Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/10

Good morning Chiefs fans! There is a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news out there this morning. Seems like a good way to start off the weekend. Enjoy!

The Chiefs learned last year how Charles is a microcosm of the team: young and unproven but eager — maybe even desperate — to improve and be taken seriously. How Charles goes this year and beyond, the Chiefs are likely to go. There is reason for optimism, but there’s also a chance that both could struggle amid rising expectations.

Charles said he has been tested. That rookie season, he said, was difficult. No strong voices and no real purpose.

Chiefs will sink or swim with Jamaal Charles from KC Star

Because of the unusual combination of Monday Night Football and the Royals day game, fans should be aware of special parking and arrival arrangements at the stadiums. While the parking lots will be open prior to the Royals game, fans who are only attending the Chiefs game should plan to arrive after 3:30 p.m. to minimize parking costs. Those arriving earlier than 3:30 p.m. will be required to buy both a Royals Game Day parking pass and a Chiefs parking pass or have previously purchased the special Two Pack parking pass. After 3:30 fans will only be required to purchase a Chiefs parking pass. Fans are also advised that from 5:00- 6:00 p.m., stadium gates will be exit-only to accommodate exiting Royals traffic.

 

Chiefs Ready For Red Friday, Announce Gate Information from WIBW

In fairness, Cassel played somewhat better in the San Diego rematch, though the 43-14 score was nearly as lopsided as the 37-7 rout in K.C. Those two wide spreads represented the need K.C. had to make its most significant after-season changes, the hirings of Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel as offensive coordinators, respectively.

Cassel out to not get stormed again in 2010 from The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Chargers defense not long ago had many players -- Jamal Williams and Donnie Edwards and Randall Godfrey and a healthy Shawne Merriman -- who had done so much and, most of them, for so long.

In contrast to an offense still stocked with Pro Bowlers and recognized playmakers, not to mention a heralded rookie running back, Merriman’s ongoing comeback from an Achilles’ injury, which will likely keep him from playing in the opener, leaves the Chargers without a bona fide star on defense.

Bolts' defenders look to make a name for themselves from The San Diego Union-Tribune

"You can see that stability in how the players respond and operate," said Haley, starting his second season as the Chiefs head coach. "You can tell that Coach (Norv) Turner has this thing well-oiled."

Haley’s first season in K.C., by comparison, was pretty greasy.

No change a change for better for Chargers from The San Diego Union-Tribune

I think the Chiefs are going to have a season very, very similar to that of the 2008 Miami Dolphins. The 2008 Dolphins were coming off a 1-15 season. They had an average QB, an average to slightly below average defense, a good running game and special teams unit and an easy schedule. Don't underestimate the power of the schedule.

Paddy’s Chiefs Season Preview from Arrowhead Addict

Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman practiced for the second straight day on Thursday after missing most of the preseason with an Achilles' tendon injury.

Merriman was limited, but tested the Achilles' more than he had the previous day, when he only participated in individual drills. While his activity has increased and he's recovering well, there's little chance that he'll play Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs

CHARGERS NOTES: Merriman practices again from North County Times

FOX4KC Video: Chiefs Working to Win Back Fans

So to try to remedy the 4-12 record from 2009, the Chiefs have brought in more Patriot alumni and to try to recreate the success that worked for them in the dynasty years. Kansas City brought in Charlie Weis as their new offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator. If they can make things a lot better and easier for Todd Haley, who did a bad job of juggling both jobs as head coach and offensive coordinator. With a few weapons added, could the Chiefs get better? Or will they still be a mess? Technorati goes inside the Kansas City Chiefs.

2010 NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs from the Gridiron Grind

Kansas City Chiefs fans will have to wait until Monday to see which players make an early impact on the Chiefs 2010 season, but one rookie already has the respect of Arrowhead Stadium’s "Sea of Red."

The Chiefs and ARAMARK, the team’s new food and beverage partner in concessions, announced today that fans have chosen the Red and Gold Short Rib Melt – pulled short ribs, grilled onions and white American and Havarti cheeses on Parmesan-crusted toast – as the new signature sandwich for Arrowhead Stadium.

Chiefs Fans Choose New Signature Sandwich At Arrowhead from WIBW

Fantasy owners will get their first regular looks at the Chargers without WR Vincent Jackson (out at least four games) and RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Is Ryan Mathews the real deal? Will Malcom Floyd break out? Will Antonio Gates see more double teams? Amazingly, those probably aren't even the biggest fantasy subplots of the game. That honor goes to the Chiefs backfield situation, which will surely be a point of interest to all Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones owners. Let's break this one down.

