Randy Covitz, of The Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Chiefs plan to honor TE Tony Gonzalez in a pre-game ceremony Week 7 in recognition of his setting the NFL record for most career receiving yards by a tight end. Gonzalez, according to the team, "will be singled out as the team is introduced to all those in attendance."
The Kansas City Star
The Royals filled out their on-field staff Monday morning by hiring former Toronto manager John Gibbons as their bench coach and returning Kevin Seitzer to the organization as hitting coach.
The two hirings complete manager Trey Hillman?s 2009 staff. Pitching coach Bob McClure, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz, bullpen coach John Mizerock and Owen are returning to the staff.
?I?m very pleased with the amount of energy and overall baseball experience we?ve been able to add to our Major League staff with John Gibbons and Kevin Seitzer,? general manager Dayton Moore said. ?John?s recent American League experience as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays will be a tremendous asset to Trey and the rest of the coaching staff.
?I?m also excited to bring Kevin into our organization. He was an exciting player and fan favorite during his days as a Royal, and possesses the same amount of passion and energy as a coach.?
Gibbons, 46, served 4? years as the Blue Jays manager before his firing last June 20. He led the club to a 305-305 record in that time. Former bench coach Dave Owen will become the third-base coach on the reconstituted staff.
Seitzer, 46, spent the first six seasons of his 12-year playing career with the Royals. He batted .323 as a rookie in 1987 and finished second in balloting for American League Rookie of the Year.
Seitzer spent part of the 2007 season as the hitting coach at Arizona. He and former Royals teammate Mike Macfarlane operate a baseball-training facility in the Kansas City area.
The Royals also announced former third-base coach Luis Silverio would remain in the organization in the player-development department. His primary job will be to help young Latin players in their transition to professional baseball.
Silverio, 51, recently completed his 33rd year with the Royals. He spent the last six seasons as a coach on the big-league staff,
?I?m delighted that Luis has chosen to remain with our organization and serve in this newly-created position,? Moore said. ?He will work with all of our young players as they come through the system, with an emphasis on communicating with the younger Latin kids as their skills develop and begin their professional careers.
?Luis has a terrific working knowledge of our organization and his ability to communicate our values to them will only make the player more comfortable as they grow within our system.?
Jamaal Charles? season can hardly be called a waste. The rookie running back is averaging 4.7 yards per rush, is the Chiefs? third-leading pass receiver and has proved to be a willing and able pass protector.
But for his season to be a true success, Charles has to deliver more big plays.
The fastest of their offensive players, the Chiefs designed some plays intended to get the ball to Charles in the open field, where he might be able to outrun defenders. The Chiefs have even tried him as a kickoff returner, where he?s averaging slightly more than 26 yards per return.
He still doesn?t have a rush of more than 13 yards or a reception of more than 17 yards.
?It has to do with a lot of things,? Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. ?(A shortage of) plays. There have been a lot of three-and-outs for us. He?s dropped a couple of balls that maybe could have been big plays. Some of it is due to the fact he hasn?t been in the game a whole lot, hasn?t touched the ball a whole lot.
?In college, he was able to do that because he could outrun a lot of guys. In this league, you?re not going to outrun a whole lot of guys. This is hard. There are fast players in this league, and they can tackle good. That?s part of it, too.?
Still, the Chiefs had bigger hopes for Charles. They quickly determined they were more comfortable with Charles as a receiver and blocker, so he replaced Larry Johnson as the featured back on third-down plays and others calling for an obvious pass.
Rare is the rookie running back who is an accomplished pass blocker. Generally, they aren?t asked to block in college.
Charles was asked to at Texas. He blocked the wrong blitzing linebacker in the season-opener in New England and the result was a sack that knocked quarterback Brodie Croyle from the lineup because of a separated shoulder.
?My coaches told me that to make it in the league, I?d have to know how to block,? Charles said. ?So I learned how to do it. I played my freshman year because I picked up the blitz well.?
Otherwise, his impact, like that of the offense as a whole, has been limited.
?To get stuff like that going, you?ve got to get your offense going first,? said Croyle, who will return as the starter in Sunday?s game against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium. ?It?s hard to try to get the ball to certain guys when your whole offense isn?t going on any kind of consistent basis. Look at a team like New Orleans. They have a consistently productive offense and then they?re able to mix in some special things for Reggie Bush like screens and reverses.
