Rounding Up the Latest Offseason Buzz Surrounding Kansas City Chiefs
The worst team in the NFL in 2012 has had a busy offseason, and justifiably so.
The Kansas City Chiefs changed coaches, released both starting quarterbacks from a year ago, were among the most active teams in free agency and may have one of the most optimistic fanbases heading into the coming season as a result.
New head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey have made countless changes to the roster, coaching staff and philosophy that doomed the 2012 Chiefs. And at least for now, Chiefs fans are buying into what's happening at 1 Arrowhead Drive.
Here is what various media sources around the web have to say about this 2013 Chiefs team.
Vonta Leach Could Be Great Fit for Chiefs
Leach, arguably the best fullback in the NFL, would seemingly be a good fit for the new Chiefs offense. Despite Reid's flirtation with the Pistol offense during offseason workouts, the running game led by Jamaal Charles remains the team's identity on offense.
The Chiefs have already brought in two new rookie fullbacks in Toben Opurum (Kansas) and Braden Wilson (Kansas State).
Adding Leach would provide Charles the best lead blocker in the league, and while he rarely carries the ball himself (24 career carries), Leach is an asset in the passing game as a receiver (21 receptions, 143 yards in 2012).
T.O. Wants to Be a Chief
The 39-year-old Owens, who made an appearance on the NFL Network last Wednesday, proclaimed for the world to hear that he'd like to join the Chiefs because of his familiarity with Reid and the offense he believes the Chiefs will be running as a result.
Unfortunately for Owens, unless something happens to receivers Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin, it seems hardly reasonable for the Chiefs to take a flier on Owens.
His last cup of coffee in the league was last preseason when Seattle's Pete Carroll gave Owen's every opportunity to make the Seahawks' roster. Unfortunately for Owens, a few too many dropped passes and more than a few too many lost steps resulted in his being cut and likely losing out on his final NFL opportunity.
Chiefs Claim DE Austen Lane
Lane was a fifth-round pick of the Jaguars in 2010 out of Murray State where he was the school's all-time leader in sacks (29) and tackles for loss (55). In three seasons in Jacksonville, Lane had just 66 total tackles, one forced fumble and three sacks.
While the Chiefs are hoping Lane can provide an additional pass-rushing presence to linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, it will be interesting to see if Lane can even maintain his spot on the roster entering the 2013 season.
Save Our Chiefs Is Now Saving Royals?
After beginning the "Save Our Chiefs" effort last season, Kansas City sports fan Marty McDonald has now begun an effort to save the Chiefs' next-door neighbor, the Royals.
As the Chiefs' 2012 season began spiraling out of control, McDonald was able to drum up plenty of local attention in Kansas City as thousands of fans supported him in his desire to see owner Clark Hunt relieve general manager Scott Pioli of his duties.
With that goal accomplished and the Chiefs now relying upon new general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, McDonald has aimed his sights on the Royals and owner David Glass.
Surprise Contenders in the AFC West
With wholesale changes made this offseason, it's easy to understand why Chiefs fans in Kansas City are optimistic about their chances in 2013.
What is surprising, however, is that others across the country are coming out and sharing a similar outlook for the new-look Chiefs.
In a recent article by Robert Carter of Golden Gate Sports, Carter assesses the AFC West and each team's chances of unseating the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos atop the division. Carter's outlook for the Chiefs is much brighter than that for his hometown Oakland Raiders or their in-state rival San Diego Chargers.
Owner Clark Hunt Excited About New-Look Chiefs
In his June 4 article for the Kansas City Star, Chiefs columnist Adam Teicher reported something that should get Chiefs fans a little more excited about the team's chances this season.
Owner Clark Hunt is excited about the team's chances in 2013.
For many owners of professional sports teams, an outwardly optimistic owner is par for the course. Hunt, however, has never been one of those owners.
After having to fire his first general manager hire (Scott Pioli) back in January, it would make sense that Hunt keep any optimism under wraps with new hires Dorsey and Reid. However, after catching several practices during this offseason, Hunt shared plenty of excitement about the team with Teicher.
Clark Hunt Remembers His Dad on Father's Day
As Sunday was Father's Day, Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com honored the memory of late owner Lamar Hunt with an interview of son and current Chiefs owner Clark.
Clark shared many fond memories of his father, echoing what many already knew of the Chiefs' founder: He was a great father and a great man. He speaks of a man who led by example and treated others as he would want to be treated.
Hopefully for Chiefs fans, Clark will continue in his efforts to devote more time and attention to the franchise his father built and provide Kansas City with another contender in 2013.
Matt Barkley Never in Chiefs Plans
As noted by Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News and heard on Kansas City's WHB radio, the Chiefs never had any plans to draft USC quarterback Matt Barkley at the beginning of Day 3 of the draft back in April.
The Chiefs, who used the second pick of the fourth round on Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson, had at least one team believing they wanted Barkley. That team was the Philadelphia Eagles, who moved ahead of the Chiefs by making a trade with Jacksonville to insure new head coach Chip Kelly could land Barkley.
According to Reid, the Chiefs at no point thought of using their pick on Barkley and were focused on Johnson so much that day. In fact, Reid said he was on the phone with Alabama coach Nick Saban earlier in the day as the Chiefs prepared to select Johnson.