Sorry this is late this morning folks. As I am sure you have heard, we are having a bit of a blizzard here in the east and I needed extra time to prepare myself this morning as I still had to come to work. It will likely be a slow day here as most of NYC is shut down so hopefully I’ll be able to pump out some good content for you all.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix.
My calculations made this Super Bowl the 25th that I’ve attended since that first one. To say that much has changed in that time would be a laughable understatement. When the Steelers beat the Cowboys in January of ‘79, Super Sunday was not a national holiday. The television commercials shown during the game were not discussed for the week after the game. The only media types found around the game or teams were those involved in covering sports. Gossip columnists, TV entertainment shows, business networks, radio shock jocks and all sports television networks were either nowhere to be found or had not been invented.
Monday was the absolute first day that NFL teams could part ways with players currently under contract and Kansas City wasted no time in doing so. The Chiefs were one of just two teams to cut players the day following the Super Bowl, releasing LBs Weston Dacus and Justin Rogers. The only other NFL casualty that day came out of Cleveland in WR Dante Stallworth’s release.
Other teams will likely follow suit in the coming days with a number of players expected to become free agents. Players like Miami LB Joey Porter, Jacksonville WR Torry Holt and New England LB Adalius Thomas are all part of the rumor mill. History tells us that the Chiefs probably aren’t done either.
Just because the air seems quiet at the moment doesn’t mean that’s the reality. The Chiefs didn’t make a single roster move from January 12th – February 24th last year, but that’s likely due to the fact of Scott Pioli and Todd Haley not having a full coaching staff in place. Bound by the lack of a permanent coaching staff certainly isn’t the case this year.
Thomas made frequent visits to schools with K.C. Wolf, including mine. His appearances definitely overshadowed Elvis Grbac’s. Thomas stayed after the pep assemblies to sign autographs and take pictures with the students and faculty, making an effort to be like one of us.
In a way, he was. To everybody at my school and in my family, he wasn’t Derrick Thomas. He was just Derrick.
Thomas was the embodiment of the Chiefs off the field with charitable and generous visits, earning him the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 1993. On the field he was a powerful force worthy of myth and his Hall of Fame bust in Canton. From his seven-sack game against Seattle in 1990 to his Monday night meltdown against Denver, Derrick was passionate. That heart showed itself in school gymnasiums and classrooms.
The mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs will be the featured speaker at an event that emphasizes sexual abstinence until marriage.
Dan Meers will address middle and high school students at a “True Love Waits” youth rally beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Golden Hills Trail Rides at Raymondville.
Singer/songwriter Kaleb Krueger will lead worship with his Christian music. He has performed at Christian Family Day at Busch Stadium and Six Flags. His songs have been honored at events like GMAC Music in the Rockies and by Focus on the Family.
On releasing Chan Gailey:
I think the transition for anyone who has not been a head coach is a very big one, particularly in the NFL.Todd chose to put a lot of weight on his shoulders and when he made the decision to release Chan and be the offensive coordinator, we talked about that quite a bit.
He, I and Scott talked about it a lot. He was very upfront and said ‘I know I’m putting a lot of responsibility on my shoulders and if it doesn’t go well, I know it’s going to be on me, but I’m willing to do it and I want to do it because it will put us ahead in 2011 and 2012 if we go ahead and make this transition to get this offense playing the system and blocking schemes I want to run instead of someone else who wants to run.
On “passionate” sideline behavior:
Todd has tremendous passion for what he’s doing. And sometimes he wears it on his sleeve. Comign in, I think Todd was up front with us and explained that he was a passionate and fiery guy and he wasn’t going to change who he was just because he was a head coach.
I think over the year, he learned when to use and when not to use that fiery personality, which can be used to his benefit.