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Chiefs' Sims 'feels like a teammate again'

The "new guy" at practice Wednesday was running around like he hadn't played all year.

Or not since the season opener, at least.

A happy and relieved Ryan Sims, a starting defensive tackle sidelined since the first series of the season with a severe foot injury, pronounced himself ready to return to action in Sunday's playoff-atmosphere game with Denver after participating in some post-practice contact work with some of the Chiefs' younger reserve linemen.

"I feel good, I feel like a teammate again," Sims said. "It was one thing to watch the game (from the sideline), but I didn't feel part of things when I came in Mondays without the bumps and bruises everyone else had."

The Chiefs will decide later in the week whether to play Sims, who during the preseason was starting to look like the run stuffer the Chiefs could use against the Broncos, the NFL's second-ranked rushing team. If he plays, Sims says, it likely will be in a reserve role. Full story

30 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Defensive tackle Ryan Sims may be back for Denver game

Ryan Sims hasn't exactly slimmed down. Going from 315 pounds to 310 hardly qualifies as an ad campaign for a trendy new reducing salon.

Nevertheless, the young defensive tackle who's been known for his sizable appetite passed up the mashed potatoes and banned the banana splits throughout 10 long, boring weeks of rehab.

Not only did he stay in shape, he even dropped a few pounds.

And now his right foot, severely injured in the season opener on Sept. 11, has healed. The Kansas City Chiefs may get him back on the field just in time for Sunday's crucial game against Denver.full story...

30 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs-Broncos Injury Report

30 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Short celebration

The Chiefs coaching staff was a happy group after Monday's review of the game tape from the 26-16 win over New England.

"By far our best overall game of the year," coach Dick Vermeil reported Tuesday at his weekly media briefing.

"When you score on six of the first seven times you touch the ball (two TDs and four field goals), you've done a good job. When you hold New England to 104 yards and three points in the first half, you've gone a good job. When you get all four field goals you try and a 39-yard kickoff return, you've done a good job.

"It's a good time to become what you'd like to be, because our schedule now demands that we do that."

And just that quickly, the glow of that warm feeling faded as the Chiefs look ahead to the task looming this week. Full story

30 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs rolling again with Roaf

If Willie Roaf has been pondering his quiet tiptoe into the sunset, maybe the big guy needed to pull up a chair at Arrowhead Stadium on Tuesday and listen to coach Dick Vermeil.

Roaf is 35 now, his gait is careful, his body is wearing down. But then he returned to the huddle Sunday against New England, and suddenly, the Chiefs’ offense came together.

“Willie Roaf, so help me God, played the ballgame as well as he’s played any game since he’s been here,” Vermeil said. “He was outstanding, in my opinion.

“He wants to win, he wants to play; it’s important to him. I think it’s pride. He’s a Hall of Fame offensive lineman. He’s the most explosive big man I’ve ever been on the field with. There aren’t many like him. I don’t know why they don’t make more of them.” Full story

30 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Lawn gone

The Super Bowl champions, apparently, don’t like the color green.

And Chiefs fans find brown appalling.

Two days after Kansas City’s convincing 26-16 win over New England, the hottest topic in town wasn’t the playoffs, but the unsightly swath of brown grass that cut through the middle of the field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson said Tuesday that the field is in typical late-November condition and that it was resodded three weeks ago. Normally, the Chiefs take care of the cosmetic issues by painting the field green.

“We didn’t paint it because the New England Patriots didn’t want it painted,” Peterson said. “The last time we played them here, the paint came off on their jerseys, and they were very upset about it.” Full story

30 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Upon further review, Vermeil shouldn't challenge calls

D ick Vermeil has proved time and again he's a great coach. No question about that.

But one thing he can't get the hang of is this whole instant replay deal.

When Vermeil tossed out the red flag Sunday after Larry Johnson's fumble, Chiefs fans pretty much knew how that situation would be resolved: "After further review, the ruling on the field stands."

That's the way it's gone for Vermeil. The NFL does not keep statistics on each coach's challenges/reversals, only the total number of challenges in the league. But did you catch that Fox graphic a few weeks ago that claimed Vermeil was batting only about one out of five during his career on instant-replay challenges?

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29 Nov 2005 by Brian

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Larry Johnson's Assault Case Continued Again

For the second time, the assault case against Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has been delayed.

Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Leonard Hughes III on Tuesday continued the case to Feb. 7 over the objections of Johnson's attorneys, who said they were ready to try the case.

"This thing has taken on a life of its own," Johnson's attorney, Kevin Regan, said outside the courthouse. "This thing is kind of concerning. How would you like 20 (reporters) chasing you down the street for something you didn't do?"

The assault charge stems from a Sept. 10 altercation with an Overland Park, Kan., woman in a Kansas City bar. The woman, who says she had been involved with Johnson for more than two years, told police he shoved her.

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29 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Bailey thinks Chiefs will be ready

Champ Bailey will be jacked up Sunday, but he probably won't be miked up for a return engagement against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It's only because he hasn't been asked by CBS.full story...

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"I won't turn it down," he said with a smile.

The Denver Broncos cornerback miffed Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil when, during the Sept. 26 game between the teams, Bailey questioned Kansas City's effort during a 30-10 Broncos victory while wearing a microphone for ABC's nationally televised broadcast.

29 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Dalton pleads not guilty in battering case

Kansas City Chiefs lineman Lional Dalton pleaded not guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of battering his wife.

Dalton is accused of grabbing his wife's hair and pulling her down early Friday. Dalton was arrested at his home in Stilwell and later released on bond. The woman, who lives in Florida, did not appear at a hearing in Johnson County District Court Monday.

The case was continued to Jan. 25, and Dalton was ordered not to have any violent contact with his wife.

After the hearing, Dalton's attorney, Kevin Regan, disputed reports that the couple is estranged. He said the couple lives in separate households in different cities, which he said is not unusual for professional athletes.full story...

28 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Big victory keeps Chiefs in playoff hunt

There was a stirring moment late Sunday afternoon when Dick Vermeil scanned a crowded room for Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who was seated in the back. Vermeil started to cry. He stopped himself.

“You deserve that, buddy,” Vermeil told Hunt. “We beat the world champions.”

It lasted all of 30 seconds. By the time anyone could towel off after Kansas City’s 26-16 win over New England, a DVD of Denver sat on a table in the middle of the locker room. By the time the words “Great job” rolled out of Vermeil’s mouth, he was telling the Chiefs to put it in their minds that they were going to beat the Broncos.

In a downpour Sunday, with Tom Brady slinging interceptions and Arrowhead Stadium rocking to a postseason vibe, Vermeil may have found himself a playoff contender. Up next is Denver, which manhandled Kansas City in September and holds a two-game lead in the AFC West. Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Cunningham’s defense taking him back to the glory days

This was why Gunther Cunningham came back to town. It wasn’t so he could run his own defense again. It wasn’t because he missed Kansas City. And it wasn’t because he wanted to make things right after being fired as the Chiefs’ head coach.

Sure, all of those things played into his thinking.

But no, if Cunningham had to give one reason why he came back to run the Chiefs’ defense after a heartbreaking farewell, he probably would give this scene from Sunday:

The Chiefs led the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots by 13 points. It was almost halftime. Third and long. The Patriots had the ball, and quarterback Tom Brady pointed at Chiefs defensive players and shouted something that probably sounded like, “Block him! Block him, too! Hey, I know that guy! Hey, look, John Candy! Whoa, look at that guy! Don’t let him hit me!”

Cunningham, standing on the sideline, waved his arms to get the Arrowhead crowd to get louder. Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Be honest: KC beat a down team

We might as well be realistic about what we witnessed Sunday afternoon. A realistic perspective on the Chiefs’ 26-16 victory in no way minimizes their accomplishment.

Beating the two-time, defending-champion New England Patriots is never a bad thing.

But let’s be honest: Those weren’t the defending champions inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Sure, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Deion Branch, Adam Vinatieri and Richard Seymour were there, but just about everybody else responsible for New England’s Super success was either somewhere else, home nursing an injury or a total shell of what they once were.

Those weren’t your newborn baby’s New England Patriots.

You really have to see the Patriots in person to appreciate just how far they’ve fallen from a year ago. You just can’t comprehend it watching the Patriots on television. At least I couldn’t. The temptation is to make excuses for the Pats and feel as if they’re a break or two from becoming a dangerous playoff team. Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson tough to stop

When it was over, they could laugh. Larry Johnson’s knee was twisted to the ground, and about 60,000 people hanging around in rain gear held their breath. Coach Dick Vermeil called for Johnson’s backup. Johnson shook his head and said he was fine.

“He didn’t want to come out,” Vermeil said. “He thinks Priest is still sitting on the bench.”

In his fourth game as the starter since Priest Holmes’ season-ending injury, Johnson continues to play as if he’s running for his life. He rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown in 31 carries Sunday, his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season.

He also had 53 receiving yards against a Patriots defense that is decimated by injuries but is still strong up front. At least, that’s what Vermeil thought after watching the defending Super Bowl champions clamp down on the run in the second half. Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs come up big through air

The big play was back in the Chiefs’ passing game Sunday.

After consecutive games with just one and two passes of 20 or more yards, the Chiefs hit on five big ones against the Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. They were major factors in the Chiefs’ 26-16 victory.

The biggest, a 52-yarder from Trent Green to Dante Hall, went for a touchdown that gave the Chiefs their biggest lead of the day at 26-3 in the third quarter.

They didn’t score directly on any of the four others but went in for a touchdown after Green’s 42-yard bomb to Eddie Kennison on the first possession. They kicked a field goal after the three other big pass plays.

“If we’re able to get the ball down the field, the defenses can’t sit on the underneath stuff,” Green said. “We were able to stretch the field on a couple of occasions, so some of our underneath stuff was able to open up. In order to do that, you generally have to have time.” Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Brady has rare bad day

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, New England quarterback Tom Brady sat on the Patriots bench, his hands in his lap, a look of shock on his face.

Teammates came by, patted him on the knee or shoulder and tried to offer an encouraging word. But no one really knew what to say to him after Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Chiefs.

Brady, one of the most proficient quarterbacks in NFL history, had just turned in one of the worst performances of an impeccable career that has included three Super Bowl championships in the last four years.

His passes sailing high and wide all day, Brady threw four interceptions, matching a career high. And his passer rating of 42.5 was second only to a career-worst 22.5 in a season-opening 31-0 loss at Buffalo in 2003. Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Wesley right on picks

It might not exactly rival Babe Ruth pointing to the bleachers immediately before hitting a World Series home run, but Chiefs safety Greg Wesley called his shots Sunday, too.

Wesley and Tony Gonzalez were primping in front of the locker-room mirror before the Chiefs’ 26-16 win over New England. Wesley casually predicted to his teammate that he would get three interceptions.

That’s exactly what Wesley did. Playing center field like a Gold Glover, Wesley caught three of Tom Brady’s overthrows. Brady, who also threw a fourth-quarter pick to Sammy Knight, was intercepted four times for only the fourth time in his career.

“It’s big against Tom Brady,” Wesley said. “He’s a great quarterback. It feels a little more special to get it against a guy like him.” Full story

28 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Today we learn the truth about the Chiefs

Today, we find out. All season, the Chiefs have plodded along, singing a song. They have beaten bad teams, lost to good ones and shown signs of being both a playoff contender and a decaying fossil of a team, often on the same series of downs.

It has been maddening. How good are the Chiefs? Who knows? We’re 12 weeks into the NFL season, and you need Nostradamus, Danny Sheridan and Dionne Warwick to read all the tea leaves the Chiefs have left behind this year.

Today, finally, we find out. It’s show time. The Chiefs play the two-time defending champion New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium, and everything is on the line. Everything. The season. The playoffs. The future. The past. All of it.

Win, the Chiefs are for real. Lose, and they’re not. Simple.

Finally, we can get to the heart of things. Full story

27 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Larry Johnson runs very well with a chip on his shoulder

Some hate mail arrived the other day. It was crude and profane and said Larry, we’d better not see you on this side of town. Maybe it made Larry Johnson lower his helmet and plow ahead for 4 more yards.

Maybe it was exactly what he expected.

There are some who wonder whether L.J. will ever allow himself to be happy. It’s 2 o’clock Friday, the sun is shining, the locker room is full of the aroma of chicken and mashed potatoes. Johnson is coming off a 211-yard game, a Chiefs record, and everyone wants to talk to him.

He slips to the hallway, away from the lingering media, and explains why he doesn’t fit in. He knows this will probably lead to more hate mail. He can’t help it.

“I love this team,” Johnson says. “I love my teammates. I’d do anything for them dudes, and most of them know that, too. I just don’t … I am very uncomfortable with the people here and the way they see me and the way they sometimes treat me. It has nothing to do with football. It has to do with when I’m out on the town." Full story

27 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Pats hurt but still winning

The enduring and endearing pictures from the New England Patriots’ third Super Bowl victory in four years last February did not come from the game itself, but from the celebration afterward.

The hugs between coach Bill Belichick, seldom one to display emotion, and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The Gatorade shower splashed on Belichick and his father, Steve. The joy that linebacker Tedy Bruschi expressed while playing with his children on the Alltel Stadium field hours after the game.

Nine months later, so much has changed.

Weis left for Notre Dame. Crennel left for the Cleveland Browns. Bruschi, the inspirational leader and defensive captain, suffered a mild stroke after the Pro Bowl. And Steve Belichick died unexpectedly Nov. 19, the night before Bill Belichick coached the Patriots to a 24-17 victory over New Orleans. Full story

27 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs face hobbled, but dangerous Pats

The Chiefs player being interviewed was rejecting the notion that the New England Patriots, Kansas City's opponent in today's noon game at Arrowhead Stadium, were something less than the team that won three of the past four Super Bowls.

