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Jared Gaither at LT for the Chiefs? Yes please! Albert allowed pressure every 13.5 pass snaps last...

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Jared Gaither at LT for the Chiefs? Yes please! Albert allowed pressure every 13.5 pass snaps last year. Gaither every 33.2 in '09

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The Denver Bronco blues...

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The irony is not lost on the city of Denver that John Elway is judging a QB controversy between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow. This is like Heidi Klum judging a bikini contest at a fat farm. Doesn't matter anyway. It's over. Orton won by the kind of margin Kim Jong Il wins elections. If it had been a pee wee basketball game, they'd have turned the scoreboard off. Tebow looked like a man being chased by bees. He barely got off a pass (1-for-3) and was sacked three times. Nice kid, sincere as a first kiss, but he's not ready yet, might never be ready. Somebody alert the Filipino missionaries. If he doesn't improve, he might be among them sooner than we thought. Rick Reilly's assessment of Tebow after last Saturdays intrasquad scrimmage. Feels so good to be a Chiefs fan!

NFL.com Power Rankings

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11. Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley is the NFL's version of Rangers manager Ron Washington. No two head honchos in sports resemble a homeless guy better than Haley and Washington. Still, Haley has done a nice job working in conjunction with Scott Pioli to carve this team both in his image and that of the Patriots. Don't look for the Chiefs to fall flat. The Chiefs are the highest ranking AFC West team on this list, followed by the Chargers at #12.

Roaf has been overlooked

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Willie Roaf should be in the Hall of Fame. He was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection who was named to the 1990s and 2000s All-Decade team at offensive tackle. It would be hard to name a more dominant player at the position during his time in the league. If the voters poll any of Roaf's oppponents, I'm certain he would be a unanimous selection. Couldn't agree more...

I'm predicting big things from the Chiefs today. I think we can expect to hear of at least 2-3 new...

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I'm predicting big things from the Chiefs today. I think we can expect to hear of at least 2-3 new signings and maybe even a few of our own players recieving new contracts. A perfect Friday for me would be hearing that Franklin and Leron McClain have been signed and Tamba Hali has been locked down for years to come.

Today is the day teams are allowed to cut their own players. Now we've all heard some of the big...

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Today is the day teams are allowed to cut their own players. Now we've all heard some of the big names due to be released including Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Randle El, Kelly Gregg and Derrick Mason and I'm sure there will be plenty more to come. So, with that in mind, what soon to be released veteran player/players would you like the Chiefs to sign?

My current free agency wish list 1.) NT - preferably Franklin but maybe Pat Williams if...

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My current free agency wish list 1.) NT - preferably Franklin but maybe Pat Williams if available 2.) LB - I like Roth from Cleveland 3.) WR - Lance Moore would be the perfect slot reciever but I also like Breaston 4.) OL - I have no preferenc here, we need added depth on our line and if Pioli can find an upgrade at RT, I'm all for it 5.) DB - I have to admit, if Pioli were able to add CB J. Joseph, I would put our secondary within the top 5 in the league 6.) FB - This would be a bit of an added perk but Leron McClain would be pretty sick paired with Charles

Just heard on NFLN, Jason LaCanfora reporting Santana Moss will remain with the Redskins for the...

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Just heard on NFLN, Jason LaCanfora reporting Santana Moss will remain with the Redskins for the next 3 years. So, is Breaston looking better now? How about Lance Moore?

For those following the rather random Moss to the Chiefs rumors....

