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« Reply #105 on: October 07, 2012, 10:16:27 PM »

Stay Classy Chiefs fans

Way to show how upstanding your fanbase is
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« Reply #106 on: November 19, 2012, 10:53:25 PM »

Chiefs’ disconnect with angry fan base grows deeper

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The elevator door opens, and here comes Clark Hunt. He is dressed in a dark suit, like always, solemn look on his face as he walks through a basement hallway at Arrowhead Stadium. Over his head, a television plays the final seconds of another remarkably inept showing by the team he inherited from his father and that is now embarrassing the family name.

“The Chiefs lose again,” the voice on the television says.

Hunt doesn’t look up. Doesn’t speak. Just keeps walking, into the locker room of the undisputed worst team in football. The door shuts behind him. A security guard in the hallway turns the TV off, and it’s just as well because the Chiefs’ pathetic 28-6 loss to the mediocre Bengals is finally over. By now, we’ve all seen enough from a 1-9 clown show.

The only things left are shame, ugly accusations about mistreatment from fans, and questions.

If not now, then when? If the Chiefs can land like an anvil at the bottom of the NFL in year four of a process that was supposed to be competing for the division championship, then what, exactly, could it possibly take for major changes?

If not after this, then what?

“I’m not feeling very good at this point,” coach Romeo Crennel says.

Some perspective: Bill Self’s winning percentage at Kansas is .835. Nick Saban’s at Alabama is .831, Tom Brady’s in New England is .774, and Michael Jordan’s in playoff series is .806.

Opponents at Arrowhead Stadium since last November are at .889.

Arrowhead used to be one of the toughest places in the NFL to play. Television executives loved having games here, the barbecue smoke in the parking lot and screaming fans inside making for some of the league’s best theater.

Now, fans are literally dressing for a funeral – an organized statement to wear black in mourning of the franchise they fell in love with.

Chiefs officials – Hunt, most notably – have done a rotten job of showing it, but they’ve been privately concerned about a growing fan resentment for some time now. Hunt continues to meet with angry fans, partly to gather information to help diagnose the problem.

Until now, team brass held a stubborn belief that the loudest dissent came from a vocal minority, but in a season full of milestone losses, here comes one more: Arrowhead evenly split among fans dressed in black, fans dressed in other colors and empty seats.

If this doesn’t push Hunt to make major changes in the coming weeks, then it’s fair to wonder what could.

A handful of fans are accusing the team of confiscating critical signs or kicking them out of the stadium. A team spokesman made a point to “vehemently” deny security guards had orders to remove critical fans, saying the only issues were mass distribution of flyers impeding pregame traffic.

Either way, it’s one more piece of evidence of an undeniable and enormous disconnect between team and town. A family paid for an obituary in Sunday’s Star for a man who died “of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs.”

Two fans write in to say they saw “Pioli doesn’t” taped underneath “Kansas City knows” on a t-shirt for sale in a store. Fans are wearing black, or paper bags, or both. One section passed time during the game with a paper airplane contest.

And those are the ones who still bother to show up for games.

Here is an incomplete list of things to happen more often this fall than the Chiefs winning:

The team captain being benched, the quarterback suffering a concussion, a banner flying over the stadium calling for the GM to be fired, the head coach saying he doesn’t understand what happened with the team, and players celebrating a touchdown that didn’t count.

So far, you are as likely to catch the Chiefs on a day their coach fires himself as defensive coordinator as you are a day they win a game of football. One of their two biggest free-agent acquisitions called fans “sickening and disgusting.” The other one got cut a few weeks back.

Their offense has managed 12 touchdowns, 20 field goals and 31 turnovers. They’ve now lost six of 10 games by 16 points or more, the most in the league, and they’ve trailed by at least 17 every game but two. Dwayne Bowe has 49 catches, and Dustin Colquitt has 49 punts.

If you didn’t know better, you’d think fixing a tragic comedy of a football team takes more than posting a sign that says “ELIMINATE BAD FOOTBALL.”

