Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/8

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes away from Curtis Lofton #50 and Stephen Nicholas #54 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Must be about time for football. How do I know? Well, it seems everyone with access to a computer has posted a power ranking/ preview. In the interest of getting to work on time I haven't posted all of them, but you will find a few with the rest of your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

One of the more important, if overlooked, priorities is for the Chiefs to develop the bottom of its roster. The high draft picks and starting lineup get most of the attention beyond the walls of the team’s Arrowhead training facility. But within them, each player who exceeds expectations is perhaps one fewer draft pick the team has to burn, one less free-agent signing the Chiefs have to make, one less trade they have to execute.

That’s when moves could be made to strengthen the team for the short-term, rather than reinforcing the roster for months and years into the future.

Chiefs consider future while molding current roster from KC Star

The Pats-ification of the Kansas City Chiefs enters its second regular season with even more of New England air about them. It's in the DNA of their red blood (Par)cells, what with the hiring of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator by (ex-Pat) general manager Scott Pioli.

Even the venue where the Chargers have been playing once a year since 1972 has undergone a change, a renovation that cost $375 million, but Arrowhead Stadium hasn't lost anything to diminish its reputation as perhaps the loudest stadium for visitors.

Chargers scouting report: Kansas City Chiefs from The San Diego Union-Tribune

How to stop them

"A lot of it is playing assignment football. If everyone mans their gap, and tackles well, we can minimize their effectiveness and contain what they do. Stopping the run against the Chiefs would definitely get this defense on the right track this season. Stopping the run is our top priority."

-- inside linebacker Brandon Siler

CHARGERS: Kansas City Chiefs scouting report from The North County Times

They've shifted gears for 2010 by focusing on young players and letting them work with a pair of highly successful assistants who flopped royally as head coaches. If Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis weren't too shaken by their experiences as the man in charge, the Chiefs could finally see the end of their walk in the football wilderness. 

Kansas City Chiefs 2010 Season Preview: Building Brick By Brick from FanHouse

Kansas City Chiefs: Opener sold out and optimistic all eight games will be. Can’t rule out blackouts. Had one blackout last year.

USA Today's 2010 NFL TV blackouts forecast from USA Today

Greenwood will likely receive the rookie minimum of $350,000, (more than the average CFL player will make in their career), while being relegated to a special teams role for most, if not all, of the season. It was Greenwood's special teams play that caught the eye of Chiefs coaches in the first place, and if he plays well, he could start seeing more snaps on the defensive side of the ball.

Stingers hold off Bishop’s for season opening win and former linebacker makes NFL roster from The Concordian

To me, it sometimes seems like yesterday when as a young news anchor and reporter for KMBC, I spent time on the sidelines with Coach Hank Stram, Stu's dad, and Hall of Famer Len Dawson, covering Chiefs games. I was the one of the primary guys doing sports on Channel 9 when the Chiefs made their run for the Super Bowl in 1969. Every Sunday night at 10 p.m., I was the sportscaster presenting Chiefs victory highlights.

Sept. 7, 2010: Treads And Threads from KMBC

ESPN is gearing up for its debut UK broadcast of Monday Night Football, starting with an expanded preview program.

Monday Night Football, which is the longest-running and most successful primetime sports show in US television history, will premiere on ESPN and ESPN HD on September 13

ESPN gears up for Monday Night Football from Digital Spy

Did everyone forget what Chris Chambers accomplished last season after joining the Kansas City Chiefs? Chambers filled in nicely for Dwayne Bowe (as he served a four game suspension) by posting stats similar to his more youthful years.

In only 9 games last season, Chris reeled in 36 receptions for 608 yards and 4 touchdowns.  With a full 16 games, at that pace Chambers would have eclipsed 1,000 yards with ease.

Week 1 Waiver Wire Steals: Chris Chambers and Patrick Crayton from Midwest Sports Fans

25. Kansas City Chiefs: Don't look now, but the Chiefs could be climbing into contention.

PFT's Week Zero Power Rankings: Saints, Colts 1-2 from NBC Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: It's gonna be a long season in KC. QB Matt Cassell and RB Thomas Jones are someone else's expensive castoffs, and outside of rookie Eric Berry and LB Mike Vrabel, their defence is anonymous. The Chiefs don't have much to look forward to other than first pick in April's draft. Welcome to Kansas City, Mark Ingram

NFL PREVIEW: American Football Conference West from The McGill Tribune

Bowe certainly has the talent, but like the rest of the Chiefs recent 1st round picks, he has yet to fully demonstrate that talent. WR Chris Chambers doesn’t look like he has anything left. The Chiefs must establish a running game, perhaps more than any other team, in order to succeed.

Although the foundation is in place, the Chiefs are in need of too many pieces to be considered anything close to a contender. Expect the Chiefs to be drafting in the top 5 once again in 2011.

Arnold's 2010 NFL Predictions from Real GM Football

21. Kansas City Chiefs [7-9] — How good is their scouting department? That's the question. If the young guys can take a step forward, Kansas City could really surprise people. With Ryan Lilja joining Brian Waters, third-year tackle Branden Albert could help solidify an above-average offensive line.

NFL 2010 Preseason Power Rankings from Sports Central

Thomas Jones wanted
not: All he does is move chains.
Kansas City Chiefs.

Forecast finish: 6-10

America's original all-haiku predictions from ESPN

The bottom line:With Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis now the defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively, to go with a roster with a little more pop, a team that's won only 10 games the past three years combined will be a tougher out this time around.

Denver Post NFL reporter Jeff Legwold breaks down AFC West from The Denver Post

Hail to the Chiefs

Be confused about the outcome of the Chiefs-Chargers game and expect a ‘push’ on the total of 45 (28-17 maybe). Kansas City is a trend oxymoron with the OVER prevailing in seven of nine opening-season games, but the UNDER prevailing at a 7-1 clip in their past eight September home games.

Hmmmmmmm.

Week 1 NFL Odds History Lesson from FOX Sports

The Chargers, Passing, and Normal Football
Turns out, San Diego's play-calling wasn't so abysmal as the raw numbers show. If we look at what Mr. Burke calls "Normal Football" -- that is, those periods in the first and third quarters when the score is within 10 points -- we see that the Chargers were actually more pass-heavy than at first glance, going to the air a full 61% of the time...

...Obligatory Note About the Chiefs
It's a fact: the Chiefs are the other team playing today.

2010-11 NFL Season: Week 1 News and Notes from Opposing Views

Stram's Odd Front

About the same time Landry was tinkering with his 4-3 in Dallas, defensive coaches in the A.F.L. were also making changes to the alignment of their front fours. Whether to create mismatches by putting a bigger defensive lineman over an undersized center or to move more defensive players toward the likely point of the offensive attack, the defensive lines were shifting. Instead of aligning symmetrically in the even formation, a few defenses in the A.F.L. began to move one defensive tackle over to align helmet to helmet on the center in what came to be called an "odd" front.

Guide to N.F.L. Defenses, Part 2: Evolution of 4-3 Front from The New York Times

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