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3/13/14: The Chiefs may do some free agent shopping of their own this season. They have $9.6 million to spend. That is not a huge amount, but it is enough to get some serviceable guys on the roster. Free safety may be at the top of the list. Kendrick Lewis is a free agent and the Chiefs are looking to spend less. Wide receiver is always an issue as well. Fortunately, there are plenty of receivers available on the market and this year's crop in the draft is pretty impressive as well. Finally, the Chiefs could use another cornerback. Veteran Brandon Flowers was injured much of last season and the team may want to add depth.
3/6/14: Kansas City opted not to use their franchise tag on left tackle for the second consecutive year. In fact, they did not use their franchise tag on anyone (only four teams used their respective franchise tags this offseason). That means that Branden Albert is set to be a free agent. It also means that some team in need of a major upgrade and legitimacy on the offensive line will sign him to a big contract. The Chiefs will be free to move 2013 number one overall draft pick Eric Fisher from the right side to the left, most likely. Of course, Albert could still re-sign with the Chiefs, and the team has not eliminated that option.
2/27/14: The Chiefs had the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and they selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher. They ended up franchise tagging left tackle Branden Albert for the season and common logic indicated that they would move Fisher to left tackle from right in 2014, and let Albert walk. GM John Dorsey now says that they are having conversations with Alberts, which may suggest that he returns to the team. The big issue, as always, is money. Albert is due a big payday wherever he signs, so the Chiefs have to get him into a cap-friendly arrangement. More news on this as it develops, which could take some time.
2/20/13: The Chiefs, like so many teams, are struggling with the salary cap this offseason. The simply answer is to release some high priced and under-performing veterans to create space, but that is much easier said than done. The big name that pops out is number one wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. He has a $12 million cap hit in 2014 and will actually cost them over $16 million in cap expense if he is released. About half of Bowe's $8.75 million salary is guaranteed, meaning that KC would have pay that portion wherever he would go. Also, Bowe is a great receiver, and would benefit from having a complement to take pressure off.
2/13/14: Give Alex Smith credit for finding the silver lining. The Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Colts after building up a huge lead. They ended up losing 45-44 in a loss that could devastate a weak franchise for years. However, Smith pointed out the bright side in that the showed what kind of offense they could have. He is right. The Chiefs' offense was outstanding for most of the game, even though it was the defense that carried them through the regular season. With a full year in this offensive scheme under their belts, they could be poised to be one of the better offenses in the NFL next season.
2/6/14: Sometimes it pays to go outside the box. In particular, sometimes it pays to look to the north. NFL fans often scoff at the Canadian Football League, but there are a lot of really good players in Canada. Doug Flutie honed his skills there. As did Jeff Garcia and Warren Moon. Mark Tressman is now head coach of the Chicago Bears, and he did pretty well with Montreal. The Chiefs are thinking the same thing. They are looking to sign WR Weston Dressler. Dressler played for teh Grey Cup champion Saskatchewan Roughriders last season and caught 70 passes for over 1,000 yards and nine TDs. That is pretty good production and could translate well in the NFL.
1/30/14: The NFL wanted the Pro Bowl game to be more competitive this year and they got their wish. Team Rice beat Team Sanders with a last minute two point conversion for the 22-21 win. This is a far cry from past games where defense was optional and it usually ended up in a shoot out. Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles was surprised to be hit hard in the game. Even more so by his own Chiefs teammate Derrick Johnson. For his part, Charles was not upset, just surprised. It will be interesting to see if the owners look at it the same way when they re-evaluate the game sometime in the future.
1/23/14: By any measure, the Chiefs had a remarkable turnaround in 2013. They were a league worst 2-14 in 2012 and had the first overall pick. They selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with that pick. He played right tackle this past season, but may be moving to left tackle in 2014. Brandon Alberts may be out of the picture in a few months, which would necessitate the move. The Chiefs could also use some help at wide receiver. Dwayne Bowe is a fine ball catcher, but another starter from the draft could certainly open up the offense.
1/16/14: The focus of most sports writers has been on the BCS Championship Game, the playoff games last weekend, and the A-Rod debacle - which bodes well for the Chiefs. That means they are not talking about KC's second half collapse against the Colts in the Wild Card round two weeks ago. Since KC is now in the offseason, changes will inevitably come. They seem set with Alex Smith at QB, and there is no reason to replace Jamaal Charles as the starting running back. Their defense was solid all season, except during losses. That may be the focus for the team. Keeping their defense operating at the highest level each week - because when the defense is down, then the team is very vulnerable.
