K.C. Chiefs and the Saturday Sum Up! 1-13-2018

 

 

 

Come one, come all! Welcome to the best thing to happen to your Saturday morning since Bugs Bunny duped Elmer Fudd into thinking it was duck season. How many of you remember sitting down, cereal in hand, and turning on the tube to watch the antics of all of the Looney Toons. After this final game of the Chiefs season I feel a strong connection to Wile E. Coyote. Just like the coyote we are right on the edge, always within reach but the Roadrunner manages to elude us. So like the coyote we turn to the good old ACME salesman, Mr. Reid, to help push us over the top.

 

 

With the help of Mr. Reid and ACME we should have no problem catching that darn bird. At first everything ACME is offering in the catalog looks to be the just what the doctor ordered. Shiny new tools that will give a better chance at success. It appears to be a match made in heaven! We were strapped to the ACME rocket blasting from the absolute worst team in the league to the playoffs. Now the rocket falters at the last moment and we fall down into the canyon.

 

 

But hey, with the help of good old ACME we were able to rebound from the first pick in the draft to a playoff berth! That is an amazing turn around. For the next 4 years we keep turning to ACME to help us out and just like the coyote we find ourselves in the same situation. We can reach out, come within a finger of reaching the bird, and WHAM! The only thing we managed is to be crushed by a boulder or shot off of a cliff. At some point we need to look to the product we are trying to use to bridge the gap between starvation (I would say 50 years should damn well count as starvation) and a full belly. I believe it was Einstein who once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Now you may say that Wile E. Coyote did in fact catch the Roadrunner. This is true, but I must point out that it took until 1980 for that to happen. To give you some context, the first time Wile turned to ACME Co. to make his dreams a reality was in 1949. That meant that Mr. Coyote with the help of the ACME company endured failure, humiliation, and pain for 31 years. Let that soak in for a moment. Thirty. One. Years. I’m a bit impatient. If Kansas City doesn’t see real results soon I would say perhaps it is time to look to a different supply company.

 

Okay, okay, enough with the terrible Looney Toons analogy. Here is your Saturday Sum Up!

 

The Benefits of Bieniemy

The Kansas City Chiefs have named former running back coach Eric Bieniemy to the position of offensive coordinator. With this move the front office will be able to offer a sense of continuity to the offense even with the loss of former coordinator Matt Nagy. I am actually a big fan of this promotion from within for a few different reasons. The main one being that Bieniemy is never one to shy away from confrontation. The biggest obstacle that he will run into as the offensive coordinator is that Andy Reid does not want to give up the play calling duties. This is evident with the former coordinators Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy. Pederson was not afforded full duties of play calling by Reid. Instead a complicated system that included too many people was put into place with Reid holding the actually play call sheet. Nagy fared better than Pederson in this area. He was actually able to wrestle away Andy’s take out menu and called his own plays. Now I know that Nagy has put out a statement that he called the second half of the playoff game but I just don’t believe it. That half stank of Andy’s conservative playcalls. The reason I bring these two up is Eric Bieniemy by all accounts has a different personality than his predecessors. He is short and to the point and has no qualms about saying what he feels. I keep playing a quote of his over and over in my head. “We’re gonna feed your ass.” That is not something that a shy person is going to say. I feel that Bieniemy will take the play calling duties and fight tooth and nail to keep them. Another reason I am actually excited with this promotion is he is an aggressive person. I just feel that he will not let up and turn conservative at halftime. This would be a breath of fresh air for a team that came out of the half flat and with no drive to tack on points.

 

