ArrowheadOne: Chiefs Report

 

 

 

As usual, there’s plenty to report on this week. So, let’s get to it.

 

The Chiefs Whack-A-Mole Offense

You know the kid’s game, it’s called Whack-A-Mole. The player of this game is given a rubberized mallet and the point is to knock down the Mole’s that pop out of the holes before they disappear again. Since they only stay in the up position for one second, you hardly have enough time to whack the mole on the head. You’ll still find this game today in older game arcades and in Chucky Cheese.

 

The point is, the Chiefs offense has become like this game in the sense that if you stop one player, another one has a great day. It makes it nearly impossible for a defense to stop all the talent the Chiefs have on offense. It looks like the only way for the Chiefs to get beat is if they beat themselves. Mostly, you have the head-Moles to thank for that.

 

National Football League Punishments

Marcus Peters was fined $12,154 this week for dunking a ball over the goal posts (and allowing the ball to hit the goal post when he did). In other news, Kiko Alonso was fined $9,115 for targeting the head of QB Joe Flacco (who broke out of the pocket and was considered a runner). So, $12K for touching and inanimate object… and $9K for endangering the life of another human? Sounds about right for a league that still penalizes those who break their drug policy more stringently than they do for Domestic violence. I was going to suggest that those in change of the NFL should “re-think” their fines… but that would assume thinking was already taking place. Maybe the owners should put that in the job description next time they choose a commissioner.

 

Kareem Hunt vs. Ezekiel Elliott…

I spoke with my cousin in Dallas this week and they’re sticking with the Cowboys to win this game. No surprise there but did agree with me that both defenses “suck” so this game may come down to… which offense can control the run game… and consequently, the time of possession. Although I think Zeke will likely have a better day since Dallas offensive line is much better than the Chiefs OL so while the game’s outcome could be swayed by the winner of that contest, there is one other aspect of the Chiefs offense that the Boys don’t have: a world class TE. Sure they still have Jason Witten, who will end up in Canton in all likelihood, but his best days are past and a slow Witten should not be able to beat a slow Derrick Johnson or for that matter, Dirty Dan Sorensen. If TE Travis Kelce goes off… look for red and gold to steal the show in Jerryland.

 

“You’ve got to know when to hold em”

Bret Veach appears to have held his cards at the trading deadline this week while many other teams were busy upgrading this rosters. Seattle got the OL help they needed badly by trading for Duane Brown with the Texans. Houston got CB Jeremy Lane and a 5th round pick plus a 2nd round pick. Though it looks like a nice haul for the Texans we know they’re going nowhere now with the recent ACL injury of rookie QB sensation Deshaun Watson. In the end, it looks like both teams made out.

 

But not the Chiefs.

 

Buffalo traded DT Marcell Dareus to the “Sacksonville” Jaguars who needed help stopping the run. Hmm, I wonder what other teams could have used help stopping the run. Of course the Chiefs could never (never is such a malleable word in the cap-tastic NFL) hav afforded Dareus and he had become troublesome for the team but I don’t think anyone in K.C. would have been unhappy to see the Chiefs make room on their roster for such a player.

 

There’s also the RB Jay Ajayi trade with the Dolphins shipping the player to the offense starved Philadelphia Eagles. Ooops… did I say starved? Wow… what a great move it would have been to see Kareem Hunt and Jay Ajayi in the same backfield.

 

Perhaps the biggest surprise move was seeing huge WR Kelvin Benjamin go from the Panthers to the Bills. C’Est la Vie… the Chiefs don’t really need a tall wide out in the red zone do they. 

 

Here’s a list of the trades Brett Veach made for the Chiefs at this year’s deadline: ______ . Oh well, we don’t really need any extra players any way do we… I mean, it’s not like we’re about to make a Super Bowl run, right?

 

Dallas Texas: The Chiefs Return Home

Way too much is made of the Kansas City Chiefs getting their start in Dallas. Yes, their owner is still from Dallas but so what!? Let’s get over it. I’ve lived in Dallas. I like Kansas City so… I came home and live here now. Please, let’s move on.

 

Hali: Bang the Drum Slowly

Tamba Hali has returned just in time for the playoffs… err… for the Bye Week… err… for the 9th game of the season. Hmm, the way it sounded in August, Tamba Hali was ready to cook his coach over an open pit and sprinkle a few team mates in for good measure… BECAUSE… he didn’t get enough snaps in the playoff game vs. Pittsburgh. Listen, I’m a huge Tamba Hali fan and he’s not going to be playing this game much longer — in fact, I’m off the opinion that this is his last hurrah — so I’d love nothing more than to see him go out with a big bang and a championship ring. I had the realization earlier this year that Hali and Eric Berry had in all probability played their last game together back in January. If HC Andy Reid decides to bring Hali along slowly… very slowly… that’s all right with me. I still think he has the ability to be a better OLB than Dee Ford and if they can time his resurgence out so that he helps the Chiefs come playoff time… then give me some of that old time religion.

