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Chiefs Schedule Set For 2015

Pre-Season

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Saturday

August 15

Arizona

Away

8p

KCTV

Saturday

August 21

Seattle

Home

7p

KCTV

Friday

August 28

Tennessee

Home

7p

KCTV

Thursday

September 3

St. Louis

Away

7p

KCTVS

Regular Season

September

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Sunday

13

Houston

Away

Noon

CBS

Thursday

17

Denver

Home

7:25p

CBS

Monday

28

Green Bay

Away

7:30p

ESPN

October

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Sunday

4

Cincinnati

Away

Noon

CBS

Sunday

11

Chicago

Home

Noon

FOX

Sunday

18

Minnesota

Away

Noon

CBS

Sunday

25

Pittsburgh

Home

Noon

CBS

November

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Sunday

1

Detroit

London

8:30a

FOX

Bye Week

Sunday

15

Denver

Awary

3:25p

CBS

Sunday

22

San Diego

Away

7:30p

NBC

Sunday

29

Buffalo

Home

Noon

CBS

December

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Sunday

6

Oakland

Away

3:05p

CBS

Sunday

13

San Diego

Home

Noon

CBS

Sunday

20

Baltimore

Away

Noon

CBS

Sunday

27

Cleveland

Home

Noon

CBS

January

Day

Date

Opponent

Site

Time

TV

Sunday

3

Oakland

Home

Noon

CBS

Thoughts on the Chiefs 2015 Schedule

Team Andy was handed a schedule of games by the NFL on Tuesday that has some good, and some bad.

On the good side – three of the last four games on the season at Arrowhead Stadium. The bad – that’s three out of their first four games to start the season on the road. Those opening four games will be tough ones against Houston, Denver, Green Bay and Cincinnati. At the end of the schedule, only one opponent made the playoffs last year, that at Baltimore.

The Chiefs will like have what amounts to a bye week after two games, with a nine-day break between the home opener on a Thursday night against Denver and then a Monday night trip to Green Bay. They will get their scheduled week off after returning from their game against Detroit in London.

The league has given them three prime-time games, with the Thursday night home opener against the Broncos and Peyton Manning, followed by the Monday night game against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Then, they’ll be on the road again for a Sunday night game against the Chargers and (maybe) quarterback Philip Rivers.

Five of their last eight games are against AFC West opponents.

Breaking down the season by quarters, the best block of four games as it appears right now is the fourth quarter with San Diego, Baltimore, Cleveland and Oakland, and only the Ravens games is on the road. The most testing quarter would be the first, with only one game at home and three of the four teams that made the playoffs last season and Houston was in the hunt for the post-season until the final weekend.

Chiefs Kickoff 2015 With Off-Season Program

From the Truman Sports Complex

Team Andy began the 2015 season on Monday with the start of their off-season training program. Most of the Chiefs roster was in the house for a meetings and strength and conditioning work. Plus, the quarterbacks and receivers were able to work on some pass routes, and the team also worked did some walkthrough work on special teams.

The noteworthy no-show was not a surprise – outside linebacker Justin Houston. The Chiefs designated franchise player is without a contract for the 2015 season, so he is not allowed to take part in the team functions. The Chiefs are unlikely to see him until the start of the regular season, maybe halfway through training camp.

“Both sides want to be here, no matter what is said, the jockeying that goes on and how it all works out when you are doing negotiations,” Reid said. “They’ll come to a number that’s good for both sides and it will all work out and he’ll be here for a long period of time …. sometime these things take time to get worked out.”

Houston missed the off-season program last season, including the team’s mandatory mini-camp in June. Based on his production in 2014, that did not slow him down, as he finished with 22 sacks to lead the league and set a franchise record. Reid has no concerns about Houston getting into physical condition. …Read More!

First Round of NFL Draft Just Two Weeks Away

NFL Draft Guide by BlueFireCable.com [INFOGRAPHIC]

What’s Been Happening The Last Few Months

I’ve been remiss not posting information over the last couple months. Let me fill you in on what’s been happening.

Item #1 – This week I’m wrapping up a book project that has dominated my time since the first of the year. The title is Tales from the Kansas City Chiefs Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Chiefs Stories Ever Told. Publishing the book is Skyhorse Publishing out of New York and it’s part of a series that’s already produced 25 books on NFL teams and probably two dozen college football programs. Publication date is September 1st.

Item #2 – Although the NFL Draft is right around the corner, the status of bobgetz.com remains undecided. The website does not produce enough revenue for me to pay the bills, and I’ve been surviving on freelance projects and taping into retirement money. No more.

