Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 2/27/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  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 Morning Fix.

NFL Scouting is perhaps one of the most exhausting, never-ending jobs in the league. These guys are part travelling salesman, part talent evaluator and part reporter as they comb through hours of film and travel even more to find potential fits for their respective team. In the wake of Chiefs Scout Willie Davis winning the AFC Scout of the Year, Chiefs reporter Rachel Santschi has a post up detailing “The Job that Never Stops.”

The Chiefs have a determined scouting department. They find the athletes in their years before the limelight, before the record-breaking stats, before the Hall of Fame. They put in the hours all year long and are sure to be very thorough.

“We see these players on film, but it’s hard to tell how fast they really are, or how explosive they are, this time really helps define what they can do athletically and mentally,” Willie Davis, Chiefs Scout, noted. “The combine is another step in the process for these guys to show us what they can do and what they can bring to the team.”

As scouts look for new faces to bring in, free agency takes them away. Adam Teicher at ESPN is continuing his Free-agent report series with a look at impending free agent safety, Kendrick Lewis.

Argument for letting Lewis go: The Chiefs allowed one long pass play after another last season, and though Lewis wasn’t solely to blame, he had a big hand in that. His range simply doesn’t appear to be what it was earlier in his career. That was evident on the long Andrew Luck-to-T.Y. Hilton touchdown pass that beat the Chiefs in the playoffs last season. It’s impossible to believe the Chiefs wouldn’t be better off with Commings or a rookie at free safety. They would be getting a younger and probably more productive player at a lesser cost.

And as the free agency period begins next month, and the Chiefs haven’t re-signed any of their own free-agents-to-be, Ed Valentine at Big Blue View talks about how Dexter McCluster could be a fit for the New York Giants.

McCluster averaged 11.8 yards per punt return, ninth in the league, with two touchdowns. He has experience returning kickoffs, though he has not done that job since 2011, and as a running back. McCluster carried the ball only eight times in 2013, but carried it 114 times in 2011.

You think McAdoo wouldn’t love to have the kind of versatility McCluster brings as he structures a revamped offense for the Giants. How about special teams coach Tom Quinn? Wouldn’t a dynamic punt return man make Quinn look like a better coach? Remember what David Wilson did for the kickoff return group in 2012. As a punt returner Rueben Randle excels at the fair catch, where he was third in the league with 24. As an actual returner, though, Randle was near the bottom of the league, averaging just 8.2 yards per return.

That’s it for today, Addicts. Free agency is only two weeks away and we’re all still waiting for an official salary cap number from the league. Keep it here and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

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  • berttheclock

    Great points about the scouts for the Chiefs in your mentioning the award to Willie Davis. The comment they never sleep in searching for talent stands out. I had just finished reading about Michael Wilhoite moving up into the Navorro Bowman position for much of next season with the Niners. He went to the Combine and outperformed both Bowman and McClain in the vertical jumps, but, was not drafted. However, both Wilhoite from Washburn and Chris Harris from KU went completely unnoticed by whatever scouting department was working for Pioli and neither of them were invited to training camp by the Chiefs. Now, how could two local talented players go missing from the so-called scouts of the Chiefs at the time? Harris was asked by the Broncos and Wilhoite was invited to join the Niners. Both of them would fit the needs of the Chiefs to a Tee. Reminds me of reading signs in organic produce sections of grocery stores about “Buy or Think Local”. Yes, there are some very sustainable products in the Greater KC extended area. Extend that to Missouri, Nebraska and parts of Oklahoma, perhaps, leaving Iowa out for the moment while recovering from Stanzi, and scouts may well find other Gems who are very sustainable players. Hmmm, Northwest Missouri State and/or Pittsburgh State, anyone?

  • Stacy D. Smith

    You can’t have McCluster!

    • berttheclock

      Yes, “The Pinball Wizard” of returns should remain a Chief.

    • berttheclock

      The Giants wanting Dexter reminds me of reading stories of Chip Kelly wanting to draft players from Stanford who had helped beat Nike.

    • Montez K.

      It made me sick to my stomach to even see the title “Dexter McCluster to the ..”….sick. McCluster is my boy! How much did those “Fire Pioli” banners cost again? “KEEP DMC”

    • tm1946

      Not so sure. McCluster has a role and the Chiefs have only so many spaces on the roster. Might be time for a split. Not saying it is so, but you have to keep an open mind, Reid will need his kind of guys if we want him to get us the golden ring. Hate to see how some of us will react as the Hali’s and DJ or Charles move on or out of town, hope the Paseo Bridge has nets to catch jumpers.

      PS not saying anyone is going anywhere this year but there will be change as we hopefully get better.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I’m not opposed to change, but there has to be some continuity. McCluster and Demps are BOTH scheduled to hit free agency. The return unit helped us win 2-3 games this year. We can’t afford to lose them both. Toub’s a gem, but let’s not pretend that he hasn’t also had some quality returnmen in his day. McCluster also brings something to this offense. If he defects, you’ll be missing key contributions to two phases of this team.

        • berttheclock

          Not only in running to the end zone, but, look at how their run backs put the offense into far better positions.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Especially early in the year when the offense was trying to get going. Starting field position was vital over the first 9 games.