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Takeaways Disappear From Chiefs Defense

Bob Sutton described the situation with the Chiefs defense right now in two words:

“It’s sad,” the defensive coordinator said Thursday

Sutton was not speaking of the entire performance and effort of the defense in the first two games of the 2014 season. What’s sad in his view is the big fat zero that sits next to one of the most important statistics for any defense: takeaways. They’ve been shut out so far, one of three NFL teams that do not have an interception or fumble recovered in the season’s first two weeks (Pittsburgh and the New York Giants are the others.)

“We talk to our players all the time about how you just have to stay the course and just keep going and those things happen,” Sutton said. “I’m not sure why and when they happen but you’ve got to keep flying to the ball and when your opportunity comes, you want to be there whether the ball is tipped, or the ball is on the ground.”

In the season’s first two games, the Titans and Broncos have fumbled just one time. The defense didn’t even cause that one, as it was on a Tennessee kickoff return in the opener. The hit that knocked the ball out came from an offensive guy: fullback Anthony Sherman. …Read More!

Next Opponent: Miami Dolphins

Game – No. 3.

Opponent – Miami Dolphins, lead by quarterback Ryan Tannehill (above).

2014 record – 1-1, with a 33-20 home victory over New England and a 29-10 loss to the Bills in Buffalo.

Franchise began – 1966, as the first of two expansion teams in the 10-year history of the American Football League. The partnership of Minneapolis lawyer Joseph Robbie and entertainer Danny Thomas paid $7.5 million for the franchise. They began play at the Orange Bowl in the 1966 season after selecting 31 players in an expansion draft, along with 31 selections in the 1966 AFL Draft. From the Chiefs in the expansion draft, the Dolphins grabbed DT Al Dotson, DE Mel Branch, WR Frank Jackson and LB Ron Caveness. Robbie died in January 1990 with no succession planned worked out. That led his family to sell 15 percent of the team to Miami businessman Wayne Huizenga two months later. In 1994, Huizenga purchased the remaining 85 percent, along with Joe Robbie Stadium.

Ownership – New York real estate magnate Stephen M. Ross bought 50 percent of the Dolphins in 2008, becoming a partner with Wayne Huizenga and then buying another 45 percent of the team in 2009. Ross now owns 95 percent of the Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium and real estate around the stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Ross is the chairman and founder of Related Companies, an international real estate and development firm that owns over $15 billion of real estate devoted to offices, apartments and condos, event centers and retail. Ross’ company built and developed the Time Warner Center in New York and is creating the largest development in United States history, the Hudson Yards project that is scheduled to be completed in 2024. Ross has a business degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University. He lives in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida. There are six celebrities listed as Ross’ partners: sisters Serena and Venus Williams, Black Eyes Peas singer Fergie, singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio and singer-actor Marc Anthony.

…Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report/Injury Update – September 18

From the Truman Sports Complex

It was good news, bad news day for the Chiefs at practice on Thursday afternoon.

Jamaal Charles with his high ankle sprain was on the practice field, as a limited – it appeared very limited – participant. That was the good news for Andy Reid.

The bad news was that rookie running back/receiver De’Anthony Thomas was not on the field. After missing two weeks due to a hamstring injury, Thomas returned to practice on Wednesday in a limited capacity. No word on whether his non-participation was due to a setback or other reasons.

During the portion of practice open for viewing by the media, Charles ran through position drills with the rest of the backs, although he appeared to be moving at less than full speed. Head trainer Rick Burkholder watched every step Charles took. He remains very questionable for Sunday’s game against Miami, but his participation was a good sign for the Chiefs and his recovery.

Also missing from practice was safety Eric Berry with his sprained ankle.

Here are the practice reports for both teams from Thursday: …Read More!

Tale of the Tape – Chiefs vs. Dolphins

There’s a lot on the line for both the Chiefs and Dolphins in the third game on the 2014 NFL schedule.

Kansas City needs a victory after losing two by a combined score of 50-27. Miami wants to contend in what could be a competitive AFC East, especially after the Fins season opener beat down of the Patriots. They gave some of that back with a 19-point loss to Buffalo last Sunday. They need to protect their home field if they want to have any chance in the division.

As it shakes out, the Chiefs have a very slight advantage over the Dolphins when the teams are matched position-by-position. The Chiefs have a slight offensive edge thanks to Alex Smith, Knile Davis and the tight ends. Miami has the better groups on the line of scrimmage, something that hasn’t been said about south Florida’s team very often in recent seasons.