"You never underestimate the Super Bowl champs," the Chiefs defensive player was saying. "They're 6-4, like we are. They're still in the (playoff) picture, just like we're still in it. But they're still the champs until somebody dethrones them.

"They always expect to win, and they don't care who's in the game," the interior lineman added. "They could play all backups and they'll usually find a way to win."

His comments about overcoming injuries and winning with reserves -- adjustments the Patriots have made many times in this injury-ridden 2005 campaign -- became just as pertinent for the Chiefs on Friday when the speaker, Lional Dalton, himself was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. Full story

27 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs’ offense needs repeat performance

The Chiefs would love nothing more than to believe that after last week’s game in Houston, all is right with their offense again. They ran the ball with authority and threw it with efficiency, all just in time for what could be a high-scoring game Sunday against New England at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs have teased before, so they know better than to buy into this just yet. One game doesn’t mean they are suddenly what they want to be offensively, particularly when the opponent was the hapless Texans.

The loss in Buffalo two weeks ago is still fresh in their minds and casting a shadow over things. So unless the Chiefs move the ball against the Patriots the way they did against the Texans, they won’t be ready to say they’ve turned back time.

“I won’t say that until we’ve done it more consistently,” Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said. “That’s something we haven’t been able to do. We played a good game in Miami, and then we couldn’t repeat it. Until we do that, you have to say we’re still a work in progress.” Full story

26 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dalton's status uncertain after Friday arrest

The Chiefs practiced Friday without Lional Dalton, a starting defensive tackle who was arrested early Friday morning at his Johnson County home on misdemeanor charges of domestic battery.

Johnson County district attorney Paul Morrison said Dalton, one of the Chiefs' most amiable players, is accused of grabbing his estranged wife by the hair and pulling her down while she was visiting Dalton for the Thanksgiving holiday. Dalton was released from jail later Friday morning after posting a $2,500 bond.

Coach Dick Vermeil declined comment Friday when asked if Dalton's arrest would affect his playing status for Sunday's noon home game with New England.

"I've only heard bits and pieces," Vermeil said after practice. "I think he will be (available), but some of you (reporters) have more (information) than I do." Full story

26 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Spears out of bounds on this one

I’m telling this story because I like Marcus Spears, the former Chiefs offensive lineman. Sometimes people need a friend to hold the mirror. I’ll hold the mirror today.

Wednesday afternoon, as I was driving to Manhattan, Kan., to watch the Kansas State Wildcats play New Mexico in basketball, Marcus Spears called my old radio producer Scott Cruce and left a frantic message:

“Scott, have Jason call me. This is the most racist (expletive) I’ve ever seen,” Spears screamed into Scott’s voice mail. “The police is up here ….”

Scott was driving me and another friend to the game. Scott played Marcus’ voice mail as we motored across Interstate 70. I immediately called Marcus’ cell phone. He didn’t answer. Two hours later, Marcus returned my call. I couldn’t talk. The Wildcats were down double digits, Jim Wooldridge’s foolish and misguided critics were celebrating, and I wasn’t in the proper frame of mind to listen to Marcus’ rantings. Full story

26 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dalton held in domestic violence case

dalton_cr A defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs was arrested early this morning after a reported physical altercation with his estranged wife, authorities said.

Lional Dalton, 30, was being held pending charges this morning after he reportedly grabbed his estranged wife by the hair and pulled her down, said Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison.

The wife was in from Florida for the holiday when the alleged incident was reported, Morrison said. Dalton, who signed a two-year contract as a free agent with the Chiefs last year, was arrested at his Stilwell residence about 1:40 a.m. today, according to Johnson County jail records.full story...

25 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Pats Tilt Is Critical For Chiefs

For the New England Patriots, being 6-4 is a great thing. For the Kansas City Chiefs, who will welcome the defending Super Bowl Champs to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, not so much.With the Pats' 6-4 mark comes a commanding lead in the AFC East, one that was extended to two games with New England's 24-17 win over the Saints last Sunday, coupled with a loss for the Bills. That the Patriots are riding their first two-game winning streak of the season and are in control of the division is somewhat miraculous in light of the mess that is the New England injury report. Six players that have started games for the Patriots in 2005 are now on season-ending injured reserve, including five different members of the secondary. Also absent in recent weeks have been the team's top two running backs, two starting receivers, and three former offensive line starters. Complicating matters for New England in the days leading up to the Kansas City game has been the absence of head coach Bill Belichick, who left the team following the New Orleans win due to the death of his father last week. Belichick is expected to be on the sideline for Sunday's contest.full story...
25 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Allen is a hit parade

The stat sheet tells no lies, and it claims the Chiefs’ Jared Allen to be among the NFL’s leaders in sacks.

It’s still tough to figure. That’s a seemingly inappropriate place for a fourth-round pick initially valued by the Chiefs as much for his long-snapping skills as pass-rush ability.

Allen might be able to explain the phenomenon if he spent any time thinking about it. But part of Allen’s game is not making too much science of it.

“I’m just doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” Allen said, “and having fun doing it.”

That, really, can explain why Allen enters Sunday’s game against New England at Arrowhead Stadium tied for 10th with seven sacks. He is three behind the leader, Robert Mathis of Indianapolis, and tied with, among others, accomplished sack artists like Dwight Freeney of Indianapolis and Jevon Kearse of Philadelphia. Full story

25 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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The Son also rises

NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue smiled wryly after watching Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and his son, Clark, make the presentation that earned Kansas City a Super Bowl bid during last week’s owners meetings.

“Clark proves the axiom, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,’ ” Tagliabue remarked. “He has all of his father’s qualities. Hopefully, he has a long future in the sport.”

Certainly, it was apparent to those sitting in the black leather chairs ringing the conference tables at the Westin Crown Center that Clark Hunt has taken on an expanded role during the past year in overseeing the operations of the Chiefs particularly on the business side.

If Jackson County voters approve the expansion and renovation of Arrowhead Stadium, including the rolling roof that is required for a Super Bowl sometime after 2011, they will fulfill Lamar Hunt’s vision, but they will be putting their faith in Clark Hunt’s leadership. Full story

25 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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D.J. spins some hits

In a sort of welcome-to-the-big-time night on the town, Derrick Johnson and his linebacker buddies dined at the swank Capital Grille. They ordered wine by the bottle, not the glass. They chowed on a feast more fit for the Trumps than the grunts.

And when the $2,500 check came, it was handed to Johnson.

“Kind of like a rookie hazing thing,” Johnson said.

Most of the time, the Chiefs have to remind themselves that the team’s second-leading tackler is in fact a rook, a 23-year-old who calls his mom regularly. Johnson had about 10 people clinging to him Wednesday to hear his thoughts on playing New England. Johnson was in college flashing the hook ’em Horns sign when the Patriots won three Super Bowls.

He softly said Sunday’s game is an opportunity to make big plays. Full story

24 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs' Gammon out for season with broken leg

A lot of people would say Kendall Gammon got a bad break. The Chiefs' long snapper will not be among them.

"Really, I think I've been fortunate to have played 13 years and 10 games without being hurt," the former Pittsburg State tight end said Wednesday after he was put on injured reserve with a broken leg, an injury he incurred in last week's win in Houston.

Long considered one of the NFL's best long snappers, Gammon saw his streak of 218 consecutive games end. He never missed a game in four seasons with Pittsburgh, four in New Orleans and four-plus years in Kansas City. He even continued playing in Houston after initially breaking his fibula upon taking a hit on the line of scrimmage during a punt play.

"I tried to suck it up and get down the field to make the tackle, but I knew it was going to hurt," Gammon said. "I played the rest of the half, but it was pretty painful. Once our doctors determined what was wrong at halftime, they wouldn't let me go back in." Full story

24 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday that the club has placed TE Kendall Gammon on the Reserve/Injured List and has agreed to the terms of a one-year deal with TE Ed Perry. As per Chiefs policy, no other terms of the agreement were made available.

Gammon (6-4, 255) has appeared in every game of his professional career, a string of 218 consecutive games over the past 14 seasons, the longest active streak in the league among non-kickers. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl following the 2004 season as a “need player” by Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher. The accomplished long-snapper has appeared in 90 games over six seasons with the Chiefs after spending four seasons apiece in Pittsburgh (’92-95) and New Orleans (’96-99). Gammon, who has seen duty in eight postseason games including Super Bowl XXX while with Pittsburgh, has also recorded a total of 36 special teams tackles in his career.

A product of Pittsburg State, Gammon started 41 games for the Gorillas at both tackle and guard. A three-time All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection, the Rose Hill, Kansas native helped Pittsburg State to the ‘91 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Perry (6-4, 265) has seen action in 103 games (10 starts) in eight NFL seasons with Miami, recording 39 receptions for 308 yards (7.9 avg.) and two touchdowns as well as 45 career special teams tackles. Perry has also appeared in six postseason games (one start), making three catches for 32 yards (10.7 avg.). An experienced long-snapper and back-up tight end, Perry primarily saw duty with the Dolphins handling long snapping on both punts and placements. Perry appeared in all 16 games in 2004 serving as Miami’s long-snapper and posting seven special teams tackles.

Perry originally entered the NFL as the Dolphins last of four sixth-round draft picks in ‘97 after a successful collegiate career at James Madison. The Richmond, Virginia native was a two-time all-conference selection, finishing with 113 receptions for 1,283 yards (11.4 avg.) and six touchdowns.  Source

23 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs’ improved ‘D’ may limit Pats

One of them is ranked 25th in total defense. The other one is 31st out of 32 teams. They’re both allowing more than 20 points per game.

Sunday’s match-up between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium looks like a shootout in the making, but don’t be fooled by the overall numbers.

While the Patriots are still having problems in the secondary due to the injuries, the revamped Chiefs might finally be rounding into form defensively. Coordinator Gunther Cun-ningham is raving about the way his team has played in its last three games. The Chiefs are 2-1 in November and are 6-4 overall heading into Sunday’s game against New England.
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23 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs still have their sights on winning West title

They dropped their luggage in Kansas City about 4 a.m. Monday, but sleep deprivation and delirium had nothing to do with the talk heard Tuesday around Arrowhead Stadium:

Coach Dick Vermeil says the Chiefs are still very much in the playoff hunt.

President/general manager Carl Peterson says they can still catch Denver for the AFC West championship.

“It’s not over,” Peterson said. “We need to take care of our own business, but it’s certainly very conceivable to catch them.”

Call them tired, or perpetually optimistic, but Vermeil and Peterson were vigorously tooting the it-ain’t-over horn Tuesday as the Chiefs prepared for Sunday’s date with Super Bowl champion New England. Full story

23 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Patriots' 2001 run set KC's example

If the Chiefs need some inspiration for the daunting stretch run that awaits them, they need look no further than Sunday's opponent.

There is precedent, coach Dick Vermeil said Tuesday, for a 6-4 team like his Chiefs going on a late-season run that culminates in a playoff appearance.

Or, in the case of the 2001 New England Patriots, much more.

"When New England won their first Super Bowl, they were exactly where we are at this point," Vermeil said. "Maybe they're a good example for us as well. If they could do it, maybe we can do it. That's got to be our challenge." Full story

23 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dean: Surtain seriously injured

Blogging around the Chiefs beat while thinking we'd feel a lot better about Sunday's 45-17 tuneup win in Houston were it not for the sight of cornerback Patrick Surtain hobbling out of the locker room on crutches afterward.

The Chiefs probably won't provide any medical information on Surtain until the NFL makes them do so on Wednesday. But first impressions say this guy ain't playing anytime soon. The team said Surtain has an ankle sprain. If it's a high sprain, count on him being down several weeks -- the toughest weeks of the season. ...

Dewayne Washington, the 32-year-old former NFL starter who did OK while playing left corner when Surtain was down against San Diego and Oakland, will have to step up big. He showed he was up to the task earlier. But can he be effective over the long haul? ...

If Washington steps up like Eric Warfield did in Houston, Kansas City will at least be competitive. Full story

22 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs, Cunningham believe they finally have the real D

In an effort to prove his point, Gunther Cunningham last week showed defenders video of the 1997 Chiefs, one of his favorite defensive teams.

Those Chiefs, led by Pro Bowlers Derrick Thomas, James Hasty and Dale Carter, smothered opponents the second half of the season.

Cunningham then showed video of the recent game against Buffalo, stopping at various stages to point out what he believed were similarities between the defenses.

“I shut it off and asked them all, ‘Is the comparison real?’ ” said Cunningham, the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator. “They all believe it’s real.” Full story

22 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Not easy for K.C.

Unfortunately for Kansas City, Larry Johnson's record-breaking rushing day against the sorriest team in the NFL counts for only one win.

Now begins the toughest part of the schedule for the playoff-hopeful Chiefs (6-4). Their last six regular-season games are all against winning teams. Five of their upcoming opponents are either outright or co-leaders of their division and the sixth, San Diego, has already beaten them once.

Denver (8-2), New England (6-4), Cincinnati (7-3) and the Chargers (6-4) will be at Arrowhead Stadium, starting Sunday with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Sandwiched between the home games is a two-week span in mid-December when Kansas City visits NFC East leaders Dallas (7-3) and the New York Giants (7-3).

Gone are soft touches such as the Houston Texans, who gave up a Johnson's franchise-record 211 yards rushing Sunday night in Kansas City's 45-17 win.full story...

