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 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.

Chiefs WILL end Tebow-mania as Orton returns to Denver to face Donkey’s

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Yes, the Chiefs season is over. But they can accomplish a lot today with a win, I mean WHEN they WIN. 1) Tebow-mania will come to an end, THANK GOD (irony?). Not only will this make Chiefs fans happy, but also the Tebow haters nationwide. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on "First Take" all but begged the Chiefs to win so Tebow-Mania will go away. Washington Times: Is Tim Tebow Satan? 2) The Chiefs will ruin the Broncos season in Denver on the last week of the season for the second time in three years. Remember this one when Jamaal Charles ran for 1,000 or so yards at Denver on Jan. 3, 2010 (ok, it was a franchise-record 259 yards) in a 44-24 blowout of the Broncos, who started the year 6-0 and missed the playoff thanks to the 4-12 Chiefs. See the video: Charles runs wild In that game, Derrick Johnson also had two interception returns for TD's. 3) Just ruining the Broncos season will be joyous, even if that means the Raiders make the [Read more...]

Pro Bowlin!

Linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are selected for the Pro Bowl. ESPN - Perfect sense: Kansas City may be in last place but linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali are top-level players. They both deserve this honor. They are building-block players on a young defense. Johnson is a tackling machine and Hali, who has 12 sacks, is one of the better pass-rushers in the NFL. KC Star - Crennel praises Pro Bowl linebackers KC Star - Orton has chance to stick it to the Broncs Arrowhead Addict - Chiefs vs Broncos Injury Report      

Chiefs Grades vs Raiders 12/24/2011

This is what I felt like doing after the game...   Cooler heads prevailed.  My in-laws probably would have been pissed. Coaching - C The defensive gameplan was good.  They took away the running game of the Raiders and forced Carson Palmer into two interceptions.  If it weren't for two backbreaking bombs by the Raiders, the 13 points the Chiefs put up would have been plenty.  Chiefs were again able to move the ball both passing and rushing.  However, the red zone woes continued.  The coaching staff has to figure out some better plays to call inside the 10 yard line.  Our offensive line doesn't get a good push against goal line defenses which was also apparent when we couldn't gain two inches on a 4th down play. Kyle Orton - C So this is why Orton keeps getting traded/released.  Orton has better tools than any QB on the Chiefs roster, but two interceptions when the Chiefs were in scoring position will keep you changing addresses.