Around The Web: Clark Wants Progress, Green Goes Network, Tyree In Baltimore

During yesterday’s kickoff luncheon, Clark Hunt expressed his expectations for his Kansas City Chiefs in 2009.

“I want to see progress.  We’re looking for the team to play hard week in, week out.”ClarkHunt4

Hunt wouldn’t share the win total he’s hoping for, rather saying that he’d like to see the Chiefs improve in all three phases compared with last year, when Kansas City lost a franchise-record 14 games.  That result compelled Hunt to overhaul the franchise, as longtime team president Carl Peterson resigned and coach Herm Edwards was fired.  Hunt hand-picked their replacements, general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley.

Hunt said he already has noticed improvement while watching the Chiefs’ defense and special teams.  He said the offense, though, has “struggled a little bit,” and he said Pioli and Haley consulted him last week before Chan Gailey was fired as offensive coordinator.

It’s good to see Clark be honest with the fans early on.  Just like every Chiefs fan, I’m sure he would love for his team to make the playoffs.  But outside of a few unrealistic super fans, most of us realize that just isn’t in the cards this season.

He could have stood up there and given the old song and dance about “meaningful games” in December and dreams of the playoffs.  You have to learn to walk before you run and it’s refreshing to hear the owner be honest with the fan base.

I’m with you, Clark…  If this team can finally go out there and play hard every week I’ll consider this season a success.

Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green keeps adding to his schedule his first year of retirement.

Green, who is working a partial schedule as a game analyst for Fox, is expected to join NFL Network as well.

He will contribute regularly as an analyst on NFL Total Access, the network’s signature news show that runs Monday through Saturday at 6 p.m. Central.

Green’s first game for Fox will be Detroit at New Orleans this Sunday.

I’ve said early and often that Green will be successful at whatever he decides to ultimately dedicate this phase of his career to.  If he sticks with broadcasting, I have no doubt he will work his way to Fox’s #2 game crew in a couple of years.

After being released by the New York Giants, David Tyree reportedly received calls from the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs but it looks like he could be headed to Baltimore.

The Ravens worked out free-agent wide receiver David Tyree on Tuesday and asked him to take a physical, which he passed.

The team isn’t expected to get in contact with Tyree until next week at the earliest.  Players who aren’t on the season-opening roster aren’t guaranteed a full year’s salary.

General manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed on the team’s Web site Tyree’s tryout.

The Ravens currently have four receivers on their roster: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams and Kelley Washington.

If the Ravens had Tyree take a physical, you would think they’ll bring him into the fold for week 2.  He’s a solid special teams player, but far from someone that will make a huge impact in the passing game.  Because one of his catches is one of the best in Super Bowl history, a lot of people tend to over value him as a wide receiver.  Let’s not forget, the Giants have some very real problems of their own at wide receiver and cut him loose.

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