Chargers at Chiefs from Sporting News

Kansas City Chiefs: over/under 6.5

Under. Charlie Weis is running Kansas City's offense now. You remember Charlie Weis, right? He's the guy who led an average offense in New England that became one of the NFL's best immediately after he left (even though the Patriots were then playing without the benefit of Spygate).

Pigskinpalooza Preview: The AFC from ESPN

The Chiefs have added some nice pieces, including safety Eric Berry, who may turn out to be the top defensive player taken in the draft.

But there is much work ahead for the Chiefs, who look set to finish at the bottom of a sad sack division that also includes the dysfunctional Oakland Raiders and troubled Denver Broncos.

Major shock if the Chargers jolted by the Chiefs.

The Lineman’s NFL picks: Week 1 from Reuters

  

The worst news from the Chiefsperspective coming out of the AFC West this offseason has to also be one of the most unexpected summations of the entire NFL: the Oakland Raiders are acting normal. 

Given the spate of ridiculous news, draft picks and transactions coming out of Oakland the last several years, it's easy to forget that this team actually played in a Super Bowl this decade. And it seems that some level of common sense has returned to Al Davis & Co. 

The Wild West: A Closer Look at the Oakland Raiders from SB Nation Kansas City

Last week we looked at five predictions for offense of the Kansas City Chiefs, based on what we've seen so far in the preseason. This week the focus is on the defensive side of the ball. We know the regular season can look drastically different than the preseason for a number of different reasons, but if the preseason is any indication, then there's a good chance the following five will be true this year.

Preseason Predictions: Defense from Arrowhead Addict

Kansas City Chiefs: What I Know- Jamaal Charles is literally flying by everyone.  He's in the air accelerating right now.  He's a top five back.  Charles is Kansas City's Chris Johnson.  Very similar to "Mr. 2,500″, big-play back with ridiculous wheels.  Makes it look too easy.  He's running in the open field as I type.  Add Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster to the offense, wow.  Jones is a warrior.  McCluster is going to be fun to watch.  He and Javier Arenas are going to make that return game electric beyond measure.  I think he's going to turn out to be much better than his comparison, Darren Sproles.  Don't sell him short.

What I Know, What I Don’t Know from NFL Gridiron Gab

Two thoughts: First, it’s nice to have Nessler doing the second game, a true play-by-play man, instead of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, the two guys from the morning ESPN Radio show. Second, isn’t 7:15 (9:15 Central time) awfully late to start a game in Kansas City?

T.J. goes out on a limb picking Texans from The Ventura County Star

Phenom: Despite the opinion I gave on him at the beginning of this article, if there is a team Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews will look like a #1 Fantasy running back against, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs, as they possessed the 2nd worst run defense in all of the NFL in 2009.

NFL Week 1: Fantasy Phenoms and Flameouts from 5x5

That's right; the big boys south of the border, who tend to run with the big boys from all those southern U.S. colleges that turn out all-stars like an assembly line, those at the top liked what they saw in the brawny lad with Wolfe Island roots: Kingston's Cory Greenwood has cracked the roster for the Kansas City Chiefs.

It just may be the first time a Regi high school footballer has survived training camp cuts for an NFL team.

 

CONVERSATIONS - Making the team from Kingston This Week

In two games with the Chiefs last season the Chargers averaged 40 points with Philip Rivers totaling five touchdowns and 585 yards with no interceptions. The Chiefs added playmaking safety Eric Berry to their mix, but he's the only difference between last year's weak Chiefs defense and this year's version. That spells success for Rivers, even without Vincent Jackson (169 yards, one TD in two games vs. Kansas City).

Week 1 Fantasy Football Matchups from CBS Sports

SAN DIEGO at KANSAS CITY: This is called ending Week One with a whimper, not a bang. Chargers 42, Chiefs 24.

Forget Jan. 1, the new year has started from The Charlotte Observer

I love television that opens with slow motion shots of barbecue sauce being slathered on a rack of ribs. It's the closest I can come to being a lion devouring an antelope. The Travel Channel's Food Wars opened with a few mouth-watering shots of barbecue before host Camille Ford informed the audience that she was in "the town that lives and breathes barbecue." 

Arthur Bryant's defeats Gates on Food Wars from The Pitch

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