 

Chiefs Fans and Fatalism

Sam Mellinger, wrote a piece for the KC Star yesterday about how he believes — based on his countless emails, conversations, and social media observations of Chiefs fans — that the average K.C Chiefs fan is fatalistic about their success. While being the voice for Chiefs Kingdom in totality must be an awfully big burden to bear, I don’t believe that’s really possible. Even if he took a poll, he’d still only have a small sample of what Chiefs fans think. After all, Hillary was supposed to win based on polls right? I don’t know how old he is but, Mellinger must not have lived through the 70’s and 80’s because if you did… then you’d have a right to feel fatalistic about those years and those Chiefs teams.

 

.Raiders, Bolts and Broncos

The Oakland Raiders are visiting the Miami Dolphins tonight. While I don’t give the Raiders much of a chance the rest of the season, the Miami offense is in a state of blah right now ranking 30th in the league. The biggest problem the Raiders will face is the Miami defense which currently ranks #7 overall.

 

The Los Diego Chargers are resting this week. Bye-Bye baby.

 

The Denver Broncos find themselves getting physical against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philly. I’d be very surprised if the Broncos were in this game past half time.

 

Of course our believed K.C. Chiefs are in Dallas today and this is a game that many are expecting to see a high scoring affair. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs handed the Cowboys a big whippin’.

 

Enjoy the games and Go Chiefs!

 

 

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Great rundown, Laddie.

    Slight correction. You were correct about the Seattle trade for Brown, but, Lane failed his physical and had to return to Seattle. So, Seattle had to change the trade to a 2nd and a 3rd instead.

    • ladner morse

      Hey, thanks Bert. I remember hearing that this happened… slipped my mind… like a lot of other things that slip my mind… could old age be setting in?
      🙂

  • berttheclock

    Ah, the “lovely” city of Dallas.

    My lovely wife, Pat, represented California in the 1963 Miss Teen Age America pageant which was held in Dallas. High point was meeting Mickey Mantle. Lowest possible point was riding up in an elevator with several older men who were all wearing Stetsons. Someone mentioned the fact that President John F Kennedy was going to visit Dallas. One of the men responded by saying that someone ought to shoot that son of a $%#@^. Yes, is not Dallas simply “lovely”.

    I’m sure that one man’s views should not shade an entire city, but, Pat said all of the other men nodded their approval of the statement. To this day, she still questions the Warren Report.

    • berttheclock

      However, one upside to the pageant itself was Pat was awarded a full ride scholarship to UCLA. How else can anyone escape Bakersfield, eh?

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I have been in situations where I have heard people say that about our last 4 Presidents…….it is utterly absurd to me that any American citizen would say something like that about their own POTUS……..party affiliation be damned.
      i was sitting in a bar once and somebody said that about President Obama……knowing I didn’t vote for him or agree with many of his politics, this person looked down the bar at me for my approval and they got none…..instead they got an argument.
      I recently deleted a life long friend from Facebook for saying that about President Trump.

    • ladner morse

      Just a note here… and to augment your wife’s elevator story…

      8 years ago, following the election of Barack Obama, I was approached by a wonderful lady who taught at my school — and I must say that up to that point in time, compared to working in the inner-city of KCMO, I thought all the people I was working with, parents and teachers alike, that it was like working in heaven — so when this wonderful teacher “lady” from my school, who usually would make the rounds and take bets on your weekly NFL game, flat out asked me if I’d like to join their “Barack Obama assassination pool?” I said what’s that? She said they were all making bets on which month, over the next few years, that Barack Obama would be assassinated.

      I, of course, declined.

      My oh my, how is it that the more things change… they stay the same?
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      .

  • berttheclock

    One matchup to watch today will be David Irving (The one who got away) and the offensive line of the Chiefs Irving and Lawrence are very tough pass rushers.

    Speaking of Irving, I went back to look at the 2015 roster. Easy to say now, but, for the first week of September of that year, it appeared hard for Dorsey to find a slot on the main 53 for him. Of course, keeping Donald Stephenson and micah on the roster made far more sense than adding Irving, right?

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I ran into Micah by accident on Facebook the other day…..he was talking crap about smith over there….lol

      • berttheclock

        Meanwhile, Geno Smith at the age of 27 carries a clip board for the NY Giants.

