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« Reply #180 on: August 29, 2013, 08:59:14 PM »

If Reed comes in and makes these guys division contenders......

I'm going to fucking puke.
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« Reply #181 on: August 30, 2013, 09:32:46 PM »

To stubborn to admit he's wrong or change when he needs to.  Doesn't adapt and blows timeouts like they're going out of style. He throws >60% of time with a qb who is only good with limited amount of throws <20% of snaps. It's self destruction waiting to happen if he "doesn't put his players into position to win" a phrase heard repeatedly in day after speeches but never applied. He'll make them better and respectable but never serious contenders. He always hits that wall.
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« Reply #182 on: September 04, 2013, 04:50:02 PM »

One of the side effects of following the Chiefs is this specific obsession with quarterbacks. The NFL is such a quarterback-centric thing that I imagine every fan base is obsessed with quarterbacks. Fans in Green Bay are obsessed with their awesome quarterback and fans in Oakland are obsessed with their crappy quarterbacks and fans in San Diego are obsessed with their quarterback who swings wildly from awesome to crappy, often in the same game.
       
Fans in Kansas City are obsessed with the annoying fact that the last quarterback drafted by the Chiefs to win a game with the Chiefs was Todd Blackledge.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about this as the Chiefs’ season opener in Jacksonville approaches. You can look at this game through a million different prisms, but one I keep thinking about is the difficulty in finding a good quarterback.

This is something I wrote about in the football section, but it shines clearer as the Chiefs and Jaguars play a season opener.

This is probably a make-or-break year for Blaine Gabbert, the former Mizzou star selected 10th overall by the Jaguars in 2011. And what happens in Kansas City will be what frames and defines the career of Alex Smith, the former No. 1 overall pick who was labeled a bust and booed at home and butchered in surgery and then came within a special teams turnover of the Super Bowl one year and (he’s convinced) a concussion of winning the Super Bowl the next year.

As I noted in the football section column, the importance of quarterbacks has grown exponentially in the last 10 or 15 years while the evaluations of quarterbacks has, well, not.

Like how do you explain Brandon Weeden ahead of Russell Wilson? Or Gabbert, Christian Ponder, AND Jake Locker ahead of Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick.

I wish I could remember where I first saw this mentioned to give proper credit, but look at the quarterbacks taken in the first two rounds of the drafts from

2010: Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen.

2009: Matt Stafford, Josh Freeman, Pat White.

2008: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Brian Brohm, Chad Henne.

2007: JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Kevin Kolb, John Beck, Drew Stanton

2006: Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Kellen Clemens, Tarvaris Jackson.

So that’s 20 quarterbacks drafted in the top two rounds, and seven are starters (including Kevin Kolb, now on his third team and out for the year with an injury).

You can play this game with any team, of course, but the Chiefs drafted Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson ahead of Wilson in 2012; and Jon Baldwin ahead of Dalton and Kaepernick in 2011. The Jaguars have generally been as bad, or worse. Think about how different each franchise would be with better quarterback evaluations. There wouldn’t have been those banners flying over Arrowhead last year. Scott Pioli would still be the general manager.

Football is about to become a $10 billion industry, and there is an enormous competitive advantage to be had by whoever can beat this awful overall success rate of identifying quarterbacks.

The Chiefs and Jaguars, opponents this weekend, are just two teams that could’ve used it over the years.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/09/04/4456895/chiefs-season-opener-as-an-example.html#storylink=cpy
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« Reply #183 on: September 09, 2013, 04:38:08 PM »

It was Kansas City's most lopsided season-opening victory in 50 years, a perfect start to the Andy Reid era.

Alex Smith threw two early touchdown passes, Kansas City's defense dominated all day and the Chiefs handled the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-2 on Sunday.

Jamaal Charles ran for 77 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a quadriceps injury, but that was about the only negative for guys in red.

DiRoccoThe Jaguars offensive line was supposed to be one of the few bright spots this season. It was the opposite. The line let down Blaine Gabbert and Maurice Jones-Drew in the worst way, writes Michael DiRocco. Blog

"You want to win every game you possibly can in the National Football League, that's what you strive for. You work so stinking hard for every week, then you cherish it," said Reid, who spent the previous 14 years in Philadelphia.

The last time Kansas City won its opener by such a wide margin was 1963, a 59-7 victory against Denver.

