Happy Valentines Day Addicts! I hope you, like me, went out and shelled out some money for this wonderful “Hallmark Holiday.” Miss AA is eating from her heart shaped box of chocolates as we speak. I am not the biggest fan of Valentines Day, but this year I got a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label, so I have to say, it is growing on me. I’ll be in and out today but mostly out. Domestic duties, you know.
Until later, here is your Morning Afternoon Fix!
The Hall of Fame process always draws a lot of attention and questions. I think that happens because the process is so behind-closed-doors that people are curious and/or suspicious.
After the 2010 voting session this is an attempt to answer whatever questions and doubts about the whole process there might be out there.
So here it goes:
Cassel sat in a room at Chiefs headquarters last week and smiled. He said it would be a welcome change to have a full offseason in one place, with one team, with one offense to study. He said the routine will benefit the Chiefs, and he said Kansas City might even exceed expectations in 2010.
“The prospect of going out and doing something that hasn’t been done in a long time,” he said, “that’s what our main goal is. And I think that we’re close. We’ll have the opportunity to do that sooner than later.”
Cassel said he would find time to relax this offseason, and he planned to visit family in California this month. But before he goes, there is work to be done. It was about 1 p.m. on a Wednesday, and he was just getting started.
His morning workout behind him, he was headed upstairs to meet with coaches. If they had a project for Cassel to start on, he said he would take it on. If there were new concepts they wanted him to start thinking about, he said he’d plant them in his mind.
Fearing that some of you might construe what I’m about to say as an unjustified attack on Scott Pioli and Todd Haley, I delayed writing this column.
It’s about Brian Waters winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Waters received the NFL’s most prestigious individual award last Sunday before the Super Bowl, joining Dan Marino, John Elway, Mike Singletary, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas and many of the greatest names in football as a recipient.
Young people — not just young athletes — can learn a lesson from Waters’ 2009 journey, a lesson in how to handle unwarranted criticism and disrespect.
Because of the expected change in the collective bargaining agreement, the Chiefs and all NFL teams will be able to designate both a franchise player and a transition player this year.
In Kansas City’s case, though, they have no candidates for either designation. The Chiefs are scheduled to have seven unrestricted free agents: wide receivers Chris Chambers, Bobby Wade and Terrance Copper, offensive lineman Wade Smith, tight end Sean Ryan, linebacker Mike Vrabel and safety Mike Brown.
It’s fitting, for Austin, that the game was against his first position coach in the NFL, Todd Haley.
“Todd was on me, man,” Austin told Bob Gretz of BobGretz.com during Super Bowl week. “He was on top of me everyday. I kinda picked things up late so he definitely was in my ear everyday throughout the season. But he’s a great coach and he’s doing great things. I feel like he’s kinda turning the corner with Kansas City late so hopefully those guys can pick things up and get back to the stride they were at.
“So, he’s a great coach and a great guy.”