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Matt Cassel took the snap from center, scanned the practice field as he dropped back to pass and just for a moment must have felt like a little boy on Christmas morning.
There was Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles coming out of the backfield and Dwayne Bowe heading for the sideline. Dexter McCluster was out in the flat, tight end Kevin Boss was coming over the middle and wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin was making a beeline for the end zone.
So many options - such a luxury.
Chiefs Quarterback Cassel With Abundance Of Options As Regular Season Draws Near from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The day tight end Kevin Boss signed as a free agent with the Chiefs last March, he received a call from quarterback Matt Cassel.
Cassel welcomed Boss to Kansas City, showed him a house to move into in his neighborhood, introduced him to the neighbors and began passing him the football.
Cassel and Boss made an instant connection on and off the field.
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If Culp is elected, he would become the fifth member of the Chiefs' defense from the 1970 Super Bowl win to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, linebackers Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell and cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Quarterback Len Dawson, kicker Jan Stenerud, coach Hank Stram and owner Lamar Hunt also are in the Hall from that club.
Three days of practice were all that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe needed to get ready to play in a game. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said that Bowe would get some snaps in Friday night's preseason game against Seattle at Arrowhead Stadium.
"Coach said I'm ready from what they've been looking at, and I'm going to play until they tell me not to,'' Bowe said.
Dwayne Bowe To Play Friday Against Seahawks from KC Star
Would a reunion with the Chiefs make sense?
Romeo Crennel would certainly know best.
"I have not talked to Shaun yet, but Shaun might give me a call here shortly," Crennel said prior to Wednesday's practice. "Shaun is a good guy and I like Shaun a lot. I've had him on two different teams, so we'll see how that plays out as well."
Chiefs fans like Shaun a lot too.
Chiefs Notebook: Bowe Lays Out His Goals For Friday Night from The Mothership
"I'm coming in extra early in the morning, staying late after practice, in the meeting room with
Matt Casselto overload me, to get me into that playbook, to expedite (the process)," Bowe said.
"I'm a professional and my job is to learn. I'm learning it pretty fast and we'll see where it takes me."
Bowe was allowed to work into the offensive rotation during Tuesday's practice. He was previously limited to individual, non-contact drills due to a three-day acclimation clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Dwayne Bowe To Make Preseason Debut Friday Night from The Mothership
Javier Arenas on the team's reaction to Romeo Crennel's disappointment after the loss to St. Louis:
"I think it brings the fight and the dog out in the competitors. I honestly believe we have all competitors on this team. Each guy is a competitor. So when (Crennel) brings stuff up like that we take it to heart, take it personal, don't let it discourage us, and we go out there and learn from our mistakes and get better."
Overheard: Bowe Ready To Play from The Mothership
In the world of those who chase quarterbacks, there is pressure and there is coverage.
The Chiefs' ability to pressure Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan in a couple of weeks is certainly affected without Hali. Hali had 38 percent of the team's sacks (14.5-of-38) in 2010 and had 41 percent of the team's sacks last season (12-of-29).
The Chiefs' ability to cover may also be compromised in the opener as well. Cornerback Brandon Flowers has missed most of the preseason after suffering what Crennel has called a heel injury in a July 31 practice.
A couple of years ago when the team still held camp at River Falls, Wisconsin, a highly touted rookie would sometimes be taped to one of the goal posts after a particularly strenuous practice and have Gator Aide tossed on him.
It was all in good fun, but sometimes it got out of hand and there was the occasional rookie who refused to take it which only enraged one or two of the players who had had to undergo the ritual themselves and tempers got hot.
HOH: Hazing Gone The Way Of The Leather Helmet from The Mothership
Terrell Owens may not have made an impact in his brief time with the Seattle Seahawks, but Russell Wilson sure has opened a few eyes during the team's first two preseason games.
With a chance to seize a starting quarterback position that's still up for grabs, Wilson will draw a surprise start for the Seahawks as they head to Arrowhead Stadium for a rehearsal contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Preseason Preview - Seattle (2-0) at Kansas City (1-1) from The Miami Herald
One new head coach, one coach in his first full season with his team, two new offensive coordinators, three new defensive coordinators. There isn't a single team here that has retained their coach and two coordinators triumvirate from 2011.
Oh yeah, and a legendary quarterback is replacing a messianic quarterback in Denver.
AFC West: Things To Consider from CBC Sports
Eric Winston, Kansas City Chiefs: Right tackles have a hard time making Pro Bowls. They have even a harder time if they are released by their club and have to go elsewhere. Study the tapes of Winston and you will see a big reason the Texans' running game was so successful last year. His peers recognize his Pro Bowl talent == but the vast majority of voters have not caught up...
...Jon Asamoah, Kansas City Chiefs: Asamoah is a tough, athletic guard who gave up three sacks last year but generally is a very solid pass blocker. His reputation is building as a physical run blocker at the line of scrimmage and when he reaches the linebacker level.
If there's one thing Crennel can do to improve this club, it's to keep his team focused and playing at their best week in and week out. Under Todd Haley, while they played very well at times, they also tended to get blown out with annoying regularity. They lost five games by at least three touchdowns last year. Even in their 10-win 2010 campaign, they lost four games by 20 or more points (including the Wild Card game against Baltimore). The Chiefs ranked 11th in Football Outsiders' variance stat in Haley's first year in 2009, but 24th and 29th in 2010 and 2011 (including three games under Crennel last year).