"Decent" is an interesting word choice, especially when Reid did affirm he has looked at some of these guys. Whether the club likes any of them enough to take in the first round — where some very good options could remain at other positions of need, like defensive tackle and cornerback — remains to be seen, especially when Reid drops a comment like this when asked about Smith on Tuesday.
"It’s hard to find that tight end that’s that big blocker anymore. Most of them are more receiver than they are blocker, so you’ve got to be able to cover those guys, and you need that guy that’s got a little size and a little strength but has the quickness to work with those people. And there’s got to be that physical part of it."
"I think he can still play,’’ Reid said at the AFC coaches’ breakfast in Phoenix. "His game obviously is speed, great hands and he’s very intelligent. He’s a smart, smart kid. I think Dirk will be great for him and with him. They’ll find ways to get him the ball and his quarterback can sling it and DeSean can go get it. That’s a pretty good combination.''
Kansas City can get out of its contract with Smith after this season, and in the strong-armed and fearless Mahomes, it has the opportunity to add a quarterback who can cut it loose downfield. The former Texas Tech signal-caller will need some time to refine his skills and learn to play within Reid’s precision timing system, but he’s got the tools to be a top-tier passer in the NFL.
"We have a little bit of a tight cap situation, so the way John’s (general manager John Dorsey) had to maneuver around that thing and do the things he had to do, that really was (the reason)," Reid said.
The Chiefs are hopeful Bennie Logan is an upgrade over Dontari Poe at nose tackle, but that isn’t certain. This sounds like a four-way push with four teams that will have to find dramatic improvement from within or through the draft if they are to find it at all.
"I think you saw where their focus was, right out of the chute in free agency. They got the receivers, tried to surround him with talent," the Kansas City Chiefs coach said when asked about Wentz's development at the AFC coaches' breakfast during the NFL Owners Meetings. "He'll take another few steps up here. Those first four years of a quarterback, I think, are huge. You'll see progress, big jumps, through those first four years."
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid on NFL Films documenting his coaching tree: "Very seldom in the business do you reflect. You just don’t do that. And to hear some of the old stories. I mean, it goes all the way back to the Vet (during Reid’s coaching days with the Eagles at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia) and some of the stories that went on there. I mean, the cats and the rats and all that crazy stuff. The beer flowing into your office after games. You kind of put that on hold until you retire, so this was a time to reflect. There were a lot of funny stories and I thought NFL films did a good job with it and how they went about it." Asked which was bigger, the cats or the rats, Reid said: "We had some huge cats now. I mean, those cats, I’ll tell you. They were giant son of a guns."
"Oh yeah," Reid said. "I’m not worried (about the contract). I haven’t really gone there. I enjoy Kansas City. Nothing has been told to me to think that it’s different than that. Everything has been positive on working there … (my wife) Tammy and I love the city and love the Hunt family."
Scouts from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers were in attendance, and most were there to watch linebacker Tau Lotulelei, who has a strong chance of being selected in next month’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.
"You know, the door is never closed on any player, just because a decision was made this year to move on," Hunt told the Stark. "You know, circumstances change, and it would be misleadikng for me to say ‘No, we would never have that player or this player back,’ because we’ve all seen it happen."
The Miami Dolphins have a "zero percent chance" of taking him, an unnamed source told the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero. Mixon’s draft stock has plummeted because of a 2014 incident in which he struck a woman and the subsequent release of video of the incident caused him to be barred from the NFL scouting combine last month. Instead, he worked out for teams at Oklahoma’s pro day earlier this month and met privately with them.
The Chiefs have a question at inside linebacker with Derrick Johnson coming off an Achilles injury and the Chiefs letting Josh Mauga hit the market. I like where Ramik Wilson is at but they need another body there. If not the draft then free agency. Maualuga was a 2009 second round pick by the Bengals where he’s played ever since. He ended up being one of the best players from that draft. Here’s some of what Cincy Jungle said about him after he was recently cut:
Defensive line: The Chiefs signed free agent Bennie Logan to replace the departed Dontari Poe. But Logan signed for just one year so he’s a potential free agent next year. Another defensive lineman, Jaye Howard, also has a contract that expires at the end of the season. The possibility of losing two of their top four players at this position at the end of next season almost guarantees the Chiefs will draft a defensive lineman this year.
How long after you entered the NFL did you start to give back to the community? Was that important to you from the start? Honestly I didn’t even know there was going to be football for me. I played baseball growing up and I didn’t even start playing football until the ninth grade. Then I went to the University of Florida. I got my first offer from them in 11th grade. Most of the guys that go to Florida are often told they can go to the NFL, so I always knew that was a possibility. So I told myself if I ever make it, I’ll never forget where I came from. My wife and I have been giving back to the community since I’ve been drafted. We’ve been doing turkey drives, community outreaches and now we’re doing a camp the last two years.
NFL head coaches are mostly buttoned-up, super-serious guys who are more comfortable staring daggers than cracking jokes. And then there’s Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who appears to have a passion for Hawaiian shirts. Seriously. Every year, when the NFL snaps a photo of the head coaches in attendance at the NFL annual meetings, there’s Reid with his flowery threads.
"It wasn’t even kickoff yet," Rivera recalls. "Row 2 is like, ‘Hey, man. Sit the fuck down!’ Row 3, ‘Sit the fuck down!’ Throwing peanuts, water bottles, everything you can imagine. We did this for the first two games. We locked arms, and we said, ‘One sit down, we all got to sit down. One stand up, we all got to stand up.’ And we did it, man. We did it."
The rivalry as Kansas City-Las Vegas should provide as many great memories for fans of both teams, just like it did as Kansas City-Oakland. Both teams look like they're built for the long haul, so each should be a contender for the AFC West championship by the time the Raiders finally get around to playing in the desert, which might not be until 2020.