KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: A giant flag is unrolled during the National Anthem to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11th prior to the start of the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Good morning! It's Red Friday. That means it's Friday... and you should wear red. Sorry today's post is a bit tardy. My excuse involves booze, karaoke, and a pretty girl. Anyway, here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Baldwin’s first months as an NFL receiver have been defined not by the acrobatic catches he made at the University of Pittsburgh or the determination he showed as he ran the stadium stairs after his practices at his high school in Aliquippa, Pa. Instead, a player who entered the league with baggage now carries more of it, and the longer the Chiefs wait for Baldwin to make his first appearance, the more pressure he’ll face when he finally resumes his young NFL career.
"We just got into a rhythm," said WR
Steve Breaston, who hauled in the Chiefs longest pass play of the season on a 43-yard fourth quarter grab that setup a touchdown at the San Diego one-yard line.
"Things got comfortable and we went outside more. When the coaches go outside, the guys like Bowe and me are expected to make plays like that. That’s what happened. We had to put some points up there. We started going downfield and we starting making plays."
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While the Chiefs’ passing game was awful through 2 1/2 games before it came alive in the second half of last week’s game in San Diego, Bowe is ahead of his three-game pace of last season.
Bowe has 11 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. Last year after three games: seven catches, 116 yards and a touchdown.
"We had a Thursday practice, full pads today. Again, just trying to take advantage of this day where we can get in to the pads. I thought we had good work, good progress, guys running around in a good, physical practice. Like I said, I feel like we did make progress. So, that’s the name of the game.
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If only this one was important enough to warrant the full NFL Films treatment with Hank Stram and Bud Grant squaring off, 65 Toss Power Trap et al. But at least one of these 0-3 teams will get off the mat. DE Jared Allen's return to K.C. provides a nice sidebar.
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"Kansas City is a phenomenal place and I have nothing but great memories from my years there," Allen said. "The fans were great to me and the city was great to me."
The majority of fans gave Allen a longer leash when it came to off-field trouble, namely the two DUIs he received within a five month period, because they felt a personal connection with the sack artist. He was more than an athlete in this city. He was a fun-loving personality.
Plus, Allen had a mullet. How can you not like an All-Pro athlete that sports a mullet?
It's officially Dexter McCluster time in Kansas City. The second-year pro will see the majority of carries for the Chiefs this week against the Vikings, with Thomas Jones filling in with the occasional carry. McCluster has been good in stretches for the Chiefs, but this will be his first chance at being a full-time running back. He is a solid fantasy option in deep leagues or in a flex position, especially in PPR leagues.
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Todd Haley, Kansas City: It seemed impossible 10 months ago that Haley would end up on this list. He was fresh off an AFC West title and had transformed a four-win team into a 10-victory squad. Today, he's constantly hearing whispers about how poor his relationship with general manager Scott Pioli has become -- so poor, in fact, that some think Haley might not last past the Chiefs' bye week on Oct. 16. It hasn't helped Haley that his team has been imploding since the minute the lockout ended.
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A day after blasting former Chiefs executives on a conference call with Kansas City reporters for failing to offer the contract extension they promised in 2008, Allen used Thursday's local media scrum to trumpet the Vikings' leadership in contrast to his old team.
The root of Allen's messages is similar: He's glad to be out of Kansas City.
Jared Allen Says He's "Truly Blessed" to be a Viking, Glad to be Out of Kansas City from The Pioneer Press
I know a tie is possible but one of these teams is destined to notch its first win, while the other is going to fall into a deeper pile of steaming hot ... trouble. As disappointed as each team is that it's yet to win, a loss pretty much will force the unlucky team to focus on 2012.
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For example, the status of "Chief" in Native American culture is one of great reverence – it is the highest political and social position attainable. I could only imagine the confusion and embarrassment endured by young Native Americans who see such an important part of their culture and religion acting as a circus clown before millions of spectators. How must the elders of these young Native Americans feel?
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The closure will stretch from Interstate 35 to U.S. 69, and the roadway won’t reopen until 5 a.m. Monday. So don’t use that stretch of I-435 to get to the Chiefs game Sunday.
Kansas City: Derrick Johnson, linebacker: This is a good player. He has to find a way to help the Chiefs end their funk and beat visiting Minnesota on Sunday. He has to do this by making plays.
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