The KansasCity Chiefs: What’s Possible

 

 

 

With just two days before the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans, fans all over Chiefs Kingdom, and the world — including my wife in Romania —  are thrilling over the possibilities in this year’s playoffs and some have even predicted a Super Bowl appearance for the red and gold.

 

The Chiefs burst out of the gates like gangbusters winning their first five including whipping the New England Patriots on their own turf and the Philadelphia Eagles — who both are now number-one cedes in the playoffs — but no one seems to know which team these Chiefs represent… the 5-and-0 team or the 1-and-6 team that followed up that start… or the team that finished the season 4-and-0? 

 

We all want to believe this team, is the 9-0 team, that looked like the best team in the league at the beginning, and the end, of the year. Of course, this question is not about the Chiefs alone. Their opponent on Saturday, the Tennessee Titans began the year with a loss, then won two, the lost two, then won four, then lost one, won two, then lost three games in a row before ending the year with a playoff saving victory.

 

From my vantage point, I’d much rather take the Chiefs — winning streak-losing streak-winning streak — pattern than the up and down roller-coaster ride the Titans have produced. However, that doesn’t mean the Titans can’t rise up and put it all together to beat the Chiefs this weekend. It just appears much more possible that the Chiefs “put-it-all-together” than the Titans.

 

Obstacles and Curses

I’ve been following football and sports in general on a daily basis since the 1950s. Growing up outside of Los Angeles I witnessed a Rams team struggle to match the Packers every season and the same goes for those 1960’s teams of the Lakers who always played second-fiddle to the Celtics. The Dodgers on the other hand were a team that “overcame” their obstacles to win it all. Several times.

 

In general I’m not one to believe in curses nor do I have any superstitions surrounding a team I love, like the Chiefs. However, if you have followed the career of Elgin Baylor, you may change your mind. Baylor was 3rd all time in points per game at 27.36 points per game. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan did better than Baylor. After all those years of watching Baylor and Jerry West try in vain to break through against the Celtics, it wasn’t until the very next year after Elgin retired that the Lakers went on the win the title in 1972 (Elgin also owns the record for the most appearances in a final without winning a ring). What makes that story even more astounding to me is that there have only been 6 players in history who have broken the 27 ppg barrier and Jerry West, Baylor’s team mate, was also one of those players.

 

Persevering and then… breaking through

Ah, the 1970s. A decade that began with a Chiefs Super Bowl win and eventually saw the Pittsburgh Steelers break through against the Oakland Raiders, then went on to dominate the league from 1975 to 1980.

 

I’m sure you see the key here: breaking through. So, do these Chiefs have the ability to “break through” and win it all this year? That’s the question. However, while we often have the tendency to pick the team apart with stats and start focusing on one time of the year or another… let’s take a look at the team as they are right now. No, I’m not talking about where they’re at after their most recent 4-game winning streak. I’m talking about where they’re at… taking the whole season into consideration.

 

Quarterback Alex Smith

QB Alex Smith has had a career year… and whether you are of the opinion that he only accomplished that because of the players around him or not… this is what he accomplished. So, how does that alter our perception of Alex Smith (will the real Alex Smith please stand up)? Smith is a 12-year vet playing the best ball of his career. It also makes him one of the top QBs in the league right now. Notice, I didn’t use any stats for this assessment. It’s all about what you bring to the field on game day and Chiefs fans should be as excited as they have been since Len Dawson led the team into the post season in December of 1969.

 

Running Back Kareem Hunt

Rookie RB Kareem Hunt has provided the Chiefs with an element to their offense that they didn’t have going into the post season last year: a slippery banger who can also catch the ball. As much as Alex Smith was only able to do what he’s done this year because of those around him, the same is true of Kareem Hunt and each offensive weapon mentioned here. 

 

Tight End Travis Kelce

TE Travis Kelce continues to be one the very best tight ends in the game. Sure, Kelce has had trouble hanging onto the ball at times but when he makes one of his patented sensational catches for a first down, his performances usually are game changing. Kelce is also a lightening rod when it comes to inspiring his teammates.

 

Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill

WR Tyreek Hill has become so much more than, that fast guy. Other teams must track Hill on the field at all times because every part of his game has become dangerous. His inside game has developed to match his ability to stretch the field. 

