Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/16

And it's Thursday already. Welcome to another Arrowheadlines. There are 27 articles waiting below. All of them concerning your Kansas City Chiefs. Read and enjoy.

Coach Todd Haley will be playing the villain this week, the man who reminds everyone of the Chiefs’ sobering performance against Cleveland last year, when the Browns scored 41 points at Arrowhead. Nobody likes that kind of reality check, but that’s what Haley will be issuing.

Haley said Wednesday that he’ll repeat it as often as necessary to keep players from overlooking the Browns; from turning all the good that came from Monday into more bad.

"It sticks with me, I know that," Haley said of last year’s 41-34 loss to Cleveland.

After uplifting victory, Chiefs shift focus to Cleveland from KC Star

"We moved on to Kansas City and got the corrections from Tampa Bay. In looking at Kansas City, I think that they have improved in a lot of areas and this is a team that we know well in a sense that we played them in the latter part of the season and for me personally knowing the coordinators and the head coach. Having worked with those guys, I have a ton of respect for Todd (Haley) and Romeo (Crennel) and Charlie (Weis). I know they’ll be ready to play."

Eric Mangini Talks About Upcoming Game Against Kansas City Chiefs from ClevelandLeader.com

McCluster went inside the 10 to field the punt but received no criticism from coach Todd Haley — and not because he scored. McCluster received special instructions because of the ability of Chargers punter Mike Scifres.

Chiefs Notes | Haley says McCluster made right decision on punt return; Thum's assistant departs from KC Star

Misdemeanor charges were filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence against Xtreme Clean 88 for failing to make sufficient benefit payments under prevailing wage laws last year at Arrowhead.

An attorney for the company said it was in the midst of making up the payments when the prosecutor’s office took its action.

Cleaning company co-owned by ex-Chief Tony Gonzalez accused of violating labor laws from KC Star

If Delhomme can't go, mobile backup Seneca Wallace will get the call. The offseason pickup started 14 games over seven seasons in Seattle, including two last season.

Perhaps an even bigger concern for Cleveland is nose tackle Shaun Rogers not being 100 percent. The stout run stuffer missed Wednesday's practice with a leg injury, though it's not expected to keep him out Sunday.

Cleveland vs. Kansas City from CBS Sports

''It's not like I'm over here licking my chops,'' said running back Jerome Harrison, who broke Cleveland's single-game rushing record with 286 yards and three touchdowns last season in the Browns' 41-34 win over the Chiefs. ''No, this is going to be a tough one. I know Romeo. He's a great defensive coordinator. He's going to have something for us.''

Browns a little leery of Crennel's defense from Ohio.com

Days after the win, and days before the Chiefs travel for a Week 2 contest with the Cleveland Browns, fans – and some in the media – are still clamoring for more Jamaal Charles.

Well, take it from a guy who is a fan of a one-win team (St. Louis Rams) from last season: Enjoy the first Chiefs’ win to open the season in five years while you can.

Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis have made it clear: Veteran Thomas Jones is the starting running back.

Wins count no matter what they look like from The Examiner

What exactly has changed in just over 10 months?

For starters, Kansas City is beginning to assemble some talent. A certain San Diego talk show host rambled about the Chargers loss as being "appalling,"‘ as if indicating the Chiefs talent level was UFL-like. Let me read off some names off the KC roster:

Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster (Dante Hall, but even more explosive), Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Javier Arenas, Eric Berry

Sounds like a recent SEC All-Star team, although Berry did get schooled a bit trying to cover Antonio Gates in his pro debut.

The aftermath of the Chargers’ Monday night loss to the Chiefs from Midwest Sports Fans

"I would say that I’m paying attention to Jerome," said Haley. "We definitely have a jersey No. 35 out there and when you have a guy play as well as he did against us, you tend to not forget that for a long, long time."

In the two games prior to that match-up with the Chiefs, Harrison had totaled only 17 carries and amassed 41 yards on the ground.  But once then-lead back Jamal Lewis was placed on the injured reserve, it was all Harrison and Arrowhead Stadium was his coming out party.

