That will stand as his last mention as an NFL player as Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Chiefs have hired Kafka as an offensive quality control coach.
The Chiefs have filled the hole vacated by the loss of assistant special-teams coach Brock Olivo to the Denver Broncos. Rod Wilson has been tabbed as Olivo’s replacement, a source told The Star on Tuesday. Wilson, 35, is a former seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2005 who spent six seasons in the NFL, recording a total of 47 tackles with the Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Coach [Andy] Reid started rambling off the captains and said, ‘On the offensive side, Alex and Travis.’" Reid called his name. "My eyes kind of opened up and I was like, ‘Whoa. I didn’t even know I was in the discussion.’ I can think of three or four guys on the offensive side of the ball that I know I respect and that I would have put up there," Kelce recalled of that moment.
Oh, yes, said the former Kansas City Chiefs front office member. All the time, he told 1070 The Fan host JMV. "I still get flashbacks," Ballard said with a laugh. "Unfortunately I had to sit though that 45-44 game and watch (Luck) play brilliantly. He was unbelievable that day."
"I remember in 1991, I was an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Steve DeBerg was our quarterback. He had played seven or eight years earlier for the 49ers. We were playing the 49ers and they hadn’t changed their signals at all. Steve DeBerg called every play for us on the defensive sideline because Joe Montana and Bill Walsh hadn’t changed the signals since they’d been there. They beat us 28-14. We knew every play and they beat us. So that’s been part of football.
"Our family has had a great relationship with him since he entered the league well over two decades ago," Clark Hunt said. "He and my dad were close friends. He's certainly someone who has been an innovator, somebody who has been very successful on the field. I think he's a very, very worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame."
As for who would the Packers play in Super Bowl 52, two executives said the New England Patriots, two said the Pittsburgh Steelers and one said the Kansas City Chiefs. So we could see either a Super Bowl 45 rematch or Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady which would be huge for ratings.
Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas interviewed Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce at the NFL Pro Bowl in January. Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, talks about his favorite spots in Cleveland and growing up a Browns fan.
This mock is ... interesting. The first pick goes to all world Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, who could play multiple positions. If Eric Berry comes back, safety won’t be a huge need but you can always use talent in the secondary - if the Chiefs think he’s worth it.
Alex. I’ve shifted my feeling on this a bit in the last month. Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Alex Smith, but I believe Smith is a better fit for Andy Reid, and I know Smith is more reliable. Bad backs don’t get better. Bad backs of professional athletes about to turn 37 never get better. Bad backs of quarterbacks who’ve made 127 NFL starts and been sacked 248 times are reason enough for anyone who loves that quarterback to beg him to enjoy his millions of dollars in retirement.
Come August, Poe will be 27 years old which is essentially the prime of his career. General Manager Jason Licht preached when he first arrived in Tampa that they would be looking for guys entering the prime on who they would add to the team, and Poe fits that mold. Poe’s nose tackle presence could help solidify this defensive line group, and essentially free up the defensive ends. Gerald McCoy unfortunately has never had someone lineup next to him with the skill set/abilities such as Poe, and this could also help McCoy reach another level in his game.
In fact, the Chiefs are 4-1 over the past three seasons against teams that wound up playing in the Super Bowl. They beat the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in 2014, split their two games with the Broncos the next season and then added the win over the Falcons two months ago.
It’s obvious that Berry would be an ideal fit for the Titans. He would be an ideal fit for every NFL team. For the Titans though, Berry would offer a playmaking safety to pair with Byard to form one of the most versatile and talented back lines in the NFL. So the real question here is whether or not he will actually hit the market.
James Starks was involved in a car accident late in the regular season, and suffered a concussion. He never passed the NFL’s concussion protocol before the end of the season and is presumably still having symptoms of the injury. With the team finding a likely running back of the future in Ty Montgomery and Starks struggling when he was able to take the field, this move seemed inevitable, especially given his $3 million salary in 2017.
Kansas City hit on early draft picks, while also finding Pro Bowlers in the latter rounds, putting the perfect formula together in building one of the league’s most balanced rosters. Since Ballard joined the Chiefs in 2013, when he oversaw the college scouting department the past two seasons, Kansas City has relied heavily on their draft picks. The Chiefs picked 32 guys from 2013-16. Of those 32, 23 are still on the roster, 14 are starters and four have earned Pro Bowl honors.
Olivo, 40, said he’s ready to excel with the Broncos as a first-time coordinator. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph grilled him during a six-hour interview to determine if he was the right fit to end an exhaustive search to find the right special teams coordinator. The key, Olivo says, is to focus on how players learn rather than how coaches teach. He has a favorite acronym: "K.I.L.L. it." It’s startling at first, but fits perfectly with his high-energy approach and projected coaching style. It stands for "Keep It Likeable and Learnable."
The Eagles are estimated to have just over $7 million in cap space for 2017, via OverTheCap.com. That amount would be the fourth least space of any team in the league behind the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.