Five Guys To Watch in Friday’s Preseason Opener


It may not be as glorious as it will be when September rolls around, but guess what, football is back! Chiefs fans will get their first taste of football tomorrow when their team takes on the San Francisco 49ers, at 8 pm on NFL Network. While we won't see too much of the veterans (Alex Smith will reportedly work the first quarter), this time of year is to gauge the rookies, younger players, and veterans fighting for roster spots. From highly touted rooks like Patrick Mahomes (more on him later) to veterans still trying to prove they have something to offer (C.J Spiller), there's an assortment of players looking to make the team. Unlike the New York Jets, whose best player might be a backup defensive lineman, Kansas City has a ton of talent at every position. The coaching staff will have their hands full, and its these four games that will lead to the crafting of (hopefully) a playoff team. The Chiefs have made the playoffs four of the last five years thanks to incredible scouting [Read more...]



It’s that time of year again. The smell of BBQ in the morning, cold beer in hand, fans screaming, helmets clashing, chains moving, interceptions, fumbles, sacks, Mitch Holtus TD calls, & KANSAS CITY CHIEFS FOOTBALL. Isn’t it glorious? With preseason nearly upon us, it’s the fight for roster spot battles and damn do we have some battles this year…It’s never fun getting rid of good talent for the use of another team. However, that’s exactly what we will end up having to do. Anytime you have so many good players you must get rid of; it’s a good problem to have. We may see some surprise cuts or trades, even. When it comes down to it, no matter how much us fans love the players, it’s about the team – not the individuals. I hate seeing some players go myself, but, if it is the right move to help the team in the end, so be it. I’m always a Chiefs fan before I am a players’ fan. Quarterback: Alex Smith vs. Patrick Mahomes vs. Tyler Bray A few people will say Mahomes will overtake Smith [Read more...]

Why Jeremy Maclin was cut, and what it means for the Chiefs


On Friday, Kansas City shocked the football world by releasing their best receiver, Jeremy Maclin. QB Alex Smith, like many of us, said he was in shock. TE Travis Kelce said it ripped his heart out. After catching 88 passes for 1,088 yards and 8 scores in a career-year 2015, he was hampered by injuries and with the sudden rise of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, his numbers fell to 44 catches, 536 yards, and 2 scores. Still, with no other proven receiver on the roster, his job appeared safe heading into 2017. Keep in mind, this year was just the third of a five-year, $55 million contract he signed in 2013. (The Chiefs were later charged with the tampering of Maclin, and lost 3rd and 6th round picks because of it.) Now, they are without the services of the 29-year old, but also gain $10M in cap space - money needed to sign their top two draft picks (QB Patrick Mahomes and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon). The thing that confuses most people, including myself at the time, is that if the Chiefs were [Read more...]

A Way Too Early Chiefs 53-man Roster Prediction

With the draft over and mini camps starting soon, there's not too much going on in the NFL world. Sure, Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement was rejected by the league, and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, but nothing major has happened. So, once again with fellow Chiefs enthusiast Brandon Norris, I bring you a way-too-early 53-man roster prediction for the Kansas City Chiefs. Brandon’s differences will be noted in parentheses. QB (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Cut: Joel Stave Joel Stave doesn't seem like he'll beat out Tyler Bray, considering the latter remains on the roster despite being an undrafted free agent while drafted QB's Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan (both 5th round) are no longer with the team. RB (4 – 3 + 1 FB): Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman Cut: C.J Spiller Hunt will probably steal much of West's snaps on third down, and may even steal Ware's workload as the season progresses. Ware was far better in 2015 when the [Read more...]

Grading the Chiefs draft


With the NFL Draft clearly in the rear view, its time to take a look back at what the Kansas City Chiefs did in effort to improve their roster. Unlike 2013-2016, where John Dorsey hoarded picks and was eager to trade down, he made some impressive trade ups – entering the draft with 10 picks, but selecting just six guys when it was all said and done. Most, if not all, of their picks were surprises to some degree. Round 1, Pick 10: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) I’m giving the Mahomes pick a B- for two reasons. One, we don’t know what his target start date is. Will it be 2018? 2019? It will heavily depend on how quickly he learns the offense. Two, whether or not Alex Smith continues to decline will also factor heavily into Mahomes’ start date. If he begins struggling, and fan outcry peaks, I don’t doubt the coaching staff will put Mahomes on the field. As far as Mahomes himself, I love what the Chiefs are doing. They have a Super Bowl caliber team, but not quarterback. Mahomes, with [Read more...]

