Ask Bob – Post Cut To 53

Seems like a good time to open up the e-mail box and hear what you all think about the Chiefs one week away from the regular season opener.

You know the drill – just add your question/comment to this post. I’ll take questions until Monday night, and try to start answering immediately.

Chiefs Go With Rookie Kicker, 4 TEs, 6 RBs

There were some surprises in the first-round of decisions for the Chiefs in establishing their initial 53-man roster for the 2014 season.

Call it the Chiefs Roster 1.0. There will be changes, as the Chiefs pick through the waiver wire and more than likely send middle linebacker Joe Mays to the injured-reserve list/designated for return due to his wrist injury/surgery.

But there were some major decisions made by general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid that were announced Saturday at the NFL 3 p.m. deadline:

– Rookie Cairo Santos won the kicking competition over veteran Ryan Succop. The kickers had nearly identical pre-season performances. So the decision came down to something else, more than likely the salary cap and the $2.7 million number Succop carried over the rookie minimum salary for Santos of $420,000. Although Succop will account for “dead” money under the cap, his release opens up approximately $1 million for the Chiefs.

– The No. 3 quarterback competition saw rookie Aaron Murray get the job over Tyler Bray, who was sent to the injured-reserve list after ankle/knee injuries he suffered in the pre-season finale in Green Bay. Bray’s timely injuries have allowed the Chiefs to keep both young quarterbacks. …Read More!

Chiefs Moves To Reach 53-Man Roster

As always the personnel decisions to reach the NFL roster limit of 53 players are dribbling out a few at a time. The deadline is 3 p.m. Central. Here are the names being reported so far, and we’ll update as we time goes on:

  1. WR Dwayne Bowe placed on the suspended list.
  2. OT Donald Stephenson placed on the suspended list.
  3. S Jonathon Amaya released.
  4. S Malcolm Bronson released.
  5. FB Jordan Campbell released.
  6. DT Dominique Hamilton released.
  7. WR Mark Harrison released.
  8. G Ricky Henry released.
  9. LB Alonzo Highsmith released.
  10. LB Nico Johnson released.
  11. DT Kyle Love released.
  12. CB Justin Rogers released.
  13. DE Kona Schwenke released.
  14. K Ryan Succop released.
  15. CB DeMarcus Van Dyke released (injured).
  16. LB Devan Walker released.
  17. OT J’Marcus Webb released.
  18. RB Charcandrick West released.
  19. WR Fred Williams released.
  20. QB Tyler Bray placed on injured-reserve list.
  21. WR Kyle Williams placed on injured-reserve list.
  22. DE Mike Catapano placed on non-football injury list.

Pre-Season Comes To An End With A Chiefs Defeat


From Lambeau Field, Green Bay

Andy Reid wasn’t in the mood to make any predictions about how his team will perform in the 2014 NFL season.

But he was of the mind that he was thrilled the pre-season was over after the Chiefs fell 34-14 to the Packers.

“I am not much on predictions,” Reid said. “We are going to work hard and take it one play at a time and crank it. We look forward to getting the season started.”

Thursday night’s performance by the Chiefs was something to quickly forget, especially the 14 penalties for 131 yards walked off. That’s the second game in August where they had 131 yards in penalties.

Here’s our coverage from Green Bay:

Players Not Available For Chiefs Tonight in Green Bay

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay

The Chiefs have said there are six players that will not play Thursday night against the Packers because of injury and illness. They are likely to be joined by another 20 of their teammates from the starting lineups that won’t participate under the plans of head coach Andy Reid.

Middle linebacker Joe Mays (wrist), left tackle Eric Fisher (illness), defensive end Mike Catapano (illness), wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (quadriceps), wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hip) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) are not dressed for the game. Mays, Fisher, Bowe and Hali would not have played anyway because of their status as starters.

One man who will be dressed and available to play the Packers is recently signed offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. He will be wearing No. 67.

The Packers announced 20 players that would not dress for the game and all but two are listed as starters. On offense not dressed will be quarterback Aaron Rodgers running back Eddie Lacy, wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, tight end Brandon Bostick, center J.C. Tretter (injured), guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton and tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. On defense not part of the action tonight will be defensive ends Datone Jones and Mike Daniels, linebackers Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones and Julius Peppers, cornerbacks Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Demetri Goodson and strong safety Morgan Burnett.

