The Morning Fix: Weston Dressler, Special Teams, Colin Kaepernick

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.

Good morning, Addicts. James Hasty, one of the most underrated defensive players in Chiefs history, is your required TBT featured picture.

The Star’s Randy Covitz says the Chiefs are hoping for more happy returns on special teams.

Until last season, the Chiefs had not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 2009 or a punt for a touchdown since 2010. But Demps and Davis combined for the two kickoff returns for touchdowns, and McCluster delivered two punt returns for scores, including a dazzling 89-yarder that broke open the win over the New York Giants.

Here’s a good piece on Weston Dressler and his relationship with one of his CFL teammates.

“I still talk to him frequently,” Bagg said. “What we had over the last six years was awesome. It’s time now to start working on a new chapter.” The friends had another opportunity to celebrate 2013, Dressler’s last season with the Riders. Dressler made the trip to Regina for Friday’s private ceremony to present the 2013 Grey Cup rings to the players and staff.

Andy Reid was on target with challenges last season, says Arrowhead Pride.

Andy Reid has issued a total of 90 challenges in his 15-year coaching career, and 44 of those have been overturned. That means his career success rate is 48.9 percent. That said, he was very successful last year, going 7 of 8 in his challenges.

Herbie Teope writes about the communication in the secondary.

Part of the preparations include constant on-field communication from strong safety Eric Berry and free safety Husain Abdullah, who replaces last year’s starter Kendrick Lewis, with their defensive teammates.

Two Colin Kaepernick thoughts:

Some of the contract specifics in the Kaepernick deal.

As one source put it, Kaepernick can feel good about the deal because he has a lot more guaranteed money today than he had yesterday.  But the same source also added that the 49ers are nevertheless “thrilled” with the contract, which allows them to control Kaepernick’s rights for seven years and to move on after any of the next six seasons, if they ultimately decide that Kaepernick is more like the guy who struggled at times during the 2013 regular season and less like the guy who found the gas pedal in the playoffs.

Two (plus one) non-football stories:

- A crazy long feature on Andrew Sullivan, the divisive political blogger who is back in Washington D.C. now.

- Maureen Dowd went to Colorado, got super high, and freaked out in a New York Times column.

- Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of “10-cent Beer Night” in Cleveland.



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  • berttheclock

    Special shout out to the great Don Zimmer, who has passed. I remember as a very young man listening to the broadcasts of KC Blues games and Zimmer, then with St Paul gave them fits. Unfortunately, he was beaned in Columbus by an errant fast ball and his future changed. He had been a rising star, a 3 sport high school star including playing QB with an offer from Kentucky and all in baseball expected him to become a great star in the bigs. It never went that way, but, he ended up having a very long and productive one as both a coach and a manager. Don Zimmer, you will be missed. RIP.

    • John Walsh

      He was one of the most colorful characters to ever put on a set of cleats. Whether a coach or a manager, there was never a dull moment with him around.