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Alex Smith will be the Chiefs’ QB in 2017, but he knows the pressure is on | The Kansas City Star

"Do you hear it a little bit? Without a doubt," Smith said at the Pro Bowl this week. "The nice thing is I don’t have social media, so that helps." But here’s what most didn’t know: Shortly after the season came to an end, Reid conducted his customary exit interview with Smith, and the impression Smith got in that conversation is that he would be Reid’s quarterback again in 2017.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce scores touchdown, performs 'Salt Bae'-inspired celebration | FOX Sports

During the second quarter of Sunday night’s Pro Bowl with the score tied at 7, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. With the league’s strict celebration rules only lightly enforced during this exhibition, Kelce proceeded to honor one of the most popular figures on the Internet during the month of January — the chef known as ‘Salt Bae’ and his viral salt flick.

Alex Smith says Tom Brady is the standard for quarterbacks | Sky Sports

Speaking with Sky Sports analyst Neil Reynolds at the 2017 Pro Bowl, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith praised Brady's career, and the standard he has set for other passers.

Alex Smith vs. the Steelers: Placing Blame | Arrowhead Pride

Because this is a "special" film review and there were so many questions after the Chiefs’ offense struggled against a poor Steelers defense, I decided to go a bit further than a normal film review of Alex (the methodology of which can be found here, if you’ve never read one before). What I want to explore, in addition to Alex’s film, is the concept of blame.

John Dorsey expected to remain with Chiefs through 2017 | The Kansas City Star

A source told The Star on Saturday that Dorsey, 56, is under contract with the club through the 2017 season and is expected to remain with the team through then, barring some unforeseen development.

Chiefs’ Travis Kelce is a star, and now it’s up to him to use that for good | The Kansas City Star

When Kelce, who turns 28 in October, made his first Pro Bowl appearance a year ago, he’d just signed a lucrative five-year, $46 million deal that made him one of the game’s highest-paid tight ends. Yet, he was still a tight end, one who — other than for his penchant for dancing and catching lots of passes — didn’t exactly have a sky-high "Q" rating. However, it appears his reality dating show on E! — "Catching Kelce, which aired this season — played a role in changing all that. Suddenly, more people started to recognize him, and that — combined with his increasing on-field histrionics and loud-but-harmless postgame rants — put his name in the people’s mouths more than ever.

Andy Reid called touchdown shot in the Pro Bowl | The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked by ESPN about the scoreless first quarter at the Pro Bowl on Sunday, and he said there would be a touchdown on the next play. Reid, who is coaching the AFC, was right as Alex Smith threw a touchdown pass to Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans.

Vince Wilfork praises promotions of Romeo Crennel and Mike Vrabel | Houston Chronicle

"That's good for Vrabel, I don't think that was a bad move at all," Wilfork said Saturday at the George R. Brown Convention Center where he helped deliver the Vince Lombardi trophy with FedEx. "It's exciting. I think it was cool. I think keeping both of those guys around is good. Congratulations for [Vrabel.]. He's very, very smart. Great coach, he was a great player, great teammate.

Andy Reid says David Culley left Chiefs to pursue goal of being a head coach | The Kansas City Star

Even though Culley had spent the previous 14 years as Reid’s receivers coach in Philadelphia, he took the same title in Kansas City, despite the fact a job coaching quarterbacks was probably the next step toward that goal. Reid wanted to hire then 34-year-old Matt Nagy for the position, but he did give Culley the assistant head coach title as a way to recognize his contributions to the staff. Reid also made Culley a promise: He would not stand in the way if someone eventually came knocking with the right opportunity. "I said any opportunity you get where a team you want to go to will make you their quarterback coach or coordinator, you just let me know — that’s the relationship we have," Reid said. "So that’s what he did."

NFL Mock Draft: Senior Bowl produces pair of first-rounders for Ravens, Chiefs |

Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple: Assuming the club is able to retain pending free agents Dontari Poe and Eric Berry, inside linebacker is one of the few obvious concerns for the Chiefs. GM John Dorsey -- a former linebacker himself -- could be intrigued by Reddick, whose agility and closing speed proved just as effective in coverage at the Senior Bowl as it was attacking off the edge for the Owls.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt treasures Pro Bowl experience | The Kansas City Star

"That’s the toughest thing about being a specialist — when you’re an alternate, you don’t always get to go," Colquitt said. "I’ve been an alternate a bunch, so I’m just fortunate to get the nod this time."

Chiefs’ D.J. Alexander holds his own with the big fish at Pro Bowl | The Kansas City Star

After logging all of 48 defensive snaps this season, he carried a substantial defensive workload Sunday and finished the game with six tackles, the third-most of any player on the AFC squad.

Kansas City Chiefs (via Public) / "Lindbergh Chiefs" Represent Chiefs Kingdom at Pro Bowl | Publicnow

'We got a call Christmas Day for this flag football NFL tournament to represent the Kansas City Chiefs,' Miller said. 'Talk about a great Christmas present-going down to Orlando.' The Lindbergh Flyers are a team of eighth-graders made up of 13 and 14-year-old students from Lindbergh High School in St. Louis. On Friday and Saturday during Pro Bowl Week in Orlando, the Lindbergh Flyers transformed into the 'Lindbergh Chiefs,' as they participated in the NFL Flag Championships at the Pro Bowl.

Chiefs could save big money by cutting Jamaal Charles | Numberfire

The Kansas City Chiefs can save $6.188 million in cap room by releasing running back Jamaal Charles this offseason.

Former Stevenson star Frank Zombo must ‘earn my spot' to stay in Chiefs lineup | Macomb Daily

"I’ve got to go and earn my spot every year," he said. "(The Chiefs) know what I have. They know what I offer. I like the coaches. "I love going to work there. It’s a tight-knit group."

Chiefs DC: 'You'd be crazy' not to want Eric Berry back

"Oh yeah, definitely yeah. That's out of my wheelhouse but I mean, you'd be crazy not to (want him back)," Sutton told me this week. "I thought he had an MVP-type season. He was a dynamic force. Physically, taking the ball away. his coverage. I don't know how much more you could do. This guy had an impact on our entire team. Not just our defense, but our entire team. That's a trait that is hard to put a value on. You can't quantify it but you know it's there."

Colts hire Chris Ballard as general manager | Indy Star

The Colts interviewed six candidates for the position but invited only Ballard back for a second interview on Sunday. Owner Jim Irsay headed up the search but enlisted the help of several others, including former Colts President Bill Polian.

Photo Gallery: Chiefs at the 2017 Pro Bowl |

Memphis football star gives back to Le Bonheur patients | WMC Action News 5

Poe is a 350 lbs defensive lineman. He holds the NFL record for the heaviest player to ever throw a touchdown pass, a feat he accomplished earlier this year against the Denver Broncos. Despite that newfound stardom, Poe is not letting fame cloud his perception of who he is. Friday, he returned home to give back to the community. Poe took off his cleats and became a game show host for an event at Le Bonheur. The game show was streamed into every patient's room in the hospital.

14 NFL Pro Bowlers say they would welcome a gay teammate | Outsports

Four players did not answer the question. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith seemed to be in a rush and said no comment. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner had no comment when I asked how the NFL could improve its relationship with the LGBT community. Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King said that he doesn’t pay attention to global events and that all he watches is cartoons. And Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles said he didn't know what LGBT meant.

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