Category Archives: PRO TEAMS

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce could fix the team’s red zone struggles

Travis Kelce

One of the Chiefs’ biggest weaknesses last season was their ability to score in the red zone. While the Chiefs didn’t add much to their offense during the offseason, other than the selection of Kareem Hunt, but the key to fixing the problem is already on the roster. The answer is simple: get the ball to Travis Kelce.

Salvador Perez shows all the signs of being a Hall of Famer

Catchers give signs all the time, to pitchers on what pitch to throw next, to infielders and outfielders on where to play a hitter. Royals World Champion catcher Salvador Perez is no different. The Royals All Star has shown us other signs too. Signs that he could be a future Hall of Famer when he finishes his career.

Royals RHP Jason Hammel moves around, turns season around

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore suddenly had a gaping hole in the rotation after the death of Yordano Ventura in a vehicle accident on January 22nd in the Dominican Republic. Jason Hammel was unsigned after his former club, the Chicago Cubs, captured the 2016 World Series Crown. Moore promptly signed the right-handed pitcher to a two-year $16 million contract on February 8.

After a slow start in 2017, Jason Hammel said he has “absolutely” turned his season around.

“One hundred percent it’s changed for sure,” Hammel said.

Justin Houston: He has ‘No Problem’ – healthy Chiefs linebacker says he’s going to be better

Here’s a scary thought, especially for Kansas City Chiefs opposing quarterbacks in 2017: Justin Houston thinks he’ll be better this season than he was in 2014.

How good is that? Let’s refresh your memory. Houston finished the 2014 season with 22 sacks, one-half sack off the NFL record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in2001.

Justin Houston says he’s more than ready to return to old form.

Are the Chiefs looking for a new identity and changes made matter in the 2017 season?

Brett Veach Chiefs

With all the changes and questions heading into the season, are the Chiefs looking for a new identity or brand and will it matter this year?

It’s pretty common for any sports organization to look for another path or brand that ultimately leads to success.The 2017 New York Yankees are winning with home-grown players, where in years past, a George Steinbrenner owned team bought their championships.

Some teams move from one city to another and others simply change uniforms or logos. Teams look to acquiring players to replace the ones they can’t afford or who just didn’t get the job done. Any way you look at it, change is inevitable in pro sports, but does it equate to future success or a repeat of the past?

This leads me to where the Kansas City Chiefs are heading entering the NFL season.

Royals hope ‘Last Dance’ for key players is a ‘Victory Lap’ and World Series Championship

royals trade aquisitions

In 1972 a classic Marlon Brando movie “Last Tango In Paris” was released. In 2017, it is the “Last Tango In Kansas City” for several Royals. We all know, from owner David Glass, general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and the players, this group of Royals will be scattered to several directions next year.

This will be the last season for Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon, the core group for six years, will be teammates.

Chiefs Kingdom is big reason team training camp should stay in St. Joseph

Training Camp

Since 2010, the Chiefs have hosted their training camp on the Missouri Western State University campus. At the end of this training camp though, the contract the team and the school have will be up and the Chiefs could look for a new camp destination.

The team does have optional extensions the next two years to stay in St. Joseph, but will they choose to stay there? According to team president Mark Donovan, you can expect to see the Chiefs back at Missouri Western for future training camps.

Things look bright for Derrick Johnson’s 2017 comeback with Chiefs

Derrick Johnson

One BIG questions coming into training camp this year is whether Derrick Johnson be recovered from his Achilles tendon injury suffered towards the end of last season. In the offseason, Johnson insisted he would be ready for training camp, and he has stuck to his word. Plus, from what we’ve seen and heard so far, things are “a go” for the 34-year old linebacker in the regular season.

Derrick Johnson has had a somewhat speedy recovery. It’s just been seven months since his surgery. Many questioned if Johnson would be ready for the season, but Johnson answered those questions by being out on the field during the first days of training camp.

Amer Didic, from Baker University, signs with Sporting KC

Amer Didic

Bosnian-born defender Amer Didic didn’t know if he was going to play collegiate soccer. Didic, a center back, had received little interest from college scouts while playing high school soccer in Edmonton, Alberta, and was considering the local Academy team as his best option.

However, Baker University coach Nate Houser visited a former coach and got a chance to see Didic’s skills before offering him a scholarship.

With Jeremy Maclin gone, the KC Chiefs have a big gap to fill

Chris Conley Maclin Chiefs

The game of football is all about gaps. On offense, you’re trying to create gaps, while on defense you’re trying to close them. For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2017 season will be all about filling the gap left with the departure of leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was released in June.

Maclin appeared to be a salary-cap cut victim. Cutting him when they did saved the Chiefs $10 million against this year’s cap, room they desperately needed.