Chiefs return for start of offseason program

By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer
    2012-04-16 18:48

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - After a season of turmoil, one marred by injuries to some of their best players and the firing of the head coach, the Kansas City Chiefs are ready for a reset.

The Chiefs began their offseason program Monday, while simultaneously preparing for next week's draft, which will give general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel an opportunity to fill a couple more holes that have developed since last season's 7-9 mark.

``We need depth at a number of places,'' Pioli said during a break in meetings. ``We learned last year, unfortunately, your depth and your front-line players can change in a hurry.''

The first significant loss was tight end Tony Moeaki, who didn't even make it through the preseason before going down with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry followed him to injured reserve with the same injury in the season opener, and All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles gave Kansas City a potent 1-2-3 punch in the rehab room when he tore the same ligament in the same knee in Week 2.

Add to that the loss of quarterback Matt Cassel to an injured throwing hand midway through the season, and it was little wonder that things spiraled out of control.

Todd Haley was fired in December and Crennel was elevated to interim coach, the interim tag lifted after he somehow got the Chiefs into playoff contention. They weren't eliminated until their second-to-last game, when they lost in overtime to Oakland.

The spirited finish to the season, which included a win at playoff-bound Denver, gave folks in Kansas City at least some reason to believe that brighter days are still ahead.

``You want to try to make your team better, and that's our job, to try to make our team better by bringing in good players,'' Crennel said Monday afternoon. ``When you win, everybody feels better about it, and this is a competitive business. They like competition.''

The Chiefs have certainly brought in their share of players through free agency, fostering that competition, but their biggest additions may simply be getting everybody healthy.

Moeaki, Berry and Charles spent most of last season working out together, since they were only a week or two apart in their rehab programs. All of them are expected to participate in some form of offseason workouts - Charles has tweeted that he's ready to go - and could be largely up to speed by the time the Chiefs begin organized team activities next month.

They'll be joined by a bunch of new additions to the offense.

The biggest splash in free agency was the signing of offensive tackle Eric Winston, who will be counted on to stabilize a line that struggled to control the pass rush.

Pioli also signed former Browns running back Peyton Hillis to provide some depth behind Charles - he's expected to be an upgrade over the aging Thomas Jones and journeyman Jackie Battle, who split most of the carries last season when the Chiefs' sparkplug was lost to injury.

Kevin Boss was also signed to provide some insurance behind Moeaki, who has a history of injury problems. He's also considered an upgrade over the departed Leonard Pope.

``We'll find out in the fall how good of a job we've done,'' Pioli said. ``Teams that have great offseasons - great offseason grades - that doesn't always translate into good seasons.''

There are still holes on the Chiefs roster, particularly in the defensive backfield and along the defensive line, and those are two areas Pioli expects to address in the draft.

He also wouldn't rule out trading up or down from the No. 11 pick, and broached the possibility of choosing a quarterback early - Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill has been linked to Kansas City, though it is widely expected that he will be taken in the first 10 picks.

``Everyone on this football team knows there's going to be competition,'' Pioli said. ``If someone's afraid of competition in this business, or in life, it doesn't make them a bad person or a weak person. It doesn't make them the right person for our situation.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Steve JohnsonOct 12 07:12p

The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Craig Mager, DL Darius Philon, RB Donald Brown, OT King Dunlap, OG Orlando Franklin, WR Stevie Johnson, LB Tourek Williams inactive for Week 5.

B. RoethlisbergerOct 12 07:12p

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared LB Anthony Chickillo, QB Ben Roethlisberger, OG Chris Hubbard, CB Cortez Allen, DL Daniel McCullers, TE Jesse James, LB Ryan Shazier inactive for Week 5.

