Good morning Chiefs fans. Considering how light the Kansas City Chiefs news has been lately, it's exceptionally nice when we get good news. Congratulations seem to be in order for Cassel (who is once again stepping in for an injured Brady), and we get a reminder of just how good Len Dawson was at quarterback. Enjoy.
Sure, there are more playoff games now than 30 years ago, and way more than there were 45 years ago, but still. For Sanchez in two seasons to jump John Elway and Terry Bradshaw and Johnny Unitas? Amazing.
Dawson was a surprise. He's sort of forgotten as an epic quarterback. But check out his record. He quarterbacked the Dallas Texans to the 1962 AFL title on the road at Houston, quarterbacked the Kansas City Chiefs (transplanted from Dallas) to the 1966 AFL title on the road at Buffalo and quarterbacked the '69 Chiefs to back-to-back road wins at the Jets and Oakland to reach the Super Bowl, where KC beat Minnesota in New Orleans.
Dawson's 4-1 road playoff record - he lost 41-6 at Oakland in the '68 AFL semifinals - is superb.
NFL Quarterbacks: Looking at Playoff Road Records from The Oklahoman
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to have surgery on his foot Thursday morning in Boston, and the lingering injury will prevent Brady from playing in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 30, SportsCenter 5's Mike Lynch reported.
A stress fracture in Brady's right foot will keep him from playing in the game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. He will be replaced by Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs, Lynch reported.
Patriots' Brady To Have Foot Surgery from WCVB
The Kansas City Star addressed this subject, saying there is a faction of Chiefs' fans who want coach Todd Haley to be fired.
Do Chiefs' fans really feel that way...
...Hit my mailbag and let me know your thoughts. I will post some of your responses later in the week.
Sound Off: Todd Haley from ESPN
The 2003 NFL season was probably the last time you would hear a writer say that he or she absolutely loved chronicling the Kansas City Chiefs; that was eight years ago, and for the first time since, the Chiefs clinched the AFC West title and a home playoff game.
Did it end well? No. The Chiefs let the Baltimore Ravens into Arrowhead Stadium, took a beating, then let them right back out - as if the game was a mere speed bump for Baltimore.
Let's start with the negatives because I'm better at trifling and being a pessimistic jerk - ask my family. They have to watch all the games with me.
Darkest Before Dawn from The University Leader
Jerry from Kansas City wants to know if I think the Chiefs will re-sign star linebacker Tamba Hali.
BW: I think they will. They have too. He is arguably the Chiefs' best player. He is the centerpiece of that defense.
AFC West Mailbag from ESPN
Q: Did the Chiefs' easy schedule this year give all of us false hope for next year? I saw the road schedule for '11 already and it is brutal. Do you think the Chiefs are improving at a rate fast enough to compete for the playoffs, with a hard schedule, again next year?
Keith in Olathe, Kan.
A: I wouldn't call it false hope, but deep down the Chiefs knew they were a 10-win team because of their schedule this year. Todd Haley hasn't tried to deliver false hopes. He's been honest all year in saying the Chiefs were a work in progress.
Legs Helping QBs Stay in the Running from ESPN
Fox is a defense-based head coach, so his defensive coordinator position, while drawing more public attention because of its transient pattern in Denver, may not be nearly as significant as his offensive coordinator. Had Fox not given play-calling authority to McCoy, he would have lost him. McCoy turned down the chance to become offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.
Offensive Coordinator Get to Call Plays for Fox's Broncos from The Denver Post