Something about Gonzalez: He likes to feel essential. That's tougher to pull off, from a front-office and coaching standpoint, than, say, making him feel important. Feed him the ball 183 times a game, and he feels important. But fill Tony in on some secrets? Oh, he likes that. Makes him feel like this team can't operate without him, his opinions and his presence.Hasn't it become clear that this marriage won't work without communication? | Red Zone
NFL teams have until the end of the day on February 26 to make contract tender offers to their restricted free agents. Scout.com's Senior NFL Analyst, Ed Thompson tells you how much they'll have to offer to limit their valued players' movement, and how restricted free agency will work in 2009.
In a lighter moment, during his comments, Gay took a friendly jab at Smith's Chiefs, who went 2-14 this season. "He's on a sorry team," Gay said. "And next year it will be an honor for him to be on the same field as the Super Bowl champions." Smith, who played in only seven games last season due to a leg injury, could only drop his head and laugh.Steelers' Gay, Chiefs' Smith speak at Rickards' banquet | tallahassee.com | Tallahassee Democrat
The breadth and scope of what the Chiefs need to accomplish on offense and defense is likely to make them one of the most significant players of the offseason, and the #3 overall pick in the draft guarantees that some of the best talent in the draft is theirs for the taking. Will they be looking at the high price tag of QB Matt Cassel? Will they be cutting ties with franchise rusher Larry Johnson? Will they be in the lead for the crown jewel of 2009 free agency, DE/OLB Julius Peppers? Will their needs at ILB cause them to flip the draft on its head at the #3 spot, taking Maualuga over Curry?Team Profile: Kansas City Chiefs - Mocking The Draft Good stuff from SBNation's draft site Mocking The Draft.
Perhaps someday he will go into the big one?
Now that QB Matt Cassel has signed his $14.65 million non-exclusive franchise tender — the largest guarantee on a one-year contract in the history of the NFL — some around the league believe it’s 95 percent that he remains in New England. The only way the Patriots would trade Cassel is if they know QB Tom Brady is healthy, and even if they do, the bidder needs to be to Cassel’s liking and offer a contract to his liking, or there’s no deal.NFL.com Blogs Cassel signs $14.65M franchise tender "
"He would just never take no for an answer. If he felt one thing about something, whether it was (to) Charlie Weis or Bill Belichick, he would always voice his opinion. Sometimes that would get him in trouble — a lot of times it would — but if Todd felt strongly about something, he is going to make it happen. Even when we’re fishing, I’ll want to go over here, and he’ll want to go over there. We’ll go over there and end up catching fish. It’s funny — nine times out of 10, he’s right."Haley took ‘roundabout’ path to NFL coach - Kansas City Star