Horseface II: Peyton Picks the Broncos

It is being reported today by ESPN's Chris Mortenson that Peyton Manning has decided on Denver as his next and likely final team.  Barring any breakdowns in contract negotiations, which seems unlikely at this point, Peyton will be a Donkey next year. Denver will obviously try to move Tebow as soon as possible to minimize backlash from Tebownites. This is the best case scenario for Denver, who can rid themselves of an uber-popular but not very good quarterback, by signing the only quarterback (Manning) that even the craziest of Tebow fanatics could not argue against.  Plus they will likely fetch a pretty good return for Tebow if they can get at least a couple of teams interested. So what does this mean for the Chiefs? The Broncos are now the clear favorites to with the AFC West next year, which should be no surprise as they won it this year without the future Hall of Fame QB. I am not entirely disappointed that the Chiefs didn't end up with Manning, especially in light of the recent [Read more...]

Colts set to release Manning today, should the Chiefs get in line?

  Found this picture circulating on Facebook last night as news that the Colts are likely to officially release Peyton Manning sometime today. Though just a few weeks ago I wasn't optimistic that Pioli would seriously consider this move, I think now there is a good chance the Chiefs at the very least are looking into it. Why not? If he's healthy, he's a potential Superbowl winning upgrade.  If he's not?  Well, we play Matt Cassel. The Chiefs assume very little risk by taking a chance on Manning, who has made it clear he would sign an incentive laden contract that would keep any team off the hook from paying him too much money if he is unable to fully recover from his injury. Though I have criticized the Chiefs for not drafting and developing their own franchise quarterback (No Plans to Draft RGIII), I think this is the right move right now.  Not only would it make us the favorite to win our division, it would also buy us some time to identify a potential franchise [Read more...]

Chiefs Franchise Dwayne

The Chiefs franchised wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, making official what most had expected to happen.  After signing Stanford Routt it became clear the Chiefs would probably be using the franchise tag on Bowe, and letting Brandon Carr walk.  While the Chiefs still contend they'd like to have Carr back, it appears unlikely. Chiefs also released linebacker Demorrio Williams yesterday clearing up about $2 million in cap space.  His best year came in 2009 when he recorded 95 tackles, but saw his role significantly diminish with the emergence of Derrick Johnson.

Chiefs win coin toss, will pick #11

Chiefs won the coin toss this morning at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.  They will officially draft #11 and the Seahawks will draft #12. Good news although it probably won't make too much of a difference to what Pioli and company are planning to do. "WITH THE #11 PICK OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT THE CHIEFS.......trade down."

Bye-Bye Brandon

The Chiefs signed Stanford Routt to a 3-year deal Monday worth $19.6 million, which means they will not be re-signing Brandon Carr.  While he was the most penalized CB last year, all indications are that Routt is a good 2nd corner and is comparable to Carr in a lot of ways. Even if that is true, and choosing Routt over Carr is not a talent downgrade, it still begs the question - Why? Yes Carr would have cost a little more and was probably looking for a longer contract than the 3-years Routt signed for, but he's also only 25.  Plus he's a known commodity and part of defense and secondary that was at times dominating last year. So now we replace him with at best an equivalent talent?  And for what, to save a few dollars? My hope is as always that the Chiefs know something I don't.  Perhaps Carr was not as interested in coming back to KC as it seemed, or maybe Crennel and the other defensive coaches think Routt is actually an upgrade, or maybe it was just too confusing to have two [Read more...]

Brian Daboll hired as Chiefs’ offensive coordinator

The Chiefs' coaching staff continues to look more and more like a Patriots' family reunion.  Reports are the Chiefs have just hired former Browns and Dolphins O-coordinator, and former Patriot assistant Brian Daboll.  This comes as a surprise as Jim Zorn seemed the likely choice and will now likely not be returning as quarterbacks coach. Daboll's resume includes stints as O-coordinator of two pretty mediocre offensive teams in the Browns and last years Dolphins.  But at least he has experience running offenses with hum-drum quarterbacks. As I was looking for some info on our new offensive Patriot suckling, I came across an interesting article about some harsh techniques Daboll employed on then Brown's rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.  Brian Daboll’s Rough Rookie Treatment of Colt McCoy Matt Cassel may end up longing for the days of Todd Haley yelling and calling him a (bleepity bleep bleep) after a training camp under Brian Daboll. Daboll as Offensive Coodinator: 2009 Cleveland [Read more...]

Muir retires – Will Zorn be whispering sweet nothings into Cassel’s ear next year?

Bill Muir has told the Chiefs he will choose to retire instead of returning to his previous position as O-Line coach.  Muir insists he is retiring for personal reasons and not because of the demotion.  This comes as no surprise, as it seemed a forgone conclusion that the Chiefs would be looking for a new offensive coordinator after a dismal offensive performance this past year.  Whoever takes over the position will be the 4th offensive coordinator in as many years. So who will be the 4th? Jim Zorn seems the likely choice.  He's already interviewed for the position and the Chiefs denied the Bears an interview request with Zorn, a bush league move by the  Chiefs if they only plan on keeping him on as quarterbacks coach.  It's likely Cassel would favor the decision as he seemed to have a healthy relationship with Zorn and it would maintain some continuity from last year as opposed to hiring an outside coordinator. Zorn's coaching resume: 1988 35 College Boise [Read more...]

Pioli and the Chiefs have no plans to aquire RGIII or The Lombardi Trophy

It seems clear now after recent comments from Scott Pioli that the Chiefs are not interested in making any moves to improve their draft position and snag Robert Griffin III. Not a big surprise, as Pioli has preached being pragmatic when it comes to the draft and continues to adhere to the mythic "Patriot Way" of valuing multiple picks versus high picks. But he’s wrong. That strategy may be fine when you’ve fallen ass backwards into the manscaped grasp of a 6th round hall-of-fame quarterback. But that’s not strategy. It is luck. Don’t get me wrong. The Patriots are a good franchise and should be modeled, but their method of finding a franchise quarterback was luck, and by definition cannot be modeled.

Chiefs Season Grades

COACHES Todd Haley – D As much as I actually like Haley and believe he had potential as a head coach, it is clear that his inability to get along with his boss lead to his own demise.  It is also clear that in an effort to stick it up Pioli’s ass, Haley made some poor coaching decisions – playing Palko and not playing Gaither.  The specifics of the futile relationship may never be known, so it is hard to judge how much blame to assign Haley for the dysfunction.  Bottom line is, the Chiefs weren’t getting to the Super Bowl with a rift like that between the GM and coach. Bill Muir – F Who knows how much control Muir really had over the offense this season, but at the end of the day he was the offensive coordinator of a Chiefs team that set a franchise low mark of average points scored per game.   Even after some improvement when Orton took over, the red zone efficiency was awful.

It’s Your Show Romeo

No surprise here as the Kansas City Chiefs officially made Romeo Crennel their head coach.  This seems the best situation for the Chiefs as it becomes clear Pioli is not an attractive GM to work for and Crennel has an established relationship with him.  The biggest concern now is finding a offensive and defensive coordinator.  It also seems likely the Chiefs will stick with Matt Cassel as the Chiefs' QB next year and they need to find a strong O-coordinator that can play to Cassel's strengths like Charlie Weis was able to do.  Josh McDaniels is out, but I won't shed a tear for that.