Chiefs Will Be "Paying Attention" to Jerome Harrison from Waiting for Next Year

First, I commend EA Sports for something many will overlook: the implementation of almost completely accurate crowd celebrations.

The Denver Broncos’ "incomplete" chant, the Washington Redskins’ thing that they do and, most importantly, the Kansas City Chiefs’ "Hey Song" celebration are all present.

The presentation is improved; that’s for sure. Although, if I may offer a suggestion, turn the commentary off and the crowd noise up. With a decent sound system, the experience is immersive to say the least.

Far from the ‘Madden’ crowd from The University Leader

There could be changes on the right side of the Browns' offensive line Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Floyd Womack started at right guard and John St. Clair got the call at right tackle last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Eric Mangini said Monday that he was pleased with their performances, but that doesn't mean he won't make some moves.

Changes coming in Cleveland line from The Warren Tribune Chronicle

This month, Triumph Books of Chicago -- an imprint of Random House -- will publish a compelling story about just such an entrepreneur who quietly but permanently changed modern sports. Without Lamar Hunt's tenacity and toughness, Joe Willy Namath would not have his place in the history of professional football. It was Lamar Hunt, more than anyone, who created our contemporary professional football league.

Sun-Times Media news editor David Sweet, who has a record of successful sports reporting, authored this fascinating book entitled "Lamar Hunt; The Gentle Giant Who Revolutionized Professional Sports."

Gariano: Tenacity is a trait of all great quarterbacks -- and of one revolutionary sports entrepreneur from The Mundelein Review

Glen Lovelace, Willowbrook, U.S. Coast Guard marine inspector: "They'll win five games. I'm a Kansas City Chiefs fan. The Super Bowl goes to Kansas City this year."

Street Talk: How do you think the bears will do this season? from The Doings-Clarendon Hills

But the biggest surprises of the weekend came in Houston and Kansas City. The Texans, riding the legs of Arian Foster, marched right through Indianapolis. And the Chiefs just demoralized the usually slow-starting San Diego Chargers.

But as I looked at the sideline of the new Arrowhead Stadium, which wins the award for the most-rocking stadium this past weekend, I saw two coordinators - Charlie Weis (offense) and Romeo Crennel (defense) - that know a thing or two about football. Plus, they are joined by a lot of young talent.

Football planting the seed from progress-index.com

Hopefully you followed my Survivor Pool advice in Week 1 and didn’t fall into the trap that was the Chargers at Chiefs game on Monday night by picking San Diego as your survivor team. The New Arrowhead Stadium was rocking and Kansas City ended a five-game skid to its AFC West rivals with a 21-14 win despite totaling all of nine first downs and gaining less than 200 total yards. 

NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 2 from Doc's Sports Service

Week 1 (NFL)
Ah, the NFL. Addicted-gambling paradise. The Chiefs opened the season as 4.5-point underdogs at home against the Chargers. But the betting public was obviously unfamiliar with the Chiefs 47 rookie-of-the-year candidates. Kansas City pulled off the upset, 21-14, and padded the old gambling kitty with another $100.

Homerism: If KC gamblers have been betting on the home team, they've been winning from The Pitch

My bold prediction this season was that Dexter McCluster would be the dark horse candidate for rookie of the year. Kansas City drafted the Ole Miss standout in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft after he dazzled scouts with his route running skills at the Combine. McCluster certainly has the ability to take it to the house if he gets an ounce of daylight and is easily the most dynamic weapon in the Chiefs' offense not named Jamaal Charles, and will line up all over the field either at running back or as a slot receiver.

Week 2: Player Upgrades from FF Toolbox

#5 Oldest Stadium – Arrowhead Stadium, Opened for the Kansas City Chiefs on September 17, 1972
In a game that featured Len Dawson (once again) for the Chiefs and Larry Csonka, Mercury Morris, Bob Griesem Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick for the 1972 Undefeated Dolphins, the Chiefs were defeated 20-10. The stadium cost $43 million and held around 77,000 during its opening. The stadium was originally planned to be part of two stadiums (football and baseball) that would have a roof that would roll back and forth between the two stadiums. This became too complicated to build and the idea was never brought to fruition.

