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« Reply #165 on: June 11, 2013, 03:37:05 PM »

The Kansas City Chiefs will enter the 2013 season with a vastly different look than what produced their worst mark in franchise history--having finished the 2012 campaign with a 2-14 record. While changes were necessary, much of the focus will be on how a strong returning nucleus fits in to the new regime fronted by head coach Andy Reid.
Most of Kansas City's issues last season can be blamed on poor quarterback play, which was seemingly rectified by the acquisition of Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs brought in wide receiver Donnie Avery and tight end Anthony Fasano, while also beefing up their offensive line in both free agency and the draft. Travis Kelce could also make an immediate impact from the tight end position as a rookie.
For Kansas City to ultimately put last year's shortcomings in the rear-view mirror, however, the offense would do well to continue leaning on running back Jamaal Charles.
 Charles finished the 2012 season with 285 carries for 1,509 yards--both career highs--and five touchdowns. He chipped in another 35 catches for 236 yards and a score out of the backfield as a receiver.
The fact that the running back was able to produce at such a high rate just one year removed from an ACL injury is remarkable. But how Charles performs in 2013 will be monitored much more closely--especially how he will be used in Reid's West Coast offense (WCO).
So far, Charles seems to have a very positive outlook for the upcoming season and had this to say to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:
"This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me. I think this offense will get me open. They're going to throw me the ball more. I think I'll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy."
The key for Charles is staying healthy, which will be helped by the fact that the WCO mitigates the normal wear and tear that a running back suffers by utilizing untraditional sets.
Moving Charles out of the backfield will not only assure that the constant battering a running back typically endures is lessened, it will also help the Chiefs keep the opposition guessing.
Kansas City's new offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, certainly has high praise and expectations for Charles in 2013.
"Really, the sky is the limit with him with what we're trying to do. You can use him more in the passing game. You've seen him split out as a single receiver or come out of the backfield. He's a guy you can move around and put in different positions, motion out of the backfield or shift him out of the backfield. He catches the ball so well. We have to take advantage of that offensively."
At only 26-years-old and with little mileage in comparison to other running backs five years into their career, Charles is just now entering his prime.
If all the excitement surrounding Charles translates onto the field in 2013, the running back could be looking at his best season yet as a pro.

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« Reply #166 on: June 20, 2013, 07:40:08 PM »

A Kansas City judge awarded guardianship of Zoey Belcher to the cousin of the infant’s late mother.

Last December, Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins and then later shot himself. The baby was three months old at the time.

Belcher’s mother also tried to get guardianship of the baby, but the judge gave the baby to Perkins’ cousin, Sophie Perkins, who lives in Texas. Belcher’s mother, Cheryl Shepherd will remain in the child’s life, however.

Now that the legal issues are cleared, hopefully some closure can be achieved in this horrible event. The Chiefs have setup a foundation to assist in Zoey Belcher’s upbringing.

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« Reply #167 on: June 25, 2013, 12:58:20 AM »

Desmond Bishop will not be a Kansas City Chief. That is not crippling news for the Chiefs.

The fact that Bishop chose the Minnesota Vikings (on a one-year deal) over Kansas City is basically a no harm, no foul result in Kansas City. He visited the Chiefs late last week.

Kansas City’s interest in the former Packers inside linebacker made sense. New Kansas City general manager John Dorsey was in Green Bay with Bishop. One of the few spots where the Chiefs don’t have a reliable veteran starter is at an inside linebacker spot. So, Bishop was worth considering.

But the Chiefs should be fine. The team took Alabama’s Nico Johnson in the fourth round and he had a strong offseason. He is expected to beat out veteran Akeem Jordan. Johnson is a natural leader, who is instinctive and who has a chance to quickly become a productive NFL starter.

