Tag:Kansas City Chiefs
Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:04 pm

Hot Routes 9.18.10: Haley hates your fantasy team

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a morning (well, close to it in this case) collection of stuff for you to read. In this case, while you watch football. Send suggestions to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and if you're nice we'll include them.
  • Todd Haley is totally aware of your fantasy football team. He's also totally aware that you spent much of Monday night (and will spend much of Sunday) screaming at him for playing Thomas Jones as much as Jamaal Charles (and at Jones for even existing). And you know what? He doesn't care .
  • Here's a nice little story about how the Browns are familiar with the Chiefs defense. But it's much, much more valuable reading for the quote from Eric Mangini about the time he lived in the same house with Romeo Crennel and they were both really, really fat .
  • Chad Ochocinco is on a Dwight Schrute "black Bears are best" type of Twitter rampage, hitting up some "facts." My favorite ? #fact I will smashed by Ray Lewis at some point in the game, i will jump as usual n continue to talk shh, why? I ain't got no sense #shrugs
  • BShrout of Mile High Report takes a gander at "Yards Per Point" and how it's relative to a team's long-term success. (As in, over the course of a season, if a defense forces teams to require more yards per point, their opponents won't score as many points. Or, if an offense requires lots of yards per point, they're unlikely to score as often. I think that's what happening -- either way, good stuff.
Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:44 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 11:02 am

Podcast: Week 2 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

It's Friday, which means we're one good night's worth of sleep from getting about 48 straight hours of glorious football.

Saturday is fun, of course, but Sunday is where the real action happens -- Andy Benoit and I hopped on the old podcast machine this week to preview the games that will be played. This particular segment previews the early games on Sunday, and we discuss whether Marshawn Lynch to Green Bay makes sense (and whether Buffalo can beat Green Bay), what the mess is wrong with the Jets offense (and whether they can hang with the Pats), if Jimmy Clausen's time has come in Carolina, whether Chad Henne needs to just go ahead and retire and give his starting job over to Chad Pennington, and whether or not teams like Kansas City and Arizona can magically go to 2-0.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 5:24 pm

Givin' Em the Business: And there was football

Givin Em the Business recognizes all the people that annoyed you from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

Rank Who Why


"The Megatron Rule"
You can't fault the officials in the Bears-Lions game for costing Detroit a win. All they did was make a correct decision on a rule that stinks. Fortunately for everyone else (fans, wide receivers, etc), there's a pretty good chance that the NFL will change the ridiculous rule and figure out some way to make receivers end zone catches exempt from the possibility of being nullified -- it needed a high profile game to actually make that happen. Unfortunately for the Lions, they won't get grandfathered in.


Logan Mankins
If the reports are true, and Logan Mankins passed up tens of millions of dollars because he wouldn't make a public apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, I'd like to immediately nominate "Curb" as his new nickname, in an homage to Larry David and only something his semi-fictional character would do. (Although his resemblance to Zach Galifinakis is also startling.) The sheer inanity of being so stubborn about something like that is mind-boggling. I'd publicly apologize for you reading my writing right now for $50 and I'm definitely not that rich. Just kind of rich.


Philly Phans
Complaining about Philly fans booing someone is about as interesting as Dave Matthews is relevant to the NFL, but they really did take it to a new level on Sunday when they showered their QB of the future, Kevin Kolb, with early birds of the boo variety. I guess it's nice that it wasn't batteries instead, but the dude was already concussed so he might not have known the difference. It's just sickening to see people try and run Donovan McNabb out of town for 10 years and as soon as they do, turn on is successor and learn to love Michael Vick. Just completely illogical and probably expected.


The Jets
Karma is a punk, ain't it? The Jets spent all offseason running their mouths and then followed that up by spending the entire week before their game against Baltimore by running their mouths. Even after the game, they didn't really stop, only this time it was to backpeddle from their ridiculous expectations. Pretty clearly if they had a competent quarterback and a running back who didn't borrow Braylon Edwards' hands for an evening, they would have beaten Baltimore. And already won the Super Bowl.


