Former Chiefs defensive lineman Chester McGlockton died of a heart attack Tuesday night at the age of 42. A 12-year NFL veteran, McGlockton played three seasons (1998-2000) in Kansas City before retiring from professional football following the 2003 season.
McGlockton had been serving as a defensive assistant at Stanford since 2010.
“Everyone in the Stanford Football family is deeply saddened by the passing of Chester McGlockton,” Stanford head coach David Shaw said in a statement on Wednesday. “For the past two seasons, Chester has been a valuable member of our football staff and a wonderful friend to us all.”
There was an old story that circulated throughout Kansas City involving McGlockton and the Chiefs 30-0 shutout of the Raiders in December of 1997.
As told by Chiefs players at the time, McGlockton walked over to the Kansas City sideline during a break in play and asked then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer to sign him during the 1998 offseason. McGlockton had openly feuded with the Raiders front office for quite some time and was ready to move on from Oakland.
Schottenheimer initially denied having a conversation of that nature, but many players from that era insist it’s true. The Chiefs would go on to make good on McGlockton’s alleged request in April of 2008.
At the time, Kansas City’s move to acquire McGlockton was a bold step in attempting to renovate one of the league’s most prominent defensive units. Dan Saleaumua and Joe Phillips had both moved on and the Chiefs lacked a dominant presence along the interior defensive line.
McGlockton pocketed his fair share of baggage, essentially quitting on the Raiders in 1997, but he also possessed a rare combination of size and speed that could make him unblockable.
When motivated, McGlockton was the best interior defensive lineman in the game. He was also in his prime when the Chiefs lured him away from the Raiders.
Kansas City felt that McGlockton was the final piece for an elite defense, so GM Carl Peterson sent a second-round pick to the Raiders and signed McGlockton, who was a restricted free agent, to a contract worth more than $5 million per season.
Oakland would use Kansas City’s second round pick to trade-up into the first round and select University of Florida offensive tackle Mo Collins.
At the time, McGlockton’s acquisition was one of the most significant free agent signings in team history. McGlockton’s price tag was high and the move carried plenty of risk, but the signing also had potential to yield a return as massive as his 325-pound frame.
McGlockton finished his three-year tenure in Kansas City with 87 tackles and 7.0 sacks.
60/40 QB Split
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley reiterated Wednesday afternoon that Palko currently holds the starting job, but also said there’s an urgency to get Orton ready to play.
“It’s not like Kyle has been sitting around here for two years,” Haley said. “We need him ready to go in any capacity. This for us is a five-game season. We’ in this thing and our goal is to get into the second season.”
Palko is expected to see 60% of the first-team reps throughout practices this week with Orton spearheading the remaining snaps.
Haley also made an interesting comment sandwiched in the middle of all the quarterback talk.
“Kyle might have to play and he might not but we’ve got to get ready to win a big game,” Haley said. “We’ve got to do it by whatever means possible and if it takes laying three quarterbacks and going wildcat 20 plays we’ve got to do that and then the week after this it’ll be a similar deal.”
Is there a possibility that the Chiefs will have separate packages for both Palko and Orton?
“We have to do anything and everything to score more points than our opponent this week,” Haley said.
Behind Gaither’s Release
Coach Haley was adamant that Sunday’s critical false start penalty wasn’t the underlying reason for Jared Gaither’s release earlier this week.
Gaither was a one-play injury replacement for
“In fairness to Jared, if you come in after sitting on the bench for a couple hours in the cold and then you’ve got to go out and block a couple of the guys who are coming around the corner there for the Steelers, that’s going to be a tough, tough situation to be in,” Haley said. “Again, not making excuses, but just in fairness to him.”
Gaither was claimed off waivers by San Diego Wednesday afternoon when the Chargers placed Pro Bowl left tackle Marcus McNeill on injury reserve with a neck injury.
“We had high expectations and it’s just one of those deals that didn’t work out the way any of us really wanted it to,” Haley said. “It was really no specific fault of anyone. It just didn’t work out.”
Chiefs Injury Report
G Ryan Lilja – Limited Practice (Head)
Bears Injury Report
In a game where backup quarterback play is commanding most every storyline, Chicago listed three members of its secondary on Wednesday’s injury report.
QB Jay Cutler – OUT (Right Thumb)
CB Charles Tillman – Did Not Practice (Knee)
CB Zackary Bowman – Limited Practice (Groin)
CB D.J. Moore – Limited Practice (Ankle)