Snubbed Smith Secures Spot

Ahh. All the words start with the letter S. All is right with the world. Now to the topic at hand. Chiefs QB Alex Smith, a legitimate contender for league MVP was completely overlooked in the first go around of the Pro Bowl nominations. With the best year of his career and the highest passer rating of any quarterback in the league it was a sure bet that Smith would be heading straight to the Pro Bowl, even with the abomination that was the wildcard playoff game. However he was forgotten during the first round of nominations and has now been selected as the replacement for another AFC West quarterback, Phillip Rivers. Who cares you may say? The Pro Bowl is a joke and it doesn’t matter? Granted. There is one thing that the Pro Bowl does influence…. Potential trade partners. Now let me say this now so we are perfectly clear with each other. I DO NOT WANT THE CHIEFS TO TRADE ALEX SMITH. The Denver game proved two things to me. Patrick Mahomes is a special talent and that special talent needs to be developed more before he is thrown into the starting role. Smith is a veteran quarterback who is relatively cheap by NFL standards, with a plethora of knowledge and experience that he can pass on to the next generation. The thing with Alex is, he does get happy feet. He does check it down. Now I will also say that he appeared to come out of his shell at times this year and show off some arm talent I didn’t believe he had. With all of this taken into account the playoff collapse was not the fault of Smith. He was let down by his receivers, his coaches, and the officials. The Pro Bowl nomination will only add to his value if he is in fact traded this year which is a boon for us as fans. A QB needy team, like the Broncos, Browns, or Cardinals would be willing to pay a decent amount for an experienced quarterback who can offer them success. I wouldn’t hold my breath on the Broncos picking him up but the Browns and the Cardinals are both in the running. Also the Browns have a ton of draft picks which they could use to move around and pick up other players. No matter what, it is a win for the Chiefs. Either Smith stays for another year to groom our future franchise quarterback, or we trade him off for picks now to shore up our team. We aren’t in a bad spot.

 

Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks! That was your Saturday Sum Up. Comment below and let me know how truly awesome I am and how much my perfectly written masterpieces mean to you. As always VIVA LA JET SWEEP and GO CHIEFS!

 

 

 

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  • ladner morse

    And so… the real getting off offseason… begins,
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    https://twitter.com/AroundTheNFL/status/952045900314025984

    • Heilios

      It was only a matter of time.

      • berttheclock

        Interesting that the bust came in the state where the former pip squeak, Sessions, was the main instigator of reviving “Reefer Madness”. As Sessions told a Congressional Committee a while back, “Good people do not smoke grass”. I do not smoke grass, but, I live in an area where it is legal on both sides of the Columbia River and I know many very good people who do partake as I have known such in other states as well. Time for the NFL and DC to come to grips with grass.

        • berttheclock

          Geez, having weed in a college town. Imagine.

          But, more to the point, last year a comprehensive marijauna bill was introduced in the state legislature of Alabama, which would legalized many aspects of grass within the state. It was quashed by Big Pharma paying off legislators as Big Pharma wanted to continue supplying any “Feel Good remedies” without any interference from other sources. This has happened in other states as well. Big Pharma wants to continue to be the main supplier of deadly ophoids, as well.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    If Reid keeps Sutton as DC, then he will continue to come up short “catching the bird”. And so if he chooses that route then all the fans should help out by simply giving Mr. Reid the bird.

  • berttheclock

    May I suggest an excellent thread from Arrowhead Addict about how Dieter Gehrig, the wide out from both Vanderbilt and Alabama has been kept very quiet on the PS of the Chiefs. He could have a breakout year next year with PMII (At least, until the Chiefs gain the lead and Andy sends everyone into slo-mo once again). Gehrig has excellent hands and could prove to be far better than Albert Wilson. He only played one year under Saban at Alabama and Saban never did fully utilize him. You have to go back further in his college career to see his potential.

    • Jeff Morton

      I seem to remember him having a good training camp last summer, too.

  • berttheclock

    Should Alex Smith end up wearing the brown uniform in Cleveland, he would have a new QB coach in Ken Zampese, of whom, Dorsey has just hired to become their QB coach. Zampese was with the Bengals for years and helped develop both Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton. At this point, Jackson has not decided who to hire as a new OC and he still retains the right to call plays.

    • Jeff Morton

      Relation to Ernie? EZ was an awesome OC.

  • freshmeat62

    I thought your Roadrunner analogy was spot on. Can’t think of a better one.

    BUT, I do take issue w/ hanging on to Smith one more year. I think it is a waste of talent, and an asset that will disappear at the end of the next year. If Smith stays that means that a huge talent is going to waste sitting on the bench. Maybe Mahomes doesn’t have the experience, but the talent is there. Having him sit on the bench for another year won’t gain him that much, and if anything the value of Smith is going to drop off a cliff. His contract is up, and the most the Chiefs can get for him is a 3rd rd comp pick.

    On the other hand, well I don’t think anyone knows what Smith is worth on the trade market this year. Is it a 1st? A 1st and another lower rd pick? Recoup the 2 2nd rd picks we gave for him? But any of those are better than what amounts to not having the player that could be had w/ that draft pick not even on the team. It’s not like this team is loaded w/ so much talent that they can afford to waste assets. Maybe you get that Edge rusher opposite Houston, or that other CB that is so desperately needed, or the Safety opposite, or in place of Berry. There’s no such thing as too much secondary talent in today’s NFL. Forget need, just BPA will help this team some. Otherwise nothing!