If both teams play like they did in the season’s first week, the Dolphins will cruise to an easy victory. If both clubs play like they did last week, the Chiefs have a serious chance to win one on the road.

Here is the head-to-head, position-by-position tale of the tape: …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Report – September 17

De’Anthony Thomas was back on the practice field for the first time in two weeks on Wednesday as the Chiefs began preparations for this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins in south Florida.

Thomas suffered a strained hamstring on the final play of practice on September 3 and did not play in the first two games of the season.

Head coach Andy Reid indicated that Thomas should be able to play against Miami in his offensive and special teams roles. “We will ease him in,” Reid said. “But he’s healthy and ready to go.”

Not so with running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry. Both players were not on the practice field Wednesday as they continued to be treated for their sprained ankles suffered in Denver on Sunday.

“We will just see how it goes the rest of this week,” Reid said of Berry and Charles.

Among the dozen players listed on the Chiefs injury report to the league, Berry and Charles did not work and Thomas and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (ankle/knee) were limited.

Here is the practice report for both teams: …Read More!

Chiefs Alumni: Two-Game Production Report

The Chiefs will see a familiar face this Sunday when they travel to south Florida to face the Miami Dolphins.

Former first-round draft choice (2008) Branden Albert is the starting left tackle in the Dolphins offense, protecting the blind side of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Albert signed back in the spring in the first hours of free agency with Miami.

He’s one of 14 Chiefs draft choices that are on active rosters elsewhere in the league and nine of that group are starters: Albert, right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive lineman Tyson Jackson with Atlanta, cornerbacks Brandon Carr (Dallas) and Brandon Flowers (San Diego), defensive end Jared Allen (Chicago), safeties Bernard Pollard (Tennessee) and Kendrick Lewis (Houston) and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe (Houston).

Here are the Chiefs alumni that were in the league through the end of the pre-season: …Read More!

8 Former Chiefs Players, Coaches On Early Hall List

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its Modern Era list of players and coaches that will have a chance to be part of the Hall’s Class of 2015.

There are 113 names on the list and eight have a connection to the Chiefs either as player or coach:

  • Kicker Morten Andersen (2002-03).
  • Quarterback Rich Gannon (1995-.).
  • Running back Priest Holmes (2001-07).
  • Cornerback Ty Law (2006-07).
  • Cornerback Albert Lewis (1983-93).
  • Head coach Marty Schottenheimer (1989-98).
  • Guard Will Shields (1993-2006).
  • Head coach Dick Vermeil (2001-05).

Also early candidates with Chiefs ties are former KC assistant coaches Bill Cowher (1989-91) and Tony Dungy (1989-91).

Vermeil’s Greatest Show on Turf team with the Rams that won the Super Bowl after the 1999 season has four key players who are eligible for the first time: quarterback Kurt Warner, tackle Orlando Pace and wide receivers Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce.

The late Chargers-Dolphins-Patriots linebacker Junior Seau is also a first-year nominee.

Here are the 113 potential Hall of Famers. The selection committee will cut that group to 25 in voting that will conclude on January 31 at the Super Bowl in Arizona: …Read More!

Chiefs Make Practice Squad Moves

Last week the Chiefs were the most active team in the NFL on Tuesday’s personnel wire, ultimately making moves involving 15 players coming and going from the active roster and the practice squad.

A week later, they were busy only on the practice squad, and that’s a good sign right now for the injury-riddled Chiefs. It’s an early indication that right now running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry will not miss significant time with their ankle injuries.

The Chiefs released tight end Adam Schiltz and cornerback Robert Steeples. Both were signed last week in the flurry of roster moves.

Returning to the practice squad is fullback Jordan Campbell. He was with the Chiefs in training camp and the pre-season and spent the first week of regular season on the practice squad.

The other spot was taken by tight end Justin Jones. The 22-year old is 6-7, 274 pounds and out of East Carolina University. He spent training camp time with the New England Patriots but was released there on August 25.

At ECU, the Conyers, Georgia native played in 32 games over three seasons, starting nine times and catching 52 passes for 598 yards and 21 touchdown receptions. He was declared ineligible for the 2013 season by the school. When he was not drafted, he signed with the Patriots.

Snap Judgments/Denver: Living With A Rookie Kicker

Back in the 1980s the Chiefs had a punter named Jim Arnold. He was a Southern boy out of Georgia and he was as down home a character as one could find in an NFL locker room.

