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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 8/27

Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news is all over the place! We have quotes on roster cuts and injuries, season previews, media updates, multiple looks back at former Chiefs, a vote on an Alabama football site on their best players in history ( I think we all know what our job is there), and a whole lot more. Read on and enjoy.

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Coach Reid: Making Roster Cuts Is 'A Tough Deal' from The Mothership

For the last four months, 90 Kansas City Chiefs players, each filled with dreams to play in the NFL, made countless sacrifices to be a part of the 2013 roster. Unfortunately, not all of the players can fulfill their goals of playing for the Chiefs. The NFL requires all teams to cut their current 90-man rosters to 75 players by Aug. 27 at 3:00 PM CDT, before making the final cut to a 53-man roster before month's end.

The team released 14 players on Sunday and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid described the emotions of doing so.

Chiefs Tight End Moeaki  Suffers Another Injury Setback from KC Star

"He got tackled and landed on it ..." Reid said. "He was actually tackled on that spot and then landed on it."

Moeaki, a four-year veteran, had a history of injuries in college at Iowa, and it has followed him with the Chiefs. He missed all of the 2011 season because of a knee injury sustained in the final preseason game, and he missed all of the offseason program this year after undergoing a procedure on his knee.

"He has had a couple of injuries," Reid said, "but in some of those in a lot of cases with different players, you can change that around in your career, and hopefully this is his last one."

Alex Smith: 'We've Done Some Good Things' from The Mothership

In practices, Hemingway has continued to get reps with Alex Smith, whose leadership and poise in the pocket continue to create opportunities for the offense.

"That's what he does," Hemingway said of Smith. "Just to stand back there in the pocket, make the throws when he needs to make the throws and then make the checks, point out the mike (backer) to help the linemen, he has to know everything. He's just an all-around QB; he's going to stick in there and he's going to get us the ball, because he knows we're trying to win just like he's trying to win, so he's going to do what he needs to do to do it."

It's Never Sure Footing For Rookies Like Chiefs Receiver Rico Richardson from KC Star

That night, Richardson posted on Twitter, "The fall messed up my celebration but it's plenty more touchdowns to come n better celebrations ... Lol."

Maybe. But that stumble on the concrete neatly parallels the slippery perch Richardson is on, along with so many other anxious hopefuls with the Chiefs and around the NFL this time of year.

The magic that was maybe the most memorable moment of his young life so far - a touchdown to win an NFL game (as he sees it, not an exhibition) in overtime that left him receiving 60-some texts and his Twitter feed "going off" - hardly guarantees Richardson, a free agent from Jackson State, a place on the Chiefs' final 53-man roster next week.

Ex-Chiefs Punter Jerrel Wilson Was Deserving Of Hall Of Fame Nomination from KC Star

The first punter ever drafted in the first round when the Raiders took him in the 1973 draft, Guy was a marvelous talent. Yet I'm not so sure he was better than the Chiefs' Jerrel "Thunderfoot" Wilson.

Let's compare. Guy averaged 40 yards per punt in all but one of his 14 seasons. Wilson never averaged less than 41.4 yards per punt in his first 14 seasons before he tailed off to 39.9 in 1975, his last with the Chiefs. Video: Reid: This Is A Tough Time Of The Year

Chiefs GM: 'I Believe (Alex Smith) Can Be A Top-10 Quarterback' from USA Today

Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey didn't hesitate when asked if Alex Smith can be one of the NFL's 10 best quarterbacks.

"I believe he can be a top-10 quarterback, and here's why," Dorsey told USA TODAY Sports recently.

2013 NFL Season Preview: Kansas City Chiefs from CBS Sports

The Chiefs will be better than last season. That really shouldn't be a question. The big question will be how much Reid can improve the team in just one short year. If Reid is the coach some of us think he is, Kansas City will flirt with a .500 record. It will take more than a season (and probably more than Smith at quarterback) to have a shot at beating the top-tiered teams in the AFC, but remember Reid took over a team in Philadelphia that went 3-13 the year before he got there.