    Forget the Broncos. No way we trade w/ another AFC West team. I don’t really see Cleveland basically just renting Smith for 1 year to tutor Kizer or a new QB. Arizona, Buffalo, maybe. The team I think would benefit the most is Jacksonville. The Jags are pretty good everywhere but QB. Bortles is worse than I realized. A good QB like Smith could be the final piece. By the time they draft this year the top QB’s will have been picked over. I think they would be better trading for a veteran QB that can possibly take them deeper into the playoffs and possible SB for 3-5 years. Just who wouldn’t love to be a SB contender for 3-5 years…heck just 1 year. And in the mean time maybe they can find their QBOTF.

    • berttheclock

      One of the best arguments used by the Browns for obtaining Smith is his talent to not throw many INTs. That really killed many drives by the Browns with Kizer, who was thrown far too early to the wolves. Kizer had mechanical flaws in his foot work coming out of college and he only became worse as a NFL QB. Some pundits at the Plain Dealer believe Smith would be with the Browns longer than just one year as the Browns with their many picks could still add a rookie QB and dump Kizer as a failed experiment.

      • freshmeat62

        The main reason I don’t see Cleveland trading much for Smith is because they are probably 3 or more years from a playoff team, and by the time they get there Smith’s quality years will be over or close to it.

        I can see Cleveland taking a QB w/ that 4th pick instead of the 1st. The NYGiants at 2 will probably take a QB. Indy at 3 won’t, but will probably trade down w/ a team that wants a QB. That means Cleveland can take a QB at 4. Do they take that chance of getting what could be the 3rd rated QB on their board? This is supposed to be the year of the QB. So far on all the big boards I’ve seen there is no consensus of who is the best. Iv’e seen Darnold, Rosen, and my favorite Rudolph all at the top of someones board. Personally I like Mayfield 2nd.

        Since this seems to be our lot every year, to speculate about the draft, instead of being a contender for the SB, I think this is going to be a fun draft to speculate about.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          Now see, your first sentence is exactly why I think the Browns should trade for Smith. Being 3 years from contending lets them draft a QB this year with a high ceiling (like Allen) and let him sit behind Smith for a couple years, in the meantime the rest of the team can be improved around him.

          • berttheclock

            Should he go with the Browns, I would love to see Dorsey try to pick up another excellent wide out to help him.

          • freshmeat62

            Actually 2 years would probably be closer. Cleveland has a very young team, and w/ all of the draft picks they have this year, and w/ Dorsey picking, and we all know he’s good at finding talent, and he has a huge amount of money to play w/, Cleveland could be a monster for 5-6 years.

            I’m looking forward to which QB Dorsey picks. He’s got the pick of the litter, so the pressure is really on him to find the right one. Will he pick the Marino, or the Blackledge of the litter?

          • berttheclock

            In addition to them adding Dorsey, Dorsey has already beefed up his scouting team by bringing in both Hightower and Wolf, plus taking 3 scouts and evaluators away from KC.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Yeah, that’s going to be interesting. Dorsey, if he can find trade partners, has the draft capital to trade up and pick 4 times in round 1 if he wanted, or he could easily get three picks in the top 10 of the draft. I don’t know enough about the Browns to know their needs, but as I recall, their OL needs improvement and every team always needs pass rush help.

          • berttheclock

            Plus, one other excellent wide out could hlep. But, as this draft is weak on cream, Dorsey will be able to add cream of the defensive sort near the very top.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Top defensive players, especially pass rushers and corners are almost always taken early in the draft. Whereas WRs can be found later. There are always exceptions of course, as top players from small schools fall through the cracks.

          • berttheclock

            From reports at the Plain Dealer, there are fans who would love to see Haslam rename his team and begin anew.

          • freshmeat62

            I think renaming them would be a good idea. That Browns team is now in Baltimore. They don’t exist any more. I can understand the sentiment of the old Browns fans wanting their team back, but this is a completely different group. That generation of the old, original Browns fans are mostly gone. I think I’d want to cut the cord w/ that old franchise, and have my own w/ a new name.

        • berttheclock

          One team you mentioned will depend very much on how far the Vikings go in the Playoffs. The Cards would love to talk with Pat Shurmer, but, they can not until the Vikings’ season ends. Should he go to Arizona, he could, possibly, try to bring Keenum along with him, but, the Vikings other two QBs are up as well, Bridgewater and Bradford.