The Chiefs should be used to talking about blowout losses by now, but they’re not getting any better at it.

Crennel, for instance, has tried to send messages this year by switching quarterbacks and cutting cornerbacks and giving up his defensive coordinator duties to concentrate more on offense (the Chiefs have responded by scoring 19 points in 25 possessions), and pledged that anyone who turns the ball over will be benched.

He has vacillated between “ELIMINATE BAD FOOTBALL” and “PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL” signs, but is still wondering what else he can do to stop his team’s pathetic football.

“We’ll evaluate and determine if there’s anything else we can do,” Crennel says.

Thing is, too many in the Chiefs’ locker room seem to be in denial. Flowers mentioned that some people think the Chiefs are among the NFL’s top five in talent. Shaun Smith called for fan loyalty, and pointed out that only two teams can play in the Super Bowl. Jamaal Charles said a coaching change would only set the Chiefs back, as if they’re not already there.

The Chiefs are playing worse than bad football. This is football so bad it’s turning one of the league’s most loyal and passionate fan bases into its most angry and outwardly disrespectful.

Maybe it’s only natural that some of the men in the locker room are in denial about that. But after another blowout loss where empty seats and fans dressed in mourning outnumbered everyone else, the owner must now face reality.


http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/18/3924303/sam-mellinger-chiefs-disconnect.html
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« Reply #107 on: November 20, 2012, 07:49:45 PM »

Trivia question:  Who was the last QB drafted by the Chiefs to start and win the same game for the Chiefs? 
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« Reply #108 on: November 20, 2012, 09:12:00 PM »

Trivia question:  Who was the last QB drafted by the Chiefs to start and win the same game for the Chiefs? 

Todd Blackledge?
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« Reply #109 on: November 20, 2012, 09:28:56 PM »

Trivia question:  Who was the last QB drafted by the Chiefs to start and win the same game for the Chiefs? 

Todd Blackledge?

Correct.  1986.  How sad is that? 
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« Reply #110 on: November 20, 2012, 09:38:59 PM »

Trivia question:  Who was the last QB drafted by the Chiefs to start and win the same game for the Chiefs? 


Todd Blackledge?


Correct.  1986.  How sad is that? 


Sad enough that I play my violin while they wallow in their self-pity
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« Reply #111 on: November 21, 2012, 11:51:21 PM »

Brady Quinn will be Kansas City Chiefs' QB vs. Broncos

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For those of you still paying attention to the Kansas City Chiefs, we have more movement at the quarterback position.

Coach Romeo Crennel on Wednesday named Brady Quinn his starter for Sunday's meeting with the Denver Broncos, sending the embattled Matt Cassel back to the bench.

Quinn hasn't started since suffering a concussion against the Oakland Raiders in Week 8. Crennel tapped Quinn to make his first start since 2009 in a Week 6 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the eventual head injury shuttled Cassel back under center.

Quinn was cleared by team doctors to play in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but Crennel rolled with Cassel. That didn't last long. He was benched for Quinn in the second half, and it's now Quinn's role to lose once again.

It's the latest chapter in a hollow drama. Neither Cassel or Quinn look like starting material for a team that's lost at sea.


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000098582/article/brady-quinn-will-be-kansas-city-chiefs-qb-vs-broncos
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« Reply #112 on: December 01, 2012, 10:51:26 AM »

Chiefs player kills self at facility

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An unnamed Kansas City Chiefs players has committed suicide at the team facility and the police are on the scence, the team confirmed to ESPN on Saturday morning.

There were no other injuries at the team facility, police said. Local reports say the police are investigating an additional fatal shooting involving the player's girlfriend.


