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Posnanski: Remembering Gunther, a Chiefs icon who took coaching to another level in KC | Kansas City Star

I have never known anyone quite like him. Football coaches are, by their nature, obsessive, fanatical, pathological even. They sleep in their offices, they coach and watch film until they’re bleary and spent. We’ve all heard the stories. Gunther took it to a whole other level. In January 1998, the Chiefs played Denver in the playoffs — Gunther Cunningham designed 73 new blitzes for that game. Seventy-three.

NFL world pays tribute to former Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham | Kansas City Star

Cunningham died Saturday at the age of 72, and former players, media members and ex-Chiefs officials paid tribute to him.

Ranking the NFL’s top receivers in contested-catch situations | Pro Football Focus

1. TYREEK HILL, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (65.0%)

It seems trivial to be discussing Hill’s contested-catch ability in wake of the larger, more important issues surrounding the star Kansas City Chiefs’ wide receiver, but his presence at the top of this list shows that his potential absence not only takes away the league’s most dangerous deep threat but also the best receiver in the NFL in contested-catch situations a season ago. Listed at just 5 foot-10 inches and 185 pounds, Hill doesn’t have the prototypical size of a wide receiver who wins at the catch point. Despite that, he caught 13 of his 20 contested targets for 290 receiving yards (4th).

Don’t Blame Patrick Mahomes If He Can’t Repeat MVP-Caliber Season in 2019 | Bleacher Report

Mahomes is still growing and learning. He very well could be a better player next year as his understanding of the game expands, but due to factors beyond his control, no one should expect the star to replicate last season’s stats.

Examining the Jet Sweep Revolution of the 2018 NFL season | Pro Football Focus

The jet sweep started to pick up some steam in the NFL in 2017, with teams like the Patriots and Rams using them here and there. In the entire NFL in 2017, teams ran 174 jet sweeps (including both handoffs and touch passes) and gained 882 total yards and nine touchdowns on such plays.

Other notable players who ran the jet sweep include Alvin Kamara, who had eight attempts for 56 yards and one touchdown, and Keenan Allen, who had six attempts for 70 yards. Sammy Watkins was productive on the jet sweep as well, totaling eight attempts for 60 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs sign Aurora shooting survivor Zack Golditch | USA Today High School Sports

Former CSU football player and Aurora theater shooting survivor Zack Golditch was signed Monday by the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL team announced.

Golditch, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle, was on the Arizona Cardinals’ active roster for the final eight games last season and played in two. Golditch was waived by the Cardinals last week.

Around the league

Flacco focused on winning, not mentoring Drew Lock | NFL

“I got so many things to worry about,” Flacco told reporters. “I’m trying to go out there and play good football. I’m trying to go out there and play the best football of my life. As far as a time constraint and all stuff, I’m not worried about developing guys or any of that. That is what it is, and like I said, I hope he does develop. But I don’t look at that as my job. My job is to go win football games for this football team.”

Bill Belichick Reportedly to Call Patriots’ Defensive Plays in 2019 | Bleacher Report

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe cited a source who suggested Belichick will call plays himself since no defensive coordinator is in place. Brian Flores left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and replacement Greg Schiano resigned in March.

Judge suppresses video in Kraft solicitation case | ESPN

Prosecutors cannot use secretly recorded video allegedly showing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft engaging in massage parlor sex, a judge ruled Monday, striking a serious blow to their case charging him with soliciting prostitutes.

Kyle Rudolph hopes for clarity on status with Vikings soon | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

There was a report that contract extension talks between Rudolph and the team have broken down, which led some to speculate about a trade away from Minnesota as it would allow the Vikings to create some cap space at a moment when they have less than $1 million in room. Irv Smith Jr.‘s arrival as a second-round pick lent some support to the idea that the Vikings could part ways with Rudolph.

Report: Geno Smith Expected To Sign With Seahawks, Back Up QB Competition Heats Up | Sports Illustrated

Former New York Jets and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, reports ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan.

Smith, 28, spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Jets after they drafted him in the second round (39th overall) of the 2013 NFL draft.

He went 12-18 as a starter for the Jets and then signed a one-year deal with Giants in 2017.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Former Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham has died

Cunningham, who spend 11 total years in some capacity with the Chiefs, was 72.

Report: Chiefs backup quarterback EJ Manuel has retired

Manuel takes himself out of the running to be Patrick Mahomes’ backup in 2019.

Recapping cuts and signings since Chiefs rookie minicamp; updated 90-man roster

Let’s review what happened stemming from rookie minicamp and a look at the 90-man roster ahead of OTAs.

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