Chiefs Poised After 1 Week Of Camp from The Mothership
"I just want to build something here, and build a championship," Charles said after signing the deal. "I want to win a Super Bowl."
Charles, who comes off a year having scored a career-high 19 total touchdowns, wanted to make it clear that he is aiming high. But even as talented as he is, winning a Super Bowl is not something he can accomplish on his own.
For help with that task, he turns to quarterback
Alex Smith, who enters his second season with the Chiefs. Similar to Charles, Smith too comes off a year having recorded a career-high of his own, his in passing touchdowns with 23. One of his concentrations for this season will be ensuring the Chiefs finish the job.
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Successful teams have successful leaders.
This spans across every sport at every level. Without leadership, the team doesn't have a consistent voice or face to look to in times of struggle. It's easy to lead when things are going well; that hasn't changed since your high school coach uttered those same words to you during conditioning drills.
The Kansas City Chiefs have an unquestioned leader at quarterback, one who has gone through his ups and downs and came to the Chiefs last year and helped orchestrate the biggest turnaround in franchise history.
Chiefs Host Heads Up Football Clinic For Moms from The Mothership
On Saturday, the Chiefs hosted a Football Safety Clinic at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex specifically geared towards mothers of youth football players. Nearly 80 mothers attended the event, which was intended to teach proper football techniques, equipment fitting and safety precautions.
"This event is designed to inform local mothers on the proper techniques of hitting, equipment fitting, hydration and safety," Shawn Barber, Chiefs Ambassador and former player, explained. "We want to keep parents in the know about the different techniques, the symptoms of concussions and how to stay hydrated, so that they can help keep the game safe."
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The veteran is beginning his 10th season, coming off his third Pro Bowl, and closing in on the franchise record for tackles -- he needs 19 to reach 1,000 for his career, which would be one more than Gary Spani recorded from 1978-86.
He still believes his best days are ahead of him, even if the first strands of gray hair are lurking in the shadows.
"No, it hasn't crossed my mind," Johnson continued, when asked about retirement. "I've been fortunate and blessed not to have a major injury. Every year, when I go back to work out with Jamaal (Charles) and all of these guys -- if I can keep up with these guys, I can come back."
Loss Of Playing Spark Contributes To Sean McGrath's Retirement from Chiefs Spin
Chiefs tight end Sean McGrath's sudden retirement from football came as a surprise.
While the Chiefs haven't provided details, McGrath's agent, John Owens, offered an explanation Tuesday during a telephone interview.
"Sean was concerned he no longer had the spark to get ready to play football," Owens said, "and he didn't want to be a detriment to the Chiefs."
Fantasy-Winning Recipient Of Signed Charles Jersey Is In A 'Quandry' from FS Kansas City
One of those first-world-fantasy-football kind of problems.
"Our keepers are locked on August 1," Greg Light says of his wife, Delia, the woman smiling in the picture above. "And right now, Adrian Peterson is her keeper."
"But she's debating. She's having a real struggle giving up Adrian Peterson to keep Jamaal Charles."
Healthy Chiefs DB Malcolm Bronson Hopes To Make Impression from Chiefs Spin
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey's search for talent to boost competition leaves no stone unturned.
That philosophy in two seasons with Dorsey at the helm resulted in a roster with contributors from Central Michigan, Newberry College and Princeton, among others.
Second-year free safety Malcolm Bronson will add McNeese State of the Southland Conference if he pans out in training camp.
Positives From First Week Of Camp from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are taking the day off from training camp practice at Missouri Western State University. They'll return on Wednesday to begin a six-day stretch of practice sessions leading up to their Aug. 7 preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs have finished five full-squad camp practices. Here, I'll look at three pleasant developments from the first week of camp. Later today, I'll list some of the top disappointments.
Negative From First Week Of Chiefs Camp from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs resume training camp at Missouri Western State University on Wednesday after taking a one-day break. While they're off, we're looking back at the first week of camp. Earlier, we examined some of the camp's positive developments. Here are some of the top disappointments:
The Kansas City Chiefs have two linebackers who were Alabama high school stars. One is coming off an almost invisible rookie NFL season. The other was the talk of the team's offseason practices after being a first-round draft choice in May. But on Saturday at Kansas City's training camp, it was the less-celebrated player who took reps with the first-team defense.
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Opposing Coaches. Mike McCoy of the Chargers and Andy Reid were both in their first years with their respective teams last year, and they should be even more effective with a year under their belts.
Reid is an offensive-minded coach, and the Chiefs were sixth-best overall in scoring last season. McCoy is also an offensive specialist, and he helped Rivers reach a career-high passer rating of 105.5 last season. He also focused on limiting turnovers. Dennis Allen of the Raiders enters his third year as head coach.
"I wouldn't say at this point that we're leaning any way,'' Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. "We've enjoyed our time here in St. Joe. The university has done a great job for us. Coach [Andy] Reid really likes the setup we have here.
"It's a decision we'll make after training camp. We'll sit down as an organization and visit with the university and make a decision before the end of the year."
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3. JAMAAL CHARLES
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Charles proved he can make do with a subpar offensive line, and he'll have to do the same again this season. The Chiefs still have a depleted offensive line after free agency, and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher is making a move from right tackle to left tackle and recovering from shoulder surgery. That said, Charles has one-man show capabilities. He rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns, but it was his receiving that was most impressive. He had career- and team-highs across the board with 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven TDs. Charles also led all running backs with 104 targets, which was just one fewer look than the Chiefs' top receiver Dwayne Bowe got.