While there isn’t much information coming out of One Arrowhead Drive, Chiefs coach Todd Haley did acknowledge some initial anguish over the state of the offensive line. But the new coach is starting to feel better about what he has to work with.
“I’m feeling a little better about it. We’ve added some guys that know what we expect and are really into the football aspect of it.”
Translated, that means: Guys who not only like to play football but work at it, too. That appears to reveal his feelings about the work habits of at least some of the returning linemen. It also covers veteran guard Mike Goff, the only major line acquisition of the offseason. The Chiefs are counting on not only Goff but also continuity to make a difference. Haley likes what he’s seen from Goff.
“You watch a guy like Mike come in every day. He’s in here every day, early group, ready to work, and I think there are some guys watching him and learning from him.”
The Chiefs offensive line will clearly be better if Brian Waters is still a part of it and RT Damion McIntosh believes the disgruntled veteran will eventually make his way back to Kansas City.
“Until he lets me know otherwise, I just assume he’ll be here. So far, this has all been voluntary. He’s a year older and maybe weighing all of his options. I support him. In my mind, I think he’ll be back. I’m sure he’ll show up when he’s ready. He’s still got it. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have played the way he did last year and he wouldn’t have gone to the Pro Bowl.”
Goff could be a great glue-guy for the offensive line this year and assuming Waters is back they could make huge strides this season. I think Waters will be back if only because he has no other real options. Is he going to sit and home and pay the daily fine just because Todd Haley and Scott Pioli wouldn’t stroke his ego their first week on the job? Please. If he has any hope of saving his “good guy” image, he’ll be in Kansas City ready to go for the upcoming mandatory mini-camp.
The Kansas City Chiefs announced that safety Jarrad Page has signed his restricted free agent tender. Page was one of the final RFAs in the league to sign his tender and terms were not disclosed.
Page joined the Chiefs as a 7th round pick out of UCLA in the 2006 draft and quickly became a starter. In 48 games, he has 185 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The only question I have is: What took so long? Even if he wanted a long term deal from the Chiefs, there’s no reason he can’t sign an extension after signing the restricted free agent tender. Page has been one of the few bright spots on the Kansas City defense the past three seasons and I’m very curious to see how Clancy Pendergast uses him this year.
Before yesterday’s Royals game at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Royals general manager Dayton Moore took part in a pregame ceremony to draw attention to a program designed to help fight hunger in Kansas City.
The program is called Two Teams, One Goal: Making a Difference. The two teams join forces with the program to feed more than 3,000 needy people in Kansas City. Along with more than 200 volunteers, the clubs distribute Operation Blessing’s food and toys.
If there’s a sports franchise that does more in the community than the Kansas City Chiefs, please let me know. They are always doing something, it’s amazing.