Gun Loading Up For Chiefs

Good morning Gun. We are posting this Monday afternoon, but I know it will be Tuesday morning, long before the Motown sun comes up, that you will find this post in your morning cull of the worldwide web. Have a great day and as always, get some rest.

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s now been three years since Gunther Cunningham has been with the Chiefs. Could it possibly be 11 seasons since he was the team’s head coach?

That history alone would have made this Sunday’s visit by the Chiefs to Detroit one of those special moments for Cunningham. It would have gotten his competitive juices rolling and he would enjoy getting his team ready to pound the Chiefs offense.

But there is more to this game at this time. Forget the competitive juices: Gunther’s blood is boiling and if you doubt that, then listen to what his players were saying Monday in Detroit, after opening the season with a victory over Tampa Bay.

“I am sure there will be some extra (motivation) for him this week,” defensive end Cliff Avril told the Detroit News. “And I am pretty sure it will be for us, too. He’ll be real intense and definitely want to get after them.”

About a year ago, the Chiefs filed tampering charges with the NFL against the Lions. The figure at the center of the charge was Cunningham, who the Chiefs claim made contact with S Jarrad Page, who at the time was sitting at home, refusing to sign his restricted free agent tender and hoping for a trade.

The Lions denied the charge; Cunningham was vociferous in his denials that he talked with Page or anyone around the player. The Detroit organization reportedly presented evidence that countered the claims against them. Still, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped the Lions, forcing them to swap positions in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the Chiefs a difference of 19 spots. The Lions also lost a seventh-round pick next year.

To call Gunther “old school” is to understate the way he lives his life. Calling him a tampering fool and calling into question his integrity is equivalent to walking into to his house, kicking him in the groin and slapping his wife across the face.

As with many teams in the league, the Lions coordinators do not speak to the media until Friday. Even when that day comes, I doubt that we’ll see the true depth of Gunther’s feelings about this game. But it will be special.

Again, if you doubt that, then listen to how hard Lions head coach Jim Schwartz pushed his answers away from the subject matter on Monday.

“Do you think that stuff means anything to Matt Stafford or Calvin Johnson or Ndamukong Suh?” coach Jim Schwartz said on Monday. “We have a 60-minute game to play on Sunday, and to put anything else on it would be foolish.

“Nobody is going to go out and win one for the Gipper. It’s not going to be like, ‘Hey, let’s go get these guys …”

The Lions players, however, know what’s coming starting with Wednesday morning’s meeting.

“We haven’t talked about Kansas City yet, but I am sure he will get into it,” DE Kyle Vanden Bosch told the Detroit News. “Gun uses (bulletin board motivation) a lot. He gets here early before anyone else and the first thing he does is pull up the newspapers. He tries to find any motivation he can.”

So Gun, have a great week of preparation. I know times have been tough in the last month with the loss of Garner and what he meant in your life. I know the kids are still here and I know how special you hold Kansas City in your heart. But there is work to do and honor to defend.

27 Responses to “Gun Loading Up For Chiefs”

  • September 13, 2011  - Mike says:

    Who was Garner?

  • September 13, 2011  - Rick says:

    For crying out loud.

  • September 13, 2011  - jim says:


  • September 13, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Bob, your final remarks sound a bit like hoping Gun will be showing “it” to the Chiefs as Chan did last week.

    I understand you are pretty close friends to him and family – but that’s kinda hard to swallow for a Chiefs fan – even for one who doesn’t really like the Pioli/Haley style to run business.

  • September 13, 2011  - Tim says:

    Kinda inappropriate for this forum, Bob. Fine if you feel that way about somebody you consider a friend, but why not just email him directly…or call him?

  • September 13, 2011  - Kiowa says:

    WOW, can I have my money back and never come back to this site? That is one brutal piece of anti-Chiefs writing. Not impressed at all! We are all holding our breathe as it is, let alone kick us in the groin as well.

  • September 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    How took Berry’s place on the roster?????

  • September 13, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Folks, for those who get angry about this piece:
    Let’s understand you are reading ONE MAN’s opinion. The opinion of a guy I firmly believe knows what he is doing. A guy who’s been around for a while and knows a bit about people you’ll never even get a signed collection picture from.
    This blog/column/website is a very personal one – one man’s opinion. If you don’t like it – either stay away or argue about the comments made. But complaining about the opinions posted here is cheap. Post your own opinion. Counter Bob’s. And come up with some arguments to support your take.