Free agency breakdown

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FIVE BUY-LOW OPPORTUNITIES Tommie Harris was once the league's most dominant defensive tackle. The Bears benched him last season and released him before the lockout. The old Tommie Harris is probably gone, but a team with a great medical staff and low expectations might be able to get 20 very good snaps a game out of him. FIVE VETERANS WITH SOMETHING LEFT IN THE TANK Pat Williams took a step backwards at 37 last season, but it was from very lofty heights; Minnesota still ranked eighth against the run by DVOA, and Williams still contributed seven tackles for a loss or no gain. Some smart team is going to bring him in and spot his snaps effectively, and they'll get a great run-stuffing tackle as a result. TIER 4 — The likely-to-be-average players with some upside. Jermon Bushrod is the first of several left tackle options on the market. Having started 30 games over the past two years in one of the league's best offenses, the 26-year-old should seemingly rate out as a prime talent, but the Saints succeed in spite of Bushrod, not because of him. Drew Brees makes him look good with great footwork and a lightning release that keeps opposing pass-rushers away. Consider that Bushrod allowed four sacks and 14 quarterback hurries last season with his blown blocks. Bushrod is likely to be a disappointment in his next stop. TIER 2 — The borderline Pro Bowlers. Aubrayo Franklin, DT. Why: Because he doesn't rush the passer or accrue stats in his role as the nose tackle in the 3-4, Franklin has flown under the national radar. He lacks the elite athleticism of Haloti Ngata or the massive frame of Albert Haynesworth, but no interior lineman in football is better at reading blocking schemes and manipulating the offensive front. It's safe to say that he's popular with his teammates; as Willis noted during the 2010 offseason, "I pray to God they keep Aubrayo." A great article that covers all the big names in free agency with alot of good info. It even has a piece on our own Shaun Smith under the headline "Five bandwagons to jump off"

Free agents to avoid

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Spending more than a million dollars or so on a running back in free agency, though, has mostly been a fool's errand. Last season, the Bears and Chiefs gave free-agent backs Chester Taylor and Thomas Jones, respectively, a combined $10 million for the 2010 season. They were the two least productive running backs in football. I think T. Jones' veteran leadership and attitude made up for his dip in production towards the end of last year, but this is a nice article worth a quick read, especially with the free agency period quickly approaching.

Am I the only one who thinks that Larry Fitzgerald might have had some sort of influence on this...

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Am I the only one who thinks that Larry Fitzgerald might have had some sort of influence on this pick? We all know that Todd Haley has seen first hand how good Pitt receivers can be and I'm sure Larry has worked with this kid in the offseason. Just a thought.

DJ Named AFC Defensive Player of The Week

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The National Football League informed the Chiefs on Wednesday that LB Derrick Johnson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 27-13 win at St. Louis (12/19). He joins LB Tamba Hali as the second Chiefs player to win the honor in 2010, the first time a pair of Chiefs linebackers have claimed the award in a season since LBs Derrick Thomas and Tracy Simien (’91). It is the third POW honor of Johnson’s career. Congrats to DJ!

MMQB - Tuesday; KC defense's secret weapon

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Outside linebacker Tamba Hali, whose sack output has risen from 8.5 in a full season last year to 10 so far this year, attributes the sack gain to Joe Kim, a Taekwondo instructor retained by the Chiefs to work on martial-arts moves the defenders can do to keep offensive hands off them as they try to rush. That, plus speed. On Sunday, Hali beat one of the best left tackles in football, Ryan Clady, around the corner to strip-sack Kyle Orton, and recover the ball. "Joe's taught us a lot of techniques to beat any guy,'' Hali said. "Martial arts can be a valuable tool to get off blocks. I also think [coach] Todd Haley has done a great job changing the culture around here. There's a great togetherness here. We work out together all year. We push each other. There's a desire to be great here, and it's really helped us.''

Prediction: The Chargers win and stay in the playoff hunt, but Philip Rivers won't win the game by...

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Prediction: The Chargers win and stay in the playoff hunt, but Philip Rivers won't win the game by himself. His defense will stop the Chiefs' running game in a conservative victory.

SI.com's Jerome Bettis' take on Chiefs vs. Chargers Pretty bold prediction considering the Bolts were just gashed for 251 yards against the Raiders.

What a bush-league play by tackle Barry Richardson, shoving special-teams coach Steve Hoffman on...

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What a bush-league play by tackle Barry Richardson, shoving special-teams coach Steve Hoffman on the sidelines after getting yanked for committing a key penalty.

SI's Peter King - MMQB

Hali tormented RT Ryan Diem all game and was very disruptive to the Colts' passing game. Unlike...

