Kansas City Chiefs News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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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