Tony Moeaki Fractures Shoulder from The Associated Press via ESPN

Reid indicated during training camp that the Chiefs would rely heavily on their tight ends, even putting three on the field at one time. Fasano has been getting the most reps with the first-team offense, while Kelce had moved ahead of Moeaki on the depth chart.

"I'm not sure exactly what injury Tony has right now," Fasano said, "but if we were to lose him for any amount of time, it'd be a loss. We did a good job in camp defining our roles as the tight end position is concerned in our offense, and we were really going to complement each other well, but hopefully it's not as major as people are making it out to be."

Jack's Smack: Chiefs' First-Round Cuts Show More Than Meets The Eye from KSHB

John Dorsey and Andy Reid have given us an inside peek on how they will do business.

You don't see many general managers getting rid of their own draft picks before the regular season even starts. Dorsey and Reid did that.

They pulled the plug on former Kansas State University fullback Braden Wilson.

Media Timeout: Local TV Affiliates Often In No-Win Situation from The Des Moines Register

"All I can say is, sports fans and soap opera fans are probably the most boisterous viewers out there," KCCI president and general manager Paul Fredericksen explained. "They will call and make certain you know what his or her feelings are."

The season's opening Sunday, Sept. 8, is potentially dicey. The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs both play at noon, and are available to CBS affiliates.

Z-96.3 The Lake - The New Home For Chiefs Football from KD Country 94

Dierking Communications, Inc. today is proud to announce that Z-96.3 The Lake, KZDY-FM, is the new broadcast home of the Kansas City Chiefs in North Central Kansas. From this point forward, Z-96.3 The Lake will air complete live coverage of every Kansas City Chiefs broadcast.

Stanzi Cut: Iowa QBs And NFL Remain Strangers from The Gazette

Ricky Stanzi got cut Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs put Stanzi on waivers after two seasons in which he threw zero passes in NFL regular-season games.

Still, Stanzi was as close to throwing a pass in an NFL game as any quarterback from the University of Iowa has been since Mark Vlasic had his last NFL completion in 1991. There were times last season when it seemed like the Chiefs might give Stanzi a shot just out of attrition if nothing else, but they never did.

Sleeper Quarterbacks To Target On Draft Day from USA Today

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye week: 10). Smith will be taking over at quarterback for new head coach Andy Reid. During Reid's 14 years in Philadelphia, his quarterbacks averaged 24 passing and four rushing touchdowns per season. Smith has all the weapons needed to succeed with wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery and pass-catching running back Jamaal Charles.

Examined, The Virtual Life Is Worth Living from The New York Times

One of the great sporting victories of my life was the triumph of my Kansas City Chiefs over the Pittsburgh Steelers as controlled by one of my college roommates in an American Football Conference championship game in Madden NFL. The final two minutes included three Hail Mary touchdown passes, one right after the other, each one putting the scoring team into the lead.

Even this language - it sounds as if the actual Chiefs and the actual Steelers were involved in this matchup - suggests that this A.F.C. championship game was something other than wholly mythical. And that's my point. The game wasn't make-believe. It wasn't fictional. It was something that actually happened.

HK's Tournament Again Exceeds Fundraising Goal from

This year, sponsors who donated $1,000 or more were invited to attend a VIP/Celebrity Party on Friday evening at The Lodge of Four Seasons. Honorary Chair Chase Daniel, a quarterback with the Kansas City Chiefs, presented a custom-engraved gift to each sponsor.

Ohio Football History Has Rich Legacy from The Fremont News Messenger

Len Dawson jump-started the state's interest in passing when he put up monster numbers at Alliance High School in 1951 and 1952. He went on to an outstanding career at Purdue and was Super Bowl IV MVP for the Kansas City Chiefs. Dawson's image is cast in bronze at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has plenty of in-state company.

