Everything You Need to Know About Day Five of OTAs from Chiefs.com
Mick Shaffer (Time Warner Cable Sports Channel): Tyler (Bray) is a guy who's been here a few years now, have you seen strides?
CHILDRESS: "Yes I have. Just as I was mentioning before, you really want to see bodies around him. He's a big, tall, physical presence with a big arm. You want to see that decision making when there's a bunch of push in the pocket or someone comes free and whacks him and he's got to get up and make the play next time. "
Shaffer: Is there one thing or a couple things that you're working on with
Alex Smithat this point?
CHILDRESS: "We always identify things that he can get better on. He can get better in some ways with his eyes. He does a great job with his feet in the pocket, but being able to lie with your eyes is a huge deal as a quarterback and so we talk a little bit about that."
Eric Berry Becomes Eighth Chiefs Player to Make "NFL Top 100" List from Chiefs.com
The Chiefs will have one more player announced in the "NFL Top 100" at some point in this countdown, which will give them nine total—the most of any team in the league.
Berry, the 2015 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, finished last season with 61 tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
Dee Ford Has a New Focus As He Heads Into 2016 from Chiefs.com
Recalling the end of last season, Ford said he hasn't forgotten about what happened after his career game, and in 2016, he has plans to make that kind of production a regular thing.
"Consistency," he said when asked about his expectations for the upcoming campaign. "I think anybody can have a great game, but what separates the great players from the good players is doing it every week, and now I have an opportunity to do that. Consistency."
This season, the Chiefs will need him to be that.
Building the "Perfect Pass Rusher?" Start With the Chiefs from Chiefs.com
Former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel and current NFL senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote an article (NFL.com) describing what he called "the perfect pass rusher" on Tuesday morning.
Brandt felt that two current players on the Chiefs roster—linebackers
Tamba Haliand Justin Houston—each make up ingredients of this super-player.
Cleveland Native Travis Kelce Weighs in on Cavs Title Chances from Chiefs.com
"Ever since I've known basketball, I've been a huge Cavs fan. Back when they weren't too good in the later 90s. I remember getting Cavs tickets for playing in youth basketball leagues throughout the city. So I've been waiting for this moment of bringing home a championship for a long, long time now."
After attending two of the Eastern Conference Finals games against Toronto in May, Kelce aims to attend one of the rematches in Cleveland in between OTAs if his schedule permits.
"I'm an overall basketball fan. I love Cleveland to death, and I love the Cavs. I've been to a couple of playoff games already, but it's one of those things where I enjoy the game more than I enjoy who actually wins it."
Chiefs' Al Harris brings same passion to coaching that he had as a player from The Kansas City Star
But while most eyes were fixed on the ball — it was hard not to, given how pretty it was — Al Harris was staring like a hawk at its intended target, receiver Tyreek Hill, and the man charged with disrupting the connection, cornerback Steven Nelson.
And when the ball ultimately dropped softly in Hill's outstretched arms for a touchdown — he'd won the vertical route by separating with a bit of rare burst at the end — Harris, the Chiefs' expressive secondary coach, didn't unleash. Instead, he just smiled at Nelson and shrugged.
"Hey, your turn was good, your technique was good," Harris yelled at Nelson, who was several yards away. "Just need some rocket fuel for that."
Chiefs OLB Dee Ford building on 2015, eyes consistency from Chiefs Digest
Ford, who measures 6-2, 255 pounds, possesses the physical tools, but he wants to combine the mental aspect to his game.
"It's all correlated," he said. "It starts with the mind, then, with the right mindset, you will focus on the technique. Then it becomes second nature, so it'll just be habit."
Talk is one thing, of course, but can the Chiefs' first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft come through with his desired goal of consistency?
Linebackers coach Gary Gibbs believes so and points out how Ford has progressed from the past season to where the third-year pro is now through five days of organized team activities (OTAs).
"He's come back stronger and I think he's got better stamina, he's got better strength," Gibbs said. "It's just a matter of continuing to mature, develop his skill set and as he indicated, more consistent."
Jamaal Charles makes appearance at Chiefs practice from ESPN
Charles walked up the hill, first backward and then forward, several times. He spent about 20 minutes on the hill before spending a couple of minutes on the sideline at practice, watching the workout and chatting briefly with fellow running backs Knile Davis and Charcandrick West.
Charles returned to the locker room before practice was finished, running off the field at something close to full speed.
