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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/20

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Chiefs' Reid Addresses Albert's Status, Cornerback Competition from KC Star

"I'm going to try to play the five best guys," Reid said. "I've never, ever in my career put a guy into a position he hasn't played. I had Shaun Andrews (with Philadelphia) and he might have been the finest left tackle in the National Football League had I played him there. He was playing guard for me and then he played a little bit of tackle but he was the best guard in football.

"I know (Albert) can play left tackle and I know he can play it at a championship caliber level. That's a refreshing thing."

Albert and his future with the Chiefs has been the subject of much public speculation. It hasn't stopped even when Albert informed the Chiefs he would sign his one-year contract. One issue has been his position, even though Albert has been nothing but a left tackle since the Chiefs drafted him in the first round in 2008.

Chiefs Sign Long Snapper Thomas Gafford from KC Star

Gafford, 30, has been the snapper for punts and placements for the Chiefs since 2008. Before joining the Chiefs, Gafford has training camp tryouts with Chicago, Green Bay and Seattle.

Verona Native Anthony Fasano Signs With Kansas City Chiefs from

"I'm excited for my next chapter in KC on a franchise with so much tradition and working [with] Coach [Andy] Reid and my teammates to bring a ring to KC!" Fasano said in his Twitter post.

He also tweeted his thanks to the Dolphins and their fans.

Governor Nominates Attorney To Sports Authority from The Examiner

On Tuesday, Nixon selected Gromowsky. Her term would run through July 31, 2017.

The Sports Authority oversees operations of Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, home of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

Reid Considered Time Off, But Coaching Is His Calling from USA Today

He views coaching as his calling -- and not even the heart-breaking loss of his eldest son last summer kept him away from the game.

It is simply the way the deeply-religious Reid is wired as a heart-and-soul football man, who returned to the Eagles 24 hours after burying Garrett Reid following his Aug. 5 death from a heroin overdose.

Reid said back then and again Tuesday morning that Garrett wouldn't have wanted him home grieving.

Chiefs Awarded Two Compensatory Picks In 2013 from The Mothership

As if the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft wasn't already exciting, with the Kansas City Chiefs holding the No. 1 overall pick, the team was awarded two additional compensatory picks (occuring in the third and sixth rounds) as well, the league announced Monday.

Andy Reid See Chip Kelly As A 'Very Good Fit' In NFL from

Even though Foles appears to be staying in Philadelphia, the Eagles might add a quarterback via the draft. The Chiefs, who signed Smith and Chase Daniel, also have not ruled out adding a quarterback. In fact, Reid said the possibility of taking Geno Smith with the top pick is not "out of the water."

For those who followed Reid in Philadelphia, that was not a surprising statement. He also was asked whether he would have switched training camp from Lehigh University to the NovaCare Complex, where the Eagles will practice this summer. Reid said he liked the idea of going away for training camp.

NFL Fantasy Football: Redskins won't Rush RG3 from

There will be a lot that's new about the Kansas City Chiefs offense in 2013 - including their No. 2 wideout. According to the Kansas City Star, Donnie Avery is likely to be the starter alongside Dwayne Bowe. That gives Alex Smith a speedster to stretch the field on the outside, which could be a great weapon - if Avery can curb some of the drops that plagued him in 2012. Nonetheless, the young wideout projects as a No. 3 fantasy WR option in most formats.

Andy Reid Talks Up Geno Smith... Why? from ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid raised some eyebrows Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings when he said that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is in still in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

That's exactly what Reid wanted to do.

Did you expect Reid to tell the rest of the league that Smith is no longer an option? What good would that do?

Cowboys Workout A&M Linebacker Porter, Longhorns Safety Vaccaro Is Next from Blogging The Boys

One of the things the Cowboys may be looking for is the level of physicality he brings, since one criticism of his play in the past was a lack of that, tending to use athleticism to elude blockers instead of taking them on. He is not terribly fast and would have had to show that he could engage people directly at the point of attack. But if the team believes he will fit, he would likely be contending with Kyle Wilber for the starting job on the strong side. There is definitely competition to get him in the draft, however, with the Atlanta Falcons having worked him out already and the Kansas City Chiefs planning to.

Andy Reid Had His Eyes On Alex Smith For A While from CBS Sports

Poor Andy Reid. The guy shows up to the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday, which happens to be his birthday, and he has to sit down and chat with a crew of Philadelphia beat writers.

No offense to the Philly media (who are wonderful guys), but it's hard to imagine that Reid wanted to spend his birthday answering questions about Nick Foles. He did anyway, though. And it became abundantly clear that Foles was never in play for the Chiefs -- not just because he wasn't available but because Reid only had eyes for 49ers backup Alex Smith.

Many Approaches During General Managers' Week, But Which Is Right? from Sports Illustrated

I like the fact that both Reid and Dorsey think Alex Smith throws the ball well enough downfield to commit to him. He doesn't have a top-10 arm in the league, nor a top-15. But he's certainly good enough. "We looked at every plus-10 throw he made in the last two years with the Niners,'' said Dorsey, meaning every throw that traveled more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage. "And we liked what we saw. He's got enough arm to win in this league; there's no doubt in my mind. He can throw the 20-yard comeback from the opposite hashmark and hit his target. And he knows when to take a shot and when not to.''

That's a shot Dorsey and Reid have taken, and I think they'll be rewarded for it.

Judgements: Tomlin Says Steelers Will Be Fine; Read-Option Won't from CBS Sports

Please tell me Andy Reid didn't tell reporters Geno Smith is still an option with the first overall pick. Maybe for someone that trades with Kansas City for that choice, but not the Chiefs. They didn't give up two second-round picks to make Alex Smith -- who's 28, by the way -- a backup. Nice try, Andy.

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