Chiefs Daily Links – Chiefs vs Raiders and lets go Lions and Bills!

Andrew says: I just had to post this picture again on Chiefs vs Raiders Eve.  Perhaps it's just the season but I am somehow suddenly optimistic about the Chiefs chances to make the playoffs.  Yes, I love alcoholic egg nog, but I'm not drunk.  I know the Chiefs still need a lot of help.  Denver has to lose to the Bills and the Chargers have to lose one of their final two games.  But is that really that far fetched?  I don't think so.  Both teams are playing on the road this week.  If both lose and the Chiefs win tomorrow, it would set up an epic showdown against Tebow and the Broncos for the division championship for the final game of the regular season. *** Brian says: In 2006, the Chiefs needed a lot of help. They had to beat Jacksonville, New England had to beat Tennessee, Pittsburgh had to beat Cincy and San Francisco had to beat Denver - all on the same day. All happened. Even at 6-8, the Chiefs chances to make the playoffs are BETTER than the 2006 scenario. Think about [Read more...]

Chiefs Grades vs Packers 12/18

Coaching A Romeo’s on-the-job interview for the head coaching position in Kansas City got off to an excellent start.  In a game in which the Chiefs were universally given no chance, Romeo had a winning gameplan to keep the ball out of Aaron Rodgers hands.  It worked.  The Chiefs offense sustained long drives and possessed the ball for 36 minutes, leaving Rodgers with very few opportunities to score.  He put the best quarterback on the field for the Chiefs and saw the offense finally come alive.  And his defense kept the best quarterback in the league to one of his worst showings this season.  There were some coaching gaffes, with too many men or too few men on the field, and a strange coach’s challenge in the first half, but overall beating Green Bay is a hell of an attention grabber for Pioli. Kyle Orton A This is probably too high a grade, but I feel like a man who has been wandering in a quarterback desert this season and that performance was like a Gatorade thirst [Read more...]

Gameday Arrowheadlines 12-18-11: Orton starts, Chiefs vs. Packers

Happy trails, Shane Falco, I mean Tyler Palko...personally, I wish we had Falco. He was a winner.           Romeo Crennel's first personnel decision involved Tyler Palko's tricycle offense. Palko, who went 1-3 in four starts, produced very little under center, leading the Chiefs on just two touchdown drives - both touchdown passes of the "throw it up for grabs" variety - while turning the ball over eight times, averaging just eight points per game. Crennel is a man of his word. He said earlier this week of the quarterback situation, "One has a finger, one is a rookie and the other isn't any good." He then added  that Orton would be the starter "if healthy" and rookie Ricky Stanzi would play if he was not healthy, sending Palko down the depth chart. He also implied that Palko would not play another down as a Chief "barring an emergency." Today he is inactive, and his day as a Chief are numbered. I think his days in the NFL are [Read more...]

Who’s the next Chiefs coach? Ass kissers only says Pioli

Scott Pioli just fired the wrong guy.  But firing himself would have been unprecedented and dumb.  Clark Hunt wasn’t going to fire Pioli.  When he was hired he was the hottest potential GM around, and he still has some of that collateral to play with.   So with the relationship between Haley and Pioli cold as ice, it was Haley who had to go.  I get that, but it doesn’t make it right. To be clear, Haley was not fired because of what happened on the field this season.  It only allowed Pioli to fire Haley for his real reason, he didn’t like Haley. Reports are now surfacing that Pioli would have liked to rid himself of Haley even after last season, but couldn’t on the back of a division championship and playoff appearance. Granted, the Chiefs didn’t look great this season, but pulling 5 wins out of this team with this roster is a coaching feet in and of itself.  The injuries themselves would have normally warranted some cushion for many coaches, especially after overachieving last [Read more...]

Arrowheadlines 12/13: Haley issues statement, player reaction, Crennel’s first words as head coach, more (links)

Todd Haley released a statement after his firing: "First, I would like to thank Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for giving me the opportunity to coach this historic franchise. Growing up in the NFL, watching my Dad help build those great Pittsburgh Steeler teams, I have a profound love for this league. This opportunity has been a dream come true. “I would like to sincerely thank my coaches and my players for their commitment and loyalty throughout my time with the Chiefs. “I would like to thank all of the great Chiefs fans. My wife, Chrissy, and I would also like to thank the city of Kansas City for welcoming us and our five children and making us feel at home. “I am proud to have been a part of continued improvement and the first AFC West title since 2003. This year has been extremely challenging, but despite losing several key players to injury and free agency, we have been able to remain competitive and remain in contention with three games remaining in the season. [Read more...]

Haley fired by Chiefs

First announced by the Chiefs website , Head Coach Todd Haley has been "relieved of his duties" effective immediately. "This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd's contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future." It seemed like this was coming after Sunday's miserable 37-10 loss to the Jets, where Haley was called out by an official on the stadium speakers for a personal foul unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The KC Star predicted the firing: Todd Haley's Days With The Chiefs Should Be Over. It has been widely speculated that Haley and GM/President Scott Pioli's relationship was deteriorating, even as the season began. "Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three [Read more...]

Defending Todd Haley

Cassel being hurt may be a blessing in disguise for Todd Haley's job security.  He probably should have had a pass before the Cassel injury when he lost the best offensive and possibly best defensive players on the team.  Now he should have one for sure.  However, some people in the media around Kansas City seem to think Haley is toast no matter what. In my opinion, there is no way Todd Haley should be fired.  In fact, I think it would be downright foolish.  How quickly we forget, it was just last year that Todd Haley surprised the league by leading the Chiefs to a division title and the playoffs, even receiving some consideration for coach of the year.  No doubt the Chiefs benefited from an easy schedule last year and the early hypothesis for this season was that the tougher schedule would make it difficult for the Chiefs to repeat last year's playoff appearance.  Here’s how I projected this season to go compared to actual results: As you can see, the Chiefs are about where [Read more...]

Chiefs Grades vs. Bears

  Coaching C+ (Defense A, Offense F) Another dominating performance by Romeo’s D.  Although they are starting a back-up QB, holding any NFL team to 3 points is impressive.  The offense was again a different story, and although they did finally break their TD drought, it came off a hail-mary pass before the half.  It appeared the offense got a little gun shy this week, and with good reason (Palko’s 7 turnovers).  They seemed content to play it safe and hope Chicago’s QB would lose the game before ours did.  It worked. Shane Falco C This is about the best we can expect from Palko.  It’s not great.  But if the defense comes to play it will give us a chance.

Tyler Palko to Start Sunday…wait…what!?

All indication are that the Chiefs will stick with TP the TO Machine for at least another week.  Orton says he's ready.  Even if Orton only knows half the playbook, so long as he can remember that he no longer plays for the Bears, he should be starting. KC Star: Palko and Orton split practice snaps

Chiefs Daily Links (11-29-11)

Todd Haley: "So I was talking to Kurt Warner the other night..." Kansas City Star Video   KC Star:  Who will start at quarterback for the Chiefs this Sunday? KC Star: Chiefs Release OT Gaither Arrowhead Pride: Chiefs promote OT David Mims from practice squad