1/9/14: The Chiefs are reeling this week after blowing one of the biggest leads in playoff history last Saturday. KC struck early and often in the first half. In fact, they were up by 28 points three minutes into the third quarter - and that was after losing starting running back Jamaal Charles on the first drive to a concussion. But the Colt came roaring back late with five touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters and stole the win 45-44. It was a crushing loss for KC, who now heads home after a great regular season.
1/2/14: The Chiefs really had nothing to play for last week, so they put their second team in against the Chargers. They almost, and probably should have, won. The Chargers lined up illegally on late field goal attempt. The kick was wide, but the Chargers should have been penalized and gotten another chance (at a closer distance). San Diego ended up winning and became the third AFC West team in the playoffs. KC heads to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck and the Colts in the 4:35 EST game on Saturday. These teams played a couple of weeks ago, but this time it means something for both sides.
12/26/13: The Chiefs will be in the playoffs this season, which is a remarkable turnaround from last year when they only won two games. The team will be a wild card and will be the fifth seed in the playoffs. Who they will play is still up in the air, and that will be decided this Sunday. KC lost to the Colts last Sunday 23-7. The Chiefs scored on their opening drive then seemed to leave the game completely. It is of little consequence though. The most important thing is keeping everyone healthy in this Sunday's game at San Diego, who is still fighting for a playoff spot.
12/19/13: The Chiefs rolled over the Oakland Raiders 56-31 last Sunday, in a blowout that most expected. The win put the Chiefs record at 10-4 and solidified a playoff spot. While they probably will not win the AFC West, they are headed to the postseason after finishing a league worst 2-14 last year. Running back Jamaal Charles led the way with five touchdowns - four rushing and one receiving. He finished the afternoon with only 20 yards rushing on the day - which is the pure definition of a touchdown vulture. KC is back at home in Week 16 when they host the AFC South leading Colts (10-4).
12/12/13: This past weekend started the playoffs for fantasy football leagues around the nation, and those that have the Chiefs' defense are probably pretty happy. KC went into Washington and completely embarrassed the Redskins 45-10. The Chiefs piled up over 300 return yards, which included touchdowns off of punts and kickoffs (in the snow, no less). KC scored on their first four possessions of the game and the only touchdown they gave up was on kickoff. The Chiefs improved to 10-3 on the season. They probably will not catch Denver for the division title, but certainly will get the first wildcard playoff spot.
12/5/13: Last Sunday's loss to the Broncos was a lost opportunity for the Chiefs. After starting the season 9-0, KC has dropped their last three games and is now in line for the first AFC Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, Denver improved to 10-2 and has won both meetings with the Chiefs - putting them in line for the AFC West crown. The Chiefs actually held a 21-7 lead at halftime, but Peyton Manning threw four second half touchdowns (five in all) in a furious rally. The Chiefs have a good chance to get right this Sunday when they head to Washington (3-9).
11/28/13: Losing the previous week in Denver was tough, but losing last Sunday to San Diego is very troubling. The vaunted KC defense was carved up by Chargers' QB Phillip Rivers, who threw for just under 400 yards and three touchdowns. Chiefs QB Alex Smith had one of his better days as a pro, tossing for almost 300 yards and three TDs of his own. Ultimately, San Diego came up bigger and won 41-38. KC has now dropped two in a row with a 9-2 record and has a rematch with division leader Denver this coming Sunday.
11/21/13: The Chiefs rolled into Denver sporting the league's only undefeated record. In a hard fought game, the Broncos came out on top 27-17. Many thought the Chiefs had the upper hand since Broncos' QB Peyton Manning had sore ankles, but the vaunted Kansas City defense was not able to get much pressure on Manning all night. The Chiefs fell to 10-1 on the season. That is tied for the best record in the NFL (with Denver and Seattle), but puts them in second place in the AFC West. KC has another shot at Denver in a few weeks at home. For now, they must concentrate on another AFC West rival - the San Diego Chargers.
11/14/13: The Kansas City Chiefs had their bye in Week 10 as they were able to enjoy being the only undefeated team in the NFL for at least another week. The Chiefs are 9-0, which is a far cry from 2-14 a year ago. They are easily the surprise team of the season and more than likely will find themselves in the playoffs. Denver remains their biggest challenge and they have two games remaining against the 8-1 Broncos, including this Sunday night in Denver. A win gives the Chiefs a little breathing room in the division but a loss will put them into second place and in a wild card position.