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My prayers go out to this player's family, very very sad.
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« Reply #113 on: December 01, 2012, 11:23:49 AM »

Just Read this WOW just WOW!
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« Reply #114 on: December 14, 2012, 01:13:06 AM »

Even with Chiefs' Bowe injured, Crennel reluctant to start most experienced receiver left

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With Dwayne Bowe injured and unavailable to play this week, the Chiefs have a desperate need for a competent wide receiver. They have one on their bench: a guy with more than 250 career catches and 3,330 career yards who had 61 receptions as recently as last season.

But coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that he hadn't made the decision whether that player, Steve Breaston, would be in uniform for Sunday's game against the Raiders in Oakland.

"We're going to work during the week and we're going to see who will give us the best chance in the game, and then those guys will be active," Crennel said.

Crennel listed Breaston and rookie Devon Wylie as possibilities to get some playing time at wide receiver in Bowe's absence. But with Bowe out, the Chiefs have no receiver on their roster with proven ability like Breaston. Among their other wide receivers, Dexter McCluster has the most career catches, with 108.

Like many Chiefs players, Breaston is having a disappointing season. He has just seven catches for 74 yards and hasn't even suited up for four of the last five games - not because of injury, but because Crennel didn't think he could help.

Even so, Breaston seemed like the obvious choice to step into the lineup this week. That may eventually happen, but Crennel said Breaston has some things to prove first.

"He needs to show he has a greater understanding of the game plan and he can execute the game plan," Crennel said. "If he can do that, he can be in uniform. There have been other guys who have been showing us a little bit more, so we decided to go with those guys."

After practice, Breaston said he didn't think he would play on Sunday.

"As far as I know, my status is still the same," he said.

But he was surprised to hear that Crennel had said he didn't understand the offense.

"Me?" Breaston said. "They didn't tell me that. I wouldn't go as far to say I don't understand the offense. I just know that, personally, I do know the offense."

Breaston indicated he didn't know why he has fallen so far from favor with Crennel.

"You can't fight City Hall," he said. "I'm just trying to stay out of the way. I don't understand this, either. I don't want to bring any more (negative) attention to a situation that's already the way it is, the way our team is going this year. I've always said, 'I don't want to be that guy.' I'm trying to be a good team player.

"I don't ask too many questions. I don't understand it. It's difficult. I'm just going to keep working."

Without Bowe, the Chiefs are left with the underachieving Jon Baldwin, who has 18 catches this season, as one starter. The other starter is unclear, though Jamar Newsome occupied that spot during individual drills in practice on Wednesday.

Newsome has spent most of this season on the practice squad.

After Bowe and McCluster, who have 100 catches between them, the Chiefs' next leading receiver is Baldwin. Crennel suggested the Chiefs would get more good plays from their wide receivers with Bowe out of the lineup.

"We've gotten production from Bowe and maybe we've given him the ball too much at the expense of the other guys," Crennel said. "When you've got a guy making catches. . . he runs with it after the catch, so we've been going to him."

Crennel didn't confirm that Bowe, who has injured ribs, is out for the season.

"I'm going to wait a couple more days and they're going to give me some definitive results on some of the tests they're running," Crennel said. "If I determine that (Bowe) can't play, then we'll put him on (injured reserve).

"We're taking our time looking at his injury, seeing exactly what it is and what we need to do with it. And in the meantime, the other receivers have to step up . Breaston, Baldwin, Wiley, they have to step up and give us some production at that position."


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« Reply #115 on: December 14, 2012, 03:11:27 AM »

Baby talk triggered NFL slays

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The Long Island mother of Kansas City Chiefs football player Javon Belcher told investigators her son argued with his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins over their baby’s paternity before he shot her dead and killed himself, The Post has learned. Cheryl Shepherd — who was in her son’s suburban Missouri home the morning he shot Perkins nine times — told investigators after the shootings that there were questions about whether the West Babylon, LI-raised linebacker was the father of the couple’s 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, said sources familiar with the situation.

“The mother believed that there was an issue over whether [Belcher] was the father,” said a source close to the Chiefs with knowledge of the situation.

“She said he [believed he] wasn’t necessarily the father of the child.”

