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3/25/15: The Kansas City Chiefs officially bid farewell to their former number one wide receiver Dwayne Bowe a few weeks ago and last week Bowe signed on with the Cleveland Browns. He figures to be the number one WR there, though that is not saying much. Bowe left in a classy manner with a nice goodbye note to the fans. Now the Chiefs are depending on their big free agent acquisition, Jeremy Maclin, to provide some offense. Heck, if he only catches one touchdown next season then he will still have beaten the entire wide receiving corps of the Chiefs in the 2014 campaign.
3/18/15: The Kansas City Chiefs were the absolute worst teams in the NFL last season when it came to throwing touchdown passes to wide receivers. In fact, they were the worst since the 1950's in that category by having a grand total of zero. In an effort to rectify this embarrassment, the Chiefs signed free agent Jeremy Maclin to a four year, $44 million contract. He immediately becomes the number one WR on the roster. To emphasize that point, the Chiefs cut Dwayne Bowe, who has not been effective for the last three years, though had some pretty good seasons early on in his career.
3/11/15: It came as no surprise last week when the Kansas City Chiefs elected to put the franchise tag on free agent linebacker Justin Houston. The Chiefs used the non-exclusive franchise tag, which is less expensive than the exclusive version. Should another team sign him, and the Chiefs choose not to match, then the Chiefs are entitled to two first round draft picks from the signing team. Houston was amazing last year registering 21.5 sacks and leading the league. The team and player now have until July 15 to work out a long term deal, or he will play under the franchise tender.
3/4/15: A lot of familiar veteran NFL players joined the ranks of the unemployed last week as teams started cutting players for salary cap space, lack of productivity or injury reasons. If a veteran is going to get cut, then they can hopefully get cut early to give them a two week head start on finding a new job. Among those in the bread line is now former Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano. Fasano is now 30 years old and did not do much last season. He only caught 25 passes with four touchdowns (four more than all Chiefs wide receivers combined). More importantly, Travis Kelcy is the starter and Fasano was set to make $2.8 million.
2/25/15: It is about time for the Kansas City Chiefs to place the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston. General Manager John Dorsey "envision(s) Justin Houston as a Chief next year" and indicated that there will be many more conversations in the near future - not just the one between Houston's representatives and the team at the Combine. Houston is in his prime at age 26 and has registered 43 sacks over the past three seasons. The ideal solution is to get a long-term deal in place before March 2nd, and make everyone a happy camper. Otherwise, the Chiefs will be paying big bucks over the short-term.
2/18/15: It is almost a certainty that Kansas City will use the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston this offseason, which would keep him in KC for at least another year (assuming he signs it). That would give him big money on a year-to-year basis, or until the team and player come to a longer contract agreement. Houston is expected to sign that tender. He would get a 20% raise in 2016 and a 44% raise in 2017, unless the team allowed him to leave or work out a new deal. Remember, the franchise tag was originally designed to benefit players, not the owners, and with 20% and 44% raises, it certainly looks like it is working.
2/11/15: Since Andy Reid joined the Kansas City Chiefs, they team has had a pretty strong defense. Justin Houston had a marvelous season last year and the team just signed veteran defensive lineman Vaughn Martin. However, the offense was anemic last season. Aside from running back Jamaal Charles, there was not much to speak about. The team completed no touchdown passes to wide receivers for the entire season. Quarterback Alex Smith takes a lot of the blame for that, but he could also use some better receivers who can get separation on cornerbacks and make plays in the end zone.
2/5/15: The Kansas City Chiefs have sported one of the better defensive units over the past two seasons and they would like to keep it that way. Of course, there is always the trick about how much star players are getting paid and how much they cost against the salary cap. Linebacker Tamba Hali falls in that group. He is owed $8.75 million next season with a cap hit of nearly $12 million. Hali says he wants to stay in Kansas City and claims that is not concerned about the money. That could be good news for the Chiefs as it sounds like Hali is open to taking a pay cut or restructuring his contract.
