Chiefs Coach Andy Reid Wants a Chat with Tamba Hali About Twitter Comments Regarding Playing Time

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On Saturday afternoon, less than a week before the start of training camp for the Chiefs, linebacker Tamba Hali aired his grievances for all of the world to see — on Twitter, which is never a smart thing to do.

Hali took to social media to state that he believes he should have played more than seven snaps in the NFL Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Steelers last season.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has always loved the personality and passion a player like Hali brings to the table, but in this instance, he was not pleased with the means of delivery, Alec McChesney of the Kansas City Star reports.

“We don’t want him to do it through the social media part and all that,” Reid said at Monday’s news conference on the campus of Missouri Western State University. “Let’s just talk about it.

“If you have a problem, let’s talk about it.”

Hali, 33, has spent his entire 11-year NFL career in Kansas City, appearing in 172 of a possible 176 games during that span.

But over the past two seasons, Hali’s age and inability to stay fully healthy have caught up with him. In 2016, he started just two games and recorded only 3 1/2 sacks, the second-fewest of his career.

Yet over the weekend, Hali made it clear that he believes he should play more this season.

“The one thing you love about Tamba is that he loves to play,” Reid said. “I mean, that’s the one thing. I can’t tell you he’s getting any younger, I can’t tell you that. I do love the fact that he bugs on you that he wants to play.

“As coaches, we have to make that decision. And so, when we make the decision that he plays seven plays or 27 plays or 47 plays, that’s what we do. And is a player always going to be happy about that? No. That’s not how it works.

“But, do I love the fact he wants to play? Yes. He’s probably going to be 50 years old and still tweeting out those things, that he wants to get in his plays. I love that about him.”

Hunt Says That New Chiefs GM Brett Veach to Have Final Say Over Roster

It’s sounding more and more like the Chiefs new top man will have final say, as Pro Football Rumors reports that new GM Brett Veach will get control over the roster.

On Monday, owner Clark Hunt stated that Veach will have final say over the 53-man roster.

He’ll work in tandem with coach Andy Reid just like John Dorsey did when he was in GM, but it appears that Veach is in the driver’s seat.

There has been speculation that Reid helped to push Dorsey out the door and Hunt acknowledged that he spoke with Reid before making the decision. He did not get into specifics about Reid’s input but, as expected, the move was not made without the coach being consulted first.

There was no one single event that caused the firing of Dorsey, Hunt explained, saying that it was based on an overall evaluation of his work. That means the team’s awkward parting of ways with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was not the impetus for canning Dorsey – if Hunt is to be believed.

Hunt says his goal is for the Chiefs to win a Super Bowl in the next 3-4 years, meaning that expectations are high for the young GM.

Chiefs LB Tamba Hali Tweets Out on If the Chiefs Need Him Anymore

The Chiefs are set to open training camp on Monday when quarterbacks and rookies will report in St. Joseph, Mo., while the full team will be there on Friday.

On Saturday afternoon, linebacker Tamba Hali posted a series of tweets in which he questioned why he played sparingly in January’s playoff loss to the Steelers, Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star reports.

Hali played just seven snaps in the 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium.

Hali, who signed a three-year contract in March 2016, also referenced the 2016 opener against the Chargers when he played 42 snaps (58 percent of the defense’s total). All told, Hali had 34 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks in 16 games last season. He made two starts.

Here is what Hali wrote in 12 tweets:

“Fans should know this. only played 7 snaps last year 2017 playoff game against the Steelers.

“I was told the reason I wasn’t playing was they wanted me fresh for the playoff.

“Can someone explain to me how I played 58 snaps in the first game when we made the greatest comeback in Chiefs history?

“watching both Steelers game from sideline and playing 15 and 7 in the last game I’m still lost. Am I needed in KC anymore?

“I was healthy last year and the year before. I had a scope not a major procedure. The result of playing for a long time.

“I haven’t missed any off-season workouts in 11 years w/the Chiefs. I’ve played in every game except four in my 11 year career with Chiefs.

“Let’s look at the Super Bowl champs I am sure they had 100% attendance for OTAS AND OFFFSEASON WORKOUT this year. I maybe wrong.

“I’m a team player first. Anything for the team. Yet I’m not done knocking QB heads off but 7 plays won’t cut it.

“I’ve played through all my injuries I’ve acquire throughout my careers not sitting out because I did not feel I wouldn’t be at my best.

“I play because I love the game and did it under some of the worst conditions.

“TAMBA HALI IS TWEETING HIS THOUGHTS.

“I’m not a pass rusher I’m a football player. I just happens to get to QB when GOd allows me to.”

Chiefs Name Brett Veach New General Manager

The Chiefs have a new voice in their organization, as today they officially named Brett Veach as the teams’ new General Manager.

Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news on twitter earlier today.

The team has been without a GM since they fired GM John Dorsey back on June 25th.

