Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 12/1

Doug Pensinger

Good morning and welcome to December! Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Former Chiefs Shields, Lewis Are Semifinalists For Pro Football Hall Of Fame from KC Star

Former Chiefs guard Will Shields and cornerback Albert Lewis are among the 27 semifinalists for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.

The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 candidates from a preliminary list of 127, but this year there are 27 because of three-way tie for the final spot.

Chiefs' Charles Has Bounced Back Well From Injury from KC Star

As spectacular as Jamaal Charles was for the Chiefs in 2009 and 2010, when as a part-time player he rushed for almost 2,600 yards, he no longer considers that to be his greatest football achievement.

Charles believes his greatest accomplishment as a pro is his current season.

A year after tearing his ACL and having season-ending knee surgery, Charles is again nearing 1,000 rushing yards. He is eighth in the NFL in rushing with 928 yards, so he needs just 72 in Sunday's game against Carolina at Arrowhead Stadium to get there.

Chiefs And Panthers Collide With With Lots In Common from The Mothership

Just like the Panthers, the Chiefs aren't happy with their current situation, following the high expectations that led them into the preseason. But as the saying goes, ‘it is what it is' and the team can only change what's ahead.

"We're going to have to have another good effort, a better effort this coming Sunday so that we can win the game. So, that's what we are going to focus on and try to get done," Crennel admitted.

Both teams are also statistically similar.

Game Day Activities: Chiefs vs Panthers from The Mothership

For nearly five decades, the Chiefs have hosted the annual Toys for Tots collection along with members of the Marine Corps. Now in its 47th season, the Chiefs Toys for Tots drive dates back further than any other NFL franchise. The tradition will continue on Sunday with many places around the stadium to donate a new and unwrapped toy.

Below is the list of locations to donate:

Bill Utz And Tim Callaghan Named 2012 Chiefs High School Coaches Of The Year from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the recipients of the 2012 Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Year awards. Platte County's Bill Utz (Missouri) and Shawnee Mission West's Tim Callaghan (Kansas) each received this honor after strong performances by their respective teams all year long.

As a result of this accolade, Utz and Callaghan will each be presented with their official trophies and a certificate recognizing their selection at a ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 2 at Arrowhead Stadium before the Chiefs take on the Carolina Panthers. Additionally, both schools will receive a grant of more than $2,000 earmarked for player health and safety equipment and/or education.

Chiefs Game Preview vs. Panthers: Analysis, Prediction, TV Info from CBS Sports

The Chiefs have not scored a touchdown in two straight games, and that ultimately falls on the quarterback. They lead the AFC in rushing yards per game (145.6), but that only goes so far. Brady Quinn has yet to throw for a touchdown in five appearances (and three starts) and he has a dreadful QB rating of 52.0. That is worse than any of his three seasons in Cleveland. Quinn is playing behind a banged up offensive line, which certainly doesn't help.

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart Likely Out vs. Kansas City Chiefs from The Herald

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Friday called running back Jonathan Stewart "very doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Stewart's right ankle hasn't been 100 percent all season, and he has a high left ankle sprain suffered early in the second half of Monday's game against the Eagles.

Chiefs' Travis Daniels On Cutting Edge from ESPN

Success for Daniels could be defined solely as surviving eight seasons in the NFL. But to him and his family, it goes well beyond that to the college degree he earned from LSU this past spring, and to the promise he and Sheppard are now fulfilling to each other.

Kutz Remix is their brainchild, a barbershop in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee that takes the concept of haircutting to another level. In a little more than a year, the 1,800-square-foot shop -- complete with three plasma TV screens in the lobby, a DJ booth and a squeaky-clean environment (in language, music and atmosphere) -- has become a favorite of Atlanta Falcons players and their families, as well as other athletes and celebrities. Men's Health magazine named it one of the 20 Manliest Barbershops in America.