      • i feel your pain.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    The Cowboys are pretty proud of their running game…..they lit up their last two opponents.
    They believe in keeping their defense fresh by keeping their offense on the field………with our run stopping abilities, I picked a bad time to stop drinking.

    • mnelson52

      Maybe I’ll pick today to start back. Well, I never really quit. I do go to happy hour around once every 2 or 3 months for about 3 drinks so I can see some old friends. Not bad considering I used to start drinking when I got off work, and stay till closing. Get up the next day same thing. I really looked forward to weekends so I could start at noon and bring a party home when the bar closed. Yep, I was real good at drinking.

      • two martini lunch, happy hour. Friday’s? Happy hour followed by attitude adjustment. I get it. That was in the category of “Wuz, I’m afraid.”

  • berttheclock

    “If I were a rich man, I would…………..”

    Build a smart house where every freakin’ clock was digital and I would not have to spend half the morning setting clocks back.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Well……even that isn’t enough these days.
      The timeclock that I bought for my employees to clock in with and the clock next to my bed are both digital……the one at the shop changed times about a month and a half ago and the one in my bedroom about two weeks ago……neither did their job last night.

      • berttheclock

        Actually, I couldn’t sleep last night, so, at 1:59 AM, I was at the computer playing solitaire. Funny to see the next numbers reading 1:00.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Is that when yours did it?
          I woke up at exactly 1:59 this morning and compared my iPhone clock to my bedside clock and they both still read the same……..I’m assuming 2:00 am was the switch time for iPhones.

          • berttheclock

            I was surprised to learn our Panasonic land line phone is analog. Pat has been placed in charge of that “fall back”.

  • berttheclock

    Laddie, getting back to Seattle acquiring Duane Brown. Seattle really needed to shore up Wilson’s blind side. But, the Texans really did not have to get rid of Brown. He was due an extension, yes, but, more importantly, he was the leader of the player’s opposition to remarks which had been made by McNair. Add the fact, that the Texans have added two QBs to replace Watson who do not fit the read option used by the Texans. There is still a QB out there who better fits the read option, but, he does not square with McNair. So, need on one side of the trade. Politics on the latter.

    I never cared very much about McNair when he an owner of thoros. He would use his money to buy quality horses which were trained by very legitimate trainers, then, dump the trainer and give the horses to his buddy Baffert. Loved it when McNair ended being beaten in the Breeders’ Cup. He had bought a great winning mare from David Milch. Mare was trained by Julien Canani. McNair, not only would not let Canani continue training her, but, he refused to allow the mare’s pet goat be brought over to the new barn. So, in the Breeders’ Cup, McNair and Baffert ran their mare only to have Canani go with his second string and beat them. Soon after, McNair sold off his horses.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Speaking of Watson….what a shame for such a young talent to go down to injury while having a great rookie year….and fluky like that……………speaking of QB’s…..that Alex Smith sure is one tough SOB though.

      • berttheclock

        Read a great breakdown of injuries to QBs this year by Barnwell over at ESPN. He suggested this year is not much different from past years except for the higher quality of QBs going down. When speaking about Watson, he referred readers to Mark Rypien, who had similar early numbers prior to being injured. Then, he noted how Rypien came back to lead the Redskins to a SB win. Also, Gannon had an injury before becoming successful.

        But, Watson showed exceptional talent for a young QB.

      • mnelson52

        Almost all ACLs are fluky. Usually no contact at all

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Bob Sutton’s rep is riding on this game. His “allow the run to stop the pass” strategy hasn’t really killed the Chiefs yet, but, against Dallas, it certainly could. If Sutton can dial up a game plan to contain the run, at least somewhat, this week, Chiefs fans will be willing to cut him some slack. I guess what we’re all wondering is whether Sutton can stop the run, but doesn’t to be better against the pass, or whether he can’t stop the run and, therefore, won’t bother to try.

    • berttheclock

      The most scary thing I read this week concerning the Cowboys was the fact Dez Bryant was back at practice. The running by Zeke allows Dak to play action to look for Bryant matching up against smaller D-backs.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        If Chiefs can find someone, other than Ford, to play opposite Houston, and Ford gets healthy, Sutton should consider giving Ford some looks at ILB. He has the size and speed to play well in DJs spot, and I think we’ve mostly given up on him being an above average pass rusher.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          KPass in Fords spot?

          • Chiefly Bacon

            I think that’s the eventual plan. There’s some hope that Dadi Nicholas could get some reps there next year.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Dadi needs to add some meat on his bones.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    If Brett Veach is only better at one thing, than Dorsey, and that one thing turns out to be drafting CBs, I’ll be pretty happy with that.