?That?s what we?d like to do with Jamaal, but we need to get the rest of the offense going, too.?
Charles has 21 rushes and 12 pass receptions, so he?s getting the ball only 6 1/2 times a game on average.
?I?m really not getting the ball that much, really,? Charles said. ?I?m just getting it out of the shotgun, mostly. I really want to run the ball out of the backfield instead of out of the shotgun. I think I can make more plays that way.?
The Chiefs have plenty of plays they would like to be able to do over in their 1-4 season. One from early in last month?s game against Oakland stands out.
Charles was split from the formation as a wide receiver, where he was covered one-on-one by linebacker Thomas Howard. Howard is fast for a linebacker, but he couldn?t keep up with Charles.
Charles ran down the sideline, but Damon Huard?s pass didn?t reach him and was incomplete. A strong throw would have given the Chiefs a touchdown.
?Did I miss a layup with him wide open? No,? Huard said. ?But the perfect throw probably would have completed it.
?He?s a guy we?d like to get the ball to more. When teams blitz us, he usually has to stay in to block. Teams have done a good job of bringing that extra linebacker. We?ve been making the effort to get him the ball. If they?re in a soft zone, you can dump him the ball. We?ve thrown some screens to him, too.?
Posted by Mike Florio on October 11, 2008, 10:41 p.m. EDT
We heard last night of a report out of Kansas City linking Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez to the Giants. We investigated the matter, and confirmed that, indeed, something is up.
Along with the Giants, the Bills, Eagles, and Packers are interested in the veteran Pro Bowler, who recently set the career receiving yardage record at his position.
The Chiefs reportedly want a third-round pick for Gonzalez. The Giants reportedly have offered a sixth-rounder.
Frankly, we?re shocked that King Carl has set his asking price so low. It?s a sign, in our view, of a genuine desire to get the deal done before the trading period expires at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.
The fairest approach would be to use a formula that determines the pick based on the performance of Gonzalez and/or of his new team in his new city.
Gonzalez?s base salary for 2008 is only $1 million. In 2009, it spikes to $4 million. In all, he?s signed through 2011.
It makes sense for the Chiefs to get whatever they can for Gonzalez, who at 32 likely won?t be a significant contributor to any resurgence that the Chiefs might ever enjoy. Letting him chase a Super Bowl title with a contending team would also be a nice gesture of appreciation by a franchise for whom Gonzalez has done so much over the years.
Though in-season NFL trades are a rarity, four team executives talked to Yahoo! Sports about players they believe should be dealt prior to the deadline next Tuesday.
The executives agreed that the only teams that should really be cleaning house at this point are the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams. Even though the Houston Texans are 0-4, many observes believe they will rebound and play well. Furthermore, the Texans don’t have many players who should just be dumped, aside from running back Ahman Green.
“And I would only take Green if I was truly desperate,” one of the executive said. “Thank God I’m not in that situation.”
Here’s a list of the top 10 players who should be dealt.
1. RB Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs
Comment: “By the time the Chiefs are good again, he’s going to be done. … I don’t understand why they gave him all the money and then they wouldn’t sign Jared Allen. If you’re rebuilding, you don’t do it with a running back who’s going to be burned.” Another executive said Johnson has a reputation around the league as being a “spoiled brat” and “not much of a leader.”
Best potential fits: He’s not a perfect fit in Philadelphia because of the style of the offense, but all of the executives said the Eagles could use him now that Brian Westbrook has broken ribs. Other teams that could use him would be the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.
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The insanity of employing a professional football player who needs 24-hour protection from his own mental imbalance just reared its ugly little head like Putin over Alaskan airspace.
Adam "Pacman" Jones, according to Dallas police, brawled Wednesday night with one of the four bodyguards Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired to stop TuPacman from running afoul of the law.
Late hit by Pacman Adam "Pacman" Jones got into a fight with his bodyguard at a Dallas hotel early Wednesday morning, the day before a scheduled team meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. And now the football world watches with bated breath to see how effective Jerry Jones' cleanup crew will be in hushing up witnesses, the bodyguard, police and hotel staff so that the NFL can continue to pretend TuPacman is stable enough to remain a cast member on Jones' reality TV show.
My money is on Jerry Jones. Terence Newman is out for at least the next month and a half with a sports hernia. The NFC East is the most talented and competitive division in football. Jerry Jones believes he can't win the Super Bowl without TuPacman.