AFC West Coaching Possibilities from ESPN

The coach firings might not be the end in both cities. If Crennel is fired, general manager Scott Pioli will likely suffer the same fate. I get the feeling Kansas City owner Clark Hunt wants to keep both Pioli and Crennel, but the fan fury is so great, I doubt he'll be able to. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith may also be on the firing line, but I can see a situation where he is kept and Turner is not.

There is always a chance Oakland owner Mark Davis can lose patience and end the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen tandem after one season (or just get rid of coach Allen). But I believe Davis will stick with the current situation despite a disappointing first year.

With potential change in the air, let's look at some of the coaching candidates, in alphabetical order, who could be available:

Battle Of The Cellar Dwellers: Lifeless Chiefs Host Revived Panthers At Arrowhead from CBS Charlotte

If you think the Panthers have had a bad season, consider the plight of the Kansas City Chiefs and Romeo Crennel...

...And while they fell--badly--in the first two games, they eked out their first win against the Saints, who, despite all the suspensions and coaching carousel, were still considered a top flight team.

Little did anyone know at the time that it would be the only success they would have through Week 12.

Final Word: AFC West from ESPN

Running back Jamaal Charles has converted 38.5 percent of the time on third down with the ball in his hands, according to ESPN Stats & Information. However, against Denver, Charles didn't touch the ball on third down. The Chiefs went 3-for-14 on third down -- just 21.4 percent. The Chiefs need to get Charles involved on third down Sunday against Carolina.

Final Word: NFC South from ESPN

The Panthers have a chance to win their third consecutive road game, at Kansas City on Sunday. Carolina has won its past two road games after ending a streak of four straight road losses. The Chiefs are 0-6 at home this season. That's their first 0-6 home start since 1976. Kansas City never has started 0-7 at home.

The Year Of Living Cautiously from Grantland

"Always pick the Chiefs as a home dog during any week when someone from Missouri won half of a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot by possibly picking numbers of his favorite Royals players."

Can you think of a better tipping point for a sports city than this one? By 2020, the Chiefs will have three Super Bowl titles and counting, Wil Myers will be talked about as the best baseball player of his generation, the Kings will have moved back to Kansas City, George Brett will be running for reelection as the President of the United States, the Jayhawks will be a college basketball dynasty, and Mystery Royals Fan/Powerball Winner X will be considered Kansas City's greatest hero. It all starts now. And just for the record, I have never filled out a lottery ticket or a Keno card in my entire life that didn't consist entirely of uniform numbers of my favorite Boston athletes. As Lloyd Christmas would say , "So you're telling me there's a chance ... "

(Even if it turned out the numbers were picked at total random and it was just a coincidence that it matched the Royals stars, I don't care - it's still the highlight of the sports year in Kansas City. I'm riding the Chiefs +3! Feel the coincidental momentum!)

Five Cities The Sports Gods Hate from NYU Local

Despite their brief spell of success in the mid-80s, the Royals have to be cursed. The franchise is most known for George Brett going momentarily insane after being called out for having an illegal amount of pine tar on his bat. Since their 1985 World Series, the team has struggled to the point that having a winning record in a month is an accomplishment.

Across the parking lot from the Royals is Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs. Similar to the Royals, they were successful long ago, winning three AFL titles in the 1960s and Super Bowl IV in 1969. While they have put together good years since then, they have never been able to cash in. In 2003, they got off to a 13-0 start and made the cover of Sports Illustrated, before ultimately losing in the first round of the playoffs. They currently sit at 1-10 in the second of back-to-back miserable seasons.

Five Things I Think I know About The NFL from The Western Front

Those poor, poor Chiefs fans. The Chiefs are so terrible, so historically bad, they've only held a lead twice this year in 11 games. This has given their fans, however few remain, the incessant need to place paper bags over their heads to hide their identities. But things could get worse; at least Kansas City is going to get the top pick in the next year's NFL draft. Hope you like losing, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, because you'll get mighty used to it next year.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Foto Friday Chiefs Hall Of Famers

KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel

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NFL.com Video: Preview: Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

NFL.com Video: 'Playbook': Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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