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When the Chiefs lined up for their first offensive snaps of OTAs (Organized Team Activities), zone rushes were among the most popular plays on Brian Daboll's script. The calls included blocking techniques that helped Winston become so successful in Houston's run game over the past few seasons.
"We're doing some outside zone stuff in the run game, which I'm really familiar with from my days in Houston," Winston said. "Pass protections are a little different, but you still have to block the guy in front of you. It gets down to that simple level and you get after it."
Chiefs Feel Primed For Offensive Rebound In 2012 from The Mothership
"I'm an old army brat myself," Crennel told the auditorium filled with military students before the event. "I know what you guys go through when you move from place to place, and I understand it isn't easy."
Crennel thanked those students with a full-on Chiefs experience. For the hour-long event, one hundred students from the military base were coached up by KC Wolf, the Chiefs Cheerleaders and eight members of the Chiefs linebacking corps on healthy habits and exercise.
Visit Ft. Leavenworth Especially Meaningful For Chiefs Crennel, LBs Campbell And Johnson from The Mothership
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"I hear a lot of noise. I don't understand it. I don't necessarily get it. He's a competitor and he's a winner. He's had production. There are good quarterbacks in this division. It takes teams to win a division. It takes teams to win a championship."
Pioli helped create some of the offseason noise with the organization's public comments about Manning and multiple meetings and workouts with Tannehill. All that had the long-suffering Chiefs' fans wondering if they were going to see yet another change at quarterback, a position the franchise hasn't gotten entirely correct since the days of Hall of Famer Len Dawson.
Now, he's saying he was just window shopping, and that he really had eyes for no other quarterback but Cassel.
Pioli Gives Support To Cassel from FS Kansas City
Gonzalez dropped seven places from his spot on last year's list, despite having an all-around better statistical season in 2011. The Falcons probably thought they were getting a nice role player when they signed Gonzalez after a 12-year Hall of Fame-caliber run with the Kansas City Chiefs. Instead, they ended up getting premier production at the position for three seasons and counting.
Tony Gonzalez Deserves His Respectable Ranking from NFL.com
The NFL Players Association filed a complaint in federal court Wednesday, accusing the league of colluding to impose a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season.
The claim was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, which oversees the Reggie White settlement covering NFL labor matters.
NFLPA Files Collusion Complaint Against NFL In Federal Court from FOX Sports