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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/17

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!


Sutton On Chiefs' D: 'You Don't Have To Junk The System' from KC Star

"One of the most important things in coaching is really to figure out who you are and not who you want to be," said Sutton, who will retain the 3-4 defense used in recent seasons by former coordinator Romeo Crennel. "There's a difference there. We've got to talk advantage of the talent in place and try to use that as the starting point of this whole thing. You don't have to junk the system but you have to tilt it or slant it or move it in the direction of your strengths. That's really what we're doing right now.

"We're not going to be tied to anything but the way I envision it speaking to Coach Reid when I came in here ... it's got to be tailored a little bit to the personnel here."

Mel Kiper Thinks Chiefs Should Consider Moving Down In Draft from KC Star

"The problem is with Kansas City, what they need is not there," Kiper said. "The quarterback is not there. They don't need a 3-4 outside linebacker, so you don't take Jarvis Jones. Demontre Moore doesn't fit what they do. He's a DeMarcus Ware type and could play in the 3-4 and could end up being a star but they have two outside linebackers, so you take out Moore and you take out Jones. I don't think you take Lotulelei just because you've taken that position over the last several years.

"Do you take the left tackle? You have Albert. You have to see if he comes back. You could always kick him inside or move him to right tackle. That's a tough call. It would be perfect if there was a big-time quarterback but there is none and that's why the Kansas City Chiefs have to think about moving down."

Chiefs Name Andy Heck As Offensive Line Coach from The Mothership

Andy Heck is the Chiefs new offensive line coach, who will spearhead the run blocking and pass protecting techniques needed for bigger and brighter things next season.

Heck's first season with the Chiefs is his 22nd overall in the league, his 10th season as an NFL assistant. Coach Heck joins the Andy Reid's staff after a nine-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2004-12).

Chiefs Continue Finalizing 2013 Coaching Staff from The Mothership

Andy Reid is three steps closer to finalizing his coaching staff, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Chiefs named Eugene Chung as their new assistant offensive line coach and retained coaches Gary Gibbs (Linebackers) and Emmitt Thomas (Defensive Backs).

Chung joins the Chiefs after three seasons in the same role with Philadelphia Eagles.

Reid Hires Heck As KC's O-Line Coach from FOX Sports

The offensive line was a major Chiefs' weakness in 2012 as Kansas City (2-14) finished with the NFL's worst record. But by landing the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, Heck may get the chance to work with a blue-chip offensive lineman. Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel is regarded as the top offensive-line prospect and the potential top selection.

The most recent left tackle to get selected at No. 1 was Miami's Jake Long in 2008.

Kansas City Hires Dave Troub from ESPN Chicago

"Dave is one of the league's best special teams minds," Reid told the Chiefs' official website.

The Bears consistently graded out as one of the NFL's top special teams under Toub with five players being selected to the Pro Bowl over the past nine years: Devin Hester, Robbie Gould, Johnny Knox, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Corey Graham. Toub was voted NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year in 2006 as the Bears finished with the league's No. 1 overall ranking. They were also No. 1 in 2007.

Chiefs Turn Their Attention To The Draft from The Springfield News-Leader

Examining the Packers' drafts over the past two decades yields a few ideas about how Dorsey will proceed: He'll likely choose the best player of available, regardless of position needs, but also understands the importance of drafting for depth at quarterback.

Many outsiders panned the choice of quarterback Aaron Rodgers when Brett Favre was firmly ensconced in Green Bay, and Rodgers has turned into a Super Bowl champion. Matt Flynn was picked in the seventh round and became a valuable commodity as a backup, while other guys such as Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Brooks developed into starters elsewhere in the NFL.

Doug Collins Wishes Chip Kelly , And Andy Reid, Luck from

"When people see this Kansas City hat that I wear now they ask ‘Are you a Chiefs fan or an Andy Reid fan?' I go back a long time with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jaws played there late in his career. Carl Peterson was a next door neighbor of mine and he was president of the organization. Herm Edwards was a good friend of mine. So that's my AFC team. The Eagles are my NFC team. But also, too, that hat represents to me the commitment Andy Reid made to the city of Philadelphia for 14 years.

Thomas Jones Will Donate Brain To Science After Death, Says ESPN from Bloomberg

Thomas Jones, who retired a year ago after 12 seasons as a running back in the National Football League, will allow his brain to be studied after his death for evidence of disease caused by repeated head injuries, ESPN said.

Jones told the broadcaster he will donate the organ to the Sports Legacy Institute, which will look for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

What If We Treated Life Like We Do Sports? from The Star Of Grand Coulee

Derrick Thomas was my favorite player growing up and well into my adulthood. When he died in a car crash in his prime, it crushed me. I never met the man face to face but it hurt like a family member had been stolen away from me. I had watched him sack Dave Krieg of the Seahawks seven times in one game, I had watched him lose the AFC Championship two years in a row, I watched him honor his dad, a veteran, at a game he dedicated to him. I felt like he was a friend of the family.

Sounds kind of silly to be talking about someone you never really met, just watched every Sunday on the TV, like he lived next door. But I think that is how a lot of us then felt about our sports heroes. Today I can't think of any player I feel the same about, and I doubt I ever will. Video: Coach Brasher Wired Video: Culley Wired

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