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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 3/21

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. There's a good article on the helmet rule and Willie Lanier's take on it. Enjoy.


Ex-Missouri QB Chase Daniel Happy To Be With Chiefs from KC Star

The return to Missouri was a nice feature but ultimately not what brought him back. Football had far more to do with it.

"As soon as I knew Andy Reid signed here, (the Chiefs) were on my radar," Daniel said. "I knew what type of offense they ran. It was very similar in a lot of ways to the New Orleans type of offense. They like to throw the ball. They like to run. They're a fast-tempo offense. They have weapons.

"I did the best thing for my career. I wanted to be a part of a winning program and wanted to get a chance to compete. I understand my role on this team right now is to back up Alex Smith. I understand he's the starter. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to compete every single day to push him. He'd be the first one to tell you that's what makes a good quarterback (group)."

Andy Reid Talks Alex Smith And Chase Daniel from The Mothership

Alex Smith has gone through so many coordinators and systems. How much carryover do you see between what he's leaving in San Francisco and your system here?

"I think the last couple years, that will carry over. And he did, he had a ton of change. Most quarterbacks that go through that, they're ruined. They never come out on the positive side. They get crushed. But he was able to work through all that. Even the year before Jim [Harbaugh] got there, you could see him, his production starting to go up. But what he was doing there, the terminology will be very similar; scheme for the most part will be very similar. I don't think it will be a big transition."

Chiefs' Reid Calls Baldwin A 'Tweener' from KC Star

After re-signing Dwayne Bowe and acquiring Donnie Avery through free agency, the Chiefs appear to have their starting wide receivers. Between Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie, the Chiefs seem to have their slot receivers.

There doesn't look to be much of a role for Jon Baldwin.

Chiefs sign LS Thomas Gafford from The Mothership

The Friendswood, Texas native originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Packers, including its-then Director of College Scouting John Dorsey in 2006.

Reader's Mock Draft: Kansas City Chiefs Are On The Clock from Bear Goggles On

The Chiefs didn't earn the top pick in the draft for no reason. Despite some talent, they still have a lot of holes. They've done a decent job trying to address those concerns with their moves thus far, but they still have plenty of needs. The Chiefs created a hole at offensive tackle by letting Winston go. Like most all teams, they could use a pass rusher and an inside linebacker.

Most mock drafts have the Chiefs selecting Texas A&M OT Luke Joekel but Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher has been gaining steam. Could the Chiefs continue to surprise and take quarterback Geno Smith or take DT Sharrif Floyd, who's been tabbed in a few mocks. Let's start the Reader's Mock Draft there.

Eight Cardinals Perform For Scouts At Ball State Pro Day from The Muncie Star Press

A group of seven professional scouts came to Ball State's campus for the annual pro day and ran the group of eight Cardinals and players from eight smaller in-state schools through nearly four hours of drills to test speed, strength, agility and an array of other football-related skills. Representatives were on hand from the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.

Positive Pro-Day For ASU Football from

Albany State pro-day has yielded positive football results for some of the former Golden Rams.

NFL scouts from the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants were on hand to watch a handful of ASU players.

AFC West Mock Draft: Take IV from ESPN

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M. It still looks like Joeckel is going to be the pick, even if he has to play right tackle for the time being. I wouldn't be shocked if the Chiefs seriously consider Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei now that he is healthy. But for now, we're sticking with Joeckel.

Outrage Over New Helmet Rule Much Ado About Nothing from Sports Illustrated

"This really just tends to be about the broader view of society's view of change, and the reality that we have difficulty changing long-held habits,'' said Willie Lanier, the Hall of Fame Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker and member of the NFL's Player Safety Advisory Committee. "And for Emmitt, or whoever has questions about the rule, sometimes their comments are based on the self-interest of the individual speaking at the time. People get trapped in the way things have been before. They get trapped in the warrior mentality. But sometimes it takes people willing to take another look and making change. You have to be open to make change.''

Lanier has been willing to make changes ever since suffering an undiagnosed subdural hematoma in the first game of his rookie season of 1967 with the Chiefs. He dove to make a tackle in that game, and took a knee to the head. He felt woozy but didn't leave that game or report his concussion. But the following week, he went to call the defensive signals in the huddle in the first quarter, and collapsed, remaining unconscious for two hours. Lanier eventually went to the Mayo Clinic looking for answers to his condition. He missed four games, but when he returned, he came back determined to play the game as safely as possible, never dropping his head in order to tackle, and wrapping up ballcarriers with his body.

SLCL Presents Sportswriter Michael MacCambridge, Author Of "Lamar Hunt: A Life In Sports" from The Edwardsville Intelligencer

The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present acclaimed St. Louis sportswriter Michael MacCambridge for a discussion and signing of his biography "Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports." The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Utah's Star Lotulelei Eager To Impress At His Pro Day from

Florida's Sharrif Floyd has become a trendy potential No. 1 pick in mock drafts because it's easy to see the Kansas City Chiefs taking an interior defensive lineman. Don't be shocked if Lotulelei gets in the mix, too, if he has a strong pro day.

Star Lotulelei Eases Medical Concerns With Strong Pro Day from Sports Illustrated

The Chiefs, as everyone's well aware, currently hold the top spot. While Eric Winston's release and rumors of a possible Branden Albert trade seem to point toward an offensive tackle coming off the board there, Lotulelei could be a perfect fit for Kansas City's 3-4, especially given his ability to line up at multiple spots.

Andy Reid: Jamaal Charles Wasn't Used Fully The Past Two Years from CBS Sports

Watching Charles' 2010 game tape, Reid saw Charles used to devastating effect. Charles caught 45 passes for 468 yards and three touchdowns - all career highs - while rushing for 1,467 yards. Kansas City won the AFC West that year.

"Charlie [Weis] kind of moved him around like we did with our guys [in Philadelphia]," Reid said in an interview at the owners' meetings. "I did that just to see how [Charles] handled the quick passing game or the deep passing game from the wide receiver position. He handled it well. So that gives you another dimension that you know is in there that he wasn't utilized. ... They just didn't use it in him the last couple years."

Daughter's Death At Hands Of NFL Player Devastates Mom from WFAA

Kasandra's mother never saw it coming, and never dreamed that she would be saying goodbye to her daughter at such a young age.

"It just devastated our family," Gonzalez said. "She was precious to us and a friend to everyone, and it's changed us forever. And now we have a little girl to raise."

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