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Jamaal’s Career Built On His Toughness

I’ve written these words many times over the last seven NFL seasons; spoken them quite often as well. I feel compelled to repeat:

Pound-for-pound Jamaal Charles is the toughest football player I’ve seen play.

Tough is a word with many branches off its trunk, involving physical, emotional and mental qualities all rolled into the definition.

Charles has all of that . . . and more. The swirl around him over the last few days – did he suffer a concussion in San Diego or not? – was caused by Charles himself. It was probably not the smartest move to talk publicly about having flashes of light in his vision, or that he did not want to take concussion tests because he wasn’t going to leave the game.

It had nothing to do with setting the franchise record for career rushing yards. It had everything to do with how Charles views his place with this team – he is the man, the engine, the star, the motivator, the leader by what he says and does especially how he plays with a level of toughness that exceeds that of ordinary players. When he gets knocked down, Charles gets back up, sometimes bouncing up like nothing happened. More than once he took a rib-rattling shot from a tackler, got immediately to his feet and patted the defensive player on his head before heading back to the offensive huddle. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Update – October 22

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was plenty of discussion Wednesday at the Chiefs facility about the question of whether running back Jamaal Charles did or did not suffer a concussion in last Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Charles told ESPN Radio that he thought he did suffer a slight concussion after he was hit in the end zone by Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers. But the Chiefs say tests conducted on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday did not show concussion effects and the running back was scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice on the advice of an independent evaluator. There’s more coming up later today on the Charles concussion situation.

There were three Chiefs that were not scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice, the first in the preparation week to play St. Louis this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium – wide receiver Donnie Avery (sports hernia surgery), cornerback Chris Owens (strained knee ligament) and wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring strain.)

Also on the injury report were tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and strong safety Eric Berry (ankle). Both players were expected to take part in some and/or all parts of practice.

Here are the injury/practice reports for both the Chiefs and Rams: …Read More!

Chiefs Do The Practice Squad Shuffle Again

Churning the 10-man practice squad is something the Chiefs do on a weekly basis. This week, the attention fell on the big boys on the line of scrimmage, as they released a defensive tackle and signed a guard.

Gone is Jerel Worthy, a defensive tackle out of Michigan State University who spent six weeks with the Chiefs since signing on September 9th.

Filling the open spot on the practice squad is guard Jarrod Pughsley, a 6-4½, 308-pound blocker from the University of Akron. Pughsley played in 35 games over four seasons with the Zips, where he joined the program as a walk-on out of Lima High School in Lima, Ohio. He made starts at both left and right tackle, and left guard over his college career.

Pughsley went undrafted back in May and signed with Dallas on May 12. Two weeks later, he was waived injured by the Cowboys and then moved to the injured-reserve list with a torn biceps muscle. He was waived on July 24 after reaching an injury settlement with Dallas.

He becomes the 21st player that’s been part of the Chiefs practice squad this season.

Alex Smith & Snap Judgments – San Diego

It’s hard to boil down a quarterback’s performance in a game down to a single play.

But in the Chiefs 23-20 victory over San Diego on Sunday, there was one play that epitomized all the things about Alex Smith that head coach Andy Reid loves.

There were 95 seconds left in the game and the Chiefs faced a second-and-15 play at their 27-yard line. It was a pressure situation for Reid and his offense. There was enough time to at the least move the ball into range to kick a field goal. On the other hand, the score was still tied – a conservative move would have been to kill the reset of the clock and play for overtime.

Smith took the shotgun snap and scanned the field. Pressure came at him from his right side, forcing him out of the pocket and running to his left. As he neared the sideline and with more pass rushers honing in on his position, Smith found wide receiver Dwayne Bowe open in the middle of the field.

First down Kansas City, as they were now at their 46-yard line. Four plays later, Cairo Santos kicked the 48-yard field goal that provided the winning points for the Chiefs.

But it was that Smith play that showcased what he brings to the offense. …Read More!

Andy Updates Chiefs Injury Situation After San Diego

From the Truman Sports Complex

In his normal Monday meeting with the media horde, head coach Andy Reid updated the Chiefs injury situation after the victory over San Diego.