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Hali tormented RT Ryan Diem all game and was very disruptive to the Colts' passing game. Unlike many of the other elite pass-rushers in this league, Hali doesn't have another big-time threat on the opposite side. If you haven't by now, watch this guy. He is a Pro Bowler -- and that might be understating it. Scout Inc.'s Matt Williamson : Week 5 key observations

I haven't been too critical of the running back situation so far this year, I mean how could I,...

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I haven't been too critical of the running back situation so far this year, I mean how could I, we're 3-0...but this Sunday I would really like to see Jamaal get the majority of touches. You think he's fast now, I can't wait to see him on that Indy turf!

I'm still scared to death on a daily basis, because we're dangerously thin in certain areas where...

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I'm still scared to death on a daily basis, because we're dangerously thin in certain areas where we've been able to dodge bullets...

Todd Haley press conference 9/29 So AP, what position's depth scares you most?

Tuesday’s exercise was a lesson to all players stat they are valued for their knowledge and that...

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Tuesday’s exercise was a lesson to all players stat they are valued for their knowledge and that this season is a full-team effort. The Chiefs are not a finished product, but this shows that Haley is always thinking of new ways of teaching his team and keeping it fresh. It may be another reason why Haley has to be considered as a strong early candidate for the NFL coach of the year.

ESPN's Bill Williamson

Chiefs getting recognized, in all phases

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Offensive Rookie of the Year 5. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs RB/WR: McCluster has six plays of 20 yards or more, including a 94-yard punt return score and a 31-yard catch for a touchdown. His ability to deliver game-changing plays has encouraged Haley to use him in a Reggie Bush-like capacity to energize an offense that has sputtered at times despite the team's 3-0 record. Defensive Player of the Year 5. Tamba Hali, Chiefs, OLB: The Chiefs' surprising unbeaten start has been sparked by their punishing defense with Hali leading the way. His three-sack effort against the San Francisco 49ers keyed defense's relentless harassment of Alex Smith in the pocket. Defensive Rookie of the Year 4. Eric Berry, Chiefs, S: It is not a coincidence that the Chiefs have emerged one of the league's top defensive units with Berry thriving as a multi-faceted playmaker in the backend. Coach of the Year 1. Todd Haley, Chiefs: It's time to recognize Haley for the exceptional job that he has done in rebuilding the Chiefs. The team's formidable running game is complemented by an opportunistic defense that is playing at a high level.

TJ teams up with Reebok & Champs sporting goods

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The campaign, running through September, will have a dedicated Web site with video footage of players like New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and safety Kenny Phillips, Kansas City Chiefs running back Thomas Jones, and other stars talking about the origins of the numbers they wear. More than 600 Champs stores will get extensive signage, crew T-shirts and POP for the seven-figure program under the tagline, "Every number has a story. What’s yours?" McMahon said Reebok plans to make it an annual event, eventually expanding to include more players and more tales.

Top positional battles: KC's running backs

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NFP takes a look at some of the top positional battles around the league heading into the '10 season. KC makes the list because of their stud backfield consisting of Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones and the rookie Dexter McCluster. It's pretty much a given that JC will be the featured back for the Chiefs this year, but what a great problem to have!

Hali helping out Penn State d-line

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Tamba Hali is back in Happy Valley, helping the Penn State defensive line fine-tune its game in preparation for the 2010 season and beyond. Spending his offseason – a very short offseason at that – in State College is nothing new for Hali. Every year, Hali comes back to coach up some of the younger players. With coaches unable to work with the team at all after spring practice, Hali naturally is looked at as an extension of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Hali has no issues passing his knowledge onto current players. "Guys always want to learn," Hali said. "It’s always the little things I talk to them about. The film thing is huge and getting into your playbook is huge. The more I talk to them the more they listen." After being in the 3-4 defense for a year and with new coordinator Romeo Crennel now on board, I'm expecting a huge year from Tamba Hali...Go Chiefs!

