The 2010 NFL draft is now history and we saw some interesting developments take place. Three of the first four players selected came from the University of Oklahoma. Five of the first six players selected came from the Big Twelve. It says a lot about the Big Twelve and the Oklahoma Sooners.
As a former Chief, I was most interested in the fifth selection Safety Eric Berry from the University of Tennessee. After some off season free agent signings of two veteran offensive linemen, Case Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja I felt confident that the Chiefs would be taking a serious look at Eric Berry. According to most NFL insiders, Eric was rated as the best player in the draft. There is no question that the Chiefs needed help in the secondary, specifically the safety position. We also added a couple other players to the secondary with defensive back and kick returner Javier Arenas from Alabama and Kendrick Lewis, safety from Ole Miss. I believe we added some depth to our offensive line by selecting Jon Asamoah, offensive tackle from Illinois as well as tight end Tony Moeaki from Iowa. One other addition to the Chiefs defensive line was Cameron Sheffield from Troy, a guy who can play the end position in the 3-4 denfense. The one player that has really peaked my interest was our second round pick, Dexter McCluster, running back slash receiver slash kick returner from the University of Mississippi. In other words a play maker. Something the Chiefs needed to add to their offense. Recently I had the opportunity to meet all the draftees and rookie free agents at a dinner during the rookie mini camp. I was extremely impressed with all of them on many fronts. They were excited about becoming part of the Chiefs family. They understood the opportunity in front of them and the effort and commitment is was going to take to make this team. What was impressive about the Chiefs draft choices, 6 out of the 7 drafted players, were captains of their college teams. That says a lot about their leadership skills and their character. These young men will be good for the locker room, believe it or not that is critical for team chemistry. Over all I feel like the Chiefs upgraded the team and they are better right now, before playing a down, than they were last season. The light is starting to look a little brighter at the end of the tunnel.
To me the surprise pick in the first round of the draft was Tim Tebow. Debatably, the best college football player ever, but as a former quarterback, I feel he has a lot to overcome to become a starter, at that position, in the NFL. What I know of the young man, he will leave no stone unturned to prove everyone wrong. Love the attitude!
Next blog I will talk the Spring time fishing.
The spring turkey season is now here, in some states, and the woods are sounding off with the gobble of the toms and the yelp of the hens. It really is one the best times of the year to be in the woods. There is nothing like the thundering sound of an adult gobbler early in the morning. It is also when the tics are attaching themselves to everything they come in contact with. My boyscout motto, be prepared, wear tight fitting clothing under your hunting clothes. Make sure the tight fitting clothes are snug around the ankles, wrist, waist and neck. Better to be a little warm then to be picking tics to all hours of the night. I have found out the hard way that once you are in bed, those little devils will move from you to your wife, that is really a bad thing!! There are some sprays out in the market than you can use to spray on your clothes to help ward off the tics as well. Even if you are not turkey hunt and are just out and about near or around the woods, watch out for those critters, limes disease is not laughing matter. At least check yourself every time you have been around a woody area.
The NFL Draft is just around the corner. This has become such a huge television event that Network Television and the NFL are going to do it during prime time television. I must admit it is entertaining to watch. I will be at Arrowhead Stadium with other former Chiefs Players and current Chiefs Players signing things and watching who the Chiefs will select. It is always a bit of a mystery. We have many needs, offensive linemen, inside linebackers, safety and a burner wide receiver. Then there is always the chance the Chiefs could trade their 5th pick for additional draft picks. This years draft may be the best ever for offensive linemen. There will be some quality linemen taken late in the first round and in the second. I would be interested to hear what you think your favorite teams need are.
Don’t forget to check for tics and the get ready for the NFL draft, Thursday night April 22nd.
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I am happy to announce the launch of MyOutdoors.com. MyOutdoors.com is a referral site for hunting outfitters and fishing guides and Captains for North America and soon for Mexico, Central and South America. Then on to the rest of the hunting and fishing world, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. If you are looking for a guide or outfitter MyOutdoors is where you will want to go. Check it out and give me your thoughts, ideas or suggestions.
The Chiefs are out in the free agent market and seem to picking up some quality players. Thomas Jones, running back from the Jets. Thomas had over 1,400 yards rushing last year. He will be a great addition to the Chiefs. Over the weekend we resigned Casey Weigmann, who was the Chiefs starting center for 7 years and has been the starting center for the Broncos for the past two years. One of those years he was selected to the Pro Bowl. We also signed a run stopper in NT (nose tackle) Shaun Smith. Another new face is WR (wide receiver) Jerheme Urban who played with the Cardinals and coach Todd Haley. He will be a good addtion to the receiving core. He has great size for a wide receiver.