 

A Four-Pronged Approach

If the Chiefs have all four of these players working and being successful, the have a high probability of winning.

If the Chiefs have 3 out of 4 of these players dominating… as long as Smith and Hunt are among those 3… they still have a high probability of winning.

 

On the Titans offensive side of the field…

 

  • QB Marcis Mariota – 3,232 passing yards
  • RB Derrick Henry – 744 yards rushing
  • TE Delanie Walker – 807 yards receiving
  • WRs (Rishard Mathews – 795 yards, Eric Decker – 563 yards, and Corey Davis – 375 yards) 

 

The surprising aspect to the Titans offense this year is Mariota’s self-admitted lack of focus. While he’s capable of an excellent game, an early sack or pressure up the middle should cause him to slip back into that nervous Nelly state that could be the Titans offensive undoing.

 

Although I don’t want to make this about stats, I look at those figures above and compare the general, specific or overall output of the Chiefs top four offensive players to the Titans top four (or 6)… and the Chiefs should consistently come out on top.

 

If the Chiefs defense doesn’t show up, the offense is capable of winning a shoot-out. In fact, I’m not so sure the Titans are capable of getting into a shoot-out. Although the Titans have scored more than 30 points 3 times this year, they also have given up scores of 57 to the Texans and 40 to the Steelers.

 

When I place this Chiefs team within the context of a team ready to break through, I can easily see them putting up a 40-burger while holding the Titans to, in-the-teens.

 

When I consider the obstacles or improbable playoff curses the Chiefs may, or may not have to face… I see this team has the necessary tools to push themselves to the next level. Go Chiefs!

 

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    Interesting read over at CBS Sports/NFL by Joel Corry, the former NFL agent. It concerns possible payouts to players should the Chiefs win out in the playoff run. There is a breakdown of each win along the way in the amount of extra money which would be paid to players. However, should the Chiefs win the Lombardi, each player and those who are on IR would receive $219,000 extra money. Also, Roy Miller, who was cut by the team would be eligible. Corry even breaks down the amount of extra money Darrelle Revis could make, which is based on the amount of snaps he would have to make in the games and would be part of money owed him come next March 1.

    Look for the thread with the picture of Garrapolo on the front. Why Garrapolo? Because, should the Pats win the Lombardi, he would be eligible to receive a share of the money

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Garrapolo will be coming to KC next season in a 49er jersey……I’d love to see the monkey off our back when it comes to that team.

  • berttheclock

    Spoke with a good friend of mine yesterday who is a diehard Eagles’ fan. We were talking about the comments by Pederson who said he would have no hesitation in benching Foles should he flounder. But, my buddy said two of the biggest differences between Wentz and Foles is Wentz has the ability to scramble and use his legs and Foles can not. However, he said something interesting about the difference in the two QBs. He noted that Wentz makes team mates around him better, whereas, Foles needs better players surrounding and supporting him.

    However, speaking of the “Eagles”. just saw something in the Oregonian where the band named the “Eagles” are still touring and will be coming to Portland. Geez, remember the comment of years gone by about hell would have to freeze over before they would ever play together again? Of course, they have, but, I had no idea they are still touring for AARP. Sorta of “Standing on the corner holding onto my cane in Winslow, Arizona”.

    • Merlin

      Money has a way of motivating people to resolve differences.

    • Merlin

      The Dude sums up my feelings about the Eagles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK99LUpPNiI

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I would have loved to see the Eagles live before Glenn Frey passed away.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    “Breaking through” has been what this team has been all about since the Reid/Dorsey era.
    Breaking through to a winning season
    Breaking through to get past Manning
    Breaking through to get to the playoffs
    Breaking through to win a playoff game
    Breaking through to be able to beat teams like the Patriots at their house.
    Breaking through decades of mediocrity to be a team everyone is scared to play.

  • berttheclock

    Two players signed by Veach to reserve/future deals. Josh Augusta, the large and squat nose tackle from Mizzou, who was picked up by the Pats last year, but, ended up being injured late in training camp. In HS at Peoria, Il, he played a bit of FB. Also, the six two DB from UCLA, Sheldon Price, who went undrafted in 2013, tried out with the Colts, then, picked up in 2015 by the Ravens where he spent most of the season on their PS, but, was activated late in the year, but, ended up being cut this year.