The only new injuries came with wide receiver Junior Hemingway and tight end Travis Kelce. Hemingway strained his hamstring injury and Reid said “we’ll just have to see how he does day-by-day.”

Kelce has a problem in his rib cage area. “We’ve just got to see how he does,” said Reid, who indicated the injury was not to a rib, but to cartilage in the rib cage.

Reid also updated the status of middle linebacker Joe Mays, who is now eligible to begin practicing after missing the season’s first six games, will not work this week. He’s recovering from a torn ligament in his wrist that required surgery. Mays is on injured-reserve/designated for return and can begin practicing at any time. The Chiefs would then have three weeks to decide whether to move him to the active roster or leave him on the injured-reserve list for the remainder of the 2014 season.

“We are most likely not going to practice him this week,” said Reid. “His clock starts when he starts practicing. We are going to hold off until we can get his arm rehabbed a little bit. We just want to get the arm in better shape before he gets back on the field.” …Read More!

Statement Made With 23-20 Victory Over Bolts

With two weeks to prepare the Chiefs did something on Sunday in San Diego that does not happen often – they won.

When rookie kicker Cairo Santos made a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play giving the Chiefs a 23-20 victory, Kansas City’s favorite football team had its first victory in seven years in San Diego and only their third in this century.

It was a performance where all three parts of the Chiefs game made big contributions. The offense did not give the ball away and kept the San Diego offense on the sidelines. The defense gave the Chargers very few opportunities when they did stay on the field and the special teams provided three field goals from Santos, including that game winner.

Now 3-3 on the season, the Chiefs have two straight home games coming up against St. Louis and then the New York Jets.

Here’s our coverage:

Chiefs Better Be Tough To Win In San Diego

Asked what he liked about his team as it reached its bye week after five games, Andy Reid pointed to one trait displayed by his players.

“They’ve got a certain toughness about them, which I like,” Reid said of his 2-3 club. “That’s a tough thing to coach, that toughness thing. Until you are in the fight of playing the game, you don’t exactly know that part of it and you have to experience that.

“I would tell you that there is some grit to this team and some of the fundamentals and techniques we’ve got to get corrected, but that grit . . . we can take care of the other stuff but that a tough thing to coach and they’ve showed that they’ve got a little of that.”

The Chiefs are going to need a lot of that if they expect to win on Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego against the Chargers. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. with television coverage by CBS.

Led by quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers are 5-1 and in first place in the AFC West. They’ve won five straight since losing the season opener by just one-point at Arizona.

There’s a lot left in the 2014 season, but losing to San Diego, the Chiefs would be three games behind the division leader with 10 games to play. That’s a tough hole for any team, including a tough one, to exit.

Toughness in football is a quality that seemingly easy to define, but that is just for those that want to use the physical to make the definition. There’s a lot more than being bigger and stronger. It’s also about being strong mentality, not being knocked off the path to victory because the game is played on the road. …Read More!

4 Keys To Victory For Chiefs Against Chargers

        

Four

Keep a handle on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates in the red zone

The 34-year old Gates is in his 12th season and remains a factor in the San Diego passing game. He’s been very successful against the Chiefs over the first 11 seasons; the K.C. defense has been his favorite end-zone target, with 14 touchdown catches. In those scoring plays against the Chiefs, 10 came in San Diego victories. This season, Gates has 24 catches and 25 percent of those went for touchdowns (6). With the exception of a 21-yard scoring play, his TD plays have all come inside the opponent’s 20-yard line – from the 12, 8, 8, 8 and one-yard lines. With both Eric Berry and Chris Owens out of the game, the Chiefs depth in the secondary is going to be severely tested. Backup safeties Kurt Coleman, Kelcie McCray and Jamell Fleming are going to be very important in this game to provide help for starters Husain Abdullah and Ron Parker. Keeping Gates out of the end zone would significantly improve the Chiefs chances for a victory.

