ANSWER BOB: 11/30

Jeffrey says: Bob, what’s the story with Dex? Are we ever going to see him again? Last week everybody was saying he was going to play, and then he didn’t. Is there something else here that we don’t know?

Bob says: With the people currently in charge of the Chiefs it’s always possible that there’s something we don’t know. I watched McCluster go through a workout before Sunday’s game in Seattle. I’m no doctor or trainer or coach but he looked pretty good. He was running and moving pretty well. Now, there’s always something that could have come up in the workout or immediately afterwards, but I was pretty sure he was going to play. So it was a surprise a few minutes later to see him standing out there in a sweat suit.

Here’s what I think – McCluster’s high ankle sprain is 80 to 90 percent healed. For most injuries and at other positions that would be enough for him to play. High ankle sprains are tough injuries to get over and I think the Chiefs want to make sure McCluster is as close to 100 percent as possible before he plays again. They don’t want to put him out there too early, have him play and then he has a set back and has to miss more time.

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bhive01 says: Bob, what happened there at the end of the game? I don’t remember seeing a game where they went to the knee so quickly. Why didn’t the Seahawks go for points at the end? Seems odd aside from saving your players from injury.

Bob says: On the play before the two Seattle kneel down plays to end the game, Seahawks center Chris Spencer suffered an ankle injury and had to leave the game. With one minute left and down by 18 points, Pete Carroll thought the better option than trying to connect on some long Hail Marys with a new center coming off the bench cold. It was odd, but it made sense.

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Lyle says: Did anyone else notice the look on Pete Carroll’s face after that touchdown (by Shaun Smith.) The look said it all. How do you defend against that? Defenses in the future are going to have to prepare for that plus just having him as a sledge hammer blocker on the goal line. I love it.

Bob says: How many more snaps we’ll see from “The Deep Freeze” on offense will be fun to watch over the last five games. It all qualifies under “the more you can do” and those types of things do force opposing defenses to give up practice time to prepare for Smith and Mike Vrabel at tight end, and who knows what other surprises might be coming down the road.

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Chuck says: “Bob, what was up with those funky kickoffs by Succup???? They kept coming down on the 20. Very short kickoffs all day. Is he losing his stuff???”

Bob says: Chuck, those are called mortar kicks and the idea is to get the ball up in the air for hang time, rather than distance. The idea is that the high-short kicks allow coverage guys to get down the field and set up. If everything works right, the idea is that what you gave up in distance on the length of the kick, you’ll save by making it tougher for the returner to break free for a long return.

It was the ultimate sign of respect for Seattle returner Leon Washington, who went into the game as the NFL’s leader in kickoff returns. For the most part, the plan worked, although they got burned on the first short kickoff that was returned 30 yards to the Chiefs 48-yard line. Funny, but Washington didn’t return that one.

Going into the game, the Seahawks average starting field position after a kickoff was the 30.7-yard line. Succop’s five kickoffs that were handled by Washington went to the 17, 6, 17, 24 and 22-yard lines. Washington’s returns went for 11, 23, 12, 9 and 22 yards each. So the Seahawks starting field position was the Seattle 28, 29, 29, 33 and 44, or an average of the 32.6-yard line.

That was nearly a two-yard difference and not on the good side. But Washington didn’t come close to the end zone on any of his returns.

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Byzkit says: Hey Bob, if Roaf makes the cut to the finalists will you present his case to the committee or will it be someone from New Orleans?

Don says: Bob, you did a great job over some years to get DT’s place in the hall and rightfully so. I agree and think you’d be an awesome choice of presenter.

Bob says: His presentation will be handled by the New Orleans voter, but as happens with all players who spend time with multiple teams, the reps of those cities are asked to speak as well. I have no doubts that Roaf will be in the Hall of Fame at some point but I doubt that it will be on the first ballot.

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Dan-NY says: Bob, six of the 26 semifinalists candidates are non-players. Is that an unusually high percentage? Has there been any push for a vote-in process for non-players to be separated from that for the players?

Bob says: There has been discussion of a contributor category that would be taken outside the players and even coaches. There’s been no plan that’s made sense that I’ve heard so far. Six of the 26 would rank as bit high. It’s usually three or four. I think what it tells us is that after a half-dozen to a dozen players that really stick out, there are not a lot of other players crowding the field. That sends the voters looking at the non-players. I voted for two in my 26 – Ed Sabol of NFL Films and former Chargers coach Don Coryell. I’m not sold on Coryell because I think as a head coach he should have been more concerned about the whole team and not just offense. But I think he deserves another chance to be part of the discussion.


5 Responses to “ANSWER BOB: 11/30”

  • December 1, 2010  - Chuck says:

    Hi BOB; FIRST AND FOREMOST YOU DO A GREAT JOB AND I LOVE COMING TO YOUR WEBSITE EVERYDAY!!!!! When you see the Pioli/Haley team next would you “PLEASE” tell them to take a “REAL CLOSE LOOK” at ALEX HENERY. He’s the field goal kicker for Nebraska. This kid is AWESOME. He’s the real deal. I’ve been watching college/pro football for 46 years and this kid is “SPECIAL”. Please ask them to take a serious look at him. THANK YOU.


  • December 1, 2010  - Scotty says:

    I agree with Chuck because Henery also is a killer punter he could save an extra roster spot for the team. It would be hard to see Suckup get let go simply because before he came along the team seemed to be struggling with the kicking game and now it has settled down. Henery will be a rich man soon.


  • December 1, 2010  - Scotty says:

    I totally agree with the team holding back McCluster if he’s not %100 ready to go. We will definitely need him down the stretch, especially against San Diego…


  • December 1, 2010  - el cid says:

    Bob, talking about the HOF, is John Facenda (sp?) in? He was “the voice” of NFL Films and, in my estimation, made it. “the frozen tundra” etc, had a great voice for football.


  • December 1, 2010  - Chris says:

    With the added addition of Gafford to the mix as people that have been extended in season, do you think there will be more? Who possibly? Who do you think the Chiefs will resign to longer contracts for next year? Do you think Charles will just get a restricted free agent contract or will it be long term?




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