11/7/13: The Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten and moved their record to an NFL leading 9-0 by beating host Buffalo 23-13. Buffalo held a 10-3 lead at halftime, but the Chiefs rallied in the second half for the win. QB Alex Smith did not do much. He was 19 of 29 passing for only 124 yards and no touchdowns. Luckily for the Chiefs, the running game was effective, as was the defense. Jamaal Charles ran 17 times for 90 yards, but no scores. However, the defense returned two turnovers for touchdowns, which was the difference in the game. Chiefs have a bye in Week 10.
10/31/13: KC survived their toughest challenge of the season, holding on to beat the Cleveland Browns 23-17 last Sunday. The Chiefs remain unbeaten using the same methodical if unexciting gameplan. QB Alex Smith threw for 225 yards and finally threw a touchdown pass (two actually). The running game was effective. Jamaal Charles ran for 74 yards and Smith added 40 himself. The defense allowed almost 300 yards in the air to Jason Campbell, but the team had enough to move to 8-0 on the year. KC heads to Buffalo to face the 3-5 Bills this Sunday afternoon.
10/24/13: Kansas City remained the surprise team of year and extended their undefeated streak to seven games by outlasting the Houston Texans 17-16 last Sunday. QB Alex Smith may claim not to know what a game manager is, but that is exactly what he did. He did not throw any touchdowns, but did not commit mistakes either. He even ran in a touchdown. Running back Jamaal Charles had 80 yards and a score, and the KC defense iced the game by stripping Texans QB Case Keenum late in the game to stop a final threat. The Chiefs put their unbeaten record on the line next Sunday when the host the 3-4 Cleveland Browns.
10/17/13: All good things must come to an end, but that should not happen against the Oakland Raiders. And it did not. KC hosted the Raiders and came out with a nice 24-7 victory. The win keeps the Chiefs tied with Denver at 6-0 on the season. Running back Jamaal Charles ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns, while the KC defense was all over Oakland QB Terrelle Prior - forcing him into three second half interceptions. Chiefs QB Alex Smith only managed 128 yards, but that was simply enough on the day. The Chiefs host the 2-4 Houston Texans on Sunday, who are coming off of a big loss to the St. Louis Rams.
10/10/13: It was not a great day offensively, but the Chiefs special teams and defense did enough to win and the team to 5-0 - their best start since 2003. KC beat the Tennessee Titans 26-13 with only one offensive touchdown. They scored another after a Titans player accidentally kicked the ball on a punt and the Chiefs recovered in the end zone. Ryan Succop had four field goals on the day and that was all KC needed to keep pace with the Denver Broncos. The Chiefs go back home to host the Oakland Raiders (2-3) this Sunday afternoon.
10/3/13: The Kansas City Chiefs continue to impress under new head coach Andy Reid. The Chiefs improved to 4-0 on the year by dismantling the winless New York Giants 31-7 at home. Alex Smith led the way with 288 passing yards, 3 TDs and 2 picks. He spread the ball nicely among his receivers, throwing touchdowns to three different men. KC's defense continues to be impressive and limited Eli Manning to 217 yards passing and a single touchdown. KC is tied with Denver for the top spot in the AFC West through a quarter of the season. The Chiefs are on the road this weekend to visit the Tennessee Titans (3-1).
9/26/13: The Chiefs have already eclipsed their win total from 2012. They stand at 3-0 with the latest win being an emotional one at Philadelphia last Thursday night. KC showed that their defense is for real and completely shut down the Eagles' fast paced and high-octane offense in a 26-16 win. The defense led the way with six sacks and four turnovers. QB Alex Smith threw for 273 yards, and Andy Reid got a great win in his return to Philadelphia. KC goes back home to the loudness of Arrowhead Stadium in Week 4 to host the 0-3 New York Giants.
9/19/13: In just two weeks Kansas City has equaled their win total from last season. Last Sunday, the Chiefs rebounded and held off the visiting Dallas Cowboys 17-16. After surrendering an early touchdown, the Chiefs defense tightened up and did not let the Cowboys move much in the second half. The Chiefs now travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on the nationally Thursday Night Game. This will be an emotional return for Andy Reid, who spent the past 14 years in Philly. Running back Jamaal Charles says he wants to win this one for his coach, which is a good sign that the team is buying into Reid's ways.
9/12/13: One game into the Andy Reid - Alex Smith era and the team is half way to their 2012 win total. The Chiefs toyed with and embarrassed the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars in their opener, winning 28-2. It is tough to say how good this Chiefs team is right now, though many people think they could be a playoff contender. The Jags are simply not a good measure of talent right now, and there would be a lot of questions if the Chiefs did not win. The Dallas Cowboys should be a good measuring stick for KC, which is exactly who the Chiefs host this Sunday afternoon.
