Breaking Down Chiefs' Key Issues As They Prepare For Offseason Practice from KC Star
The offseason practice schedule picks up for the Chiefs starting on Tuesday. That's when they'll hold the first of three full-squad sessions this week, with three to follow next week, four the week after that and then a three-day mandatory mini-camp the first week of June.
So they'll be able to cover a lot of ground over 13 practices. Here are some of the more important issues they'll need to begin to sort through:
Chiefs Announce Roster Moves from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that they have signed the following six players; DL
Risean Broussard, S Greg Castillo, DE Miguel Chavis, S Justin Glenn, RB Jordan Roberts and DB James Rogers. Additionally, the Chiefs released the following three players: FB Ryan D'Imperio, RB Nate Eachus and DB Jose Gumbs.
Chiefs Add Former Nevada Head coach As Consultant from KC Star
The Chiefs added another offensive specialist to their coaching staff, hiring former University of Nevada coach Chris Ault as a consultant.
Ault is known as a guru of the pistol offensive formation, which features option plays. Colin Kaepernick was among the quarterbacks who played for Ault at Nevada.
Chiefs Sign Third-Round Pick Knile Davis from KC Star
The Chiefs are hoping the 227-pound Davis can be a power back to complement the speed and big-play ability of Jamaal Charles. But they also believe Davis has the speed and ability to be more than just a goal-line and short-yardage alternative to Charles.
Davis had a huge season at Arkansas in 2010, rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. But he missed all of 2011 because of a broken ankle.
Chiefs Sign Rookie RB Knile Davis from The Mothership
The team's new running back shared what Chiefs fans can expect from him in 2013 and beyond.
"Just a hard worker, always in the playbook and somebody who's going to give it his all on special teams and offense; that's what I'm going to do," Davis added.
His new deal follows Mother's Day, fitting as that is the first person Davis credited for his success.
Fisher As Advertised In Rookie Camp from The Mothership
First impressions are powerful. First impressions are immediate. And, let's not forget, you really only get one chance to make that all-important first impression.
During the Kansas City Chiefs three-day rookie minicamp, the team's #1 overall pick
Eric Fishermade the most of his opportunity.
"At this stage of our development, he's all of what he thought he was going to be," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Fisher. "I just wanted to see how he picked things up physically and mentally, the techniques and the scheme. I thought he handled that well; it didn't seem like he strained with that at all. I think we're all excited to get him in here and let him move around a little bit, see what he could do and he handled this fine."
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Ault Agrees To Deal To Be Consultant With K.C. Chiefs from The Reno Gazette-Journal
"He had other teams interested in having him come in, but not to the degree that Kansas City stepped forward," LaMonte said. "It's a good job, and he's excited for it. He went with the team that gave him the best opportunity to be a consultant."
Ault will be leaving May 28 for Kansas City for organized team activities (OTAs) and then mini camp. He'll be in Kansas City for two weeks.
Chris Ault Hired By Kansas City Chiefs As Consultant from NFL.com
Is new Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid preparing for an offensive shift to the pistol attack that combines the shotgun-spread passing game with a power running game?
Reid won't ditch his cherished West Coast offense, but the early signs suggest he'll turn to the pistol as an occasional curveball to throw at defensive coordinators.
The surest sign yet came Monday when the Chiefs imported the godfather of the pistol offense.
Chris Ault Hired To Consult Chiefs from The Associated Press via ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs couldn't have found a better source for help in implementing -- and maybe even defending -- the pistol offensive system sweeping through the NFL.
The Chiefs have hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, who used the modified shotgun formation to great success in the college ranks, to serve as a consultant to new coach Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and the rest of the Kansas City coaching staff.
Chiefs' Charles Visits Reeds Spring from OzarksFirst.com
Monday one of those Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles was at Reeds Spring middle school.
The school was a national winner for the Play 60 program which gets the students to eat right and stay active.
As a reward, Charles paid them a visit and shared what he eats and how he stays in shape as an NFL player.
Ryan McBean Visits Chiefs from The Baltimore Sun
Veteran free agent defensive lineman Ryan McBean visited the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, according to a source.
McBean spent last season on the Ravens' injured reserve list after breaking his left ankle in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons and undergoing surgery to repair the damage.
Donovan McNabb Says He'll Retire As A Philadelphia Eagle from USA Today
"I will retire as an Eagle," McNabb said during an interview with ESPN Radio in Syracuse on Monday,per Syracuse.com, "and I look forward to that opportunity and that day."
The Eagles aren't confirming the details of when the ceremonial retirement will occur, but McNabb said it likely will happen in September, perhaps in Week 3 when Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs are in town.
Chiefs Hire Pistol Formation Godfather Chris Ault As Offensive Consultant from Yahoo! Sports
Whether Smith runs mobile offenses or not may be the short-term question, but an advance knowledge of these philosophies could help the Chiefs as they look to transition to a new franchise quarterback -- perhaps in the 2014 NFL draft. Smith is a safe player at the position, but he has obvious limitations, and he may be a bridge player until Reid and his staff can get their hands on a 2014 quarterback class that looks to be far more interesting than the 2013 version.
Reid Adds More Coaching Firepower In Ault from ESPN
Don't get this wrong -- Ault's presence doesn't necessarily mean the Chiefs will run the Pistol all the time. After all, Smith is not a great fit for that particular scheme.
It just means Reid, known as one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the NFL, wants to get his team up to speed on the Pistol offense. Several teams are using it with success. I think Ault is being brought in to get the defense up to speed on stopping the Pistol as much as he is to help out the offense.