1/28/15: One of the hardest episodes of the 2014 NFL season was the lymphoma diagnosis of Chiefs safety Eric Berry. Berry's cancer is (thankfully) considered very treatable and he is undergoing treatments. He got a couple visitors last week in Atlanta. Team owner Clark Hunt and General Manager John Dorsey made a side trip on their way down to the Senior Bowl to visit Berry and found him all smiles. They spent over two hours at Berry's family's house and he is said to be in good spirits. There is no timetable for Berry's return, if there even will be one, but it is good that he is on the road to recovery.
1/14/15: Do not be surprised if the Chiefs wide receiving corps looks a lot different next season. There are several reasons why: for one, Kansas City had exactly zero touchdown catches by a wide receiver all season (which seems impossible considering all of the rules changes over recent years which benefit the passing game). Additionally, number one WR Dwayne Bowe has a big contract with little productivity, so he may be cut. In other news, the Chiefs signed Terrelle Pryor as a backup quarterback, which may indicate that they are looking to trade or cut Chase Daniels in the near future.
1/7/15: The Chiefs had the slightest of chances to make the playoffs in Week 17. They did their part by playing spoiler to the rival San Diego Chargers, but they also needed a few teams to lose to get in. The stars did not align, so the Chiefs are on the golf course now. But QB Chase Daniels did enough in that game (only the second start of his career) and now is being looked at by teams that need a starting QB. This same narrative has played out several times before (Josh McCown, Matt Flynn, Scott Mitchell), so the Chiefs may be interested in trading him off while his value is pretty high.
11/19/14: The Chiefs have really turned into a solid unit over the past few weeks and are proving that last season was not a fluke. They successfully took down the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks at home last Sunday, 24-20, and now are tied with Denver for first place in the AFC West. Jamaal Charles stole the show in this game. He finished with 159 yards on 20 carries, an whopping 8 yards per carry average, and had two touchdowns. He was simply too much for the vaunted Seahawks defense to handle, and gave notice to the rest of the league that the Chiefs are a team to be feared. KC has the short week, this time, heading to winless Oakland for the Thursday Night Game.
11/12/14: Sometime, you just run into a team at the right time. That was the case for the Chiefs this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were decimated by injuries, despite their 5-3 record. The Chiefs took advantage of that and were able to limit the Bills to 364 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, they took advantage of some late opportunities to win 17-13 and improve to 6-3. It was not the prettiest of games, but it was a needed win. KC is home this Sunday to host the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, in a game they probably should win.
11/5/14: The Chiefs hosted the hapless New York Jets on Sunday, and the game went about as one would expect against a one win team on the road starting their backup. The Chiefs easily won 24-10. Jamaal Charles registered another touchdown to go along with 78 rushing yards. The highlight may have been when tight end Anthony Fasano caught a touchdown pass from while on his hind-side. The City of Kansas City may be reeling from losing the World Series, but the Chiefs are playing well and improved to 5-3 on the season and head to Buffalo next Sunday.
10/29/14: The Chiefs spotted the Rams a 7-0 first quarter lead, then went to work. Kansas City used a dominant running game to complement an efficient passing game en route to a 34-7 blowout. Jamaal Charles had 13 carries for 73 yards and two scores. He also added 44 yard receiving on the day. The Chiefs defense did their part as well. The Rams only managed 160 yards passing and 84 on the ground. The win keeps the Chiefs in the mix for a playoff spot. They are now 4-3 on the season and host the New York Jets on Sunday.
10/22/14: The Chiefs have earned their share of skeptics this year, with many experts predicting they would regress. While they have not been as strong as last season, this is still a pretty good football team. Add to that the knowledge head coach Andy Reid bring - particularly after a bye week, and the Chiefs can still be competitive in the AFC West. KC was on the road to face division rival San Diego last Sunday. They did enough to stay in the game by disrupting Philip Rivers and the San Diego offense to kick a winning field goal with 21 seconds left on the clock. The Chiefs improved to 3-3 on the season and host the St. Louis Rams this Sunday.