9/4/13: It was not too long ago, just a couple of years, that it looked like the Chiefs had found a tight end to replace Tony Gonzalez. Tony Moeaki burst on to the scene in 2010. He missed the 2011 regular season with a knee injury, and last season was a mess for entire team. However, the group that drafted Moeaki in 2009 is gone and it looks like Andy Reid and company want to go in a younger direction. Moeaki is still hurt from a preseason game, but expect him to be able to find work once he heals up - he is still a good tight end in a league that wants good tight ends.
8/29/13: A few months ago, the Chiefs sent their second round pick to the 49ers for QB Alex Smith. The dealing is not done between the two teams, as both shipped out under-performing wide receivers to the other in the past week. The Chiefs sent Jon Baldwin to the 49ers. Baldwin was expected to be a good compliment to Dwayne Bowe when he was drafted, but was never able to develop properly with constant scheme changes. The Chiefs get back A.J. Jenkins, the 49ers first round pick last season who has never caught a ball. Jenkins has talent, so hopefully a change of scenery will serve him well.
8/22/13: Kansas City is hoping to avoid a setback with their star running back Jamaal Charles. Charles injured his foot in practice and has missed time in the preseason. Initial tests were negative, but could be hiding a lisfranc injury - the same injury that kept Jag's star running back Maurice Jones-Drew out for most of last season. KC has a pretty good backup in Kniles Davis. Davis has shown decisive and effective running with the first teamers, so the Chiefs are not likely to miss much production. At this rate, Davis could push for a co-starter job and give the Chiefs a two-headed rushing attack.
8/15/13: The Chiefs should be one of the more interesting teams to watch this season. They have a new head coach in Andy Reid. A new QB in Alex Smith, and they have their offense healthy. That means that both Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe could be in for big years. Ried is known to call a lot of passing plays, which figures to help out both Charles and Bowe. Charles could be a big beneficiary of this style, as Reid made Brian Westbrook and Shady McCoy household names during his time in Philadelphia due to a lot of screen passes.
8/8/13: Don't give away the punchline if you have heard this before, but the Chiefs GM says that the best QB in the league is…Alex Smith! Smith is certainly a talented player and has experience with numerous offensive schemes. However, the assertion that Smith is better than Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers is pretty far out there. That being said, he is certainly an upgrade over Matt Cassell and his presence (combined with a healthy corps of skill players and a new coaching staff) could realistically make the Chiefs playoff contenders in the AFC this season.
8/1/13: It took a couple of extra days, but no need to worry now - the Chiefs best wide receiver (Dwane Bowe) passed his physical and is back in practice. He was on the non-football illness list after contracting a virus, but seems to be fine now. The Cheifs are relying on Bowe to lead their receivers again, especially after signing him to a five year extension in the offsesason. He should benefit from playing with a better quarterback in Alex Smith and an offense that can feature his talents better than in past years now that Andy Reid has a new offense installed.
7/25/13: An interesting battle is shaping up in KC for the starting tight end position. Tony Moeaki would appear to be the veteran starter. It is well known that he can catch the ball and does provide some insurance on defenses keying in on wide receivers. However, he is not much in the terms of blocking and he is coming off of major knee surgery. The team also has Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce. Kelce is young and inexperienced, but may have the most talent of all three. Depending on what type of offense they want to run, Moeaki may be looking for work in a month or so.
7/18/13: KC may end up hanging on to Banden Albert after all. If so, that means that they spent the first overall pick on a right tackle - not something that is normally done. The Chiefs tried to trade Albert in the offseason and were close to a deal with Miami (who is trying to replace their former first overall pick, left tackle Jake Long). Albert will play under the franchise tag this season if no deal is made for a long term contract. That should not be too bad for him, though, he will make about $10 million for one year of services.
7/11/13: In a stark turn of events, the Chiefs are expected to discuss a long-term contract with left tackle Branden Albert. It is a surprise because the Chiefs tried to trade him in the early part of the offseason (to Miami), but could never get a deal done. The Chiefs also used the number one overall pick on offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Albert is playing under a franchise tag, so a long deal will have to be signed by July 15. Otherwise, he will be a free agent at the end of the season and who knows what will happen then. In any case, it looks like the Chiefs are trying to build a solid offensive line and may be willing to pay for it.
7/4/13: The fact that the Chiefs finished 2-14 last year should be seen as a blessing for the team and fans. The Chiefs ended up with the first pick in each round (the pick in the second round was traded for new starting quarterback Alex Smith), so they picked up some quality young talent. They have a new coach and front office, and they play in the relatively weak AFC West (Denver Broncos, of course, excluded). They also have 5 of the top 100 players in the NFL. This is a team that could challenge for a playoff spot, and have the type of bounce-back year that the Colts had last year.