Arnold was a pretty good punter for three seasons (1983-85) with the Chiefs and had a 12-year career in the NFL. To last a dozen seasons as a punter/kicker in the league, a leg man must learn to deal with the stress of performance, the highs and the lows of putting foot to ball and the expectations of coaches, teammates and the fans.

“There are three gremlins you can’t let into your head,” Arnold used to say. “You can’t have fear, doubt and worry sitting on your shoulder. It’s no way to kick. You can’t let them in your head.”

Two games into his NFL career Cairo Santos battles Arnold’s gremlins. Fear, doubt and worry have landed on the narrow shoulder pads of the Chiefs rookie kicker. Just check out the agonizing picture with this post, taken in Denver after he missed the second of his two field goal attempts. That’s a young man grabbing his helmet’s facemask as if he’s trying to hold onto his confidence.

Two games, four field goal attempts, two made, a 50 percent success rate and major concern about whether Santos is up to the task.

“Sometimes you get into a funk as a kicker and you’ve got to work your way out of it,” Andy Reid said of his rookie foot. “He hasn’t missed many field goals in his time, so this is a new experience for him. …Read More!

Jamaal Has Dreaded High Ankle Sprain

The Chiefs are still waiting for the results of an MRI, but Andy Reid said Monday that running back Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s game.

“It doesn’t look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain,” Reid said. “What does that mean? We’ll see what happens.”

A prognosis remains to be determined, but high ankle sprains take about double the time to heal as an ordinary run of the mill sprained ankle. Good health with a high sprain generally falls within four to eight weeks of suffering the injury. A pro athlete with the advantages of working with the best trainers and facilities can knock that down to four to six weeks if it’s not severe.

Every individual’s ankles are different, so rehab time varies but it’s safe to say Charles is unlikely to be a factor in the action leading up to the Chiefs bye week that comes after games against Miami, New England and San Francisco. …Read More!

Chiefs Put Up A Fight But Denver Still Wins, 24-17

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It was an afternoon that was not expected to be pleasant for the Kansas City Chiefs. Seldom is the annual visit to the mile high aura of Denver something to remember as fun.

Over the years, so many were just like what happened Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field. The Chiefs put up a fight and with less than 30 seconds to play they had the chance to tie the score, maybe even go for the victory. In the end, it was like so many other trips west on I-70 to the foothills of the Rockies – a loss. The Chiefs dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 24-17 loss to the Broncos.

This was a game with plenty of twists and turns, especially in the second half that the Chiefs dominated on offense and defense. In the end, they couldn’t make up for Peyton Manning’s three touchdown passes.

Here’s our look at another rocky mountain low for the Chiefs:

Another Chance For β€˜14 Chiefs To Show What They Are

Consider the affair that will go down Sunday afternoon at Denver’s Sports Authority Field as the Chiefs 2014 Season Opener II.

Most coaches are never quite sure what they will see in any season’s first game. But once that’s over, the staff usually has a handle of what their team is capable of doing on the field.

Andy Reid and his staff take the Chiefs on the field for an AFC West game against the Broncos not any more certain of what they’ll see than they were a week ago against Tennessee. Blame that on the team’s poor performance against the Titans in all three phases of the game and the departure of three starters for the rest of the season due to injury.

That makes this 109th meeting between the Chiefs and Broncos another opener for Reid and his team. What they will show remains quite unpredictable. Kickoff is 3:25 p.m. CDT with television coverage on CBS.

Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito and Jeff Allen are gone, all victims of injuries and surgeries that came off the 26-10 loss to Tennessee a week ago. That’s 14 percent of the starting lineup eliminated in a single game. And still, they must play the Broncos.

“You’ve got scheme and you’ve got players that can play,” said Reid. “We still have a lot of good football players on this team. You’ve got a personnel department that’s looking at different options and we’ve still got a lot of games left. That allows for optimism there.” …Read More!

Notes: What Would Sanders Have Brought KC Offense?

Imagine how the Chiefs offense might be different if Emmanuel Sanders was wearing red and gold?

The small and speedy catcher was a free agent in the off-season and seemed on the verge of signing with the Chiefs. In fact, in early March he was in Kansas City, waiting for a deal to be completed between himself and the club.

By the end of that weekend, he was in Denver signing with the Broncos. The Chiefs say Sanders and his agent reneged on a verbal agreement, but without a signature it was he said, she said.

