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False PositiveIt's the Governor's Cup and the Chiefs won. They scored 34 unanswered points. This is good, right? But is there something lingering from the game that is troublesome? Well, I am not going to cover it all in this article because the C…
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TIME OF POSSESSION Thinking too much and enjoying it less? Yeah. That's me. I was going to get all over Dwayne Bowe for dropping that pass and not making the crossing route catch in traffic in the second half. More on that later. But going over…
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TIME OF POSSESSION Thinking too much and enjoying it less? Yeah. That's me. I was going to get all over Dwayne Bowe for dropping that pass and not making the crossing route catch in traffic in the second half. More on that later. But going over…
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Mays is probably at least 3 weeks away, MHO. He is rehabbing. He is working the weights with that wrist. He won't practice for another week. Injury Report Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report:Joe Mays Won't Practice This Week by Ben NielsenThe Chiefs ar…
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  • No, it's not the defense and yes, I was worried about that way back in the beginning. Yes, I wanted to "Bash Bowe". I had to go back and re-think my emotional response. So, this is a 'Mea culpa', then, isn't it?

    (photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)

    Here is the story and it has to do with 27.5 and why the Wide Receiver target numbers are so low.……

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  • Everybody's Happy, Happy, Happy -- But Me!

    False Positive

    It's the Governor's Cup and the Chiefs won. They scored 34 unanswered points. This is good, right? But is there something lingering from the game that is troublesome?

    Well, I am not going to cover it all in this article because the Chiefs tout some awesome numbers. I want to point out that AS11 was 24 of 28 passing, right off the top and that is in the face of the criticism that I do have that for me, reared it's ugly head again -- poor play by the offensive line.

    Too, there is a question regarding the viability of the wide receivers. But Smith completed 87% of his throws and that says something about the quality of this team. Oh, while I am at it, All three Tight Ends(Kelce, Fasano, Harris) had key receptions and big yards from the tight end position.…

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  • NSLU Midweek - A Good Team Getting Better?

    TIME OF POSSESSION

    Thinking too much and enjoying it less? Yeah. That's me.

    I was going to get all over Dwayne Bowe for dropping that pass and not making the crossing route catch in traffic in the second half. More on that later.

    But going over the game, and reviewing it again and again? Both teams go off to a slow start and the Chiefs though the Chiefs finally got in sync in the second half. What was a success was the run game. Not play calling in the first half, but the second. What occurred in the first half was not effective. Adjustments were made. Later in the second half, Reid got on a roll and the play calling utilized the strengths of the players, using the run, play action and pass off of that, effectively. This opened up the pass and the second half was more fruitful.

    This game, despite the varied faux pas', is all goodness in the end. Not a great game. Not a bad game, not just because they won,…

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  • Was this a Signature Win?

    I have questions.

    But before I get into the piece, the Chiefs beat Vegas! If you went with the over, you lost that as well because the Chiefs held the Chargers to 20 while scoring 23.

    Chargers opened the betting as a 5 1/2 point favorite and the point total was 44.5. I don't know where it ended up. The Chargers at a minimum were to score at least 28 points.

    The Cream Puff Schedule is over for San Diego!

    One question that has been cropping up all over is why the Chiefs went with Santos and what were they going to do now?

    I have an answer for this: Cairo Santos won the game with his foot on a late 48 yard field goal. Kurt Coleman secured it with an interception.

    Santos was calm after the Kick was good; Holder…

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  • NSLU -- Game Changers on Defense

    The Defense, Best So Far

    The Kansas City Chiefs have a good defensive team but it is also a work in progress. One reason for this is due to the fact that the Chiefs lost two key players in game one and things on the front three lineup had the LDE spot as yet not earmarked for success.

    Injuries: What Happened

    To look at the loss of talent and force that occurred in game one and understand it's effect, would be to ignore the importance of Derrick Johnson to the inside defense.…

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  • NSLU: Using the Game Changers -- Attention Andy Reid!

    It is evident to me, and I hope it is as well evident to you, that the Chiefs have the offensive weapons that can win football games. These are the players who make plays that change the ebb and flow of a game. My focus at the moment is to include the play-makers on offense that seem to have been omitted in a a couple of games that the Chiefs lost. Hopefully, before the game against the Chargers, I can finish a piece on the defensive side of the ball.

    Today I am going to focus on what the Chiefs have in their arsenal. It is a potent group and being 4th in the NFL in the red zone proves. It must be utilized effectively with the play calling.

    First, a look at where the Games are won -- Up front

    I recognize that the guys in the backfield can only make plays if the front 5 do their job. I must constantly recognize what it is which makes the guy carrying or passing the ball, or, receiving the ball effective.

    The Chiefs have an offensive line…

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  • (NSLU: No Stone Left Unturned)

    I want to take this opportunity during the 2nd week of the bye, before we get back to the NFL Schedule and the next game which is now looming on the horizon, and review a bit of John Dorsey and take a look with optimism at the future of the Chiefs.

    You may wonder how I came up with the convention for naming my articles NSLU (No Stone Left Unturned). It is because of this man, John Dorsey and his approach to the game of football. But more than this. You have seen me term the Chiefs complete staff as the WOLFPACK CABAL, from Dorsey to the coaches, and recruiting staff, all around the clubhouse at Arrowhead. There is a reason for this.…

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  • NSLU: Bye!

    (NSLU: No Stone Left Unturned)

    The Chiefs will be healing injuries over the Bye week and the prep week for the Chargers. That is good. Since McKnight, they have had Gray have a hand injury and it was last being determined whether he needed to do surgery or not.

    Last week, the Chiefs lost on the road to the 49'ers. Much can be said in retrospect. I have already said what I thought. Even had things played out differently, the Chiefs might have lost -- and it would have been to a good team on the road.

    Looking forward, the Chiefs face Division foe San Diego Chargers. It is here on the west coast so a tough game against the division leading Bolts. This game may be the most crucial contest for the Chiefs to get back into the division race.……

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  • NSLU: Acknowledging

    In the end, after my first pass at reviewing the game, it came down to 3 batted passes, at least 2 floods that Smith or the receiver didn't get a matchup, running twice on third down and one.

    Okay: This photo shows Cairo Santos attempting a 54 yard field goal--- photo here.

    Special teams lined up in error. ---- photo omitted. 

    Alex Smith completing pass to Travis Kelce on the final drive. --- photo here.

    Chiefs run defense  did not stop Gore or his campadres. 

    The 49ers did get a couple of very fortunate catches by wide receivers.

    See a series of photos on the 9 targets of Travis Kelce after his TD on the first drive. photos, here, here, over there, here. Take a  good look at the Chiefs utilizing the after yards catches by Kelce.

    Kelce, who should have been the target of Smith on the INT and that Fasano is no where near as fast as Kelce, nor as tall nor does he have the leaping ability of Kelce, that Kelce was targeted only 3…

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  • (NSLU: No Stone Left Unturned)

    Sometimes, things shift and change and alter thoughts in the mind. Such has occurred with me. I have become, since Andy's arrival after the 2012 season, a believer in his ability. I recognize my prejudices. I have never felt much goodness about Philly since my 35 mm was stolen out of my car in 1969. Oh, yes, I spent a wonderful month there in 1979 (teaching a tech class for a former employer). But Andy? I knew he was a good coach. He constantly had teams up there competing. I myself wanted Spittin' Bill or Jon Gruden. Oh well. Andy? Hat's off to you. You had a bad game in week 1. Anyone can have one. Actually, everyone has one. But 2013 and since week one? Tip of the hat!……

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