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Five suggestions to break Kansas City Chiefs out of their rut | ESPN

So bringing in Romo might be the move that gets the Chiefs past the divisional-round hump. He would certainly give the Chiefs a better than reasonable chance at the kind of consistent offensive production that has been elusive with Smith at quarterback. But this would also be a risky move. Romo hasn’t survived a full season since 2014. He’ll be 37 in April. He’d be a short-term solution, if he’s even that.

View from the O-Zone: 'Definitely a Hall of Famer' |

Simms wrote of a time in September 1998 when the Jaguars were to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Jacksonville. Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas had had six sacks against Oakland the week before, and Simms the night before Chiefs-Jaguars game asked Coughlin how he planned to handle Thomas. Coughlin recalled the story Tuesday: "He was expecting something dramatic, strategic: ‘We’re going to go over there and chip; we’re going to always slide to Derrick Thomas … we’re going to do all of these things.’ When he asked me the question, I said, ‘What do you mean what are we going to do? We’re going to put Boselli on Derrick Thomas and see where it goes.’ That’s the way I felt from day one." Thomas did not have a sack in the game.

Now in a Super Bowl, Falcons’ Tyson Jackson is content with his Chiefs career | The Kansas City Star

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 296-pounder who recorded a total of nine sacks in five seasons with the Chiefs, said he never felt pressure to live up to the status of being the No. 3 pick. "Nah, man, I really just went out there every single day and tried to be the best player I could possibly be," Jackson said. "If I fell short of some people’s expectations, I’m sorry for that. But I can honestly say I put my best foot forward every time." Jackson, however, was good enough with the Chiefs – particularly when it came to stopping the run, his calling card – to earn a five-year, $25 million free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons after a 2013 season in which he posted a career-high four sacks.

Kansas City Chiefs Biggest Off-Season Questions | Last Word on Pro Football

Andy Reid has stated that Alex Smith is still the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.  Alex Smith is due almost $17 million in 2017. Backup Nick Foles is due $10.75 million. This is a lot of money for these two quarterbacks. Kansas City must decide if they really want to keep Foles around with Smith starting or if it’s time to cut him as well. Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray is only due a little over $1 million. Is he ready to be second string? That’s a question the Chiefs will have to ask this off-season.

Breaking down the contract of long snapper James Winchester | The Kansas City Star

Winchester, 27, has been a steady performer as the Chiefs’ starting long snapper the last two seasons. He’s agreed to a five-year extension worth $4.45 million with $500,000 guaranteed. His cap number is $1.125 million in 2017, $730,000 in 2018, $830,000 in 2019, $870,000 in 2020 and $895,000 in 2021.

Chiefs signed running back Darrin Reaves and defensive tackle Montori Hughes to reserve-futures contracts | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs recently signed running back Darrin Reaves and defensive tackle Montori Hughes to reserve-futures contracts. Reserve-futures contracts begin when the new league year opens in March and don’t count against teams’ current roster limits.

Marcus Allen: USC QB Sam Darnold reminds me of Joe Montana | Gridiron Now

"He had the same expression that he had at the beginning of the game and the same he had at the end," Allen said. "He was like OK, this is not a big deal. We’re going to come back and win. "It reminded me of Joe when I used to see Joe. Nothing was ever a big deal. There was never an overreaction or an under-reaction. He was just steady, calm and there was this inner confidence.

Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning' | USA Today

"They got all fined, and yeah, that’s very concerning to us," Green said by phone. "That’s different than what we’ve seen in the past, and it’s definitely something that I want to talk to (NFL Players Association executive director) De Smith about with the players association: What is it we need to do about that? "We appreciate that the league reprimands guys for doing that, but we also like it to be known that in those instances, all those calls were correct. That, to us, is equally as important, that the public knows that just because somebody complained and said it was horrible and the guy is horrible and he shouldn’t be on the field – it’s important that word gets back out that, well, just so you’re aware, we reviewed those plays and (the penalties) were there."

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos energized after visit to Pro Bowl | The Kansas City Star

"It’s a short drive away, and my host brother Tyler — who I lived with all through high school here when I was an exchange student — works in Orlando and lives here," Santos said. "So I came here and stayed with him to see Tyler. Why not? Just come support my teammates, my coaches."

What if the Chiefs had listened to Mel Kiper the past 7 years? | Arrowhead Pride

Our pals over at Blogging The Boys had a great post idea: What if teams had listened to Mel Kiper and Todd McShay the past seven years when it comes to the NFL Draft? We got the data and went back and looked at how Kiper and McShay picked for each team compared to what the actual pick was by the Chiefs. In 2010 and 2013, both Kiper and McShay got the pick right: Berry in 2010 and Fisher in 2013.

4 reality shows Chiefs’ Travis Kelce should star in now that he’s done with his dating show | For The Win

Undercover Boss: Okay, here’s the concept: The show does an NFL-themed episode in which Kelce tries to be … a Foot Locker employee, especially after he said an official "shouldn’t even be able to work at (expletive) Foot Locker" after the Chiefs’ playoff loss to the Steelers.

Unnecessary Roughness: Alcatraz Exhibit Challenges Prison System—With Football Jerseys | Hoodline

Because Native Americans play an important role in the history of Alcatraz, Saiers used a Kansas City Chiefs jersey as the first jersey in the exhibit, which he says is a nod to Native Americans in a less offensive manner.  "You’re saying 'Wait, the Kansas City Chiefs begins it, the Cowboys ends it,' so it kind of asks the viewers in general what should be done to help out Native Americans for some of the injustices we did to them as a government," Saiers said.

Orlando’s first Pro Bowl rated a success by players | The Daily World

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who was chosen the Pro Bowl’s offensive MVP on Sunday night, hit every country in Epcot and spent quality time with his mother, who lives in downtown Orlando, Fla.

Taking a guess at what the Kansas City Chiefs will do at running back | Arrowhead Pride

Heading into the 2017 season, there are now more questions than answers at a position that was seemingly set 12 months ago. Let's take a closer look at the issues and what the team can expect moving forward:

Fed lawsuit threatened over bill prohibiting Native school monikers | Lowell Sun Online

Billeaudeaux said the organization is working with the Cleveland Indians to change their logo to create a more appropriate logo, and that they also recently worked with the Kansas City Chiefs to raise awareness of issues with their fans. Billeaudeaux said the group does object to fans wearing headdresses, face paint or war bonnets, since they are held in high esteem by Native Americans and should be worn only by those who have earned the right.

Harvesters kicks off annual Souper Bowl of Caring food drive with help from Chiefs crew |

Chiefs President Mark Donovan, Senior Vice President Bill Chapin and Chief Financial Officer Dan Crumb, Kansas City Ambassadors linebacker Shawn Barber, center Tim Grunhard, and linebacker Anthony Davis, KC Wolf, Red Coaters, Chiefs Cheerleaders and Chiefs staff members were among the nearly 85 members of the Chiefs organization who helped assemble BackSnacks. These BackSnacks will be distributed to local children this weekend to fight hunger. Since 2006, the Chiefs' help in the Souper Bowl of Caring has allowed Harvesters to provide more than 200,000 meals locally.

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