Chiefs DL Mike DeVito: "We're building a bully" from The Mothership
"I'm so excited about this defense," DeVito explained on the Chiefs Download Podcast this offseason. "I've been around a lot of great defenses and I don't know if I've been around one that's been this complete and had this much talent before."
"Not only that, but the types of players that are in that locker room in general. You have great leaders, you have guys that have every reason not to be humble that are humble, that are hard working, that are putting in effort.
"The sky's the limit for this defense."
Chiefs Positional Preview: Examining the Offensive Line from The Mothership
Bringing in new faces to compete for the five starting spots on the offensive line was obviously important to general manager John Dorsey and company.
They had a plan and they stuck to that plan.
It's safe to believe Fisher and Grubbs will handle the left side of the offensive line, but the other three spots will be figured out between the start of training camp and the first regular season game in Houston on September 13.
Joining Fulton, Allen, Stephenson, Fanaika and Morse in competition for these spots will be second-year player Larry Duvernay-Tardif, third-year center
Eric Kush, who took many of the first-team reps at center during OTAs and minicamp, and Derek Sherrod, the former first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2011, among others.
Here are three storylines to watch along the offensive line during training camp beginning on August 1:
Loyalty, Love and Legacy: Chiefs LB Tamba Hali Defined from The Mothership
There aren't many people as down to earth as Hali. He's unquestionably respectful, soft-spoken and genuine; that's what people who have spent any time around him have come to know.
So when he speaks of something, there's no doubt it's coming from the heart. When asked about the love he has for the Chiefs organization and why working it out to stay here was so important, Hali didn't have to think about it.
"I've made this my home," he said. "I've been here through all of the tough times, different head coaches. For me personally, being here and playing for this organization in front of these fans, that was huge to me. I couldn't find myself playing for anyone else."
"For me, it only makes sense. I mean, I'd probably be doing what [Patrick Willis] is doing with the 49ers. Going somewhere else doesn't make sense.
"Stay here, create your legacy and be a Chief for life."
Social Recap: TE Travis Kelce Appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter from The Mothership
A roundup of the past few days in Chiefs social media.
Chiefs Hire Tim Hassett as Vice President of Stadium Operations from The Mothership
"Tim's knowledge and experience as a facility operator in both the sports and entertainment industries will make him a key addition to our executive team," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "Through an extensive search process, it became apparent that Tim shares our vision for Arrowhead Stadium and is committed to our goal of delivering the best fan experience in the National Football League for games and other events at our venue."
"I want to thank the Hunt family and the Kansas City Chiefs for the opportunity to join the team at Arrowhead Stadium," Hassett said. "Personally, my wife and I are excited to join Chiefs Kingdom and start this chapter of our lives in Kansas City. Professionally, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get back into football while continuing to grow non-football events at one of the best football stadiums in the country."
Things look rosy enough for the Chiefs in the near term that ESPN's John Clayton, Louis Riddick and Mike Sando, recently ranking every NFL team with regard to their prospects over the next three seasons, picked Kansas City ninth.
The Chiefs are ranked fifth in the AFC behind New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and first among AFC West teams. The closest division rival is San Diego, which was ranked 13th. That sounds high to me given that quarterback Philip Riversis in the final season of his contract, has sent signals he won't re-sign and in any case is 34.
So the Chiefs are going to dominate the division for the next few years, right?
Former Bulldog Justin Cox charged with domestic violence from The Clarion-Ledger
Justin Cox, a former Mississippi State Bulldog and current Kansas City Chief, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with aggravated domestic violence, burglary of a residence and trespassing, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office told the Clarion-Ledger.
The alleged incident occurred at the Aspen Heights apartment complex on Monday.
Mike DeVito: Chiefs 'building a bully' on defense from NFL.com
On top of paying star pass rusher Justin Houston, the team added a potentially-premiere corner in Marcus Peters with their 2015 first-round pick. They're also welcoming back DeVito (torn ACL), linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles' tendon) and Mike Catapano (gastrointestinal virus, concussion) into the fold.
Though the stat is often unreliable, the Chiefs still managed to finish seventh in total defense (330.5 yards/game) without so many key components. In short, DeVito may be on to something here.
Single-game Ravens tickets go on sale Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun
Tickets can be purchased at the Ravens website, ticketmaster.com or by phone (410-547-SEAT).
The Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.; Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.; San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.; Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.; St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.; Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m.; Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 8:30 p.m.
"I grew up watching and playing soccer, supporting Chelsea, so the first thing I did, after taking a nap of course, was go to Stamford Bridge.
"I just had to see it for real, I grew up obviously seeing pictures of it on TV.
"I've always been a huge fan of Frank Lampard. He's a big reason as to why I follow Chelsea and the English Premier League. He's in New York now, so I'll get to follow him more."