Chiefs Home Opener Is In High Demand from The Mothership
Single-game tickets went on sale Wednesday to Jackson County residents and Season Ticket Holders. Tickets will be available to all Chiefs fans on Friday July 12th and can be purchased at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Not surprisingly, this year's hottest ticket is the home opener; the Chiefs will take the field against the Dallas Cowboys on September 15th.
Week 6 vs. Raiders
The skinny: I'm sorry, but I just can't get over this: The Raiders - the RAIDERS!!! - have won two games at Arrowhead more recently than the Chiefs have. The Raiders have won seven straight at Arrowhead, actually, which is just a stunning fact, in part because the Raiders have lost 12, 11, 11, 8, 8 and 12 games during those seasons. I just refuse to believe this can go on.
The pick: 27-13 Chiefs.
The record: 3-3, and Marty Schottenheimer is somewhere, smiling.
Chiefs Rookie Recap: Mike Catapano from The Mothership
The Chiefs selected the Princeton defensive end with the 207th overall pick of April's draft. After choosing Catapano, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey shared the conversation he had with the soon-to-be Chiefs rookie.
"When I called him up on the phone and said, 'Would you want to be the 207th pick in the NFL draft?', he goes, ‘I'm not going to let you down, Mr. Dorsey.' I mean, he's one of those guys," Dorsey said. "He's very passionate about the game; so, he's going to give you everything he's got and he's got enough size and ability to compete."
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid knew full well what his team was getting by adding Catapano.
KCChiefs.com Video: Flowers Talks Chiefs Secondary On NFL AM
Kansas City Chiefs Salary Cap Outlook: Jamaal Charles Is A Bargain from Yahoo! Sports
2013 Cap Room Remaining: $3.562 million (8th-least in the NFL, as of July 10, 2013). However, the Chiefs have not yet signed No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, who will have a first-year cap hit of $4,034,636. Since Fisher's contract will knock a $480,000 cap charge out of the "Top 51" contracts that count against the cap during the offseason, the Chiefs actually have around $20,000 in cap space.
Shutdown Countdown: Kansas City Chiefs Can Turn It Around Quickly from Yahoo! Sports
This team's best-case scenario for the 2013 season: It's hard to imagine Kansas City beating Denver for the division title. The Broncos finished 11 games ahead of the Chiefs last year. But it's not too farfetched to imagine the Chiefs finishing a comfortable second ahead of the rebuilding Raiders and fading Chargers. They need Smith to play well. Elsewhere on the roster, the talent is there to be in the playoff race.
And here's the nightmare scenario: Reid looked burned out last year, and a year off might have done him well. If he hasn't regained the spark, if Smith is mediocre, if Charles gets hurt like he did in 2011, it could be bad. It's not too hard to imagine; this was an absolutely putrid team a year ago.
Brad Cottam is a former Kansas City Chiefs tight end. A football injury in 2009 ended his football career.
Cottam recovered and now owns KC Speed and Sport, where he recently coached Cynthia Newsome during a workout.
Donovan McNabb was conflicted but believes that a stable offensive line and LeSean McCoy will lead to a solid Philadelphia Eagles offense and a quick improvement for his former team. Shaun O'Hara took the other side and feels Andy Reid will turn around the Kansas City Chiefs.
Detroit Got It Right With Matthew Stafford from National Football Post
Before you commence the argument that Detroit could have passed on the quarterback position, take a look at the rest of the top-10 picks from 2009 and ask yourself how each of these guys has performed to date:
St. Louis Rams (No. 2): Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Kansas City Chiefs (No. 3): Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Seattle Seahawks (No. 4): Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
New York Jets (No. 5): Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
Cincinnati Bengals (No. 6): Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
Oakland Raiders (No. 7): Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 8): Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Green Bay Packers (No. 9): B.J. Raji, NT, Boston College
San Francisco 49ers (No. 10): Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Not exactly a who's who of Pro Bowl talent, is it? Now let's take a look at the other quarterbacks Detroit had to choose from in 2009:
Bills Among Minority Holding Training Camp Away From Home from The Buffalo News
The main incentive for the Bills to go to St. John Fisher College in Pittsford is to maintain a stronger presence in the Rochester market, which is so important to the regionalization of the franchise.
Few other NFL teams are concerned about regionalization and selling tickets. The other most regional franchises in the league are the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, but both have no problem selling out games. Green Bay, in fact, has something like a 60-year waiting list for season tickets.
NFL Dreams from The Jackson Free Press
JSU TV recently put out a 30-minute documentary called "Path to Pro Day." Lawrence Lockhart provides the smooth and easy-to-listen-to narration to the story featuring four Jackson State football players as they prepare for pro day at JSU. The film also shows the Tigers in action on pro day itself...
.....The four players profiled are wide receiver Rico Richardson, defensive end Joseph LeBeau, defensive tackle Johnathan Billups and left tackle Zion Pyatt...
...The Kansas City Chiefs signed Richardson as an undrafted free agent. The wide receiver is not in bad shape to make a team that drafted no wide receivers this year and signed only one other undrafted free agent, Florida's Frankie Hammond.
Is The Giants' Victor Cruz Worth His New Contract? from The Wall Street Journal
By most conventional measures, a five-year deal with $15.6 million guaranteed and an average value of $7.6 million doesn't appear overly generous for a 26-year-old Pro Bowl player with 122 catches for 2,075 yards and 15 touchdowns in the last two years.
Compared with the contracts signed by other big-name receivers this off-season, it begins to look like chicken feed. Despite recording just 801 yards and three touchdowns last season, Dwayne Bowe signed a five-year, $56 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs that pays him an additional $10 million in guaranteed money.
The Looming Franchise Player Negotiating Deadline from National Football Post
Branden Albert (OT)-Kansas City Chiefs: Albert was the subject of trade talks prior to the NFL draft. The talks fell apart because the Miami Dolphins were unwilling to give the Chiefs a 2013 second round pick for Albert. The Dolphins were reportedly ready to meet Albert's contract demands. He has been seeking a contract similar to the six-year contract extension averaging $8.9 million per year (with $22,081,500 in guarantees) Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown signed with the Houston Texans right before the start of the 2012 season.
3. LB TAMBA HALI, KANSAS CITY. I can remember Hali's breakout year of 2005 at Penn State. A defensive end in college and early in his career with the Chiefs, Hali confounded blockers with his quickness and his relentless play. The 29-year-old Hali posted 11 sacks as a senior with the Lions and became a first-round pick of the Chiefs in 2006. He was moved to outside linebacker in a 3-4 and the 275-pounder was named to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2001. Hali, who recorded nine sacks last season, has 62.5 for his career.