2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Day One Recap from The Mothership
Here are a few notes from Wednesday:
Offensive linemen, running backs and special teamers arrived on Tuesday and went through their official measurements, medical examinations and met with the media
Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends arrived in Indianapolis, registered and went through X-Ray and medical checks, as well as an orientation
Former Kansas City Chiefs OL and Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields is in Indianapolis as part of the "Legends" group that will meet with these prospects about life as an NFL player
Select head coaches and general managers met with the media in 15-minute increments on Wednesday with the rest scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, including Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who will speak at 4:15 p.m. CT
Most of the national media make their way to the hallways outside of where the interviews are taking place, and we'll have plenty of interviews with them posted this week at Chiefs.com
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks on Chiefs: "This Team Has a Promising Future" from The Mothership
"It's really exciting to see the Chiefs get back off the mat and have a team that was so resilient," Brooks explained of the 10-game winning streak after beginning the season 1-5. "You lose one of your best players in
Jamaal Charlesbut still find a way to make the playoffs.
"You really saw the development of the offense."
For Brooks, that started at quarterback.
Alex Smithbegan to look like a big-time playmaker," he said. " Jeremy Maclincoming over and Travis Kelceemerges as one of the top young tight ends - this is a team that has a promising future. I love what they did on defense. They're young guys running around making plays. It's a team that's poised to have a long run in the AFC West.
"They've got to surpass the Denver Broncos, but I think they're right there in the mix."
The Top Five Special Teams Plays of 2015 from The Mothership
In November, Pro Football Focus named the Kansas City Chiefs special teams unit among the top six in the league for 2015.
From blocked kicks to 7 consecutive field goals to the moment that started the NFL Playoffs with a bang, here are the top special teams plays of 2015:
McDonald's and Chiefs Announce Grant Awards with Play 60 Contest from The Mothership
The submission is easy. Applicants can submit on behalf of themselves or someone they know by filling out a short form with any supporting photos or a video on the contest website showing how they are furthering the Play 60 principles including health, exercise, and nutrition. The deadline for submissions is March 11 and winners will be announced by March 16.
"Play 60 is a fantastic program that aligns with our beliefs and goals for our community," said Jim Wagy, McDonald's Kansas City co-op president. "We are pleased to continue building on our partnership with the Chiefs to help promote good choices and healthy living. Together, we can Be the Change."
Chiefs' Chase Daniel believes he's ready to be a starter, and he's not alone from The Kansas City Star
Now Daniel, who went undrafted in 2009 after a prolific college career at Missouri because of questions about his size (6 feet, 225 pounds) and arm strength, is set to hit free agency after spending the last seven years as an understudy to Drew Brees in New Orleans, where he won a Super Bowl in February 2010, and Alex Smith with the Chiefs.
And Daniel is confident the time he spent under those two, plus a pair of offensive gurus in the Saints' Sean Payton and the Chiefs' Andy Reid - who saw enough of him to sign him to a three-year, $10 million deal in 2013 - has also prepared him for this challenge.
"What he's done with Alex (Smith) behind the scenes, the way he's kind of coached Alex behind the scenes, the way he prepares during the week, the way he studies, the way he puts himself in the starter's mentality on Sunday. In the couple games he did start there in Kansas City to me he has proven he can take over a team."
It's an interesting comment from Pederson. The Eagles could be looking for a quarterback, depending on whether they re-sign starter Sam Bradford. Pederson, of course, wouldn't reveal how the Eagles will proceed if they don't retain Bradford
"We do have a plan in place," he said. "I won't go into who we're looking at."
New Eagles coach Doug Pederson sees value in Chiefs having co-offensive coordinators from The Kansas City Star
"Everything does start with Coach Reid, and again, Brad Childress and Coach Reid, they have a long history together," Pederson said. "And now, bringing Matt along and furthering his career and getting his feet wet in a coordinator's role ... that's been Coach Reid's philosophy: continue to train young coaches so they can go on and have successful careers, and Matt's in that situation right now.
"It just shows the confidence that Coach Reid has in Coach Nagy to put him in that role."
Reid, who will continue to call plays, said on Jan. 21 that Childress will be in the press box and Nagy will be on the sideline.
And with Pederson gone, Nagy assumes the responsibility of being in quarterback Alex Smith's ear with the headset.
"It will be something that Alex will have to get used to, you know, with a different voice in his head," Pederson said. "That will come. You start in OTAs (organized team activities) with the radio and you go from there."
Continuity is another reason Reid promoted Childress, who formerly had the title of spread-game analyst and special projects coach. Nagy was the quarterbacks coach and will continue to work with the quarterbacks.
Childress, 59, coached with Reid as far back as 1986 at Northern Arizona and later was Reid's offensive coordinator for four seasons with the Eagles before they reunited in Kansas City in 2013. Nagy, 37, also coached for Reid with the Eagles before making the move to Kansas City three years ago.
The Chiefs are currently projected to have about $31.5 million in available cap space, which puts them in the top half of the NFL's 32 teams. But the Chiefs have several significant players who are potential unrestricted free agents, including safety Eric Berry, so their available cap room could dwindle by the time the free-agent signing period begins. -- Adam Teicher
It's easy to second-guess the Chiefs' decision now and it's not conclusive that they made the wrong choice. Ford hasn't played much or produced a lot other than a three-sack game toward the end of last season against the San Diego Chargers. But he could become a full-time starter and key player as soon as next season, particularly if Tamba Hali's time in Kansas City is done.
