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He was asked before the draft about rumors that Dorsey was moving to the nose. Pioli didn’t confirm or deny those rumors, he just talked about the versatility of Dorsey, calling him “a unique player” with the “physical skill and body type to play numerous positions.” When asked specifically about nose tackle, Pioli again didn’t say yes or no. “He can do a lot of different things,” Pioli said.

That’s kept the chatter up that Dorsey who doesn’t quite fit the 3-4 scheme at DE, might move to the other position on the line, one he seems even less suited for physically. If that doesn’t seem to make sense, then join the club. At 6-1, and just under 300 pounds, Dorsey is not the classic nose tackle for the 3-4 defense.

But Dorsey says the talk about whether he’s a zero tackle, a three-technique guy or a five-technique guy misses the point.

“I really don’t think there’s that much of a difference between the positions on the defensive line,” said Dorsey. “I think too much is made of that. There are some different keys and different reads, but it’s all football and it’s all defense. Inside the game’s a little faster, but you still have to use your hands and your feet.

“Whatever they decide to do, I’m with it.”

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“You’ve got to learn to play with real good technique with some of those bulk positions, where when you’re real big and heavy you can get away with things and can be lazy, play a little more upright,” Haley said. “I just believe for guys to play four quarters and be at their best, they’ve got to be at a weight that suits them.”

His team seems to finally agree.

Collectively, the Chiefs are in much better shape than a year ago. Instead of hounding players for being winded, Haley is able to concentrate on teaching technique.

This growth-without-girth has created a feeling of solidarity around the locker room and on the field, enhanced by Vrabel and guard Brian Waters showing up for the voluntary workouts.

Those two veterans were no-shows except for the mandatory workouts last year, Vrabel because he wasn’t thrilled about being traded from New England, Waters because of a didn’t-go-so-well meeting with Haley shortly after the coach was hired.

Vrabel and Waters are not only here, they’re front and center, leading the team in the weight room, on the field, creating a bond they hope will carry into the season.

Football, not flubber: Chiefs show up in shape, buying in to coach Todd Haley’s philosophy-Los Angeles Times

KCTV5 announced on Wednesday that former Chiefs Pro Bowl QB Trent Green and “Voice of the Missouri Tigers” Mike Kelly will serve as the broadcast team for the Chiefs Television Network in 2010.

Anchored by KCTV5, the Chiefs Television Network is scheduled to broadcast all Chiefs preseason games in HD to 10 affiliates in a five-state region. KCTV5 Sports Director Michael Coleman will handle the sideline reports for the Chiefs preseason telecasts.

“KCTV is proud to once again be the home of the Kansas City Chiefs and the flagship station of the Chiefs Television Network,” KCTV5 Vice President and General Manager Bobby Totsch said. “I am very pleased that we were able to put together an experienced broadcast team that will provide Chiefs fans an inside view of the game that they can’t get anywhere else.”

KCTV5 Unveils Broadcast Team For Chiefs Preseason Games-KCTV5

The biggest question the Chiefs need to answer over the next few years is who is capable of being “the guy.” I walked into the 2009 season believing that Dwayne Bowe was poised to be that guy and that Todd Haley would get him there. I walked out of the season with a completely different impression. More and more, Bowe seems to be a receiver who can make a really big play and then miss a few easy ones. That worries me a lot. Here’s how I’d break it down: if the Chiefs are a Super Bowl contender in a few years, do you want Bowe to be the target of a pass on a key third down in the AFC Championship game? Right now, the thought makes me wince because I almost feel like there’s a 50/50 shot the ball will bounce off of his hands.

Adding Chris Chambers last season was a blessing in disguise for several reasons. First, he was a surprisingly good stopgap in 2009. I don’t see any reason why he won’t be in 2010 too. Second, he should hopefully have beChiefs Offseason Grades: Chiefs’ Receivers Aplenty en a wake-up call for Bowe. Before Chambers came to the Chiefs, it seemed like a convenient excuse to blame Bowe’s lack of production on an unfair situation, lack of chemistry with the Quarterback, and perhaps a new offensive scheme. Chambers blew those excuses out of the water. He didn’t take weeks to get in sync with Cassel. He didn’t take a long time to learn the offense. He just did his job and he did it pretty well. He got open, he positioned his body to make the tough catches, and with the exception of a big drop against Buffalo, he caught most of the easy ones too.

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