Need more proof that the NFL is popular? Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles were trending topics on Twitter last night. As were the "Cheifs." That's right -- America is so S-M-R-T that everyone in our country can't figure out the old "i before e except after c" adage and decided to tweet a misspelled version of the team playing on Monday Night Football. Now, look, I make mistakes with typos and it's entirely possible that lots of it was driven by people laughing on Twitter about the misspelling. But people, this is why we have schools. Quit skipping.


I'm all for "fairness" and "consistency" and whatnot, but, hey, you, referee/umpire dudes: keep it in your freaking pants next week, okay? I scored a penalty flag when I visited the NFL headquarters last month, and I'm not about to FedEx it back to Roger Goodell's office just because the guys in charge of calling the plays run out of flags halfway through the season. Plus, football's pretty much fun regardless, but when we're seeing 100 yards worth of penalties per half, well, that's just lame. Except the Jets -- keep penalizing them.


  T. Ocho
At this rate, the Bengals' wide receiving duo will make this list every single week -- one would think that in a beatdown from the Patriots (and no new reality television shows to watch ... yet) they would be relatively quiet. And they were. But their absence, ironically, was what made them most conspicuous -- neither Chad Ochocinco nor Terrell Owens were on the field for the first-half Hail Mary attempt that fell short, and neither of them would talk about it after the game. Unfortunately, the NFL isn't a "talk all I want when I want to league" so time to grow up, boys.


Randy Moss
Wide receiver divas are the norm in the NFL. But we never fully expect any one of these guys to get awkwardly angry in front of the entire NE press corps following a dominant Week 1 win. Moss did, though, and then he got rebuked privately by Bill Belichick. (And lest you think Bobby Kraft is happy about the events, see: Mankins, Curb above.) Fortunately, Moss isn't above public apologies: he went on Sportscenter Tuesday to make sure everyone knows just how fantastic a bank Capitol One is much he loves being a Pat.


Alex Barron
Gotta feel a little bad beating down on this guy (since he's already been eviscerated in the media for 36 straight hours), but I'm like 5'9" and -- a svelte, mind you -- buck-seventy, and I'm pretty confident that I could do a better of job of being a non-penalty-inducing offensive line speed bump than Barron. It's one thing to get called for holding. It's an entirely different thing to get called for holding on the final play of a Sunday night football game against your arch-rival during the final play of the game which would have resulted in your team winning.


Sexual Harrassment Probes
All of the arguments in the Ines Sainz - Jets locker room issue are just ridiculous. Kris Jenkins was ridiculous for trying to justify his "this is our locker room" stuff (and he paid a karmic price for it). Clinton Portis is ridiculous for talking about it on radio (and he'll pay a monetary price for it). The Jets are ridiculous for behaving like they did (karma again). And anyone who says "THIS IS A LOCKER ROOM. IT'S WHERE MEN ARE MEN AND WOMEN ARE OBJECTS. ROWRROWRROWR" is the most ridiculous sentiment of them all. Even if Sainz was inviting of certain behavior and even if her story isn't straight, everyone needs to remember that for the Jets, the locker room is the same thing as the office, so there's zero excuse for not acting like a professional. Unless you're Terry Tate.
Posted on: September 14, 2010 10:41 pm

Something rare happened in Chiefs-Chargers game

Posted by Andy Benoit

Let me start by a.) apologizing for writing in first person (something I almost never do on the Facts and Rumors Blog) and b.) stating that I realize I very well could be the only person who finds these next few paragraphs interesting. I don’t care – something happened in the Chiefs-Chargers game Monday night that I’ve been waiting for my entire life.
D. McCluster (US Presswire)
The biggest play in the game was Dexter McCluster’s 94-yard punt return touchdown. That play put Kansas City up 21-7 and officially blew the top off of a raucous Arrowhead Stadium (which, of course, never had a top to begin with….but you get what I’m saying).
I won’t remember the McCluster play for the momentum-swing, though. I’ll remember it for the clock. You know how the two minute warning sometimes comes at 1:59 or 1:57 or something like that? Well, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to see a two minute warning come after 1:50. In other words, I’ve wanted to see a two minute warning that starts with a 1 and a 4. Why? No idea – just one of those things.

