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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/21

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Be sure to do your job and stuff the ballot box for Marcus Peters. The link is in the 1st story. Enjoy!

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Vote CB Marcus Peters for Pepsi Rookie of the Year from The Mothership

Kansas City Chiefs rookie cornerback Marcus Peters is one of five nominees up for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year...

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NFL Announces 2016 Pro Bowl Coaching Staffs from The Mothership

The coaching staffs of the GREEN BAY PACKERS and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS were selected to lead the 2016 Pro Bowl teams in Honolulu, Hawaii, the NFL announced today.

The 2016 Pro Bowl presented by USAA will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN at 7:00 PM ET from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

MIKE MC CARTHY and the coaches from the Green Bay Packers and ANDY REID and the coaches from the Kansas City Chiefs will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft presented by USAA. The 2016 Pro Bowl Draft will be nationally televised on Wednesday, January 27 on ESPN2 at 7:30 PM ET.

Chiefs Ambassadors Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Local Elementary Students from The Mothership

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Chiefs Ambassador and former linebacker Shawn Barber and community correspondent Jillian Carroll visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary school this past Tuesday to help celebrate the legacy and worldwide achievements of Dr. King with local students.

Two third grade classes received the honor of joining in on the celebration by reflecting on the history through interactive readings and questions on Dr. King and his life achievements.

"I think it's wonderful for the children to be read a story about Dr. Martin Luther King by Shawn Barber and really hammer home that positive underlying theme of just who Dr. Martin Luther King was, who he is, and his influence [that's] still present today," explained Carroll.

Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas says he's still recovering from concussion from The Kansas City Star

The status of De'Anthony Thomas has been a lingering mystery for the better part of a month. The Chiefs have maintained it's a personal matter and that it's not related to the concussion that sidelined him for the better part of December.

But on Wednesday night, Thomas seemed to indicate the opposite. At 10:46 p.m. Central, he tweeted "STILL TRYING TO RECOVER FROM MY CONCUSSION" in all caps, which he always uses but was nevertheless impossible to miss.

Chiefs' Andy Reid, staff selected to coach in Pro Bowl from Chiefs Digest

The announcement marks the fifth time Reid will be a head coach in the Pro Bowl, with the other four times (2002-04, 2009) coming while with the Philadelphia Eagles under the old AFC vs. NFC format.

The Chiefs had five players voted to participate in the NFL's all-star contest: Outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, safety Eric Berry, tight end Travis Kelce and rookie cornerback Marcus Peters.

But it remains to be seen how many of his players Reid will coach given the current draft-style format for the Pro Bowl.

Chiefs' Andy Reid to coach Pro Bowl for fifth time from The Kansas City Star

The NFL selects the coaching staffs by taking the best-seeded team to lose in the divisional round in each conference. The Chiefs, who finished 11-5, were the No. 5 seed in the AFC after beating No. 4 seed Houston in the wild-card round. The other AFC divisional-round qualifier was Pittsburgh, which finished 10-6 and was the No. 6 seed.

Marcus Peters' interception on first defensive play of season set tone from ESPN

The first defensive play in the opener against the Houston Texans set the tone for the Kansas City Chiefs' season. That's why it's No. 1 on the list of 10 plays that defined the Chiefs' season.

We're going in chronological order in this series and not necessarily in terms of importance to their season.

But Peters' interception on Sept. 13 in Houston was a big one.

Chiefs' Marcus Peters is pro football writers' defensive rookie of the year from The Kansas City Star

Add another honor to Marcus Peters' collection.

On Tuesday, the Pro Football Writers of America chose Peters as its 2015 NFL defensive rookie of the year. The award is chosen by accredited writers who cover the NFL daily.

Peters earlier became the first Chiefs rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl since safety Eric Berry made it in 2010. Peters, who was selected 18th overall in the 2015 NFL draft, tied for the league lead in interceptions with eight, led the league in interception yards with 280 and also led the league in passes defended with 26.

Deflategate props -- air gauges, 'K-balls' -- arrived with hour to spare from ESPN

NFL officials working Saturday's playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots forgot footballs specifically used for kicking, as well as gauges to measure air pressure, which required the Massachusetts State police to deliver them an hour before kickoff.