Again, the Chiefs had to consider Bishop, but the fact that he will not come to Kansas City is not a major blow, either.
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« Reply #168 on: June 26, 2013, 06:51:24 PM »

 The last couple weeks of Aaron Hernandez's life have been well-documented, but it was this morning's events that could ultimately decide his future. The tight end was arrested for his potential involvement in the homicide of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, and then subsequently released by the New England Patriots.
While it may take several months to sort out what really happened the night of Lloyd's murder, the Patriots acted promptly in addressing the situation and attempting to keep their focus on football -- releasing this statement.
"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."
 New England made the right move here by distancing the organization from everything, but the team will be forced to scramble if it plans to maintain its offensive prowess. Not only will the Patriots be without Hernandez, but fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski's status for 2013 is up in the air after multiple operations this offseason.
Though doctors remain optimistic that Gronkowski will eventually make a full recovery following back surgery, the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady rely too heavily on the tight end position to not find answers now.
 There are plenty of names New England could look to for stability at the position, including in-house candidates Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui, Daniel Fells, Zach Sudfeld and Brandon Ford. There has also been plenty of chatter about Tim Tebow taking on the position, though the Patriots seem steadfast on him being the team's third-string quarterback for now.
An interesting name that might start popping up, however, is Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki -- who was scheduled to work out with the Patriots prior to the 2010 NFL draft.
 Though prone to injury himself -- currently nursing his back and could be sidelined until training camp, along with missing the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL -- Moeaki offers the kind of versatility that head coach Bill Belichick covets in his offense.
 In two healthy seasons with Kansas City, Moeaki has tallied 80 receptions for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns in 30 career games. While the Chiefs haven't necessarily used Moeaki to his capabilities, the Patriots are very upfront with their use of the tight end.
 With Moeaki unable to go until training camp -- maybe beyond -- Kansas City is no position to wait around and must figure out its own situation at the position. Look for veteran Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce to emerge at the top of the depth chart.
 Moeaki is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is slated to make $1.3 million in 2013. That number pales in comparison to what the Patriots have doled out to Gronkowski and Hernandez in the last couple years, and, unlike the Chiefs, New England is more likely to tap into Moeaki's full potential -- creating substantial value this season.
While Kansas City is not likely to get much in return for an oft-injured tight end in the final year of his contract, freeing up that money could be used to help sign No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher. If there is still some sort of interest on New England's part, the Chiefs should pick up the phone and start this conversation.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-tony-moeaki-trade-possible-patriots-174200049.html
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« Reply #169 on: June 28, 2013, 03:22:11 PM »

 The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their worst performance in franchise history after a 2-14 showing last season that left them branded as the bottom feeder of the NFL. After an eventful offseason, however, this organization is set on quickly putting 2012 in the rear-view mirror.
 While predicting outcomes is futile at this point, there are certain games that project of greater significance or anticipation than others. Though things can (and will) change over the course of the season, Kansas City can circle a few matchups right now that will play a major part in shaping how 2013 will ultimately play out.
For the reasons listed below, here is a rundown of Kansas City's biggest games this season.
Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars
 The league's two worst teams from last season open 2013 for what is sure to be dubbed "The Battle of the Basement." While it is imperative for both squads to get off to a solid start, it is the Chiefs with the most to lose here.
The Jaguars, while they too have nowhere to go but up, made little effort to admonish last season's abysmal performance. Kansas City, however, cleaned house and by circumstance could be the NFL's most improved team.
The Chiefs have lost their last two season openers by a combined score of 81-31; and their Week 2 performances have been even poorer, losing by a total of 83-20 in those two contests.
Getting off on the right foot is crucial for Kansas City, as it will be the first step in distancing the organization from the failed previous regime.
Week 3 at Philadelphia Eagles
Sandwiched between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in a three-game NFC East stretch is a trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, marking the return of new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to his former home.
Reid spent 14 seasons with the Eagles, tallying 130 wins, while making it to five NFC Championships and appearing in one Super Bowl. While neither side would ever admit it, this game is definitely circled on the calendar.
Week 7 vs Houston Texans
Their meeting with the Texans (on paper) presents possibly their toughest matchup outside of the two games with the Denver Broncos this season. If the Chiefs are serious about competing in the AFC, a win here against Houston is imperative and certainly a step in the right direction.
The additions the Chiefs have made this offseason will be tested in this game, as the upgraded offensive line will have its hands full with J.J. Watt and Co. and the secondary should be better equipped to keep up with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Houston's sound passing attack.
Week 16 vs Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finished the 2012 season where the Chiefs ultimately hope to be this year, going 11-5 following their own turn as the league's worst team back in 2011. That last place finish afforded Indianapolis the rights to draft Andrew Luck; and it is like the franchise never missed a beat following the Peyton Manning era.
If the Chiefs are to make a similar leap forward, this late-season matchup could hold significant postseason implications.
AFC West Opponents
 Success in the NFL begins with how well teams fare within their own division; and going 0-6 in the AFC West last season really set the tone for the Chiefs.
 Kansas City has an opportunity now to make a name for itself in this division, as neither the San Diego Chargers nor the Oakland Raiders seemed to do as much as the Chiefs this offseason in trying to catch up to the Denver Broncos.
While improvement is necessary, anything less than 3-3 here would be a huge disappointment. With five of their final seven games coming within the division -- including three on the road along with closing the season at San Diego -- the Chiefs will again be tied to how they perform against these familiar foes.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-2013-schedule-biggest-matchups-regular-141700266.html
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« Reply #170 on: July 14, 2013, 05:32:28 PM »

