Tag:Kansas City Chiefs
Posted on: August 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Reasons to watch tonight's preseason action

Posted by Andy Benoit

Usually, the best part of a preseason game is simply seeing two teams in NFL uniforms on the same field. Tonight, there are three games, each with a unique reason to watch (maybe). Here’s what’s on the NFL’s Friday night docket (with a reason to watch listed below): K. Kolb (US Presswire)
Bills @ Redskins

McNabb’s debut in Washington. He’ll probably play two or three series. But we’ll get a quick glimpse at his on-field chemistry with Washington’s very mediocre receiving corps.

Also, bonus: what will Albert Haynesworth do in this game?

Chiefs @ Falcons

Tony Gonzalez faces his former team…for a few minutes, anyway.

Jaguars @ Eagles

Last year, this matchup gave us the Michael Vick return. This year, we get the Kevin Kolb debut. Sort of. Kolb has started games before – regular season games, in fact. But this is a tad different. For the first time, he’ll be taking the field as The Man in Philly. It’s a bigger deal that he’s doing so at home, where the Eagles fans will overreact to his every move. Will Kolb give in to the temptation to try and do too much? Will he be poised? How he plays shouldn’t matter (it’s the first preseason game, after all). But, given that Kolb’s performance will set the tone for Philly’s talk radio world and blogosphere the next few weeks, his performance tonight does matter.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Jarrad Page's agent call Chiefs 'Vindictive'

Posted by Will Brinson

Jarrad Page is currently a restricted free agent with a unsigned tender offer from the Chiefs sitting out there, waiting for him. But given the recent comments from Page's agency, Front Page Sports Management, it seems pretty unlikely you'll see him in a KC uniform any time soon.

According to the Kansas City Star , FPSM sent the following email to a KC-area radio station (amongst other media outlets), detailing issues that the agency and its client have with the franchise.

“Beginning in the Pre-Season and continuing all year,” the e-mail read, “Coach Todd Haley mishandled Jarrad last season causing him to end up on IR. … There has been (trade) interest for Jarrad and the Chiefs are blocking legitimate trades. There’s been plenty of time to get a trade done and at this point, in our opinion, it’s clear that the Chiefs are being Vindictive.”

Those are pretty aggressive claims, obviously (even more aggressive is the Star 's use of the word "negligence," which is, legally speaking, quite stout verbiage).

The Chiefs' "blocking legitimate trades" isn't necessarily a concern: after all, what would be the precise context needed for a trade to be considered "legitimate"? Perhaps the Chiefs view Page as irreplaceable and not worth whatever's been hypothetically offered. In that case, the legitimacy of the trade would be 100% worthless.

Far more serious is the possibility that Haley "mishandled" Page. If it's at all possible to prove that in a court of law that Haley is indeed responsible for Page going on IR (and I, along with plenty of lawyers, probably have some doubts about that), then the Chiefs should at least be a little bit nervous.

As it is right now, though, it seems like a public relations ploy designed to get Page out of KC.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:58 am
 

Cassel looking for a brighter tomorrow

M. Cassel is looking to build upon last year's tough season with Kansas City (Getty). It certainly wasn’t New England, and it certainly wasn’t what the Chiefs wanted. When Kansas City signed QB Matt Cassel – who was coming off a 10-5 year while replacing the injured Tom Brady – the Chiefs could have expected more than what they received from him. Namely, a 69.9 passer rating to go with 16 interceptions (along with 16 touchdowns and less than 3,000 yards passing) as the club went 4-12.

Not that it was all Cassel’s fault. Not that the talent Kansas City surrounded him with was very good.

The Kansas City Star profiles Cassel today and how he’s trying to build upon last year’s disaster of a season.

From the story:

But they worked in the offseason to surround him with better talent. Cassel has no such excuse for another mediocre season, something he seems to be aware of. Coach Todd Haley told the story of having to kick Cassel out of the practice facility in Kansas City on many nights in the offseason, Cassel often staying late at the office to study video.

“I worked and pushed myself hard physically and mentally this offseason,” Cassel said, “and I know I came into this camp as prepared as I’ve ever been to play well.”


The Chiefs didn’t do Cassel any favors when they fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in the preseason last year, and his receivers weren’t very good either, dropping pass after pass after pass.

Since then, though, Kansas City seems determined to help Cassel. Haley hired offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and the team added running back Thomas Jones and receivers Jerheme Urban and Dexter McCluster.

“You learn a lot from a season like that,” Cassel told the newspaper. “At the same time, we’ve turned the page as a team. We got back in April and started working for this year. This is a new season. This is a new team. We’ve got a lot of new coaches and we’re ready to move on.