21 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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KC rolls Houston

It was a good warmup, a nice aerobic stretch, a chance to work out the kinks on offense and defense before the stretch run starts in earnest next week in Arrowhead.

Kansas City's commanding 45-17 victory over the awful Houston Texans had traces of a throwback to the days of the high-flying Chiefs offense and a once-stifling defense, circa 1997.

Larry Johnson had a club-record 211 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 5.9 yards on his career-high 36 carries on the way to passing Barry Word's mark of 200 rushing yards.

Trent Green threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, two to Eddie Kennison, on a night when he might not have gotten his uniform dirty except for a head-first dive after a scramble. Full story

21 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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KC back Johnson lets his play do the talking

Larry Johnson, apparently, has finally learned the distinguished art of letting his actions speak for him.

On the night he set the Chiefs team record for single-game rushing with a 36-carry, 211-yard effort in Kansas City's 45-17 romp over outmanned Houston, the often volatile Johnson told a club official he wouldn't be talking after initially agreeing to come to the interview room.

It was up to his teammates to talk for the often outspoken third-year player after he posted his third straight triple-digit rushing game.

"(The record) means a lot to all of us," said fullback Tony Richardson, who as the blocking back for Priest Holmes and now Johnson has often had to speak for both when his quirky halfbacks turn silent. Full story

21 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Texans run over KC on kickoffs

Despite bashing the Texans on Sunday night at Reliant Stadium, the Chiefs struggled all night with lackluster special-teams play.

In fact, the few times the home crowd got to its feet were on kickoff and punt returns.

Texans rookie Jerome Mathis recorded his second kickoff-return touchdown of the season on a 99-yard burst with 4 minutes, 5 seconds left in the first quarter.

Mathis almost struck again as time ran out in the first half. After cornerback Eric Warfield returned an interception 57 yards giving the Chiefs a 31-7 lead with 3 seconds left the Chiefs again kicked off to Mathis. Full story

21 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Looks like the Offense-zoic Era in KC is ending

The game changes fast on you. For three years, the Chiefs story line was as familiar as a Road Runner cartoon. Great offense. Bad defense. That’s it. You did not have to break down film to understand. Offense scores, defense retreats, that was all you needed to know.

Then, one day this year, you woke up and looked around.

And you realized that the Chiefs’ future is their defense.

This is where we are 10 weeks into the NFL season. The Chiefs are 5-4, and they might still limp into the playoffs. They might not. Head coach Dick Vermeil has said he might come back to coach. He might not. Priest Holmes might return, Will Shields might retire, Willie Roaf might play like his old self, people might vote for a rolling roof, the city might get a Super Bowl. The Chiefs have more mights than a hotel bed in Jacksonville I once slept in. Full story

20 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dig deep and see an offense that shows its age

He was the king of spring, Father Time’s alter ego, and every day before the Raiders trudged out to knock heads in the California sun, Rich Gannon jumped on a treadmill and ran a 6-minute mile. He was 38.

Age, Gannon says, is a state of mind, a number for the unfit. Gannon was at his best in his 30s. Now he sits in a press box, a year after a career-ending neck injury, and wonders whether he could’ve gone longer.

“You look at a guy like Trent Green,” Gannon says. “I think he’s in the prime of his career. Priest Holmes, barring some of these freak injuries … prime of his career.

“Sometimes you go through lulls in a season. Then boom, all of a sudden you’re a different team. You start getting the confidence back, you start scoring 30 points a game and people start saying, ‘Oh, the Chiefs, they’re a good offense again.’ ” Full story

20 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Sad Sacks: 1-8 Texans can’t do much right

If you’ve been feeling sorry for Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, who’s been sacked 23 times this season, save your pity for someone who really deserves it. Someone like his Houston counterpart, David Carr.

Carr has gone down 46 times, by far the most among NFL quarterbacks. That’s twice as many bruises as Green, twice as many aching muscles, twice as much time in the hot tub.

Pittsburgh got him eight times, Cincinnati and Tennessee seven apiece and, two weeks ago, Jacksonville six times.

Don’t think for a minute that the Chiefs, who play the Texans tonight at Reliant Stadium, haven’t noticed. They want in on the fun, too. Full story

20 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Sure, he’s no Roaf, but don’t call him a loaf

When he watched the video of last week’s game in Buffalo, Chiefs left tackle Jordan Black saw the same things you did.

He saw Buffalo’s Aaron Schobel blow by him for a couple of sacks.

He also saw a lot of things you didn’t. He adequately blocked Schobel one-on-one on several plays and was part of a line that helped Larry Johnson rush for 132 yards.

He saw more positive than negative. It’s enough to leave Black thinking he’s been singled out unfairly for the Chiefs’ pass-protection problems.

“If you’ve got to blame somebody, what better person than me?” he asked. “I play a position where if something goes bad, I’ll be the first guy blamed. I’m the new guy. I’m the youngest. I’m the easy excuse, the easy target.” Full story

19 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dean: Will Vermeil be back at age 70?

A distinguished coach three years younger than himself would be announcing his retirement in the next hour, so Dick Vermeil was in something of a philosophical mood at his noon press conference this past Tuesday.

Alerted in advance that he would be receiving questions on the retirement of 66-year-old Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder -- a coach whose work Vermeil truly appreciates -- the 69-year-old Chiefs coach was ready for the inevitable questions about his own future beyond this difficult 2005 season.

His initial response broke no new ground.

"I've said the same thing all year: If we're successful and playing well, then I'll have a decision to make," he said. "If we're not, the decision will be made. I'm not going to come back and lead an organization that's not successful because I'm not getting the job done." Full story

19 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs need texas-sized win in houston

Chief's coach Dick Vermiel knows his team must win this week against Houston (Photo by Ed Reyes)

AFor Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil, the playoffs don’t start in January. The playoffs begin this Sunday in a nationally televised (ESPN/ESPN Deportes) night game against the 1-8 Houston Texans. Vermeil knows last Sunday’s loss in Buffalo means there is little, if any, margin for error.
“When you finish the first half of the season on the plus side of the win-loss margin (5-3), and then lose the first game of the second part of the season that puts ever increasing pressure on every football game that you play,” Vermeil said. “With us only having five wins and there are eight teams with five or more wins in the AFC, every game is equivalent to a playoff game because you don’t know which one is going to cost you the opportunity to go.”
The Chiefs face a Houston team with the worst record in the NFL and the league’s second worst offense, averaging only 215 yards a game. But this is also the same Texans team that came to Kansas City last year and beat the Chiefs 24-21. Given the clubs’ flat performance against Buffalo, Vermeil is not overlooking the Texans.
“We’re preparing for a team that carries an image of only winning one football game,” Vermeil said. “It’s a fact but right now (but Houston is a) victim of playing the toughest schedule in the National Football League. Their opponents have won 54 games and average six wins and three losses. They played Indianapolis twice and they’re undefeated. They played Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, Seattle, Jacksonville, division leaders that average seven wins. So, they’ve had to play against the top competition in the league already. They might be licking their chops playing a 5-4 team that they beat last year at Arrowhead.”
“We know right now it’ll be a very tough game for us. Our conference has eight teams with a 5-4 record, four of them are 6-3 or better, so every game is an impact game. Houston beat us here and we don’t look down our nose at anybody. What we do is find the problems they have and try to exploit them just like they’re doing with us.”full story...

18 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs seek better pass protection for QB Green

Would Trent Green's battered body feel any better upon learning that Houston quarterback David Carr shares his pain?

Didn't think so.

The Chiefs have become concerned recently about the beating Green, their 35-year-old quarterback, has been taking in the flood of opposing pass rushers roaring through his leaky pass protection.

After watching Green's passer rating slip to 81.7 -- 17th in the NFL -- coach Dick Vermeil was asked this week if Green is 100 percent healthy.

"Yeah," Vermeil said, "but he's 100 percent bruised." Full story

18 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Holmes eager to carry on

On a midseason Sunday, just before he found out what was wrong with him, Priest Holmes glimpsed his life from a faraway glass suite. He watched the red No. 31 jerseys as he rode up Arrowhead Drive. He smelled the barbecue.

Then Holmes turned to Larry Johnson, the young running back who’s taken his place, and got oddly philosophical.

“I told L.J. I realize how important football is to me,” Holmes said, “and it wasn’t really about the paycheck, it wasn’t really about the camera time y’all are giving to me right now. But it was about the fans and just the experience going down Arrowhead Drive and knowing I was a part of that.”

In his first meeting with reporters since going on injured reserve last week, Holmes said Thursday that he hopes to retire a Chief and, at 32, still has a big itch to play. He’ll undergo two more tests in the next 60 days, chat with his family and then decide whether he’ll be back for the 2006 season. Full story

18 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Holmes awaits two more tests before deciding NFL future

Priest Holmes says he'll undergo two more tests on his neck and spine and then decide whether to resume his record-setting NFL career next year.  

In his first public comments since going on injured reserve, the three-time Pro Bowl running back and holder of the NFL's single-season touchdown mark also disputed a report he had a lump on his spine.

"I do not," he said Thursdayfull story...

17 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Injury report vs. Texans

17 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs not set on Jet

As speculation churned on the East Coast that Kansas City has its eye on Jets coach Herman Edwards, Carl Peterson said Wednesday that like any general manager, he has a short list of coaching candidates.

Apparently, it doesn’t include Edwards.

“On my short list and on my long list,” Peterson said, “there is no current contracted NFL head football coach. That should answer that.

“There’s no reason to comment (on Edwards) because there’s no communication.”

Edwards is under contract with the Jets through 2007, and if the Chiefs pursued him without permission, it would be considered tampering. If Peterson did it within earshot of his current staff, it may also be considered rude. Kansas City has a coach, Dick Vermeil, who’s in the last year of his contract and the middle of a 5-4 season. Full story

17 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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NFL promises Super Bowl to KC

When he first put his imprint on the design of the Truman Sports Complex some 35 years ago, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt did so with two visions in mind.

The first was a majestic rolling roof that would provide cover from the elements for both Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums.

The second was a Super Bowl in Kansas City.

On Wednesday, the NFL told Hunt that if he gets his first dream, he also will be granted his second.

At a league owners meeting here Wednesday, the NFL agreed to award Kansas City a Super Bowl sometime between 2012 and 2021 contingent on the availability of a climate-controlled facility. Full story

17 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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The barbecue had better be tasty, the Plaza scrubbed and shined, and the Boulevard beer cold if and when Kansas City plays host to a Super Bowl.

The eyes of not just the rest of the country but much of the world will be on Kansas City like never before.

“It’s one of the greatest celebrations in our country,” said Chiefs quarterback Damon Huard, who played for two Super Bowl teams and attended several others as a fan. “It’s a weeklong festival. Everybody in America is here. It’s an unbelievable collection of people: actors, celebrities from every other sport. It’s one gigantic party.

“It will bring everything Kansas City has to offer to the attention of a worldwide audience. To have it in this town would be unbelievable.” Full story

17 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Super Bowl in K.C. on one condition

NFL owners voted Tuesday to tentatively award Kansas City a Super Bowl, largely as a tribute to owner Lamar Hunt, who gave the game its name.

With one giant string attached: improvements to Arrowhead Stadium, including a rolling roof to keep out the February cold. The team estimates the cost of the roof alone at $100 million to $200 million and that’s not counting $300 million or so the Chiefs say they need in stadium upgrades.full story...

16 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Trying season for Vermeil

Every once in a while, when the sun is coming up, Dick Vermeil passes his parking space and takes an extra spin around Arrowhead Stadium. The morning is quiet; the ride is therapeutic. It prepares him for whatever is about to hit once he walks through the glass doors.

“Sometimes you say, ‘Oh gosh, what’s next?’ ” Vermeil said.

“I feel good. Do I feel as good as I did last week at the same time? … No. We got beat. But I didn’t stop when we passed the old airport and jump off the bridge. I might’ve felt like it, but I didn’t. My job is to get everybody back going and get my coaches to believe they’re good coaches, the same coaches who won 13 games, the same coaches who have set every freakin’ offensive record in Kansas City Chiefs history. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

At 69 and in the middle of a confounding 5-4 season, Vermeil’s odometer is showing some serious miles. Within the last week, he’s dealt with a season-ending injury to running back Priest Holmes and the retirement rumors that preceded it a costly hamstring pull by 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf and the pummeling of quarterback Trent Green in the Chiefs’ worst offensive showing in three years. Full story

16 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs roll out roof concept

The Chiefs have revived the rolling-roof concept for the Truman Sports Complex.

Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, in hopes of securing at least one Super Bowl during 2012-2021, made a presentation Tuesday at the NFL owners’ fall meetings at the Westin Crown Center in which he showed a renovated Arrowhead Stadium that included a rolling roof that could cover the football stadium and Kauffman Stadium.

The rendering was reminiscent of the rolling roof that was part of the original design of the Truman Sports Complex but had to be scrapped because of cost overruns before Arrowhead opened in 1972.

“We’ve had the rolling roof in the back of our mind for a little while,” Chiefs chairman of the board Clark Hunt said, “something like 35 years. We showed some slides with the rolling roof so the membership could get an understanding what that would look like.” Full story

16 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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K.C. faces future sans Shields, Roaf

The Kansas City Chiefs have glimpsed their future, and it does not look good.

Although neither has said for certain, this could be the last season in the magnificent careers of left tackle Willie Roaf and right guard Will Shields, who have made 10 Pro Bowl appearances apiece and solidified one of the finest offensive lines in the NFL the past few years.

Roaf, 35, is sidelined by a hamstring injury that’s bothered him most of the year, and Shields, 34, is slowed by various aches and pains brought on by 13 years of NFL pounding.