A Kansas City law-enforcement source confirmed, “She told [police] there was a question about the paternity.”

It’s unclear if the paternity issue was the reason for the final, violent end of the troubled relationship between Belcher, 25, and Perkins, 22.

“But the implication was that [paternity] was what the two of them were fighting about — that the baby might not have been his,” a source said.

Belcher fatally shot Perkins at 7:50 a.m. Dec. 1 after a heated argument that started at 7 a.m.

Shepherd, who had been visiting the couple, called 911 after her son fled the bloody scene.

Before bolting, Belcher apologized and kissed the dying Perkins and their baby daughter good-bye, according to the Kansas City Star.

He then drove to his team’s practice facility and shot himself in the head in front of the team’s coach and the general manager.

Asked by a reporter this week to elaborate on details of the fight and the paternity comments made to police, a woman who answered Shepherd’s cellphone said, “There will be no comment.”

The woman, who declined to identify herself, said Shepherd “doesn’t have anything to say about that.”

The Chiefs had been providing Belcher and Perkins with counseling for relationship and financial issues, police have said.

Under the surviving-child benefit of the NFL’s collective-bargaining agreement, little Zoey stands to receive more than $1 million.

NFL players-union spokesman George Atallah did not respond to several calls or e-mails asking whether the payout plan was contingent on a paternity test.

The child is slated to get $108,000 annually over the next four years, $48,000 in the fifth year and then $52,000 each year until she’s 18 — or 23, if she attends college.

Belcher’s beneficiary also will get $600,000 in life insurance, a $100,000 retirement account and $200,000 for each season he played. Belcher was in his fourth season with the Chiefs.

A Kansas City police spokeswoman said the baby’s paternity wouldn’t be part of the department’s murder-suicide probe.

“That would not be something they’re going to investigate,” said Sgt. Marisa Barnes. “It’s a ‘he-said, she-said’ so there’s no way to investigate. It would be nothing more than a civil matter.“

Police are expected to wrap up their investigation and present it to prosecutors as early as this week, Barnes said.

The night before the fatal argument, Perkins had been to a concert with friends. Belcher went out for dinner and drinks with another girlfriend, and cops found him passed out in his Bentley outside her apartment complex at 3 a.m. Belcher went back into the building to spend the night after cops woke him up.

Belcher and Perkins started dating in 2010 after being introduced by her cousin, Whitney Charles, who is married to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Zoey was born in September, and Facebook photos show a beaming Perkins and Belcher showing off their bundle of joy.

But the couple’s relationship was rocky. Perkins returned to her native Texas around Halloween, and later briefly moved in with Whitney and Jamaal Charles, friends said.

By Thanksgiving, Perkins was back with Belcher in their modest, three-bedroom home.

Belcher’s mom has temporary custody of the baby, but a permanent guardian has not been named.

Perkins’ family — who brought Zoey to a Texas memorial for her slain young mom last week — indicated that they will be involved in her upbringing.

“We will raise Baby Zoey in the knowledge of the love from which she was born,” Perkins’ family said in a statement.

The “loyal, honest and trusting” Perkins, they said, “was dedicated to starting her new family and beyond excited about being a mother to her sweet baby.”

There was no mention of Belcher at the service.

Family members declined to comment on the paternity issue.

“There has been a disheartening amount of rumors and speculation surrounding the tragic loss of our Kasi,” the family statement said.

“No one will every truly know why this happened, nor is there anything to be said that could justify or ease our pain.”


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« Reply #116 on: December 15, 2012, 10:21:12 PM »

Dwayne Bowe placed on IR by Kansas City Chiefs

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The Kansas City Chiefs made it official Saturday, moving wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to season-ending injured reserve.

Bowe broke ribs after being accidentally kicked at the conclusion of a play in last week's loss to the Cleveland Browns. He finishes the season with 59 receptions for 801 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games this season.

