Jan 4th 2009 10:35AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, AFC East, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching
Patriots vice president Scott Pioli is taking his sweet time getting back to the Browns about that GM job. Despite reports that Pioli had to make a decision last Thursday or the deal was off, the Browns are still interested in the guy who played a very big role in assembling those New England rosters that won three Super Bowls earlier this decade.
So now Cleveland waits. Pioli still has to meet with the Chiefs, and depending on how it plays out, Browns owner Randy Lerner could opt to hire a head coach and worry about finding a general manager later. According to the ’s Mary Kay Cabot, Eric Mangini is the early favorite, although other names are also in the mix. Two other head coaching candidates — fired Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz — are on the backburner for now. Shanahan was contacted by the Browns, but told them he will be on vacation with his family for the next two weeks and will not interview during that time, a source said.
If the Browns haven’t hired a coach by then, they might still reach out to him. If the Browns haven’t hired a coach by then, their fans will have already burned down the city.Continue Reading
Dec 28th 2008 5:18PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Bengals, Chiefs, AFC North, AFC WestCompared to what Lions fans are dealing with, folks in Kansas City and Cincinnati are rooting for a team that is on the right track. Of course, we all know that isn’t true, as the Chiefs just capped off a 2-14 season, their worst in franchise history.
They did manage to win two games, but this truly was one of the worst teams in NFL history. Counting last year, they have lost 23 of 25 games. The Chiefs recorded just 10 sacks this season, breaking the record for least sacks in a season (the Colts had 11 in 1982).
What is amazing is that they were sharing the field with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been one of the worst franchises in the NFL over the past 17 years and were 1-11-1 just three weeks ago. An upset win over the Redskins and wins over the listless Browns and Chiefs gave Cincy a nice three-game winning streak to end the season. It also gives an excuse for owner Mike Brown to stay the course and keep head coach Marvin Lewis.Continue Reading
Dec 21st 2008 10:30AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, AFC West, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsHere’s a sobering stat: the Chiefs have lost 21 of their last 23. Not good, not even if you’re Rod Marinelli. And when you’re Herm Edwards, the guy who took the Jets to multiple playoff appearances, and did the same in his first year in Kansas City, it has to be tough to convince yourself to keep coming to work.
And yet he does. In fact, despite the futility, and the search for a new general manager, Edwards says he’s staying. For now, anyway. Via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen: …Edwards won’t quit as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, but sources say that with only one year left on his contract, he may not have the energy to embrace a run with a new general manager after Carl Peterson resigned Monday. …
Also, Edwards has a young family, with two children under 5 years old, and the strain of a season that has resulted in several gut-wrenching losses has taken its toll on him, the sources added. Continue Reading
Dec 16th 2008 6:00PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, Lions, Vikings, NFL Media Watch, NFL RumorsJared Allen plays the game of football in a pretty intense fashion. Therefore, I tend to think it’s fairly unsurprising to find out that he’s pretty outspoken. Of course, that doesn’t mean I thought he would get on Sporting News Radio and unleash on Carl Peterson. But he did! (Translation props to SbB.)
Tim Montemayor: “What are your thoughts about Carl Peterson leaving the Chiefs organization?”
Jared Allen: “(laughing) Later!”
TM: “Come on, is there no love loss there?”
JA: “Absolutely not, you know what I’m saying? I believe in karma. Good things happen to good people. I’ll leave it at that.”
I can’t tell you just how freaking awesome that “karma” chatter is (although Matt Schaub can probably say better than I …) considering that Allen nearly lost his leg against the Lions shortly after taking what some would call cheap shots at Schaub, when Gosder Cherilus went after him on one of the biggest low blows I’ve seen in a while. But if Allen had his way, no one would have held him back after the play and there would have a rumble.
“I guess everybody’s telling me I should thank Ray Edwards for holding me back. I wish nobody would have held me back and we could have settled this thing right then and there.”
Now, I’m not judge of fighting ability, but if there’s one guy in the NFL (other than Ray Lewis) I don’t want to tussle with, it’s Allen. Still, you’d have to imagine that Cherlius won’t let this go — we are talking about football players here. It’s not like they’re bloggers who can just let stuff like this go.
Dec 15th 2008 3:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Bills, Chiefs, Jaguars, Packers, Redskins, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching
There are two weeks remaining in the regular season and we’ve already seen Mike Nolan, Lane Kiffin and Scott Linehan lose their jobs for varying degrees of incompetence. But more heads will roll in the coming months, and some bone-headed decisions made yesterday will go a long way in cementing the fate of the less fortunate.
A crappy economy might be the only thing to save Jauron’s job, because after jumping out to a 4-1 start, the Bills are now sitting at 6-8. And the last two minutes of yesterday’s game against the Jets was a microcosm of their season.
With Buffalo leading 27-24 and trying to run the last 240 or so seconds off the clock, somebody thought it would be great fun to let J.P. Losman throw a pass on second-and-five from the Bills’ 27. Predictably, he fumbled, the Jets’ Shaun Ellis recovered, and 11 yards later, that’s your ball game.Continue Reading
Dec 15th 2008 7:00PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, AFC West, NFL Fans
Fresh off an epic fourth quarter collapse against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are plodding along at a steady 2-12 pace, staring another top-five draft pick right in the face. The man making that draft pick, normally, would be general manager Carl Peterson, who has been running the ship out in Kansas City since the 1989 season.