As a result, the offense ranks nowhere near the level it’s been. Most critically, quarterback Trent Green is ducking for cover on almost every passing down.full story...

15 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Edwards won't Jet; says he's not interested in chiefs

With Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil expected to retire after the season, Herm Edwards has been mentioned in NFL circles as the logical successor to his mentor. After all, he used to be an assistant coach and scout for Kansas City and he has known team president Carl Peterson since he was a high-school senior.

Edwards is aware of the speculation, and he acknowledged yesterday that "it's nice to hear other people want you." But the Jets' coach, rumored to be interested, said he has no plans to leave.full story...

15 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Dean: Problems go beyond KC's Black

Jordan Black held up against the rush of the media Monday far better than he did that of Buffalo defensive end Aaron Schobel just 24 hours earlier.

Beaten twice for sacks by Schobel, who led the barrage of six Buffalo sacks on Trent Green the day before in Kansas City's embarrassing 14-3 loss to the Bills, Black was one of several scapegoats being roasted over the coals of sports-talk radio Monday afternoon.

To his credit, the third-year tackle -- a fifth-round draft pick fighting a losing effort to fill the considerable shoes of injured 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf -- didn't duck the media blitz like so many other silent, sulking teammates did after Sunday's loss. Full story

15 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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The Chiefs mashed the Buffalo Bills for 150 rushing yards Sunday by using Larry Johnson as a bludgeon against a soft run defense.

At the same time, they committed four turnovers in the passing game in large part because of continuing problems in protecting quarterback Trent Green.

In light of this and the fact that left tackle Willie Roaf is unlikely to play in Sunday night’s game in Houston the sensible thing would seem to be to load up Johnson again and watch him work against another porous rushing defense.

To the Chiefs, the prudent thing is to stay the course. Full story

15 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs aren't about to panic

The Kansas City Chiefs mashed the Buffalo Bills for 150 rushing yards Sunday by using Larry Johnson as a bludgeon against a soft run defense.

At the same time, they committed four turnovers in the passing game in large part because of continuing problems in protecting quarterback Trent Green.

In light of this_and the fact that left tackle Willie Roaf is unlikely to play in Sunday night's game in Houston_the sensible thing would seem to be to load up Johnson again and watch him work against another porous rushing defense.

To the Chiefs, the prudent thing is to stay the course.full story...

14 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Tempers flare between Chiefs and Bills

Tempers flared several times during the course of Sunday's 14-3 Buffalo win over Kansas City, but no more so than in the final minutes of the game with the Bills trying to run out the clock.

Kansas City defenders Eric Hicks and Lionel Dalton were ejected along with Buffalo center Chris Villarial after a fracas broke out following the 2-minute warning.

But the teams had been fighting before that, and some of Kansas City's most unlikely players were combatants.

On the day he became only the fourth NFL player since 1970 to start a 200th consecutive game, Chiefs guard Will Shields was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul for battling with linebacker London Fletcher, who had taken what Shields thought was an unnecessary shot at Green while blocking on Angelo Crowell's interception and return to the KC 30.full story...
14 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs rebuffed

On any other day but Sunday, Kansas City's belittled defenders might have felt good about this effort.

The Chiefs limited Buffalo to 209 total yards, their best defensive effort since holding Baltimore to 207 last year when Kansas City snapped its 0-3 start on Monday Night Football.

They let the Bills on the field for only 25:17 of the game's 60 minutes. They held Willis McGahee, a 100-yard rusher in 11 of 18 games coming in, to 66 yards and a 3.3-yard average. They knocked Buffalo starter Kelly Holcomb out of the game early in the second quarter.

"They basically got nothing," said defensive end Jared Allen. "But they did make two plays." Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs' Tynes fails

The folks at The Weather Channel might have known something about Sunday's wind conditions in the Buffalo area. But they weren't there when Lawrence Tynes needed them most.

Tynes, the Chiefs kicker who brought a streak of 12 consecutive successful field goals into Ralph Wilson Stadium, was a frustrated man after hitting only one of three tries in Kansas City's 14-3 loss Sunday to the Bills.

Tynes, who had nailed five of six tries from 40-plus yards this year, missed a 44-yard field goal wide right in the second quarter of a 3-0 game. Then in the third quarter of a 14-3 game, he tried compensating for the wind and missed wide left.

"I missed right, I missed left -- I still haven't figured it out," Tynes said of the swirling wind that before the game was measured between 18 and 26 mph. "This is just a tough place to kick. Hell, you saw it. The wind moved the ball all around!" Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Buffalo winged

In the waning minutes of a lost cause Sunday, Eric Hicks, a mild-mannered father of two, was ejected. Heck, even Will Shields threw a punch.

Trent Green walked up the tunnel alone, the fistfights over, a 14-3 loss to Buffalo in the books. And Green didn’t know what hit him.

In easily one of his worst games in a Kansas City uniform, Green threw three interceptions, fumbled once, and was sacked six times on a day that started with the Chiefs marching into Bills territory five straight times and ended in ugly mayhem.

“You had two teams that really wanted to win this football game,” Bills linebacker London Fletcher said, “and nobody was going to back down for anybody.” Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: There are reasons Green has lost his golden touch

In the moments after this dud, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green either would not or could not say what went wrong. The Chiefs scored three points Sunday. Three measly points. The most prolific offense of the George W. Bush era never once drove within 15 yards of the Buffalo end zone.

Green had three interceptions, one fumble and was sacked six times, a losing lottery ticket in every state. The offense played its worst game since a meaningless mud-bowl game in Oakland back at the end of the wasted 2002 season.

“I’m confused,” Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez said Sunday.

“I don’t know what it is,” Chiefs running back Tony Richardson said.

“Nope,” Chiefs running back Larry Johnson said. That’s all he said, in fact. Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: No defense for this offense

When Kansas City’s disgusting 14-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills was over, Dick Vermeil wore a look of bewilderment.

His Chiefs lost in the worst way possible, producing a single field goal and never legitimately challenging Buffalo’s goal line. A man of immense pride and considerable ego, Vermeil was downright humble following Sunday’s contest. He congratulated Buffalo’s players, coaching staff and even owner Ralph Wilson.

“It’s disappointing to come up here and not play better, but out of respect for them, we’ll just say they beat us,” Vermeil said.

Vermeil meant those words. There was no excuse-making, no inference that his team handed Buffalo the game with a plethora of mistakes. When Vermeil talked about Kansas City’s turnovers of which there were four you got the sense he sincerely felt the Bills created those opportunities. Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Wind wrecks Tynes’ day

The scenery up north is swell, but don’t expect Lawrence Tynes to be visiting Buffalo again anytime soon.

When Tynes warmed up Sunday, a stiff wind blew one direction. Tynes said it changed 50 times. The gusts reached 26 mph at game time, and the result for the Chiefs’ near-automatic kicker was two missed field goals and the end of a streak that went back to September.

“I’ll just take it for what it is and go back and try to get better,” Tynes said, “and be thankful I don’t have to kick up here every week.”

Tynes kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter Sunday, extending his streak to 14 made kicks. A quarter later, Tynes lined up for a 44-yarder with the Chiefs leading 3-0. His kick sailed wide right, and Tynes missed another field goal early in the fourth when his 43-yard attempt hooked left. Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Bills burn Warfield

If he’s played a lousier game in his eight-season NFL career, Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield couldn’t remember it.

And after Sunday’s 14-3 loss to Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium, there was no reason to. This one hurt bad enough to cover his entire career.

Warfield allowed both touchdowns on passes of 33 and 29 yards from J.P. Losman to Lee Evans. Losman and Evans aren’t bad players. Each was a high draft choice last year, but neither had done much this season. Losman was playing only because Buffalo’s starting quarterback, Kelly Holcomb, had been knocked out because of an injury earlier in the game.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the Bills did little the rest of the day, otherwise gaining only 147 yards. Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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No punches are pulled

Trent Green and London Fletcher never had a cross word when they were teammates with the Rams.

But they squabbled as rivals Sunday in Buffalo’s 14-3 win over the Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That incident touched off two others, and in the final moments, Eric Hicks and Lional Dalton of the Chiefs and Chris Villarrial of the Bills were ejected for their roles in a larger fight.

“When you go out and play so hard and you find yourself losing the battle, frustration builds up,” said Chiefs cornerback Eric Warfield, who was not involved in any of the skirmishes. “You could kind of tell it was coming because things were said the entire game. Some of the guys took action.”

It all began after Green threw an interception late in the second quarter. Fletcher, a Bills linebacker, blocked Green hard by the sideline. Full story

14 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Charchian: Johnson Should Have Carried Load in 2nd half

Larry Johnson had 100 yards against the Bills by halftime.

source...What's In a Name?

Let's hop in the way-back machine for a moment. It's halftime of the Chiefs game. Larry Johnson has already rumbled to 100 yards, and Trent Green has been a disaster. He's fumbled, thrown an interception and been sacked three times. Dick Vermeil trots into the locker room for his half time adjustments. It's a windy day, and you're facing the league's 31st-ranked run defense.

Any sane coach would shift the game plan toward the run. But not Vermeil. Undaunted by Green's ineptitude, Vermeil actually called more passes in the second half despite never trailing by more than 11 points. Green rewarded his faith with two second-half interceptions. Meanwhile, Johnson was used sparingly and only managed 32 second-half yards. Thanks for living up to your name, Dick.

13 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Losman Comes Off Bench To Lead Buffalo Past Kansas City

J.P. Losman relieved an injured Kelly Holcomb and threw a pair of touchdown passes, as Buffalo defeated Kansas City, 14-3, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.Losman came in early in the second quarter after Holcomb left with a head injury. Holcomb, who was sacked by Jared Allen and fumbled the ball, had his head bounce off the ground before exiting the game on his own power. The 24-year-old Losman ended 9-of-16 for 137 yards while Lee Evans was the recipient of both touchdown passes for the Bills (4-5), who put an end to a two-game losing streak. Evans had three catches for 66 yards while Willis McGahee, who briefly left with a hand injury, rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries in the win. Holcomb was 4-of-6 for only 25 yards. Trent Green had a miserable afternoon, going 23-of-40 for 220 yards with three interceptions and a fumble for the Chiefs (5-4), who failed to follow up their last-second Week 9 win over Oakland. Larry Johnson, who is the now the team's full-time starter after Priest Holmes was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury, ran the ball 27 times for 132 yards in the KC setback. Tony Gonzalez made eight catches for 81 yards for Kansas City.
13 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Bills' Sam Adams OUT

Chiefs Inactives:
11 Damon Huard - 3rd QB
18 WR Samie Parker
21 S Jerome Woods
71 T Will Svitek
77 T Willie Roaf
79 T Kevis Sampson
90 DT Ryan Sims
95 DE Khari Long

Bills Inactives:
6 Shane Mathews - 3rd QB
15 WR George Wilson
19 WR Jonathan Smith
25 RB Lionel Gates
50 LB Liam Ezekiel
73 OL Justin Geisinger
76 OL Greg German
95 DT Sam Adams
13 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Whitlock: Productive L.J. could be costly

Intelligence and backbone can be a football player’s greatest curses.

You can know too much and be too willing to express what you know. As Larry Johnson begins his reign as Kansas City’s go-to offensive weapon today in Buffalo, it will be interesting to track how Johnson’s backbone and intelligence affect his dealings with the Chiefs.

The early word is that L.J. is in the process of shopping for a new agent, cutting ties with Marvin Demoff, which is an indication that L.J. will soon be shopping for a restructured contract from the Chiefs. His rookie deal expires in 2008.

With Priest Holmes on injured reserve once again, finished as an every-down back and quite possibly headed for a San Antonio retirement home, Johnson has unprecedented leverage. He’s the only Kansas City offensive regular with major upside who is an ascending player. Full story

13 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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In-your- face football

Todd Collins thinks it’s funny now. A regular laugh riot. Repetition is one of the most effective coaching methods, but Gunther Cunningham is a defensive coordinator, and Collins is the Chiefs’ backup quarterback.

At least five times a year, Cunningham will walk up to Collins and crack on him about something that happened eight years ago, in a different uniform and a much different time.

Remember when we blitzed you four times in a row near the goal line?

“I’m sure he’s very proud of that,” Collins said. Full story

13 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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With line hurting, Green feels the pain

Trent Green received his first Quarterbacking 101 lesson early in his NFL career with Washington in the 1990s.

Noticing that Green, then a backup, was spending much time studying the pass protections, coach Norv Turner sat the young man down and explained a few facts about playing the position.

“He just said, ‘You want to play quarterback in this league, you’re going to take hits, so you’d better get used to it or find something else to do,’ ” Green recalled. “I’ve hung on to that ever since then.”

Green could have forgotten those lessons the last few years while playing for the Chiefs. His offensive line, often touted as the league’s finest, afforded him protection that few other NFL quarterbacks saw. Full story

13 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs backup Collins glad Bills days are over

These days, Todd Collins could walk down Elmwood Avenue, one of Buffalo’s main thoroughfares, and not be recognized.

The Chiefs’ backup quarterback might even get into today’s game against the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium with his presence attracting little attention. A few boos, perhaps. But mostly nothing at all.

He’s just a reserve quarterback and about as anonymous as one can be. Collins hasn’t started a game or even played other than in garbage time for eight years.

Once, though, he was the Bills’ future. They drafted Collins 10 years ago to be the replacement for eventual Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Full story

13 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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What do we owe them?

The murmurs and snickers resonated throughout the Truman Sports Complex during back-to-back fall weekends.

