One of the most popular discussions this offseason surrounds how the Kansas City Chiefs will replace Tony Gonzalez and his 96 catches from a year ago. No one thought it would be easy, but as Pro Football Weekly notes, they probably didn’t think it would be this difficult either.
In one of the more surprising developments of the team’s recent mini-camp, head coach Todd Haley declared the competition for the starting TE job wide open, dispelling the widely believed thought the spot belonged to Brad Cottam.
Cottam, a 2008 third round pick and favorite to capture the job, struggled mightily during offseason workouts, frequently dropping catchable passes. His failure to seize the opportunity has opened the door for others — like veterans Sean Ryan and Tony Curtis along with rookie Jake O’Connell — to enter the mix for starting duties. Thus far, Cottam has “dropped the ball”.
Barring a just horrendous training camp, I still think Cottam will end up being the starting tight end. But the fact remains the tight end position will not play a prominent role in Todd Haley’s offense. So while I would expect both Ryan and O’Connell to make the team and play behind Cottam, I don’t expect any of them to come anywhere near the numbers Gonzalez put up. If anything, we should be looking to the Chiefs wide receivers to see who will step up and get the lion’s share of the passes that last year went to Gonzalez (I’m looking at you Bobby Engram and Devard Darling).
The summer is running season around the country as people of all ages and experience level hit the road to compete. This past Saturday was the Hawelsen Hill 8-miler in Steamboat Springs, CO and there was an unlikely, but familiar name to Chiefs fans taking part.
Cheryl and Tim Krumrie live in a Kansas City suburb and are in the middle of a five-week vacation at their Stagecoach-area home. Cheryl Krumrie ran the 4-mile course and said it offered the right amount of challenge.
“We’re avid runners, but this is the first time we’ve ever run a trail race. It wasn’t as hard as I expected. You had some inclines, but you had flats you could really recover on.”
Tim Krumrie, who tackled the 8-Miler, started 166 games for the Cincinnati Bengals, appeared in two Pro Bowls and played in the 1988 Super Bowl. He’s now a defensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It was great. It was challenging. The climbs were great, the terrain was great and the trails were different. If you’re someone not used to running trails, it keeps you on your toes. I love it. It’s great to be around people who enjoy a race. They’re all doing it because they love to be outside.”
I like to run — but due to my slow pace I hesitate to call myself “a runner” — and I just sit here and laugh as I imagine what it must be like to be in the middle of a race and see Krumrie chug past you. There is this image in my head of him running down a hill screaming at himself: “KEEP MOVING, KEEP MOVING! BE A MAN, DON’T LET SOME SISSY TRAIL BEAT YOU DOWN!”
Last week word came down that Derrick Thomas’ son Derrion would be playing his college football at Missouri. But while we have to wait to see him play for Mizzou due to a red shirt season, there are already plenty of Chiefs bloodlines playing big time college football.
The trendy selection to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division is the Ole Miss Rebels and for good reasons.
The Rebels return a host of talent from last season’s 9-4 team and ended the season winning six straight games, including a 47-34 win over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. Halfback Brandon Bolden, a sophomore from Scotlandville High School in Baton Rouge, rushed for 542 yards as a freshman.
Bolden, who’s grandfather is former Southern University and Kansas City Chiefs standout wide receiver Frank Pitts, is expected to give the Rebels the inside runner Nutt craves in his offensive attack.
Because of his huge plays in the Super Bowl I actually thought Pitts had a bigger career with the Chiefs than he actually did. He played in 74 games with Kansas City catching 78 passes and running the ball 24 times. I’m a big SEC guy (sorry, Big XII) and will definitely keep an eye on Bolden all season long.