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Officials Preview: Referee Bill Vinovich & Crew

The San Diego Chargers will find the officiating crew in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs quite familiar.

Referee Bill Vinovich led the group of zebras that worked the Chargers regular-season opener against Arizona. That’s the only game San Diego has lost this season. In that game, the officials walked off six penalties for 47 yards against the Chargers. It’s not unusual for an NFL crew to see a team twice during a full season, but two games in seven weeks does not happen very often.

In six games this season, Vinovich and his crew have averaged 12.5 penalties walked off for 93.7 yards. Those numbers leave them near the top of the league’s list of least busy or least intrusive officiating groups. In those half-dozen games, the home teams are 5-1; the only visiting club that won with Vinovich and crew was Green Bay last week when the Packers beat the Dolphins in south Florida.

The last Chiefs game that Vinovich worked came in October 2013 when he handled the Chiefs 26-17 victory over the Titans in Nashville. Over his career, he’s worked five Chiefs games, and K.C. is 3-2 in those outings. …Read More!

Jamaal Reaches For Rushing Record In San Diego

The 32 career rushing leaders for each NFL team.

Ohio and Pennsylvania used to be the area of the country where an abundance of quarterbacks were developed. Florida always seemed to provide the wide receivers. The upper Midwest was home for linebackers and big linemen.

And Texas is where football has grown its running backs. That will be evident on Sunday, but not in the Lone Star State, but at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. That’s where Texas born and bred Jamaal Charles will take the field against the Chargers needing 53 yards to become the Chiefs career leader in rushing yards. He enters the game against the Chargers with 6,108 yards and he’s looking to pass another Texas-bred running back. Priest Holmes currently holds the franchise rushing yardage record with 6,070 yards in his 65 games wearing red and gold.

Going into this weekend’s schedule of games, there are 12 running backs from Texas among the top 100 career rushers in league history. No other state has more. Here’s the Lone Star State backs in that top 100 rushers.

There are a lot of goals Charles carries for his NFL career, starting with winning a Super Bowl and working down to a few individual honors. That includes moving past his fellow Longhorn for career rushing honors with the Chiefs.

“I think it’s cool,” Charles said on Friday after finishing up the practice week in preparation for the Chargers. “We went to the same school in college; we’re from the same state so I think that’s pretty cool more than anything. But at the end of the day, I just want to continue to make history.” …Read More!

Chiefs-Chargers NFL Injury Reports For Sunday’s Game

The Chiefs have declared two key members of their secondary out of Sunday’s game against the Chargers in San Diego.

On Friday the Chiefs reported safety Eric Berry and slot/nickel cornerback Chris Owens will not play. They join wide receiver Donnie Avery on the sidelines; Avery is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Berry will miss a fourth game because of a high ankle sprain suffered on September 14th. Owens will not play because of a knee contusion and ligament strain he suffered near the end of the Chiefs game against San Francisco.

The Chargers will be without running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) and inside linebacker Manti Te’o (foot). …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report / No Eric Berry – October 17

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs began their final practice of preparation week for the Chargers without safety Eric Berry.

After practicing on Wednesday, Berry did not participate Thursday and late Friday morning he was not on the field during the period where the media was allowed to watch practice.

Berry has been trying to return from the high ankle sprain that he suffered on September 14 in the first half of the Chiefs game in Denver. He’s missed the last three games and appears to be on his way to missing a fourth.

Also not on the field was cornerback Chris Owens; he did not practice all week because of the knee injury he suffered in the San Francisco game.

But, running back Cyrus Gray was part of practice for the first time this week, wearing a cast to protect his fractured left hand. His status for Sunday remains up in the air.

Official injury reports for both the Chiefs and Chargers will come late Friday afternoon.

Next Opponent – San Diego Chargers

Quarterback Philip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers will be wearing their baby blues on Sunday vs. Chiefs

Game – No. 6.

Opponentthe San Diego Chargers.

