Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 11/2

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Very little news today.

In seven games, the Chiefs offense has had 90 negative yardage plays. That’s running and passing play for minus yards, sacks, interceptions, fumbles lost and offensive penalties. When it comes to negative on offense, the Chiefs lead the league.

"Minus plays, minus plays, we have to eliminate minus plays," Haley said last week. "Coach (Bill) Parcells drilled it into my head over and over and over again for years about minus plays and how they lead to dissatisfaction with your offense.

"Right now, we’re all dissatisfied with the offense and to me the root of that evil is minus plays."

Here’s how those negative plays breakdown at this point in the season:

Negative Thoughts … Monday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz

A confession: for five years, I hosted the Dick Vermeil Show every Monday night, sometimes Tuesday nights, after Chiefs games. That would be 81 shows.

For 80 of those shows, which were done in the broadcast booth at Arrowhead Stadium, we had a bottle of wine on site. Almost always it was a red wine, because that was my preference; Vermeil’s too. There were usually five to six people there as part of the show, so the bottle would go quickly

The Coach would have about half a glass. He had been at work since 5 a.m. and was planning to be working until about midnight; Mondays are always a very busy day in the NFL. Anything more than a swallow or two would have Vermeil nodding off in his meeting with the coaches.

From Coaching To Wine, Vintage Vermeil from Bob Gretz

Instead, the union — fully aware of Johnson’s long track record of bad behavior (last year he was benched for three games by the former coach Herman Edwards and suspended for an additional game by the N.F.L. following two nightclub incidents) — kept a low profile and allowed the Chiefs and Johnson’s agent to negotiate a deal to avoid a grievance hearing. The league will not impose its own discipline because the team acted first, and the league agreed with its actions.

With that settled, there is no guarantee General Manager Scott Pioli ever allows Johnson to play for the Chiefs again. In 2006, Johnson had 2,199 yards in rushing and receiving but his production has declined since and this year he has just 358 yards on 132 rushes, for a 2.7 yards per rush average. The Chiefs, who are in rebuilding mode anyway, could decide that Johnson causes too many headaches for too little production.

What is Johnson's Future in Kansas City? from The New York Times

The Seahawks’ fourth starting left tackle this season, 10-year veteran Damion McIntosh, had a solid game in his first start with Seattle.


McIntosh was picked up two weeks ago when it appeared that veteran left tackle Walter Jones was bound for the injured reserve list with a knee issue while his successor, Sean Locklear, was still nursing a high ankle sprain. McIntosh stepped in to fill the void nicely.


Facing one of the league’s best pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware, McIntosh gave up just one sack . It came late in the game, after the outcome was decided.

Trufant targeted in return for Hawks from The Olympian

Player Tweets

BFlowers24 miami was craaazy.......shoutout to "......" gotta watch what u say on twiiter these days.....but yea cumn from kc i needed a time last nite

Media and Fans

ArrowheadPride Anyone else finding baseball to be a nice substitute for the Chiefs today?

About a thousand variations on this tweet:

bandfrag: Hurray! The Kansas City Chiefs did not lose today! They accomplished this by not playing, but still... @bandfrag loves the Chiefs!!!!
ShaneFWray_CA: @JoshLooney It would have been nice if the Chiefs could have taken a playmaker like Harvin in the draft instead of a DL picked way too high!
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