The Cowboys will concoct a very elaborate story exonerating TuPacman.
At some point today, I expect the bodyguard to take full responsibility for the scrap and argue that TuPacman was really acting as a peacekeeper. One of TuPacman's attorneys, speaking to an ESPN reporter, stated that he's "not satisfied anything has happened."
Wow, I haven't heard anything that lame since the night I lost my virginity. Hey, that was decades ago. I've improved. I swear!
The police incidents that involve Adam Jones usually end with victims declining to press charges, friends taking responsibility for the drugs or charges being dismissed. TuPacman just happens to have the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time on a consistent basis.
It's just bad luck mixed with a little racial profiling. That's it.
Or maybe it's not. I say that because Jerry Jones purchased four security guards to monitor TuPacman around the clock. I say that because the Cowboys have demanded that TuPacman avoid going to the kind of event that he attended Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at The Joule Hotel in Dallas ? a movie premiere with alcohol, groupies and other celebrity entertainers such as rapper Ludacris.
The Cowboys recognize that TuPacman can't handle the spotlight, the responsibility of stardom and money. TuPacman doesn't know when to say when.
I don't know TuPacman. I don't know Britney Spears, either. But TuPacman and Britney sound like unstable birds of the same feather. They just have different jobs. Britney is paid to lip sync and look sexy while getting as close to publicly naked as the law allows. Adam Jones is paid to do violence on a football field.
Britney and Adam both struggle to stay within their lanes when they're away from work. Britney flashes her crotch, hail damage and bald head. Adam flashes his temper and horrid judgment. Britney might harm herself. Adam might harm someone else.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would be a fool to allow TuPacman to remain a representative of the league. O.J. Simpson did not harm the NFL brand. Rae Carruth did.
Jerry Jones is probably willing to continue employing off-duty cops to protect TuPacman from himself. Jerry might even retain the bodyguards during the offseason. But we've just been offered evidence that TuPacman will attack his protectors.
Like the Alaskan Airhead, there's little difference between TuPacman and a pit bull. You never know when they'll explode and turn on their owner.
Goodell should intervene on behalf of Jerry and Adam Jones.
If a grown man or woman needs 24-hour surveillance, it's an indication they're the president of the United States, incarcerated or dangerously unstable. Of the three, there are just two legitimate options for TuPacman Jones.
Goodell needs to give Adam Jones two options: 1. Retire from the NFL and head to the CFL or start a rap career; 2. Enter an intensive, year-round counseling and life-management program and return to the NFL next season.
TuPacman's 2008 season should be over and his NFL career should be finished until he aggressively deals with his demons. The league, Jerry Jones, Deion Sanders, Jim Brown and many others have tried to reach out to Adam Jones and mentor him. He's not interested. He's in denial. He's a ticking bomb. We've seen this before with Lawrence Phillips. We know how this story ends.
This is way too high risk for Jerry Jones and the NFL. What happens if one of Jerry Jones' paid bodyguards has to take significant, potentially lethal action against Adam Jones (or one of his friends) the next time he's enraged?
NAGUA, Dominican Republic -- New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos will be jailed for three months while awaiting trial for a hit-and-run accident that killed two women.
The 24-year-old reliever told The Associated Press that a Dominican judge ordered him to remain behind bars Wednesday night out of concerns for his safety.
"I am going to come out of this fine because my conscience is clear, and I'm not worried this will affect my career because I haven't done anything," he said in the jailhouse interview.
Burgos is accused of abandoning the victims of the Sept. 30 accident and fleeing, charges that can carry six months to two years in prison. He disappeared after the accident but turned himself in Tuesday.
Prosecutor Raul Quiroz said an investigation could lead to additional charges in the deaths of Angely Fana, 29, and Josefina Minaya, 38. Fana's mother, Eudosia Ruane, has accused Burgos of intentionally running her daughter over because she refused to go out with him.
Witnesses say Burgos was the driver of the Hummer that struck the two women, according to police. But Burgos told AP Wednesday night he was sitting in the back seat of the truck, with his cousin at the wheel.
Burgos, who arrived at a packed courthouse under heavy security, said many people in this town are jealous of him and "exaggerate things" because he is the only Major League Baseball pitcher from Nagua.
"My son is innocent," Pablo Burgos said. "The issue is that here in Nagua there are a lot of people who want to hurt him."