As the Royals and Cleveland Indians played on a Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, a bank of lights blacked out behind third base, causing a 15- to 20-minute delay.

The next weekend, during the Chiefs-Philadelphia Eagles game, the scoreboard and game clock were inoperable during the second quarter.

Spectators couldn’t help but notice the coincidence and wondered whether this was more evidence that these two once-wondrous stadiums were indeed falling apart and if proposed renovations, if not replacements, for the facilities are as imperative as the clubs insist. Full story

13 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Can KC win at Buffalo?

Too many Chiefs fans have looked at the 3-5 record of the Buffalo Bills and mentally chalked one up for the 5-3 visitors from Kansas City.

Do they know nothing of history, both of recent weeks and the not-too-distant past?

Do they not know Kansas City has a 1-8 record at Ralph Wilson Stadium, a place where the Chiefs haven't won since 1986?

Have they forgotten that not even Joe Montana could win here in the 1993 AFC Championship game -- as close as the Chiefs have been to the Super Bowl since 1970? Full story

12 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Dean: Words not enough for Shields

Over the course of the 13 seasons he's played for the Kansas City Chiefs, I've run out of words to describe the steadfast, unwavering, workmanlike, efficient, superior, inspiring and au fait play Will Shields has brought to the National Football League.

There's not an adjective in the above list that hasn't been used repetitively to describe the performance of the 10-time Pro Bowl guard.

(OK, maybe "au fait" -- marked by a high level of efficiency and ability -- hasn't gotten a lot of run. The thesaurus offered it up as a synonym for "competent." Seemed like a classy reference for a classy guy.)

Words come up short, too, in describing the philanthropic, altruistic, benevolent, charitable, eleemosynary off-the-field works performed by Shields, the 2003 winner of the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award that honors humanitarian efforts. full story

12 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Larry Johnson's backup says he's ready to play

The cell phone chirps at 5 a.m., when a buddy can’t sleep, and Dee Brown picks up. He’s glued to that phone. Restless and 27, in between gigs, his cell became his lifeline.

On Tuesday, when the Chiefs finally called, Brown’s lifeline was powered off.

“I really felt confident that something would happen and eventually I’d be back here,” Brown said. “I was ready physically. But I didn’t expect this call to come when it came.”

The NFL doesn’t work on a normal schedule. A week ago, Brown was in Charlotte, N.C., volunteer teaching and running a business. On Sunday, he’ll suit up for the 5-3 Chiefs at Buffalo. Full story

12 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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JUDGE: T.O. Could Learn A Few Things From Chiefs' Green

If I'm the unlucky coach who winds up with Terrell Owens after he leaves Philadelphia, the first thing I do is haul him into my office, sit him down and tell him to spend part of the offseason with a quarterback.

Unlike Terrell Owens, Trent Green has earned the respect of his fellow teammates. (AP)  
Unlike Terrell Owens, Trent Green has earned the respect of his fellow teammates. (AP)  
But there's a catch: It's not just any quarterback I want him with; it's Kansas City's Trent Green.

Green, you see, is everything Terrell Owens is not. He's responsible. He's professional. He's selfless. He's a good teammate. He's a good listener. And, most important, he's a team player.

A week ago, Green buried his father, Jim, who died unexpectedly on Oct. 27. The two were close, and his father's passing had such a profound effect on Green that Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil told him he could skip last weekend's game against Oakland.

11 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Johnson makes most of his opportunity

As we move into Week 10 of the NFL season, some offensive skill players are starting to separate themselves from the pack.

And some players -- like Kansas City's Larry Johnson -- are making the most of their newfound playing time.

Who's hot

1. Larry Johnson, RB, Chiefs. Another season-ending injury to Priest Holmes opens the door for Johnson to move to the forefront of elite fantasy football running backs. He does face a tough matchup against Buffalo this week
11 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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If there was any consolation on a gloomy Thursday in Texas, it was that Priest Holmes will get to see his sons play in the Pop Warner playoffs this weekend.

With the blessing of the Chiefs’ front office, Holmes went home to clear his head as news hit that he’ll miss the rest of the season. He’s irritated, disappointed and down, said Holmes’ father, Herman Morris. He’s resting with his family and, in typical Priest fashion, laying low.

But before he slipped into obscurity, Holmes made one thing clear in a conversation with his father, an Iraq veteran and confidant.

“He’s not contemplating retirement,” Morris said. “He wants to go out on top. He wants to go out his way.

“He plans on walking off, at God’s will, writing his own script, not having someone else write it for him.” Full story

11 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson takes center stage

For 2 1/2 seasons he has been the Angry Young Man, impatient and outspoken about his role as the understudy.

On Sunday in Buffalo, however, a suddenly silent Larry Johnson -- he declined to talk to the media again Thursday -- finally steps on center stage to play The Angry Young Runner, the role he long has demanded as the featured halfback in the Chiefs running game, which should play a prominent role against the Bills' 31st-ranked run defense.

With Priest Holmes out for the season, the spotlight on Johnson will burn considerably brighter than it did in 2004 when he started the final three games of a season that never did find its way out of the dark. Full story

11 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson may have something to prove against Bills’ McGahee

The irony couldn’t possibly be more delicious to Larry Johnson as he officially takes over from Priest Holmes as the Chiefs’ featured back.

The Buffalo Bills have been offered up as his first opponent. This has little to do with Buffalo’s leaky run defense, next to last in the league, and everything to do with his Bills counterpart, Willis McGahee.

There’s no ill will personally. They met each other in college at the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, where everything was cordial.

But McGahee, despite a college knee injury that would cost him his entire rookie season, was the first running back selected in the 2003 draft. Johnson, who went to the Chiefs later in that first round, was second. Full story

11 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Holmes done for season

Has Priest Holmes taken his last snap in the National Football League?

On the day they sidelined him for the year because of a spinal bruise causing neurological problems, the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday held onto the belief that Holmes, the NFL record holder for single-season touchdowns, would play again in 2006 after his current medical condition heals with time.

"I'd be very surprised if he didn't play again," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil, who said as recently as Tuesday he thought Holmes might be playing this week in Buffalo.

"He loves to play," Vermeil added. "He knows what he is. He's a great football player, and he's still young for his age (32). He's just had some bad luck." Full story

10 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson has chance to show he’s the man

Larry Johnson finally got what he wanted.

The Chiefs’ decision to end Priest Holmes’ season means Johnson has a team to call his own, a team he doesn’t have to share with anyone.

“Now Larry gets everything he wished for,” vice president Lynn Stiles said. “He can carry it on his back, and he can be the man he wanted to be.”

In a sense, the Chiefs are getting what they wanted, too. They drafted Johnson in the first round in 2003 for this very moment, knowing sooner or later they would be in a playoff race and not have Holmes. Full story

10 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: To the end, Priest will be a mystery

Every so often, for a minute or two, Priest Holmes would let me in. He never did like letting people into his world. He never wanted people to know how much he hurt or how hard he had to work every week just to get ready for a football game.

No, Priest Holmes has always believed that an NFL running back is a warrior.

And a warrior must maintain his mystique.

“People can’t know me,” he told me once while we played one of our weekly chess matches. “You gotta be like a ghost. Nobody can tackle a ghost.” Full story

10 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Money will drive Holmes’ career plans

Bruises are a lot like the concept of playing sports for the love of the game: They go away.

Priest Holmes, as best we can tell, has a bruise/injury that is affecting his back or spine. If you play football (or just about any sport) long enough, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll suffer an injury that causes discomfort in your back.

Mike Sweeney has been playing baseball with back pain for the last few years. I’m sure there are doctors who would tell Sweeney he’s foolish for continuing to play. An honest doctor would tell any athlete that it’s foolish to play football at all. Every football player high school, collegian or pro is always one violent collision away from being carried off the field. Full story

10 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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CARL PETERSON: “We’re very disappointed to announce today that we’re placing Priest Holmes on injured reserve. This decision was based upon our head orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jon Browne and two outstanding neurosurgeons: one on the west coach in (Dr.)Bob Watkins and one on the east coach in (Dr.) Barth Green.

“The consensus of these people was that Priest should not have any contact for at least another 30 days. Of course, in the National Football League, they don’t wait for us to move on. That’s four more games.

“At this time, we do not consider, we do not consider, it a career threatening injury. The doctors have told us that with rest he will get better and he will be able to play again. Of utmost concern at any time for us is the health of our players and their welfare. As a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, no one is more deserving of the finest medical care than Priest Holmes." Full story

09 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Peterson puts Holmes on IR; activate Brown


Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Wednesday that the club has placed RB Priest Holmes on the Reserve/Injured List.


activate Brown...
09 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Clayton: Holmes likely out for year

Running back Priest Holmes, 32, is likely to miss the rest of the season, a source close to the situation told's John Clayton.

Running Back
Kansas City Chiefs

Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
119 451 6 21 197 1

Holmes will continue to undergo tests on his neck and shoulder, but the source said his injuries are not believed to be career-ending.

full story...

09 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs deny report of Holmes' retirement

Priest Holmes #31
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A spokesman for the Kansas City Chiefs denied a report Wednesday that running back Priest Holmes may retire because of a spinal injury.

"We won't have anything until later today," said Bob Moore, the director of public relations. "I don't think it's career-ending."

Holmes, 32, a three-time Pro Bowler whose 66 touchdowns between 2002-2004 are an NFL record for any three-year span, was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego on Oct. 30.

He missed last week's game against Oakland and in the past two weeks has seen spinal-injury specialists in California and Florida. Speculation has been rampant that he would be out for an extended period, although the Chiefs have said they were hopeful he would soon return to the lineup.

KSHB reported Wednesday that doctors had found a lump on Holmes' spine and were concerned about possible paralysis should he take a direct hit. Citing a highly-placed source it didn't identify, the station said Holmes could announce his retirement as soon as Thursday.

Holmes' agent, Todd France, was traveling Wednesday and not immediately available. An employee of France's agency, who asked not to be named, disputed the report and said suggestions that Holmes was about to retire were inaccurate.

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09 Nov 2005 by Brian

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Priest Holmes' Career May Be Over

Insiders at Arrowhead Stadium tell NBC Action News Sports Director Jack Harry that Priest Holmes, very possibly, has played his final game in a Chiefs uniform. One highly placed source tells Harry, Holmes could announce his retirement as soon as Thursday.

The 32 year old running back arrived back in town Tuesday night from Miami after undergoing some extensive testing on his spine. Doctors reportedly found a lump and should Holmes take a severe hit, he could become paralyzed. At his weekly press conference Tuesday, head coach Dick Vermeil indicated he didn't really know what was going on with Holmes.

Holmes has already undergone three knee-surgeries. He has failed to finish two of the last 3 seasons. He suffered the head injury in the San Diego game, and has now learned of this latest problem with his spine. source...

09 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs play waiting game

The day started with Dick Vermeil at Starbucks, ordering the 6:30 a.m. usual two-thirds decaf, one-third coffee. He should have gone for the caffeine.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday, Vermeil was still in his office, answering the phone by the second ring, waiting for word on Priest Holmes.

The future of the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl running back was the buzz of Kansas City on Tuesday, and Holmes was supposed to be back from a trip to see a Miami doctor by 7:30 p.m. By bedtime, the Chiefs were still waiting to hear whether Holmes would play this weekend, this season or ever again after a mystery injury knocked him out of the San Diego game on Oct. 30.

“You know as much as I do,” Vermeil said. “I don’t have any information. In fact, sometimes I get upset that I don’t have more information.” Full story

09 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs, Vermeil enjoying big win, but Buffalo looms

In his two years as the Chiefs head coach, current defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham often measured the public's feeling about his team from his early-morning fillups at a south Kansas City service station.

Coach Dick Vermeil, though also a self-service kind of guy, uses another barometer.

A Plaza-area resident, he stops frequently at a Starbucks for a coffee that is three-quarters decaffeinated, one-quarter leaded. And while he fills up, other patrons inevitably comment on his Chiefs.

On Monday, it was almost enough to make Vermeil hang around for a refill. A double decaf, maybe. Full story

09 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Shawn Barber to Practice tomorrow

During his weekly press conference Dick Vermeil said that Shawn Barber would start practicing tomorrow, November 9th.  Shawn Barber has been out over a year with a knee injury sustained against Tampa Bay.
08 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Holmes on way back from Miami

Vermeil, during today's press conference, said Priest Holmes was on the way back from Miami where he was seeking another opinion on his head trauma injury. Vermeil expressed there could be more information tonight.  When asked if he expected Priest to play against Buffalo this week, Vermeil said: "We'll put him in a category tomorrow, but I haven't talked to Dr. Brown or [any other trainer]."


08 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Johnson ready to ride

It wasn't exactly the passing of a major milestone, the kind of event Terrell Owens would want commemorated with a congratulatory note on the scoreboard, a ticker-tape parade down Broad Street and a visit to the White House.

Even so, one suspects that a significant transition took place at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

There was no formal ceremony, which seems unfortunate. Shouldn't soldiers from Buckingham Palace be involved in a major changing of the guard?

Because that's what we saw Sunday within the palace walls of the Chiefs Kingdom. Larry Johnson's dramatic performance in the absence of Priest Holmes demonstrated clearly that the torch is ready to be passed to a new generation of running back in the Kansas City offense.Full story

08 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Peterson breaks stadium suite glass in celebration

Before he could celebrate Kansas City's dramatic victory over Oakland on Sunday, Carl Peterson had to remove slivers of glass from his face, hair and clothing.

When Larry Johnson went vaulting into the end zone on the final play, the Chiefs' president and general manager punched the window in his private suite so hard it shattered.

