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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/13

Good morning, Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

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Reid Believes Leadership, Organizational Philosophy Will Help Chiefs Move Forward from The Mothership

With 20 regular season wins over the past two seasons, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid became the winningest coach in his first two years at the helm in franchise history.

But according to Reid, that success was thanks in large part to the leadership at the top of the organization.

"I think we have great leadership starting with Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt," Reid said. "He gave us an opportunity to do what we do best as players and coaches. That's a positive. Kansas City is very lucky to have the leadership they have in that position."

CB Phillip Gaines Made a Name for Himself in 2014 from The Mothership

"He's a three-phase starter for us and he's our number one gunner right now," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said of Gaines at the time. "He's been making a lot of plays out there. They've been singling him up. I told him, ‘Get ready, they're going to probably start doubling you now.' But the last two weeks he made some big plays covering those bomb kicks that (Dustin) Colquitt's been giving us."

In Week 5 against the 49ers, Gaines suffered a concussion while trying to block a field goal, but the Chiefs' bye week in Week 6 allowed the rookie to miss no time.

When he returned to the Chiefs in time for Week 7 against the Chargers, Gaines was rewarded for his special teams play with 34 snaps (65 percent) at the cornerback position. Photo Gallery: Working Together Photo Gallery: Phillip Gaines Highlights Video: Arrowhead Update 1/13: Offseason Pickups

Chiefs' Justin Houston, De'Anthony Thomas receive PFWA honors from Chiefs Digest

Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston was named All-NFL, the Pro Football Writers of America announced Monday.

The All-NFL recognition from the professional organization composed of team beat writers and league-wide reporters marks a first for Houston.

He was previously named a first-team All-Pro by The Associated Press on Jan. 2, also the first such honor on his career...

...Rookie running back/returner De'Anthony Thomas joined Houston on the All-AFC team as a punt returner.

Indy envy: When drafting QBs, Colts have Luck -- while Chiefs have none at all from FS Kansas City

One of the best quarterbacks of his generation lands in your lap. Then his neck gets all wrong, a season goes down the toilet, and you're looking at the No. 1 pick. Again.

And then one of the best quarterbacks of the next generation lands in that lap. Again.

Throw out 2011 (and why not?) and from 1998 to present, the Indianapolis Colts have been under the direction of Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Throw out 2011, and from 1998 to present, the Kansas City Chiefs have been under the direction of (deep breath):

Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac, Warren Moon, Trent Green, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Alex Smith and Chase Daniel.


In the month of January, the Kansas City Chiefs have sprinkled in a few roster moves including signing Quarterback, Terrell Pryor and troubled wide receiver, Da'Rick Rogers but done nothing else in my view thus far to shake their foundation to succeed in 2015 where they failed in 2013 and 2014.

However, through a series of moves I believe need to be made, they would reshape the Chiefs into Super Bowl contenders. It would require some guts from KC's Head Coach in order to execute my plan. That would mean, Andy Reid, must go outside his comfort zone, turn away some loyalties on his own staff and push his General Manager, John Dorsey, to sign some key free agents.

So what five steps must be made?

Kansas City Chiefs Options With Eric Berry Salary Cap Number from Arrowhead Addict

John Dorsey has a problem, a problem I'm glad I don't have to solve.

Eric Berry is still going through treatment for Lymphoma which creates a great deal of doubt about Berry's future on and off the field. As it relates to football, the Chiefs have him under contract for just one more season, 2015, and his cap number is an estimated $8.357 million. The combination of the unknowns plus the immediate need for cap space makes figuring out what to do with Berry's football future with the Chiefs a difficult one.

There are, however, some options.

A 12-Year-Old Wrote a Letter to Each NFL Team - And Only This One Responded from ABC News

Cade wrote, "My family and I love football. We play fantasy football and watch NFL games every weekend. My parents are St. Louis Ram's fans. My brother is a Kansas City Chiefs fan. I don't have a team to cheer for yet. I am ready to pick an NFL team to cheer on for a lifetime!"

Pope said, "With Christmas and different activities it took him about three weeks to hand-write all of those letters."

"He didn't really have one team that he wanted to hear from," she said. "He just wanted to see what kind of response he'd get."

Last Thursday, Pope was pulling into her driveway when a delivery man arrived with a box from the Panthers.

Is DeMarco Murray destined for a decline in 2015? from ESPN

Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs (2006): Johnson was an absolute superstar, rushing for 1,789 yards with a combined 19 touchdowns and 329.90 fantasy points. He also totaled an NFL-record 416 carries that season, which doomed him in 2007. L.J. would miss eight games due to injuries and was a massive disappointment for owners. Based on the totals he scored in his eight games, Johnson would have projected to post 193 fantasy points ... or 136.9 fewer points than he scored in 2006.

Former Bulldog Aaron Murray to discuss college championship game on AT&T program from The Savannah Morning News

Former University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will join fans discussing Xs and Os during this evening national championship football game - as part of the season's final AT&T "Talk Back" session.

The final college football "Talk Back" session of the season will take place during the National Championship game tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Paul Orndorff speaks on Hulk Hogan feud, Vader fight, & more from CCB

Paul: Well, I've said this many, many times about Tito Santana. Probably the best matches that I have ever had with anybody were with Tito. Tito was an ex-Kansas City, drafted by the Chiefs, Tito had the same attitude that I had in the ring, same attitude. I felt the very same about him and those comments, Tito's a school teacher now, he's a coach, Tito's very intelligent. Back then Tito had a smart head on him you know, Tito knew how to play the game and I just wish I could have played the game like Tito did, and also keep his honor, and Tito did that, and to his people.

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