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Good morning! We have another daily dose of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Also, Hayley Atwell just got more attractive (as if that was possible).

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Chiefs Season Review: The Third Quarter from The Mothership

The Chiefs received a major break in the Bills' first possession of the third quarter. Starting at their own 24-yard line, Orton and the Bills marched down the field in 11 plays to the Kansas City 5-yard line.

Orton handed the ball off to running back Bryce Brown, but as he was about to cross the goal line, defensive back Ron Parker knocked the ball out of his grasp and it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback.

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson Models Game After the Ravens' Steve Smith from The Mothership

At just 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, Kansas City Chiefs undrafted rookie receiver Albert Wilson didn't fit the prototypical body type of an NFL receiver.

But as an aspiring young player, Wilson looked up to an NFL veteran with a similar physical stature and a player who has found plenty of success during his NFL career.

"I watch [current Baltimore Ravens receiver] Steve Smith every day," Wilson said. "That's who I base my whole game off of. I feel like being a small receiver, they're quick to put you on the inside. I feel like Smith made a statement that you can play anywhere on the field and you don't need to be 6-foot-4, 220 pounds to be your ideal receiver." Video: Highlights: WR Albert Wilson

Chiefs sign CB Aaron Hester to reserve/future deal from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs signed cornerback Aaron Hester to a reserve/future contract, according to Tuesday's NFL Transaction report.

Hester, a native of Los Angeles, entered the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA with the Denver Broncos, but was waived in late August of that year.

The 6-1, 207-pound Hester signed with the Detroit Lions in April 2014 before being waived on Aug. 25. The San Diego Chargers signed Hester to its practice squad in October.

Chiefs Hali will likely play another year from KC Star via The San Diego Union-Tribune

Personnel men call this combination of traits "football character," and Hali has it in spades.

But Hali is also intelligent enough to understand that football is a business, so in the aftermath of the Chiefs' 19-7 season-ending win over the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 29, it wasn't a shock to hear that he understood that because of the economics of the game, he might have just played his last game with the Chiefs.

"I've been here nine years . I don't know what's going to happen next year," Hali, 31, said at his locker. "I'd love to be here. But again, I can't really worry about it. I'm a football player and I love playing the game, so if they want me here, I'll still be here (playing) at a high level."

Chiefs' offensive line not up to task in protecting quarterbacks from Chiefs Digest

The troubles in pass protection mostly came from the left side where tackle Eric Fisher (8) and guards Mike McGlynn (7) and Jeff Linkenbach (2 ½) combined to allow 17 ½ sacks.

Right tackle Ryan Harris (7), rookie right guard Zach Fulton (3), center Rodney Hudson (3) and Donald Stephenson (2) round out the remaining sacks allowed outside of missed blocks from running backs or tight ends.

The preseason forecast quickly went from questionable given the free-agent departures of left tackle Branden Albert, tackle/guard Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asomaoh to pending doom before the regular season started.

Future of tight end corps in good hands with Travis Kelce from Chiefs Digest

The tight end corps, anchored by second-year pro Travis Kelce, rebounded from the 2013 season to become a foundation in the passing game.

The overall production from the tight end group in 2014 resulted in 96 catches for 1,111 yards and nine touchdowns, a stark contrast to the previous season when the tight ends combined for 53 catches for 541 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-5, 260-pound Kelce, who returned from microfracture knee surgery the season before, led the Chiefs in receptions (67), yards receiving (862) and five touchdowns on 87 targets in his first full season of action.

Why one ex-player thinks Dave Toub could have Ditka-like impact on Bears from CSN Chicago

One major factor that could play into Toub's chances of becoming the next head coach of the Bears is the recent report that Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard has the inside track to replace Phil Emery as GM in Chicago.

The duo spent 12 years together in Chicago and both joined the Chiefs organization in 2013. According to Jeremy Stoltz of Bear Report, Ballard is strongly considering Toub for the Bears head coaching position.

Chiefs executive Chris Ballard expected to turn down Eagles' interview request report says from

With Kansas City, Ballard oversees the college and pro scouting departments while working in concert with general manager John Dorsey. Whomever Kelly hires for this position will report directly to the head coach after he was given final say on all player personnel matters during a front office shakeup last week.

That lack of final say could limit the candidates the Eagles are able to interview for this opening after Howie Roseman's player personnel power was stripped away and given to the second-year head coach.

Sense of urgency surrounds Bears GM search from The Chicago Daily Herald

The Bears interviewed Lake Dawson (Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel) on Tuesday and Brian Gaine (Houston Texans director of pro personnel).

Chris Ballard (Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel) interviews Wednesday and is still considered the favorite to return to Halas Hall where he spent 11 years as a scout and 2012 as the Bears' director of pro scouting.

Looking ahead: Lions' to-do list, 2015 opponents from The Detroit Free Press

April 30: The NFL draft kicks off in Chicago. The Lions, barring a trade, will pick 23rd, their lowest top pick since 2012. That season, they took Riley Reiff, an offensive lineman who's penciled into a starting job somewhere on the line in 2015. One name to watch is Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat.

Meanwhile, the Lions' foes for next season are set, though dates and times will not be announced by the NFL until the spring. The opponents:

Xway expansion, parks dominate first half of 2014 from The Kendall Gazette


...Kennard Cox, 28-year-old Kansas City Chiefs cornerback, opens "Camp No Excuses" at alma mater Killian Senior High School to teach life and football fundamentals...

Training Camp Closing in on Decision from

Despite no deal in place yet, it looks like a decision on the Chiefs' summer home could be made by Mid-January.

The second deadline put in place by Kansas City and Missouri Western came and went without a contract on December 31st.


RT: One of the things I'm curious about is that someone from the UK's post-war experience is a little bit different, I think, than the Americans'. Does that help add to Peggy's character and what she's dealing with as a woman in a man's world?

HA: It's something that we haven't really explored in terms her of being British and being in America. I suppose it's because I'm half-American myself. I spent my summers in Kansas City, MO, with my family so I don't see very much of a cultural difference just because I feel half and half. Does that make sense?

RT: Yes. Okay, so I'm going to ask, since you're from Kansas City, is Gates your favorite barbeque or do you have a better barbeque that you like?

HA: Oh my God, no. It is all about the K.C. barbeque, and it's all about the Chiefs and the Royals. In fact, we watched the Royals game on set, and we had to stop every time something happened; it was such an amazing game.