No punches to pull here – I’d like to continue the site; I still enjoy what I do, but it appears it may be time to grow up. A final decision hasn’t been made because quite frankly there hasn’t been time with the book project to fully flesh out all my thoughts. I hope to do that in the coming weeks, probably after the Draft.

Thanks for your understanding and support in what’s been a tough 18 months and throughout the now eight years of bobgretz.com.

More to come.

Chiefs Pre-Season Opponents Set For This Summer

The Chiefs will visit Arizona and St. Louis, while hosting Seattle and Tennessee in the 2015 pre-season. That was part of the schedule announced Thursday by the NFL.

No days and dates were announced for the four games Andy Reid’s team will play, but they will run off the exhibition schedule in this order:

  • Weekend of August 13-16 – at Arizona.
  • Weekend of August 20-23 – Seattle.
  • Weekend of August 27-30 – Tennessee.
  • Thursday, September 3 – at St. Louis.

The Chiefs played the Cardinals, Seahawks and Rams last season, and faced those three teams in the 2012 pre-season. The last time they met the Titans in the exhibition schedule was 2000.

The regular season NFL schedule should be released sometime in the next 10 days.

Yes, The NFL Is Getting Busy Too

On the sports calendar it’s time for the Final Four championship game, the season opener for baseball and the first major golf tournament of the year, The Masters.

And, don’t forget football.

Three NFL teams will began their off-season programs on Monday, and two more will start on Tuesday as the league attention begins to turn more to what will happen on the field, rather than on the payroll.

Monday saw Atlanta, Buffalo and the New York Jets kick off their strength and conditioning programs. Tuesday they’ll be joined by Oakland and San Francisco.

Next Monday, Chicago and Denver will start. Those seven are the teams with new head coaches, so they get extra time to begin preparing for the 2015 season.

The rest of the NFL’s 25 teams including the Chiefs will start two weeks from now on April 20th. …Read More!

Drafting On the Numbers

The AFL Draft, the AFL-NFL Draft and now 45 years of the NFL Draft as we know it today – all have played a part in the fortunes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Chiefs will have 10 selections at their disposal, a number that could go up or down depending on trade action. But it’s the most choices they’ve had since the 2008 Draft when they had 12 picks, including six of the first 82 players selected. That was the draft that brought Glenn Dorsey, Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles to Kansas City.

This year’s selection meeting is now a month away, so we decided to provided a taste of the draft. These are the positions where the Chiefs currently own selections. For comparisons purposes, there is the last Chiefs choice taken at that spot (if any) and then the players chosen on those numbers in the last five drafts.

Enjoy. …Read More!

Order of Chiefs 2015 NFL Draft Choices

The NFL announced on Tuesday the official order or selection for this year’s NFL Draft set for April 30, May 1 and May 2.

The Chiefs have 10 selections after being awarded four compensatory selections on Monday. Here’s where their picks are slotted:

  • 1st-round, No. 18.
  • 2nd-round, No. 49.
  • 3rd-round, No. 80.
  • 3rd-round, No. 98 (compensatory).
  • 4th-round, No. 118.
  • 5th-round, No. 172 (compensatory).
  • 5th-round, No. 173 (compensatory).
  • 6th-round, No. 192.
  • 6th-round, No. 217 (compensatory).
  • 7th-round, No. 233.

Again, compensatory selections cannot be traded.

As Expected Chiefs Get 4 Extra Picks In 2015 Draft

The NFL announced Monday night the 32 compensatory selections in the 2015 NFL Draft and the Chiefs picked up the four choices they expected:

  • 3rd-round, pick No. 98.
  • 5th-round, pick No. 172.
  • 5th-round, pick No. 173.
  • 6th-round, pick No. 217.

Those four additions go with the six draft choices they already held. That’s 10 picks total that Andy Reid and John Dorsey will be able to use in the NFL Draft on May 1-2.

The Chiefs were one of three teams that picked up the maximum number of choices. They were joined by Denver and Seattle. Teams with three comp picks were Baltimore and Houston. In total there were 14 teams picking up the extra choices.

Compensatory choices started in 1994 and the Chiefs have now received 19 selections in 22 drafts.

Here are the 2015 comp picks: …Read More!

Chiefs Find Out Monday About Compensatory Picks

It was about 10 years ago or so that I was asking then-Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson about how the league determined what teams received the 32 compensatory draft picks in each year’s NFL Draft.

Peterson began to explain, laughed and said “I’m not sure I understand all the factors, so it’s silly for me to try and explain.”

