Among the many incendiary statements that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used to fire up his players was, “Kill the head and the body will die.” There’s been a great deal of debate about what Williams meant when he talked about killing the head, but there’s no doubt about this: He wasn’t the only one in the NFL who used that phrase.
In fact, players walking into the Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive line room in 2008 were greeted with that slogan painted in huge letters: “KILL THE HEAD & THE BODY WILL DIE.”
Heyman won last season’s Howard Schnellenberger Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry game. He had eight tackles and forced a fumble in Louisville’s 24-17 victory.
Before accepting the award, Heyman spoke about selflessness and the importance of applying life lessons learned on the football field and in the classroom. His acceptance speech resonated with Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka.
“Young man, if you don’t carry on in professional football, get your ass into politics,” Ditka told Heyman. “We need people like you in public office.”
Heyman plans to try his hand as an NFL linebacker first.
The Chiefs have seemed throughout the offseason like they’re not all that interested in getting a deal done with Bowe. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel shrugged off any questions of Bowe holding out, saying, “We’re going to win with whoever we have.”
It will be easier to win with their No. 1 receiver in the fold. And barring a totally unexpected agreement in the next three days, Bowe will only be in the fold on the one-year franchise tender.
Smith believes that the Chiefs’ 7-9 record in 2011 is a bit deceiving.
“I know (Chiefs head coach) Romeo Crennel is building something special there along with (Chiefs GM) Scott Pioli, and of course (Falcons GM) Thomas Dimitroff is familiar with both of those guys, having worked with them in New England,” Smith told PFW on a conference call this week. “They have done a very good job of building the roster there.”
Like others have noted, Smith felt that injuries were the key derailment for the Chiefs last season.
“They were a team that suffered an exorbitant amount of injuries last year, and clearly it affected them,” he said. “I think they are a much better team than they were last year if they can keep all the (key) guys healthy.”