    I loved to read Whitlock – he caused discussion. I love to read Mellinger. He’s still got a ways to go. And I love to read Bob. Do I agree with all of them? No. Even if it was possible to do so I wouldn’t. But I love love to read those personal views behind the scenes the Chiefs ABSOLUTELY deny us fans.

    Bob – keep it up even if you may lose some of the guys – the personal view you provide is what makes this site different from others.

  • September 13, 2011  - Michael says:

    It’s Bob’s opinion, and that’s fine. That his opinions often come with shots at the Chiefs, gleeful reporting of anything negative that happens with the team and rare, grudging approval of anything successful the Chiefs do is also an opinion of the posters above.

    It’s no more a cheap shot from them than Bob’s wishful clobbering of the Chiefs by Gun and the Lions. He sees it as the Chiefs just due for the wrong they done to Gunther. Whatever. Some Chiefs fans are not in the mood for that right now, and they hava a right to that opinion.

  • September 13, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    IMO, this is just more sour grapes from Bob.
    I found this site, read it almost everyday. I loved Bob on the pre-game, sideline and post game radio.
    I know it must be frustrating to be try to report on the Chiefs in this climate. But….
    Goonther was an foul mouthed infection on this franchise for many years. You must forget his influence on bringing in all those thugs in ’98. His piss poor drafting as HC (Sylvestor Morris etc). I could go on but THAT IS PAST.
    Let’s focus on what needs to be done to turn things around, ok?

  • September 13, 2011  - ED J says:

    I paid $35 for this crap. To here KC reporter write a blog about how he’s cheering for the team he writes for to get their butt kicked. WOW!!! And Mike bottom line is we pay Bob for inside information on the Chiefs not his personal feelings about how he feel about Gun or the new Chiefs regime. Those are things he can express on his twitter page. Its one thing to write about opinion on the team its another to just simply write about how you want the team you supposely be reporting for to lose. That’s whole new low.. I mean this is unreal. Wow don’t we just turn this site into Lions blog. I mean REALLY

  • September 13, 2011  - MarkInTexas says:

    Gun was 16-16 as a head coach and ranks roughly in the 50th percentile as a defensive coordinator. 1995 & 1997 were his stellar years with #1 ranked defenses, but otherwise has been average.

    I personally like his firery approach, but like Haley, that passion doesn’t always translate to results on the field.

  • September 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    No problem with Bob or any of you who dislike what you read. But, guys, this is like gambling, NO ONE MAKES YOU PLAY (READ THE ARITCLE). If it bothers you, it is your fault.

    More importantly, if the Chiefs do not sign or activate a player soon, we will go to Detroit short a player. That is stupid and no team in the NFL would consider doing this except, of course, our Chiefs who are showing all of us the “right” way to do things in the NFL. Feel free to comment on the future as opposed to the past unless that is all you are interested in.

  • September 13, 2011  - Jonathan Fortune says:

    Granted the Chiefs did Gunther wrong when they fired him as head coach but neither Pioli or Haley was involved. Bob that was your guy King Carl who did it when he hired Vermeil. Gunther was able to brush that aside when Vermeil asked him to be defensive coordinator. Bob you need to do the same with the current Chiefs regime and move on.

    Gunther should never been hired as head coach i the first place. His best days as DC was when he headed up the defenses in 1995 and 1997. Herm and Gunther did not mesh because believed in a cover 2 philosophy and Gun in an attacking philosophy. Ultimately he ended presiding over a defense that had the fewest sacks in Chiefs history. Gun’s last defense was almost as bad as the defenses in Robinson’s days as DC. Hopefully, the Lions get too caught up in the moment and the Chiefs beat them. Gailey had his fun but I bet the next time the Chiefs play the Bills he won’t be gloating.

  • September 13, 2011  - MarkInTexas says:

    Per the Lion’s website, Garner was Gun’s adoptive father, Air Force Sergeant Garner Cunningham.