        • berttheclock

          This draft may not have as much cream, but, teams could add quality depth in both the 2nd and 3rd tiers. As you and many others have noted this past year in the NFL was nothing more than a war zone of Dust Offs and MASH units being quickly set up for the injured. All teams really need to add more depth.

        • Jeff Morton

          But AS could still be a mentor for Kizer or another young QB.

    • berttheclock

      For Alex Smith’s sake, I would agree with you about the Jags. They have a great D and they, as you say, only need a far better and veteran QB to lead them.

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      I agree completely about moving on from Smith. His trade value will never be higher and whatever it is we can get for him will help the team. Mahomes played well in Denver a couple weeks ago and the Chiefs have went as far with Alex Smith as he can take them. There is no doubt Smith is better than Bortles, but whether or not he can take them further might be up for debate.
      At any rate, the future is Mahomes and the only way he can get starting experience is to start.

  • Heilios

    So I ask you, the masses, what is Smith’s value this year? With him leading the league in passer rating and another pro bowl under his belt do you think we can get a 1st round pick from his trade? I would bet we could. Remember Bradford was dealt for a first round pick in 2017 and a conditional pick in 2018. I would be happy to be on the receiving end of this kind of trade. One could say without hesitation that with the right pieces Smith is a far superior quarterback with a much higher resistance to injury than Bradford is.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      The thing with the Bradford trade, it was in the fall and the Vikings were desperate. We might have gotten that for Smith before the trade deadline from Jacksonville, but now there are a lot more options available to the other teams needing QBs, including the draft.

      • Jeff Morton

        IDK. What options exactly are there. Cousins?

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          Not only Cousins, there are Bradford, Bridgewater and Keenum, possibly Eli and Cutler. Maybe Dalton, plus several in the draft.

          • Jeff Morton

            I don’t think Eli goes anywhere. If Dalton hits the market, he’s something. Keenum’s stock is high. I still think there are enough QB hungry teams to get good trade value for Smith as the others are lesser imo.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Oh yeah, I think Smith is the best of the bunch, but who knows, not all GMs will see it that way or they might settle for less if the cost is too high.

    • freshmeat62

      I have a tendency to under value my players, so I’ll make these a little higher than I really think. He’s worth a 1st rd pick…lower 1st rd, say 20-32, and a conditional 3rd rd pick…or maybe a 2nd next year. To a team that is close to being a SB contender, he should be worth that much. To a lesser team, not so much. A trade w/ Cleveland not so much, maybe their 1st two 2nd rd picks.

      • Jeff Morton

        I’d take either of those deals. We need the stock capital.

  • berttheclock

    Other reports or rather rumors concern Elway trying to pick up Taylor from the Bills. He is more of the Kubiak type of QB. If so, that would mean Buffalo would be very much in the mix of trying to pick up Alex Smith.

  • berttheclock

    Front and center of the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Sports/Browns this AM is a complete Mock of their 12 picks. http://www.cleveland.com/browns/

    • berttheclock

      Love the DB they pick near the top of the first round.

  • berttheclock

    One sticking point about Smith going to Buffalo is the Bills’ GM and their HC are still meeting to discuss whom they want to hire as their new OC. They have fired two OCs in the past two years and are still trying to determine the proper direction they want to head in scoring more points.

  • berttheclock

    “Whoa Nelly” as the great Keith Jackson used to say for many years as one of the finest sports announcers of all time. Mr Jackson has passed away at the age of 89. He really was a legend and made listening to a game so much better than many who came after him later.

    Rest In Peace, Mr Jackson.

  • Merlin

    Keith Jackson passed away. He was one of my favorite broadcasters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TosJRlDgKCA

    • berttheclock

      He coined both “The Big House” for Michigan and “The Granddaddy of them all”, the Rose Bowl. He was a true Southern Gentleman.

      • Jeff Morton

        This soph-o-more out of Michigan can really ruuuuun.

  • Merlin

    Keith Jackson passed away. He was one of my favorite broadcasters

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TosJRlDgKCA

  • berttheclock

    More begating going on in the NFL. Jon Schneider, the GM of the Seahawks worked under Marty in both KC and with the Redskins. He has just hired Marty’s son, Brian, as the new OC of the Seahawks.

    • berttheclock

      Which makes next year’s trip to Seattle by the Chiefs more interesting.

  • berttheclock

    Kudos to both Doug Pederson and Nick Foles for moving forward. Also, Dontari Poe played very well in the loss.

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