A Tale of Two Cities and Two Seasons


The Kansas City Chiefs vs the Denver Broncos, rivals since 1960. The Kansas City and Denver areas can trace their rivalry back to the 1860's as the Colorado 2nd Calvary fought in the Kansas City area in the battles of

Second Battle of Lexington
Battle of Little Blue River
Second Battle of Independence
Battle of Byram's Ford
Battle of Westport
Battle of Marais des Cygnes

The Chiefs hold the edge in the NFL version 55 wins to 46 losses. I find the last two seasons very interesting in the long histories of our two Cities.


2009 Season

 2009  Denver Broncos  Kansas City Chiefs
 Jan 12-13  Josh McDaniels Hired as Head Coach  Scott Pioli hired as GM of the Chiefs
 Jan 23  -  Herm Edwards fired
 February 5  -  Todd Haley Hired as Head Coach
 February 27-28  -  Trade 2nd round pick for Mike Vrabel and Matt Cassel

Jay Cutler controversy
After head coach Josh McDaniels was hired, rumors eventually surfaced that a there was a three-way trade involving McDaniels' former team the New England Patriots and a third potential team (Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers) that would have sent Denver quarterback Jay Cutler to the Lions or Buccaneers and Denver would receive Matt Cassel, who worked with McDaniels last season, from New England. After the trade talks surfaced, Cutler was angered and infuriated by the rumors because he didn't think he was going to be traded, and he refused to talk with either McDaniels or General Manager Brian Xanders after both had denied the rumors. Wiki

 I doubt that Scott Pioli instigated the entire Jay Cutler/Josh McDaniels feud, though he might have chuckled a little as the entire drama played out. The entire saga will make a fun read in the future for us Chiefs fans. So far, it has played out well for Kansas City.

 Date  Denver Broncos  Kansas City Chiefs
 Mar 11  Cutler and McDaniels agreed to meet  -
 April  Jay Cutler traded to Chicago  Tony Gonzalez traded to Atlanta
 Draft select Knowshon Moreno, with Cutlers trade select Robert Ayers, and trade their 2010 1st round pick for Alphonso Smith select Tyson Jackson and trade the 2nd round pick to NE for Mike Vrabel and Matt Cassel
 June/July Kyle Orton named Broncos starting QB sign Matt Cassel to six-year contract extension worth a total of $63 million.
 Preseason 28 players are waived by Broncos 23 players are waived by the Chiefs
 Preseason 14 veteran players are aquired in Free agency and Orton via trade (Roster Churn) Aquire a mix of vets and youngsters and Cassel via trade (Roster Churn)
 Preseason Mike Nolan (DC) and Mike McCoy (OC) Clancy Pendergast (DC) and Todd Haley (OC)
 Season Broncos roll to 6-0 start Chiefs stumble to a 1-5 start
 Season Broncos lose 4 in a row Chiefs split the next 4 going 2-2
 Season Broncos win 2 including a beating of the Chiefs (44-13) in Arrowhead Chiefs lose two blowouts
 Season Broncos lose 4 straight including a beating from the Chiefs (44-24) in the season finale Chiefs finish 1-3, but hang their hat on the 2011 season finale and the Broncos beatdown
 Season Broncos finish 8-8 Chiefs finish 4-12


Two games and two blowouts, Josh and Todd do not play nice, someone is going to get a leg up.

2010 Season 

 2010  Denver Broncos  Kansas City Chiefs
 Jan Mike Nolan (DC) leaves for Miami

Hired Charlie Weis (OC) and Romeo Crennel (DC)

 April 14  traded Brandon Marshall to Miami  
 Preseason  Signed Jamal Williams and others in FA sign Thomas Jones, Casey Weigmann, and Ryan Lilja in FA, send Jarad Page to Patriots
 Draft select Demaryius Thomas  Tim Tebow, and offensive lineman Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton select Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Jon Asamoah, and Tony Moeaki
   -  -
 Season Broncos start the season 2-2 Chiefs are last undefeated team at 3-0
Nov 14 Broncos lose 4 straight, then demolish the Chiefs Chiefs go 2-3 and then absorb another beating by Denver 49-29
Nov 14 Haley goes Off postgame on McDaniels Haley goes Off postgame on McDaniels
Season Broncos lose at San Diego and St. Louis in Invesco Chiefs Crush Arizona and Seattle, with combined scores of 73-37
Dec 5 with a 2-9 record, the Broncos lose 10-6 to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Three straight, as the Chiefs avenge loss to Denver 10-6
Dec 9 Josh McDaniels fired as Head Coach -
 Season Broncos finish 1-3 under interim coach Chiefs win 2 of next 4 games
 Season Broncos finish 2010 season 4-12 Chiefs finish 10-6 as AFC West Champions
 Season - Chiefs lose to Baltimore Ravens in Wild Card matchup
 Season - Charlie Weis leaves for Florida


John Fox is a very good hire for the Broncos. Josh McDaniels seemed to take one step forward and two steps back in almost every decision. Dumervil and Miller, Bailey, Cox, and Dawkins will still present a formidable Defense. Orton is a handful. 2011 awaits, another year of Broncos-Chiefs rivalry in this next chapter!

Geaux Chiefs

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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