Chiefs Red And gold Episode 4 from The Mothership
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One on One
In this week's One on One, I sat down with Running Backs Coach Eric Bieniemy as we discuss Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and take a look ahead at the 2014 season.
KCChiefs.com Video: 1 On 1: RB Coach Eric Bieniemy
KCChiefs.com Video: Player Spotlight: Justin Houston
With Vance Walker, Chiefs Got Better, Saved Money, Too from FS Kansas City
According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson graded out as a plus-15 against the run, but a minus-3.6 as a pass rusher. Walker was not so stout last season against the run (-0.6) but was far more effective on passing downs (+1.5).
The numbers bear that out: Jackson had four sacks last season but no other quarterback hits and just eight hurries. Walker, meanwhile, had three sacks, six hits and 32 hurries.
Putting pressure on the quarterback is Walker's game, he said, and it doesn't matter to him who gets the glory of the sack.
One Of These WRs Should Wind Up In KC from ESPN
The top five receivers are the same for both Kiper and McShay, though they have them in a slightly different order. Kiper Jr. has them starting with Clemson's Sammy Watkins, followed by Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. and USC's Marquise Lee.
McShay's order is the same except Beckham is third and Cooks fourth.
The Chiefs, whose first-round selection is 23rd overall, can forget about Watkins and Evans. They will be off the board by the time the Chiefs make their pick.
First, their 2015 salary load includes just 39 players. They'll need to add a few more in order to field a team. Second, quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in 2015 and the Chiefs will need significant salary cap room in order to sign them. Last, this 2015 total doesn't include so-called dead money for players they release this year who won't be with them next year.
So this adds up to a salary cap situation that should be tight again in 2015.
Big Shoes to Fill For Fisher from Warpaint Illustrated
Albert leaves big shoes to fill, as he's been the anchor of the Chiefs offensive line for the past few years. This means that John Dorsey, Andy Reid, and the Chiefs are truly putting a lot of faith into the young 23-year old Eric Fisher.
A major key to Fisher's success next season will obviously be staying healthy, but maybe more importantly, putting some size onto his 6'8" 305 lb frame. Fisher, at time's last season, appeared to just get over-powered and out-muscled at times by bigger, stronger, and more experienced defensive lineman. If Fisher is able to get stronger in the off-season, there's a much better chance of seeing him succeed in 2014, especially at his natural position.
Large Crowd Of NFL Scouts Watches Cal Poly Pro Day from The San Luis Obispo Tribune
In a grouping of scouts Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said was the largest for any pro day in his five years with the program, representatives from the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts ran 13 former Mustangs through several tests, including bench press, vertical leap and 40-yard dash.
McGill Lineman Measuring Up For NFL Scouts, Already Lines Up Visits from The Toronto Sun
Duvernay-Tardif said he spoke frankly afterward with reps from the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals.
Raiders Top FA Signings: Jim Plunkett from ESPN
Plunkett, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner out of Stanford and the top pick of the 1971 draft, bided his time. Five games into the season, the Kansas City Chiefs broke Pastorini's leg and Plunkett took over as the Raiders sat at just 2-3...
...Wilson had a good game on national television against the Dallas Cowboys, but the Chiefs again came to Plunkett's rescue, so to speak, this time breaking Wilson's shoulder. A recharged Plunkett never looked back, though he did cause a stir by skipping the team's championship parade in L.A.