“It was close,” Sanders told the Denver media this week. “We still had a lot of stuff that we had to deal with in terms of incentives. I think we had the foundation of the contract ready but I wasn’t happy with the incentives.”

Sanders got what he wanted from the Broncos and he’s never looked back. Who would, when Peyton Manning is the guy throwing the ball?

“There wasn’t anything in stone, and they (Chiefs) tried to make it seem that way, but I’m way past that,” Sanders said. “I just feel like I was a better fit here in Denver. They throw the football. In college (SMU), I played under a guy by the name of June Jones, who runs the run-and-shoot offense. I like to catch the ball. In college, we threw the ball on third-and-1, on fourth-and-1. I feel like that’s the mold that Denver has up here and I’m enjoying it.” …Read More!

4 Keys To Winning For Chiefs vs. Broncos

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Raise the level of performance across the board in all phases

The Chiefs failure in game No. 1 was in all phases – the offense couldn’t produce, the defense was vulnerable to run and pass and the kicking game was nothing special. There’s nowhere to go but up for all parts of their performance, and to have any shot of pulling the biggest upset of the NFL’s second week of games, the 13-point underdog Chiefs can’t slack in any single area. The Broncos are not an unbeatable group; just ask Seattle. In the second half of their opener, the Colts came blasting back on Denver, much as Indy did against the Chiefs in the playoffs. They have some holes in their roster, but the Chiefs have more, especially now with losing Derrick Johnson, Mike DeVito and Jeff Allen. Even if those three starters were on the field, the entire 46-man active roster would have to play at a much higher level. If not, they have no chance and they will start the season 0-2.

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2014 NFL Roster Numbers

It’s just about impossible with 32 rosters in the NFL to put together a completely accurate picture of all 53 players with each team. That’s 1,696 players, with about 50 of those names in flux every week of the season.

But the league sat down and put together some numbers on the average height, weight, age and experience for the 32 rosters and their players.

When it comes to height and weight there is not a lot of difference from the tallest and heaviest to the shortest and lightest. There are more differences between teams in age, NFL experience and players 30 years and older.

The Chiefs average 6-feet, 1Β½ inches, making them tied for 23rd among the tallest teams. They average 243.89 pounds, making them one of the league’s lightest squads, ranked at No. 28. The average age of the roster was 25.72 and that tied them at the 11th youngest team in the league. They averaged 3.75 seasons of play in the league, tied for No. 9 in least experienced. They were tied for eighth in rookies and first-year players with 12 and they were No. 17 with the most players that are 30 or older with eight players.

Here are the No. 1 and No. 32 teams in each category.

  • Height: tallest – Arizona, 6-feet, 2 ΒΌ inches; shortest – Cleveland, 6-feet, 1 ΒΌ inches.
  • Weight: heaviest – Indianapolis, 252.26 pounds; lightest – Seattle, 242.26 pounds.
  • Age: oldest – Chicago, 27.08 years; youngest – St. Louis, 25.15 years.
  • Experience: most – Chicago, 4.94 seasons; least – St. Louis 3.26 seasons.
  • Rookies/1st-Year: most – Cleveland, 14; least – Tennessee, 6.
  • Players 30 or older: most – Chicago 16; least – St. Louis 3. …Read More!

Injuries Have Already Changed Chiefs Season

On Wednesday, Derrick Johnson had surgery on his right Achilles tendon.

On Thursday, Mike DeVito underwent the same surgery.

Friday brought surgery on the right biceps of Jeff Allen.

Welcome to life in the NFL, where a carefully constructed roster can be left in tatters in the matter of one afternoon thanks to ruptured tendons and torn muscles.

Left – Derrick Johnson rests after surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon.

It’s an important reminder that football is not a contact sport. Basketball is a contact sport. The game of football is a collision sport. Bodies crash into each other on every single play. Sometimes the effect of those collisions can be seen immediately as the doctors and trainers run onto the field. Other times it’s the cumulative result of hit after hit and the body responds by breaking down, screaming anatomically that it’s had too much.

Lost playing time caused by injuries happens to every player and every team in every season. The 12-month physical training and conditioning programs can only mitigate the damage. Success or failure of any NFL team comes down to the luck of timing. Check any Super Bowl champion and they’ll have a roster that spent very little time out of the action due to injuries.

So far the 2014 Chiefs have not had the luck of timing. One game into the season and their position in the division and conference has been undermined by injuries. And, there are 15 games to be played.

Already, the Chiefs can count 47 lost games to injuries among the team’s starting 22: …Read More!

