KANSAS CITY MO - JANUARY 09: Safety Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after breaking up a pass to tight end Todd Heap #86 of the Baltimore Ravens in the endzone during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9 2011 in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Good morning Chiefs fans! We have another round of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. On the house! Please read responsibly.
The Committee of 101 has given Todd Haley the first of what may be several coach-of-the-year awards.
Haley was selected by the committee as AFC coach of the year. He will be honored at the annual 101 banquet March 5 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel...
...A national media committee, composed of 101 writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL, selected the award winners in each category.
No Chiefs fan can be too pleased with last Sunday's outcome. But despite Kansas City's lackluster performance against Baltimore in the wild-card round, there can be no question that a 10-6 record and the AFC West title were major positives for 2010.
The challenge for the organization going into last offseason was to become competitive. In that manner, the club exceeded all expectations. This offseason, general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley are tasked with taking that next step. So what are some of the issues standing in their way?
The honest truth is that apart from the club being relatively young and having won 10 games in 2010, there isn't a lot of reason to expect the best in 2011. The probabilities are against KC. In many ways, they will be swimming up stream.
Any objective analysis of the past season has to account for a number of things that went terribly RIGHT... things that almost certainly cannot be duplicated... things that were way out of the ordinary for what any NFL team should expect. Consequently, the purpose of this post is 1) point them out and 2) try to make some judgments about what a reversion to the mean will do to the Chiefs' record next season.
Chiefs: A Reason for Pessimism! from Upon Further Review
The Dallas Cowboys remain Oklahoma City's most popular NFL team, according to Nielsen ratings compiled for the 2010 season. The Cowboys averaged a 14.1 rating for 16 telecasts, down from 14.4 in 2009.
The Minnesota Vikings finished second with a 12.9 average for 10 telecasts, followed by the St. Louis Rams with a 12.4 average for 11 telecasts and the Kansas City Chiefs, an 8.1 average for eight telecasts.
Dallas Cowboys still Oklahoma’s favorite NFL team from The Oklahoman
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, there is a chance the Broncos could retain McCoy, especially considering today's announcement that John Fox will be the Broncos next head coach.
McCoy worked for Fox in Carolina so there is a familiarity there. If Fox decides he wants to work with his old mate then McCoy could end up staying in Denver.
Fox Hire Could Block Chiefs From Hiring McCoy from Arrowhead Addict
13. Priest Holmes, Kansas City Chiefs, 2001: The mere mention of Holmes' name should have a Pavlovian effect on any longtime fantasy football player. After back-to-back mediocre seasons with Baltimore, Holmes became a stat-mongering force in the NFL. He had at least 2,100 yards rushing and receiving for three consecutive seasons with the Chiefs, scoring 10, 24 and then 27 touchdowns before injuries started to pile up. While Holmes was clearly talented, he also benefitted from running behind one of the great offensive lines of his time and took advantage of the wide-open nature of the Kansas City offense.
Brees tops all-time best free agents list from Yahoo! Sports
Really tough choosing two from these four (and more). You have to have Hali in there as the guy who terrorized quarterbacks more than any other player; no one even came close to his 95 overall pressures (combined sacks, hits and hurries).
The 2010 ProFootballFocus.com All-Pro Team: Defense/Special Teams from Pro Football Focus
We admired what Charles did in half a season last year, and it was truly a case that the only thing that slowed him down this year was his head coach. It might be a good, sensible plan to keep Charles fresh, but it's a shame that we as fans don't get a chance to see just how many yards he can pile up. Charles is the kind of back that makes the most out of any space, and he's good enough to make yards after contact (only five guys finished with a higher average).
No Chiefs? So, OK, the Dallas Cowboys couldn't make it to the big (local) game, but what about a homecoming for the Dallas Texans, who for some reason insist on calling themselves the Kansas City Chiefs these days? That would have been cool. The Lamar Hunt back story would have truly been special for North Texas. But no dice. Neither the Dallas Texans nor the Chiefs showed up to play last weekend, giving a free pass to the Baltimore Ravens.
Editorial: Few story lines shaping up for local Super Bowl from The Dallas Morning News
There is no question that Scott Pioli's second Kansas City draft class has given the Chiefs solid ground to work on going forward, even after taking a beating from the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs last week. Safety Eric Berry is already becoming a star; Tony Moeaki gives the club an answer at tight end for years to come; and Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster and Kendrick Lewis all contributed in their first years.
But perhaps more important to the breakthrough year for Pioli and coach Todd Haley was the explosion by the last draft class overseen by Carl Peterson and Herm Edwards.
Charles will remain an integral part of the Chiefs' passing game in 2011, although I suspect that we'll see another player or two added to the receiving corps (would-be No. 2 receiver Chris Chambers wasn't even active for the playoff game). The continued growth of Matt Cassel and a more consistent downfield passing game will create huge running lanes next season. I suspect that some of those big runs on which he was caught in 2010 translate into touchdown sprints in 2011.
2011 Top 36 Keepers: Charles rates high from FOX Sports