Charles, Four Other Chiefs Make Pro Bowl Roster from KC Star
At 2-13, the Chiefs were hopeful of getting one player, running back Jamaal Charles, into the Pro Bowl.
Charles made it but so did four of his teammates. Safety Eric Berry and outside linebacker Tamba Hali were selected as starters. Charles, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and punter Dustin Colquitt are Pro Bowlers as well.
Only three AFC teams had more players selected and those teams, Houston, New England and Baltimore, are division champions. The Chiefs are tied with Jacksonville for worst record in the league and the Jaguars had no players selected for the Pro Bowl.
Pro Bowlers Chosen from The Mothership
Eric Berry (6-0, 211) has been designated a Pro Bowl starter. This season he has started all 15 contests for the club, recording 80 tackles (68 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, one interception and 10 passes defensed. His career numbers include 206 tackles (150 solo), 2.0 sacks (-11.0 yards), five interceptions for 102 yards, with one touchdown return, 23 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Berry's initial trip to the Pro Bowl was in 2010, after his rookie season. He became the first Chiefs rookie to earn a Pro Bowl berth since LB Derrick Thomas, following the 1989 season.
Chiefs Refocus For Their Season-Finale Out West from The Mothership
Although it's never easy to fully forget a tough loss, much less the 2-13 overall record, a break from football can often times help. However, the holiday season isn't the only thing that can help the Chiefs move on from their latest defeat; the nature of the league almost forces them to forget.
"It's the beauty of the NFL, you have a game (with)in seven days, so no matter what happens, it's a clean slate on Wednesday; you have to come back and do what you have to do. We have a game against the Broncos, a big game and we're excited to finish the season strong," Chiefs TE
If there was a slight crack in the door for a change at quarterback in Sunday's season finale at Denver, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel closed it Wednesday.
Brady Quinn remains the starter, Crennel said, despite a miserable game against the Colts last weekend when he completed 10 of 22 passes for 162 yards and two interceptions. Matt Cassel won't return to the starting role, and Ricky Stanzi won't be elevated.
Kansas City At Denver from CBS Sports
Six of Denver's wins during its current run have been by double digits - including the last three by a combined 52 points - but it didn't have an easy time last month at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs held a second-half lead on Nov. 25 before Peyton Manning led a pair of long second-half scoring drives to give the Broncos a 17-9 victory.
Denver ranks second in the NFL in scoring (29.5 points per game), but has only totaled 43 points in its last four games against Kansas City.
"Some teams you match up against better than others," Fox said. "We had a tough game with these guys last time we played at their place."
Kansas City Chiefs And Jacksonville Jaguars Battle For Worst Record In The NFL, No.1 Draft Pick In April from The Associated Press via The North Adams Transcript
The joke running through Jacksonville these days carries the same punch line as the one in Kansas City:
"Our team is so bad it can't even stink in the right year."
The Chiefs and Jaguars will vie for the top pick in the NFL draft in separate games Sunday. But the value of "winning" the race to the NFL's worst record is debatable in a year without a clear, franchise-changing prospect.
The NFL Announces AFC, NFC Pro Bowl Rosters from Yahoo! Sports
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning continues to pad his resume for Most Valuable Player and Comeback Player of the Year awards by being named the starter for his 12th trip to the Pro Bowl...
...In one of the biggest surprises of the voting, the 2-13 Kansas City Chiefs placed FIVE (5) players on the AFC's Pro Bowl roster.
Chiefs Have Moved On From The Belcher Situation, But It's "Difficult" from The Denver Post
"I mean, look, it doesn't matter what the scenario may be," Quinn said, "if it was a family member or a friend, or anything like that happens that's tragic, it's always tough to move on from, to digest and find peace with, and be able to find understanding in.
"I think it's tough," the former Bronco added. "But at the same time, we have to find a way (to continue on). That's part of our job. Part of life is, we're not always going to understand things. But we have to find ways to learn from those sorts of situations and move forward."
Pro Bowl Snubs? You Can Start With These Guys from CBS Sports
Jeff Saturday makes the Pro Bowl the same week Green Bay demotes him from the starting lineup, while the last-place Kansas City Chiefs ... don't get me started on the Chiefs having five guys on this year's Pro Bowl team and more on defense than Seattle in the NFC.
Because they're not my concern. The guys who deserve to have made it ... and didn't ... are, and I can think of more than a handful right off the bat. I'm sure you can, too, and let the roll call begin:
6. Punter Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs - Huh? Somebody please explain this selection to me. Colquitt wasn't just a below average punter in the AFC (he was ninth in gross average and 10th in net average in the conference), he may not have been the best punter in his family. Denver's Britton Colquitt had a better net average. Suffice to say, Miami's Brandon Fields averaged 50.3 yards per punt, almost two yards per punt better than the next and Jacksonville's Bryan Anger had a higher net average. There was also a good debate to be made in the NFC, where San Francisco's Andy Lee was left off. That said, Thomas Morstead of New Orleans had a great year.
Pro Bowl Rosters Once Again Open The Door For Debate from Sports Illustrated
The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-13 this season ... and still put five guys on the Pro Bowl roster, matching what Denver earned. Running back Jamaal Charles will represent K.C.'s offense, with OLB Tamba Hali, ILB Derrick Johnson, S Eric Berry and punter Dustin Colquitt rounding out the Chiefs representatives.
In case you're keeping track, that is three starters off a Chiefs defense that ranks 25th in the league in points allowed. Hali has not really even been the best outside linebacker on his own team - Justin Houston probably topped him through the season's first 16 weeks. And while Berry has stepped up lately (not coincidentally, he's getting better with each passing week post-knee ACL surgery), San Diego's Eric Weddle and Buffalo's Jairus Byrd easily could have claimed spots here.
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles An Industrial-Sized Headache For Broncos from The Denver Post
Charles also stands alone in the Broncos' 10-game winning streak. He is the only running back who has exceeded 100 yards against the Broncos' defense since the Broncos last lost a game - Oct. 7 in Foxborough, Mass., when Stevan Ridley rushed for 151 of the Patriots' 251 yards.
Charles had 107 yards in the Broncos' 17-9 victory at Arrowhead Stadium, making the Chiefs the only team to exceed 91 yards rushing against the Broncos during their 10-game winning streak.
AFC West Pro Bowl Musings from ESPN
The fact that Kansas City placed five players on the AFC Pro Bowl team -- as many as 12-win Denver -- despite a 2-13 record, pokes more holes at the team's coaching.
It's another reminder that there is talent on this roster. It will also serve as a good selling point for ownership to prospective coaches and general managers if the Hunt family makes wholesale changes, which may be likely. The Chiefs badly need a quarterback, but there is a nucleus there for a franchise that is on pace for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft. That will appeal to a lot of potential hires.
AFC West Pro Bowl Analysis from ESPN
Kansas City safety Eric Berry and linebacker Tamba Hali did not have Pro Bowl years. Don't get me wrong, both are good players, but they didn't have great years. Berry only came on strong in recent weeks. He started 2012 slow after missing virtually all of last season with a torn knee. Hali just didn't have a great year. They are both starting in the game as well. Really stunning.
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