2014 record – the Bolts are 5-1, riding a five-game winning streak. They lost the season opener to Arizona, 18-17. Since then, they’ve beaten Seattle by nine points, Buffalo by 12 points, Jacksonville by 19 points, the New York Jets by 31 points and last Sunday, they topped the Raiders in Oakland 31-28. They are plus-73 in point differential (164 scored, 91 given up), plus-7 in turnover ratio (2 giveaways, 9 takeaways) and plus-3 (9 allowed, 12 on defense.)

Franchise began – in 1960 as an original member of the American Football League and named the Los Angeles Chargers. The original owner was Barron Hilton, son of Conrad Hilton who began the Hilton Hotel chain that continues today. Barron Hilton branched out into many other businesses during his days as an active businessman. That included joining Lamar Hunt as a member of the so-called Foolish Club of original AFL owners. He’s the last surviving member of that founding group. Hilton moved the Chargers to San Diego in 1961 where they’ve been since. He sold his controlling interest in the Chargers for $10 million in 1966 to Los Angeles businessman Gene Klein, who also owned the Seattle SuperSonics team in the NBA. Hilton will turn 87 later this month and reportedly still holds a small sliver of ownership in the Chargers. And, he’s also the grandfather of Paris Hilton, who is famous for something but heaven knows what. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report – October 16

Not so good news for the Chiefs as they continued preparations on Thursday when safety Eric Berry did not participate in the team’s afternoon practice.

Berry continues to try to overcome the sprained ankle he suffered in the first half of the September 14th game in Denver. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but the Chiefs reported he did not practice on Thursday.

San Diego added center Rich Ohrnberger to the injury report with a back problem. He did not practice on Thursday.

Here are the participation/injury reports for both teams from Thursday:

Chiefs

DID NOT PRACTICE – Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin), safety Eric Berry (ankle), running back Cyrus Gray (hand), cornerback Chris Owens (knee).

FULL PARTICIPATION – Cornerback Phillip Gaines (concussion), cornerback Sean Smith (groin).

Chargers

DID NOT PRACTICE – Linebacker Jerry Attaochu (hamstring), running back Donald Brown (concussion), cornerback Brandon Flowers (groin), running back Ryan Mathews (knee), center Rich Ohrnberger (back), linebacker Manti Te’o (foot).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION – Cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder),.

FULL PARTICIPATION – Right tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), linebacker Cordarro Law (ankle), wide receiver Eddie Royal (elbow), linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee).

It’s No Longer The Chiefs Town

A torch was passed early Wednesday evening at the Truman Sports Complex.

Actually, it wasn’t so much passed as it was taken by the remarkable Kansas City Royals.

For the better part of the last 25 years, it was the Chiefs that controlled the sporting interest in Kansas City and environs. But that came to an end the moment that reliever Greg Holland got the final Baltimore batter to groundout to end Game No. 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Royals are now on their way to the World Series, having won eight straight post-season games.

After 29 years, they will compete for the championship of their game, facing either the San Francisco Giants or possibly the St. Louis Cardinals.

This weekend the Chiefs will travel to San Diego in an attempt to even their record at 3-3 for the NFL season. Football fans in K.C. have been waiting 45 seasons now for their team to play for a Super Bowl.

So you see in many ways the Royals are mere babes in the waiting department. They did carry a heavy burden going 29 years without even a game in the post-season. Since Len Dawson and the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV, they have made the playoffs in 13 seasons, but got within a game of playing for the title only once, and that was now 21 years ago. …Read More!

Tale of the Tape: Chiefs vs. Chargers

The Chiefs come back from their bye week and they face a real task – playing the AFC West leader in the San Diego Chargers on the road. The Bolts are 5-1 on the season, a half-game ahead of the Broncos and those two teams will meet next Thursday night in Denver. Before that game, the Chargers must take advantage of their strengths and handle the Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego’s lovely Mission Valley.

Break down the matchup between these two teams and the Chargers have a big edge. Here’s the tale of the tape: …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report – October 15

From the Truman Sports Complex

It was not a surprise on Wednesday when the Chiefs declared wide receiver Donnie Avery out of this Sunday’s game against San Diego as he recovers from sports hernia surgery.