  • berttheclock

    What I am hoping to see on Saturday is the Titan’s OC, Robeskie, continue to call only two wideouts out for patterns. That, alone, has led to Mariotta trying far too much to try to make something positive out of a negative. As a result, he was reverted to trying to flip passes while on his back foot. Happens a great deal to young QBs who are thrust into starting roles far too soon in the pros. They develop poor mechanics and try to rely on their innate physical skills. Thus, Mariotta has thrown only 13 TDs and 15 INTs, some of which have been very much off line throws directly to safeties. Should he not have his twin RBs to try to grind it out, he will be forced to throw more and should Robeskie only use 2 wide outs down the field, the Chiefs defense should eat him up.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Would love to be able to have Berry in the secondary about now.

      • tm1946

        Totally different out look if Berry had made it thru the year.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Could you imagine Berry,Revis and Peters throughout the playoffs?

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Next Year?

          • berttheclock

            Remember all of the talk at AP and AA when Dorsey had to choose between extending Berry or Sean Smith? Many thought Smith was needed more. Others liked Berry, but, did not think a safety should make so much money. However, what the Chiefs get with Berry is 1) a leader on the field, 2) a communicator for the defense, 3) someone who has been able to gain enough strength to cover TEs and 4) a fierce tackler who can come up and smash runners at the LOS.

          • berttheclock

            IM (non) HO, Dorsey made the correct choice in going with Berry.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Yeah… I think he did also, although I must admit I was one who thought that so many $millions per season were too many for a safety.

          • berttheclock

            Living in 12th Man country, I saw the many problems caused to the Seahawks, when, they lost Thomas. Plus, losing Chancellor hurt as well. One thing about a top safety is the help he can give to CBs by flying across to back them up. After Thomas went down, it exposed Sherman and he no longer looked like a shut down corner.

          • ladner morse

            Berry is also extremely intelligent, studies A LOT, so he knows the other team’s playbook… which allows him to play “intuitively.”

          • berttheclock

            Part of what the CBS writer was referring to about Revis gaining extra money is in his incentives, he must have at least 50 per cent of the defensive snaps throughout the playoffs.

          • berttheclock

            Of course, with Gaines being on IR, Revis should see more snaps.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Yeah….even if Gaines was healthy, I don’t think that would be a problem.

          • tm1946

            No one knows but bet there would have been no Revis…. just wandered thru with Berry and other S covering for mia CB.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            True…good point.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I just realized that if Berry were healthy we would have a Revis Berry Peters trifecta going in the secondary…..yowza!

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    I’m not sure if Toub’s reply to questions about KR were just off the cuff, or if they are seriously thinking of using Hill…………as much as I love how dynamic the man is at KR, he has become much too valuable as a WR to risk that right?

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      I’ve always thought Hill was a better PR than KR, not that he isn’t good at both. But with most of our kickoff returns ending up short of the 25, Toub might be better served to just put someone in the end zone to catch the ball and take a knee.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        My thoughts too!
        Most of our KR seem to fall short or at the 25 anyway.

      • freshmeat62

        One reason I like Hill on KR over PR is that he is going forward from the start on a KR. On PR he usually takes a backward track at the beginning of the return to try and get outside, and that is usually when I’m screaming my lungs out ‘Forward, go forward”. Sometimes his speed does get him outside, and I say “OK good return!”.

      • freshmeat62

        Yes! Not only are they short of the 25, but about half the time they get a half the distance to the endzone penalty.

        • berttheclock

          You mean the almost automatic flag thrown the second the toe of the kicker hits the ball?

    • tm1946

      One and done… do or die…. screw up and it is over…. Hold back on KR, get bad field position… and we all go home. If we had someone else, save Hill but we seem to be down to Spiller (sp) and he has not touched a ball in weeks.

      • larry mckinney

        Omigod. Should they even show up?

  • freshmeat62

    I’d like to throw a theory out there as to why the Chiefs were so streaky this year w/ the winning, then losing, then winning. This actually came to my mind back when the Chiefs schedule was announced.