“I’m more at ease with my surroundings, my teammates. I think they’re more comfortable with me. That’s a nice feeling to have that."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 5:37 pm
 

AFC West Preview, Podcast Style

We're incredibly close to having weeks and weeks and weeks of football without a break. It's a wonderful feeling, no? To celebrate, the Facts and Rumors blog decide to fire up the old podcast machine.

We're getting things rolling with an AFC West preview -- Chiefs' fan and NBA F&R blogger Matt Moore joins us to tell you exactly how things are going to pan out in the incredibly weak division.

Will Ryan Mathews replace LaDainian Tomlinson's production? Are the Raiders really on the right track to winning again? Can Tim Tebow save the Broncos? And will Yoda Charlie Weis teach grasshopper-in-training Matt Cassel how to revive a failing franchise?

All that and more, all for the low, low price of clicking a play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

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-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:05 am
 

Eric Berry seems like a pretty good teammate

Eric Berry inked a monster deal with the Chiefs (six-years, $60 million) to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

It's a reasonable concern that the money could go to his head. However, it didn't. Berry showed up to Chiefs training camp, and his first move was to apologize to his teammates for being a day late.
“I told them that I’m here and I’m ready to do whatever to help this organization get to where it needs to be,” Berry said. “(An on-time camp arrival) would have been a great statement to my teammates to show them how dedicated I am to the team.

“Yesterday was the first practice I missed in my whole life. It did hurt me so. But I’m excited to be here now and I’m ready to get to work and do whatever coach Haley asks of me.”
Berry also did the opposite of Dez Bryant, grabbing a hold of TWO teammates' pads after the practice and hauling them up the hill to the locker room.

None of that means that Berry's guaranteed to get enshrined in Canton immediately, but it is a pretty good start to his stint in KC, and it's indicative of a personality that made him such an attractive pick for the Chiefs, even though he's a safety and it was the fifth overall selection.

Of course, his talent level doesn't really hurt things either.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 6:39 pm
 

News from around the AFC West

Some quick-hitting news from around the AFC West:

Chargers

Shawne Merriman is getting some terrible advice. The damaged linebacker (knee) is staying away from the first few days of training camp not as a holdout looking for a new deal, but as an unsigned RFA looking for assurance that the team is committed to him (whatever that means). Few players have as much to prove in 2010 as Merriman. He needs to be practicing.

Chiefs

Oversized tight end Brad Cottam, who showed flashes of promise at times last season, is out for the season. Cottam broke his neck in Week 15 last year and hasn’t rebounded well.

Raiders

Coaches seem inclined to move franchise defensive end Richard Seymour to defensive tackle. Seymour, who was versatile as a 3-4 end in New England, is better inside than outside (especially in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme). If Seymour slides inside next to Tommy Kelly, run-stopping youngster Matt Shaughnessy and explosive second-round rookie Lamarr Houston would be the starting ends.

Broncos

The Broncos say left tackle Ryan Clady is making great progress in rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee. (Clady, you may recall, partially tore his patellar tendon playing pickup basketball in April.) Of course, would you expect the Broncos to say anything about Clady that isn’t glowing with optimism? The good news is, outside observers have noted that Clady appears to be walking without a limp. The hope is that the game’s most athletic offensive tackle will be ready come mid-September.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Will Todd Haley and Charlie Weis jive?

Todd Haley tried to give up play-calling duties to his offensive coordinator (Chan Gailey) last year, but the young head coach ultimately couldn’t resist the urge. Haley dismissed Gailey shortly before the season and took over the offense himself. (Good thing, too – Gailey’s power-run oriented system was a terrible fit for Kansas City’s personnel). T. Haley (US Presswire)

This year, Haley’s offensive coordinator is three-time Super Bowl champion play-caller Charlie Weis. The former Patriot offensive mastermind runs a system very similar to Haley’s. And, perhaps more importantly, very similar to the system quarterback Matt Cassel grew comfortable with in New England.

Today, Haley said on Sports Radio 810’s The Program that Weis would call the majority of the offensive plays in 2010. But you’ll notice he didn’t say “all of the plays”. That’s noteworthy. Haley and Weis are both known for their dominant personalities and brutal honesty. Weis was rarely – if ever – vetoed by Bill Belichick in New England. How will he react if Haley can’t resist the urge to overrule him on a key third down decision?

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 9:53 pm
 

Chiefs showing off $350 million renovations

The Kansas City Star has a slideshow showing off the completed renovations to Arrowhead Stadium. Click here to view. These are the first major renovations to Arrowhead in 40 years. The final bill was for around $350 million. Click here to view the results.

--Andy Benoit 

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