The Power of Positive Thinking: How Reid and Berry Fixed The Chiefs

Follow @arrowhead_one I’m gonna be honest, I did not see a win against the Oakland Raiders coming. As good as Kansas City Chiefs have been against the division, as bad as Carr has been in Arrowhead, this year’s team just felt different. Chiefs didn‘t look like a team with the talent on defense to stop the Raiders high-powered offense, before we knew Marcus Peters was suspended, let alone after. The offense had been up and down, but their only decent performance recently, had been against a Jets team that stubbornly…

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Acceptance: Chiefs Fans Reach The 5th Stage Of Grief

Follow @arrowhead_one Acceptance: Chiefs Fans Reach The 5th Stage Of Grief   •   by Ransom Hawthorne Whether you were holding out hope for this season, or hoping for dramatic change next season, it’s time to embrace reality. Andy Reid isn’t going anywhere, the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t winning the Super Bowl and might not win another game this year. We’ve been through denial (they’ll turn this around any day right? RIGHT!?) We’ve been through anger. Yup, lots and lots of anger. Some Chiefs fans have even resorted to bargaining (what can we sacrifice…

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Systemic Problems- Part III: The 3-4 Defense

Follow @arrowhead_one Systemic Problems- Part III: The 3-4 Defense   •   by Ransom Hawthorne Read “Systemic Problems- Part I: West Coast Offense” –> here. Read “Systemic Problems- Part II: Zone Blocking” –> here. I’m a big fan of the 3-4 defense. It‘s one of the most diverse defensive systems there is. There are many offshoots in the execution and strategy as coaches have branched out from the original strategies governing the system. The trouble with the 3-4 defense is, that it is growing harder and harder to run effectively in today’s NFL. While…

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Systemic Problems Part II: Zone Blocking

Follow @arrowhead_one Systemic Problems Part II: Zone Blocking  •  by Ransom Hawthorne “Systemic Problems” is a 3-Part Series. Read “Systemic Problems- Part I: West Coast Offense” –> here. In the NFL, there are two primary run blocking systems: the Zone Blocking System (ZBS) and the Power Blocking System (PBS). Chiefs predominantly run a Zone Blocking System. The central goal of zone blocking, is to create holes for the running back through lateral, rather than forward movement. In pass blocking, the ZBS teaches linemen to focus on their part of the…

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Systemic Problems- Part I: The West Coast Offense

Follow @arrowhead_one   Systemic Problems- Part I: The West Coast Offense   Everyone’s position on Alex Smith is established at this point. Rather than spend a ton of time on that, I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the Chiefs issues that more fans can agree on. In the NFL, there are a wide variety of offensive and defensive systems. There are three notable systems that the Chiefs run: The West Coast Offense, A Zone Blocking Run Scheme and a 3-4 Defense. It is my personal opinion…

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Chiefs Overhaul: Coaching Candidates For Next Year

Follow @arrowhead_one The Kansas City Chiefs went from Super Bowl contenders to the laughing stock of the NFL in a matter of a few weeks. These Chiefs have lost 4 of their last 5 including an embarrassingly bad loss to a Giants team filled with UDFAs. Every coach needs talent to succeed, but good coaches are able to bring out the best in their players. By that standard, Chiefs don’t have many good coaches. It’s time to look at a major overhaul of the coaching staff, starting at the top. I’ve…

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How Chiefs View Themselves: Deductions From The Draft and Practice Squad

Follow @arrowhead_one Actions speak louder than words. This is especially true in the NFL, where tight-lipped teams fear giving their opponents even the smallest advantage. For fans, seeking insight into their franchise’s point of view, the draft and the practice squad offer much clearer pictures of Chiefs priorities than any mumbled platitudes from press conferences. Through a careful examination of Chiefs’ moves, we can get a pretty good guess of what they thought, before the draft, and what they think now. Chiefs Draft Patrick Mahomes: While a variety of positions have…

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