After this season, that will no longer be the case.
Peterson announced today that he is stepping down from his position, effective once this season ends. Here’s a statement from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, courtesy of Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:”On behalf of my family and the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization, I want to thank Carl for his two decades of service to the Chiefs,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said. “Both Carl and I agreed that immediately initiating the search for the next Chiefs general manager would be the best thing for the future of the organization, and he will be resigning following the 2008 season.”Continue Reading
Dec 7th 2008 8:05PM by Josh Alper (author feed)
Filed under: Broncos, Chiefs, AFC WestThe Kansas City Chiefs had to be feeling pretty good about themselves nine minutes into Sunday’s game with the Broncos. Jay Cutler had just gifted them a touchdown with a pass into coverage which Maurice Leggett picked off and took for six points. That made it 10-0 Chiefs and a replay of Week Four’s 33-19 win looked like it was in the cards.
Cutler wouldn’t let it happen, though. He was 30-of-36 with 270 yards and two touchdowns after that interception and did most of his best work late in the game when an injury to Peyton Hillis cost the Broncos any semblance of a running game. Cutler completed eight passes, including the winning touchdown to Brandon Marshall, on a 12-play, 95-yard drive that bridged the end of the third and start of the fourth quarters.
Then, backed up on their own one-yard line on third-and-10 with just under four minutes to play, Cutler hit Marshall for 19 yards for a first down. He followed that with an 11-yard strike to Tony Scheffler on another third down to ice the game and, barring a complete collapse, the AFC West for the Broncos.
Cutler is the reason why. Hillis was the sixth Bronco back to go down to injury this season and that’s put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. He’s inconsistent and brasher than he has any reason to be, but Cutler’s put up strong performances often enough to keep a poor defense and mediocre running game from stopping the Broncos run to the playoffs.
Dec 1st 2008 12:20PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, Raiders, AFC West, NFL Coaching
On a day where coaches around the National Football League were making ridiculous and absurd calls from the sidelines, defying all human logic and sound reasoning, Oakland head coach Tom Cable may have outdone them all.
Here’s the situation: Oakland is facing a fourth-and-10 from the Kansas City 25-yard line in a 3-3 tie. Cable, naturally, sends out the special teams unit to attempt a 42-yard field goal. A successful kick would have given the Raiders a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. Makes sense, and honestly, it should have been a routine play. Which is probably why the Raiders still managed to screw it up.
Instead of kicking, the Raiders called a fake field goal which resulted in punter Shane Lechler lateraling the ball under his legs, while Sebastian Janikowski, the team’s 260-pound monster of a kicker, was, presumably, supposed to outrun the Chiefs special teams unit to the first down marker. On what planet is this a good idea?
As one would expect, everything went terribly wrong.Continue Reading
Nov 30th 2008 9:20PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, Raiders, AFC WestIf you were fired up for this rivalry game, well, I give you credit. The Raiders and Chiefs entered Sunday’s game with a combined four wins on the season, and the play, as you would you expect, reflected that lofty win total, as the Chiefs pulled out a 20-13 win.
The biggest highlight reel play of the day was the Raiders hilarious attempt of a fake field goal, which resulted in Shane Lechler lateraling the ball to, uh, nobody, while Chiefs rookie Maurice Leggett (Valdosta State, representing) picked it up and raced 67 yards for a touchdown.
Other than that? Not much else took place.
A week after throwing only one incomplete pass, the good news for JaMarcus Russell is he completed the same number of passes. The bad news is, he did so on 28 attempts, as opposed to the 11 he threw a week ago. Even more incredible, for the fifth consecutive game, the Raiders again only had one wide receiver catch a pass, as Ronald Curry hauled in one pass for a whopping zero yards. That was it for Raiders receivers. One catch. Zero yards.Continue Reading
Nov 26th 2008 12:35PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Chiefs, AFC West, NFL FansThrough 12 weeks of horrific football, I think it’s well established that the Chiefs aren’t very good. There have been bright spots, however. Like beating the Broncos, Tony Gonzalez’s touchdown record, and Tyler Thigpen. Beyond that, though, there really isn’t much to get excited about.
Of all the things that need fixing — and the list is extensive — the complete absence of a pass rush is pretty high up there. The indispensable Joe Posnanski writes about the utter ineptitude, and it’s pretty harrowing, even for a club currently staring at 1-10. There’s a reason for this, a good reason, and it is simply this: The Chiefs have the worst pass rush in the history of professional football. I am not saying this to be flip, and I don’t mean this in the exaggerated way that you might say, “This is the worst traffic jam I’ve ever seen,” every Monday when taking I-35 North. No, these Chiefs are quantifiably the worst pass-rushing team ever. They have six sacks this year. That’s six sacks. The whole team. The whole year. Six sacks. Yep, 660 minutes of football and a whopping six sacks. For some perspective, During Week 3, the Eagles sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nine times, and five came in the second quarter.Continue Reading