Despite the order from judge Nicolasa Sabala, Burgos said he was confident he would get out of jail in time for an Oct. 23 court date in New York, where he faces assault and harassment charges for allegedly throwing his girlfriend to the ground.
"I'll get out of here soon, and I'll also clear up what happened in New York," he said.
Burgos also faces an unrelated charge of illegal weapon possession and had recently been released after posting a $3,000 bond.
Burgos spent the past season on the disabled list following elbow ligament replacement surgery. He pitched in the minors last month while on a rehabilitation assignment.
Although OSU is undefeated and ranked No. 17 in the country, many say it hasn’t truly been “tested,” yet.
If Saturday night’s nationally televised game at No. 2 Missouri doesn’t qualify as a “test,” then nothing does.
The Cowboys (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) will take on the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
Coach Mike Gundy said Saturday’s game will be the biggest of many of his players’ careers but they need to maintain their composure.
“We’re trying to keep everything within realm, and they need to understand that they need to go out there and just play,” Gundy said.
Quarterback Zac Robinson said the players try to stay calm the week before a big game but the excitement eventually begins to take over.
“When Thursdays come around, you start getting excited about the game,” Robinson said. “We just have to prepare throughout the week, but we are definitely very excited about this game.”
Although the Cowboys and Tigers do not face each other every season, the series has a history of exciting games.
A touchdown or less has decided five of the past six OSU-Missouri matchups.
Three of those five games have gone into overtime, including a triple-overtime 41-38 Missouri victory in 2001 and a double-overtime 51-50 Missouri victory in 1997.
Linebacker Andre Sexton said with both teams entering the game undefeated and ranked in the top 20 nationally, the stakes are even higher for the series.
“I love an opportunity like this going in to play a top five team in their home place,” Sexton said. “With the success we’ve had, it is just an opportunity to showcase how good we really are.
“We are just excited to be in this position to play such a great team and very explosive offense.”
“Explosive offense” might not be a strong enough term to use for either team in Saturday’s game.
Both the Cowboys and Tigers rank among the leaders nationally in several offensive categories.
Oklahoma State is second nationally in rushing offense, while Missouri is third in passing offense.
OSU is sixth nationally in total offense; Missouri third.
The Tigers are second in points scored per game, with the Cowboys right behind them in third.
To counter OSU’s Zac Robinson, who ranks third nationally in passing efficiency, and Big 12 Player of the Week Dez Bryant, Missouri has Heisman candidates Chase Daniel at quarterback and Jeremy Maclin at receiver.
It is clear that the offense will be on full display on Saturday, and Sexton said the team that holds the opposing offense in check might come away with a victory.
“I don’t think you can stop an offense like this,” Sexton said. “I think you just have to slow them down a little bit and try to contain them.
“We just need to get pressure on Chase Daniel by getting in his face and trying to hit him and disrupt him a bit to get him out of his groove.”
OSU will be looking for its first win over a top-five opponent since 2002 when it defeated Oklahoma 38-28 in Stillwater.
Sexton said coming away from Columbia with a victory will not be easy, but it would be a sign the program is moving in the right direction.
“A win would give our fans something to be really excited about,” Sexton said.
“We can’t be sold at 5-0. We have to keep progressing and getting better.”
Rookie left tackle Branden Albert worked in some individual drills at practice and afterward repeated what he had said last week: He would be available to the Chiefs for their next game on Oct. 19 against Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium.
Coach Herm Edwards wasn’t as optimistic.
“We’re going to see,” Edwards said. “We’ll see if he can still practice. He’s doing some things individually, but we have to put him in team concepts of working. Hopefully next week he can practice, and if he can, that’s a good sign for us.”
Edwards also said Damion McIntosh would probably keep his starting spot at right tackle.
“We’d like to keep those guys together,” Edwards said.
The Chiefs practiced Wednesday and will work again today and Friday before scattering for the weekend.
Players will return Monday to begin preparations for the Titans. This week’s practices are devoted to fixing the many things that have gone wrong in the first five games.
“That’s what you do in the bye week: Go back and look at everything you’ve done on both sides of the ball, especially if you can try to specifically pick out some things that you need to try to improve on,” Edwards said. “So that’s kind of how the practices are put together. In that sense, we’re in a learning, practice mode, trying to really emphasize some of the things we’ve got to do a lot better.”