Blake BortlesOct 12 03:22p

Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' (shoulder) sprained his throwing shoulder Sunday, Oct. 11, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is uncertain if Bortles will be able [ More ]

Josh McCownOct 12 03:12p

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) suffered an ankle sprain in a Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He is hopeful he'll be able [ More ]

Marques ColstonOct 12 03:02p

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (shoulder) has at least a separated shoulder and could have some structural damage in the shoulder, according to a source. Colston suffered the [ More ]

Antone SmithOct 12 03:02p

Free-agent RB Antone Smith (Falcons) signed with the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 12. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Jacquizz RodgersOct 12 02:52p

Chicago Bears RB Jacquizz Rodgers (arm) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct.12, because of a fractured arm.

Dwight FreeneyOct 12 02:32p

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Chargers) signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 12 02:22p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team hopes he will be able to practice on at least a limited [ More ]

Marshawn LynchOct 12 02:02p

Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) should be able to play in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers if he doesn't suffer any setbacks this week, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Blake BortlesOct 12 02:02p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) likely will not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 14, but that should not indicate his status for the Week 6 game against the [ More ]

Blake BortlesOct 12 01:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) suffered a Grade 1 shoulder sprain during the team's Week 5 game and his status will be updated later in the week, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

Charcandrick WestOct 12 12:52p

Kansas City Chiefs RBs Charcandrick West and Knile Davis both expect to split carries with RB Jamaal Charles (knee) expected to miss the rest of the season, and head [ More ]

Andrew LuckOct 12 12:52p

Indianapolis Colts QBs Andrew Luck (shoulder) and Matt Hasselbeck (illness) both practiced in full Monday, Oct. 12, according to head coach Chuck Pagano. Luck missed the last two weeks [ More ]

Matthew StaffordOct 12 11:22a

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will remain the starting quarterback, despite being benched in Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 11.

Josh JohnsonOct 12 11:12a

Indianapolis Colts QB Josh Johnson was released Monday, Oct. 12.

Dez BryantOct 12 10:22a

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) had bone marrow stem cells removed from his hip and injected into his ankle last week to help improve the healing process. The [ More ]

Matt CasselOct 12 02:02a

Dallas Cowboys QB Matt Cassel could get a chance in Week 7 after the team's bye, as head coach Jason Garrett said Sunday, Oct. 11, he will evaluate a [ More ]

Brandon WeedenOct 12 02:02a

Dallas Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden could be out as the team's starting quarterback, as head coach Jason Garrett said Sunday, Oct. 11, that he will evaluate a quarterback change during the team's bye week.

Matt JonesOct 12 02:02a

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (toe) suffered a sprained big toe in the Week 5 overtime loss against the Atlanta Falcons.

Josh McCownOct 12 01:52a

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the Week 5 win against the Baltimore Ravens. He was limping in the locker room after the game [ More ]

Shane VereenOct 12 01:22a

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen carried five times for 24 yards in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he added eight receptions for 86 yards with a touchdown.

Eli ManningOct 12 01:22a

New York Giants QB Eli Manning completed 41 of a career-high 54 pass attempts for 441 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Odell Beckham Jr.Oct 12 01:22a

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) returned for the team's final drive in the fourth quarter in Week 5 against the San Francisco [ More ]

Anquan BoldinOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin reeled in eight receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants. He was targeted a game-high 12 times.

Carlos HydeOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde (leg) carried 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants.

Colin KaepernickOct 12 01:12a

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 262 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 5 game against the New [ More ]

Andre WilliamsOct 12 01:12a

New York Giants RB Andre Williams carried three times for zero yards in the Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers and he had no receptions or targets.

Dion LewisOct 11 11:52p

New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis was on the field for 43 snaps against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, finishing with six carries for 34 yards and eight [ More ]

Darren McFaddenOct 11 11:42p

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden had a team-high nine catches for 62 yards and five carries for 16 yards in a 30-6 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 5.

Jamison CrowderOct 11 11:32p

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder posted eight receptions for 87 yards in the Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, cashing in all eight of his targets.

Emmanuel SandersOct 11 11:32p

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had nine catches for 111 yards in a 16-10 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 5.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
Player Notes:
Forum Posts:

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group