Chiefs vs. Titans: A Closer Look At The Opponent from The Mothership
It always starts with the quarterback, and the Titans finally have a healthy Jake Locker under center.
Locker, a former first-round pick (No. 8 in 2011), has missed 25 games (including nine last year) in his first three years because of various injuries.
But he's looking healthy heading into this season. Last year, in limited action, he seemed to be progressing towards becoming a solid NFL quarterback.
Coaches Press Conferences from The Mothership
Q: Is it like looking in the mirror seeing Ryan Succop handling the kicking duties and Dexter McCluster punt returning?
TOUB: "It's going to be a weird pregame, let's put it that way. We've talked about that now we'll be crossing paths and talking. And Ryan's a great guy. And I knew, I said before that both of these guys are NFL kickers. It didn't surprise me that he got picked up so quickly."
Player Press Conferences from The Mothership
Q: What relationship do you have with the players from the past such as Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier?
JOHNSON: "Well, being on this rich tradition of this Chiefs organization, you have guys like Willie Lanier and Bobby Bell and Neil Smith and all of these guys who were wonderful here, great players here, hall of fame players and to actually bring that spunk back of the 90s feel I would say on defense with Derrick Thomas and those guys that were here, It's a great feeling. We have that 12th man, which is the crowd and it's one of the best in the league."
Chiefs Recognize New And Extended Partnerships from The Mothership
Ahead of Red Friday and the 2014 season opener, the Chiefs are recognizing a number of key partners that are returning to the Kansas City Chiefs with partnership extensions. Additionally, the club welcomes a number of new partners in 2014 with a like-minded business focus.
"All of the recent announcements and work within our corporate partnership department is a testament to the strength of the Chiefs brand and the tremendous support that we receive from our fans and the Kansas City community," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "The Hunt family and the entire Chiefs organization want to take this opportunity to thank these organizations who have extended their partnerships with us and we want to welcome our new partners to the Chiefs family."
In the past year, the Chiefs have announced partnership extensions or new partnerships with the following companies:
The Gridiron Chronicles #2 from The Mothership
After we managed to get the arch assembled we took it down the "E-Tunnel", and went through the set up. Fun fact about the E-Tunnel, it is the only tunnel in Arrowhead and is named "E" tunnel because at its creation the thought by Lamar Hunt was to be able to move a live elephant down it! Part of the set up process is putting out ten bike racks to form a tunnel out to the field with the pyro. Part of what I'm doing with the pyro is making sure those racks get in place in time. I do that with the help of a pool of interns, who are roughly the same age as privates and specialists in the Army, so it was a lot like leading a squad through a live fire exercise.
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Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas, CB Marcus Cooper suffer injuries from Chiefs Spin
The injuries come as the Chiefs prepare for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.
But Reid didn't sound too alarmed as to the severity of each injury.
"We think they're going to be OK here," he said. "There was limited, very little swelling in the ankle (Cooper). I think we're going to be OK."
Thomas misses practice, may miss game from ESPN
Thomas is the Chiefs' punt returner as well, and the team would also like to use him as a change of pace from Knile Davis on kickoff returns.
Frankie Hammond Jr., Wilson or McKnight would replace Thomas as a punt returner.
"We've got a lot of guys that can do it," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "If that's the case, I think we'll be fine. The good thing is it's not severe. He'll be back."
Chiefs S Eric Berry on track for season opener from Chiefs Spin
All-Pro strong safety Eric Berry, whose right heel injury kept him out of the preseason, practiced fully the past two days and is on track to return to the starting lineup.
Another good sign Berry will play is he addressed the media Thursday where he indicated he'll be fine despite the lost time.
"I should be," Berry said. "We are going to see."
Berry makes no guarantees over health from ESPN
Safety Eric Berry will play for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday when they begin the regular season against the Tennessee Titans. Berry missed all of the preseason because of tendonitis in his heel.
Beyond that, Berry is making no promises.
"We'll see," Berry said. "We'll take it day by day, week by week and see how it goes. I can't predict the future. It might go away. It might linger. We don't know."
Chiefs turn undrafted rookies into key players from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
They play quarterback and wide receiver, tight end and offensive line. They can be found on both sides of the ball, first on the depth chart and last.
There are 16 of them on the Kansas City Chiefs this season, and what they all have in common in this: They starred in college, went through the entire draft without anybody willing to take a shot on them, and then managed to scratch and claw their way into the NFL anyway.
They're undrafted free agents. The unwanted who managed to become indispensable.