As Charles heads to hated rival, let’s remember his greatness in Kansas City

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Jamaal Charles is now a Denver Bronco. Let that sink in. The Chiefs all-time leading rusher (7,260) was released in February as a salary cap casualty – due $8 million after playing just 8 games over the last two seasons. His one-year deal is worth up to $3.5M in incentives, but a base salary of only $900,00 is a cheap risk/reward deal for Denver. There have been plenty mixed emotions from Chiefs fan – from wondering how anyone can play for their former rival, to wishing him luck because no ill will to a guy that wants a job, to ‘who cares, he’ll get hurt anyway.’  Any of them are understandable. For me, I held out hope that maybe he would return to Kansas City on an incentives-based deal similar to what he received in Denver, but it was clear any glimmer that would happen was gone when the Chiefs selected Toledo running back Kareem Hunt – trading up to get him – in the third round in draft. Running back is a young man’s position, and at Charles age (surprisingly only 30, but still [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0


We're a mere hours from the NF draft. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our last shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) I haven’t budged from this pick since day one, and spending the week re-watching the Chiefs 2016, I was reminded of how limiting Alex Smith is to this offense. With the help of Reid and the coaching staff the best can be brought out of him, and sitting behind Smith for a year or two will give him time to learn, and going from Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce is a rookie QB's dream. Brandon’s pick: RB Dalvin Cook (Florida St) Even though he had a bad combine, his film is special. He is amazing and will be an immediate replacement for Jamaal Charles. Round Two, Pick 59 My pick: CB Quincy Wilson (Florida) I picked Wilson here because the Chiefs need an upgrade at corner opposite Marcus Peters, and even if Terrance Mitchell is the real deal, can [Read more...]

NFL First Round Mock Draft 1.0


With the NFL draft just three weeks + one days away, it’s time for the first installment of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. These picks based upon whom I believe these teams need to take, given their current roster and draft tendencies. Round 1, Pick 1: Cleveland Browns: EDGE rusher Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) The Browns need a QB, but there’s not one in this draft worth the top pick. Garrett has the tools to build a defense around, and maybe even a franchise. Round 1, Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) Great defenses have great pass rushers. Thomas can be that man. Round 1, Pick 3: Chicago Bears: DT Jonathan Allen (Alabama) The Bears need a true presence in the middle, and Allen can stop the run while pushing the pocket as a rusher. Round 1, Pick 4: Jacksonville Jaguars: SS Jamal Adams (LSU) The Jags have dedicated a ton of cap space and draft capital to their defense, so why not replace Jonathan Cyprien with a hard-hitting safety to scare teams away from the [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0


With the combine over, Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. With needs at quarterback and inside linebacker, the future of the franchise could ride on 2017's selections. Last year, the Chiefs hit home runs in the 2nd round (Chris Jones) and 5th round (Tyreek Hill and Eric Murray), but are needing depth at guard and defensive tackle. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our dart-board shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) Brandon's pick: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) In both cases, the Chiefs get their man of the future. Alex Smith regressed in 2016, even though the team, particularly the offense, is loaded with playmakers. Mahomes is a gunslinger who can get outside of the pocket and make plays, too. He has inconsistent foot work, but possesses the arm strength and willingness to make plays down field, while Watson demonstrated an uncanny ability to [Read more...]

Breaking down the Chiefs busy week


During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, soon-to-be free agent safety Eric Berry said he would not play 2017 under the franchise tag. On Tuesday, the Chiefs eliminated the possibility of Berry, the 5-time Pro Bowler, sitting out the upcoming season, by signing him to a 6-year, $78 million deal. With $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million bonus, Berry, coming off a career year in 2016 and two years seasons removed from beating cancer, has the largest contract ever awarded to a safety. Berry’s contract details include: $5 million first year cap hit. It includes a base salary of just $900,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000 (bonus is same in each year). $13 million cap number in 2018 $16.5 million cap number in 2019 $13.5 million cap number in 2020 $16 million cap number in 2021 $14 million in 2022 Berry is the heart and soul of the team, locker room leader and fan favorite. While the franchise continues to wilt under pressure, Berry has risen above the [Read more...]