10/15/14: Like the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs got their bye during Week 6. The Chiefs have looked very good at times, like when they routed the New England Patriots. However, they have had their moments of struggles as well, and sit at 2-3 on the season. It appears to be a long road ahead of the Chiefs for the rest of the year. Their best chance at getting back in the division race and making the playoffs again seems to be by beating their AFC West rivals when they get the chance. They get that chance this Sunday when they head to California to take on the San Diego Chargers in a late afternoon showdown.
10/8/14: The Chiefs have been an inconsistent team at best this season. They lost in the season opener to a shaky Tennessee team, but routed the once powerful New England Patriots in Week 4. The Chiefs took a tough road loss last Sunday, falling to the host San Francisco 49ers 22-17. The Chiefs actually had a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but could not manage any more points while the 49ers put up two field goals. KC now sits at 2-3 and is danger of falling out of the race in the AFC West. They will have an extra week to get back into shape as they are on a bye in Week 6.
10/1/14: The Kansas City Chiefs earned huge win and maybe some respect by thumping the once-vaunted New England Patriots 41-14 at home on Monday Night Football. The crowd was geared up for it and set a new Guinness World Record for loudest football stadium - obliterating the mark set the Seattle last season. Jamaal Charles showed that he was back with 92 yards and three touchdowns - so keep him in your fantasy lineup. The Chiefs improved to 2-2 on the season and ended a two game losing streak. They will try to get over .500 on Sunday when they travel to San Francisco.
9/24/14: The Kansas City Chiefs got off to a rough start with losses in their first two games of the season, but earned their first win with a road victory over Miami. KC put up two touchdowns in the second quarter and added another 20 points in the second half. The defense was effective at keeping the Dolphins off the score board, though the Fish did rack up over 140 yards on the ground. Running back Jamaal Charles missed the game due to injury, but Knile Davis was dominant with 132 yards rushing and a score. The Chiefs will host the New England Patriots on Monday Night.
9/17/14: Kansas City got into a bit of a hole when they were upset at home by the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. That hole got deeper in Week 2 as the Chiefs fell to the Broncos on the road, 24-17 on Sunday. Even worse, the Chiefs lost both safety Eric Berry and star running back Jamaal Charles to ankle injuries, and there is concern that both could be out for a long time. Knile Davis filled in with 79 yards rushing and two touchdowns, but it simply was not enough against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. KC is now 0-2 on the season and heads to Miami to take on the 1-1 Dolphins on Sunday.
8/28/14: Like everyone else who is suspended for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson claims that he did so unknowingly. Stephenson claims that a prescribed drug he took contained a banned substance. Of course, he apologized for not checking with the proper outlets before taking the medication. Stephenson will spend the first four games like most Americans, watching the games from his couch. It was the second straight week the Chiefs saw a player suspended, as number one wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for one game, apparently for marijuana dating back to last November.
8/21/14: If Dwayne Bowe was a stock, it would have been best to sell short a couple of years ago. He did not do much last season and word out of Chiefs camp is that he has dropped more than a few balls so far this summer. Part of that, if not all, may be due to an injured finger. The severity of the injury is unknown, but head coach Andy Reid makes it sound like it is hanging on by a thread. To make matters worse, Bowe will be suspended for the season opener in a few weeks. Perhaps the time off will give Bowe a chance to heal and get back to the form he displayed just a few years ago.
8/14/14: The Kansas City Chiefs, as an organization, seem to be learning from the Washington Redskins. Specifically, they are learning what not to do to avoid a public relations nightmare and national scrutiny. The Chiefs are reaching out to Native American organizations for advice and consultation regarding their nickname. Of course, 'Chief' is not in the same boat as 'Redskin' in terms of being derogatory. But it is a smart move, nonetheless. The Florida State Seminoles led the way in these efforts years ago and have the endorsement of the Seminole Tribe (of Florida) for use of the name. And that, Washington, is how you do it.