This one looked like it was headed in that direction after Smith threw two TD passes in the first quarter, both with short fields.

He had a 5-yarder to Donnie Avery, a play that followed a 36-yard punt return by Dexter McCluster. Smith added a 3-yarder to backup tight end Junior Hemingway, which came two plays after Brandon Flowers intercepted Blaine Gabbert's badly underthrown deep pass. Flowers returned it 32 yards to give the Chiefs great field position.

"We could see this coming with our defense," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "We want to put something on film and let everyone see that the Chiefs' defense is for real. ... Our defensive line dominated their offensive line; it's that simple."

Charles made it 21-2 with his 2-yard scamper in the second period. He left the game in the third -- after getting sandwiched by linebackers Geno Hayes and Paul Posluszny -- but returned for two carries before calling it a day in the fourth.

"He did go back in for a play after he got stepped on, then we pulled him out," Reid said. "It was a quad and you don't mess with those. I think he's going to be OK. He did a nice job. He gives us great versatility there. He ran the ball hard. I thought he played good football."

The defense was even better.

Not only did the Chiefs sack Gabbert six times and post a shutout, they allowed Jacksonville to advance beyond its 36-yard line just twice in 15 series.

"We've just got to be better up front. I'm going to say that," Jaguars center Brad Meester said. "We've got to do a better of creating holes and a better job of protecting for Blaine. We just didn't give him enough time back there. If we don't create holes and give him time, we're just not able to get first downs."

It was a stunning display of offensive futility for the rebuilding franchise. The Jaguars finished with 178 yards, but for most of the game challenged the team low of 117 yards set last year against Houston.

It wasn't even close to the start Bradley wanted, but it was a clear indication of how far the team has to go.

"Sometimes it takes time to find out our identity," Bradley said. "I know as a staff we're going to dig deep to find out the things that we do best and we'll emphasize those."

The Jaguars did little well Sunday.

Gabbert completed 16 of 35 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions, including one Tamba Hali returned for a touchdown and a 28-2 lead in the fourth quarter. Gabbert ran off the field in the closing minutes of the game with a laceration to his right hand. He needed 15 stiches after the game.

Chad Henne replaced him and led the Jaguars to the 3-yard line, but they failed to score.

Maurice Jones-Drew, playing his first real game since injuring his left foot last October, ran 15 times for 45 yards.

"We'll see how this year turns out," Jones-Drew said. "No year is the same. It's a loss. We didn't play well as an offense. I don't know as an offense if you can do much worse than we did today."

The most telling sign for Jacksonville: Bryan Anger set a franchise record with 11 punts.

"We can't punt that many times. It's too many," receiver Cecil Shorts III said. "The whole offense didn't do a good job and we need to improve on that."

Many outsiders had the Chiefs pegged as a team that could make a significant turnaround under Reid. Not only did they return four Pro Bowlers on defense, but the offense was supposed to be improved with Reid calling plays and Smith executing them.

Against Jacksonville, things were mostly smooth.

Game notes

Chiefs played without starting RG Jon Asamoah. ... Chiefs RT Eric Fisher, the first pick in April's NFL draft, clearly outplayed Jaguars RT Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 pick. Reid praised Fisher after his debut. Jacksonville couldn't say the same about Joeckel, who had his hands full all game. ... Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz bruised a shin, but should be fine.

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« Reply #184 on: September 11, 2013, 05:56:35 PM »



Todd Haley autographs napkin with “Chiefs Suck”

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« Reply #185 on: September 15, 2013, 08:47:30 PM »

 Led by a new quarterback in Alex Smith and a new coach in Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs so far have looked nothing like the team that had the worst record in the NFL last season.

The all-red outfits they donned for the first time Sunday drove home the point.

Playing nearly mistake-free for the second straight week, Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns against the ball-hawking Dallas Cowboys, and the Chiefs defense held when it needed to in the fourth quarter to preserve a 17-16 victory.

"When you're trying to build something, you need to win games like this," said Smith, who also had a game-high 57 yards rushing. "These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.

"It's not always going to be pretty," he said, "but you have to find a way to bear down."

The Chiefs did that marvelously in the fourth quarter.

Dwayne Bowe's go-ahead touchdown catch and Ryan Succop's field goal had staked them to a 17-13 lead, but the Cowboys were on the move in the closing minutes. After Tony Romo threw three straight incompletions, though, Dan Bailey had to kick a 53-yard field goal.

