SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe #82 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes his first touchdown catch against Kelly Jennings #21 of the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28 2010 in Seattle Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Happy June, Chiefs fans. The year is flying by. We have a pretty good day of Kansas City Chiefs news for you. Enjoy.
But where the Chiefs struggled was in obvious passing situations. The percentage of successful red zone plays decreased dramatically as third and fourth downs approached. While Kansas City’s first-down success rate was the league’s 2nd-highest (58.5%), second-down success dropped to an 11th ranking (52.5%) and third/fourth-down success fell to 19th overall (34.3%).
In balanced situations, the Chiefs were among the league’s red zone elite. But when pushed into pass-first situations, Kansas City dropped below average.
Look for Chiefs Red Zone Targets to Even Out in 2011 from The Mothership
In the last few days, there have been a lot of interesting stories floating around the league. They were not about this Friday’s hearing or the strength of either side’s argument. They were about the little people, who have been losing out as the lockout goes to its 11th week.
I had my say last week about the ridiculous situation of Chiefs ownership slashing the salaries of front office employees, even though the lockout has nothing to do with them. Here’s the link.
Here are some other stories on that front.
From the Labor Front... Morning Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
The NFL Players Association will stage a two-day educational program for rookies at the end of June and cover all costs.
One week after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the owners' lockout of the players, the NFLPA has set up what it calls "The Business of Football, Rookie Edition" for Washington on June 28-29. Every drafted rookie - all 254 of them - is invited.
NFLPA to Stage Rookie Educational Program from KC Star
The Dallas Mavericks had one fan in the seats Tuesday night who knows what it's like to win a championship in Miami.
Adam Zimmer was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints when they won Super Bowl XLIV in Sun Life Stadium. Zimmer, now an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs, is the 27-year-old son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Courtside Journal: Mavs Fan Knows About Winning in Miami from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
82. We love colorful helmets and logos. Think the Colts' horseshoe, the Cowboys' star, the Chargers' lightning bolt, the Chiefs' arrowhead.
NFL Lockout Got You Bummed? Sporting News Lists 100 Reasons to Love the Game from Sporting News
1. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City: Bowe had a stellar season in 2010. He took over games at times and showed he’s a top-notch receiver.
Ranking AFC West Receivers from ESPN
Cons: Hmmm… being Dwayne Bowe would be REALLY sweet. You do live in Kansas City, which isn’t exactly the nightlife capital of the USA. Everyone knows that’s in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. While you know how to relax, you might want to worry a bit more about conditioning, especially since it’s not as though you and coach Todd Haley have had a stellar relationship over the course of his time in KC. You’d hate to come back to find yourself buried on the depth chart behind a bunch of scrubs, but it’s happened before.
Would You Rather: The NFL Lockout Edition from Ology
Earlier today, MDS pointed out that undrafted players are getting a little stressed. Teams that rely on undrafted players are getting a little stressed, too.
The Chiefs presumably are one of those teams.
Chiefs Anxious to Get Undrafted Players in the Fold from Pro Football Talk
9. Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs): Bowe’s first two seasons were aided by the presence of future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. After Gonzalez’s trade to the Atlanta Falcons, Bowe became the primary aerial target and he hasn’t disappointed. Even as part of a run-oriented offense (No. 1 in the NFL), Bowe found a way to be on the receiving end of 15 TDs.
The Top Ten NFL Wide Receivers from GCOBB.com