Big Orange Guy’s Top Five: Oldest NFL Stadiums from Inside Pulse

Kansas City at Cleveland: How about those Chiefs rookies? In Week 1’s dramatic, rain-soaked 21-14 victory over San Diego, bite-size former SEC stars Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas each had big punt returns, fifth overall selection Eric Berry laid the wood at safety, and tight end Tony Moeaki caught a touchdown pass. As for the Browns? Well, they squandered a late fourth-quarter lead and lost to an absolutely mediocre Bucs team. I guess some things never change. Romeo Crennel returns to the Dawg Pound on Sunday and leaves as a victor. Eric Mangini's seat suddenly gets a little warmer.

The Pick: Chiefs 27, Browns 16

NFL Week 2 picks and predictions from Fox Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Defense – Amazingly, they may have a pass rush now, and LB Derrick Johnson may have finally found a coach in Romeo Crennel who can get the best out of him. Most important, the Chiefs may have the most deadly return game in the league now with rookies Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas, who look like a good bet to return 3-4 kicks for TDs this year. That might be a conservative estimate.

Stock Watch: Early upgrades from Yahoo! Sports

Indications are, the Bears are exploring trade options. Whether they can strike a deal, though, is a whole other story. The Oakland Raiders are shopping Thomas Howard, a 2006 second-round pick. He started his career strong but has fallen out of favor in Oakland, according to a league source. But, the Bears are not believed to be pursuing him.

One team that has plenty of linebackers is the Kansas City Chiefs. They presently have 10 on their roster.

Bears may be looking to trade for a linebacker from The Chicago Sun-Times

14. Kansas City Chiefs - Patriots JV has seemed to have grown up! The offense wasn't bad, the defense wasn't bad and the special teams was great. The Chiefs have a strong chance of making the playoffs. They look like an 8-8 team, but that's all that's needed in the West.

Premature Power Rankings: Week 1 from Pats Pulpit

Kansas City at Cleveland (38): The Chiefs are the poster child for poor offense. Against the Chargers, they completed only 10 passes, averaging 2.8 yards per pass. They were 1-for-11 on third downs. Conversely, their defense allowed only 4 of 15 third-down conversions and 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. The Browns are facing QB problems with Jake Delhomme’s status unclear with his injured ankle.

NFL Handicapping: An Early Look at the Week 2 NFL Totals from Maddux Sports

Players change teams. Last year Thomas Jones was a beast, but this year he will play in Kansas City, a city famous for nothing involving football. He may not perform as well as last year with the New York Jets, and has marginal value compared to last season. Think of Jay Cutler going to the Bears, Matt Cassel to the Chiefs, or anyone that goes to the Raiders.

Fantasy Football Advice from The Northeastern Illinois University Independent

Josh Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against the Chiefs last year to become the NFL's all-time leader with eight. But he was bottled up last week and he knows the Chiefs will try to do the same.

"It's a lot of young guys [on special teams] and we're still getting to know each other," said Cribbs. "Over half the guys are new. You can't say which game it [will click] but hopefully it's this one. We had a slow start last year and we ended up No. 1."

David Bowens shakes off the frustration from an idle Sunday: Browns Insider from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

``We fought a hard-fought game. Nobody gave us a chance,'' said defensive end Glenn Dorsey, who had six tackles and a half-sack in perhaps his best performance since being picked fifth overall in 2008.

``For us to come that far and dealing with our past, where maybe the other team might score in that situation, we all had that in the back of our mind, saying, 'Not tonight.'''

The win offered a far more pleasant memory than what the Chiefs last experienced in a regular-season game at Arrowhead. Dorsey missed Kansas City's Dec. 20 visit from Cleveland (0-1) with a knee injury, and his team certainly missed him.

Chiefs-Browns Preview from The Ledger

7. Tonight I saw a game-ending goal-line stand by the Chiefs (say what?) that's right,Kansas City. We're gonna need much more of a defensive presence in Madden 11. only five teams scored 30 points on opening weekend, and NONE scored 40.

Real Football Impressions from OperationSports.com

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