Chiefs notes: Running back Jamaal Charles, rehabbing a torn ACL, appears at practice from The Kansas City Star
He wore his jersey and shorts but did not have a helmet.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is expected to give an update on Charles' status on Thursday, but Reid said last week that Charles isn't expected to participate in practice until training camp begins in July, at the earliest.
Chiefs' Jamell Fleming embraces move to safety from Chiefs Digest
"It's different because now I got to talk, communicate more," Fleming said. "At corner, you don't have to say anything - you're just locked up on your man and you got him all around the field - but safety is communicating, seeing stuff before it happens."
The fifth-year pro said the decision to move to safety occurred when he and the Chiefs coaching staff had discussions before he elected to return to Kansas City on a one-year deal in March.
The position swap proved a move Fleming accepted with open arms.
"I wanted that," he said. "I'm happy to move to safety."
Chiefs safety Eric Berry checks in at No. 55 on the NFL's top 100 list from The Kansas City Star
One of the clips included is one of Berry's pregame speeches — I think it's from 2014 — in which he says the following:
"It ain't gon' do no good if we got all these haters, these nonbelievers, if we don't believe in ourselves," Berry said, clapping. "Let's go man."
"He's a whole different breed, now," Atlanta Falcons safety Kemal Ishmael said. "The guy is a freak, man. He's a fighter. Beat cancer. Came back. That's somebody that's willing to go all in, man."
It is Berry's third time on the list.
Notebook: Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill garners praise from ST coordinator Dave Toub from Chiefs Digest
Toub is correct to say a direct comparison is unfair when considering Hester, whom Toub coached in Chicago, is a three-time All-Pro selection and played in four Pro Bowls over a 10-year career.
Still, the 5-10, 185-pound Hill has turned heads since rookie minicamp and continues to shine through five days of organized team activities (OTAs).
The fifth-round pick out of West Alabama has impressed with his explosion and blazing speed, both areas put on display Wednesday when he blew by second-year cornerback Steven Nelson for a touchdown catch during team drills.
Chiefs think they may have next Devin Hester in rookie Tyreek Hill from ESPN
Hill has proved to the Chiefs repeatedly on the practice field that he's fast. He was timed at 4.25 seconds in 40 yards at his pro day in preparing for the draft, and that seems legitimate based on the way he's run when he's gotten into the open field at practice.
The Chiefs still are sorting through candidates, but it will be an upset if Hill isn't at least returning punts and perhaps even bringing back kickoffs when they begin the regular season on Sept. 11 against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith's youth camp starts Friday from The Kansas City Star
On Friday and Saturday, Alex Smith will play host to his third annual youth football camp at Shawnee Mission West High School, where participants will have the opportunity to meet Smith and be taught the fundamentals of football. All campers will receive an autograph from Smith, who will present to direct the event and will be joined by local high school and college coaches.
Guilty plea in 2013 beating death of Chiefs fan in Arrowhead Stadium parking lot from ProFootballTalk
Jackson County Judge Kevin D. Harrell sentenced Bradley to seven years in prison. The sentence has been suspended, however, and Bradley will be on probation for the next five years.
Most legendary quarterbacks don't get a storybook ending to their NFL careers from SB Nation
The stellar career of Joe Montana ended with two seasons in Kansas City that didn't yield the Chiefs the Super Bowl ring they had in mind when trading away a first-round pick for a 36-year-old quarterback. However, he did get the team to an AFC Championship and finished his final two seasons with a 17-8 record as a starter and two trips to the playoffs.
The Chiefs haven't been to the AFC Championship since Montana, so it's hard to say the short time with the San Francisco 49ers legend was anything close to a failure. But after five Super Bowls with the 49ers, Montana's time with the Chiefs didn't produce nearly as much success and is considered an odd footnote in his 16-year career.
Ranking the Big 12's top five all-time linebackers from ESPN
We continue ranking the top five players at every position in Big 12 history below with the linebackers:
1. Derrick Johnson, Texas (2001-04): Johnson was a consensus All-American in 2003 and a unanimous one in 2004. He was also a three-time, first-team All-Big 12 selection, and won the Butkus (best linebacker) and Nagurski (top defender) awards as a senior. Johnson finished his college career with 458 tackles and went on to become the 15th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Brazilian NFL announces visit to Brazil and calls on fans from Lance! [translated from the original Portuguese]
The only Brazilian NFL kicker Kansas City Chiefs, Cairo Santos will travel to Brazil to attend the "kickoff" , kickoff of the match, the semi-final of the league. The player announced the coming on your Facebook and used to call the Brazilian fans.