Five players Chiefs fans should be watching at the Senior Bowl

Senior Bowl Week concludes this afternoon at 3 with the annual game between the North and South teams, coached by two NFL coaching staffs (this year the Jaguars and Titans). The Senior Bowl is a great look at some of the most promising seniors of 2015. As a Chiefs fan, it's important to remember that John Dorsey has taken Senior Bowl standouts in the first round of the last two years, Tackle Eric Fisher in 2013 and 3-4 outside linebacker Dee Ford in 2014. With needs at guard, wide receiver, and inside linebacker, it's possible the Chiefs could draft another Senior Bowl standout in the first round. There are quite a few players that the Chiefs will be scouting, but here are the five that I think are most noteworthy. Tyler Lockett, WR Kansas State (Team South) While Lockett isn't projected as a first or second round pick, he was absolute dynamo at K-State, setting 17 school records, including the career marks for receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, 100-yard receiving [Read more...]

An early look at the keys to Chiefs 2015 success

With the 2014 season over for the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2015 season has begun. They are a good team, but they can get better. The Chiefs must improve their offensive line, receiving corps, and defense if they want to compete in the AFC West next year. Look at the success of the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, and Dallas Cowboys. They dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and can switch from run happy to pass happy and vice versa with ease. If the Chiefs look to truly compete in the AFC, they must be able to do the same. 2013's 1st overall pick Eric Fisher, the Chiefs starting left tackle, is a JAG through his two years in the league. Granted, he missed time last year due to injury, but with no injuries this year I'm disappointed by his lack of improvement. Veteran guard Mike McGlynn and rookie guard Zach Fulton have been tremendously overwhelmed in run and pass blocking this season, and veteran tackle Ryan Harris has been no better. They [Read more...]

Chase Daniel-led Chiefs gameplan to beating the Bolts

Once again, the Kansas City Chiefs (8-7) and the San Diego Chargers (9-6) face-off in a critical Week 17 matchup. Beat San Diego, Jacksonville beats Houston and Cleveland beats Baltimore, and the Chiefs back in the playoffs in back-to-back season for the first time since 1994-1995 seasons (!!!). Beat the Chiefs, and the Chargers are in. These two faced off back in week five with the Chiefs winning 23-20 with a 48-yard Cairo Santos field goal. A huge win for the Chiefs at the time – an unexpected one that erased the Chiefs brutal season-opening home loss to the Tennessee Titans, who have just one win since. It was last year in the final week of the season that Chase Daniel got his first career start…against the Chargers. That time, it was a Chargers win and they were in. Head Coach Andy Reid elected to go to go with the Chiefs JV roster with the Chiefs already assured of their playoff seeding and Daniel and the second unit almost one, eventually losing in overtime after Ryan Succop [Read more...]

The flicker that is the Chiefs playoff hopes still burns (barely) + who is to blame if Chiefs miss the playoffs?

Brian Graham contributed to this report   The Chiefs hopes of winning in Pittsburgh were officially dashed when Cairo Santos’ onside kick that made us question if he was in fact a professional kicker went for not. But the result and the Chiefs playoff hopes taking a dramatic hit were realized before that. That happened when the Chiefs kicked field goals all four times they scored while the Steelers (10-5), who clinched a playoff spot with the 20-12 win, added a couple TD’s to their four scores, and when the Chiefs (8-7) had two missed scoring chances (a failed 4th and 1 with :25 remaining in the half and just one timeout remaining and a Jamaal Charles fumble in redzone that should have been overturned) and ran a successful fake field goal (a Dustin Colquitt shovel pass to Travis Kelce for a first down), but still had to settle for a field goal four plays later. And now, after winning five in a row and seven of nine, the Chiefs have lost four of five. But, if the Chiefs [Read more...]

Chiefs – Steelers preview + Chiefs playoff scenarios

The Chiefs road to the playoffs is simple. Win out, and they’re in. After the 31-13 beatdown of Oakland last Sunday, the next step on the road to the playoffs is in Pittsburgh today against the 9-5 Steelers. Yes, the Chiefs have lost to some lesser teams this year – losing to both Tennessee and Oakland, who have a combined 4-25 record this season, they have also beaten New England and Seattle. Andy Reid is a stud head coach and this is when guys like him shine. The line is down to 2.5 (Pittsburgh), so Vegas thinks it’s a toss-up.If they’re going to win and keep their realistic playoff hopes alive, here’s how they must do it: Run the ball The Chiefs can run the ball, we've seen it before. They have the backs to do it, we've seen in action. The only thing holding them back is the inconsistency in Reid's play-calling – the tendency to get pass-happy, ignoring the run game. They must run the ball on the Steelers because Pittsburgh has been very inconsistent in their run defense. In the [Read more...]