6/27/13: Last season's disaster could be a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs. The team cleaned house after the 2-14 campaign, but truth be told, the Chiefs had a lot of talent that was simply injured. The coaching got an upgrade with Andy Reid replacing Romeo Crennel. The QB position is better with Alex Smith and Chase Daniels. Dwane Bowe is back, and Jamaal Charles is healthy - and he is an elite running back. KC took Offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick. He will probably be on the right side this year, and move to the left for the long haul. All in all, KC is probably the second best team in the AFC West.
6/20/13: Kansas City only registered two wins last year. Two wins against 14 losses. That tends to get people fired. They were fired as head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli were shown the door. So was starting quarterback Matt Cassell But the team was never as bad as their record. They had devastating injuries (particularly to running back Jamaal Charles), and extenuating circumstances like the murder/suicide of Brent. This year's team looks very exciting. They probably will not challenge the Broncos, but could sneak into the playoffs under head coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith.
6/13/13: New Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been a head coach for a long time - 14 years to be exact. In that time, all with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid had a big hand in personnel. Now with Kansas City, he is focusing more on coaching that players. He had only good things to say about the front office folks in Philly, but this may imply that his role in personnel kept him from fully coaching and performing those duties. With that role off table - going to GM John Dorsey - Reid can put all his efforts into rebuilding a once proud franchise.
6/6/13: A few months and some OTA's in, and the Chiefs are pleased with new QB Alex Smith. Smith was the first overall pick in 2004. As many recall, it was a toss up between Smith and Aaron Rodgers as the first pick. The 49ers selected Smith, but did not give him much to work with for the first seven years of his career. Rodgers, of course, went to the Packers and has become the best player in the league. But Smith is providing leadership to the Chiefs - which may make them a dark horse candidate for a playoff spot in the fall.
5/30/13: There is no reason to expect the Chiefs to challenge for the AFC West crown this season. That is not a knock on KC, but an acknowledgement of how good the Broncos are. Besides, it is not often that the team that finished dead last in the league overtakes the team that finished first in a single year. But the moves that KC has made in the past three months indicate that they could very well contend for a wild card spot. The new quarterback and head coach, as well as the return of star running back Jamaal Charles can only help this franchise.
5/23/13: The hiring of former University of Nevada head coach Chris Ault means that the Chiefs are putting some pistol style plays in their playbook. Ault created the pistol offense as a middle ground between the shotgun and under center. Additionally, it validates the offense in NFL eyes, as another team may use it. Finally, it gives the Chiefs defense a chance to practice against the formation, so they will be better prepared. But like most gimmick offenses, once defensive coordinators have a little time to scheme and plan for a bit, then the offense becomes far less effective.
5/16/13: Andy Reid continues to add knowledge to his staff in new ways. Recently, he hired former Vikings head coach Brad Childress to be a special consultant and spread game analyst. Now he has added Chris Ault. If that name sounds familiar, he coached at the University of Nevada for 28 years and created the Pistol offense. The one that Colin Kaepernick (one of Ault's quarterbacks), among other young QBs, are running. Now if he can hire a consultant to teach him how to use timeouts and challenge flags then the Chiefs might be in business this season.
5/9/13: The Chiefs failed to move left tackle Brandon Albert, even though the team was in discussions with Miami. The problem came down to second round compensation, with the Chiefs wanting the higher of the two Dolphins picks. KC selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick and Miami traded away their higher second round pick to select Dion Jordan third overall. KC is stuck with Albert for another year under the franchise tag, and will cost over $10 million. They should consider it the price of tuition, because hopefully Fisher will learn under him and take the job next season.
5/2/13: Kansas City was widely expected to either trade away the first overall pick in the draft or select Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckle. They did neither. Instead, they picked left tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan University (in the Mid America Conference). Joeckle is considered the safer pick, but Fisher is believed to be more athletic and have more long term upside. Also, they did not trade left tackle Brendan Albert to the Dolphins, so Fisher may have a year to develop on the right side before taking over as Alex Smith's blind side protection.
4/25/13: The Chiefs and the media have been going back and forth on whether or not the team has given left tackle Brandon Albert permission to speak with the Miami Dolphins. Albert will cost the Chiefs almost $10 million this year and wants a long term deal worth $8 to $9 million annually. The Dolphins would like to make a trade, but need Albert to come down significantly on his asking price. If the Chiefs could move Albert for a second round pick, they could take Luke Joekle with the first overall selection then add another young offensive lineman later – allowing head coach Andy Reid to have 40% of his O-line wrapped up for several years.
