2014 Chiefs Positional Review: Offensive Line from The Mothership
New faces in new places. That was the story of the 2014 Kansas City Chiefs offensive line.
The only player to see considerable snaps in the same position from a year ago was center
Rodney Hudson, who led the team with over 1,000 snaps for the second consecutive season.
"Rodney (Hudson) demonstrated his professionalism this season," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. "He's very solid in what he did and he's very consistent in what he does. He plays the center position very well."
The only other member of the Chiefs offensive line who had started in 2013 was former No. 1 overall pick and second-year player
Eric Fisher, who made the move over to left tackle after playing on the right side as a rookie.
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Charles to play in the Pro Bowl from TexasSports..com
Former Longhorns running back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs will make his fourth appearance in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
The annual NFL all-star game, which features a pair of drafted teams, will kick off at 7 p.m. Central from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and air on ESPN.
Here's an interesting look from SI.com at how the first round of last year's NFL draft might go if teams had it to do over again.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, in this particular draft, that means Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks instead of Auburn defensive end Dee Ford. Cooks was selected in the real draft by the New Orleans Saints before the Chiefs had a chance to pick.
Cooks was limited to 10 games as a rookie because of injuries but was productive when he did play. He caught 53 passes for 550 yards and three touchdowns.
Report: Chiefs Officially Out of Duron Carter Chase from Viking Age
The number of suitors believed to still be courting former CFL star Duron Carter has been reduced to two. No one knows with 100% certainty who those two teams are but we do know one of them is not the Kansas City Chiefs. The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs have officially dropped out of the running for Carter's services.
The Dallas Morning News, as it does every year, put the numbers to that based on 22 statistical categories. It found the Chiefs to be the NFL's eighth-best team in the kicking game. The same ranking put them at No. 3 in 2013.
Schwartz was just 27 when the Chiefs let him go, so it's not like he projected to be at the end of his career. A reasonable assumption was that he had a few good seasons left.
He signed with the New York Giants for four years and $16.8 million. That contract may have been a difficult one for the Chiefs, given their salary-cap situation.
Schwartz went through an injury-plagued season for the Giants, playing in just two games. But it's impossible to predict injuries and he may have been able to play a full season for the Chiefs had he remained in Kansas City.
...[L]et's assume that Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito will return healthy, as I understand the expectation to be. I think of the three, Johnson is the most important player for the Chiefs. He, like Tamba Hali, plays in all situations, pass or run. DeVito is mainly a run defender. But the Chiefs really missed Johnson last season and have nobody under contract available to take his place. They drafted Ford to be Hali's eventual replacement. But money factors in as well. The cap numbers for 2015: Hali almost $12 million, DeVito $5.4 million, Johnson $5.25 million. Here's how much each would cost the Chiefs if he was released: Johnson $5.25 million, Hali $5 million, DeVito $4 million. So Johnson would also cost the Chiefs less to keep than the others.
In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.
Aaron Murray, No. 13 in 2009 class
Murray was an accomplished quarterback coming out of Tampa (Florida) Plant High School. In April 2008, Murray picked Georgia over childhood favorite Florida due in large part to his comfort level and relationship with Mark Richt and then-Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.
Before the Bowl Was Super from The New York Times
In 1960, the 40-year-old N.F.L. was challenged by a new league, the A.F.L., which it tried to ignore in the way a golden retriever might deal with a yipping terrier. But the two leagues, in time, discarded their unwritten understanding not to raid each other's teams, which resulted in expensive bidding wars.
To stop the chaos, the A.F.L. and the N.F.L. signed a deal in June 1966 that called for them to join forces by the end of the decade. They made plans to have their champion teams face each other after the 1966 season, but only that December did they choose a date and a location: the next month at the 93,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum.
"We're the kids from across the tracks," Jerry Mays, the Chiefs' defensive captain, said. "We're coming over to play the rich kids."
Super Bowl spotlight magnifies sideshows from The Washington Post
Dawson, 79, has been around long enough that he has been the subject of such Super Bowl controversies and a man who reports on them. In January 1970, shortly after the Kansas City Chiefs landed in New Orleans for Super Bowl IV, rumors were swirling that the game was fixed. The betting line had shifted heavily in Kansas City's favor, and at one point federal agents asked to interview Dawson, whose name and telephone number were found in the ledger of a known bookmaker - who happened to be carrying $400,000 when he was apprehended.
Team officials briefed Dawson on how to play it, but the quarterback had a better idea: "The thing to do is tell the truth," the former quarterback remembered saying. "‘I do know who this person is, but I've never had any dealings with him.'"