    Could it be the uneven number of days between games. The first 5 games were pretty much on a regular schedule. It was 10 days between the first 2 games, but then it went 7, 8, and 6 days. Then when the losing started the next one against the Steelers was 7, but after that it was 4, 11, 6, 14(bye), then 7. Also there were several nite games in there. I remember years ago when they started Monday nites (yes I’m that old), there was talk about teams that played on MNF was at a disadvantage because of the short 6 day week. I believe players/teams get into 7 day rhythm, and when they get thrown off by as much as the Chiefs were during the losing spell, it can really affect them. When they got back to a relatively normal routine of 7,7,6,8,7 day weeks they played a lot better and won those last 4.

    As I stated earlier, when I first saw the schedule I thought it’s nice that the Chiefs are going to have all of the nationally televised games, but what was it going to do to their rhythm?

    I think it seems teams do better when they’re on a regular 7 day schedule/cycle. So next year I’d just as soon see them just play on Sundays.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Not a bad theory, short stretches mean less time to study and rest and long stretches could make you rusty.
      My theory is we were without WILLLSSSOOOONNNN!….lol

      • freshmeat62

        You put an lol out there, but I think that is a legit reason. I’ve always thought Wilson was OK. He may not be Edelman, although that last game he was looking pretty impressive.

        • okay. Let’s go with it because Bert finally put up some impressive numbers, at least for him. I am still not going to eat crow on him because of his lack of production in 2016 — and watching him do other things that are should not do, such as quit on a route. QB scrambles, try to find a hole. 2017 he’s a different player.

          Okay, Bert’s numbers are: 42/554/13.2/. Now, I would want my #2 WR to average something as Bert has, but over 600 yards. But this is very productive considering you have Kelce as a major receiver as well as Hunt. plus others and Hill as our true #1 WR. We get over the top with Hill and that works because Kelce gets open mid-length and then you have Bert who also has top speed… that is a difficult threesome for a secondary to counter. Add to that, Hunt out of the backfield? Very solid. To get the time to throw, Al or Patrick need to have protection. By the time we get to the last 5 games the offensive line blocking was simplified. It showed. They scored 31 in the loss and then won 4 in a row. Al Smith had time to throw. More on the OL in another piece but I think this is why the aerial game worked — OL and simplified blocking scheme plus Hunt on the ground — huge shift to where 5 games won in a row with Hunt on a tear.

          Keep in mind, Kelce’s 8 TDs and numbers were tops for a TE:’………..83/103/12.5/8. Hill’s numbers were 75/1138/15.1 w/ 7 TDs. Now add in Hunt: 53/456/8.6/3.

          The two WRs, Conley/Robinson combined for yardage works but doesn’t match a #2 WR numbers wise.

          If you look at Conley, he had 15/175/0. For me, this shows you where Conley was going for 2017. But he was injured.

          Then came Robinson, a work in progress, was then tossed to NFL speed and is a learning on the job as it goes. His stats are 21/212 10.1.

          You can say that this very good. Now if you add in Charcandrick West, you add 27/15/5.2/2.

          Then add Harris 18/224/12.4/1.

          There are not many thrown passes after this. Not that Wests numbers are very good and he is a #2 RB.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Yep, Sunday night games aren’t so bad, but I hate Thursday night games, especially on the road and the NFL screwed the Chiefs with two of them this year, although the first was opening night.

    • berttheclock

      345 Park Avenue is ALL about making money. Therefore, even though many coaches and players keep demanding to see the end of TNF, Goodell will never relent.

    • berttheclock

      When the next collective bargaining contract comes up, I would love to see the players’ union demand the NFL drop TNF. Look at how tough the game has become and consider the many players having gone on IR across the league this year and players need some extra healing time between games.

      • freshmeat62

        I’d vote for that. Since they started TNF, other than Chiefs games, I think I remember watching 1 a few weeks ago (don’t remember who though), but I don’t think I’ve ever watched another.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I’m with you, other than Chiefs games, I don’t know just how much Thursday night football I watch, although I do have to say, it was pretty cool starting out the season on Thursday night against the patriots.

