As he praised George for working on the mental side of his game, Marshall veered off and criticized Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman.
“We talked about his struggles throughout the year at times,” Marshall said of George. “Now look, we keep saying that sport is 80% mental, so when are we going to double down on training our mind and making sure we are there mentally? We don’t do it enough as players. So when you look at what Paul George is doing, it’s phenomenal. So you’ve got to respect it.
“Look, I had Mecole here, the wide receiver for the Chiefs, yesterday, and I’m looking at him like, ‘Buddy, you haven’t once came in here and did any recovery stuff or did any of the mind-set training that we do here.’ You are fast, you can catch the ball, your routes are amazing. But if you want to go from good to great, you have to train here (Marshall pointed to his head).”
The Chiefs ran for 161 yards that day behind an offensive line that included left tackle Willie Roaf (a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), left guard Brian Waters (two-time All-Pro) and right guard Will Shields (member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).
They also had tight end Tony Gonzalez, who is in the Hall of Fame because of his pass-catching abilities but could also knock over a defender.
“This was good football,” Baldinger says. “They didn’t need any wide receivers. ... Who misses this brand of football? It was elephants on parade every Sunday.”
Zaven Collins EDGE
Kansas City picks up a linebacker that can fly across the field and make big hits. Between Willie Gay and Collins, the Chiefs have some really talented linebackers to develop.
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced a second Chiefs Fit location to open in the historic Jack Henry building on the Country Club Plaza. The premier flagship facility, located at 612 W. 47th Street in Kansas City, Missouri, is scheduled to open at the start of 2022.
Like the first Chiefs Fit location opening at Regency Park Shopping Center in Overland Park, Kansas, in the coming weeks, fitness enthusiasts will have access to more than 32,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fitness and recovery equipment at Chiefs Fit – Plaza. The well-appointed, amenity-filled, multi-level facility will feature a strength area with Chiefs-branded free weights and machines, as well as a full floor of cardio equipment. The facility will also offer cryotherapy treatment, hydromassage machines, Normatec recovery systems, spray-tan booths, a sauna and full-amenity locker rooms. Group fitness classes and personal training services will also be available at the Plaza location, along with a fuel bar and a retail shop with Chiefs Fit-branded apparel.
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A few rule changes are expected to come out of next week’s vote from league owners.
The competition committee’s proposal for expanded booth-to-official communication during replays has strong support among coaches and is likely to pass next week, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. This would be a notable change as it allows the replay official and members of the officiating department in New York to advise on-field officials on certain aspects of a play based on video evidence.
What a replay official and those in New York cannot do is throw or pick up a flag under this proposal. But they’d now be permitted to help correct calls that are clear on TV. Examples include penalty enforcement; proper down; spot of a foul; game clock; possession; completed or intercepted pass; touching of a loose ball; boundary line; goal line or end line; location of the football or a player in relation to the boundary line, line of scrimmage, the line to gain or the goal line; and down by contact when a player is not ruled down.
The attorney representing De’Vincent Spriggs, the man who accused Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald of assault earlier this week, is now offering an apology to Donald on behalf of his client.
Attorney Todd J. Hollis told Pittsburgh television station KDKA on Friday evening that Spriggs mistook his attacker outside a Pittsburgh-area nightclub for Donald.
The apology comes on the same day when an attorney hired by Donald refuted Spriggs’ claim that Donald was involved in the assault. Casey White, Donald’s attorney, told ESPN on Friday morning that Spriggs swung a bottle at Donald that grazed his head as he ducked, before other people surrounding Donald stepped in.
One of the moves I expected the Steelers to make this offseason was to insert a veteran presence into one of their offensive skill positions. Despite players like John Brown and Adrian Peterson expressing interest, nothing has materialized. Furthermore, the team hasn’t given any inclination that they may make a move like this. In my opinion, refusing to add some leadership into a room that is incredibly young would be a mistake.
When a video of Chase Claypool kicking someone in the head during a bar fight came to light back in March, I thought it was just another reason for the team to add some leadership to the group. This group could really use a consummate professional added to the mix. Someone who’s presence will help the Steelers youngsters see what it takes to be a man in the NFL and takes care of business off the field in the same manor.
One day after signing pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of starting defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Friday’s move will save $11 million in cap space, but it leaves the Browns with a huge hole in the middle of their defensive line. Richardson’s contract had no guaranteed money remaining.
He signed with the Browns on a three-year deal before the 2019 season, starting 31 games and getting 7.5 sacks over two seasons.
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TRADE UP! 50. OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
The Chiefs see Forsythe come off the board in the 40s and aggressively move up to acquire the last tackle of their tier in Brown. They surrender pick 63 and 94 to move up to 50.
Coaches are likely drooling over Brown’s potential after testing through the roof at his pro day. He showed elite athleticism at over 6 feet 8 inches. There’s promise for sure, but he’s also only played right tackle in his career at a lower collegiate level than some of his counterparts.
He’s a project, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting him accustomed to the other side of the offensive line while trying to protect Patrick Mahomes’ blindside. Brown is an older prospect (redshirt senior) and those types of players aren’t normally developmental. Chiefs coaches will love him, and coaches play a significant role on the Chiefs’ board quite often. They’ll believe they can get the most out of a player like Brown.
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