Aug 26, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi (13) drops back to pass in the fourth quarter of the game against the St. Louis Rams at Arrowhead Stadium. The Rams won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

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In Kansas City, Daboll’s success will be tied to quarterback Matt Cassel, and vice versa. If one fails, it’s likely that the other will, too. It’s a high-pressure assignment. But those who knew Daboll in high school and college still believe in him. Parrinello said he wouldn’t count the determined kid out. It should help, he said, that Daboll will be surrounded by familiar faces — Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and Cassel know Daboll from his time in New England — and those he has won games with in the past.“He has been relentless in pursuit of success,” Parrinello said. “…When there are other good people around him, like in the case of the New England Patriots, I think he will do his part to hold up that success.

“It’s been proven that when he’s in that situation, he’ll thrive, and he’ll be part of the answer.”



An unrestricted free agent in 2012, Nicks will be one of the most appealing players to hit the open market. He’s regarded by most as the prime target of this year’s free agent class of offensive linemen.According to Nicks in an interview last week, the Saints have yet to reach out regarding a contract extension.

“They never talked to me at all about it really, which I thought was kind of weird,” Nicks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I talked to (GM Mickey Loomis) the last day before exit meetings, and he said they were going to do their best to try to keep me. So that’s the gist of contract talks.”



The Chiefs’ general manager is Scott Pioli, who broke into football with Belichick. The head coach is Romeo Crennel. Before he was the Browns’ head coach, Crennel was Belichick’s defensive coordinator in New England. So Pioli and Crennel turned to Daboll, who did a nice job in Miami once Matt Moore took over as quarterback.4. Crennel’s associate head coach is Maurice Carthon, who worked with Crennel in Cleveland … and that relationship eventually goes back to Belichick.


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