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KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: A pair of Kansas City Chiefs fans look on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: A pair of Kansas City Chiefs fans look on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Good morning and welcome to Arrowheadlines. We've gathered today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. I feel like I'm enabling laziness. Oh well. Enjoy.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the team has hired Tom McMahon to serve as the club's special teams coach.

"I am pleased to add Tom to our staff," said Head Coach Romeo Crennel. "He is a diligent worker and passionate coach. It is a great addition for us."

McMahon joins the Chiefs after a three-year stint (2009-11) in St. Louis where he served as special teams coordinator for the Rams. In 2010, the Rams had the league's third-best net punting average at 40.0 yards per punt. Additionally, McMahon's primary punt returner, Danny Amendola, led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined.

Chiefs Name Tom McMahon Special Teams Coach from The Mothership

The Chiefs parted ways with two other assistant coaches, Richie Anderson (wide receivers) and Pat Perles (assistant offensive line).

They retained their entire defensive staff, including Anthony Pleasant (line), Gary Gibbs (linebackers) and Emmitt Thomas (secondary).

McMahon Is New Special Teams Coach from The Red Zone

But if we can take one thing away from the hiring of McMahon, it's that Crennel isn't afraid to go outside his coaching circle to find key assistants.

McMahon has never worked with Crennel before, though he did spend one year (2007) working under Jerry Rosburg in Atlanta. Rosburg, who is currently Baltimore's special teams coordinator, served in the same capacity on Crennel's staff in Cleveland from 2005-06.

Crennel Sets Table For Further Staff Announcements from The Mothership

Another vehicle to inculcate health messages in the community is a long-term partnership entered in 2010 between TMC and the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Initially it was not worth the cost of doing business, in my book," Bluford recalled.

He said the program takes half of TMC's marketing budget but declined to specify the amount.

"I wasn't sold that we should spend our valuable resources on an advertising scheme at a football game."

Bluford has since changed his mind, and not because TMC and the Chiefs now share a red, black and white logo that proclaims them as "Partners for a Healthy Community." Rather, he has seen the power that pro sports has to capture attention.

Healthy Changes Under Way At Truman Medical Center from KC Star

The date was December 21, the time early in the fourth quarter with the score, 6-3, in favor of Kansas City, and the ball on the Chiefs one yard line. Jets quarterback Joe Namath had just led the defending Super Bowl champs there and had four cracks at a touchdown and what would have been a late lead.

As Willie Lanier, Kansas City's future Hall of Fame player, recalled, it was a moment of "heads being bent, concessions being offered." But for his part, he would have none of it.

HOH: You Shall Not Pass (Or Run For That Matter) from The Mothership

"[Peterson] came to me first off and said, ‘Hey, I'm just here to help you,' " Ireland said. "It's been a good relationship. I know Carl doesn't want to become a general manager again. It's a grind now. It's a grind. He doesn't want that at this stage of his life. I've used him as a sounding board on certain things and certainly [he was] helpful in the head coach process."

To hear Ireland, Peterson is a valuable ally as opposed to someone working in contradictory fashion or cross purposes.

Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland Explains His Arrangement With Carl Peterson from The Miami Sun-Sentinel

Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs, credits the idea of using Roman numerals to Lamar Hunt, the late Chiefs owner and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. (History also credits Hunt with coming up with the name "Super Bowl" for the big game.)

"The Roman numerals made it much more important," Moore said.

Super Bowl XLVI Is Greek To Kids from CantonRep.com

Meanwhile, former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley could emerge as a candidate for Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator position, league sources said.

Steelers Retain Linebackers Coach Butler, Interested In Haley from NFL.com