Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Roethlisberger Senses Haley's Desire To Beat Chiefs from KC Star
...Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can sense something extra is stirring in Haley, who was let go by the Chiefs last December.
"He wants to win every game, as we all do," Roethlisberger said on Wednesday morning. "But without him saying it, you can see it ... anytime you've got a guy on your team who used to play for another team, there's always a little incentive that you want to win for that guy."
Brady Quinn was so desperate to continue a playing career that had been stalled for almost three years that he ignored concussion symptoms for three plays of the Chiefs' recent loss to Oakland.
That decision may be keeping Quinn out of the Chiefs' lineup now. Doctors have yet to clear the quarterback to play, so he won't be available for Monday night's game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Brady Quinn Concussion: Chiefs QB Admits To Trying To Play Through Head Injury from The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Quinn said he's currently being evaluated by Dr. Micky Collins, the executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, one of the leading experts in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of athletes who have suffered concussions.
Collins helped design the ImPACT test now used by many professional sports leagues, including the NFL, to assess concussions and determine when an injured athlete can safely return to play.
Yet Another Chance For Matt Cassel from ESPN
For a guy who was replaced, Matt Cassel keeps getting chances to remain the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback.
For the second straight week since being named the starting quarterback,Brady Quinn must sit and watch Cassel play. Quinn has not been cleared from a concussion he suffered in Week 8 against Oakland.
Kansas City At Pittsburgh from CBS Sports
The Pittsburgh Steelers played well in a pair of wins to finish October but seemed to genuinely announce their arrival as contenders with a victory on the Super Bowl champions' home turf.
All it seems they need to do in the first of back-to-back primetime games at Heinz Field is avoid a letdown.
The Steelers haven't lost a home Monday night game in more than two decades, a streak that seems unlikely to end against a floundering Kansas City Chiefs team that's yet to hold a regulation lead this season.
Steelers' Allen Provides Steady Presence In Polamalu's Absence from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Allen remains somewhat vulnerable in pass coverage, but he's been as effective, if not better against the run, than Polamalu, who could return Nov. 18 against the Ravens. The Giants rushed for only 68 yards, in part, because Allen tripped up blockers or funneled runners back to linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Foote.
1-7? A Perfect Fit For Primetime from The Wall Street Journal
Since 1970, there have been 18 NFL night games in Week 10 or later involving a team with one win or fewer. Somehow, these downtrodden squads-who had a combined winning percentage of .087-managed to win six of those contests, including two straight since 2009.
Rookie Performances Rescue Season Standings from The Kenai Peninsula Clarion
Kansas City Chiefs @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS -12
It's not worth my time to write about Kansas City. Their performance last week was embarrassing. Steelers, Steelers, Steelers, that's all you need to know. Steelers win 38-7.
On The Steelers: Two Running Backs Could Be Ticket For Success from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Radical idea, two tailbacks in the same backfield? What in the world of Franco and Rocky could he be thinking? Or, for that matter, Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis. The Kansas City Chiefs use such a formation and, in fact, list it as their first-team offense.
It works for them, sort of. Charles is the fourth-leading rusher in the AFC with 634 yards, and the Chiefs have the No. 3 running attack in the NFL with an average of 149.9 yards per game. If they had not turned the ball over a league-high 29 times, Kansas City might have something there rather than a 1-7 record.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Defenses For Week 10 from NFL.com
Start of the week
Steelers defense vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mon.): If we learned anything last week, it's that the defense facing the Chiefs is an attractive fantasy option. In fact, defenses have combined to score the most fantasy points against Matt Cassel and crew. That makes the Steelers a tremendous starting option on "Monday Night Football."
CNN? Well, they're like the Kansas City Chiefs of cable news. No real stars on the team, no real direction. Until they get a real quarterback (See: A big-time host who creates buzz and brings eyeballs to the screen), they'll continue to drift into oblivion, save for periodic coverage of natural disasters or an international crisis.
Falcons Best In The NFL? Pump The Brakes from FOX Sports
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli whined during a one-on-one interview with KC sports anchor and Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson that expectations in Kansas City were too high.
Yes, Chiefs fans were delusional for thinking that in Year 4 of Pioli's rebuilding plan that the Chiefs would hold a lead in the first half of the season. Expectations were just too high!
Eight games in and the Chiefs have yet to lead a game in regulation play. They beat the Saints in overtime.
Pioli has hired two head coaches in KC: Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. Haley was in over his head trying to serve as head coach and offensive coordinator. This week, Crennel finally acknowledged he was in over his head trying to serve as head coach and defensive coordinator.
It will be interesting to see if owner Clark Hunt allows Pioli a third strike.
Mailbag: Sean Payton To AFC West? from ESPN
It sounds like he's staying in New Orleans. If he does bolt, the Dallas Cowboys have to be considered the favorite landing spot. There could be openings in both San Diego and in Kansas City, but I doubt either team would win a bidding war for Payton, who looks like he could be the coaching prize of the offseason.
All-AFC West Midseason Team from ESPN
I really like this group of linebackers. I wanted to find a place for the Chiefs' Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, but I felt like I needed to get San Diego's Donald Butler, Oakland's Philip Wheeler and Denver's Wesley Woodyard on the list. Again, this was a very tough position to choose from.
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel Press Conference