Chiefs Like What They've Seen So Far From QB Alex Smith from KC Star
"I'm with him every single day,'' Nagy said. "Just talking X's and O's and past experiences he's had, he brings some good things to our attention as a staff. He has a lot of valuable experience. He's been through a lot. Having those experiences and coming in here to a team with a new staff, it's been an awesome experience. Throughout this process, we're taking in what he has, he's taking in what we have, and we're putting it all together and trying to make this work.
"When he's out here on the practice field, he's a leader. The guys look to him. The quarterback position is so important to be that leader, whether it's vocally or by your play. He does both of that. Having him be able to do that and have some of these younger guys look up to him, that's what we need, and that's what we expected he'd have and he does have that.''
DJ On Jamaal Charles: "We're Still Wowed" from The Mothership
Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson addressed the media after practice and spoke to Jamaal's versatility out of the backfield.
"I think you can use him more in the passing game," Pederson said.
"You've seen him sprint out of the single receiver and he'll come out of the backfield. He's a guy that needs to move around and you can put in different positions, motion out of the back, shift him from the backfield. He catches the ball so well that, you have to take advantage of that offensively."
Chiefs Receiver Jon Baldwin Misses Thursday Practice Because Of Illness from KC Star
Wide receiver Dexter McCluster also practiced for the first time this week after missing the first two days because of a hamstring issue.
But McCluster's work was limited to individual drills plus one play in team practice, so the Chiefs are obviously going slowly with him.
"We don't need him right now,'' offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. "We need him in September. We'll continue to put plays in for him. He understands what those are. We still want to utilize his strengths, move him around, create matchups for him. He'll be a big piece of this puzzle.''
Chiefs Expecting Great Play From Special Teams from The Mothership
Following his Pro Bowl season, which included the second-most punts landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line (45), one behind Arizona kicker Dave Zastudil's 46, Colquitt isn't satisfied and stated one of his goals for 2013.
"More inside the 20," Colquitt said. "I have to get that number up there in the mid-40s. I showed that I could do it last year and I need to do it again this year. That's one thing that we've had a lot of fun watching over on the sidelines is the defense fly around. We have a lot of Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball; I have to set them up and be there for Succop. He's capable of doing a lot of good things like he has the last four (seasons). We have to make these next four really good for him as well."
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Justin Houston A Surprise On 'Top 100 Players Of 2013' from NFL.com
Tamba Hali has the name, but Houston had the game in 2012.
Viewed as a first-round talent, Houston dropped to the Chiefs in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft because of rumors of a failed drug test. The former Georgia star managed just two quarterback hits and three hurries in his first 11 NFL games, but he has been on a tear ever since. Bolstered by a three-sack breakout game against the Chicago Bears in Week 13 of 2011, Houston has collected 13 sacks and 57 quarterback pressures over his last 20 games.
Custody Trial Nearing For Child In Belcher Murder-Suicide from USA Today
The Belcher murder-suicide was the darkest moment in the worst year in Chiefs history. Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli were fired after the two-win season. Nearly a third of the players on the 2012 roster are gone, including both quarterbacks. New head coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey have worked to overhaul the roster.
But memories of the Belcher tragedy, his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and the infant daughter they left behind remain quite raw.
The Best And Worst Venue Names In American Sports from FanIQ
Arrowhead - Kansas City Chiefs. We're going to see a whole lot more war references in venue names, but this is one of the best because it's consistent with the team name and it's unique.
Around Town from The Liberty Tribune
The Eric Berry Speed Football Camp is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at Liberty North High School. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $99 per camper.
Several Chiefs players are expected to make an appearance, as will the NFL Network, which is filming a documentary on the foundation.
Some Bad Planning By The Sports Establishment from Chestnut Hill Local
Reports have the retirement celebration scheduled for the Eagles' nationally televised Thursday night game on Sept. 19. The opponent that night? The Kansas City Chiefs. You probably don't need to be reminded that their head coach, Andy Reid, was McNabb's boss when he played in Philadelphia.
While at one level it makes sense to have Reid part of the ceremony, on another it'll be a real distraction for new head coach Chip Kelly. This will be Kelly's third regular season game in his first season, a season that follows Reid's 14 years at the Eagles' helm.
Birdie's Families In Motion Announces Special Guest Appearances For Family Fun And Fit Expo July 27 At Valdez Hall from The San Francisco Chronicle
Tim Collier is a true American athlete. He was drafted into the NFL out of East Texas State and played a total of ten seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs (1976-1980), the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-1982), and the San Francisco 49ers (1982-1986). Tim's career as a cornerback culminated in success when he played on the 1984 San Francisco 49ers Superbowl Championship Team. His commitment to excellence then and now are what make him stand out as a role model and community leader. We are proud to welcome Tim as guest speaker.
NFL Fantasy Football: June Brings QB Quandries from NFL.com
Week 7, which is Drew Brees' bye week, Houston plays Kansas City. While I think the Chiefs will be an improved team in 2013, they still do not have a very strong defense, and that's a good time to start Schaub.