4/18/13: There has been no indication that the Chiefs want to move out of the number one draft position, but it could always happen. In an interesting move, Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland said that Miami had the arsenal to trade up to the number one spot. So far, the Dolphins have not made such a move, but they are said to covet a franchise left tackle after losing Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams. Whether or not a trade comes about remains to be seen. In any case, the Chiefs are in great position to rebuild their roster.
4/11/13: A good question to ask is why head coach Andy Reid so in love with Alex Smith. To be fair, the Chiefs only let go of the first pick in the second round, and many may recall that Alex Smith was drafted first overall many years ago (about twenty picks ahead of Aaron Rodgers). While Smith struggled for his first several years, he gained maturity, vision, and smarts. He has worked in almost every offensive scheme imaginable, including Mike Martz' let the QB get killed, we are going to throw downfield scheme. So it is good for Smith to have stability, and be in a place that actually wants him.
4/4/13: KC is in much better shape than most teams picking first overall. The team has their quarterback, elite WR, and elite RB in Alex Smith, Dwane Bowe, and Jamaal Charles, respectively. With that mix in hand, who do the Chiefs select with the first overall pick - or do they trade down? An offensive tackle such as Luke Joeckle, Eric Fisher, or Lane Johnson would make sense. KC also had Sharrif Floyd in for a private workout. Or would they take a QB to groom for the future. Only the team knows, and they are building a smoke screen until the Draft.
3/28/13: KC looks good on paper for next season. They have a starting quarterback. They have their running back in Jamaal Charles. They have their go to wide receiver in Dwane Bowe. They even have an accomplished head coach in Andy Reid. After falling to a 2-14 season (only two years after making the playoffs and winning the AFC West), the Chiefs look like they are on a verge of a resurgence. The new additions and commitment to winning should be felt by the fans, which are considered some of the best on all of the NFL.
3/21/13: The Chiefs are going through a wholesale turnover this offseason, which is probably to be expected when your team goes from being in the playoffs to 2-14 (and has replaced Cleveland as the punchline of many jokes). Expectations should be getting higher in KC. Just the fact that the team traded for QB Alex Smith should be good for an additional four or five wins. Pairing him with Dwane Bowe and Jamaal Charles should provide an extra touchdown or two a game. The Chiefs probably are not ready to contend with the Broncos, but they are getting close - maybe even a wildcard team come December.
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3/14/13: Kansas City finalized the trade to acquire Alex Smith from San Francisco for a second round pick. Smith found himself without a position in San Fran after Colin Kaepernick ascended to the starting QB position. The Chiefs also signed Chase Daniels to a free agent contact. Daniels was Drew Breese's back up for the past four years, but only ever threw nine passes. The Daniels signing almost certainly means the end of the Matt Cassel era in KC, and the team es expected to release him shortly. Daniels attended the University of Missouri, so it should not be a hard adjustment to Kansas City.
3/7/13: It looks like wide receiver Dwane Bowe is buying into the new Andy Ried and Alex Smith regime. Bowe agreed to a five year deal that keeps him from being franchised again. Last season, Bowe played for $9.5 million, but only recorded three TDs and ended the season on the injured reserve. The hope is that Bowe returns to his 2010 form when he led the league in TD catches with 15. The Chiefs franchised left tackle Brandon Albert on the last day to designate a franchise tag on a player. It is likely that the team and Albert will begin work on a long term deal to keep the cornerstone tackle in Kansas City for several years.
2/28/13: Reports from the combine indicate the Kansas City Chiefs have inquired about acquiring quarterback Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles. New Chiefs head coach Andy Ried was part of the braintrust that drafted Foles last year, and Foles showed that he is at least a serviceable NFL QB. However, that was completely scrapped when the Chiefs acquired veteran QB Alex Smith from the 49ers for a second round pick. Smith is probably the best QB available, and it benefits San Francisco to get him out of the NFC West. Now the Chiefs can focus on protecting him for the next few years.
2/21/13: Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has agreed to a deal to work with SiriusXM NFL Radio, providing analysis at the Combine this week. Pioli has over 20 years of front office experience, with his greatest success as part of the Patriots staff that won three Super Bowls in four years. He was hired as Kansas City's GM in 2008 to bring some of the New England magic to the Chiefs. They made the playoffs in 2010, but then disintegrated to a 2-14 record last year - leaving the Chiefs fans to run Pioli out of town at the end of the season.
