Tag:Kansas City Chiefs
Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:55 pm
 

Haley continues winning coaching ways

Todd Haley has helped lead his Kansas City squad to a 3-0 record (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


If anybody is a candidate for coach of the year honors so far, it’d be Kansas City’s Todd Haley. After all, he inherited a team after the 2008 season that had gone 2-14, and he doubled the win total last year.

OK, that’s not such an impressive achievement, but after he was criticized for being too demanding on his team in his first season as a head coach – and, on an unrelated note, for playing golf in college – he learned from his mistakes in time for this season.

Now, even with a quarterback in Matt Cassel who ranks 25th in the league in passing yards per game, the Chiefs are a strong 3-0, and much of that has to do with Haley’s coaching (along with GM Scott Pioli, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel).

He had another good idea this week when he had 14 veteran players assume the roles of honorary coaches during the team’s bye week.

Before the team took off on its three-day weekend, Haley said the experiment worked splendidly.

“All 14 guys have really surprised me,” Haley said in the Kansas City Star. “There isn’t one that I wasn’t impressed with in some way or another. They took this and ran with it, took ownership over it and were into helping making our team better from a different perspective.”

See, that’s a smart move by Haley. No. 1: the players love it. No. 2: it’s a good learning experience for everybody involved. No 3: it sounded like there were a lot of laughs involved.

That's good enough to equal at least a couple more wins for Kansas City. 

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.30.10: Falcons snub DeAngelo Hall?


Posted by Will Brinson
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  • The Falcons are rocking their throwback jerseys on Sunday as they welcome Mike Singletary and the winless San Francisco 49ers to Atlanta; personally, I think they look pretty dope. But I haven't seen them up close, so I can't be positive. Neither, according to Mike Florio , has DeAngelo Hall. You see, the Falcons are sending the jerseys to all of their former Pro Bowlers as a "thank you" and whatnot -- Florio reports that Hall is the only guy who won't get a jersey, because he had some not-so-choice comments for the organization after he left. However, Rick Maese of the Washington Post now reports that Hall will get a jersey; apparently there was a big debate as to whether or not the team should spite Hall like that
  • Dwayne Jarrett said at Panthers practice that his agent Drew Rosenhaus discussed his release and/or trade with the Panthers this offseason, but said "they don't want to let me go because they still feel like I can help out the team." That noise you hear is every single Panthers fan shaking their heads collectively.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: September 28, 2010 11:56 am
 

2010 records determine waiver order for Edwards

Posted by Will Brinson

Don't laugh, but NFL teams will be lining up for Trent Edwards' services this afternoon, just a few days after the Buffalo Bills decided to release him from their roster . Or, more accurately, they may have already lined up and are shuffling around trying to figure out who might be in front of them for his services.

See, if a player is dumped in the first three weeks of the NFL season, the prior season's records determine the waiver order. If it's after the first three weeks, the current season's records determine the order. Edwards was dumped on Monday, after the third Sunday of the season but not before the entire week was completed.

However, according to the NFL's clarifying statement to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk , 2010 records will matter in this instance, because Edwards' contract is being awarded on Tuesday (which is today and which is after Week 3, obviously).

A quick glance at the standings reveals a few teams that stink this season, primarily because of quarterback problems: the Panthers, the Jaguars, the 49ers, the Browns and the Lions are all 0-3 and have either a) had a quarterback get injured, b) replaced their starting quarterback for poor performance at some point this season or c) been fooled for the 500th time by Alex Smith playing well in one game.

Oh yes, and the Bills. But it's at least "improbable" that they would release him and then claim him. ("Impossible" seems like a stretch, given the absurdity of releasing him this early in the season without even seeking some sort of trade with a quarterback needy team.)

Also in the mix -- according to Chris Mortensen -- are the Seahawks, Chiefs and Jets, although it seems pretty unlikely that, given their back-of-the-line status, any of those three would have a shot at landing Edwards.