Maybe it’s because the chances of a 1 and 4 two minute warning happening are Olson Twin-slim. You basically need a punt to occur at 2:01, followed by a long return. Punts right before the 2:00 mark which almost never happen.

But Monday night, it did happen. Mike Scifres caught the snap from the long snapper sometime between 2:01 and 2:02. By the time McCluster reached the end zone, 1:43 remained. 1:43! I’d always figured that when – if – the sub-1:50 two minute warning occurred, it would be a 1:49 mark. Having it at 1:43 was like Mark McGwire passing Roger Maris’ 61-home run record by 11. The mark wasn’t broken, it was shattered.

The sad part is, I didn’t realize what had happened until several seconds afterwards. (Ironic, given the seemingly hundreds of times I’ve anticipated it and been disappointed.) I had to rewind the DVR to confirm it.

Maybe this was because, like McGwire’s home run mark, this 1:43 felt tainted. Why? Because the two minute warning never really occurred. McCluster’s touchdown stopped the clock and prompted a television timeout anyway. Maybe that timeout was because of the two minute warning (this, in fact, is likely, because touchdowns late in the half often don’t lead to commercials as, by that point, the network has usually gotten through all the necessary ads for the first two quarters). But we’ll never know. Brad Nessler, who called the game for ESPN, never mentioned the two minute warning.

If you’re still reading then, Wow, I guess you cared. In that case, let me push my luck by sharing two more quick, miscellaneous
thoughts that perhaps only I find interesting:

One: did anyone else notice that there seemed to be an insanely high number of fan shots during the broadcast last night? I started keeping track during the second quarter. Unofficially, in the second quarter, ESPN showed close-ups of fans in the stands 20 times. In the third quarter, 10 times. In the fourth quarter, 23 times (this is a little more understandable because there were so many tense plays late in the fourth, which usually spark more fan shots). Overall, that was  50-plus fan shots in three quarters. And you have to figure there were at least 20 in the first quarter, otherwise I wouldn’t have been inspired to count them.

Second (and final) random thought: don’t the Chiefs uniforms look great under the lights? I figured out why: their helmets are red. Hold your sarcastic response…do you realize that Kansas City is essentially the only team in the NFL that wears a red helmet? Sure, the Bills have red helmets, but the enormous blue buffalo on the side, and the thick blue-white-blue stripe down the middle take up nearly half the helmet’s real estate. And I’m not counting the Redskins as having red helmets – that’s not red, it’s maroon. As popular as the color red is, the Chiefs are really the only team that sports the color on their lids.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:34 am
Edited on: September 14, 2010 8:58 am

Chiefs should be fun to watch this year

Posted by Will Brinson

Whether or not the Chiefs can actually challenge for AFC West division supremacy doesn't really matter, because they're going to be incredibly fun to watch this year. (Well, it does matter, I guess, and Kansas City can contend in a weak division, especially after beating the Bolts 21-14 in a thrilling Monday night doubleheader .)

But even if they don't, you're going to want to tune in when they play. Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster are ticking timebombs in the return game; McCluster is a home run threat out of the slot, on screens and even out of the backfield on offense; Dwayne Bowe/Matt Cassel will be better than they were against San Diego; and Jamaal Charles is the truth.

The defense has playmakers too, even if the weather in Arrowhead substantially assisted the Chiefs (or, if you prefer, "Cheifs" as was the popular trending topic on Twitter at some point on Tuesday ). Glenn Dorsey managed a half-sack, which wouldn't be that impressive if it wasn't a half-sack more than his 2009 total.