Jeff Likenbach, the most unlikely factor in saving the Chiefs season?

Who would have thought that this would be the man that would save the Chiefs season? I sure didn't, but on their first offensive drive the Chiefs sent out Jeff Likenbach instead of Mike McGlynn to play Guard. I was shocked for a few minutes as I sat at home, ready for kickoff, but then I thought ''McGlynn has been so terrible, why not"? Did the change work? The Chiefs gained 388 yards, including a season high 297 passing yards from Alex Smith, had big passing plays throughout the game, and only allowed one sack. Jamaal Charles only had 12 rushes for 52 yards, but because the passing attack was so consistent, he didn't have to have a big game. Surprisingly, it was the Chiefs backup running backs who scored. Knile Davis had a 3-yard rushing score and 70-yard receiving score in the third quarter and rookie De'Anthony Thomas had an 81-yard punt return score in the first quarter for the game's first score. Smith also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, his fifth of the [Read more...]

Thoughts on Alex Smith and the offense + Raider Week

Average. Too expensive. Can't throw the deep ball. Stop-gap. These are how many Chiefs fans describe Alex Smith, who along with the other fifty-two Chiefs, lost Sunday to the Cardinals 17-14. Despite two missed Chandler Catanzaro chip-shot field goal’s, the Chiefs were unable to capitalize, and the heavily disputed Travis Kelce “fumble” sealed the game. The Chiefs offensive line has been a sieve over the last three weeks, giving up 13 sacks. The receivers, who have not caught a regular season TD pass in more than a year now (Dwayne Bowe, 22-yarder, December 8, 2013 in a 45-10 blowout at Washington…or 999 offensive snaps ago), have been no better – dead last in nearly every category this season – struggling to catch balls and get open, despite that, Alex Smith has still managed to throw 21 touchdowns (Chase Daniel 1). Has he been perfect? No. He's overthrown some passes and stood in the pocket too long on others. However, it’s not his fault he has so little to work with, which is what [Read more...]

Chiefs/Cardinals Preview

Three weeks ago, the Chiefs were winners of five straight and seven of their last eight – the hottest team in football. Since, they lost to the worst team in football – the then winless Raiders (1-11) and basically eliminated themselves from AFC West contention with an un-spirited effort on Sunday Night Football to the Donkeys, who own a two-game lead plus the tie-breaker against over the 7-5 Chiefs. Miserable in pass protection and stopping the run, and falling out of the playoff race (if the season ended today), the Chiefs must now take on the Cardinals, who also are losers of back to back games. The Chiefs strengths of running the ball and playing good defense and special teams have vanished during their losing stretch, and with so many AFC teams fighting for playoff spots, this is the worst time for losses. However, Andy Reid is an excellent coach, and they still have their winning core. Offensively, the Chiefs must protect Alex Smith. Their offensive line has been too [Read more...]

Chiefs sign Bailey to 4-year, $25 million extension

In a season in which he has recorded four sacks in nine games and has been a solid run defender, the Chiefs rewarded the 3rd-year defensive end with a 4-year, 25 million dollar contract extension. Bailey is the second player the Chiefs have signed long term this year (fullback Anthony Sherman). It is wise that the Chiefs lock up a young, defensive stud. Hopefully, Bailey gets better with this new contract, and doesn't become lazy.

Chiefs survive battle of 5-3’s, win fourth straight

BUFFALO – Alex Smith was sacked times, the Chiefs were outgained 364-278, but rallied with 14 unanswered to win at Buffalo, 17-13. "I think there is something to winning these types of games," Smith said. "There's a different type of confidence you get when you win games like this." The Chiefs entered the fourth quarter down 13-3, but the league’s best fourth quarter scoring defense (3.0 – 24 points in 8 games) got the job done again and won for the sixth time in seven games and their fourth straight. "There's going to be games like this where everything is not pretty and you have to play through it, and there's a certain toughness that it takes," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "And our guys showed that today." Kansas City converted just three of 13 third downs, but none was more important than the last one – where quarterback Alex Smith, who moved to 9-3 on the road as a starter in Kansas City – maneuvered around some pressure and hit Travis Kelce for 13 yards on the final play [Read more...]