Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass while being pressured by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the first quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines for 1/21/2014

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Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

There are two big stories floating around Chiefs Kingdom this morning. The first, as reported here and here, is that Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson and quarterback Alex Smith have been added to the Pro Bowl to replace players who are unable to attend. Adam Teicher at ESPN discusses how the Pro Bowl could benefit Smith.

Being named to the Pro Bowl won’t make quarterback Alex Smith’s career. Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Matt Cassel each at one time played in the Pro Bowl while with the Kansas City Chiefs and none received any kind of career bounce.

But Smith could benefit from being named as a replacement for Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Smith will be perceived differently now that the Pro Bowl tag is attached to his name. At the very least, he’s no longer the former overall No. 1 pick in the draft who never amounted to much.
The other big story, of course, is the Senior Bowl which is happening down in Mobile, Alabama. It’s a who’s who of college football and scouts and general managers from every team are present to get their first big look at this year’s prospects. Chiefs insider Reid Ferrin has posted a “Day One Recap” at the Mothership for you to catch up on all of the news.
 
Following the practice at Ladd-Peeble’s Stadium, we caught up with our good friend Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for the NFL Network and he assessed the day-one standouts.”When you look at the offensive and defensive lineman, that’s what stood out to me,” Jeremiah said. “Zach Martin from Notre Dame had a really good day; (Ra’Shede) Hageman, the defensive tackle from Minnesota looked good and then you also had, kind of to me, the star of the show was (DT) Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh. He went up against Cyril Richardson, the big guard from Baylor (and) got after him pretty good and so, it was a pretty good day up-front; we’ll get them padded up tomorrow and the pace will even continue to increase.”
Finally, Terez Paylor at the Kansas City Star breaks down who the Chiefs brass has talked to thus far in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
That list includes (but is certainly not limited to): Oregon receiver Josh Huff, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Utal cornerback Keith McGill, Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, Florida State safety Terrence Brroks, Tennessee offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James and North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner.
That’s it for today’s headlines, Addicts. Enjoy your Tuesday and GO CHIEFS!
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