And Tyson Jackson, if he's not hurt too badly, looked vastly improved -- look no further than the immediate success of the Chargers following his departure. Eric Berry got torched for a deep touchdown pass, but he's clearly got skills when he's not forgetting what coverage package the team is running.

Finally, Kansas City has two established veteran coordinators running the show; people (myself included) like to make jokes about Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. That's because they stunk when they were put in charge of teams. They didn't stink when they were calling plays and running individual units of teams.

While it's easy to say there was a "different feeling" in Arrowhead on Monday night/Tuesday morning based on the crowd noise and excitement, there's at least a logical reason for thinking that this franchise is headed in a different direction.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:59 pm

Podcast: Week 1 late game previews

Posted by NFL Facts & Rumors staff

Andy Benoit joins Will Brinson to preview the second slate of games on the first NFL weekend. Can the numerous ex-Niners among the Seattle crew help the Seahawks overcome inexperience? Will the Aaron Rodgers v. Kevin Kolb matchup be the most exciting quarterback battle of the first week? Would you rather have Derek Anderson or Sam Bradford starting? All those questions -- and more -- answered for your previewing pleasure.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 4:37 pm

The blackout problem is not going away

Posted by Andy Benoit

Q. What do you get when you combine a rough economy with an ever-improving home television viewing experience?

A. Blackouts. An alarming number of blackouts.

Sean Leahy of USA Today recently shed some light on the potential blackout problem NFL teams are facing in 2010. Last season, 22 regular season games (8.6 percent of games) were blacked out, which was a five-year high for the league. Five teams had home games blacked out: Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, St. Louis and Oakland.

This season, 11 teams, including ’09 playoff clubs San Diego, Cincinnati and Arizona, could be facing blackouts. Tampa Bay is expected to lead the league in ’10 blackouts; their first could come in the Season Opener against Cleveland. Leahy writes, “Last year the Buccaneers took advantage of blackout loophole by which teams can buy back unsold tickets at a reduced rate in order for the game to air locally. This season, (Bucs spokesman) Jonathan Grella said the team won't do that.

For games to be on TV, Grella said, "people need to understand that it's not a given."

It’s worth noting that the blackout problems are generally impacting only the less established teams. Classic organizations like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Dallas, Green Bay, San Francisco, Miami, Washington, etc. have either already sold out all eight games in 2010 or are on the cusp of selling out all eight games. And popular teams like Philadelphia, New England, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Baltimore are selling out, too.

That said, the blackout problem will get worse if changes aren’t eventually made. Think about it: going to a game costs hundreds of dollars. You’re stuck in traffic for hours beforehand and after. You usually wind up committing eight hours of your day to the experience. The game is exciting, except for the frequent commercial breaks where you sit around and look at nothing. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a good view of the field. And, if you’re even luckier, you won’t be sitting next to a noisy moron or drunkard.

On the other side of the equation…for roughly the cost of taking your family to an NFL game, you can order DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket and see every game for the entire season. You watch from home (likely on a big HD screen) and determine the nature of your own environment. You see more than you would have seen at the game live (better view, replays, close-up shots of players and coaches), and it only costs about three hours of your day. No driving home, no facing traffic and no standing in line at the restroom. Better yet, if you’re a hardcore NFL fan, you aren’t limited to watching just one game.
With the Collective Bargaining negotiations on the horizon and owners needin
g to figure out how to distribute revenue, the league needs to take special notice of the blackout markets. If blackouts become the norm for lower-echelon teams (especially lower-echelon teams in newer NFL markets like Tampa, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Phoenix, etc.), the NFL could start to develop its own versions of the Kansas City Royals or Pittsburgh Pirates.

A huge factor in the NFL’s success has been how even its bottom-feeder clubs are relevant. Relevancy is hard to maintain when no one can see the games.

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