Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/23

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs by defensive lineman Robaire Smith #98 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Good morning, AP. We're over the hump and headed into Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs are seeing a lot of guarded love. For the most part, people can't ignore our record and at the same time can't ignore our offensive production. Here's today's news.

The Chiefs are undefeated in part because of what they’ve been able to accomplish on the ground. They’re fifth in the league in rushing yardage.

But they’ve been more efficient when giving the ball to Charles, who is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and has Kansas City’s only rushing touchdown, than when they’ve handed it to Jones, who gets 3.7 yards per carry. Charles also delivered the Chiefs’ only pass reception of longer than 20 yards.

Jones, though, has far more carries than Charles. Jones has 33, Charles 22.

Haley says Chiefs’ backfield balancing act is not a problem from KC Star

Just two games into the 2010 season, one thing is abundantly clear: It's a new and improved era in Kansas City. But it's not the offense that has transformed the Chiefs from divisional doormats to AFC West contenders — it's the defense. Namely, it's D-coordinator Romeo Crennel.

While an offense that was expected to be significantly better has lagged behind, Kansas City's stop unit has outperformed all preseason projections. A group that finished 30th last year and was second-to-last against the run has made leaps and bounds since '09, allowing just 91 rushing yards and 14 points per game.

Crennel has Chiefs' 'D' excelling from Pro Football Weekly

Chiefs coach Todd Haley acknowledged Wednesday that, for both of his team’s games, there were problems getting play calls between the coaches’ box and quarterback Matt Cassel. Haley said the problems were because of technology, possibly high-definition signal interference and he has since heard that other teams have had similar problems.

Tight end Davis says 49ers will beat Chiefs from KC Star

KC Star Video: Adam Teicher | Eric Berry profile

The 49ers drafted NaVorro Bowman to add depth at the linebacker position. Three games into his NFL career, they may have to ask Bowman to be a one-man show.

Bowman ran with the first-team defense in practice Wednesday as inside linebacker Takeo Spikes sat with a knee contusion.

NaVorro Bowman might sub for Spikes against Chiefs from The San Francisco Chronicle

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Matt Cassel is running out of excuses for his poor play. They can run the ball, and they're playing better on defense. Sure, there isn't an abundance of playmakers, but they didn't give Cassel his big contract to win despite him. I continue to think the Chiefs will strongly consider getting out of this contract in the offseason.

In a passing league, what is with all these ugly QB situations? from NFL.com

In the wake of last week's tense interview with coach Mike Singletary, Dennis O'Donnell, the host of the "Coach's Corner" segment on KPIX, has been replaced by Kim Coyle. Coyle takes over starting with today's taping.

Because the show is done as part of a contracted partnership, the 49ers have editorial input. 49ers spokesman Bob Lange said changing hosts was a "joint agreement (with KPIX) to give the interviews a better dynamic going forward."

KPIX reporter booted off Singletary's 'Coach's Corner' program from MercuryNews.com

Who's the better 2-0 team, Tampa Bay or the Chiefs?

PRISCO: This may sound strange, but I'll go with the Bucs. Why? I really like quarterback Josh Freeman. He came on late last season, and he's made big strides so far this season....

JUDGE: Kansas City. The Chiefs have a quarterback who has won. They have a legitimate running game. And their defense has been lights-out in the first two starts...

Faceoff: Best surprise team? Wade's future? Early impressions? from CBS Sports

If I am going to be critical of coaching decisions, I also need to laud those that are appropriately aggressive.  Positive reinforcement works for everyone, including NFL coaches.  So, I thought I would point out two situations where coaches took "risks" Sunday that were absolutely the right play.

Playing to Win the Game: Where NFL Coaches Are Commended for Late, Great Calls from The Big Lead

Q: Are the Kansas City Chiefs going to be a playoff contender this season?

A: I highly doubt it. Their defense is significantly improved since last year and much of the credit must go to new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, because the cast of characters on that side of the ball is for the most part the same as last year. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the offense hasn't made the same strides, and as a result, I don't think they are a legit contender. They are finding a way to win the close ones, however, and that is a huge first step.

The downside to quick QB hooks from ESPN

Must Sit of the Week – Michael Crabtree – SF

Michael Crabtree is simply not ready yet, and it has shown in his play, as well as Alex Smith’s willingness to target him more than three times a game.

But to make matters worse, the Kansas City Chiefs will ultimately deploy Brandon Flowers as the primary cover man against Crabtree who seems to be healthier than previously thought (knee and shoulder).

WR Start Sit Week 3: A Veteran Affair from Fantasy Knuckleheads

 

A combined 10-38 record the past three years - and two straight last-place finishes in the AFC West - along with an offseason void of big-name acquisitions other than Thomas Jones led many to believe Kansas City would remain mediocre. A pair of far-from-impressive performances still has skeptics doubting the Chiefs, but they did manage to win both to become a surprise division leader.

"It's nice when you win a couple of games in a row and get some momentum going, get some confidence and start building something, but we know the things we need to work on," receiver Chris Chambers said. "We're very critical of the mistakes we made."

Kansas City vs. San Francisco from CBS Sports

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