Major Victories The Ultimate Measure Of Greatness from The Golf Channel

In the 1990s, the Kansas City Chiefs won 101 games, one of only four NFL teams to do so, and made the playoffs seven times. Were the 1990s Chiefs a great team? Nobody thinks so, not even people in Kansas City. They didn't win a Super Bowl. They didn't reach a Super Bowl.

BamaHammer Players Championship Divisional Finals: Derrick Thomas (1) vs. Lee Roy Jordan (4) from BamaHammer

Our champion will be crowned this week, and we need your help in determining the greatest Alabama Crimson Tide football player of all time. Two legends are paired up today; one from the crimson days of yore, and another from the not-so-distant past.

Chiefs GM John Dorsey: Alex Smith Can Be A Top-10 Quarterback from CBS Sports

"He's been through so much adversity," Dorsey said. "He's overcome it, and he's still fighting. And you know what? He's still got a lot of years left."

And those years might involve Super Bowls, at least according to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who said in June that he believes that Smith is a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.

With Football Season Starting This Week, Here's What To Look forward To In 2013 from The Reno Gazette-Journal

You won't find a bigger fan of the Kansas City Chiefs this year than Ault. If the Chiefs offense sparks to life behind some of his Pistol formation principles, Ault could be in line for an NFL job that goes beyond the consulting title. At age 66 and still as sharp as they come, I doubt Ault is done as a full-time coach.

When It Comes To Chiefs QB Alex Smith, Is It Better To Be Sorry Than Safe? from FS Kansas City

The book says the Alex Smith passing tree hits every direction along the compass, and with surgical precision, save for one fairly big one: North. An upgrade, he is. "The Mad Bomber," he ain't.

Statistically, Smith is the anti-Lamonica: accurate, smart, low-risk, right-of-Rush conservative, a pilot with an excellent safety record but pretty dull flight plans. Before his trade to the Kansas City Chiefs, the nicer San Francisco fans called him "efficient," the jerks called him "Checkdown Charlie," and ne'er the twain.

What Every NFL Team Would Do With No. 1 Pick In 2014 NFL Draft from

Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid loves quarterbacks and he wouldn't be able to pass on a young signal-caller to lead his franchise for the next decade. Choice:Quarterback.

Chiefs Get Another Reminder Of TE Need from ESPN

The field-stretching Moeaki had a terrific rookie season with 47 catches. He is a matchup problem and he has fine hands. But sadly, injuries have made him unreliable.

That's why Kelce was taken. He is expected to play a lot with starter Anthony Fasano, who was signed in free agency.

32 Paragraphs About 32 Teams: A Thinking Fan's Guide To The NFL Season from Deadspin

Kansas City's front seven is built for winning one-gap battles. Dontari Poe is a sensational athlete who is more suited to play in attack mode, rather than a more technique-oriented two-gap react mode. Defensive end Tyson Jackson is worth giving more one-gap assignments to since it's been apparent over the years that the former No. 3 overall pick is very average as a two-gap controller. Jackson is not a pure three-technique type, but he has a build and athleticism more fit for penetrating than simply fighting to hold ground.

End Of The Stanzi Era from Warpaint Illustrated

...I was sure Stanzi would be different. When he came to camp in 2009 he was without a doubt the best quarterback that summer. Under then Offensive Coordinator, Charlie Weis, he outperformed incumbent starter, Matt Cassel.

That was until he ran out onto the field in a game situations where he fizzled in every exhibition game he wore a Chiefs uniform. Even after a rocky rookie season, a year later, he had another strong camp but when the lights came on again - he withered into mediocrity.

Mascot Hall Of Fame Makes Pitch To Whiting from The Whiting News

Along with the Famous Chicken and Phillie Phanatic, the National Mascot Hall of Fame inductees also include Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin;  Brutus Buckeye of Ohio State University; Mr. Met; Suns Gorilla; Sparty of Michigan State University; KC Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs and Big Red of Western Kentucky University.

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