FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots is hit by Derrick Johnson #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs on November 21, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Good morning! It's Wild Card Weekend and the Chiefs aren't playing, but that doesn't stop the news. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
After the Chiefs interviewed Jack Del Rio, the field of known candidates to become their next head coach expanded to three. It also became evident a couple of the presumed favorites when Todd Haley was fired last month aren't on that list.
- Former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher indicated he would soon choose between offers from Miami and St. Louis.
- The Chiefs have yet to request permission to speak with St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. He could be headed back to New England as an assistant coach.
Del Rio Joins Chiefs' List from KC Star
Derrick Johnsonand Tamba Hali were each awarded NFL All-Pro honors by the Associated Press Friday afternoon...
...Johnson and Hali finished first and second in a vote of their teammates for the Derrick Thomas MVP Award and are both heading to Hawaii later this month for the Pro Bowl. Thomas was the last Chiefs linebacker to earn AP All-Pro honors (second-team in 1996).
Johnson And Hali Earn AP All-Pro Honors from The Mothership
There are two franchises whose fans have waited longer for a playoff victory than the Kansas City Chiefs, and both of those teams play in Wild Card games this weekend...
...For the Bengals, 21 years have passed since the franchise last won a playoff game. It's currently the NFL's longest active streak without a playoff win...
...Detroit, who is making its first playoff appearance since 1999, currently owns the NFL's second-longest streak without a playoff win at 20 years. They'll try to kick the schnide Saturday in New Orleans.
Playoff Notebook: Chiefs Vs. Bengals And Lions from The Mothership
Could Joe Philbin and Matt Flynn be a package deal in Kansas City?...
...It makes some sense, and if Philbin - who may be a serious candidate - gets the job, I think the possibility will be on the table.
Green Bay Reunion In K.C.? from ESPN
If you're like most, there is honest intention toward your New Year's resolutions. I have two for the Kansas City Chiefs, but unlike me, I think they can keep them.
Win at home and win in the division.
In the past 13 seasons, Kansas City has had four playoff appearances. Better than none, but nothing past the first round. We're long removed from Marty Schottenheimer and his six playoff appearances in 10 seasons. The 1993 season was the closest I've seen the Chiefs get to a Super Bowl.
But, I have hope.
Some Doable New Year's Resolutions For The Chiefs from The Examiner
"When I first came into the league," said Gonzalez, "we went 13-3 with a first-round bye, and I said, `OK, this is how the NFL goes. This is cake. I'll have a Super Bowl trip every couple of years.' That's what I thought."
Well, the Kansas City Chiefs lost on a frigid field to John Elway and the Denver Broncos and an annoying trend was born. After that, Gonzalez played on some awful Chiefs teams, caught passes from some average quarterbacks and spent much of his winters watching playoff football from his sofa. And then when the Chiefs did put together a winning team, they were shot down by Peyton Manning twice.
Gonzalez Still Searching For His Break from ESPN
There are currently five head coaching positions open in the NFL including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jaguars, Chiefs and Dolphins fired their head coaches in the middle of the season while the Rams and Bucs waited for Black Monday.
If I'm a free agent coach looking at these teams, which job is the best one available? We talked with SB Nation bloggers from each coach-less team and asked them to make the case for their team's head coach opening as the best one available.
Orton and many other high net-worth investors thought, of course, they were investing in a sure thing. (Doesn't it always seem like a sure thing?) An investment syndicate in Chicago (yes, that already sounds bad) told them they'd be buying into a partnership that sells "biomass gas produced from landfills" -- language designed to be a polite description of the gases that ooze from garbage dumps...
...According to the lawsuit Orton has filed against the law firm, the lawyers wrote opinions confirming the legality of the deal and prepared the myriad tax returns necessary to obtain the tax credits.
Green Gas, Good Intent And Kyle Orton from ESPN
More than four decades before Anthony Robles and Bubba Jenkins were crowned champs at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, future NFL star Curley Culp became the first national mat champ for Arizona State... making quick work of his opponents, as demonstrated on a YouTube video posted online Thursday...
... A football star in high school and at Arizona State, Curley Culp had a long and successful career in professional football, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions.
Let me start off this letter by saying that I understand that it can't be a good situation for you to hear everyone and their brother agreeing that letting you walk away from the city you helped build is the right decision for the Indianapolis Colts franchise. Sad, angry, distraught, confused and downright pissed off would be normal feelings for anyone right now. And there's probably only a few athletes in the world right now that could possibly understand anything close to what you're feeling. And to be honest, the guy typing on this keyboard isn't one of them. But with that said, there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel and that light is in my hometown and your future place of employment, Kansas City.
An Open Letter To Peyton Manning From A Chiefs Fan from SB Nation Kansas City
So, he'd be a difficult sell in Kansas City and if he is the choice, many folks would wonder what he could do with the Chiefs that Crennel couldn't.
However, you can't blame Pioli for talking to Del Rio. It's good for him to pick the brains of several coaches. Plus, perhaps Del Rio could emerge as a defensive coordinator candidate if someone else gets the job. Hiring Del Rio (who could be a defensive coordinator candidate in Oakland) as an assistant would likely play much better than as a head coach.
Because he doesn't play to CB Brandon Flowers' level, we hear it is unrealistic to expect Chiefs CB Brandon Carr to receive a contract similar to Flowers'. Flowers signed a five-year, $50 million contract last September. However, Carr is well-respected by Kansas City's front office and he's likely to receive an extension. The team is pleased with the cornerback duo of Carr and Flowers.
Dolphins Expected To Seek Pass Rusher To Pair With Wake from Pro Football Weekly
Soaring high above the expected annual pile-up of hideously inaccurate NFL season predictions, The Sporting News has apparently tapped into some sort of gridiron sorcery.
The now-obviously clairvoyant publication went on record back in August and stated that the wondrous Green Bay Packers would end the 2011 season 15-1, with their sole loss coming at Kansas City in week 15.