But, in reality, Kansas City’s interest in Tannehill isn’t about extreme infatuations or a plot to drive trade activity.
With Tannehill, the Chiefs are covering all of their bases. It’s that simple.
For the first time since Kansas City made sweeping changes to its football operations more than three years ago, the team doesn’t have to draft for need in the first round. Plenty of needs remain across the roster, but the starting 22 in vastly improved.
When it comes to choosing a player with the 11th overall pick, the Chiefs are position flexible. That’s why Tannehill could make a lot of sense.
If we did a mailbag feature this is one of the questions I’d be answering: Does Romeo Crennel count as a new head coach when determining when the Kansas City Chiefs offseason program starts?
The answer is no. Crennel is not a new head coach in the eyes of the NFL.
Teams with new head coaches can start their offseason program today while teams with returning head coaches have to wait until April 16. Crennel is not considered a new head coach so the Chiefs offseason doesn’t really start until April 16.
10) Paul Rudd: Rudd, a critically-acclaimed actor, might just be the most famous celebrity sports fan based out of Kansas City. He is a fan of both the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I used to go to Pittsburgh a lot when I was a kid. I was a diehard Steelers fan,” said Rudd, who spent most of his youth in Kansas. “Huge. More than comedies or movies or anything like that, it was the main thing in my life that I cared about the most,” he said.
Crennel is a very likable guy. He is not used to hearing kind words from the Raider Nation, but he is an easy guy to like and respect. He is a good man who obviously has his players fighting hard for him. I told him that I understood the tradition of the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry dating back to Art Shell and Buck Buchanan (before I was born), and that he was going to add another layer to that rivalry. He was very gracious in understanding that I would not be rooting for him once the Raiders played the Chiefs. Guys like Crennel make football fun.
Fact is, this is the time of year — 24 days before Round 1 — when teams buzz from town to town to get their drafting ducks in a row. The Eagles working out Tannehill could just be Philly doing its due diligence on a good player. That’s what it probably is. But with the Eagles and quarterbacks, you never know. It could be more. The Eagles wouldn’t seem to have a quarterback need, with Michael Vick set to play the season at 32, and the Eagles wouldn’t seem to have the ammo to move up from their 15th spot in the first round — without including their 2013 first-rounder — to get their talons on a quarterback who might be picked as high as fourth (by Cleveland).
By the way, Matt Cassel’s head shouldn’t rest too easy on the pillow tonight either. The Chiefs travel to College Station later this week to get their own private session with Tannehill.