November 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (88) runs after a pass reception against Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 4/14


Hunt knows it won’t mean much if the team doesn’t win, but while the new football men he hired work on that part, it’s significant that the man who took so much heat last year — taunting banners flying over the stadium, nasty name-calling, stacks of angry letters — is extending a hand.

“Certainly the football side of the Chiefs the last four years was more guarded in how information was shared externally,” he says. “There’s still teams in the league that operate like that, but what I’ve seen in the last 12 months, attending ownership meetings and being on the digital committee, is an understanding that, hey, the model is shifting and we have to be more open.”

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Although Diles had three successful seasons in Houston, his complete drop-off in production over the past 2 years indicates his signing is little more than dart throwing by Kansas City. Much like the signing of Frank Zombo, General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid are just trying to catch lightening in a bottle and trying to create some competition when camp opens. Zombo, who is an outside line backer, looks to have more upside if he can stay healthy , but Diles has more actual game experience. The Chiefs have very little experience at inside line backer other than Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson.

Kansas City is obviously looking for some cheap depth at line backer. Maybe they get lucky with the likes of Zombo and Diles but usually, at this point in their careers, they are what they are. It is doubtful either can become a key part of the Chiefs’ defense. If either can emerge, so much better for the Chiefs. If not, these are harmless signings.

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Jarvis Jones was an early favorite, picked by many, to be one of the first names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, later this month. However, Jones’ rise to the national spotlight wasn’t without struggles.

Playing for the USC Trojans and facing the Oregon Ducks on Halloween in 2009, Jarvis was injured during a “routine hit” and found himself hospitalized days later, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Jordan Conn.

A specialist told Jones that he had a “mild” case of spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. Despite later being cleared by doctors to play football, USC team doctors refused to clear him for contact. He later transferred to Georgia and began dominating in the SEC in 2011.

His success continued in 2012, where he set the school’s single-season record for sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (24.5).

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Monday, rumors began to surface around the NFL that The Dallas Cowboys and Eric Winston have “mutual interest.” Then after some pundits out of DFW decided to squash those, it was then reported The Dallas Cowboys are officially asking Doug Free to take a pay-cut. The question that remains is whether the pay-cut is delegated toward signing Eric Winston. Folks, this is a no brainer…sign this man.

Eric Winston was selected in the 3rd Round of the 2006 NFL Draft by The Houston Texans. He currently measures at 6’7 and 308lbs. In his career he has started 103 games out of 108 played. In recent memory he has been donning a Kansas City Chief helmet, but was recently let go due to Salary Cap reasons. Winston has been a solid player since he started with the Texans and Kansas City adored him as well, but couldn’t keep him at his current salary and afford their now franchise-tagged Left Tackle. He also garnered attention for his absolute disgusted feeling towards Chief’s fans for their cheering of Matt Cassel’s injury during a game last season.

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Missouri Southern State had its pro day on March 5. Three players worked out for five teams.

Brandon Williams, DT (6-foot-1 7/8, 332 pounds) — Williams stood on his combine numbers. He has visited the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams as a defensive lineman. The Cleveland Browns are checking him out as an offensive lineman. He’s had two visits to the Carolina Panthers and the Rams.

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