Nobody was hurt except the Raiders, who went home with one of the most demoralizing 27-23 losses a team can endure.

"I'm fine," Peterson said Monday. "Maybe a little embarrassed. But I didn't cut myself." Full story

08 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Larry Johnson was hardly a stranger to the Chiefs, but he needed to be reintroduced to them as their lone featured back.

After Johnson helped deliver a 27-23 win over Oakland in the Chiefs’ first game this season without Priest Holmes, it’s no surprise that they liked what they saw.

“Larry is what I like to call an angry runner,” tackle Jordan Black said. “He’s a big guy. We have confidence in him.

“He has a chip on his shoulder. Every football player should play that way. It’s just really obvious that he has a desire to get first downs and he has a desire to run over people, and he just really wants to show what kind of back he is.” Full story

08 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Greg Wesley Journal Update

Big Win Over Rival Raiders

Every time we play these guys it always comes down to the last play. I think this was the best one for me though. It’s great for the offense to make a play like that at the end of the game. I’m just happy to get the win. I think our defense played well, but we still can’t let them get that last drive. We played well all game, but when it comes down to crunch time, we’ve got to make the plays and win the game. I’m a little disappointed in that, but overall we did a pretty good job.source...
07 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Backup plans come through

One of them: You can never have enough good running backs.

Don't believe it? Ask "Weeping" Dick Vermeil, who made one of the gutsiest calls of his career Sunday, if he would have had the confidence to try for a game-winning TD run instead of a tying field goal if the Kansas City Chiefs had a tailback far less accomplished than Larry Johnson in the backfield filling in for the injured Priest Holmes. See if the beleaguered Mike Tice, whose Minnesota Vikings gave him a week's respite with a victory over Detroit, isn't happy that he finally exhumed the forgotten Michael Bennett from the bottom of the depth chart. Dial up Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and query him on the sagacity of having used the fourth overall selection in this year's draft on the little-used Cedric Benson, when he already had Thomas Jones and Adrian Peterson around. And yeah, see if Bill Cowher is glad he had Staley for a game in which Jerome Bettis didn't dress and during which Pittsburgh starting tailback Willie Parker limped to the sidelines with a sprained left ankle.source...

07 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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KC risks it all at game’s end and wins

At 9 a.m. Sunday, Trent Green walked through the seats near Section 121, found the spot and taped a note on the orange chair. The sign said, “Jim Green, we miss him and we love him.” Green didn’t want anybody to sit there. It was his dad’s seat.

With 5 seconds to play Sunday and the Chiefs facing their toughest decision of the year kick for the tie or go for the win Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil swore that Jim Green was there with him. Vermeil left his offense on the field, Larry Johnson plunged half a yard over a pile of silver and black, and Arrowhead Stadium erupted as the Chiefs pulled out a 27-23 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Green pointed to the stands as the Chiefs ran around the field in celebration. He led Kansas City on its final drive 72 yards in 1 minute and 45 seconds five days after he buried his father.

“Believe me,” Vermeil said as he choked back tears, “he was there when I made that last call. Wow, I was scared.”Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson justifies team’s trust

Larry Johnson might have done the impossible Sunday.

It had nothing to do with him lifting the Chiefs on his back in the final two snaps and carrying them to a dramatic 27-23 victory over the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium a win that might have saved the Chiefs’ season.

Rather, it’s that Johnson suddenly has warm and fuzzy feelings about a coaching staff he always thought didn’t believe in him.

“This is the first game in my career where someone has trusted me to put the ball in the end zone with seconds left,” Johnson said. “If we don’t score, we don’t win.Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Vermeil sensed this was go time

Chiefs president/CEO/general manager/disco king Carl Peterson stands up against the glass in his box at Arrowhead Stadium. He watches with some blend of excitement and panic. Numbers swirl in the air.

Ball on the Oakland 1.

Chiefs down 3.

Clock reads 0:05.

Time for one play.

A crowd of 79,033 goes mad.Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Fourth quarter worth the wait

Let’s hope you hung around. Let’s hope that 45 minutes of miserable football didn’t make you flip the channel, cut your grass, plug in your PlayStation or head for the exit.

Regular-season NFL games don’t come much more memorable than Sunday’s Oakland-Kansas City clash.

You just had to be patient, because once Trent Green and Kerry Collins figured out how and where to throw the football, once the refs started whistling silly penalties, the points started piling up and Dick Vermeil was forced to gamble the season on one play.

When Larry Johnson dived into the end zone from a half-yard out as time expired, giving KC a 27-23 victory, Sunday’s game became an Instant Classic, a contest Chiefs fans will never forget.Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Washington keeps Moss under control

The Chiefs might have been a little apprehensive about sending 32-year-old cornerback Dewayne Washington to cover the likes of Randy Moss, Jerry Porter and Doug Gabriel.

But Washington wasn’t the least bit uneasy about the task. An 11-year starter until he joined the Chiefs this year, Washington has been through this drill before. Just not for this team.

Washington had come off the bench in the Chiefs’ first seven games, but he was thrust into the starting lineup Sunday in the absence of the injured Patrick Surtain and Dexter McCleon.Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Allen mum about questionable call

 This time, Jared Allen held his tongue. The normally gregarious defensive end had little to say late Sunday as reporters tried to pick his brain on a couple of fourth-quarter penalty flags thrown his way.

About 30 minutes earlier, Allen did plenty of talking. He was so steamed after a roughing-the-passer call that a referee slapped him with another flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. Allen wouldn’t say what he uttered to a man in stripes, but evidently it was colorful enough to move the Raiders 10 more yards forward.

Oakland punched in a touchdown on the drive, making Sunday’s 27-23 Chiefs victory more interesting.

“I don’t want to get into it,” Allen said after the game. “I don’t want to lose any more money.”Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Penalties kept Oakland in game

Jared Allen, predictably, didn't think he deserved the roughing the passer penalty that jump-started the Raiders' rally from a 20-9 fourth-quarter deficit Sunday at Arrowhead.

But the penalty that followed immediately? Yeah, Allen will admit to talking his way into that one.

"I let the situation get to me. I shouldn't have been talking to the referee," the Chiefs' top pass rusher said of the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he incurred immediately after being nailed for roughing.Full story
07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Last-second win

It's called 20 Z Blast. It's the play the Chiefs call when they positively, absolutely have to make a yard in a one-shot, win-or-lose game-ending situation.

And so on Sunday at Arrowhead, with the Chiefs trailing Oakland by three points and the ball inside the Raider 1 with only five seconds on the clock and no more timeouts remaining with which to stop it, coach Dick Vermeil disdained a game-tying field goal and turned to the best short-yardage play in his arsenal.

The play would go through the hole between Pro Bowl right guard Will Shields and tackle John Welbourn. For good measure, Pro Bowl left guard Brian Waters would pull into the hole. Massive tight end Jason Dunn would be in motion and also lead into the hole looking for a linebacker to take out. Former Pro Bowl fullback Tony Richardson would clean out any garbage left before Larry Johnson arrived with the ball. Full story

07 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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CLAYTON: Chiefs' 'blast' leads to emotional win

The coaching call of the season obviously had the blessing of the late Jim Green, the 58-year-old father of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. No one knew that more than Dick Vermeil.

Vermeil awarded the game ball from Sunday's unbelievable 27-23 victory over the Raiders to Jim Green and his family. Three hours before kickoff, Trent taped off the seats his parents and some other family members occupied every home game for the past five years. Only the spirit of his father befit this shrine, which overlooked the goal line in the family section near the west end zone. full story...

06 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs edge Raiders on last-second TD

Dick Vermeil was going to be the biggest fool or the shrewdest gambler in the NFL.

With 5 seconds left, Kansas City trailed by three and had the ball on the Oakland 1-yard line -- and Vermeil faced one of the toughest decisions of his long coaching career.

Have placekicker Lawrence Tynes -- who's on a 13-for-13 streak -- kick a virtually automatic field goal and force overtime? Or roll the dice and go for the victory?

Vermeil went for the TD. Behind center Casey Wiegmann and 10-time Pro Bowl right guard Will Shields, Larry Johnson dived over the pile into the end zone for a 27-23 victory that brought a roar from the sellout crowd and left the emotional head coach in tears. 

full story...
06 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Holmes sees spine specialist

An air of uncertainty lingers over the health of Priest Holmes, and it may go beyond the Pro Bowl running back missing today’s game with Oakland.

Coach Dick Vermeil said Saturday that Holmes won’t play today, that he’s being evaluated by a well-known spinal specialist, and that Holmes is expected to undergo more tests in coming days.

Holmes’ issue isn’t just the concussion he suffered in last weekend’s helmet-to-helmet collision in San Diego, but also the aftereffects of a shoulder injury from the first Oakland game in September.Full story

06 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Walking a fine line

Kansas City is an offensive lineman kind of town. That’s what makes this Chiefs season troubling so far. The Chiefs have lost three of their last five games. They are 29th in total defense, and they were beaten decisively by the three good teams they have faced.

All of that’s troubling, sure.

But one impressive win over the Oakland Raiders makes that stuff go away.

The offensive line alarm, meanwhile, isn’t going away anytime soon. Suddenly, people look at the Chiefs offensive line the core and rock of the Chiefs for 15 years and say: “You know what? I don’t think these guys are playing as well.”Full story

06 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Banged-up Kansas City, Oakland squaring off

People tend to forget, when talking about the Chiefs' recent superiority over the Raiders, how fortunate Kansas City was in winning a Week Two meeting earlier this year by a 23-17 count in Oakland.

The Raiders, some Kansas City fans may not recall, had two touchdowns by Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan called back by penalty. The Chiefs also had a Dante Hall TD return brought back, but the Raiders clearly came out on the short end of the turnaround derby.

That's only one of several reasons the Chiefs aren't feeling particularly superior as they go for a sixth straight victory over their rival in a noon game Sunday at Arrowhead.Full story

06 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Phil Barber's Spin: LJ's Head Filled with "Dark Thoughts"

 The Kansas City Chiefs' two halfbacks are referred to as a two-headed monster. But one of the heads i s hurting right now, and the other is filled with dark thoughts.

Priest Holmes, 32, suffered "mild head trauma" at San Diego last weekend and hasn't been the same since. He left Kansas City to visit a neurological specialist in California on Wednesday, returned Thursday and didn't practice all week. On Friday, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil downgraded his versatile star to doubtful for the Raiders game. full story...
05 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Green says he will be ready to play on Sunday

Quarterback Trent Green will play against the Raiders on Sunday, albeit with a heavy heart following his father's funeral this week.

The same likely can't be said for tackle Willie Roaf with his ailing hamstring, running back Priest Holmes with his recurring headache and cornerback Patrick Surtain with his sore knee.

Those three Chiefs starters missed a third straight day of workouts Friday and appear unlikely to play in Sunday's noon game at Arrowhead.Full story

05 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs back just can't help himself

The lazy reporter in me gives thanks every time Larry Johnson opens his mouth. Sharp-edged quotes and instant controversy flow forth like spring water. All you have to do is turn the tap.

The Chiefs press corps should send Johnson a bottle of fine wine -- something from Dick Vermeil's private collection, perhaps -- to thank him for his ability to generate fresh material on a slow news day.

Maybe it would clear the taste of sour grapes from his mouth.Full story

05 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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KC hurting with injuries to starters

As they prepared for a division game with huge implications, the Chiefs got a piece of good news Friday when Trent Green returned to practice and to his place at starting quarterback. That’s where he will be for Sunday’s game against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium.

On the other hand, the Chiefs’ injury list was beginning to look like their first-team depth chart. Left tackle Willie Roaf won’t play Sunday, while the status of halfback Priest Holmes and cornerbacks Patrick Surtain and Dexter McCleon was very shaky.

In more ways than one, this game will be for mere survival. Either the 3-4 Raiders or the 4-3 Chiefs will be banished to the back of the AFC West pack with a loss. And although the teams are always motivated to play each other, both are severely hobbled as they struggle to stay in the playoff race.Full story

05 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Operation Raider Hater way for soldiers to celebrate Chiefs

You don't have to spend much time on an overseas logistics base to recognize the importance of sports to soldiers in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Televisions in most Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities are turned to sports channels, while many dining facilities (DFACs) have flags, pennants and banners reflecting the soldiers' favorite sports teams.

This dedication to sports is no different for the soldiers of the 169th Corps Support Battalion, a Kansas Army National Guard unit based out of Olathe.Full story

05 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Vermeil hints Green might not start

As the Chiefs finished another practice without Trent Green on Thursday, coach Dick Vermeil floated the possibility that his veteran quarterback might not start Sunday against the Raiders.

"I just want to see how he feels," Vermeil said, "and I think go from there."

Green has started 71 straight games, a franchise record for quarterbacks, and played his best 30 minutes of the season last Sunday in San Diego just days after his father's death. He buried his dad Wednesday in St. Louis and then called Thursday morning to say he couldn't make the afternoon workout.Full story
04 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Vermeil hopes Chiefs will 'play through' injuries

The Vegas oddsmakers may want to consider taking this one off the board.

The Kansas City Chiefs looked like something less than an early 5-point favorite Thursday as they worked for a second straight day without their starting quarterback, Pro Bowl left tackle, star running back and two of their top three cornerbacks.

But even if Trent Green, Willie Roaf, Priest Holmes, Patrick Surtain or Dexter McCleon should be available for Sunday's home game with 3-4 Oakland, coach Dick Vermeil has to wonder how prepared his team can be when some of his top players practiced only once this week.Full story
04 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Raiders’ offense has picked up

The Chiefs began the practice week with their top three cornerbacks on the injury report and not working.

