My head hurts. And now the news...
The first thing that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon should do Friday morning upon his return to the state capitol in Jefferson City is call Washington.
Nixon should immediately appeal for emergency relief funds from the federal government pinpointed to help the disaster that is professional football in the state of Missouri.
A major stinker was Thursday night’s game between the Rams and Chiefs at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis grabbed the 17-9 victory to finish the pre-season with a 3-1 record. That may be more games than the Rams win during the regular season. First-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo has a struggling team with few offensive weapons, a banged up quarterback and a defense that’s working hard.
Chiefs Stumble To Pre-Season End, Losing 17-9 from Bob Gretz
It didn’t matter who was calling plays, and it didn’t matter who was playing quarterback Thursday night. The Chiefs still couldn’t get into the end zone.
Chiefs can’t find their way to end zone in 17-9 loss from KC Star
"I made a few mistakes out there, but overall it felt good," said Haley, who admitted he was a little rusty on the play calling end. "Obviously there are a couple plays that I would like to have back that came out of my mouth.
"The first series I had to remind myself a couple of times and they were yelling at me for being on the wrong airwaves. After I got the feel, I didn’t feel too out of synch with the game and what was going on. Overall, it was OK."
Busy Head Coach/Coordinator & Notes from Bob Gretz
Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Rams might not have been the best preparation for that defense. The Rams played without, among others, quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson.
Still, the starting defense made the most of its playing time in a 17-9 loss to the Rams. Corey Mays and Tamba Hali each had a sack, and the secondary broke up three passes.
KC defense fares well against Rams from KC Star
If Friday night was an audition to see who would start the season opener at quarterback for the Chiefs, it’s hard to believe either Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen nailed down the job with their performance against St. Louis in the Edwards Jones Dome.
OK, maybe Croyle assured himself the job because he was less bad than Thigpen. But that’s because Thigpen was really bad.
"It is still not where we need to be," Todd Haley said of his quarterback play.
Oh my, that was the understatement of the evening.
QBs Struggling As Pre-Season Ends from Bob Gretz
He had the benefit of a productive running game. And except for an occasional lapse by right tackle Damion Sackintosh, Croyle enjoyed solid pass protection.
He completed just five of 16 passes for 85 yards. He repeatedly overthrew open receivers downfield, and he underthrew receivers standing right in front of him.
His performance was embarrassing. But it was likely good enough to win the No. 2 job. Thigpen was that bad.
These quarterbacks are terrible from KC Star
KC Star Photo Gallery: Rams win final preseason game over Chiefs, 17-9
What we learned
It wasn’t Chan Gailey’s fault. The Chiefs got some big plays in Todd Haley’s first game calling the plays, three of more than 40 yards in the first half alone. But the result was very familiar: three first-half field goals and no touchdowns. So if Haley is going to blame Gailey for the offensive futility in the first three games, we’ll blame Haley for this.
Preseason blitz from KC Star
Haley watched Croyle for the first half, but he apparently couldn’t stand to watch Thigpen attempt more than seven passes. After Thigpen’s second interception, Haley the quarterbacks coach convinced Haley the head coach that Thigpen had done enough. It was Matt Gutierrez’s turn.
After Thursday night, there might be more sideline debates than Haley had planned. Regardless, it’s his job now — and none of the three is likely to give Haley a break.
The Chiefs annual Red Friday Pep Rally will take place inside the Chiefs indoor practice facility on Friday, September 18th from 6:00-8:00 PM. This FREE event is open to all Chiefs fans and will be hosted by “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus. The Chiefs 2009 Red Friday celebration will provide Chiefs fans with live music, food and fun for the entire family as Kansas City gears up for the club’s 2009 home opener vs. the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, September 20th. Come join us on September 18th to help the Chiefs kick off the regular season in style.
Chiefs To Host 2009 Red Friday Pep Rally from WIBW.com
Being a successful owner means you depend on reliable information, especially when it comes to injuries. It’s bad enough we’ll deal with the dreaded “game-time decision” during the regular season, but unreliable preseason information affects draft boards.
Unfortunately for fans and fantasy enthusiasts, the New England Patriots and the team’s notorious way of releasing accurate injury information is firmly entrenched in the AFC West.
Chiefs and Broncos make injuries “interesting” from KC Star
Vick will be eligible to play in the Sept. 27 game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, the team's third game. It would be his first regular-season game since he was sent to prison for his role in operating a dogfighting ring. The former Atlanta Falcons star was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence.
NFL: Goodell Clears Vick to Play in Third Week from MercuryNews.com
almighty31 on the way to the game. gettin real wavy for the game. TD today? maybe
ToonIcon Mad! I lost in Tonk!......
Media and Fans
kb_kcstar This place is pretty empty. It feels like an hour before kickoff instead of six minutes.
kb_kcstar Croyle just took a monster shot and got back up. This shouldn't be news, but as you guys know, with Croyle it always is.
kb_kcstar Dantrell Savage, your arrowhead logo is waiting.
Jay_Glazer went to pregame warmups for rams-chiefs but smart enough to bag out & hit a bar w some friends instead of watching dudes auditionin for UFL
petermiller20: Another solid 0-4 preseason for the Chiefs. I was optimistic about this season. Time to lower expectations.
chasestamp: We want Marty back! Wow, the new Chiefs GM, Scott Pioli and Coach, Todd Haley suck as bad as the last two. Another good 0-4 pre-season.
The next 2 go together.
dan4kc: raced home to watch the chiefs game.should of stayed for overtime
ShivonAStarr: Oh Em Gee they have the Huddler, its the NFL version of the Snuggie! I hate red but I will buy this Chiefs one LOL