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Chiefs’ coaching staff will be younger in ‘18 | The Kansas City Star

They also announced the promotions of Mark DeLeone to inside linebackers coach, Corey Matthaei to assistant offensive line coach, Joe Bleymaier to pass game analyst/assistant quarterbacks coach, Terry Bradden to defensive quality control coach and the hiring of David Girardi as the offensive quality control coach. They also confirmed a number of previously reported moves, including the retirement of assistant head coach Brad Childress, the promotions of Mike Kafka (quarterbacks) and Mike Smith (outside linebackers), and the hiring of Jay Valai as defensive quality control coach.

Behind-the-Scenes Stories from Brett Veach's First Senior Bowl as Chiefs' GM |

"The best part is finding guys you know they like and trying to pick holes in their game just to mess with them," Veach explained, laughing. "Just to see how defensive they get and how prideful they get."

This happened multiple times on Tuesday afternoon.

As soon as a player made a play, Veach would make a comment—often garnering a response or two from his staff, and in particular, the area scout who evaluated that player. It was all light-hearted stuff, and most of the guys were laughing through it all.

But it also worked both ways. Veach had a particular player he liked—often commenting after every single one of his reps during the week—good or bad (although he'd probably tell you there weren't any bad reps), and his staff began to poke their own holes in the players' game.

Aqib Talib trade rumors: The Chiefs should make this move (maybe) | Arrowhead Pride

The reality is that Talib was a very good corner last season (don’t take my word for it, ask PFF if you’re looking for a non-Chiefs-person source). I went back and VERY quickly watched some snaps from the Broncos second-to-last game of the season, and Talib immediately showed up on film as a very good corner.

Actually, the Chiefs did the right thing in keeping Bob Sutton | Arrowhead Pride

It’s probably because of this childhood experience that I grew to be very, very against scapegoating. I hate it with a passion. And through my eyes, I believe Bob Sutton has been scapegoated for the Chiefs’ failures in 2017.

I’m here to offer a counter-opinion on Bob Sutton, one that is a little more nuanced than blaming everything on the Chiefs defensive coordinator.

Chiefs Announce Coaching Staff Changes |

“The coaches we’ve elevated – Mike Kafka, Mark DeLeone, Mike Smith, Corey Matthaei, Joe Bleymaier and Terry Bradden – have each earned their opportunity to take the next step in their careers,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “I’ve watched them grow, learn, teach, and I appreciate how they have gone about the process of improving their crafts. We’ve also added Jay and David as quality control coaches. I look forward to working with them as they begin their NFL careers.

Chiefs shuffle coaching staff with departures of Brad Childress, Gary Gibbs. | Chiefs Digest

Gibbs came to Kansas City in 2009 as a member of Todd Hailey’s first staff with the Chiefs. He spent four seasons as linebacker coach before earning promotion to defensive coordinator in 2012. He remained a member of the staff with Reid’s arrival in 2013, returning to coaching linebackers.

Which Chiefs Free Agents May Interest the Bears | Windy City Gridiron

There were two names that immediately jumped out to me on offense: guard Zach Fulton and wide receiver Albert Wilson. Those are both need positions for the Bears and here we find two players that would know the system while also not breaking the bank.

Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt isn’t acting like he’s made it | The Kansas City Star

“It’s definitely kind of crazy,” Hunt said. “You know, I always watched this stuff on TV, and growing up, I always paid attention to the Pro Bowl and watching these guys perform.”

What is the price tag for Alex Smith? | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero joined 1500ESPN on Monday from Radio Row. From conversations at the Senior Bowl, he figures the price tag to be a second-round pick and a future pick, somewhere in the range of a 2019 second or fourth.

A Cocktail With Former NFL PLayer DaJuan Morgan | Jupiter Mag

2) The first thing I thought when I was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft was: that I finally did it. I was crying. My mom came running out of her bedroom and just fell into my arms. I had been in a car accident that cost me my senior season of high school football. Fifteen days before the accident a tornado had ravaged our home. I actually saw it coming. I told everyone to get in the closet. It was total devastation. But now here I am—I got the call, and now I’m ready to become a Kansas City Chief.

Two Chiefs on NFLPA top 50 list of player merchandise sales | The Kansas City Star

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was No. 1 and Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was No. 2. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was third, followed by Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was ranked 41st and Hunt was No. 50.

Pro Bowl 2018: Von Miller sent his hotel bills to Kareem Hunt's room | Arrowhead Addict

As part of the winning team, Hunt and Miller both earned $64,000 since the AFC side won the game over the NFC, whose players each received $32,000. That’s plenty of extra cash for Hunt to pay those bills, but it’d be interesting to hear just how much Miller saddled the rookie with for the week. We’re also curious if others were in on the prank and we’d love to hear Hunt’s side of the story.

Chiefs Hall of Fame will bring Tony Gonzalez back where he belongs | ESPN

Nine years is far too long for one of the greatest and most popular players in franchise history to have little tangible association with the team. That's why it was overdue for the Chiefs to induct Gonzalez into their Hall of Fame, as they announced they will do. The ceremony will be held during a game at Arrowhead Stadium in the fall.

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