“Next to my father, few people have had a more lasting impact on the Kansas City Chiefs than Len Dawson,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Over the course of his legendary career – first as a player and later as a broadcaster – Len has been a part of every major moment in franchise history. We sincerely appreciate his many contributions to Chiefs Kingdom since he arrived as a player in 1962, and we look forward to having Len as part of the Chiefs Radio Network for the 2017 season.”
Dawson, 82, is entering his 33rd year with the network. This season, he’ll contribute pre-produced segments and live pregame analysis leading up to kickoff.
Former Chiefs long snapper Kendall Gammon, who worked as an analyst for road games last year, will be the analyst for all Chiefs games.
The move came after the Chiefs worked out a number of kickers on Tuesday, as starting kicker Cairo Santos — a Pro Bowl alternate last season — is dealing with what coach Andy Reid described as a groin strain.
Reid called Santos injury "not a serious deal," meaning Ficken's appearance may be more of a cameo as opposed to a longterm assignment, but anything must be better than nothing after Ficken went from embattled booter as a junior at Virginia, where he missed a couple of field goals and extra points in a PSU loss, to hero at the end of his Lions' career, when he kicked the game-winner against Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl to cap the 2014 season.
"I went back (home to Ohio) and trained and had somebody throw the ball at me, even if it was my college QB or one of my old high school buddies or whatever," he said. "I always tried to go out there and (run) routes."
In a civil trial this week in Jackson County Circuit Court, Adrien Caye’s lawyers are arguing that the crowds at Kansas City Chiefs home games have a history of being unruly, threatening and violent. Yet the team has failed to provide adequate security or crowd control at Arrowhead, they say in court documents.
The Chiefs deny the claims and are fighting them in court.
A Chiefs attorney, Fritz Riesmeyer, said in court that there are hundreds of off-duty Kansas City police officers and Jackson County deputies as well as private security at home games. He told jurors that fans who feel threatened can easily flag stadium security or staff at safety booths in the stadium.
2) Don’t get fooled by camp reports. The Chiefs have a handful of guys that always look good in camp. DAT, Demetrius Harris, Ross Travis, Phillip Gaines, Tyler Bray, Seantavius Jones among others can make plays in St Joseph. We’ll see if they can do the same in an actual NFL game.
I believe Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill will have big years, that the offensive line will be improved, that Bennie Logan will be better than people realize, that Eric Berry will be great and Marcus Peters will be both great and endlessly entertaining. I believe they’ll be 20th or below in both run offense and run defense. I believe their special teams won’t be as good as last year, largely because Hill won’t be taking as many returns.
Mahomes’ stats weren’t good in team drills in part because he declined to force the ball in coverage. On at least two of his incomplete passes, Mahomes found no receiver open downfield and unloaded the ball where nobody could get to it.
Mahomes is acknowledged as the franchise’s future quarterback and is scheduled to play the third quarter on Friday. Where does that leave Bray?
It likely depends on Mahomes’ path. If the Chiefs elevate Mahomes to second team for the regular season, Bray will assume the familiar role — third on the depth chart — and find it difficult to gain playing time.
C.J. Spiller again got the majority of the second-team reps at running back.