I like what the Chiefs are doing and I believe we will be looking for offensive linemen in the upcoming NFL Draft.
I will keep you posted.
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As always, if you want to bet on a team, just pick opposite of what I predict! Although I told everyone I was a Drew Brees fan because of his size, something we have in common. It was a great game, maybe one of the very best and based on the information from the networks, the most watch program in history! That says a great deal about the two teams and most important the quarterbacks, Brees and Manning. They both played well. The interception by the Saints was back breaker for the Colts. I think everyone felt like it was a bad pass, but from my perspective, the receiver gave up on the route and left Manning out to dry. In playoff games, the Super Bowl being the biggest, turnovers are magnified. Normally both teams are strong defensively and to stay in these games the offense must minimize their turnovers. The one in the Super Bowl was huge! Over all, exciting and well played. The onside kick to start the second half may have been the most unpredictable call in Super Bowl history, gutsy! Congratulations Saints!
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OK it’s Super Bowl Week, the big game is this Sunday, have you made your plans! I am sure most of you have picked your team, having played in the AFC most of my career I usually root for the AFC, in this case I think the Colts are going to win. The biggest reason is Peyton Manning. He has been there before and won. This is a tough week for the players, all the media attention and family and friends wanting stuff from you as well as your time. All those distractions take away from your concentration and focus. Peyton won’t let that happen. His role in running the offense is so critical plus his involvement in the preparation of the game plan is vital, he can’t afford to be distracted. He can lay that stuff off on his father and brother! I will be honest, I am a Drew Brees fan. He and I are about the same size and I love it when us shorter QB’s have success. He is a competitor no question, but so is Peyton. It should be a good game, less than 10 points. I know that sounds like a lot, but these two offenses can put up some points, Colts 34 Saints 28. I am heading to the game on Thursday and will give my thoughts on the game when I get back.
Still hunting a few geese, but starting my preperation for the the Spring Turkey season. I have few Ducks Unlimited banquets to attend and one tureky banquet to go to. These banquets are great opportunities to catch up on everyones hunting seasons and to raise money to support the organizations. Also, you never know what you might win, or what items you may bid on. The monies go to great causes, and normally the food is not bad, KC Barbaque, the best!!
Hope you enjoy the Super Bowl!
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Depending on where you live, January is the month when most outdoor activities slow down with a few exceptions, ice fishing, snowmobiling, late season goose and duck hunting, and in a few states, the last few days of deer hunting. For all of you football enthusiast, the NFL Playoffs are in full swing! If your team is still in, congratulations and good for you. Our beloved Chiefs didn’t make it!! Things are looking up, the Chiefs just announce the hiring of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, to former offensive and defensive coordinators for the New England Patriots. Hopefully they will help jump start both the offense and the defense. I personally believe it is a very good move, they both had tremendous successes with the Patriots and bring a wealth of playoff history. When reorganizing a team I feel it is critical to have both coaches and players in place who have had playoff experience. How can you coach about winning in the playoffs if you haven’t been there! Making the playoffs is the first step in winning the Super Bowl and that is every teams objective. Now we have coaches in place who have successfully accomplished both. For the teams still alive in the playoffs, Dallas and their defense look hard to beat. Being from the AFC, I still like the Charges, who I was originally drafted by, and the Colts. You can’t rule out the play of Patton Manning. Back to the outdoors! This is the time to get all of your fall hunting, camping and fishing gear cleaned up. Cleaning your firearms before putting them away is extremely important. The obvious, make sure they are unloaded before working on them and putting them up. This is a good time to take off all that old fishing line and tune up the reels. Make sure all of your camping gear is dry before putting them in storage, mold can develop quickly and cause a lot of damage to your equipment. For you Turkey hunters, this is a great time to work on your calls. Some seasons are just a few months away! Normally I can drive everyone out of the house with some yelps and cackles!
No question the fall is my favorite time of the year. High School, College and NFL Football, not to mention all the fall hunting activities. Our waterfowl season just opened here in Kansas and Missouri. It has been unusually warm but a front just move in the past few days. I hope that means more ducks! Kansas archery deer season is ongoing and the Missouri firearm season just opened last Saturday. I have had some pretty good success hunting ducks. I haven’t seen anything worth taking yet as far as the deer go. The best news is that the Kansas Pheasant population is up and the weather is perfect for that. We will be headed to western Kansas in about two weeks for a pheasant hunt. Taking several former Chiefs players and Kansas City Royals players. I will keep you all posted.