A Meaningless Night For All But a Few


From the Land of Cheese

In the NFL nothing is forgotten quicker than the final game of the pre-season. It’s a meaningless contest, played at a meaningless time as everyone looks forward to the start of the real season.

However, there will be about 45 to 50 players on the field when the Chiefs and Packers play at legendary Lambeau Field on Thursday night that will not likely forget the evening.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Those guys are still fighting for their football lives. The bulk of that group already sense that their time wearing red and gold or green and gold is just about over. But Thursday night’s game is important not just for the moment of being around for the start of the 2014 regular season, but for future opportunities to play in the league.

That’s one of two reasons why most NFL coaches approach the pre-season finale with their key players on the bench or sitting at home. First and always foremost is the injury factor – there’s nothing left to prove at this point and even though the league is working hard to slow down this collision sport, stuff happens.

The second reason coaches give the bottom part of their roster all the playing time is so those 40 to 50 guys that have worked very hard will register something on tape for their efforts and future reference.

“I’m trying to give the guys an opportunity to show (what they can do),” said Andy Reid. “That’s one reason I normally hold the 1′s so I can get a pure evaluation of these young guys. Right now, we’ve got good competition on this team and so you want to try and be as right as you possibly can and give them every opportunity.

“And if they don’t make your club, at least they have some worthy plays on tape that other teams can evaluate more.” …Read More!

Jamaal Says Don’t Worry About Chiefs Offense

As the Chiefs get ready to close out the pre-season the guy that makes the first-team offense go will not play against the Packers in Green Bay on Thursday night.

So what the starters left on the field through three exhibition games is what it is – no touchdowns in 16 possessions.

However, according to the engine of the attack, that was not the real Chiefs offense.

Jamaal Charles says nobody should fret about the lack of production and efficiency in the pre-season.

“That doesn’t concern me,” Charles said. “With Coach Andy (Reid) in control of this offense and what he can do, it doesn’t worry me at all. We believe in each other and that’s all that matters. I know we can’t depend on what happened last year; that’s last year.

“This is a new season and we’ve got to get past that. Every game we play is not going to be easy like last year. We are going to have to work for every win we get and I know that.” …Read More!

Chiefs Position Analysis – Secondary

Over the next few days we’ll look at each position on the Chiefs current roster and speculate on how John Dorsey and Andy Reid will cut that number to 53 by Friday/Saturday.

Secondary

Last season – the Chiefs began the regular season with 11 defensive backs on the active roster. They ended up with 10 after claiming two players off league waivers and placing safety Sanders Commings on the injured-reserve list/designated return designation, allowing him to practice after six weeks of the season passed. Holdovers from the 2012 Chiefs were strong safety Eric Berry, cornerback Brandon Flowers and free safety Kendrick Lewis. Commings was selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. Joining the secondary in unrestricted free agency were safety Quintin Demps, cornerback Dunta Robinson and cornerback Sean Smith. Safety Husain Abdullah was added as a street free agent. Cornerbacks Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker were claimed on waivers and Bradley McDougald was an undrafted college free agent. That group of 11 were the only defensive backs that played for the Chiefs in the 2013 season; six of those players are no-longer with the team.

…Read More!

Chiefs Sign Guard That Andy Knows

On Wednesday morning the Chiefs announced the signing of veteran guard Mike McGlynn.

To make room for him, they released rookie free-agent center Ben Gottschalk.

The 6-4, 325-pound NFL journeyman spent training camp and the pre-season with the Washington Redskins. He was released on Tuesday in the team’s cut to reach the NFL roster limit of 75.

The Chiefs will be the fifth team that McGlynn has played for in his career. He entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft choice by Andy Reid with Philadelphia in 2008. He went on to become the Eagles starting center in the 2010 season.

McGlynn later played for Cincinnati (2011) and Indianapolis (2012-13) where he started the past two seasons as the Colts right guard. He was in the starting lineup for Indy’s come-from-behind victory over the Chiefs back in January in a first-round game in the AFC playoffs.

With his signing the 29-year old McGlynn becomes the oldest offensive lineman on the Chiefs roster. He’s three days older than tackle Ryan Harris.

The Ohio native played tackle at the University of Pittsburgh where he started 43 of the 47 games he played over four seasons (2004-07), with most of those starts at right tackle.

