Good morning! We start today's Kansas City Chiefs news with a report from Deadspin on the use of tax money in the day to day operations of the Chiefs. I have to admit, I've only scanned the article so far and haven't formed an opinion yet but I think it will be a topic of conversation. Here is your news.
The documents sent to us by our tipster show that the Chiefs have used just 33 percent of the $27.3 million they asked to have reimbursed during the same time period for maintenance and repair. What that means is that both franchises are using most of the taxpayer money they're getting to reduce the cost of running their teams.
And when you look at what the Chiefs have made reimbursement requests for this year, according to the info sent to us by our tipster, it gets even worse: The Chiefs have asked for more than $9 million since May 25, with just $546,000-a paltry six percent-going toward maintenance and repair.
"There's no doubt this is the best personnel group we've had since we've been here in Kansas City," Cassel said. "Now it's also about us coming together as an offensive unit. You never know until you get out there and start going and how you're going to mesh ..."
Cassel believes the upgrade in talent will take some of the heat off him as quarterback.
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The good side of Routt was the one that limited opposing quarterbacks to a 51 percent completion percentage and opposing wide receivers to an 11-yard per catch average in 2011. That player picked off four passes last season and can be the one to step in for departed cornerback Brandon Carr.
That Stanford Routt is an extension of the 2010 version that one of the league's best, if not the best, second cornerbacks. There's little debate that he's also one of the league's most skilled cornerbacks in press coverage.
The other half of Routt is more well-known to the average NFL fan. He was the most penalized player on the most penalized team in NFL history last season.
Stanford Routt Out To Learn Chiefs Way from The Mothership
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and head coach Romeo Crennel went unscripted for the final set of red zone work. Cassel connected with Steve Breaston in the front right corner of the end zone to give the No. 1 offense a win. The defense forced red zone field goals against the second and third offenses.
Andy Studebaker got loose around the left offensive edge for a third-down sack during second-team drills.
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The only other new defensive starter will be the nose tackle, whether it's rookie Dontari Poe or Anthony Toribio or someone else. So the Chiefs are counting on Routt to make a fast transition.
In his case particularly, it's not as simple as changing uniforms. The Chiefs want Routt to play with more discipline than he did last season, when he collected 17 penalties while playing for the Raiders.
Willis brings 44 games of NFL experience with him to Kansas City, including 26 starts. His career play-time is nearly identical to that of Ugoh, who signed with the team on July 26th. Willis joins the Chiefs after brief stops with the Miami Dolphins (2011), New Orleans Saints (2011) and New York Jets (2012). He was released by the Jets on June 28th.
A former fourth-round draft pick of Seattle in the 2005 NFL Draft, all of Willis' NFL play-time came with the Seahawks from 2005-09. He hasn't appeared in an NFL contest since 2009, though he started all 16 games for Seattle that year.
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It's a tough break for Gentry, who joined N.C. State as a walk-on after receiving just one scholarship offer to NCAA Division II UNC-Pembroke coming out of high school. He would become a starter by the end of his freshman season and served as the Wolfpack's starting fullback for the next three years. He was also one of NC State's top special teams players, captaining the unit three seasons and leading the team in special teams stops twice.
In Kansas City, Gentry was competing with at fullback with 2011 seventh-round draft pick
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Offensive tackle Branden Albert came away unscathed during his first day in pads on Monday. Crennel said Albert had to wait an extra day to put on the pads because a family issue caused him to miss the first day of practice.
"I think he enjoyed being out there in pads and had a good time," Crennel said. "I asked him (Tuesday) morning if he was sore or anything, and he said, ‘No, not really ... Ask me in 10 days.' "
Chiefs Notebook: Rookie Fullback Fails Physical from KC Star
Second-year man Rodney Hudson has hold of the starting center position, though he has yet to snap the ball in an NFL game. If for some reason Hudson, a converted guard, struggles or gets hurt, the battle to replace him appears to be between Lucas Patterson and Rob Bruggeman, who have been alternating with the second and third units.
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The early schedule is tough, with home games against Atlanta, San Diego and Baltimore offsetting trips to Buffalo, New Orleans and Tampa Bay in the first six weeks. Even if the Chiefs stumble there, though, they'll have a chance to right themselves, because five of their six divisional games are after the Week 7 bye. The key for them could be the season opener against the Falcons. A victory would give them momentum heading to Buffalo, which is much improved but still breaking in new players. If they can get past the Bills, they get the Chargers and Ravens at home after visiting the Saints. Tough teams? Yes. But Arrowhead Stadium is an imposing place when the Chiefs are playing well.
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Kansas City played a large portion of its season without four of its best players. Still, it finished just one game out of first place in the AFC West.
The defending AFC West champion Denver Broncos added Peyton Manning, so they're going to be the favorite to repeat. Don't sleep on the Chiefs, though. If healthy, they're considerably better than their 2011 record indicates.
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In 2001, however, a torn right knee ligament shortened his season, and he was then traded to Kansas City. Before joining the Chiefs, Roaf enrolled at the Duke clinic again and paid for it himself.
He then helped round out one of the most dominant offensive lines in the game, protecting Trent Green's blind side while blasting open holes for Priest Holmes and later Larry Johnson.
In 2003, Roaf helped Holmes set what was then a single-season NFL record with 27 touchdowns.
Roaf suggested he might not be going into the Hall of Fame had he not left New Orleans on a bad note, wanting to prove himself once more.
Roaf's Road To HOF Paved By 13 Years Of Honors from The Associated Press via Sports Illustrated
Among free safeties, the most compelling names are probably one-eyed Bobby Dillon, hard-hitting Cliff Harris, and Kansas City Chiefs Deron Cherry and Johnny Robinson, who combined for 107 INTs.
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