"At approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Massachusetts State police at Logan airport were notified by the Hyatt Hotel on airport property that the officials at Gillette Stadium for that afternoon's Patriots' playoff game had left official, specially designated footballs and pressure gauges behind at the hotel," Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.

Finding where the Chiefs lost without using the words ‘clock' or ‘management' from The Kansas City Star

The other day, and mostly just to make a point while talking about the overreaction to the Chiefs' rotten clock management, I wrote that there were at least a dozen more important reasons they lost the game. On the podcast, I think I said six.

A reader called me on it, I've thought about it, and I stopped after nine:

1. The Patriots are a better football team than the Chiefs.

2. The Chiefs did not jam New England's receivers, or otherwise disrupt their routes.

3. The Chiefs got no pass rush.

4. The Chiefs did not convert repeated opportunities for turnovers.

5. Knile Davis' fumble.

6. The Chiefs got zero points on a drive that started at the New England 36.

7. The Chiefs gave up seven points on a Patriots drive that started on their own 2.

8. Injuries to Justin Houston, the Chiefs' best player, and Jeremy Maclin, probably their best offensive player.

9. The Patriots cheated with balls that were illegally deflated.

Mel Kiper likes 2015 Chiefs' draft class, and for good reason from ESPN

Mel Kiper Jr. likes the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs draft class, and for good reason.

The ESPN analyst handed out grades to each of the 32 teams for their 2015 rookies and the Chiefs were one of seven teams that received an A.

It appears that the Chiefs acquired solid players with their first two picks. Cornerback Marcus Peters wound up tying for the NFL lead in the regular season in interceptions with eight and added another in the playoffs. His aggressive ball skills and attitude rubbed off on his teammates and the Chiefs went from having one of the lowest totals of forced turnovers in the league in 2014 to one of the highest in 2015.

Two Chiefs assistants join Doug Pederson in Philadelphia from The Kansas City Star

The Eagles announced that former Chiefs assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung will be the Eagles' new assistant offensive line/tight ends/run-game coach, while former Chiefs coaching assistant Dino Vasso will serve as a defensive quality control/assistant secondary coach.

NFL Coaches Are Getting Away With Crimes Against Middle-School Math from FiveThirtyEight

Kansas City fails to butter its toast

In Kansas City, we fast-forward past the long, grueling slog down the field that Andy Reid perpetrated on Chiefs fans. That was painful to watch, but it was a problem of tactics and execution, not arithmetic. Reid went so far as to say that right up until the onside kick, things went exactly as planned. Except the plan went off-rail one play before, when the Chiefs kicked the extra point — an error that is in some ways even more frustrating than the Packers' because it's so so simple and has been clear for so long: If you are down 14 and score a touchdown late in the game — where you are very likely to have only one more scoring opportunity, at most — you should go for two.5

This doesn't require any modeling, it requires just a little thought and a little more grade-school math.

Pederson explains slow pace of play calling late in Chiefs-Patriots from ProFootballTalk

"It took us time because No. 1, we did not want to give Tom Brady the ball back," Pederson said. "We knew we were going to score. We knew we had timeouts and time. We were also limited with the number of receivers; we had Jeremy Maclin out of the game at the time. We were down numbers. We felt like at that point, not to give the ball back to Tom Brady. We still had timeouts and time, even with the onside kick, to put ourselves in a position to tie the football game."

It's a plausible explanation, even though quarterback Alex Smith has lamented the team's failure to score before the two-minute warning despite having the ball at the New England one with 2:33 to play. But whether it's plausible and whether it's the unvarnished truth could be two different realities.

"Don't give up": KCK third graders write Chiefs a thank you note from FOX4KC

The Kansas City Chiefs' season may have come to an end, but some young fans had a few words of encouragement for their favorite football team.

The letter is the second letter from Ms. Costello's Silver City Elementary School third-grade class.

Using technology to monitor NFL athletes from

During the season, athlete-monitoring systems are implanted in the jerseys of the football players and removed after practice. During the offseason, players will wear the device inside of a tight fit compression shirt. The data from the devices is then downloaded for the coach to analyze. The BengalsCarolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs are among the teams that use STATSports technology to monitor their players and keep them in peak physical condition.

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