Oct 27, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks offensive line coach Tim Grunhard tries to excite the crowd against the Texas Longhorns in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Texas won the game 21-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: DeSean Jackson, Jim Kelly, Tim Grunhard


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Bill Barnwell breaks down the DeSean Jackson situation for Grantland.

So that’s what has the national media conversation comparing Jackson to Aaron Hernandez? The Patriots waited to release Hernandez until after he had been arrested and then eventually charged with first-degree murder. Murder! The only crime Jackson’s been formally linked to is possession of marijuana.

In regards to DeSean Jackson and his alleged gang connections

“Gangbanger, what the (heck) is that about?” asked Lara. “All I was saying was that it was a tragic part of his life when his father died. He’s not a gangbanger, I don’t know where they’re getting that from, and I didn’t say that he was.”

Herbie Teope explores what is next for the Chiefs at wide receiver.

“This is just really the mid-part of the second week of free agency,” Dorsey said then. “There are still players out there.”

Adam Teicher says the Chiefs are right to pass on DeSean Jackson.

Signing Jackson at top dollar would have cost them one of those players and perhaps more. But there’s something else at work here. Adding Jackson would have smelled of panic. It would have been a sign the Chiefs were veering away from their plan, making it up on the fly. You can argue the merits of their plan, but Reid and general manager John Dorsey prefer to find their stars, the players they build the foundation around, through the draft and not as free agents.

Tim Grunhard says the Chiefs are in big trouble on the offensive line.

“I think you can find somebody,” Grunhard said. “I don’t know the logistics of who’s there. I haven’t looked at the top 10 guards coming out. I know the kid from Notre Dame (Zack Martin) is pretty good but I think he’s going to drafted in the first 15 or 16 picks. There are some guys that played tackle that might move into the guard position. I think you can find a guy who played tackle in college and move him inside.”

Peter King writes about Jim Kelly‘s battle with cancer for MMQB.

The story of Jim Kelly’s second, and more serious, fight against cancer is a complicated one. But toughness is a part of it, for better and worse. As is humor. Last June, doctors removed part of his cancerous upper jaw, made a prosthesis of six fake teeth and bone, and fastened it into the hole left by the surgery. They grafted a rectangle of skin from his upper left leg to replace the skin that was lost on the roof of his mouth. The prosthesis works like a giant retainer; Kelly can remove it, and he looks like an old man without his front teeth when it’s out.

Two non-football stories:

- These are the top 20 college bars in the country, according to someone not named Ben Nielsen.

- “Frozen” is now the 10th highest grossing movie ever at the box office, number one animated movie.

 

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