Two days later, Peterson handed me a piece of paper with a disgusted look on his face. “See if you can figure this out,” he said in that low grumble of his. “If you figure it out, come tell me.” The paper was a copy of an e-mail he received from the league when he asked for an explanation of the process. The note made absolutely no sense and it turned out they had left out part of the equation in making the decisions. They didn’t even want the member clubs to know the details. They still don’t.

But a decade later the formula used by the NFL Management Council for deciding on these extra picks is less of a mystery. That’s largely due to the now 20-plus years of the compensatory choices being part of the NFL Draft. On Monday at the NFL annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix, the compensatory selections will be announced. The Chiefs should see four extra choices for the 2015 NFL Draft. …Read More!

A Handful Of Free Agent News from ChiefsLand

The NFL personnel wire on Thursday reported the Chiefs re-signed linebacker Dezman Moses.

The team did not provide a tender offer to Moses last week when free agency began. That allowed Moses to become an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team in the league without the Chiefs receiving compensation. Obviously, there were not any teams knocking down the door to sign Moses, who spent all of last season on the K.C. injured-reserve list.

It’s a one-year deal for Moses.

Chiefs find an infusion for their salary cap

The Chiefs were close to having only $100,000 under the salary cap on Tuesday after a week of action in free agency.

Two days later, the Chiefs were listed with $2,845,675 under the cap according to the NFL Players Association salary cap tracker on Thursday evening. More than likely that reflects the re-do of guard Ben Grubbs contract after the trade with New Orleans that brought him to the Chiefs. The NFLPA says the Chiefs now have 77 players under contract. Only the top 51 paychecks are accounted for under the salary cap right now. …Read More!

Dorsey Discusses Chiefs Offensive Line Moves

There has been a pause in the rollicking action for the Chiefs in 2015 free agency and on Wednesday, general manager John Dorsey took a moment to speak with the media about what the club has achieved to this point the off-season.

“I think we’ve done a nice job,” Dorsey said. “I think we’ve improved as a team. That’s all you can ask for.”

A lot of the questions were about the Chiefs offensive line situation, specifically the interior positions of center and the guards. Last year’s starting center Rodney Hudson is gone, signed as a free agent by Oakland. Last week, the Chiefs traded for left guard Ben Grubbs and signed right guard Paul Fanaika as an unrestricted free agent.

Dorsey said it’s far too early to create a depth chart for the group in the upcoming season. …Read More!

Free Agency Pace Grinds To Halt At Arrowhead

The Chiefs wallet for signing and trading for players has gone back into general manager John Dorsey’s pocket as the NFL begins the second week of the new league season.

After last week’s flurry of signings, trades and roster moves, the Chiefs have been quiet this week. There’s a reason why – they’ve run out of room under the salary cap.

According to the NFL Players Association salary-cap tracker, the Chiefs have the fewest dollars available under their cap among the 32 teams in the league.

On Tuesday afternoon, the NFLPA listed the Chiefs at 76 players under contract with just $135,675 remaining on their cap number for this season of $146,008,525. …Read More!

Chiefs Getting Ready To Wrap Up Fruitful Week

The Chiefs front office led by general manager John Dorsey was staying busy over the weekend in the closing days of the first week of the NFL 2015 season.

On Friday they completed the trade for guard Ben Grubbs with New Orleans, and also worked out a new contract with the seven-season veteran. They announced the retention of three of their own free agents in wide receiver Jason Avant, tight end Richard Gordon and safety Kelcie McCray. Plus, they signed street free agent long snapper James Winchester.

Saturday brought the re-signing of defensive back Ron Parker to a 5-year, $30-million contract.

According to the NFL Players Association, at the close of business on Saturday, the Chiefs had 71 players under contract and just a little more than $1.4 million available under their 2015 salary cap number of $146,144,200.

Here’s a recap of the moves made over the last 10 days by the Chiefs. They are ranked in order of their importance to the Chiefs: …Read More!

The DBowe Show Is Over – In Kansas City

What was expected for days finally became official on Thursday afternoon as the Chiefs announced that they had released wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Driven by salary cap concerns and a lack of productivity over the last two seasons relative to his 5-year $56 million contract, Bowe’s time with the club had run out. He was the Chiefs first-round selection and No. 23 player taken in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University.

“This was a tough decision to make,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. “Dwayne is a team-first guy and he holds a number of team receiving records. We felt this was in the best interest of the club at this time.”

Bowe was carrying a $14 million salary-cap charge for the 2015 season from that mega-contract that he signed before the 2013 season. But in two seasons with that contract, Bowe played 31 games and caught 125 passes for 1,577 yards and six touchdown catches. Not quite the numbers of a receiver ranked among the top five contracts at the position. …Read More!