Now for football. I have NO comments regarding the Chiefs, they are struggling to say the least. We need help on the offensive line. If our QB makes it through the season uninjured it will be miracle. College football around here is also a little depressing. Both KU and MU had great expectations coming into the season, which they have not lived up too. Now on the other hand, Kansas State has exceeded everyone’s expectations, that is the lone bright spot. Our area High Schools are deep into the State playoffs, which I really enjoy. I head up the High School Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year program for the NFL and the Chiefs. After this weeks games, I will be making the selections for both Kansas and Missouri, stay tuned!
This past Sunday was the last day of the 2009 Missouri tukey season. The weather was a little unpredictable and wasn’t sure about the wind. I woke up at 4:15 A.M. and there were stars in the sky and no wind. I thought, what the heck, go and if nothing else check on how bad the flooding was. Well, as the story goes, I put on my vest grabed my calls and headed for the woods. There is a hay field on top of the ridge surrounded by hardwoods where I hunt, a great place to do a locator call. I owl hooted and to my surprise a bird gobbled at one of the usual spots the birds normally roost. With all the trees leafed out, it was easy to get close to the bird. I owl hooted one more time just to pin point him. I knew exactly where he was and where he may go. After calling to him with a few soft putts and tree yelps, he finally cut me off during my calls, which told me he knew where I was. After another 10 or 15 minutes of discourse between me and the gobbler, he flew down. When he hit the ground he was only 70 yards from me and for the next 10 minutes he never made a sound. I was confident that he was on his way but just being silent about his approach. I never called again and he never gobbled again until a crow flew over and called. The bird shook the timber with his gobble and was less than forty yards right at the end of my barrel. One minute later he stepped out on the path at 20 yards, the magic distance. The gobbler was mine at 6:20 A.M. and on a morning I wasn’t going to hunt.
Don’t miss on these late season birds. They will still turn all you hunters on with their thundering gobbles. It’s true, it never gets old
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Two of the most exciting days in a college football players life, the NFL Player Draft, has come and gone. Some players walk away from these two days financially set for life, if they manage their mony wisely. Some college players walk away scratching their heads wondering how in the world I could have gone undrafted. Most of those players were both high school and college stars. Several of them were All-Americans and have very seldom faced a more deflating moment in their athletic careers. Many of the of these undrafted players will get an opportunity as a free agent and there has been many free agents who have become All-Pro and NFL Hall of Famers. This is the time that the true character of these players comes out. Most of them will have a chip on their shoulders and the mind set to prove to the rest of the NFL, that they all made a mistake by not drafting them. Watch out for those players because they are motivated and dagerous.
Now there are those player who were drafted in the first round who have been blessed with natural size, speed and talent and a few, which happens every year, will be a bust or don’t live up to everyones expectations. In most instances it more of a character issue than it is their playing ability. They take their position for granted, they become lazy and now that they are financially fixed, become less motivated. Watch for those players as well, you will hear about them early on. Then there are those high draft picks who exceed everyone expectations and is because of their character and their desier to prove to the team that drafted them that they made the right choice. You will hear about them early on and often.
My old team the Kansas City Chiefs, I believe did a workmans type job. No big hoopla, just players who should fit the new scheem. They appear to be sound players who will compete well for their positions. The question always is, how quickly can they make the transition from college to the NFL. Only time will tell, but I feel good about what the Chiefs did.
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For some of you Spring Turkey season has already begun, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, you got it, in the south. On April 1st, both the Kansas youth and archery turkey seasons open.
For you veteran turkey hunters who can’t wait to get to the woods, here is your chance to accomplish two things, take a youngster to the woods and polish your spring turkey hunting skills. This is a great opportunity to take a young turkey hunter to the woods and experience the thrill of spring turkey hunting. With no hunting pressure on the birds they should be very vocal and no matter if you are a novice or verteran turkey hunter, those first gobbles of the spring always gets your heart pumping.
Now for you seasoned and experienced turkey hunters, who are looking for the ultimate challenge, grab your bow and head to the woods. Taking a spring gobbler with archery equipment is a true test of your hunting skills. The birds in Kansas are pretty vocal right now and they are just beginning to break up. With very few hunters in the woods, I like your chances.
Let me here about your hunts.
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