But yeah, Trent Edwards is really popular, which is why it makes absolutely no sense that the Bills just cut him outright.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:38 am
 

Hot Routes 9.28.10: Schwartz' auspicious record

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  • Jim Schwartz is rather improbably one game away from the worst 20-game start by a head coach in Detroit Lions history, according to Tom Kowalski of the Detroit Free Press . This isn't improbable because the Lions are good, clearly. It's improbable because Schwartz is, in my estimation, a very good head coach who'd done a pretty good job making lemonade out of the rotted out lemon seeds that Matt Millen left hanging around the greater Detroit area. Additionally, Schwartz has dealt with injuries to Matthew Stafford in two straight seasons, a total lack of an offensive line and one of the worst defenses in NFL history last year. The simple fact that he's won a few games is actually impressive; even if he starts off with the worst record in Detroit history (through 20 games) it seems unlikely that the cautious optimism permeating the Lions organization and fanbase these days will cease to exist.
  • Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic believes that the Cardinals need to change quarterbacks "immediately" even though they're 2-1. There's no argument against the fact that Derek Anderson isn't "great" or even "good" but right now he's at least winning (even if it's not deservedly), and considering how high Ken Wisenhunt is on BYU product Max Hall, you'd certainly think that if he thought he could get the job done as a starter, he'd be getting the opportunity.
  • The possibility of Michael Vick getting injured after such a hot start has to be terrifying to Eagles fans. Bleeding Green Nation points out that Vick is "still taking too many hits" which is probably symptomatic of a porous offensive line. But Vick also holds the ball longer than a normal quarterback too, and that creates some danger. (Like that he might also score rushing touchdowns for my fantasy team!)
  • Ryan Grant wanted to know if he could tweet during the Packers-Bears game on Monday night. Apparently, that's totally legal -- Brian McCarthy of NFL PR let him know (via Twitter, duh) that as long as he wasn't on the sidelines or locker room, he was fine to hit up the social media during games.
  • Did the Dolphins blow a chance to "make a statement in the division?" That's what the Phinsider believes -- I'm inclined to agree, especially considering the way in which the defense got pure-tee shredded by the Jets on a nationally televised game.
  • And of course it's not a party without some discussion of the junk-grabbing Shaun Smith -- Arrowhead Pride has video of the "incident" and a nice little recap of Smith's awkward little problem.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 7:27 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 7:31 pm
 

Weis has undisclosed health problem (UPDATED)

Charlie Weis is having health problems, and it's unclear when he'll rejoin the Kansas City team (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In recent years, Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has struggled with his health.

After facing unexpected complications following a gastric bypass surgery in 2002, Weis remained in a coma and actually received last rites from a priest after suffering excessive bleeding and septic shock. He has knee problems as well and says he’ll need surgery after the season. For now, he uses a cart and a cane to get around.

Now, he’s got another undisclosed problem.

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star reports that Chiefs coach Todd Haley said the health problem is not life-threatening but didn’t say whether Weis would be around for practice this week or Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

"Health, that's a family-business deal," Haley said. "That being said, there is nothing life-threatening, heart attack-related, any of the couple things that have been brought to my attention regarding Charlie. I will make that statement."

With Weis in charge of the offense, Kansas City has started the season a surprising 3-0 and the Chiefs have claimed their stake as the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL.

On a completely unrelated note, Haley was asked about Shaun Smith’s alleged package-grabbing ways.

I'm unaware of that," coach Todd Haley said, according to Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz. "Our officials are the best of the best. If there is something outside the rules, a flag will be thrown."

UPDATED (7:28 p.m.): Kent Babb is now reporting that Weis underwent emergency gall bladder surgery Monday morning.

Weis actually began suffering from a gall bladder infection Friday, but he decided he wanted to coach Sunday's game. He is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.27.10 box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

After Tony Romo said the Cowboys needed to get the running game going, Marion Barber had 17 carries for a hard-fought 55 yards against the Texans. Felix Jones showed most of the usual speed and quickness that he, for whatever reason, hadn’t displayed the first two weeks. Jnes gained 43 yards on seven carries.

