Kansas City Chiefs

Todd Haley should not be fired. I’ve been reading all over the internet (including here) that Haley needs to be dismissed from his duties in Kansas City. Many are saying last year was a fluke and his coaching demeanor has worn thin with his players. Others have said he methods are unorthodox and aren’t working anymore now that the Chiefs are facing a tougher schedule. Haley has been criticized for the way he’s handled the offensive play-calling duties, jumping from coordinator to coordinator. I couldn’t disagree more. If Kansas City fires Haley, it will be in for a long couple of years. This team was atrocious before he and Pioli came into town. Now, there was already talent but it needed to be cultivated properly. Say what you will about Haley, but he finds a way to [...] Continue reading → | ,
Week 12 in the NFL featured a feast of mouth-watering action—arguably the best slate of games of the season to date, starting with the most palatable Thanksgiving Day menu ever in league history. Here are my NFL Week 13 Power Rankings with an updated examination on the 2011 playoff picture. This week’s biggest movers are the Redskins (31st to 26th) and the Raiders and Giants, two teams that swap positions for 8th and 13th.  The Ravens (3rd to 2nd) and 49ers (2nd to 3rd) also exchange places, along with the Bears (7th to 9th) and Patriots (9th to 7th). Ranking the dreadful dozen (worst 12 teams) this week is like trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube and catch football passes simultaneously.  Interestingly enough, each team beat the team ranked just behind them from 22nd to [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
It's no surprise Kansas City lost to Pittsburgh tonight. If I was surprised at all, it was the Chiefs having any chance late in the game. However I think it's foolish to look at this game and only take away the final score. The defense was spectacular tonight. The cornerbacks were all over their men and the linebackers did an excellent job of fitting gaps and flowing to the football. I thought Tyson Jackson played quite possibly the best game of his career. Speaking of all-time games, Justin Houston was relentless this evening and showed true potential for the future. One thing has become painfully obvious in the negative sense however; Kansas City needs a quarterback. Some of you will say I'm late to this party and some will say I'm wrong. Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton clearly [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Broncos 16, Chargers 13 It was another miraculous performance by the Denver Broncos defense. Elvis Dumervil capitalized on San Diego’s glaring weakness at left tackle (backup Brandyn Dombrowski in for the injured Marcus McNeil) to lead the pass-rush with two sacks. The sagacious secondary – three starters with a decade-plus experience – gave up almost nothing downfield. The improving linebacking corps slipped a bit, yielding 185 on 36 rushing attempts (5.1 yards per carry). But the 36 rushing attempts were also an illustration of how Norv Turner was baited into playing Tebowball. That wasn’t Turner’s only acquiescence to the Broncos. In the waning minutes, with Denver driving into field goal range, Turner decided to play for the tie (which, in the 4-6 [...] Continue reading →
I'll be totally honest with all of you; I'm at a loss with what to write about this week. I didn't write my usual Thursday spot because of the holiday, which I hope was good for all of you. I've been thinking about what topic I should cover, and I hope you enjoy what I've picked. Occasionally I'm lucky enough to work behind the scenes for ESPN Monday Night Football. Last week was such a case. As Kansas City ran out onto the field for warm-ups I was able to speak to a few of them (Thomas Gafford, Dwayne Bowe). They were both very nice and easy-going. I watched more players run by (almost all of them) and couldn't believe how close I was. I couldn't imagine as a kid ever sharing the field with my beloved Chiefs, being within an arms length. We all know the final score, but it [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Thanksgiving couples three of the things I love most in life—family, food and football.  And Week 12 in the NFL presents the most mouth-watering slate of games to date this season. It wouldn't be complete without the Packers (10-0) at the Lions (7-3), emerging Dolphins (3-7) at the Cowboys (6-4) and finally the Harbaugh Bowl between the 49ers (9-1) and the Ravens (7-3) all on Turkey Day. Before I get cracking with my Week 12 predictions, here are my NFL Week 12 Power Rankings. This week's biggest mover is Miami, who ascends nine spots (28th to 19th), while Buffalo drops the furthest, sliding down five places (17th to 22nd).  The Jets (15th to 18th) and Eagles (18th to 15th) also swap positions, along with Raiders (14th to 13th) and Bengals (13th to 14th). I maintain a [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
The Tim Tebow Show kicks off an action-packed slate of games in NFL Week 11, as the Denver Broncos (4-5) host Mark Sanchez and theNew York Jets (5-4) on so-called T.G.I.T. (Thank God It’s Thursday) on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. Immeasurable playoff ramifications will be put on the line all around the league. This is the last stanza of byes, which includes the three 7-3 teams (Saints, Texans and Steelers) and winless Colts.  Let’s get things started with the season’s last pre-Thanksgiving football feast! [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Getting ready for Week 11 by breaking down some of the film from Week 10. Bears O vs. Lions D Twenty one of Chicago’s 37 points were scored by defense or special teams. Even when the offense scored, it benefitted from favorable field position. Aside from giving up one long run to Matt Forte, the Lions did a good job at bogging down against the run. The speed of their linebackers defeated the slow-developing pull blocks from Chicago’s interior offensive line. Jay Cutler played a semi-masterful game. Mike Martz had him do more seven-step drops than he’s done in recent weeks despite the front line not being able to fend off Detroit’s fervid pass-rushing front four. Cutler made it work with athletic pocket movement, often stepping north and south rather than [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
NFL Week 10 featured everything but the kitchen sink with a number ofupsets (Raiders 24-Chargers 17, Broncos 17-Chiefs 10, Cardinals 21-Eagles 17 and Seahawks 22-Ravens 17), blowouts (Titans 30-Panthers 3, Texans 37-Buccaneers 9, Cowboys 44-Bills 7, Bears 37-Lions 13, Patriots 37-Jets 16 and Packers 45-Vikings 7) and tight finishes that didn't fall into the previous two categories (Saints 26-Falcons 23 in OT, Rams 13-Browns 12, Steelers 24-Bengals 17 and 49ers 27-Giants 20). Week 10 also presented all 32 teams in action and Week 11 will be the last stanza of byes with the three 7-3 teams (Saints, Texans and Steelers) and the still winless Colts taking a week off before Thanksgiving. While I always pay close attention to what [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
In a game between two desperate teams, only one played in such a manner. Denver (4-5) was able to take care of Kansas City (4-5) in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Tim Tebow only threw eight times for the duration of the game, but somehow it was enough. The Chiefs knew that the Broncos were going to rely heavily on the rushing duo of Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee but yet still couldn’t stop the attack. While both left early with injuries (Moreno is done for the year with a torn ACL), Lance Ball picked up the slack and gained 96 yards on 30 carries. As a team the Broncos chewed up 244 yards on the ground. To add insult to injury, Matt Cassel left the game and now may be lost for the season due to an injured throwing hand. Cassel underwent surgery on Monday. Kansas City [...] Continue reading → | , ,
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