Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach is scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Arrowhead Time on Thursday. Until then, many other head coaches and general managers will take the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
We’ll compile any notes relating to the Chiefs and Kansas City on this page.
9:21 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Thursday - Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey
More John Dorsey on Kareem Hunt. I asked specifically if he talked with the Chiefs about Hunt and the incident and he stuck with the “extensive research” line pic.twitter.com/nrQHJV1Kg5— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February 28, 2019
Reaction: I got a little bit of déjà vu watching this video—it reminded me of the script from the day the Chiefs drafted Tyreek Hill. There is no doubt Hill and Hunt are two different people with different situations, but the sentiment (and the general manager) is so similar. It worked out for Hill. We’ll see how Kareem Hunt handles his second chance in Cleveland.
9:03 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Is John Dorsey interested in any other Kansas City free agents? pic.twitter.com/1fJzSSAb6V— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February 28, 2019
8:42 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Thursday - Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay
Sean McVay says the #Rams didn't anticipate losing Sammy Watkins to the #Chiefs in free agency last season.— Charles Goldman (@goldmctNFL) February 28, 2019
Reaction: This isn’t necessarily completely new news, but it is interesting. Remember, the Rams opted to tag safety Lamarcus Joyner instead. The decision opened the door for the Chiefs to nab Watkins, who had a good season (when he was actually on the field). Still hard to question the Rams move, considering they made it all the way to the Super Bowl.
8:12 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Thursday - Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden
Gruden: “When Kelce and Gates are in your division you would be looking at safeties too.” @KCTV5— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) February 28, 2019
Reaction: Good luck.
“They’re throwing the ball unlike any team I’ve ever seen.” - Jon Gruden on the #Chiefs. Gruden added they’re a team that you may need to play eight DBs against— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) February 28, 2019
Reaction: We heard it Wednesday (scroll down just a tap) and now we’re seeing it Thursday. The Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC West thanks to their MVP and historical 2018 offense. After years of questions about the quarterback position, this is indeed real life.
2:46 p.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations John Elway
John Elway at the podium.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) February 27, 2019
“Our goal is to win the division and that road goes through Kansas City.” pic.twitter.com/T1f4cut0R8
Reaction: Is there anything better for Chiefs fans than that quote from John Elway? The Denver Broncos won the AFC West five years in a row from 2011 to 2015, capping it off with a Super Bowl victory. As Elway says, the division runs through Kansas City, the Chiefs having won three seasons in a row. Now they just need that Super Bowl.
11:25 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman
“The Kansas City Chiefs model worked, how’s that?” Gettleman says of a QB plan. https://t.co/t8CtNJa0jE— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) February 27, 2019
Reaction: What this means is that in an ideal world, a young quarterback could be drafted by the Giants this year and sit for one season behind Eli Manning, taking the reins as starting quarterback after learning about how to become a professional. The Chiefs set quite a tone in 2017-18, when after sitting behind Alex Smith for a year, Patrick Mahomes won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award.
11:09 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy
Bears head coach Matt Nagy says his offense with Mitch Trubisky borrowed a lot from Andy Reid and the Chiefs. Going into year two, Nagy says his team can start developing its own style. "Now we can start playing ball." pic.twitter.com/USLU3i1lQf— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) February 27, 2019
Reaction: This isn’t at all surprising given the Chiefs’ success in 2017 and Matt Nagy being a part of that. In his first year as a head coach, Nagy relied upon what he knew, but it seems a full offseason will provide him time to make the offense his own. Andy Reid preaches that his assistant coaches learn from him and put their own spin on it. This is an example of those words in action.
9:44 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury
Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury says he doesn’t know how much the success of Patrick Mahomes enhanced his NFL job prospects but “it didn’t hurt.” Says success of Mahomes and Baker Mayfield shows young QBs can play early and succeed pic.twitter.com/LMx0FFJ1WM— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) February 27, 2019
Reaction: Stop it, Kliff.
9:39 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday
Kliff Kingsbury says the success of Mahomes, Mayfield and Keenum shows that some of the spread concepts can be successful in the NFL and QBs in that college system can also adapt quickly to the pros— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) February 27, 2019
Reaction: College concepts making their way to the NFL is something Chiefs head coach Andy Reid realized two years ago when then-starter Alex Smith had by far the best season of his 14-year career.
8:33 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - Broncos head coach Vic Fangio
Fangio pouring on the praise for the Chiefs. “They’re the team to beat in our division.” #4Broncos @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/fvIf4xKd5J— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) February 27, 2019
New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio says Patrick Mahomes has an “athletic arrogance” that allows him to take advantage of his great talent. Says the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC West. pic.twitter.com/RrhxReQmEx— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) February 27, 2019
Reaction: I wrote about Patrick Mahomes’ “athletic arrogance” back in November. It is a thrill to watch Mahomes with all the traits he offers, but the visible confidence he has in his own game is still an underrated aspect to it all.
8:22 a.m. Arrowhead Time, Wednesday - Raiders general manager Mike Mayock
Mayock says he has an entire wall in his office dedicated to the AFC West. Says dealing with the Chiefs offense and the edge rushers in the divison is a huge challenge for the Raiders.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) February 27, 2019
Reaction: I’ve talked about the Patrick Mahomes effect a bit as far as what it means for Chiefs free agency and veterans wanting to come to Kansas City. But there is just as big an effect on opposing teams who have to deal with Mahomes, namely teams in the AFC West, who see him twice a year. I hold the belief that at least part of the reason why the Broncos hired a defensive head coach in Vic Fangio is having to figure out how to handle Mahomes for the foreseeable future.
8:16 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Mike Mayock mentions he had a chance to work with Missouri’s Drew Lock at the Senior Bowl. Says he gets the ball out quickly. Also praised Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and OU’s Kyler Murray.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) February 27, 2019
Reaction: Could the Oakland Raiders quarterback of the future come from...*gulp* the University of Missouri?