        • Ron Widman

          I think I saw 2 or 3 other than the chiefs but they were pretty blah. I think the nfl started TNF for more exposure but with today’s streaming and other platforms not sure that is necessary. I would get rid of TNF but put 2 games on Mondays like they do in the first week. Anybody know if the players dislike MNF? Seems like they enjoy them and are amped up to play them.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        By dropping TNF, they could maybe justify that 18 game season they covet.

      • freshmeat62

        I seldom side w/ the players on issues, because what they usually want is going to cost the fans in the end, but I would on this.

        • berttheclock

          How about a trade off. No more TNF, but, coaches get to spend far more time coaching players?

          • berttheclock

            Such as how to tackle!

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Depends on the coach….some teach to lead with the helmet to the knees.

          • freshmeat62

            Oh now your dreaming! Did you take a trip down to California in the last few days to take advantage of their new cannibus law? Ha!

          • berttheclock

            We already have it in both Oregon and Washington.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            I have a 900 square ft. third story attic that I’ve been joking is my new grow room.

          • larry mckinney

            Watch what happens to commercial real estate. (Hint: buy some today)

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Funny you say that, I own a commercial building next to the Stockton airport and I am going to be selling it in the next six months.
            Ching Ching!

          • larry mckinney

            Don’t sell low. You’ll see quite an upsurge in demand for cheap space in not necessarily the best locations. Grow rooms here took 50% of ALL commercial warehouse space in Denver proper. Study before you sell.

  • berttheclock

    I just read a piece about Ballard with the Colts. It was from the Indianapolis Star concerning how well Ballard has prepared himself over the years to be able to conduct a HC search. Irsay, separate from both Clark Hunt and Haslam of the Browns, uses the correct method of having the GM only speak with him and he lets the GM conduct the search for the new HC. At the moment, Nagy may well have the best chance. However, it was mentioned there had been rumor that Jim Harbaugh’s name had been floated, but, only by Irsay and not Ballard. However, consider this, Irsay let Grigson do the hiring of Pagano and he ended up firing both of them. So, it still comes down to “Get it right or else”.

    • I think Nagy will be the next HC that succeeds quickly. Indeed, i think Pederson and Nagy have been held back under Reid and no one really thought they would do well. Well, Nagy is unproven but I think he gets a HC job because the inside crowd knows and I would root for him to succeed. The Reid Tree is pretty strong in other words. Maybe they end up topping Reid in the end. We’ll see. We have watch Doug P’s success out of the gate.

  • berttheclock

    Looks as though, Alonzo Highsmith saw the writing on the wall in GB and decided to take up Dorsey’s offer to move over to Cleveland and become a VP. Highsmith had been noted by some in the GB area to be in consideration for the GB GM’s job, but, he knew it was only a ruse and he, probably, would only qualify under the Rooney Rule. So, he opted to take the sure thing. One point about Highsmith is when he was a scout for GB, he was the one who convinced them to select Donald Driver and he, also, discovered Sam Shields. The scouting program of the Browns just took off.

    • This should a great move for Highsmith. He was a pretty good scout. I am very curious to see what Dorsey does before the draft and after aside from being flush with picks. This will be very interesting.

      QB? I have stock falling on Mayfield(over-rated) and Darnold(maturity).

      In this draft though? you have 6 QBs who could be taken in the first round because team need will drive it.

      My rating of QBs?

      1 or 2 are Allen- and Rosen- UCLA
      3 or 4 Rudolph- Ok.St, and Jackson- Iowa
      5 Darnold- USC
      6 Mayfield- OU

      There are other factors and QBs here plus strength of schedule, how good the QB was with a poor or less than average OL in front of him, etc.

      Other QBs? Stidham – Auburn, Lock- Mizzou.

      I have not really looked at any one in depth but have watched a little from 3 of the top for of my ranking. I still want to see Accuracy and how they fare as noted below.

      Then it depends on who has feet and accuracy so Pro Day and Combine are very important for these guys. If Darnold’s accuracy is measured high with the others or exceeds it, then he would move up to the top 3 maybe and he may have the top ceiling. I hate drafting underclassmen in general though. We’ll see.

