-23
NFL Preseason Schedule Predictions for Week 1 from Gather.com
When he isn’t playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in training camp, he teaches strength and conditioning classes for children at Prospect Sports in Farmingdale. With some co-workers he built his YouTube channel and created the crisp workout videos that helped market his game.
Manno Uses YouTube for Football Marketing from Sachem Patch
1. Jamaal Charles, KC:
Analysis: What else is there to say? Charles is one of the more explosive runners that we’ve seen in some time. He produced 45 runs of at least 10 yards last season en route to a 1,467-yard campaign (10 games of at least 87 rushing yards). Charles also did some damage as a receiver, logging 45 receptions for 468 yards.
Charles will cede carries to Thomas Jones (and maybe a healthy Dexter McCluster), but that’s no issue. The new offensive coordinator is the former line coach, and he’ll want to run, run and run some more. He’s a home run threat on every touch, and improvements to the passing game should allow him to do damage at the second level more frequently.
We Count Down Harmon's Top Fantasy RBs from Fox Sports
Enter Waters, who starred at Waxahachie High School and the University of North Texas before signing with the Cowboys as a free agent in '99. After being released, he joined the Chiefs and had himself a sparkling career--highlighted by 133 starts at guard in Kansas City-- two All-Pro teams and five invitations to the Pro Bowl.
At 34, he's still got a little tread on the tire and I hear he has a desire to finish his career close to home in Dallas. The Cowboys haven't made him a contract offer, but a source last night told me his name comes up daily in conversations.
Needing OL Help, Cowboys Sniffing Around Former Local Star Brian Waters from The Dallas Observer
17. Kansas City Chiefs Caught somewhere between revamping and reloading.
Preseason Power Rankings from ProFootballWeekly