Head coach Andy Reid did say that Avery was “making progress” in recovery. Generally, the rehab for the procedure is six to eight weeks.

Also missing from Wednesday’s practice were cornerback Chris Owens and running back Cyrus Gray.

Owens is dealing with a bone bruise on his knee and a strained knee ligament suffered near the end of the game against San Francisco. “He’s day-to-day,” said Reid. “We’ll just see how he does.”

Gray suffered a fractured left hand and is wearing a cast. “Most likely he’s going to practice on Friday and he’ll be out these next couple of days,” said Reid. …Read More!

Chiefs Lose Nico To Bengals

From the Truman Sports Complex

Akeem Jordan, Joe Mays, Josh Mauga, James-Michael Johnson, Jerry Franklin – all have been added to the Chiefs 53-man roster in the last two years as inside linebackers. None of the five came to the team as a Chiefs draft choice.

Nico Johnson was a fourth-round choice in the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, but he was not able to take advantage of his status through on-field performance. That journey ended on Tuesday when Nico Johnson left the Chiefs practice squad and was signed to a spot on Cincinnati’s 53-man active roster.

To fill that spot on the 10-man developmental team, the Chiefs signed linebacker Orie Lemon.

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Answer Bob – After Bye Week #2

Here are the final batch of questions and my answers. Thanks for your interest. We’ll do this again soon.

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R W says: Bob, do you think the Chiefs lament passing on WR Kelvin Benjamin and taking Dee Ford with their #1 pick this past year? Benjamin looks like a breakout rookie playmaker while Ford is still feeling his way. Also, how would you grade out Dorsey as GM at year 2 on the job? Is it still too early to tell? If so, when will it be fair to assess his performance as the guy sitting in the big chair?

Bob says: I’d say it is way too soon for anybody to pan the selection of Ford in the first round. I think they grabbed a talented young player, who has skills that are tough to find when it comes to rushing the passer. Now, it’s certainly debatable on the issue of whether the Chiefs needed to grab another linebacker, rather than a wide receiver. No doubt Benjamin has been an impact rookie, catching 31 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina. Right now, I don’t believe the Chiefs lament their decision to pass on Benjamin, who went five picks after Ford at No. 28 to the Panthers.

I would think the ideal time to gauge the performance of John Dorsey will be after this season. Two years on the job is at least a foundation for evaluation of his decisions. On the roster coming out of the bye week, there are 12 players inherited from previous regimes. Of that dozen, eight are starters on offense and defense, along with two more on special teams. The other 15 are starters added in the 2013-14 seasons. A lot of work has been done by Dorsey and his crew and they should get time to see how it plays out.

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Answer Bob – After Bye Week #1

The bye week is now in the Chiefs rearview mirror and work begins in earnest on Wednesday for a trip to San Diego to face the division leading Chargers.

We are also working in earnest to answer your questions from the bye week. Here’s segment one, with more to come.

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Morten Nyholm says – Once again thanks for all your great work on this site; every morning here in Denmark starts with bobgretz.com. Here are my questions: 1.) the offensive line was much criticized in camp and after the Tennessee game. I know there is still work to be done, but how do you think they’ve improved so fast?
2.) Being 2-3 at this point, I guess many would have settled for that given the schedule. How far do you think we can go this season?
3.) You have followed the Chiefs for ages; within the organization is there a belief that this is a championship team in the making?
4.) Dwayne Bowe? Is it time to let him go after the season?

Bob says – God  Morgen Morten. Thanks for your support and the kind words. Here are my thoughts:

1.) So much successful offensive-line play depends on the coordination within the five guys. It’s only something that can be developed over time. A single blocker can work in here or there, it’s something else when you have a second-year guy moving to left tackle, a left guard that was on the street the week before the final pre-season game, a rookie at right guard and a left guard at right tackle for a game, before he was replaced by a journeyman tackle. If this group did not improve from game-to-game the Chiefs offense would really be in trouble. There’s no question stability has led to improved performance as a group. The next step comes with defining just how talented any of the five starters are individually – that will show the future direction of the unit, not only this season, but beyond.

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