      • freshmeat62

        I’ve seen Rosen, Rudolph, Darnold, and Mayfield play. I haven’t seen Jackson or Allen, so I can’t judge them. Of those I’ve seen I’m most impressed w/ the 2 Okie QB’s Rudolph and Mayfield, Rosen looks good, but Darnold didn’t impress at all. A lot of people don’t like Mayfield because of height first off, but some think he’s too controversial. His height doesn’t bother me any more. If he was just a pocket passer then it would, but he moves and finds open spaces. Some don’t like his attitude, but that is what I like most about him. His isn’t that negative, whiney, big headed attitude that so many have, but a fiery, I’m going to kick your butt attitude. More than any other young QB, including Mahomes, he reminds me a lot of Favre in that area.

        You mention Lock. I saw him play a couple times, and I think he may have some possibilities. He may need a couple years of tutoring, as he’s pretty raw, but he has some talent.

  • freshmeat62

    I’m not much of a stats guy as I am someone that just depends on the ‘eye’ factor. I don’t know how to define it, but what is my perception after all has played out? What was my overall perception? Take Wilson for instance. Some here said that he shortarmed catches, and had drops, but what I saw of him was that he made important catches for 1st downs to keep drives alive. In fact in my mind he might have been the best WR on the team until this year when Hill came along.

    I believe AS11 is a very good QB. To me his biggest negative is that he gives up on plays too soon and takes off running. But I think that could be because a few years ago had an atrocious o-line, and he developed bad habits. I think he has done a little better this year as his o-line has gotten a little better. I guess I’m saying I think he does better w/ a better team around him. I guess that seems obvious but there are some QB’s that would never look good regardless of was around them.

    This team will go as far as the rest of the team, other than AS11, takes them. Meaning the o-line and defense. AS11 can take them to the SB. But he’s not Elway or Marino who I think carried their teams to SB’s (and lost) w/o great teams around them.

    You mention Kareem Hunt being ‘slippery banger’. I don’t see anything slippery about him. Jamal Charles, Priest Holmes, Marcus Allan those were slippery RB’s. A banger yes. Hunt gets hit. He gets hit a lot. It seemed to me that he was bouncing off of tacklers the first half of the season, taking on 2nd, and 3rd hits, but the 2nd half of the season he wasn’t bouncing off tackles near as much. It seemed to me that all of those hits he took earlier in the year had an affect on him. Thats one reason I think the Chiefs need another RB to relieve him so that he doesn’t have to take that much punishment in the future. Otherwise I don’t think he’ll last but maybe another year. Remember the previous 27, Larry Johnson, a big back, when he had all those carries and took a pounding for about 2 years, and then he was done. Okoye also. As big as he was, he could only take that pounding for a couple of good years. He has admitted as much. Hunt might not have as many carries but he is taking about the same number of hits.

    • Hunt Slips tackles and makes them miss. He is uncanny in his ability to keep his feet after he is hit. I do believe we need to have him run the ball at the 15-18 level and that means we have to have an RB who can take the rest of the reps. This is where we miss Ware. West cannot do it, or at least, the Chiefs don’t give him the carries to make it a factor. In 2018? things should look even better. I would not be surprised to pick up @ RB in the draft. I note that Spiller has been added back.

      I firmly agree with you that this offensive line is what either will take us far, or be the reason the Chiefs take a loss. If they play well… then…

      Hunt can run and Al can get the 2 – 2&1/2 sec to hit his receivers, then we are good. Iff Al is getting 3 seconds, the Chiefs can be deadly. If Hill goes over the top for a TD, and Hunt gets 90 – 100+, that means the OL is doing it and th Chiefs will win. Kelce figures in to move the chains and get yardage and let’s add a TD for him. right there on 3 drives you have 3 TDs.

      My hope is that the Chiefs don’t stall out in the red zone such that Butker has to be the scorer. With 21 I am looking for another TD from the unexpected from the offense or takeaways by the defense to add to total. Then where the drives stall Butker can score… Like that. Yes, I agree with you firmly that the OL is the key.

  • Laurels and limitations

    .@DeMarcoMurray OUT for @Chiefs game for @Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 4, 2018

    • that is unfortunate for the Titans.

      • Laurels and limitations

        yup, they rely on the 2-back set in order to be effective…..this greatly benefits the Chiefs.

    • Laurels and limitations

      I’m not sure how Murray’s injury wasn’t believed to be bad in the first place, it was an amputation at the knee afterall, but now the line moved 3 points? craziness.