In a corresponding move, the Chiefs promoted guard Rich Ranglin from the practice squad.

Bowe played under the Chiefs' franchise tag this season, and likely will become a free agent. A return to the Chiefs is possible, but Bowe might have already played his last game with the team that drafted him 23rd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Bowe is unlikely to hit the jackpot in free agency, but he's sure to attract interest from teams in need of a playmaker on the outside. When healthy and surrounded by the right cast, Bowe can be a star. He proved it in 2010, when he led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions.

He's had just eight in the two seasons that followed. A change in scenery might not be a bad thing.


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« Reply #117 on: December 30, 2012, 02:13:35 PM »

Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli expected to keep job

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It's silly season in the NFL coaching and front office rumor mill. You're going to hear a lot of reports and rumors over the next few days, and it's up to us to sort it all out for you.

According to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to retain general manager Scott Pioli despite a disastrous season, according to a source briefed on the situation. Coach Romeo Crennel won't be as fortunate. The source said Crennel likely will be fired, although no final decision has been made on the coach's future.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has strong feelings for Pioli and wants to give him another shot to get things right, the source said.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport points out that Pioli could go after Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Rapoport hears that Iowa coaches are calling around inquiring about jobs. There's no buyout in Ferentz's contract.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports both initially passed along chatter that Chiefs general manager Pioli will stick in Kansas City, but Crennel will not.

Both Cole and Florio pointed out that Pioli would be charged with finding a new coach and a new quarterback. The similar details of their missives suggest that the information came from the same source.

Chiefs fans were upset with Pioli throughout the regular season, staging protests at home games. We can't imagine the reaction if Chiefs owner Clark Hunt retains him. Ticket sales surely would suffer.


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« Reply #118 on: January 03, 2013, 09:04:16 PM »

Andy Reid nearing deal to coach Kansas City Chiefs

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Andy Reid is getting ever closer to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the former Philadelphia Eagles coach's people have started the process of canceling potential interviews with the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals, according to a source briefed on Reid's plans. One person whom Reid has spoken with believes a deal is getting close with the Chiefs, who are making a hard push to keep the coach from talking to other teams.

Reid plans to bring former Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert with him if he accepts the Chiefs job, Rapoport reported. Heckert's involvement isn't a deal-breaker, but we don't see why the Chiefs would have a problem with it.

The Chiefs currently have general manager Scott Pioli in place, but it seems unlikely that he would stick around in a new Reid-led regime. Pioli's current contract reportedly calls for final say on the Chiefs' roster. That doesn't fit with Reid.

If Kansas City closes the deal, it will mark the second dramatic turn for the franchise in four years. Chairman Clark Hunt hired Pioli from the New England Patriots to rebuild the entire organization. Two head coaches later, Hunt looks ready to hand the keys to Reid.

Reid would bring more than just an offensive system to the Chiefs. He has a defined organizational way of doing things, from the front office down to practices. There is a long list of Reid-trained coaches ready to assist him.

The Cardinals also appeared ready to entrust their franchise to Reid, but it appears they won't even have a chance to talk to him. It looks like Reid is headed to the AFC West.


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000121583/article/andy-reid-nearing-deal-to-coach-kansas-city-chiefs
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« Reply #119 on: January 22, 2013, 10:46:04 PM »

Can Andy Reid find the next Len Dawson?

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Reid got a good chuckle when he said finding the next Dawson was his mission at a news conference introducing him as the Kansas City Chiefs' head coach. I guess it's better to laugh than cry.

There is no classic franchise quarterback for Reid to draft with the first overall pick in April. Will he pursue a veteran like Alex Smith or Matt Flynn? Does he want to try resurrecting Matt Cassel (who I don't see as being a Reid guy)?

Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith can be had in the draft, but would they fit Reid's system? Also, while I like both quarterbacks a lot, I don't see them going No. 1 overall, especially when Kansas City has many other needs.

But whatever he does at quarterback will be crucial to Reid's success.


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