The "Shutdown Countdown" is going full steam ahead. In addition to previewing each team, "Shutdown Corner" will be taking a brief look at each team's salary cap situation heading into the 2013 season and beyond. We continue the series with the Kansas City Chiefs.
2013 Adjusted Cap Number: $137.067 million (5th-highest in the NFL)
2013 Cap Room Remaining: $3.562 million (8th-least in the NFL, as of July 10, 2013). However, the Chiefs have not yet signed No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, who will have a first-year cap hit of $4,034,636. Since Fisher's contract will knock a $480,000 cap charge out of the "Top 51" contracts that count against the cap during the offseason, the Chiefs actually have around $20,000 in cap space.
Best Bargain: Running back Jamaal Charles bounced back from a torn ACL in 2011 to finish fourth in the NFL with 1,509 rushing yards last season. Charles likely would have finished second behind Adrian Peterson in rushing last season had it not been for miserable performances — 20 carries for 17 yards — in three games against the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders, who had two of the worst run defenses in the league.
[Related: Chiefs poised to turn things around very quickly]
Charles is entering the third season of a five-year extension signed on Dec. 11, 2010 and is scheduled to earn $1.75 million in base salary. Combined with a $1 million reporting bonus and $250,000 workout bonus, Charles will take home $3 million in cash compensation this season, which is tied for 16th (with Darren Sproles and Chris Ivory) among NFL running backs. Charles' $4.333 million cap number is outside the Top 10 among NFL running backs, ranking 13th, where he is sandwiched between Trent Richardson ($4.656 million) and Sproles ($3.75 million).

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« Reply #171 on: July 16, 2013, 06:48:35 PM »

Loudest stadium in Seattle? Not if a group of Chiefs fans have anything to say about it.

Congregating in a newly formed Facebook group dubbed Terrorhead Returns, the fast-growing cadre of red-and-yellow-clad fans is hoping to counter a group of Seahawks backers who are attempting to get CenturyLink Field into the Guinness Book of World Records as having the loudest stadium on earth.

Quoting from the Terrorhead Returns page: “We have submitted an application with Guiness (sic) World Book and will request the permission from the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL to be given a fair chance to put the record where it is truly deserved. Join in Chiefs Fans! GO CHIEFS!!!”

So far, the Seattle contingent, which goes by the handle “Volume 12” (an homage to the team’s “12th Man” legacy of fan support), is a step ahead of KC’s. According to a post on NFL.com, the Seattle group announced on its own Facebook page that its application to have the decibels measured at the Seahawks’ Sept. 15 Sunday Night Football showdown with the San Francisco 49ers has formally been accepted by Guinness.

The official entry would be dubbed “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium.”

A website in Seattle, SeattlePI.com, reports that the current record is held by the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The decibels measured that day? An ear-splitting 131.76, or slightly louder than the sound of an airliner at takeoff. The Turkish fans were cheering on a soccer match played by Galatasaray S.K.

Size of the venue could factor into Seattle’s Sept. 15 bid: NFL.com reports that the highest decibels recorded at the so-called CLink peaked at 112, but notes that the Seahawks’ home digs hold 60,000, or 7,000 more than the Turkish stadium.

If size matters, and if Terrorhead Returns can get a date with Guinness, and if Chiefs fans can fill it to capacity, Arrowhead could play a huge factor in a record bid. The venerable Truman Sports Complex venue holds 79,451, or more than 19,000 more than CenturyLink Field.