2/7/13: The Chiefs are poised to select Leon Sandcastle with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. That is according to a commercial produced for the Super Bowl. Sandcastle was of course Dieon Sanders in a wig and fake mustache who wowed scouts at the combine. In reality, KC has a tough choice. They obviously need a franchise quarterback, though this looks to be a QB-weak draft. Their best bet may be to simply take the best player available and try for a QB in free agency. Potential candidates are Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, and T.J. Yates. Though none would fill a stadium like Sandcastle.
1/31/13: While the media is already speculating on what the Chiefs will do with the number one overall pick - whether it is draft a quarterback like Geno Smith (West Virginia) or an offensive tackle, or even trade down, new head coach Andy Reid is quietly assembling his staff. Reid added former all-pro cornerback Al Harris as an assistant defensive backs coach. It is Harris' first coaching job and should benefit Chiefs' cornerback Brandon Flowers - who now will be coached by two former DBs in Harris and Emmitt Thomas. Flowers has steadily improved each year, but now may make the leap into elite status.
1/24/13: KC has the first overall pick in each round of the April draft, and boy do they need a quarterback. It is clear that neither Matt Cassel nor Brady Quinn is the answer. The obvious solution is to take a QB with the first overall pick. However, the highest rated QB is West Virginia's Geno Smith. This is a particularly weak quarterback draft, and the Chiefs have come out and publicly declared they will take the best overall player, not necessarily a QB. That is probably a smart move. They can get a field general through free agency and develop the quarterback they want.
1/17/13: Andy Reid and the Chiefs are moving quickly. Reid was hired as the new head coach of the team only days after he was fired in Philadelphia. Now the organization is putting together the coaching staff, and are attracting some big names. Most recently, the Chiefs are looking at Tony Sparano as the offensive line coach. Sparano was the head coach in Miami for a few season before getting fired after the 2011 season. He was then hired by the rival Jets as offensive coordinator, but released after one season as the Jets struggled mightily on offense the second half of the season.
1/10/13: The coaching carousel went through Kansas City in a hurry. On Black Monday, the Chiefs fired head coach Romeo Crennel after only a year and a half. By Friday, they had a new coach in Andy Reid. Reid was fired by the Eagles after 14 largely successful years. His past two season have generated only 12 wins - though KC would likely take a six win season with glee right now. The Chiefs also fired GM Scott Pioli, whom the fans felt led to the downfall of the franchise. Reid does have some assets to start with, as KC owns the first overall pick in the draft.
1/3/13: The Chiefs wasted no time in trying to put the 2012 season behind them, firing head coach Remeo Crennel on Black Monday. KC lost their final game of the season, getting blown out 38-3 by Peyton Manning and the AFC leading Denver Broncos. Brady Quinn and the Chiefs managed only 49 passing yards, making the Jets and Cardinals look like the '99 Rams. Surprisingly, owner Lamar Hunt did not fire General Manager Scott Pioli, whom many Chiefs fans blame for the mess that the team has become since coming over from New England a few years ago.
12/27/12: Though the Chiefs have struggled mightily this season, and though the fans are begging for an organizational shake-up once the season ends, the team can be proud of their play against the playoff-bound Colts this past Sunday. KC gave Indy all they could handle, and the Colts won on a late touchdown 20-13. Jamaal Charles led the way for the Chiefs with 226 yards on the ground, but it was just not quite enough. With two wins on the season, and a game at Denver still on the schedule, the Chiefs and their fans are looking toward 2013 for redemption.
12/20/12: The poor Kansas City Chiefs are just trying to finish out the season at this point. KC visited the Black Hole in Oakland and left with as many points as they started with, zero. No touchdowns were scored the entire game, and the only points were provided by five Sebastian Janikowski field goals. QB Brady Quinn managed only 136 passing yards and an interception. Running Back Jamaal Charles had 10 yards on nine carries - and he was the leading rusher. The Chiefs again abandoned the running game and seemed resigned to working on their draft status. KC returns home to a disinterested fan base to play the Colts this Sunday.
12/13/12: Only one week after pulling together for a very emotional win, the Chiefs fell back off the tracks against the Cleveland Browns. Runningback Jamaal Charles scored on an 80 yard run on the first play from scrimmage, to give the Chiefs a quick 7-0 lead. But that was all the Chiefs could muster, as the Browns would score the next 30 points, winning 30-7. Kansas city surrendered two goal line touchdowns to Browns rusher Trent Richardson, as well as a 93- yard kick return to Travis Benjamin. KC is now 2-9 on the year, but does have a chance for a third victory as the team hosts the struggling Oakland Raiders this week.