Chiefs Add Veteran Guard In Trade With Saints

Ben Grubbs, a two-time Pro Bowl guard with 133 games of NFL experience, joined the Chiefs on Thursday in a trade with the New Orleans Saints.

The Chiefs gave up their fifth-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft to pick up Grubbs, who has been a starter since his rookie season of 2007 with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-3, 310-pound blocker was a first-round choice at pick No. 29 out of Auburn University.

Grubbs signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Saints in 2012, inking a 5-year, $36 million contract. The 2015 season will be the fourth year of that deal and he’s due to receiver a base salary of $6.5 million with a $100,000 workout bonus. He’ll count $6.6 million on the Chiefs salary cap.

In the last three years in New Orleans, Grubbs has not missed a game and in fact was on the Saints injury report for just one week in those seasons. The only games he’s missed were in 2011 with the Ravens, when he was knocked out because of a toe injury. In those 122 games, Grubbs has been penalized 23 times, 11 for holding and 10 on false starts. Last year with New Orleans, he allowed just one sack of quarterback Drew Brees.

Born in Georgia, raised in Alabama, he was recruited to Auburn as a linebacker but eventually grew into the role on the offensive line.

Chiefs Ready To Sign Big Guard From Cardinals

Right guard Paul Fanaika has banged around the NFL for seven seasons and he’s about to join his fifth team as he signs a 3-year deal with the Chiefs.

Various media outlets are reporting the deal is done as soon as he passes his physical.

The 6-5, 327-pound Fanaika started 31 of the last 33 games played by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013-14 seasons. He missed two games last season due to a sprained left ankle. One of those was the Chiefs visit to the desert near the end of the year. Fanaika did start the Cardinals opening round game in the playoffs against Carolina.

He entered the league as a seventh-round (#213) selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2009 NFL Draft, selected by then Philly head coach Andy Reid. Fanaika was released at the end of the pre-season and spent time on the Eagles practice squad. In November he was signed to the active roster of the Washington Redskins, but did not play before he was released in June 2010. Fanaika was claimed off the waiver wire by Cleveland but released before the season started and signed to the Browns practice squad.

In December 2010, the Seattle Seahawks signed him to their active roster. He bounced between the Seattle active roster and practice squad in the 2011 season. Fanaika did not play the 2012 season, and signed with Arizona in April 2013.

Fanaika grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending Mills High School in Milbrae. He was a freshman walk-on at Arizona State University, earning a scholarship in his second year. Overall he played in 48 games for the Sun Devils with 35 consecutive starts at right guard.

His full name is Pauliasi Fanaika, pronounced fuh-NYE-kuh.

Maclin: “I thinks this Fits Me.”

KC Chiefs photo

Jeremy Maclin said Wednesday that his move to the Chiefs leaves him three hours from home in St. Louis and an hour and a half from his college home at the University of Missouri.

When a guy signs a 5-year, $55 million contract with $22.5 million in guaranteed money like Maclin received, he can buy a mode of transportation that will get him down I-70 a lot faster than ordinary folks. That contract would allow him to buy an airplane or a helicopter.

“It’s not all about the money; this was a perfect situation with the familiarity with what I came into the league doing,” Maclin said Wednesday afternoon during a press conference at the Chiefs facility in the Truman Sports Complex. “Being able to come back to the area where it all started, three hours from home, and hour and a half from where I went to college, it was kind of a non-brainer for me. I’m happy to have the opportunity.”

Maclin comes to the Chiefs after six years with the Eagles where he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by now Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. He played four seasons under Reid who had nothing but positive things to say about how Maclin will fit into the 2015 Chiefs offense because of his versatility and knowledge. …Read More!

Chiefs Make It Official – Maclin Signed

The Chiefs made it official late Wednesday morning that they had signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

No details provided of course, but the 5-year deal is reportedly worth an average of $11 million per season.

Maclin will meet the media Wednesday afternoon at the Chiefs facility.

The 6-0, 198-pound product of the University of Missouri appeared in 75 games for the Philadelphia Eagles, starting 73 times in five NFL seasons. Maclin’s career numbers include 343 receptions for 4,771 yards (a 13.9-yard average) with 36 touchdown catches. Maclin’s most productive season was 2014 when he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards (a 15.5-yard average) with 10 touchdown receptions. He also occasionally served as a returner for the Eagles, adding 15 punt returns for 101 yards (a 6.7-yard average) and eight kickoff returns for 146 yards (a 18.3-yard average.).

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