That's cause for concern for any team. It's reason for despair for the Chiefs, who are yielding pass yardage in big chunks, as they head into Sunday's game against Oakland at Arrowhead Stadium.

It's even more disturbing because the Raiders are the team headed to town. After a slow start, Oakland has a much different offense from the one that managed only 17 points against the Chiefs in a September loss in California.Full story
04 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Oakland passing game will test Chiefs' defense

There comes a time when you wonder if this isn't the ultimate exercise in spin control.

The Chiefs, it seems, are very proud of their run defense these days.

To hear them tell it, their ability to stop the run (they're yielding only 94 yards a game compared to 112 after seven games last year) is a major reason their pass defense, in coach Dick Vermeil's politically correct words, is "being tested." Full story
03 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs' Johnson still unhappy as backup

Larry Johnson, still seething in his role as backup to Priest Holmes, said he's decided not to rock the boat and will wait until he might get a chance with some team other than Kansas City.

"I can never swallow the situation right here," Johnson said Wednesday after the Chiefs went through a practice without many of its top players. "You can't ask that of any back who's been used to getting the ball in college like I was getting it." full story...
02 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Holmes’ status unclear for Sunday

In his five years in Kansas City, Priest Holmes has scored 76 rushing touchdowns and made nearly that many references about being in tune with his body.

Holmes’ body told him something after Sunday’s helmet-to-helmet collision in San Diego, and apparently it’s enough to make the Pro Bowl running back iffy for this weekend’s game with Oakland.

Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said Tuesday that Holmes is undergoing another battery of tests to make sure he’s neurologically sound. Holmes was knocked out of the game in the third quarter after being smashed by Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman, suffering what the Chiefs called a mild head trauma. Full story
02 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Opponents fancy passing vs. Chiefs

A chest-high wood lectern separated him from the media Tuesday, and Dick Vermeil glanced down at a stack of papers.

There was nowhere to duck.

It is Vermeil’s job to spread peace and love in the locker room, to put a positive spin on the Chiefs’ 29th-ranked defense. He mentioned Tuesday how it’s still doing a bang-up job stopping the run. Full story
02 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Kansas City struggling in goal-to-go situations

Over the last several years, the Kansas City Chiefs have been spoiled rotten when facing goal-to-go situations. They hand the ball to Priest Holmes, watch him patiently set up the blocks of his veteran linemen and look up to see the scoreboard change.

With Holmes leading the way, the Chiefs led the NFL in goal-to-go touchdowns last year with 27 on 33 situations. Their 81.8 percent TD rate was second only to Tennessee, which had a higher efficiency (83.3 percent) but on far fewer chances (15 TDs on 18 opportunities). Full story
02 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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On the Rise-QB: Trent Green, TE Gonzalez

Green is a notoriously slow starter, and every year fantasy owners tend to forget his trends and drop his stock early in the season. Of course, we can't blame people for moving Trent down the ranks when he managed only four touchdowns and 1,060 yards through five games. However, Green threw for 289 yards in week seven, piled up 347 yards and two scores in week eight, and is now up to six scores and 1,696 yards on the season. Those stats aren't too far behind the 1,781 yards and nine scores that Green owned at this point in 2004, and we all know where he ended up. The Chiefs still face all their rivals (Raiders, Broncos, Chargers) at home and visit weak pass defenses like the Texans and the Giants.


TE: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs - It's not coincidence that Green and Gonzalez find themselves in this article together. The pair has been working together for five seasons, and their stats tend to ebb and flow together. Gonzo was one of the biggest fantasy busts through the first five weeks, but, like Green, we've seen better stats over the past two contests. Tony has caught seven balls in two straight games, and he finally found the end zone in week eight. That's the exact same time that the perennial Pro Bowler really started to roll in 2004, and we once again feel safe labeling Gonzo as a top-three fantasy tight end.
01 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Hostile stadium next for Raiders

"Raider Week" is as traditional as barbecue in Kansas City, as both the Chiefs and their city prepare for their most bitter rival.

The fervor has never been as strong in Oakland, perhaps because so many teams consider the Raiders to be the nemesis they would most like to defeat.

That should change this week.

The Raiders finally got a road win Sunday.

But not the road win.
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01 Nov 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs lament missed chance

Another opportunity to make significant progress in the AFC West race came and went for the Chiefs, and that’s what pained them most about Sunday’s 28-20 loss in San Diego.

“We obviously made things tougher on ourselves,” wide receiver Chris Horn said. “If you win on the road in your division, it’s almost like winning two games. Now we’ve got Oakland, and we’ve got to make sure we get that one.”

A win over the Raiders this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium not only would ease the Chiefs’ pain but also pull them to within one game of first-place Denver in the AFC West. Full story
01 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Defense devoured

This one was all but served up on a platter. A Gates Presidential platter, to be exact.

Talk about a change in hospitality roles.

On Sunday, it was the Kansas City Chiefs who were the gracious visitors, a guest anxious to make the hard-luck San Diego Chargers feel right at home in their own stadium. In an almost unprecedented change of protocol, it was the visiting Chiefs who all but hailed the arriving Chargers with "Hi, may I help you?" -- the traditional greeting given customers of Gates barbecue restaurants everywhere. Full story
01 Nov 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs erred terribly by not airing it sooner

The NFL is a good place for coaches to think. It's not a good place for them to overthink, because when they do, they forget this is "Football for Dummies." The Nobel Committee pays little attention to this game although Bill Belichick no doubt wishes it would.

Yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff forgot not only who they were, but who they were playing. And, by the time they realized they had screwed it up without adjusting for far too long, they were getting a good look at the Chargers' big, ugly rear ends. full story...
31 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Swarming Chargers turn back Green’s gritty surge

Everybody wanted his arms around Trent Green. His teammates wanted to hug him. The Chargers’ front seven tried to maul him.

When it was all over, Green stopped in front of his locker late Sunday, his body aching, his mind far away after the Chiefs’ comeback fell short in a 28-20 loss to San Diego.

There will be other days for Green to ponder his best 30 minutes of the season, his 312 second-half passing yards, his reconnection with tight end Tony Gonzalez. On Sunday night, Green was thinking about next weekend’s game against Oakland and the empty seat at Arrowhead that would have been occupied by his father, Jim. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: It takes a lot of courage to play while mourning

Some things are bigger than winning and losing. Courage, for instance. Courage is the most misused word in sports, a word we sportswriters too often pin on a golfer who makes a big-money putt or a pitcher who gets people out long after his fastball has lost its zip. That’s not courage. That’s nerve and guile. That’s different.

Sometimes, though, if we look hard enough, we can find something like courage on a sports field. Sunday, Chiefs quarterback Trent Green played football three days after his father, Jim, died of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. Jim was 58 years old.

Trent Green played on Sunday for one reason: He and his family deeply believed that Jim would have wanted it. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Grieving Green battles on for KC

The Chargers had their hands in his face or grabbing for his knees or wrapped around him completely as they rode him to the ground on four sacks.

There is just no room for pity on game day in the NFL.

Yet for much of the day, even as he endured his worst first half of the season, Trent Green's thoughts were on something other than the troubles he was having in Kansas City's 28-20 loss Sunday to the Chargers. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Old age catches up to Chiefs

The funny thing about old age is everyone sees it on you long before you realize the toll it’s taken on your body.

You get out of bed a little stiffly and assume you’re just having a bad day. You lose 30 seconds on your 1-mile pace and blame it on the breakfast you skipped.

You fly out to the land of sun and fun, and Antonio Gates runs rings around you, Shawne Merriman runs over you, and the San Diego Chargers maintain a double-digit lead most of the afternoon before settling for a 28-20 victory, and you think a poor first half explains everything. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Gonzalez’s big game upstaged

They met each other on the field, during postgame handshakes, and Tony Gonzalez told Antonio Gates he was happy for him.

Gonzalez is used to having other tight ends tell him that. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler. But Gates is the next great thing he caught 10 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns, and Gonzalez sought him out.

“One of the best games I’ve ever seen from a tight end,” Gonzalez said late Sunday after the Chiefs’ 28-20 loss. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Chiefs miss Holmes after he takes hit

This time, the Chiefs had no choice. With Priest Holmes dazed on the sideline, the Chiefs had to play running back Larry Johnson. And in the fourth quarter, with the Chiefs trying to come back against San Diego, Johnson twice failed to get into the end zone on short-yardage plays.

And it reminded everyone once again just how important Holmes has been to the Kansas City offense the last four years.

“It was very frustrating,” Johnson said after the game. “But I don’t call the plays. I just run them. It’s my job, no matter what, to punch the ball in the end zone.” Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Red-zone struggles aggravate offense

The Chiefs have many frustrating thoughts to ponder from Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Chargers, but none dug deeper than this: They left a lot of points on the field in what turned out to be a close game.

In the third quarter, the Chiefs had a first down at the San Diego 11 but came away with no points after Trent Green fumbled.

In the fourth, the Chiefs had a first down at the 10 but settled for a field goal. Later, they had a second down at the 3 but eventually came up empty after losing the ball on downs. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Chargers tight end fries Chiefs for three TDs

After winning his tight-end matchup Sunday against Chiefs counterpart Tony Gonzalez, San Diego’s Antonio Gates could have donned a title belt.

Gates passed on the chance. Turns out he’s a little more modest than Washington running back Clinton Portis, who pulled the belt stunt after he had a monster game against Priest Holmes and the Chiefs while playing for Denver a couple of years ago. Full story
31 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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KC's Green plays three days after father's death

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green said there was no doubt he would play against the Chargers on Sunday, three days after his father died.

Green said he spoke with his family about playing, "and there was no hesitation on anyone's part, because that's what he would have wanted," Green said after the Chiefs lost, 28-20.
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30 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Brees, Gates lead Chargers past Chiefs

Drew Brees and Antonio Gates played pitch and catch against a hapless Kansas City defense, and even LaDainian Tomlinson got a piece of the action.

Brees threw three touchdown passes to Gates and finished with 324 yards passing as the San Diego Chargers beat the Chiefs 28-20. Tomlinson, slowed again on the ground, threw his third TD pass of the season -- a 17-yarder to Eric Parker.
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30 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Second-half surge routine for Gonzo

A hundred and two catches gets you a jersey in Canton, a trip to Honolulu and a spot in a reality TV show. Twenty-five catches earns you a place on the couch in the Chiefs’ lounge, dripping with post-practice perspiration, listening as somebody asks for the thousandth time what’s going on.

Tony Gonzalez is there on the couch, sitting at 25 catches, pondering everything from the meaning of life to the fuss over his production. It was at this very point last year, after six games, that the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl tight end had 26 catches and everybody wondered whether he was feeling all right. Gonzalez caught 76 more balls in the last 10 games. Yeah, he was just fine. Full story
30 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Offense is scary good and bad

The Chiefs set their standards high, so they did little celebrating after the return of their offense in last week’s win in Miami.

Offensively, the Chiefs looked for the first time like they are supposed to look. They successfully mixed the run and the pass, fooled the Dolphins frequently and had a season-high 462 yards.

Yet the expectations are for so much more. Full story
30 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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The win-loss sisterhood

The meeting of the Chiefs’ wives club comes to order. They’re seated at a table, in a cluttered office, where a couple of hundred children just traipsed through with trick-or-treat pails. It’s controlled chaos, complete with crying 4-year-olds, hugs, and a P.A. system that crackles when someone is needed, which is just about every minute or two.

Carol Vermeil and Karen Saunders rest their feet and give each other a knowing smile. It’s nothing like home. Full story
30 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Chargers dilemma for KC

Sure, it's possible to take San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson -- generally considered the best all-purpose runner in the NFL today -- completely out of a game. The Philadelphia Eagles did it a week ago.

Stacking eight and sometimes nine defenders close to the line of scrimmage, the Eagles held Tomlinson, the NFL's rushing and all-purpose yardage leader over the past four seasons, to a career low 7 yards on 17 carries. It was a textbook study in how to shut down an opponent's most fearsome weapon. Full story
30 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Mourning QB Green set to start; line holds steady

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green missed practice Friday for what the team deemed a “family issue”. Two team sources have indicated Green’s absence was due to the death of his father, Jim.

All parties involved declined to comment on the situation. However, Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil confirmed Green would start Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
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29 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Green leaves after father dies

Quarterback Trent Green was absent from Chiefs practice Friday because of what coach Dick Vermeil called “a family situation.”

Two team sources indicated that Green’s absence was due to the death of his father, Jim, who was 58.

Vermeil declined to answer further questions about the situation other than to say that Green would be with the team today when it travels to San Diego for Sunday’s game against the Chargers and that he would be the starting quarterback. Full story
29 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Posnanski: Marty’s got to know when to hold ’em

The word of the day is “gamble.” And our subject is that anti-gambling spokesman himself, San Diego Chargers head coach and old friend Marty Schottenheimer. You know, if Schottenheimer is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his plaque should read a little something like this:

Martin Schottenheimer … Overall Record 180-121 … Born Sept. 23, 1943, in Canonsburg, Pa. … Teams rarely beat themselves … Coached Cleveland, Kansas City, Washington and San Diego … Famous for “not losing” … Was seventh- round pick of Buffalo Bills and played in 1965 Pro Bowl … Did not lose more games than any coach in NFL history. Full story
29 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Holmes happy sharing the Chiefs' workload

Judging only from his comments and his contented demeanor, Priest Holmes would be quite comfortable playing out the rest of his career as part of a Chiefs halfback rotation with Larry Johnson.