8/7/14: The Chiefs were a surprise team last season. They benefitted from high draft picks, a new coaching staff, a new QB, the return to health of key players and a relatively easy schedule. Things will not be so easy this season and the Chiefs will not be able to sneak up on other teams. The defense was outstanding for most of last season, and Eric Berry was a big part of that . The safety did injure his heel last week in training camp, but is only expected to miss a few days. Unfortunately, the news is not as good for safety Sanders Commings, who fractured a fibula.
7/31/14: The big news in Kansas City was that star running back Jamaal Charles was going to hold out to get a bigger contract. So the holdout started, and then it ended. Very quickly. The Chiefs and Charles came to an agreement on an extension that guarantees him $8.3 million. Overall, the deal is for four years and $28 million. Compared to other running back deals this offseason, it is fairly large, but only the first year is guaranteed. Considering how much the Chiefs' offense is centered around Charles, it is probably a good deal for both sides.
7/24/14: Chiefs QB Alex Smith spent the better part of a decade in San Francisco, mostly with average teams that constantly changed offenses. He has found more success over the past few years and is considered a solid but unspectacular starting quarterback. Smith insists that he among the best in the league and wants to sign a long-term extension that pays him as such. The Chiefs have been hesitant to do so as of yet. Of course, if Smith has an outstanding season with some postseason success, the Chiefs may be forced into that contract whether they want to or not.
7/17/14: Fans of NFL teams around the country have been licking their chops in hopes that their team could pull off a trade with the Houston Texans to land star wide receiver Andre Johnson. For the Chiefs, that would mean pairing Johnson with Dwayne Bowe to create a very strong WR duo. Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen. The Texans may want Bowe in return, which would render the dynamic duo moot. Even if not, the salary cap consequences would likely be unmanageable. Johnson will have a salary cap hit of over $21 million over the next two seasons, and few teams can afford that.
7/10/14: It is the time of year again when the NFL is at its slowest point, and that often times means players getting in trouble during their off-time. It is also the time of year when the NFL starts announcing suspensions for various misdeeds. In the last week, Josh Gordon's hearing for a failed drug test was announced, and suspensions for LaVon Brazill and Dion Jordan were made public. The Chiefs were not immune as offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins was handed a four game suspension to start the 2014-15 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It is Watkins second suspension for the violation as he served a one game ban last season.
7/3/14: The Chiefs turned a few heads a couple weeks ago when they released cornerback Brandon Flowers. Flowers struggled last season, but has been a solid corner every year until then. He says that he struggled with injuries in 2013. A new defensive scheme probably did not do him any favors either. He landed quickly with the rival San Diego Chargers and says that not only did staying in the division lead him to San Diego, but that he is the best cornerback in the league. The Chiefs obviously do not believe that, otherwise they would have kept him around.
6/26/14: The Chiefs are collecting wide receivers the way a dog picks up fleas. The team announced that they have signed Patriots castoff Mark Harrison. Harrison sat out last season (his rookie year) with a foot injury, after making the team as an undrafted free agent. It is reported that he was late to a meeting at Patriots OTAs, and that may have been why he was released earlier this month. For those keeping score at home, that makes 13 receivers on the Chiefs roster, though most are unknown (even to the most ardent fans) after Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery.
6/19/14: We know that every year, like clockwork, big names will be cut from their teams. Often it is because they are owed a lot of money and there is a more economic option available. However, that usually happens in training camp and not after OTAs. It seems like that is similar to the situation the Chiefs found themselves with cornerback Brandon Flowers. Flowers was a no-show for OTAs and now must find a new job. He was scheduled to make $5.25 million this season. The team was willing to trade him and save the money, though they will have to count it towards the salary cap, possibly over two years.