      The line just moved to KC +3 given this new information— Big Rob (@Robzilla73) January 4, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    MOAR fun with numbers!!!

    Mahomes threw to the intermediate zone (11-19 yards past the LOS) 11 times Sunday, more than the Chiefs have all year and nearly 2.5x more than what the average has been. https://t.co/xbjgSerhHG via @ArrowheadPride— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) January 4, 2018

    • tm1946

      One game…. one good game for Mahomes…. if he is the starter next year…. then we will be about to really see what we have.

      • Laurels and limitations

        yup, that’s kinda the point, lol.

  • Laurels and limitations

    The #Chiefs' regular-season record over the past five years under Andy Reid …53-27.The #Chiefs' regular-season record over the five seasons before Reid arrived in 2013…25-55. pic.twitter.com/kuX1AZIN7K— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) January 4, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    Nagy is indeed being called for interviews, and even though Chicago would be a horrible lace to live…his guy is there.

    Here is a great piece of intel: Source close to Matt Nagy tells @ESPN1000 that Nagy loved Trubisky in 2017 NFL Draft and the Chiefs loved him. Nagy has stayed close to him during this season. Nagy believes you can win big with Trubisky.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) January 4, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    absolutely no fun with numbers….

    This day in 2014, the #Colts came back from 28 points down in the 3rd quarter to beat the #Chiefs 45-44 in the AFC Wild Card roundThe 2nd-Largest comeback in NFL Playoff history.Of course, everyone was burying the Colts at the beginning of the 2nd half… pic.twitter.com/jDqJvDUCL2— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) January 4, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    Worth a read but I think he’s missing on the Titan’s run game. I don’t think Henry can carry the ball the entire game and the Titans remain effective….but we’ll see.

    Here's my thoughts on #Chiefs #Titans game this weekend. #Legacy pic.twitter.com/w4DeUJWjcO— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) January 4, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    Ugh, just ugh…I know that RNR is a situational role player but the guy has been effective several times this season..I like the lineup better with RNR in it..

    Rakeem Nunez-Roches didn’t practice today.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) January 4, 2018

    • Jeff Morton

      We should be able to handle Tenn. I’d rather he be ready for the next week should we make it that far.

      • Laurels and limitations

        eh, I’d like them ALL healthy right now, but I understand that is in impossibility.

  • Laurels and limitations

    and some good news…

    Al Wilson be ready to play on Saturday— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) January 4, 2018

    • Jeff Morton

      Thank goodness. Wow. I sure didn’t see myself having that reaction to a healthy ‘Bert Wilson report at the beginning of the year.

      • Laurels and limitations

        LMBO, in the immortal words of Cinderella “you don’t know what you got, ’til it’s gone”.

  • berttheclock

    The QBR ratings by ESPN for 2017 QBs is out. The three tops are Carson Wentz, 75.8, Keenum 69.8 and Brady at 67.4. Alex Smith is 8th at 61.7. But, the 3 lowest are Siemian at 27.6, Trubisky at 29.1 and Kizer with 29.5. Of course, both Trubisky and Kizer were both brought into action far before they were ready.

  • Laurels and limitations

    The Kansas City Chiefs have signed CB Makinton Dorleant on a reserved-future deal, per @TerezPaylor. pic.twitter.com/MdAsyqPRh6— Chiefs Daily (@KC_Chiefs101) January 3, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    The Kansas City Chiefs have also signed WR Brandon Shippen on a reserved-future deal, per @TerezPaylor. pic.twitter.com/NUoXfbIZM5— Chiefs Daily (@KC_Chiefs101) January 3, 2018

    • tm1946

      Who the heck is he?

  • Laurels and limitations

    lmbo, I’m just going to drop this right here…..and wait….

    Let the NFL playoffs begin. pic.twitter.com/QKOlPvcPNc— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 4, 2018

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Idiots got Smiths jersey number wrong.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Ha, jersey? they got the entire wrong QB!!!!

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Haha….I know I was being stoopid.

