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When Peyton Manning joined the Broncos, it also changed the dynamics of the AFC West. Their pass defense was rarely challenged in two games against Denver last season, when Tim Tebow was their quarterback. That will certainly change now that Manning is Denver’s quarterback.

“We’ve got the mindset we’re going to win the AFC West,” Flowers said. “Peyton Manning, he’s a quarterback that everyone wants to have. He’s not going to turn the ball over, he’s not going to make critical mistakes.

“But I’m going out there saying if my man can’t get open, he won’t have no one to throw the ball to. So as long as I do my part, we’re not too worried about Peyton Manning.”

Lanier was one of five Pro Football Hall of Famers in town this weekend for the Chiefs 2012 Rookie Class Luncheon, but made it a point to attend practice as well. He’s known defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas for more than 40 years and has developed a friendship with Pioli over the past several seasons.

“When you’re out there you see the product that is now the opportunity for 2012,” Lanier said. “It’s the beginning of a reality.

“You’ve thought about the plan, but now you’re starting to see the product that will actually become that plan. I have hopes just like they do as to how it may all unfold. It’s good to be here spending time with everyone and catching up on things.”

The problem is, no one can believe much of what is being said here in Kansas City, or anywhere else around the league. Because of the new rules regarding what players can and cannot do under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, there is absolutely no physical contact between players until training camps start in late July. None.

For the first time ever, none of the mini-camps, off-season training activities (OTA’s), or any team-related workouts will have contact between players. Therefore, KC fans will have to wait until the heat of August to know if Poe can move an offensive lineman with his first explosion off the ball, or if Wylie can get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage.

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