Smith Says Nothing New On Contract Front

From the Truman Sports Complex

While he wouldn’t acknowledge if talks between his agent and the Chiefs are ongoing, Alex Smith said Tuesday he’s not made a decision to shut down negotiations towards a new contract.

“I wish I had an answer for you,” Smith said after practice. “I feel like I’ve been locked into games and practicing. With camp winding down here, the preseason winding down, certainly we’ll see.

“But sorry, I’ve got no answer for you today.”

Smith says he’s not worried about whether his teammates are concerned about the situation or bothered that their offensive leader has such an unstable future. …Read More!

Chiefs Position Analysis – Linebackers

Over the next few days we’ll look at each position on the Chiefs current roster and speculate on how John Dorsey and Andy Reid will cut that number to 53 by next Friday/Saturday.


Linebacker

Last season – the Chiefs began the regular season with nine linebackers. The holdovers from the 2012 team were Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson. Through the 2013 NFL Draft came Nico Johnson, while Frank Zombo was signed as an unrestricted free agent. Akeem Jordan was signed as a street free agent; from the waiver wire came James-Michael Johnson and Dezman Moses and signed as a college free agent was Josh Martin out of Columbia University. The only other linebacker that had a spot on the active roster during the 2013 season was Robert James, who was signed for the game against Indianapolis in the playoffs when J-M Johnson went to the injured-reserve list. …Read More!

Starters Will Watch Chiefs Play Packers

Andy Reid confirmed Tuesday that his starters will not play against the Packers when the Chiefs visit Green Bay on Thursday night.

Essentially that means quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles and most of the starting linemen on offense will not play. Same for nose tackle Dontari Poe, linebackers Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston on defense.

Just after last Saturday night’s game, Reid said some of his starters might play against Green Bay, but he did not confirm that on Tuesday. There’s a chance that left guard candidates Jeff Linkenbach and Ricky Henry may play, but it sounds like the rest of the starting offensive line will watch.

Reid said that Chase Daniel will start at quarterback and likely play through the first quarter. Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will then work the final three quarters.

…Read More!

Chiefs Position Analysis – Defensive Line

Over the next few days we’ll look at each position on the Chiefs current roster and speculate on how John Dorsey and Andy Reid will cut that number to 53 by next Friday/Saturday.


Defensive line

Last season – the Chiefs began the regular season with seven defensive linemen. Holdovers from the 2012 team were nose tackle Dontari Poe, defensive end Tyson Jackson, defensive end Allen Bailey and defensive tackle Anthony Toribio. They signed as an unrestricted free agent defensive end Mike DeVito. In the 2013 NFL Draft they selected defensive end Mike Catapano and they claimed defensive end Jaye Howard on waivers before the regular-season opener. Toribio was released in November and replaced for a few weeks by defensive tackle Kyle Love. When Love was released in early December, the Chiefs re-signed defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. Overall, nine defensive linemen played for the Chiefs last year. …Read More!

Chiefs Hit 75 With 3 More Moves

The Chiefs reached the NFL roster limit of 75 on Tuesday morning, announcing the release of three players:

  • OT Ryan McKee.
  • C B Kevin Rutland.
  • CB Damond Smith.

Both McKee (knee) and Smith (abductor) have been injured but there was no designation made by the team on whether the moves involving those two players were waived/injured or waived with an injury settlement.

If waived/injured, both players would revert to the injured-reserve list if they pass unclaimed through NFL waivers.

Chiefs Practice Report – 8/25

From the Truman Sports Complex

On what felt like the hottest, most humid and sultry afternoon of the summer, the Chiefs practiced football Monday afternoon.

Andy Reid had his team scheduled for a nearly three-hour practice session in the heat of the early afternoon. But he eventually ended practice early, much to the pleasure of his players, as they worked for a bit over two hours.

After a dozen personnel moves earlier in the day, there were 78 players on the roster and 71 of them started practice. One did not finish, as wide receiver Mark Harrison was taken off the field on a cart. There was no word from the Chiefs after practice on what Harrison’s problem was, but he may have been overcome by the heat and humidity.

Returning to the practice field was safety Eric Berry, who took part in the entire practice on that sore heel of his for the first time since August 11. Also back on the field was middle linebacker Josh Mauga, who has practices with a groin strain. …Read More!

It’s the Newest Wardrobe Accessory in Chiefs Land

After Saturday night’s pre-season game, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith met the media while wearing a shirt with the picture of another Chiefs quarterback on his chest.