The 49ers managed just 43 yards on the ground against a Chiefs defense that ranked 31st against the run last season. (Granted, it is a much-improved Chiefs defense. But still…)

Frank Gore didn’t get going on the ground, but he amassed yards on nine catches. Michael Crabtree, however, has just six catches for 81 yards…on the season.L. Tomlinson (US Presswire)

3 sacks for Chiefs underrated, over-energized OLB Tamba Hali. The fifth-year pro also recorded two tackles for a loss.

The Lions were 3/12 on third down against the Vikings. But the Vikings were 3/11 on third down against the Lions. Fun game.

The Patriots ripped off 200 yards rushing against the Bills. Forty two of those yards game from ex-Jet Danny Woodhead. Ninety eight came from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who is fast become a favorite of the coaching staff.

Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez had another strong outing, leading the Patriots with six catches for 65 yards. He also set a tight end team record for longest run: 13 yards. (Eat your heart out Ben Coates…or whoever had the record to begin with.)

Great day for tight ends in New Orleans. Jeremy Shockey had eight catches for 78 yards and a score (most of the catches were of the usual manhood-validating variety that Shockey has mastered). Tony Gonzalez, not to be outdone, had eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Counting assists, every Saints linebacker posted double digit tackles against the Falcons.

Chris Johnson had 125 yards against the Giants, but it took him 32 carries to get it. He looked exhausted by the second quarter.

23:28 = Panthers time of possession against the Bengals. 23:28 might also equal Carson Palmer’s 40 time. Of course, with a cannon arm, Palmer doesn’t need to run. But does Palmer still have cannon arm? He was 19/37 for 195 yards, his second straight game under 200 yards passing. There are whispers that Palmer still doesn’t look like his pre-elbow surgery self.

Ryan Torain led the Redskins with 46 yards on seven carries. Remember the name – this guy will probably wind up being the team’s top rusher in the second half of the season.

David Garrard somehow threw 31 incompletion on 30 pass attempts. Just kidding. But seriously, Garrard was bad. 13/30 for 105 yards and a pick.

Michael Vick ran the ball only four times against the Jags (30 yards and a touchdown).

After Sunday’s game, 10 of DeSean Jackson’s 18 career touchdowns have been 50 yards or longer.

The Chargers had five turnovers and gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns at Seattle. That’s what it takes to nullify a career-high 455 yards passing from Philip Rivers.

LaDainian Tomlinson has taken over as the No. 1 running back for the Jets. He had 15 carries against the Dolphins, five more than Shonn Greene had. Tomlinson managed a hearty 70 yards on the night.


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Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:07 pm
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 3

Posted by Will Brinson  

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at  NY Mag ), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:28 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 11:14 am
 

The ugly accusations against Shaun Smith

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith developed a reputation for being a loafer while in Cleveland (his game film was behind that). Somehow, the sixth-year pro has managed to take his reputation even lower. 

Smith now has S. Smitha reputation as – what shall we call this? – a grabber. As in, he’s been accused of grabbing opponents…you know, down there.

49ers rookie right tackle Anthony Davis was flagged for a personal foul for going after Smith in the third quarter Sunday. Afterwards, Davis told Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, “He tried to feel me. That’s weird, right?”

Yes, Anthony, that is weird. And it was brave of you to talk about it. You did nothing wrong. (Except maybe get the personal foul flag on a crucial third down while trailing 10-3, but even your fiery coach defended you afterwards.)

This is the second week in a row that Smith has been accused of this sort of behavior. Last week, Browns center Alex Mack spoke up. "I don't think he should be able to do that," Mack told The Associated Press the day after the game. "I'm still fired up about it."

Wish we had video or the proper photo here, but in stories like these, the media usually has to settle with a face shot of the accused. Smith at least did us a favor by sort of looking the part.

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