"The rotation, I love it," he said this week. "One of the things I can always tell any running back is to be careful for what you ask for. To be a starter in this league means a whole lot. There are a lot of sacrifices on your body. For anyone to come in and bring up the idea of switching out, I love it. I really do."
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28 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Healthier Holmes carries on for Chiefs

His days of leading the NFL in rushing are probably over for Priest Holmes.

At age 32, the rotation Holmes now plays with youngster Larry Johnson takes both carries and numbers away from the man who once was the Chiefs workhorse. That is essentially what the Chiefs wanted to do when they devised a plan to keep Holmes healthier (after two major injuries in the past three seasons) and Johnson more involved during a transition period between two runners. Full story
28 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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KC hopes lineman Browning can play

Finally, John Browning was getting his due. If Browning actually said something, a peep, a grunt, anything, he’d tell Marty Schottenheimer thank you for heaping praise on him, for saying he has found the fountain of youth. He’d say thanks for noticing the Chiefs are ninth in the NFL in run defense.

These days, Browning isn’t around. He missed practice again Thursday, leaving an already thin defensive line in a dicey situation this weekend as the Chiefs visit San Diego. If Browning can’t play, the team will have to stop LaDainian Tomlinson and Co. with a makeshift three-man interior rotation that includes Lional Dalton, Junior Siavii and Jimmy Wilkerson. Full story
28 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Boerigter, Hall and Horn share receiving duties

In a perfect world, the Chiefs would play their starting wide receivers every down to give quarterback Trent Green a comfort zone every time he throws a pass.

In reality, which for the Chiefs is rarely perfect, they’re mixing and matching at the receiver spot opposite Eddie Kennison.

Dante Hall started last week at Miami in the Chiefs’ first game without the injured Samie Parker, but Marc Boerigter and Chris Horn rotated in. Full story
27 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Holmes OK with splitting duties

This time, it's the Priest who has the confession.

"It's not tough at all," said Priest Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs' all-time leading rusher.

As Holmes heads into Sunday's game against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, he will be sharing his rushing duties. The Chiefs are gradually working Larry Johnson into the lineup, and it's cut into Holmes' playing time.

"I think it's one of the easiest positions I've ever gone through,'' Holmes said. "I've been through similar transitions in terms of sharing the ball and rotating at the University of Texas and at Baltimore. Here, it's just a different situation, with Larry coming in and being a different back and having an opportunity with his size and power to be on the field.
26 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Injury Report-Updated 10/27/2005

26 Oct 2005 by kukiller

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Hall gets more time at receiver

For a second straight year, a Chiefs starting receiver is down, possibly for a few weeks. That means that for a second straight year, kick return wunderkind Dante Hall likely will get more playing time in Kansas City's regular offense.


Hall, who lobbied for more work as a receiver in the early years of his NFL career, learned last year that some of life's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. Full story
26 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Surtain and Warfield solid in secondary

One trash-talked in his free time, game time, and even told the receiver he was covering to quit whining. The other was so happy to finally suit up that he quietly did his job.

The long-awaited game with Patrick Surtain and Eric Warfield in the same secondary finally happened Friday night at Miami, and, on paper, it appeared to be a success. The Chiefs gave up only 192 passing yards, didn’t watch another receiver put up PlayStation numbers, and left Miami with a 30-20 victory. Full story
26 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Submit your thoughts on the chiefs' seasun thus far

Hey Chiefs Fans! Please send me a short paragraph summing up your thoughts of the chiefs' season thus far compared with your expectations. I will submit some of them on the left side of the site. Please e-mail them to Thanks!
25 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs defense improved

I want very much to say a kind word about the Chiefs defense today. The word under consideration is "improved."

That's a hard word to use with a straight face, however, when talking about a defense that carries a No. 27 ranking overall and is No. 30 against the pass. The Chiefs, remember, were 31st in total defense last year and were dead last against the pass.

So, yeah, there is improvement, even if the rankings suggest one shouldn't add the adjective "significant" when thinking of expanding the outpouring of kind words to two. full story...
25 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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How does 'improved' sound?

I want very much to say a kind word about the Chiefs defense today. The word under consideration is "improved."

That's a hard word to use with a straight face, however, when talking about a defense that carries a No. 27 ranking overall and is No. 30 against the pass. The Chiefs, remember, were 31st in total defense last year and were dead last against the pass.

So, yeah, there is improvement, even if the rankings suggest one shouldn't add the adjective "significant" when thinking of expanding the outpouring of kind words to two. Full story
25 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs back in the hunt

For much of Sunday afternoon, it looked as if the Chiefs would be playing to save their season this week in San Diego.

Now, thanks to improbable fourth-quarter rallies that allowed the Chargers and Broncos to lose to Philadelphia and the Giants, the Chiefs could return home from California on Sunday night in sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

For that to happen, the 4-2 Chiefs need to win at 3-4 San Diego and have 5-2 Denver lose at home to Philadelphia. Either outcome is far from a certainty, but for the Chiefs, the mere possibility beats what was shaping up as the alternative. Full story
25 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Vermeil sees win-win from rushed Miami trip

Around the same time the Chiefs were supposed to be playing Sunday, Dick Vermeil sat in his office with two TVs going.

The Chargers-Eagles game was on with the sound turned down. A Kansas City-San Diego game from 2004 was on the other tube.

“Today is a preparation day,” Vermeil said as his coaches huddled in the staff room. “Nothing has changed for the coaches.” Full story
24 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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K.C.-Miami should have been on national TV

My sports weekend got off to a horrible start when the NFL decided not to televise nationally the Friday night game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City won 30-20, but only fans in both of those TV markets got to see the game while everyone else had to follow the game on the Internet or wait for the highlights on their local news.

Radio listeners called in disgust because they drove to local sports bars to watch the game only to find that it was blacked out on a national level. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should hang his head in shame for not letting his customers watch this game. full story...
23 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs' Tynes making good on bold prediction

It was a little more than a month ago, back when Dick Vermeil was threatening to find a new kicker, that Lawrence Tynes said something that seemed almost laughable at the time.

"I said I was going to be one of the best kickers in the NFL, and I believe that," Tynes recalled Friday. "I'm not going to back down from what I said." Full story
23 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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All’s well on the Chiefs’ offensive line

Sometimes, there’s peace in someone else’s misery. When Brian Waters plopped in front of the TV late last weekend, he was tired from blocking Washington for three hours and even wearier of the questions fired at him after the Chiefs’ offensive line gave up one sack.

He clicked on ESPN and saw Texans quarterback David Carr get dropped like a WB sitcom. Carr’s been sacked 30 times this season. Thirty times?

“We give up one sack, two sacks, and people are complaining,” Waters said. “And here’s a team, they all get paid better than we do, they’ve got just as much money as we do, they’ve got just as much talent as we do and they’ve given up 30 sacks.
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23 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Johnson, Holmes pay off for KC

Larry Johnson, who once described the two-man Chiefs backfield as The Church Backfield -- "Priest (Holmes) prays over 'em, and I bury 'em!" -- now has a new name for the duo.

"Sometimes we're like Blackjack -- you get the ace and the 10 at the same time," Johnson said.

Johnson was the ace in Kansas City's 30-20 short-notice victory over the Dolphins on Friday. He carried 23 times -- third most in his three-year career -- for 90 rushing yards. He also took a screen pass 26 yards to finish with 116 yards from scrimmage. full story...
22 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Posnanski: Going old-school works on the fly

Everybody talked about the strangeness of it all, but there was something strikingly familiar about Friday night’s Kansas City-Miami game. There was an invocation before it started. The sparse crowd sang the national anthem. Mosquitoes and moths fluttered near the lights at Dolphins Stadium. A drum line performed at halftime.

This was a high school football game.

The only things missing were homecoming queens and PTA parents selling 50-cent Cokes in the concession stands. Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Pass some thanks to Gus Frerotten

Don’t forget to thank Gus Frerotte today. I mean, if you’re going to truly celebrate the Chiefs’ “Friday Night Lights” victory over the Miami Dolphins, you might as well thank the man most responsible.

Don’t get upset. Yes, the Chiefs deserve lots of credit for getting on a plane Friday morning, gassing up Willie Roaf, Brian Waters, Will Shields, Casey Wiegmann, Jordan Black and John Welbourn and riding Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson to a 30-20 victory. Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Chiefs Pull Away to Beat Dolphins 30-20

Priest Holmes ran for two touchdowns and Lawrence Tynes kicked two long second-half field goals, and the
Kansas City Chiefs used a dominant second half to beat the
Miami Dolphins 30-20 Friday night, a game played two days early to beat the approaching Hurricane Wilma.

Holmes scored on a 35-yard run early in the third quarter, and Tynes made kicks from 51 and 52 yards in the fourth to help the Chiefs pull away from a 14-13 lead. full story...
21 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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21 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs rookie LB Derrick Johnson finds himself on the fast track to stardom

Derrick Johnson. What a beast this guy is.

Yes, you could take the safe route and say that he “has the potential” to be a beast, with proper tutelage, more experience, a better surrounding cast and all the added fillers, but I’m convinced of it now, as a rookie.

In fact, in two years’ time, I’m going to predict the Chiefs’ silky-smooth linebacker will be the best defensive player in the league.

There, I said it. It’s out there. Though it’s not a huge stretch if you’ve seen his immense talent firsthand, I’d still like to put it on the record. Two years from now. Maybe less time than that. He may not need that long. full story...
21 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Sorry Direct TV Sunday Ticket Subscribers

DIRECTV to Re-Air Dolphins-Chiefs Game at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday for NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) Subscribers
21.10.2005 20:12:00

DIRECTV's NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM) subscribers around thecountry will be able to view the delayed telecast of tonight's Miami Dolphins-Kansas City Chiefs game this Sunday, Oct. 23, in what was its normally-scheduled window at 1:00 pm ET on channel 706.

In addition, all DIRECTV customers will be able to view the game on NFL Network on channel 212 at 8:00 pm ET on Sunday.

The game will be played this evening at Dolphins Stadium after itwas rescheduled due to Hurricane Wilma. Because of legal restrictions, tonight's game will not be available outside of Miami and Kansas City.DIRECTV customers who receive local channels in Miami and Kansas Citywill be able to view the live game tonight via their local CBSstation. source...
21 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Hurricane forces KC to play under Friday night lights

The Chiefs haven’t played a Friday night regular-season game since October 1964. Dick Vermeil’s experience with Friday football goes back to his time as the coach at Hillsdale High in San Mateo, Calif., in 1962.

Both streaks end tonight. The NFL moved Sunday’s game in Miami to 6 tonight at Dolphins Stadium because of the looming arrival of Hurricane Wilma.

The Chiefs had to scurry to change plans Thursday. They weren’t happy about heading into the path of the storm even if the full force of Wilma may not hit the Miami area until Sunday. Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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A table full of women tells the owner at Maya’s that they’re dying to meet Jared Allen. They don’t care that he has a girlfriend, that he wears gaudy belt buckles and listens to Kenny Chesney, that he’s tired and just wants tonight to be low-key. They just want to say hi.

He orders the usual, a massive plate of fajitas, and his face flashes on ESPN. The restaurant erupts in applause. Allen smiles, gives a thumbs-up and says thanks. There are no low-key nights anymore.

“He is red-hot property,” says Allen’s agent, Ken Harris. “The city loves this guy.” Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Whitlock: Tagliabue drops the ball by not moving this game

After consulting Michael Brown’s FEMA playbook, NFL commish Paul Tagliabue decided the safest thing for everyone involved would be to hold a football game in the middle of hurricane evacuations.

Now, had one of Janet Jackson’s exposed breasts been headed for Miami, I’m sure Tags would’ve moved the Chiefs-Dolphins clash somewhere safe, away from a possible eye-gouging nipple.

I’m unhappy. And this is personal. Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Storm alters Chiefs' plans

A defiant Dick Vermeil insists that his Kansas City Chiefs will make the best of what they hope will be only a one-day excursion into a potential disaster zone.

The Chiefs learned Thursday morning that their Sunday game in Miami had been moved to tonight in order to beat the anticipated weekend arrival of Hurricane Wilma in south Florida.

That meant the club was given only 24 hours notice to complete their game planning, pack their equipment, secure an aircraft and prepare for a 9 a.m. flight today into an area many people are evacuating. Full story
21 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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Surtain, Knight to face former team Friday

Patrick Surtain and Sammy Knight had October 23 circled on their calendar. Now that has changed to October 21.

The two impact players in the secondary return to South Florida on Friday when the Kansas City Chiefs meet the Miami Dolphins.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but has been moved to Friday due to deteriorating weather conditions caused by Hurricane Wilma.
Currently a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour, Wilma is projected to hit the Florida peninsula Saturday with winds of more than 110 mph.

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20 Oct 2005 by Greg

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Chiefs-Dolphins to be moved to Friday?

Jason Cole of the Miami Herald reports that the Chiefs-Dolphins game, originally scheduled for Sunday the 23rd, looks very likely to be moved to Friday.
source... chiefs official site: Game Friday...
20 Oct 2005 by Ryan Luis

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Chiefs-Dolphins game may be moved because of weather

The weather Wednesday in Miami wasn’t much for the local chamber of commerce to brag about: cloudy, muggy, off-and-on thunderstorms.

Still, that might be considered ideal compared with what they’re expecting in South Florida this weekend, when the Chiefs are scheduled to play the Dolphins. Hurricane Wilma, which forecasters are calling one of the season’s strongest storms, was predicted to be bound for Florida. Full story
20 Oct 2005 by Bryan

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