But Terrorhead Returns, though just launched Friday, has ground to make up in terms of “Likes” on its Facebook Page. As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, it had 830 “members” compared to 5,897 “likes” for Volume 12.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/16/4347960/chiefs-fan-group-wants-arrowhead.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #172 on: July 25, 2013, 08:39:56 PM »

The first pick will be the last to sign in the AFC West.

The Denver Broncos announced they signed first-round pick, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. He missed Thursday morning’s first practice, but he will be able to catch up quickly. Williams, the No. 28 overall pick in the draft, is expected to be an instant contributor for Denver.

With Williams secured, the lone remaining unsigned pick in the division is Kansas City offensive tackle Eric Fisher. He was the No. 1 pick in the draft. It is no surprise he is not signed.

However, there have been reports that finalizing the deal will not be difficult, and it should be done soon. The Chiefs’ rookies started practice Tuesday, but the first full-squad workout is Friday.


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« Reply #173 on: July 30, 2013, 02:39:02 PM »

Continuing what has been a rash of injury scares around the AFC West and the NFL as 2013 Training Camp picks up, Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe has been carted off the field at a training camp practice.

With Bowe failing his physical it remains to be said that the cramp may stem either from being out of shape or simply being sick depending on if you believe Bowe failed his physical before Chiefs camp due to a Non-Football Illness.
Bowe has spent the offseason talking his game up and bragging about how he can lead the NFL in catches this season after earning a nice payday in Kansas City, making it unlikely that a motivated Bowe would show up out of shape and not ready to produce.
Still it will go down as a scare for Kansas City fans as they feel that they can claim their team has an outside shot of being the second best team in the AFC West this season. Bringing in Alex Smith at quarterback and hiring Andy Reid has spirits high at Chiefs camp, but the one thing they can’t do is lose Bowe who despite how Raider fans may feel about him, is a very talented receiver and is the best non Jamaal Charles threat Kansas City has on offense.
With Andy Reid’s famous love for throwing the football around the park each Sunday, Bowe figures to be a huge part of Reid’s vision in Kansas City. Chiefs fans will be hoping that those early reports of Bowe just cramping up hold true as a scary moment unfolded this morning.

http://justblogbaby.com/2013/07/30/chiefs-dwayne-bowe-carted-off-field-with-leg-injury-tuesday/
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« Reply #174 on: August 01, 2013, 10:50:18 AM »

While it wouldn’t have been difficult to improve on their quarterback situation from last year, the Chiefs got a boost of confidence when they traded for Alex Smith.

And being better is apparently such a new feeling it has left them light-headed.

“Ultimately, every team has to have a quarterback,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “I think we have the best in the league.”

While there are probably fans in New England and Green Bay (and Denver and New Orleans and Baltimore and Atlanta and Indianapolis and San Francisco and and a lot of other places) who would disagree, Pederson was steadfast about Smith.

“There are a lot of great ones,” Pederson said, “but over time, Alex has proven he can get it done. He’s a sharp guy, he brings a wealth of knowledge, he’s experienced, he’s a proven winner the last couple of years, and he needs a team to embrace him.”

If Pederson’s intent was to give Smith a big, verbal hug to give him more confidence, then mission accomplished.

But if Pederson believes that, people are going to think he’s been spending more time riding around with the Broncos front office than inside Arrowhead Stadium.
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« Reply #175 on: August 05, 2013, 04:22:04 PM »

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The offense didn’t have a lot of success in 12 plays of a third-down-and-long drill early in practice Monday. But Alex Smith did beat a Derrick Johnson blitz on one play, finding Devon Wylie for a big gain down the field. Later, Chase Daniel threw a pass out in the flat that Knile Davis took for a long gain.

The Chiefs worked inside the 20 during a long stretch toward the end of practice. Smith at one point threw three straight passes to Anthony Fasano, the last one going for a touchdown. Davis dropped in the end zone what should have been an easy catch of a Daniel pass.

Ricky Stanzi needed a big camp to have a chance to make the roster but that hasn’t happened. He received more bad news when the Chiefs issued a depth chart and he was fourth and last among quarterbacks. But Stanzi threw one of his best passes of camp on the final play of the drill inside the 20. He hit Frankie Hammond in the back of the end zone with a nice pass.