Smith has been steady if not spectacular for the Chiefs at quarterback. Carr probably wouldn't have played much for the Chiefs in two years, if at all.
But Carr has the look of a franchise quarterback.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio ‘pleased' with LB Ben Heeney's rookie campaign from Chiefs Digest
Heeney, a native of Hutchinson, Kan., could choose to soak in Del Rio's confidence and praise.
But Heeney leaned to a team approach when reached by telephone on the biggest lesson learned during his rookie season on a Raiders team that finished 7-9.
"Biggest takeaway is that we can compete with anyone in the league," Heeney said, "and we should be in playoff contention next year, no doubt."
Dirk Koetter began his college coaching career in 1985 at San Francisco State, where he was the offensive coordinator and Andy Reid was the offensive line coach. Thirty-one years later, they will face one another as NFL head coaches. Koetter's Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face Reid's Kansas City Chiefs next season at Arrowhead Stadium.
"That's a long way from a three-man staff at San Francisco State," Koetter said at the NFL scouting combine.
Indeed. That 1985 San Francisco State team, or the Gators as they are known, wasn't a good one, going 3-6-1. Among the losses was a 65-12 rout against Cal-Davis. San Francisco State gave up football after the 1994 season.
Doug Pederson believes Chase Daniel is ready to be a starter from ProFootballTalk
Daniel is set to be an unrestricted free agent next month and will likely test the market in hopes of finding a team willing to give him a chance to compete for a starting job. Given Daniel's preseason production and competent performances in his two regular season starts, he's worth the discussion among a relatively weak free agent quarterback crop.
Pederson coached Daniel for three years with the Chiefs and believes he's capable should a team give him an opportunity.
Chiefs, Eagles potential landing spots for RGIII from NFL.com
"I'll give you two big options right off the top," Rapoport said on NFL Network. "The Kansas City Chiefs, who have Andy Reid, who has propped up quarterbacks for years. (Griffin) can learn to throw from the pocket under that system. Another potential name: the Philadelphia Eagles with one of Reid's disciples, Doug Pederson. They're looking for some quarterback depth there, especially if they don't re-sign Sam Bradford."
College football prospects are now on the road to the NFL Draft. They'll showcase their skills for a week at the NFL Scouting Combine and hoping their resumes from Saturdays in the fall will impress professional football teams. There's one guy whose path was completely different.
The recent University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Basketball Game, an annual event, showed that plenty of UWM Panthers from the past can still get it done on the court. That includes Demetrius Harris, who started 28 games in his two seasons with the team.
2016 free agency: Top 99 available players from NFL.com
NFL free agency starts on March 9. We'll continue to update our top 99 free agents below until that happens, adding released players as they get added to the mix. The rankings are based on answering one simple question: Which player would we want to sign most?
Ravens won't get a Suggs discount and other free agent notes from CBS Sports
Several teams looking for impact safety
I continue to hear Philly, Miami, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Oakland and Washington as the teams sniffing around the high-end safety market. I would not be surprised if Eric Weddle maintains his $8 million-per-year stature on the open market, especially if he ends up signing with one of those rebuilding teams with cap space to spare. I still have a hard time thinking the Chiefs don't end up tagging Eric Berry and then getting something long-term done this summer, similar to the Justin Houston situation a year ago.
AFC West Free Agency Preview from Football Insiders
Kansas City Chiefs
Team needs: Backup Quarterback, Offensive Line, Cornerback, Outside Linebacker
Although Denver has dominated the division for a few years now, it's safe to say Kansas City believes they're the team to take the crown.
Before the Chiefs can fully take on the challenge of dethroning Denver, there's plenty of in-house stuff they must figure out. Guys like Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson, Sean Smith and Tambi Hali are set to hit the open market.
It's unrealistic for Kansas City to retain all of these players, but the Chiefs are known for picking up a couple of low-key free agents each off-season
Donaldson: American football taking hold in Brazil from The Providence Journal
The game is growing rapidly in Brazil, where NFL games are televised, not just on Sundays, but also Monday and Thursday nights. The more Brazilians see of the game, the more they like it.
"People know who Tom Brady is," Pereira said. "But, because he's married to Gisele Bundchen, who is from Brazil, he's better known as her husband than he is as a football player."
Cairo Santos, the Kansas City Chiefs kicker who went to college at Tulane, also hails from Brazil. He tied a team record last season by booting seven field goals in a game - one shy of the NFL record - against the Bengals, including a couple of 51-yarders.
"He has become very popular," Pereira said.
NFL Combine produces mixed results for prospects from Northwest Missourian
Dontari Poe for the Kansas City Chiefs was drafted eleventh overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. The disgruntled fan base highly questioned this pick, as Poe recorded just 101 tackles and five sacks in his three year career at Memphis.
However, Poe used the combine to springboard himself into a top fifteen pick. Poe weighed in at over 340 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in under five seconds. Not only was this massive man able to run faster than most people in his position, but he was also one of the strongest in combine history. He finished with 44 bench press reps, the fourth most of all time. Since being drafted by the Chiefs, Poe has become a two-time pro bowler and a second team all NFL defensive tackle.