6/12/14: Alex Smith is coming up on a new contract at the end of the 2014-15 season, and that could present challenges for the Chiefs. Both Smith and Bengals QB Andy Dalton are in the same boat. They are good, but not great quarterbacks and the both want, reportedly, around $18 million per season. Even understanding that the salary cap has increased dramatically, that still seems like the type of money to be paid for elite QBs, - the kind of QBs that make up for the deficiencies of others. Considering that paying $18 million per year would take away money from other roster spots, that is a tough call for both the Bengals and the Chiefs.
6/6/14: Another week has passed and it looks like the Chiefs are no closer to signing QB Alex Smith to a long term contract than they were a few weeks ago. Granted, there is no rush to get a deal done today, but lingering negotiations seem to benefit the Chiefs more than the player in this case. KC drafted Aaron Murray from Georgia in the fifth round, and they may be looking at him as the QB for the near future. If Smith and the team cannot reach an agreement soon, then Smitt will have to have a career year to show that he is worthy of franchise QB money.
5/29/14: It is easy for people to forget, but until Aaron Murray got injured, he was breaking all sorts of Georgia and SEC records for quarterbacks. That injury certainly hurt his draft stock, but was actually a big break for the Chiefs, who drafted him in the fifth round. K.C. still has Alex Smith and is working on a long term contract with him. That does not mean that Murray is a designated backup, it means that the Chiefs have leverage in the contract negotiations. Murray probably will not play in 2014 unless absolutely needed, but could own the job in a year or two.
5/22/14: Since the final agreement to the current CBA, teams have a much easier time signing their draft picks. Essentially, each pick is slotted at a certain pay grade, so there is not that much negotiation. KC paid the 49ers two second round picks for QB Alex Smith a year ago. After some moving around in the draft, the results are finally in. The Chiefs got a starting QB that took them to the playoffs, and the 49ers parlayed their two picks into five, resulting in: defensive lineman Tank Carradine, linebackers Corey Lemonier and Chris Borland, running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Stevie Johnson.
5/15/14: Considering all the hoopla and pomp and circumstance surrounding Johnny Manziel getting selected at 22 by the Cleveland Browns, it is easy to understand that many people missed the fact that the Chiefs took Auburn defensive end Dee Ford at 23. Ford was a key defensive player for the Tigers on their march to the National Championship Game, and actually believes that he is better than first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. For the Chiefs' sake, here is hoping he is. Regardless, a very good pick for Kansas City to shore up their defense in a very good AFC West.
5/8/14: Many people expect the Chiefs to take a step back in the upcoming 2014 season. They finished a league worst 2-14 in 2012, but improved to double digit wins in 2013. That was due to several factors, including a healthier team, an easier schedule, a new coaching staff and a new QB. They are not going to sneak up on anyone this year. They will not have a second round pick in the draft, as that was traded for QB Alex Smith. Not a bad trade, really, giving up a future second rounder for an experienced starting quarterback and getting to the playoffs.
5/1/14: The Kansas City Chiefs rose from an embarrassing 2-14 season in 2012 to the playoffs in 2013, which is simply one of the greatest one year turnarounds in NFL history. They did benefit from a relatively soft schedule, but they played great defense throughout most of the year and are looking to improve. It was not widely reported nationally, but 2013 first overall pick offensive tackle Eric Fisher underwent surgery this offseason for shoulder and hernia injuries. The Chiefs will need to have him back at full force, especially considering they play the NFC West this season, and all of those teams have great defenses.
4/24/14: Everyone can agree that one of the holes that the Chiefs need to fill is wide receiver depth. Sure, Dwayne Bowe is a legitimate number one receiver, but the talent level falls off after that. So going into offseason workouts, the teams brought back Kyle Williams. Williams was claimed off waivers from the 49ers late last season, but tore his ACL after one game. He tore the same ACL a year earlier, so there is obviously questions about his ability to play. The good news is that this draft is deep in wide receivers, so the team may be able to find some answers in the draft.