          • Laurels and limitations

            geez, you just misspelled stoopud.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Haha…. I had a feeling there was a U there somewhere ………my learnin took a back seat to lots of drugs as a kid.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Don't disrespect my guy Alex like he's not QB1 in KC https://t.co/r8xN0KuhhJ— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 4, 2018

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Did I mention Saturday is my birthday?
    Yep…..they best not screw my day up..lol

    • tm1946

      Congrats…. have a great one and do not jinx the rest of us.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Haha…… when I blow my candles out I will wish for a Kansas City win…… hopefully that does the trick.

        • tm1946

          Actually you have to run around your house (not garage), naked, in a counter clockwise direction …. three times with a live chicken on your head with your wife spanking you, shouting I want a divorce and your kid (if over 5 years of age) selling lemonade .

          • Laurels and limitations

            well that’s just plain weird. I mean, no one sells lemonade in California any more.

          • tm1946

            My point!

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            LMAO!!

          • Laurels and limitations

            lol, I was just watching a deal the other day where some kids got in trouble for it. Not Ice-T’s kids though, not Ice-T’s.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Oh man…. don’t get me started on California’s crazy laws.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            I tried that last year, and the Steelers still won.

          • tm1946

            Obviously your lovely wife let the team down…. give her something bigger to chase you will (2X4?). She has to really try and be very loud.

    • Laurels and limitations

      Well crap, I’m getting ready to start my weekend gig again tomorrow morning,I’ll not be around a whole lot so I’ll say it now…I hope KC kicks the living dog-snot outta Tenn. then says it was for you.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Gosh….. i’m feeling the love now. 😀

  • Laurels and limitations

    On a serious note here, kids. I’m reading more than a couple of twitters praising Veach’s scouting ability in bringing in these future’s deals. We’ll see what kicks up, hell, it might be people on his staff twittering them twits, but a guy can hope.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Well…..nothing to do but wait and see

      • Laurels and limitations

        Yeah, that’s ALL we can do. I agree about your above statement though. Veach is a go getter, that’s simple to see with how he went and picked up Ragland, Erving, etc. My one worry is him navigating this salary cap mess though without turning the entire floor bloody.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Yep….I’m worried our defense is going to take a nasty hit

          • Laurels and limitations

            that’s inevitable due to attrition just by it’s lonesome. Hali, DJ (more than likely), Logan….it’s time for an infusion of youth and with that comes growing pains.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Would you ever consider Houston?

          • Laurels and limitations

            every single time. I know Houston is good, I also think Houston covers a lot of what Peters’ is lacking, I also think the guy is expensive. One guy is always easy to game-plan around, a la JJ Watt. I don’t have a good plan to replace him though.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Same here….I love the guy, but I catch myself wondering from time to time if he is really worth all that money.

          • Laurels and limitations

            JH has a lot of baggage as of this moment…with the dead money he would create between 18 and 19 Kc would only save 1.3 million. You can’t replace JH with that…this is a moot point. Thanks Dorsey, lol.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Right….I always forget about dead money.

          • Laurels and limitations

            yup, JH50 has a “you ain’t getting out of this one” contract. All the guaranteed monies is what I was so against when the contract was first announced. JH is good, damn good….but he’s just one guy.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I got a good feelin about Veach though.

  • ladner morse
  • ladner morse

    Brandon Shippen: versatile WR and DB all in one:
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    https://youtu.be/Q6ASKyMQr30

    • Laurels and limitations

      whoop, I saw a jet-sweep…he outta fit just fine, lol.

      • ladner morse

        hehe

        • Laurels and limitations

          btw, soooo glad you finally posted a video we didn’t have to track down elsewhere. So much easier, lol.

          • ladner morse

            🙂

  • Laurels and limitations

    NEVER!!! touch another man’s fries!!!

    VIDEO | While we spoke to #Chiefs RB Charcandrick West in the locker room, he was pelted with thrown french fries by an unseen teammate.https://t.co/KXvXmgfeck— David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) January 5, 2018

  • Laurels and limitations

    Dang good article, and it clearly spells out why KC fans have some right to be upset and expect more.

    http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article192969549.html

  • Laurels and limitations

    Source: Jim Irsay, Chris Ballard are headed to Ann Arbor to meet with Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh.— Adam Schefter (@ademschefer) January 5, 2018

    • ladner morse

      Big mistake… if that happens.

      • Jeff Morton

        But if it helps us keep Nagy and Toub for another year, by all means, no?