12/6/12: The Kansas City Chiefs organization is reeling after fourth year linebacker Jovon Belcher killed his girlfriend, then went to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead and committed suicide. Details are still emerging in the case, but the Chiefs and the NFL decided to play the game against Carolina on Sunday, which the Chiefs won. It was only the second win of the year for the team, but came a perfect time for a franchise and fan base that is in mourning. The Chiefs will next suit up against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday, as players, coaches, and fans try to come to grips with this tragedy.
11/29/12: Things are not getting any better in KC, and they may continue to get worse before fortunes change. The Chiefs took the Steelers to overtime two weeks ago and contained Denver relatively well (they only allowed 17 points), however, the team simply cannot put the ball in the endzone. KC settled for three field goals against a good Broncos defense, but the constant field goals have become far too common and trips to the endzone way too rare. KC now hosts a very disappointing Carolina team that did just beat the Eagles on Monday Night Football.
11/22/12: The rumblings in KC are getting louder and louder, as upset fans are demanding the firing of General Manager Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennell. The Chiefs have a single win on the year, beating the Saints early in the season when New Orleans was in disarray. They have struggled on offense and defense since then, and have rarely show signs of being competitive. The Chiefs were dismantled 28-6 by the Bengals last Sunday, only scoring two first half field goals. Next up is a home game against Denver. Chief fans should get used to hearing "With the first pick in the 2013 draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select...."
11/15/12: Its no secret that the Chiefs' season has not gone as planned. While the team languishes at 1-8, the fan base is doing everything they can to get GM Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel fired, as well as to run quarterback Matt Cassel out of town. But the Chiefs put up a good fight on Monday Night, taking host Pittsburgh to overtime. KC even owned its first lead of the year and went up 10-0 early on the Steelers. The defense played well, but the offense could only generate one more field goal (as time expired), before Pitt intercepted Cassel on the first play of overtime and kicked a field goal with the second play.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran safety Abram Elam to fill a thin position as starting safety Eric Berry recovers from injury. Berry tore his ACL in the season opener last season and his return date is questionable as he is still rehabbing from the injury. The other starting safety Kendrick Lewis underwent shoulder surgery this offseason. Elam played in all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season making 68 tackles. Elam has also spent seasons in Cleveland and the Jets and has amassed five sacks and three interceptions in his six year NFL career.
The Chiefs have been one of the more historic franchises in the league. Founded by NFL Titan Lamar Hunt, the Chiefs have had a winning record 26 times since 1966. The Chiefs have played at Arrowhead Stadium since 1972, making it one of the leagues most historic original stadiums. Arrowhead Stadium was named in a Sports Illustrated poll as the toughest place to play." All NFL fans should get Chiefs tickets and take a trip to Arrowhead Stadium to watch the Chiefs play in front of a great home crowd.
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The Chiefs took a chance with Matt Cassel who has been a back up his entire life. He backed up Matt Leinhart at USC and then backed up Tom Brady in the NFL. He took a lot of notes and learned a lot. His skill set was tested and proved to be a viable starting QB option. Granted he is not as refined as he could be but with one or two seasons under his belt he'll be able to accelerate at a faster pace. His receiving core isn't stellar but it is led by Dwayne Bowe who has proved he can be a number one receiver. Jamaal Charles has been pretty consistent in the past but the acquisition of Thomas Jones will lighten the load and allow for more depth in the back field. The Chiefs aren't in the greatest division but that just gives them more of an opportunity for the play offs.
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Kansas City Chiefs Preseason Beginning 2013
Dec 15, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs 56 - 31 Oakland Raiders Dec 8, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs 45 - 10 Washington Redskins Nov 24, 2013 San Diego Chargers 41 - 38 Kansas City Chiefs Nov 3, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs 23 - 13 Buffalo Bills Oct 27, 2013 Cleveland Browns 17 - 23 Kansas City Chiefs Oct 13, 2013 Oakland Raiders 7 - 24 Kansas City Chiefs Oct 6, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs 26 - 17 Tennessee Titans Sep 29, 2013 New York Giants 7 - 31 Kansas City Chiefs Sep 15, 2013 Dallas Cowboys 16 - 17 Kansas City Chiefs Sep 8, 2013 Kansas City Chiefs 28 - 2 Jacksonville Jaguars Aug 29, 2013 Preseason: Green Bay Packers 8 - 30 Kansas City Chiefs Aug 24, 2013 Preseason: Kansas City Chiefs 26 - 20 Pittsburgh Steelers Aug 16, 2013 Preseason: San Francisco 49ers 15 - 13 Kansas City Chiefs