4/17/14: Dwayne Bowe is the undisputed number one receiver for the Chiefs and could certainly use a complementary receiver. That is well known and well documented. But Bowe has had some off-field issues, which includes an arrest for possession of marijuana last November. At the time, Bowe said he was profiled when he was pulled over for speeding. Now, with his court case this week, he has backed off of those accusations and released a statement saying the opposite. Once the case is finished up, Bowe may be subject to punishment by the NFL, which could include a suspension.
4/10/14: A year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the draft. The pick was not criticized much and seemed to play into what Kansas City was trying to do. If he was in the draft this year, then no less an authority on the NFL draft than Mel Kiper says he would be the fourth ranked offensive lineman. That is not a knock against Fisher, but a testament to the quality of offensive linemen in the 2014 draft. The top candidates are Greg Robinson (Auburn), Jake Mathews (Texas A&M) and Taylor Lewan (Michigan). And it is not out of the realm of possibilities that the Chiefs use a few picks on the offensive line.
4/3/14: As soon as word came out that the Philadelphia Eagles had released pro bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the media pundits and NFL experts of the world tried to create ties that would bring Djax to Kansas City. That premise was built on the fact that Andy Reid was Jackson's head coach in Philly and that the Chiefs could use another receiver. Within a couple of days, however, it was reported that the Chiefs are not pursuing the player. Reports like this pop up and disappear, so it is really still up in the air if the Chiefs will go after him.
3/27/14: Free agency for the 2014 NFL offseason is two weeks old at this point. Most of the big names are off the board, including offensive tackle Branden Albert (whom the Chiefs lost) and running back Ben Tate. But there are still some good players out there. Indeed, some of the smarter teams have found success by avoiding high-priced veterans (who get paid for past results and often do not pan out). The Chiefs are digging in the bargain bag as well, and signed cornerback Chris Owens. Owens is a better than average cornerback, and should benefit from playing in a solid defensive scheme.
3/20/14: The Chiefs have an interesting decision on their hands and it has nothing to do with keeping or dropping a player. The team, reportedly, had come to a verbal agreement with WR Emmanual Sanders - or more precisely, with his agent. The agent then apparently went and shopped the deal around and Sanders now is signing with Chiefs' rival Denver. KC could file a grievance against the Broncos, though that probably will not do anything to help them out. While nothing is finalized until the documents are signed and the league approves a transaction, there is common practice against this type of behavior.
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.
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Kansas City Chiefs Past Games Schedule and Kansas City Chiefs Scores
|Dec 28, 2014||San Diego Chargers - Kansas City Chiefs||7 - 19|
|Dec 14, 2014||Oakland Raiders - Kansas City Chiefs||13 - 31|
|Dec 7, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - Arizona Cardinals||14 - 17|
|Nov 30, 2014||Denver Broncos - Kansas City Chiefs||29 - 16|
|Nov 20, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - Oakland Raiders||20 - 24|
|Nov 16, 2014||Seattle Seahawks - Kansas City Chiefs||20 - 24|
|Nov 9, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - Buffalo Bills||17 - 13|
|Nov 2, 2014||New York Jets - Kansas City Chiefs||10 - 24|
|Oct 26, 2014||St. Louis Rams - Kansas City Chiefs||7 - 34|
|Oct 19, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - San Diego Chargers||23 - 20|
|Oct 5, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - San Francisco 49ers||17 - 22|
|Sep 29, 2014||New England Patriots - Kansas City Chiefs||14 - 41|
|Sep 21, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - Miami Dolphins||34 - 15|
|Sep 14, 2014||Kansas City Chiefs - Denver Broncos||17 - 24|
|Sep 7, 2014||Tennessee Titans - Kansas City Chiefs||26 - 10|
|Aug 23, 2014||Preseason: Minnesota Vikings - Kansas City Chiefs||30 - 12|
|Aug 17, 2014||Preseason: Kansas City Chiefs - Carolina Panthers||16 - 28|