Chiefs LB Josh Mauga overcomes obstacles to start Sunday from Chiefs Spin
The 27-year-old Mauga entered the 2014 offseason in limbo, hoping for a chance to prove he could stick in the NFL. That moment arrived when the Chiefs called, leading to the team to sign him to a contract on July 23, a day before training camp.
Less than two months later, the fifth-year pro defied the odds and will start at left inside linebacker for Sunday's season opener against the Tennessee Titans.
Cairo Santos took unlikely path from St. Augustine exchange student to NFL starter from Jacksonville.com
Initially, his parents in Brazil didn't like the idea of him playing football because they feared he might get injured for soccer.
"Until he signed with Tulane, there was some indecision about which sport he would play," said David Burnett. "He's just a little bit better in football. From the first time he kicked, he just excelled. He kicked a 54-yarder and 57-yarder in the only high school game his sister [Talita] came to watch him.
"When Cairo started playing football, his parents had no idea how big it was in this country. They thought it was a downgrade from soccer."
Minus Bowe, Chiefs need help from Avery from ESPN
If the Chiefs ever need Avery to have a big game, it's on Sunday when they open the regular season against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Bowe won't play because of his NFL suspension and the other four Chiefs wide receivers have a combined 21 career NFL receptions.
"Whether it's putting me in some of the Dwayne Bowe plays or putting the young guys in some of the Dwayne Bowe plays, we've got to step up and take that role," Avery said.
On the whole, when the Chiefs play, criminals stay away from FS Kansas City
It's a running joke with legs: Everything in Kansas City stops -- or at least slows down -- whenever the Chiefs are playing.
Including, apparently, crime.
According to statistics provided to FOXSportsKansasCity.com by the Kansas City Police Department, offense reports in the metro area in 2013 were down 3.7 percent on the Chiefs' 15 NFL Sundays compared with the other 37 Sundays of the calendar year.
Week 1 NFL Picks: Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens among best bets from The Washington Post
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles, the best all around running back in the league, and had multiple players on defense make the Pro Bowl. They should cover.
Pick: Kansas City -4
Win probability: Kansas City Chiefs 69.6 percent
They're letting people host fantasy drafts in NFL stadiums now from For The Win
It's a dreary but warm day in Kansas City. Dozens of men, and yes, they're almost all men, line up outside the entrance to Arrowhead Stadium. They clutch clipboards, laptop bags, pens and pencils. About 50% are wearing Chiefs jerseys and shorts. Some wear suits. A few wear suits with Chiefs jerseys.
They are all here to draft imaginary football teams.
For the second year in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs invited fans to Arrowhead Stadium to host their fantasy drafts in the stadium's luxury suites. Season-ticket holders had first crack at the suites to host their drafts, but anyone can come.
KCTV5's newest Take 5 to Care event allows viewers to support the Kansas City Chiefs, all the while helping families of ill children.
The donations and proceeds from the purchase of a This is Chiefs Kingdom wall flag go to the Hope Grows Here campaign to help build the local charity's third Ronald McDonald House to be a home-away-from-home for families who have children getting treatment inside local hospitals. The flags only cost $4.
Son of ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid faces civil trial for alleged road rage from The Times Herald
"Are you calling Andy Reid?" county Judge Thomas M. DelRicci asked a lawyer representing a Springfield, Delaware County, man who is suing Reid's 29-year-old son, Britt, in connection with an alleged January 2007 heated encounter along a West Conshohocken roadway.
"We may your honor. We reserve the right to call him," lawyer Steven M. Mezrow responded during a pretrial hearing, indicating at one point that he believed Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, had been subpoenaed by his law office as potential witnesses at their son's civil trial.
On the bargaining basement end of Week 1, looks like last minute buyers will find their best deals in the state of Missouri. 3 games had secondary prices below face, with both Missouri teams (St Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs) seeing markdowns nearly 25% below face value.
Chiefs begin another playoff push against Titans from FOX News
However, after losing five of seven to close the regular season, the Chiefs were knocked out of the playoffs by the Indianapolis Colts, 45-44, as they blew a 28-point third-quarter lead.
That may have put some doubt as to if the Chiefs could win the big game with Smith under center, but the franchise put its faith in the signal-caller with a four-year extension that included a reported $45 million in guaranteed money.
Where Are They Now?: Derek Lokey from Texas.247Sports
Take me through your life after your playing career at Texas.
"I went from my time at Texas straight into some years with the Kansas City Chiefs. I was with them 2008, 2009 and the start of the 2010 season. And then they cut me, and you know from there I was really trying to figure out what I wanted to do as my next step. I ended up working for a company called the Flippen Group that I am still currently working for based out of College Station, out of all places."