But going public with his grievance won't change things. Justin Houston and Dee Ford are the starting outside linebackers, and it's hard to see anything but injuries altering a rotation that has Houston and Ford as the regulars and Hali as a part-timer.
Twitter suddenly became awkward, at least the Chiefs corner of it. It’s a testament to Hali’s reputation cultivated over 11 seasons that many fans thought his account was hacked. The lame sort of excuse that everyone tries to reach for when they get in trouble was automatically credited to Hali. That is how out of bounds his Twitter rant was—a completely unexpected curveball (wrong sport) from an athlete who has always known better.
“Whoever is on our team and is expected to be a leader, we need those guys there. Because the younger guys come in and see these guys like, ‘I want to be like him — he’s makes a lot of money and he’s here, he’s working.’ It builds such chemistry for our team. I’ve tried not to talk on it, but it really hurts my feelings because I know how much I love the game and I want those guys to be there so we can all get on the same page and make this run.”
Top storyline: All eyes will be on rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, who won’t be a starter and may not even play during his first NFL season. But the Chiefs made a bold move to trade up to get Mahomes, making him the lone QB taken in the first round by the franchise in 34 years. That telling stat will be impossible to ignore, even if Mahomes never rises above No. 3 on the depth chart. The Chiefs plan to bring Mahomes along slowly, but he’ll put pressure on starter Alex Smith if he gives a strong showing at training camp and in the preseason.
Did You Know: The Patriots' season-opening opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, have an NFL-best 22-4 record since Week 7 of the 2015 season. Sounds like the type of statistic Bill Belichick might already have highlighted as he gets the Patriots ready for training camp, which he annually refers to as a critical time in which the focus is twofold: to prepare for the 16-game season and also for the opener, which Belichick says is usually one of the most unpredictable games of the year.
Coaching thermometer: By getting an extension on the same day G.M. John Dorsey got a pink slip, Reid has as much security as any coach in football. And with Brett Veach replacing Dorsey, many believe Reid will now have even more influence over the roster. So if the Chiefs are indeed taking a step or two back in an effort to eventually take a step up, chances are that Reid will be there every step of the way.
While rookies and select veterans report to Missouri Western to begin workouts Monday, the Chiefs will be holding a news conference back at the team’s practice facility to introduce Brett Veach. The former assistant to Andy Reid was promoted to general manager several weeks ago, filling the top job in the front office after John Dorsey was surprisingly fired after the offseason program.
The Chiefs present an interesting problem for the Patriots. They’re a fundamentally solid team on offense, defense, and special teams for the most part and have the ability to burn teams in those 3 phases. However, at the same time, their talent level wasn’t as good as it’s been in the early days of Andy Reid’s current gig as the Chiefs have aged out in certain positions and have dealt with injuries to key players. The Chiefs haven’t done a great job of replacing their core from 2013-2015 either in the draft and free agency.