Lombardi not too high on the '10 Chiefs

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Michael Lombardi over at NFL.com ranks all the teams in the AFC West. His highest rated teams fall under the category of "blue chip teams". He puts the Chiefs in the "orange chip teams" category. Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs need to find their identity and get back to fundamentals and execution. Schemes can't be changed each week as was the case last year. Hiring former Patriots coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel will help, but they won't be able to overcome the lack of talent on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs drop too many passes on offense, and cannot win in short yardage. On defense, they are painfully slow and have little or no pass rush. The Chiefs continue to be a work in progress and might be able to beat a playoff team from time to time, but won't be consistent enough to make a postseason run.

Big question: Kansas City's defense

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I’m not sure if Kansas City has improved enough on that side of the ball to make a serious playoff run. There are two new, significant pieces in coordinator Romeo Crennel and safety Eric Berry. I think Crennel will make the defense better just because of his presence and I think Berry will be an impact player. Every great defense needs a stout safety and Berry should be just that. But the Chiefs had a lot of holes on defense and need another significant addition or two that can help right away. I’d like to see an experienced pass-rusher and perhaps another linebacker... they need more impact personnel than just Crennel and Berry. So AP, is it a mistake that the Chiefs are hinging their defensive improvement on so many players already in house?

LB Rankings - Yahoo! Sports

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25. Kansas City: If the Chiefs ever become a really good team under the stewardship of GM Scott Pioli, it’s a fair bet that, at best, only one of the current four linebackers slated to start this year will still be in the lineup. Mike Vrabel has had a great career, but he’s very close to the end. Tamba Hali is a nice pass rusher, but when he’s the best you’ve got, your team is in trouble. Hali is better suited to be a complementary pass rusher. The inside linebackers are Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays. Both are average players, which makes you wonder about former first-round pick Derrick Johnson. The highest rated AFC West team on this list is Denver at #7. The Chiefs are the lowest rated AFC West team, what do you think AP?

I have to admit, I don't know a lot about BYU running back Harvey Unga but after watching this...

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I have to admit, I don't know a lot about BYU running back Harvey Unga but after watching this highlight video I can see why the Chiefs' front office might be interested.

Breaking out in the AFC West

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Branden Albert, left tackle, Kansas City: This is Albert’s third year with the Chiefs, who took him with the No. 15 overall pick in 2008. He was inconsistent as a rookie, but he made improvements as last season went on. If he continues to make strides, he should be fine. Glenn Dorsey, defensive lineman, Kansas City: Dorsey probably shouldn’t be on this list anymore. The No. 5 overall pick in 2008 was expected to already be an established stud going into his third season. While Dorsey has played well occasionally, he has been far from a dominant player. He has had two different coaching staffs in the past two seasons and had a hard time adjusting to the 3-4 defense in 2009. He must perform this season or it could be his last in Kansas City. So AP, who are your breakout players for the Chiefs this year?

Chris Carter helping out D-Bowe

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"Some people in Kansas City as far as their administration kind of knew I was going to be here. We kind of let them know that I would be here for [receiver Dwayne] Bowe. But I’m here for Larry. Everybody else is just getting the benefit of our relationship," said Chris Carter on Thursday. Bowe made his first appearance at the camp on Thursday and he received some tough love from Carter and Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin. Bowe, who said he took 12 days off from workouts, struggled with his conditioning as the players ran 14 100-yard sprints and then four 50-yard runs. "Can you imagine your first day coming back to 14 100s?" Bowe said. "Man, it was like college again. I’ve never done this intensive competing, conditioning and technique in one day." It seems like D-Bowe has finally decided to buckle down and try and reach his full potential, let's just hope that translates into a few more W's for the Chiefs this year!

Gilberry to host football camp

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Former University of Alabama and Baldwin County High School star Wallace Gilberry is hosting a football camp on Friday and Saturday at Sellars Stadium in Robertsdale. Gilberry, who is heading into his third year as a defensive lineman with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, invites campers going into sixth, seventh and eighth grades to the camp, which will run from 4-6 p.m. on Friday and from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Gilberry knows the game of football. He recorded 20 tackles, two assists and 4.5 sacks for the Chiefs in 2009. He finished his career at Alabama with 188 tackles, 60.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 38 quarterback hurries. He was a first team All-SEC Coaches’ Football Team selection in 2007. This is one kid I'm excited about this coming year. I think if the Chiefs' run D improves, he'll have to be a big part of it.

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