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Well, well, well... looks like they'll hire anyone over at Arrowhead. Kidding. Congrats to BJ Kissel for his first post on The Mothership! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Meet Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel from The Mothership

The Chiefs Digital Media Department is expanding quickly, just this week BJ Kissel was added to our team as a Chiefs Reporter. He will be providing Chiefs fans with daily updates, practice reports, game analysis and keeping the fans informed of everything happening at One Arrowhead Drive.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves, let me introduce you to BJ.

BJ grew up in Stilwell, Kansas, just south of Overland Park, and graduated from Blue Valley High School. He initially went to the University of Central Missouri on a baseball scholarship. After redshirting one season, he was a member of the Mules 2003 National Championship team.

Training Camp Nears As Chiefs Pack For St. Joe from The Mothership

Less than 65 miles separate Spratt Stadium in St. Joseph, Missouri, home of Kansas City Chiefs training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, from Arrowhead Stadium.

That's music to the ears of Chiefs equipment manager Allen Wright, who has been with the organization for more than 30 years and is only the fourth equipment manager in team history...

"...We're an hour away," Wright explained. "I can drive back between practices."

Hall Of Honor Features AFL Helmet History from The Mothership

The Titans went from one of the least successful franchises in the AFL to one of the most successful.  With a new stadium scheduled to open in the Borough of Queens, New York City, the franchise dumped the bland coloring associated with the Titans became a distinctive green.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Chiefs Visit Heart To Heart International

Chiefs' Justin Houston Expected For Training Camp from Chiefs Spin

Houston, who enters the final year of his contract, is expected to report for training camp without a contract extension, a source confirmed with ChiefsSpin.com Wednesday evening.

Nevertheless, Houston is "upset" over his contract situation, according to the source. A report on Houston's camp status first surfaced Tuesday evening from Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports.

Kansas city Chiefs 2014 Preview: As Long As Jamaal Charles Is Around, Anything Is Possible from FS Kansas City

REASON FOR OPTIMISM

Jamaal Charles is the best tailback in the AFC, if not the game, right now. And Reid knows it.

Everybody on the other sideline knows it, too. And they still can't stop him. And they tried. For all of the defense's regression after Halloween, No. 25 only got better as the season went along, running for 4.13 yards per carry in September and bumping that number up to 6.02 in November.

If you get coach and quarterback right in the NFL, you can paper over a lot of other holes on the roster -- although, as the New York Giants proved last fall, if those holes are on the offensive line, all bets are off. Reid played it close to the vest for most of the first half of the season as the Chiefs let their defense and special teams do the heavy lifting during a 9-0 start.

But there's reasonable cause to believe, health permitting, that an offense that put up 34.6 points and 387 yards of offense per contest over the last seven tilts of last season -- with most of the same skill pieces back and Thomas threatening to set up as a faster version of the departed McCluster -- will pick up largely where it left off in January. And assuming Houston, who held out during the spring, returns to the fold, the Chiefs again have all the ingredients for a top-10 pass rush.

It's Time For Chiefs To Pay Justin Houston from ESPN

Those of us who regularly watch the Kansas City Chiefs didn't find this to be news, but the confirmation was welcome, anyway. Pro Football Focus recently released its list of the 10 most underpaid players in the NFL, and Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston came in at No. 7.

The only surprise was that Houston wasn't higher on the list. A Pro Bowler in two of his first three NFL seasons, Houston has become one of the league's best pass-rushers and all-around defensive players. He has 26.5 sacks in his past 32 games, and PFF gave him a higher rating last season than any other outside linebacker playing in a 3-4 system.

5 Days to Camp: Derrick Johnson from Warpaint Illustrated

The former 2005 former first round pick from the University of Texas player has been a stalwart defender for the Chiefs every since his rookie season. Even with a hiccup season in 2009, where he struggled mightily, I'm almost ready put him in the same class as some of the franchises greatest linebackers.

That legendary list includes the likes of Bobby Bell, Jim Lynch, Willie Lanier, Donnie Edwards, Gary Spani and Derrick Thomas. The Chiefs have always been blessed with great linebackers but DJ has stood the test of time and just seems to get better with age.

Cairo Santos Prepared For Chiefs' Camp Battle In Daytona Beach from The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Cairo Santos' road to the NFL began in Daytona Beach, so with his spot in the league on the line, the Kansas City Chiefs' kicker has been coming back to refine his game.

Truthfully, Santos, who likely could have had his pick of spots to train, never strayed from the idea of working out in Daytona Beach with One on One Kicking instructor and Mainland Buccaneers' assistant coach Dan Lundy.

Jack's Smack: How Will The Chiefs Win Half Of This Season's Games? from KSHB

I mentioned the schedule. It's tough and the chiefs did nothing in free agency.

Dwayne Bowe better have a monster season.

It's downright scary to think that Donny Avery is the other wide out. Shame on John Dorsey.

I've got the Chiefs winning 7 games this season, but I'm hedging a little, Eight and eight might be a doable number, but that's only because of Andy Reid.

Celebrities Flock To Tahoe For Annual Golf Tournament from The Daily Sparks Tribune

Other players, like Britton Colquitt, the punter for the Super Bowl runner-up Denver Broncos, are making their first appearance in the tournament.

"It's a beautiful place," Colquitt said. "The whole city, the whole town, the course is A plus so it's awesome."

Colquitt, who said he takes his golf clubs out for a spin once or twice a week depending on his wife's permission with two children at home, said he wiggled into the tournament field after working with his agents.

"We decided if my brother (Kansas City Chiefs punter, Dustin Colquitt), if he was my caddy, then two punters equals one celebrity. And it worked," he said. "Now I just have to play well enough to get invited back."

How ADHD Puts Athletes In The Zone from Forbes

For those of you who think being an NFL quarterback is only about arm strength and accuracy, think again. When former NFL quarterback Dave Krieg was in the huddle, he had seconds to call a play while also answering questions from running backs and receivers, thinking about the yards needed for a first down, the score of the game, the time on the clock, which player needed some extra motivation or an "atta boy", and which play could be run next based on the success of this one. And all this was done while thousands of fans were screaming at the top of their lungs, which often made it hard to think, much less hear.

Bucky's Best: Jimmy Graham Shine Among Hybrid Tight Ends from NFL.com

When I stepped onto the practice field adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium in 1997, I had no idea that my Kansas City Chiefs teammate Tony Gonzalez was on the verge of revolutionizing the tight end position in the NFL. While I was well aware of Gonzalez's exploits as a two-sport athlete at Cal, I wondered how his athleticism, body control and hand-eye coordination would transfer to the NFL. And initially, he struggled to adjust to the pros, failing to log a start in his rookie campaign and having difficulties in practices and games.

Needless to say, Gonzalez evolved into a dominant force on Sundays, largely by relying on the skills that made him a solid college basketball player.

Power Ranking: Rating Each NFL Team's Best Home-Run Hitter from FOX Sports

10. Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs) - Workhorse running backs aren't supposed to average five yards per carry; they have too many plunges on third-and-one to maintain that kind of pace. But Charles, who had 1,287 yards on 259 attempts last season, did just that; that's because he posts one big play after another.