The defense

The defense brought plenty of pressure during full team drills. Back-to-back plays were whistled dead by coaches to signal a sack during the third-down-and-long drill. The defense later had three sacks over a stretch of five plays.

Backup linebacker Edgar Jones made the play of a running drill. He beat a block to get into the backfield and throw Shaun Draughn to the ground for a loss. Jones is the backup at right outside linebacker to Tamba Hali.

Rookie defensive back Otha Foster came up with an interception when a pass from Tyler Bray was behind the intended receiver and deflected to Foster. He made the catch inside the 20 and brought in back all the way, the play finishing with Bray in pursuit.

Injury report

Wide receiver Junior Hemingway (thumb), offensive linemen Donald Stephenson (finger) and Tommie Draheim (concussion), defensive lineman Miguel Chavis (groin), linebacker Mike Catapano (calf) and defensive backs Sanders Commings (collarbone) and Malcolm Bronson (knee) did not practice. Safe Husain Abdullah (groin) and offensive lineman Dustin Waldron (knee) left practice early.

Tuesday’s schedule

The Chiefs will practice at 8:15 a.m. It will be their final session before Friday night’s preseason opener against the Saints in New Orleans.

The number

9. That’s the number of consecutive preseasons with a losing record for the Chiefs since they went 3-2 in 2003. The Chiefs have a cumulative 7-29 record in the nine preseasons since.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/08/05/4390368/chiefs-training-camp-report-for.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #176 on: August 10, 2013, 01:13:57 AM »

Video: Saints spoil Reid's Chiefs debut

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« Reply #177 on: August 12, 2013, 02:08:26 PM »

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had an injury scare on Monday, as the two-time Pro Bowler left practice on a motorized cart with what head coach Andy Reid says is a strained foot.
According to Reid, X-rays on Charles' foot were negative.
Charles is one of the league's best and most dynamic running backs and he's expected to have a very large role in Reid's first season with the Chiefs. Word of Charles' injury, and leaving practice on a cart, resulted in a bit of panic on Twitter.
Charles is no stranger to injuries having missed most of the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL early in Week 2. Charles would bounce back in 2012, however, starting 15 of 16 games and rushing for 1,509 yards (fourth-most in the NFL) with five touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career.
What was even more impressive about Charles' production last season was that he played in just 55 percent of the offensive snaps, logging 100-200 fewer snaps than the three running backs who finished with more rushing yards than him last season. Charles could have had even more rushing yards in 2012, but was limited to 17 yards on 20 attempts in three games against the Oakland Raiders (twice) and Buffalo Bills.
While Charles misses some practice time, and perhaps Friday night's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, 2013 third-round pick Knile Davis is expected to get the carries with the first-team offense.

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« Reply #178 on: August 19, 2013, 06:23:41 PM »

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« Reply #179 on: August 27, 2013, 06:33:20 PM »

There might not have been one player more elated about the arrival of Andy Reid to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs than Dexter McCluster.

 Reid's version of the West Coast Offense was supposed to be the magic elixir to unchain the potential of the all-purpose back that was stymied by the previous regime. Besides, the Philadelphia Eagles were supposedly interested in taking McCluster in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft.

 If not for Kansas City grabbing him with the 36th pick, the Reid-McCluster marriage would already be entering its fourth year. There is buzz, however, that the whole thing could be called off before the honeymoon takes place.

 Danny Parkins of 610 Sports in Kansas City tweeted that McCluster is unhappy with his role thus far and that that team is exploring all options, including trading the wide receiver.

Parkins also went on to highlight that there are questions surrounding the illness that has kept McCluster out of practice since August 22, and that caused him to miss last Saturday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also says that Reid is not happy as a result.

While just a rumor at this point, there are countless examples of players forcing their way into favorable situations. If that means Kansas City must trade McCluster to appease both sides, it would not come as a shock.

The goal is to obviously surround new starting quarterback Alex Smith with as many viable options in the passing game as possible, so trading McCluster would make little sense for a team that lacks depth at wide receiver. And with Tony Moeaki now sidelined with a shoulder injury, the tight end position is all of a sudden thin as well.

It was assumed that McCluster would play an integral role in the offense this season, so moving on from him now would clearly derail this team's progress -- progress that is necessary to further distance the Chiefs from last season's 2-14 debacle.

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