  • berttheclock

    Speaking of smaller D-backs. Consider the fact Dorsey selected Murray out of Minnesota in the 4th round. Just about 5 picks later, the Falcons selected another player from Minnesota who was a LB. PFF just rated that OLB as being only 2nd to Poe for a game a week ago as the best defensive player for the Falcons. They noted the LB is headed upwards to Pro Bowl land.

    Remember the many arguments concerning taking the best player available? I have viewed that by Dorsey as taking who he considered to be the best player available for the team’s biggest need. In no way is Murray a better player than the LB from Atlanta and I don’t believe Murray was a better player at the time of the draft. So, score one for Dorsey on the need category.

    • berttheclock

      That OLB with Atlanta is De’Vondre Campbell.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I won’t say too much, because I may write an article on it, during the bye week, but I’m starting to think we might have rated Dorsey a little more highly than he deserved.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        What I liked about Dorsey, is he didn’t sit on his hand……….sure he made mistakes, but he was constantly moving to better the team.

        • mnelson52

          Dorsey made his mistakes, but he took a 2-14 team to 4 or 5 years of winning records because of good players and depth. I think he was good a scouting the undrafted players.

  • berttheclock

    I mentioned Campbell below. His first two years of college ball happened to be at Hutchinson CC. Then, he went to a larger college. But, many fans do not appreciate the amount of talent passing through the various Kansas CCs before moving on to bigger schools.

    Plus, Kudos to the Ft Hays State for upsetting NW Missouri State. You know where Ft Hays is, right? Out in the flat lands of Kansas where if you had a camera which could do a 360, you would see a tree, then, a large space, a silo, another large space, then, a tree, space, silo, etc. Truly spectacular viewing.

    • berttheclock

      Suggest you rent “Paper Moon” to observe the very early scenes which were filmed just outside of Hays.

      • mnelson52

        Kansas was the 1st place I heard being referred to as the ground being so poor that you would have to stand on a sack of fertilizer to raise an umbrella.

  • berttheclock

    Tale of two room mates who are close friends. Both of them happened to play against Acker in high school in Portland and are friends of his. Both of them happen to be off work today and will watch a game together. But, one is a diehard Eagles fan and the other a diehard Broncos fan.

    BTW, the Eagles fan is a great young man who was a major star RB from Jefferson HS in Portland. I used to have GIFs of his running in HS. He had offers from Harbaugh who was at Stanford at the time. He had several offers to major colleges, but, he didn’t feel as though he was ready to move on to college, so, he opted to stay home.

    I remember the time the word that GIFs existed of his running. Fellow workers were absolutely shocked about how great he had been in HS and, now, was just a great guy to work with in a grocery store. I love it when I speak with him and while we are talking, several young ladies walk past and croon, “Hey, Ian”. He just smiles with sort of a “talk with you later”.

  • Merlin
    • ladner morse

      OKAY?

      • berttheclock

        Where, oh where is Bill Murray when you need him?

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Hahaha!
        Well, at least Australia gave us AC/DC so it wasn’t a total loss.

  • berttheclock

    Those poor folks having to listen to the color man for today’s Broncos-Eagles game. Is there a more ill prepared analyst on TV than Dan Fouts?

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Brent Musberger….”Wow Dan, did you think that up by yourself?”

      Dan Fouts….”Shut up Brent!”

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I think it will only be a matter of time until AH31 returns a KO for a TD.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Maybe…..unfortunately he reminds me of Knile Davis a little bit. If there is an open lane straight ahead of him and he doesn’t need to juke anyone.

      • mnelson52

        Funny you said that. My thoughts were that he reminded me of K Davis. Sometimes Toub’s scheme works for that type of runner though. Then again, I don’t think STs have looked as good this year other than Butker.

  • Laddie. Check your mailbox pls…

  • meanwhile: my positive view of Doug Pederson is being reinforced vis a vis, they are going 8-1. Now the score v Denver? 31-9

    • mnelson52

      I think Eagles are best team in NFL presently. Pederson doesn’t let his players play down to their competition. At least not since he played the Chiefs

      • agreed. I like what the eagles have done and Pederson’s leadership as HC. The right transactions have been made. His TD run made an impact. Coupled with Blount, they can run the ball. Here is where we miss our #2 RB. I like the Eagles a lot(rooted against them many, many years but since Pederson departed, I have been following them). Credo’s to Doug P. Adding Ajayi gives the a legitimate ground game from the opening kick off to the finish — defenses can’t cheat. The Aerial game is working. Also Wentz.

  • ladner morse