Other than perhaps Todd Haley, there may be no bigger fan of Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis than Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate. While most players attending the scouting combine in Indianapolis are coached to publicly play no favorites when it comes to a preferred NFL destination, Tate didn’t hesitate about his.
“It’s always going to be a dream,” he said, ‘’to play for the head coach who taught me how to be a receiver.”
Tate went so far as to say he might not be a candidate to become a first-round draft pick if he didn’t play for Weis at Notre Dame.
“I think that’s one of the reasons I accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame,” Tate said. “I knew that the situation I was going into that coach Weis was a professional-caliber coach. The system’s got to be similar. So I knew that I would have a head start when I decided to pursue my dream and play professional football. That was one of the things going into college that I understood. He came from the Patriots, won championships and I knew that I’m going to get better and learn the game.”
Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy had just taken his spot at the podium inside Lucas Oil Stadium, with approximately 30 or so media types waiting to hear him speak.
As he began speaking, over the public address system in the room came this announcement:
“Some guy named Tebow will be at podium C,” announced the NFL type that was manning the microphone in the NFL Combine press room.
More than half of audience got up in the middle of McCarthy’s sentence and hustled to the other side of the room. McCarthy flashed a sly smile at the exodus; it was fine with him because that meant fewer questions to answer.
It was a mob scene as Tebow took to a small stage and walked to the microphone. Nobody that has visited with the media at the Combine – GM, administrator, coach or player – generated the type of reaction that came when the former University of Florida quarterback arrived in the room.
If you haven’t been over to Bob Gretz’s web site in a while head over there now. He has a ton of combine coverage including a lot of audio of Chiefs G Scott Pioli. Perfect activity to go with your morining AA and coffee. =)
The NFL combine is up ahead and the Kansas City Chiefs will get a glimpse at their future. But, I don’t think the combine is the most important thing coming up it is free-agency which starts March 5th this is when the Chiefs should make smart moves and not do dumb things like ESPN’s Adam Shefter recently said: “The Chiefs will be wheeling and dealing”. I believe Shefter’s words, but the Chiefs have to be wheeling and dealing smartly if they want to be contenders next year. So I made a list of what the Chiefs should NOT do this free-agency.
The University of North Florida recognized Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award during its 15th Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner on Friday.
The award is the highest given to a UNF graduate by the Alumni Association, according to a new release from the university. It recognizes alums who have made a significant contribution to their profession, community and/or society.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the University of North Florida,” Haley said in the release. “I am truly humbled to receive UNF’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. I hold my education from UNF in very high regard, and I would be proud if any or all of my children decided to follow in my footsteps someday.”
Fans are saying what Cassel can’t do, but it hasn’t fazed him; he’s trying to prove he wants to be better. The same attitude that helped him endure every sack Cassel’s taken into the offseason. Instead of leaving town and putting football a thousand miles away, he stayed put, doing boring stuff like watching game film. He’s doing the extra work, like self examination, and asking offensive coordinator Charlie Weis how he can improve. Fans are struggling with the believability of Cassel, but I’m starting to see the likability. He’s got desire, and that’s why Pioli likes him.
Dick Vermeil was a sucker for heart. He looked for that sort of thing in a player – just ask Trent Green. In fact Cassel should give Green a call, because I’m sure he’d give him some good advice. There are a lot of similarities between the two. Green wasn’t feeling the love after coming to Kansas City, not at first. The local media quickly gave him the name “Tr-INT” for his knack for throwing the ball to the other team. It was a hard first year for Green, but Vermeil never wavered from his decision to trade for him. Green, who was drafted as the 26th pick in the eighth round and 222nd overall by the San Diego Chargers, became a fan favorite.
In the end, Vermeil was right and fans were wrong.