    As a reminder, Bob is an informed reporter. Not a fan, per se. Read and react accordingly.

  • September 13, 2011  - Kiowa says:


    As fans of the Chiefs who pay for this site for news primarily on the team, as we have been led to believe this is what the site is for, we are allowed to read and react accordingly to how we feel as well.

  • September 14, 2011  - Kenneth says:

    It sounds like the readers that are disappointed by Gretz’s article maybe should just stick to reading the articles on from Looney and Holthus and then you can sit in a circle and sing ‘Kumbaya’ and drink all the koolaid when they tell you that everything is ok.

    Gunther isn’t afraid to post ‘his’ opinion and tell it like he see’s it, the fact is that a lot of things that the Chiefs org has done over the years are ugly and if you can’t stand to read about it then ‘too bad’. JMO

  • September 14, 2011  - Kenneth says:

    Sorry, I meant “Gretz isn’t afraid”.


  • September 14, 2011  - Milkman says:

    I remember several times when Carl Peterson was running this franchise Bob Gretz would tell us when he thought the front office made mistakes. I remember one call in radio show in peticular when an irate caller accused Gretz of being anti-Chiefs after some harsh comments following a loss to the Broncos. Bob’s comments at the time were “The Chiefs are not as good as the Broncos right now.” That was his opinion then, and now that this front office seems to be making plenty of mistakes he is still reporting his opinion. If you want to listen to Chiefs “yes men” maybe you should stick to the Chiefs official site. I am pissed at how my favorite team is being ran right now and am glad to read anybody’s opinion who feels the same way.

  • September 14, 2011  - RW says:

    What’s popular isn’t always right and what’s right isn’t always popular. Good column, Bob.

  • September 14, 2011  - Chuck says:

    To EdJ; Ed there isn’t “paramount news” every single day so why don’t you give Bob a break man. He does an absolutely fabulous job covering the Chiefs. Now, onto Detroit. Pay special attention to their two big tackles “Suh & Fairly”. I think that will be the key to the game. We will probably have a tough time running up the middle.

  • September 14, 2011  - Jesse says:

    I have no problem with Bob posting his analysis of the Chiefs, good or bad. That’s what I paid for. I think it’s great that Bob is reporting on how the Lions have some extra motivation this week playing the Chiefs. I even have no problem with Bob placing the blame for it on the Chiefs. HOWEVER, I agree with Tim. Those little personal notes to “Gun” in the article where he appears to be cheering against the Chiefs in the upcoming game is out of bounds. Email “Gun” if he’s your big buddy. The column was not the place for that stuff.

  • September 14, 2011  - ED J says:

    Thats all I’m saying Jessie

  • September 14, 2011  - el cid says:

    Guess you could get your own site and print what you want?

    Actually with the Chiefs lockout of news to local media, you might get some traffic.

  • September 14, 2011  - Nick says:

    As is the case with most people here I enjoy reading Bob’s opinions on the Chiefs. Occasionally his disdain for the front office is a little much, but generally I enjoy reading his point of view. However, my problem with this article is that Bob seems to be looking forward to the likely possibility that Detroit beats us. It appears quite clear he will be cheering for Gun to stick it to us come Sunday and I feel that is over the top. Maybe it has been too long since Bob has been a fan and not a journalist and he has forgotten just how much fans care about this team. I for one did not come here to read Bob gloat about someone getting revenge on the Chiefs. If he wants to share his belief that the Chiefs just aren’t very good right now or complain about the level of secrecy kept at One Arrowhead Drive that’s fine. However, I really don’t care to come to this site and read how excited Bob is to see Gun get his revenge.

  • September 14, 2011  - Tony says:


    Great perspective! I’m afraid Casey and Ryan will pay for those 19 spots in the 5th and losing a 7th, as in when Suh throws them around like rag dolls? Until the interior of this offensive line is fixed, nothing else matters. Shame on CLARK HUNT! And his frugal ways! (except for parking, ticket, beer, etc…)

  • September 14, 2011  - Michael says:

    Tony, are you cheering for Casey and Ryan, or for Suh and the Lions? I agree they both need to be replaced, more so Casey, but I still hope they have enough veteran tricks up their sleeves to keep Suh out of the game because they are out there for the Chiefs.

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