Officials Preview: Chiefs vs. Broncos

Last week the Chiefs saw an NFL rookie in Ronald Torbert leading the officiating crew onto the field for the season opener against Tennessee. Torbert was handling his first regular-season game as a referee.

This week the Chiefs see a seasoned pro in Gene Steratore and his crew for the game against the Broncos in Denver.

Steratore is in his 12th season as an NFL official and he’s been a referee since 2006. He has not worked a Chiefs game since November 2012 when he led the crew for the game against Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium.

Last week, the Steratore crew worked the Cincinnati at Baltimore game, where the road team was able to win. Overall, there were seven penalties walked off in the game for 74 yards. That was the fewest flags and penalty yards in any of the opening weekend games. The group threw eight flags, with one penalty declined, and it was four on the offense, three on defense and once in the kicking game. They showed no obvious tendencies but they flagged offensive holding twice and called unnecessary roughness twice. There was only one penalty involving pass coverage and that was a defensive pass interference against Cincinnati.

In the first weekend of the regular season, home teams won 10 of the 16 games. In seven of those games the team with the fewest penalties walked off against them won. The most penalized team was St. Louis, hit with 13 flags for 121 yards by Ed Hochuli’s crew. The least penalized team was Tampa Bay in its loss to Carolina. The Buccaneers had three penalties for 15 yards. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report/Injury Update – September 12

From the Truman Sports Complex

Running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas will miss his second NFL game with a hamstring injury. Thomas was declared out of Sunday’s game in Denver against the Broncos by head coach Andy Reid.

“He is making progress in the right direction, and we’ll see how he is for next week,” Reid said Friday after the Chiefs finished up their last practice of the week in preparation for facing their division rivals.

With guard-tackle Jeff Allen moved off the active roster to the injured-reserve list on Friday, the other 52 players are all physically ready to play against Denver. It’s doubtful that newly signed cornerback Jamell Fleming will be active on game-day.

The Broncos will be without linebacker Danny Trevathan who did not practice all week with a knee injury and backup guard Ben Garland is listed as doubtful do to an ankle injury.

Here is the injury report for both teams ahead of Sunday’s 3:25 p.m. kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High: …Read More!

Chiefs Lose Jeff Allen For The Season

From the Truman Sports Complex

The string of bad luck the Chiefs are suffering this season took another turn to the bad on Friday when guard-tackle Jeff Allen was placed on the NFL’s injured-reserve list for the rest of the 2014 season.

Allen underwent surgery on his right biceps on Friday and that negated any chance he had of getting back on the field for likely three to four months. He cannot return during the 2014 season; each team only has one player it can designate on injured reserve that can return during the current season. The Chiefs used their designation on linebacker Joe Mays.

It’s apparent by the surgery that Allen’s biceps must have come off the humerus or was partially torn away from the bone. The biceps controls the bending of the elbow, making an offensive lineman at guard or tackle a one-armed player.

To fill the open spot on the roster, the Chiefs signed cornerback Jamell Fleming (right)Β off the Baltimore practice squad. …Read More!

Next Opponent – Denver Broncos


Game – No. 2.

Opponent – Denver Broncos.

Franchise began – in 1960 as one of the original teams in the American Football League established by Lamar Hunt. The founder of the Denver franchise was the Howsam family with father Lee and brothers Bob and Earl. With Bob Howsam in charge, they got the franchise off the ground for the initial AFL season.

Ownership – Patrick Bowlen and family. The Bowlens bought the team in 1984 from Edgar Kaiser for approximately $70 million. Kaiser and his family’s business empire that was founded by his grandfather were facing financial difficulties at the time, so he sold the team that he bought in 1981 for $33 million. Joining Pat Bowlen in ownership were his brothers John and Bill and sister Marybeth. On July 23rd of this year, the 70-year old Bowlen gave up control of the franchise because of the memory issues he was dealing with as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

General Manager – John Elway is following up his Hall of Fame playing career with a very successful stint as the man in charge of the football operations with the Broncos, or the fancy title of executive vice-president/general manager. Elway was named to the job on January 5, 2011 by the team’s managing owner Patrick Bowlen. In Elway’s three full seasons as G.M., the Broncos have a record of 38-17, a .691 winning percentage with three straight AFC West division titles and a trip last February to the Super Bowl. As a starting quarterback with the Broncos from 1983-98, Elway posted a winning percentage of .645 (162-89-1.) …Read More!

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