Getting It Done In The Red Zone
Alex Smith has helped the Chiefs score a touchdown on all five of their red-zone drives this season, including both chances Sunday against the Cowboys. Last season, the Chiefs scored a touchdown on a league-worst 27 percent of their red-zone drives.

Chiefs' Red-Zone Passing, Last 2 Seasons
Smith   Cassel/Quinn
Comp-Att   4-5   13-32
TD-Int   4-0   5-2
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Chiefs regained possession with 3:55 left. Jamaal Charles helped them grind out a couple first downs, and a pass interference call on Morris Claiborne on third-and-10 gave Kansas City another set of downs. That kept Romo from having any time to orchestrate some late-game magic.

"We ask a lot of certain players on this team and they showed up," Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said. "We did a great job of holding them down."

Romo, who finished 30 of 42 for 298 yards, was playing with bruised ribs and received a pain-killing injection before the game. His favorite target was Dez Bryant, who had nine catches for 141 yards and the Cowboys' only touchdown.

"You got to realize, you can't forget all the work that you put in to go out and be a good football team," Bryant said.

The Cowboys (1-1) forced the New York Giants into six turnovers in their opener, but couldn't turn the same trick against Kansas City. After preaching ball security all week, the Chiefs got through their second straight game without throwing an interception or losing a fumble.

"Takeaways and points, man, on both sides of the ball. We try to eliminate the turnovers and we try to score points," Reid said. "It's as simple as that."

The Chiefs, coming off an uplifting win at Jacksonville, were amped for his first game as their coach at Arrowhead Stadium. A capacity crowd roared when they rolled onto the field in all-red uniforms, departing from traditional white pants to signify the start of a new era.

That's Nice And All, But ...
The Chiefs became the seventh team in a non-strike year since 1970 to start a season 2-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous year. Unfortunately for Kansas City, none of those teams made the playoffs.

They kept on rolling, too. Kansas City marched 77 yards on the opening series, the highlight coming when Smith scrambled 17 yards on third-and-15 and executed a Fosbury Flop over a defender for a first down. Smith capped the drive with a short TD toss to Charles.

That's when the Romo-to-Bryant connection got on track.

Bryant outwrestled cornerback Brandon Flowers for a 53-yard catch that helped set up Bailey's first field goal. He then hauled in a short TD catch to give Dallas a 10-7 lead.

The Cowboys blocked Ryan Succop's 57-yard try to carry their lead into halftime, and then Bryant caught three more passes to set up another field goal in the third quarter. But the Chiefs answered when Smith hit Bowe on a 12-yard slant for a 14-13 lead later in the quarter.

Dallas fumbled on its next two possessions -- Lance Dunbar coughed it up first and then Romo was strip-sacked by Ron Parker. But its defense stiffened each time, first forcing a field goal and then getting a sack from Bruce Carter to push the Chiefs out of Succop's range.

The Cowboys marched deep into Chiefs territory one last time, but again couldn't find the end zone. And when Romo got the ball back, there was hardly any time left.

"We had a good plan and did some things that gave us a chance to win this football game. We put ourselves in position, but we didn't," Romo said. "Ultimately, that's all that matters."

Game notes

Cowboys TE Jason Witten had three catches to pass Shannon Sharpe for second-most among tight ends. Witten has 817 in his career. ... Chiefs LT Branden Albert hurt his left shoulder but returned to the game. ... Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware and Chiefs DT Dontari Poe each had two sacks.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=330915012
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« Reply #186 on: September 21, 2013, 01:50:08 AM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/reid-return-philly-dandy-chiefs-clip-eagles-26-16-article-1.1462086
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« Reply #187 on: October 07, 2013, 04:08:11 PM »

Marcus Cooper may be the embodiment of the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs.

He played wide receiver most of his career at Rutgers and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the 252nd overall pick, two shy of being Mr. Irrelevant. Cooper caught the eye of Chiefs general manager John Dorsey during training camp, shortly before he was cut by the 49ers.

Dorsey picked the youngster off the scrap heap and turned him over to Andy Reid. His college resume notwithstanding, the rookie wound up at cornerback.

On Sunday, it was Cooper who recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and then picked off a pass that helped boost the Chiefs to a 26-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. The victory left the Chiefs (5-0) as one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL.