What Does the Chiefs Run Game Look Like Heading Into Training Camp 2017?

The way the Chiefs offense is currently constructed, the team is never going to remind anyone of the 1990’s Houston Oilers run-and-shoot.

Heck at this point they seem to be more on the verge of setting football back a few years the way they seem to not chuck the ball down the field play after play.

With that, running the ball is going to be more important than ever for the Chiefs as the 2017 gets closer, and with now Jamaal Charles playing for the rival Broncos, who is going to get a majority of the carries this season and moving forward?

After leading rusher Spencer Ware, the first choice would have to go with Charcandrick West, but last season West was slower than usual, putting up just 3.3 yards per carry and 288 yards total.

He’s never going to blow people away with his speed, but the Chiefs need a back that clearly can do more than run for three yards a carry.

The most interesting player in the mix is DeAnthony Thomas, a player that does have that explosive speed and if given the chance, he might be able to run away from people and be a force in the Kansas City run game.

The 24-year-old is defined as a wide receiver and return specialist, but it might be time to start giving him more of a look when it comes to getting carries.

He’s caught just seven passes last season, so why not give him a shot to run the ball more? With his speed it just might pay off in a huge way for the Chiefs.

Anthony Sherman is another player who could push for carries behind Ware, and he will get some looks in camp and the preseason.

You can’t forget about Ware being the workhorse last season with 921 yards and 4.3 yards per carry, and he probably will get that role to start 2017 again.

Ware will enter camp as the starter, and likely come opening day will be the first guy to touch the ball, but for a team that ran for 1.748 yards last season, it will be interesting to see who comes next in the rotation of carries for Kansas City in 2017.

Report: Issues with Communication and Management Styles Led to Dorsey’s Firing

Behind the scenes, the Chiefs’ front office did not always run smoothly under fired general manager John Dorsey.

Team chairman Clark Hunt’s decision to fire Dorsey was fueled, in part, by concerns about his internal communication and management styles, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star on condition of anonymity.

As one of the sources said while describing how Dorsey had removed two front-office executives without much explanation: “John does stuff and doesn’t tell people why.” Another source said Dorsey’s management style “could wear on people.”

A message left with Dorsey seeking comment for this story was not immediately returned.

Dorsey’s firing was announced Thursday, the same day Reid received a contract extension. Both men had a year left on their contracts and report separately, but directly to Hunt. That structure will remain when a new GM is hired.

While sources have consistently maintained that Reid and Dorsey worked well together — “You never got the impression they were sparring,” one source told The Star — the two also had different approaches to their jobs.

While Reid has a reputation for being structured and process-oriented, Dorsey was described by those who know both men as looser.

“He goes with the flow,” one source said of Dorsey.

That style didn’t always mesh in situations outside of Dorsey’s undeniable strengths, picking and evaluating players. The other areas Dorsey oversaw were contracts and salary cap management — and the Chiefs have been in cap trouble for a while — in addition to the general, day-to-day management of the team.

“He’s not a big disciplinarian or big on chain of command,” a source said, “so people did what they wanted.”

“It’s more about his management skills,” another source added.

For instance, the typically stable Chiefs also made waves this offseason when Dorsey released director of football administration Trip MacCracken and director of pro scouting Will Lewis. Each man had been with the team for at least four years, and not only were their dismissals surprising, there weren’t many answers to be found, even inside the organization.

“Those decisions were totally John’s,” a source said. “That’s the kind of stuff he does.”

Chiefs to Chat Next Week With ESPN Analyst Louis Riddick About GM Job

The Chiefs already have someone in the running for their GM job, as the team has reached out to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for a chat next week.

Chiefs Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II Robbed at Gunpoint in Texas

It was a scary incident for Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, as the first-round pick for the Chiefs was robbed on Friday and had his wallet stolen.

Here’s the story from TMZ:

K.C. Chiefs rookie Patrick Mahomes II was robbed at gunpoint in Texas on Friday by a tiny bad guy who stole the QB’s wallet … but don’t worry, cops believe they have the suspect.

The 10th pick in the ’17 NFL Draft told police he and 3 friends were returning to a Smith County home after a baseball game when a car pulled into the driveway next to them and a man demanded their belongings. Mahomes told police he believed the man was carrying a gun.

Mahomes says he and his friends cooperated with the demands and the suspects fled the scene. Cops were able to track down 2 males — 34-year-old Michael Blake Pinkerton and Billy Ray Johnson, 58 — in their vehicle and were taken to jail.

According to jail records, Pinkerton is 5’4″ and 128 pounds.

For comparison, Mahomes is 6’3″, 229.

Cops say Mahomes’ wallet was recovered.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports the incident didn’t appear planned and the suspects had no idea who they were robbing.

Pinkerton was booked on aggravated robbery and held on $50k bond … and Johnson was booked for evidence tampering and drug possession. Cops have not recovered a gun.

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