Smith’s shirt had this on the front:

The shirt comes from the creative forces at something called Flat Black Cult that has created a number of shirts around the Chiefs, including one that pairs Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith.

Here’s a link to the website for Flat Black Cult and the Lenny shirt that comes in several styles and plenty of sizes for a $25 price tag.

Chiefs Make 12 Roster Moves

The Chiefs moved 11 players off their roster Monday as they work towards reaching a 75-man active list by Tuesday afternoon.

There were no surprises among the moves and only one was a draft choice as safety Sanders Commings was moved to the injured-reserve list. The 2013 selection underwent surgery on an ankle in the first week of training camp.

Players released were:

  • Wide receivers Deon Anthony, Weston Dressler, Jerrell Jackson, Darryl Surgent.
  • Defensive backs Brandon Jones, Vernon Kearney, Jerron McMillian.
  • Defensive linemen Jairus Campbell, Jermelle Cudjo.
  • Offensive lineman Otis Hudson.
  • Tight end Adam Schiltz.

Three more players must be moved off the roster by the NFL deadline on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s Time To Worry About Chiefs Offense – Alex Is

After Saturday night’s loss to Minnesota, Alex Smith was trying to say all the right things about the team’s offense. That’s the job of a good quarterback and leader.

But it was hard not to see the frustration on Smith’s face and feel his concern by reading between the lines of what he told the media horde.

“I just feel very comfortable with where we are at,” Smith said. “We’ve got a ton of great work in at camp and throughout the pre-season. I feel like we moved the ball well; we just needed to finish and we didn’t do it today.

“Obviously we need to get it fixed but I don’t think there’s anything to be panicked or worried about.”

Those words did not translate to Smith’s play on the field against the Vikings. He is a quarterback known for protecting the ball and no matter the situation Smith seldom throws interceptions, especially deep in the opponent’s territory.

But Smith threw two picks against Minnesota, and it wasn’t just turning the ball over, it was where the interceptions occurred. The line of scrimmage for both plays was at the Vikings 11-yard line or closer. It was in the red zone and with a starting offense that hasn’t been able to score a touchdown in three August games, these were not opportunities to waste.

The Chiefs offense got nothing from those possessions and they’ve not scored a touchdown in 16 chances with the ball. …Read More!

Reid Indicates Linebacker Could Be Out ‘Awhile’

Speaking early Sunday afternoon, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid made it sound like middle linebacker Joe Mays will not return any time soon after surgery on his wrist last week.

“I don’t think it’s a short period of time,” Reid said of Mays’ absence from the field. “I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to be. He tore one of the tendons there in his wrist, so he had surgery to repair that and that could be awhile.

“I would put it in the same category if not even a little longer than a broken bone. We’ve just got to see how that works out.”

Mays injury and surgery opens the door for second-year linebacker Nico Johns,on, who started at the position in Saturday night’s pre-season game against Minnesota. Plus, outside linebacker Frank Zombo played a few snaps inside vs. the Vikings and has been practicing there for the last 10 days or so. “We’re using Frank in both areas and we started doing that up at St. Joe,” he said.

Reid also said safety Eric Berry may test his injured heel in the short practice time this week ahead of the pre-season finale against Green Bay on Thursday. “I think he will do a little bit and try it out and see how it feels,” Reid said. “I think he feels pretty good right now, but I told you that before and it kind of came back on him. We’ve tried to rest him here an extended period of time, a little longer than we have before. We’ll just see how he comes out of it.”

The status of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and his quadriceps strain was not mentioned, but given Bowe’s already known one-game NFL suspension for the regular-season opener, it’s unlikely he’ll see the practice field until his penalty time is served.

Players had the day off on Sunday and will report back Monday. They’ll have two practices before heading to Green Bay on Wednesday.

Chiefs Show Little Improvement In 30-12 Loss To Vikes

From Arrowhead Stadium

On a steamy Saturday night in the third week of the NFL pre-season, the Chiefs were unable to put a winning effort on the field and they fell to the Minnesota Vikings, 30-12.

This was not the type of performance that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had in mind for his club in the most important of the games that do not count each August. Offense, defense, special teams – all three areas failed to provide a winning effort. That leaves the Chiefs 1-2 for the pre-season with only a trip to Green Bay this coming Thursday standing between them and the start of the regular season.

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