''It's a blessing,'' Cooper said. ''I'm lucky to be out there.''

Maybe ''lucky'' isn't the right word. ''Surprising'' might be a better fit, both for Cooper and the Chiefs, who on Sunday became the first team in NFL history to win its first five games after winning two or fewer the previous season.

''It feels like a dream, but this is reality,'' said wide receiver Dexter McCluster, one of the holdovers from last year. ''It feels good. We put in so much work throughout the week as far as on the field and off the field, and just to see it show on the field, it's just a great feeling.''

The Chiefs made some splashy moves in the offseason to turn over a roster that had talented players but far too many holes. They traded with San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith, who has stabilized the most critical position on the field, and used their No. 1 overall draft pick on right tackle Eric Fisher, who has shown signs of progress when he's been healthy.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (4) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown on a  …
But more than anything else, it's been the middle-of-the-road acquisitions that have allowed the Chiefs to rise to the top of the AFC West, where they're tied with the Denver Broncos.

Cooper was picked up off waivers. So was tight end Sean McGrath, who had four catches for 54 yards on Sunday and has helped the Chiefs overcome a litany of injuries at his position.

Donnie Avery has been a productive wide receiver in the NFL, but hardly a star. He signed as a free agent and was perhaps the biggest reason the Chiefs beat the Eagles a couple weeks ago. He also had three more catches for a game-high 91 yards in the win over the Titans.

Fullback Anthony Sherman, playing the most unglamorous of positions, has paved the way for Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, and even caught a pair of passes on Sunday. Guys such as Chad Hall, Junior Hemingway and Quintin Demps have also provided big plays.

''Nobody expected us to be 5-0. We surprised ourselves as well,'' Charles said. ''I'm just glad that we continue to come out here and play games and win.''

It's not as if the Chiefs have been perfect. Far from it.

Reid pointed out that the Chiefs beat Tennessee despite going 1 for 4 in the red zone on Sunday, and an offense that has had fits and starts was just 1 of 12 on third-down conversions.

''You can't make a living doing that, right?'' Reid said Monday. ''You have to make sure you're more efficient on third down, and you have to shorten the third downs a little bit, too.''

Still, the Chiefs overcame those obstacles to improve to 5-0 for just the second time in franchise history, and now get the rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

''Listen, were 5-0 and we're not ashamed of that,'' Reid said. ''But we also know that we got a ton of room to improve. It's important that we continue to do that.''

Notes: Avery has a bruised shoulder and will be evaluated this week. ... Fisher is still recovering from a concussion. ... Pro Bowl LB Justin Houston took ''a shot to the neck and head and everything else there,'' Reid said. ''He seems to be OK.'' ... TEs Anthony Fasano (ankle) and Travis Kelce (knee) are still dealing with injuries. ''Making progress,'' Reid said.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/chiefs-off-5-0-start-190828355--nfl.html
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« Reply #188 on: October 10, 2013, 06:09:00 PM »

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston rejoined the team at practice on Thursday after being held out of practice on Wednesday, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Raiders remains in doubt.

Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports that Houston has not yet received clearance to play in Week Six after taking a hit to the head and neck in last week’s victory over the Titans. As of Wednesday, Houston reportedly had no symptoms of a concussion but the team appears to be handling it in a similar fashion than if he’d been diagnosed with one.

That makes him questionable at best for the date with Oakland. Losing Houston, who was named the AFC’s defensive player of the month for September after recording 7.5 sacks in the season’s opening month, would be a blow for the Chiefs defense but not an insurmountable one given the rest of their defense.

Even though it falls short of a catastrophe for Kansas City, Houston’s absence wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Raiders’ chances of getting back to .500 on the season.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/10/justin-houston-cleared-for-practice-but-not-for-game-yet/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs
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« Reply #189 on: November 12, 2013, 07:37:18 PM »

Dwayne Bowe, star receiver of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, was arrested for speeding and possession of marijuana Sunday in Missouri, The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre was the first to report that Channel 4 in Kansas City had obtained the police report:

Shortly before midnight on November 10th a Riverside Police Officer was parked on West Platte Road and NW Business Park using radar to check for speed violations when a black, 2011 Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.  The police officer, in a marked police car, subsequently stopped the car on West Platte Road at Riverside Street.
While questioning the driver the Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle.  The officer then requested the driver and two passengers to get out of the vehicle.  Once out of the vehicle the Officer explained to the driver, who owned the vehicle, that he was a K-9 Officer and that the dog would alert to an illegal substance.  Subsequently, inside of a black bag the officer discovered the wallet of the driver and vehicle owner,   Dwayne L. Bowe, and two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them.  Bowe was then placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance.  The K-9 alerted to a black backpack and inside of that was found a container that had 4.2 grams of what is believed to be marijuana in it.
One of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him.  Subsequent to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Thompson was searched and on his person two hand rolled cigarettes, containing what is believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana were also found.
Bowe and Thompson were both transported to the Riverside Police Department for booking on the following municipal charges:  Bowe for speeding and possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $750; Thompson for the possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $500.  The third passenger in the car, who was not charged, posted bond for both men and they were released with a court date of December 18, 2013. 


This obviously changes things for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid heading into the biggest game of the NFL season so far, one with huge Super Bowl implications and homefield advantage in the AFC West. Dwayne Bowe’s decision making has to be called into question along with his focus by getting arrested while potentially high on the week of the biggest night of his career to date. While there is no proof Bowe was smoking, this will be a definite distraction in the Kansas City locker room this week.

http://justblogbaby.com/2013/11/12/dwayne-bowe-arrested-marijuana-possession-speeding/
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« Reply #190 on: January 10, 2014, 02:17:31 AM »

Kansas City Chiefs personnel director Chris Ballard is not joining good friend Lovie Smith as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ballard, according to Sirius XM, was blocked from accepting the job by the Chiefs because the position did not include increased responsibility. Ballard would not have held final say in personnel decisions with the Buccaneers. However, NFL Network's Albert Breer said it was Ballard's call not to interview. Smith, the Bucs' new coach, and Ballard worked together with the Chicago Bears.

Smith filled out his Tampa Bay coaching staff with Marcus Arroyo as quarterbacks coach, Joe Cullen as defensive line coach, Andrew Hayes-Stoker as wide receivers coach, Dave Kennedy as head strength and conditioning coach, Larry Marmie as senior defensive assistant, Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach, Kevin O'Dea as special teams coordinator, Mikal Smith as safeties coach, Tim Spencer as running backs coach, Ben Steele as offensive quality control and Matt Wiegand as assistant offensive line coach.
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« Reply #191 on: January 12, 2014, 10:46:17 PM »

The Kansas CIty Chiefs have signed former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight to a reserve-future deal.

He tried out for the Oakland Raiders last week.
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« Reply #192 on: March 15, 2014, 01:34:16 AM »

The Chiefs filled one of their pressing needs by signing former Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker to a three-year contract on Friday.
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« Reply #193 on: March 20, 2014, 03:35:29 AM »

Which team looks set to drop off next year based on their work in free agency?

Steve: Any time three-fifths of the offensive line moves on in free agency, it’s going to be a tough re-build, and that’s what the Kansas City Chiefs are facing. They’ve lost two guards, as well as left tackle Branden Albert, leaving them with two positively-graded holes up front as well as key depth gone. When you throw in the losses of role players Tyson Jackson and Akeem Jordan, the Chiefs find themselves in the less-than-ideal situation of heading toward the draft with needs still remaining on the roster.
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« Reply #194 on: March 22, 2014, 04:10:59 AM »

Chiefs sign Chris Owens

Ten days into free agency, there are still capable and experienced players to be had in free agency.

Take the case of cornerback Chris Owens, whom the Chiefs signed on Friday.

Pro Football Focus graded the 28-year-old Owens 45th out of 110 qualifying cornerbacks in 2013, a season in which he played 12 games for Cleveland and one for Miami. Overall, he notched 58 tackles, defended three passes and recorded 2.5 sacks.

Before joining the Browns in the 2013 offseason, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Owens played four seasons with Atlanta (2009-2012). He has appeared in 72 NFL regular season games, recording 184 tackles and intercepting three passes.

In short, the Chiefs have added a defensive back who knows both conferences and has shown he can hold a job at a tough position for multiple years. While Owens isn’t likely to start for Kansas City, he could earn playing time in “sub” packages.

In a related roster move Friday, the club said it had waived defensive lineman Brandon Moore, a 2013 undrafted free agent.

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