1. Chiefs' defense making strides for opener
By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com
"KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs allowed two long pass plays, one for a touchdown, on the Minnesota Vikings' opening drive of last week's preseason game. It was that drive that told defensive coordinator Bob Sutton the Chiefs are close to being ready for the start of the regular season.
Howard - Not that drive, exactly, but how the Chiefs responded to it. After the Vikings went down the field for that opening score, they managed just 74 yards and a field goal against the starting Chiefs defense over the next two quarters." READ MORE…
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2. NFL 2014: After reaching playoffs in Reid's first season, Chiefs aim to prevent backslide
By Associated Press
"KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The ride Andy Reid took the Kansas City Chiefs on last season was fun while it lasted. After winning just two games prior to his arrival, the downtrodden franchise rattled off nine wins to start the season and made the playoffs.
Now, the Chiefs have to pay for all that success." READ MORE…
3. Smart idea to rest starters in Green Bay
By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com
"KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a ragged preseason, the starters for the Kansas City Chiefs might need more preseason work, but they won't get it. Coach Andy Reid said most starters wouldn't play in Thursday night's final exhibition game against the Packers.
It's tempting to believe Reid should go against his long-standing practice of withholding starters from the final preseason game. The starters haven't looked ready for the regular season, particularly on offense. The first-team offense hasn't scored a touchdown in 16 preseason possessions. The Chiefs, with Alex Smith at quarterback, had the ball inside the Minnesota Vikings' 20-yard line three times in last week's game but came away from those trips with only three points." READ MORE…
4. Gil Brandt on Travis Kelce: 'He's got skills.'
By Marcas Grant - NFL.com
"He was a bit hurt last year. He is like a 7-foot-3 center playing against 5-foot-10 inch kids. He's got skills. " READ MORE…
5. Ranking NFL head coaches by tier
By Mike Sando - ESPN.com
"There is no way to accurately rank the 32 NFL head coaches, but polling 30 league insiders is a pretty good place to start.
Much like the "QB Tiers" project published earlier in the offseason, I asked what I consider a balanced range of informed voters -- eight current general managers, four former GMs, four personnel directors, four executives, six coordinators and four position coaches -- to provide a 1-5 rating for every head coach. Bill Belichick led the way with 28 votes in the first tier, followed by Pete Carroll (23) and Sean Payton (22). No one else commanded more than a dozen top-tier votes, drawing a clear line after these three coaches in the eyes of the 30 insiders. But another half-dozen coaches were not too far behind, and there were surprises along the way." READ MORE…
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