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A day later, having had time to digest the 44-14 preseason defeat, Crennel was back on a more even keel. Crennel said Saturday he talked out of frustration immediately after the game and the Chiefs would stay their present course as they prepare for Thursday night's final preseason game against the Packers in Green Bay.
"We're not ready to throw the offense or the defense in the trash can or anything like that," Crennel said. "The thing that we have to do is refine some techniques and we have to play better. Our guys are capable of doing that. We've got good ability on the team. I still feel that way."
Winston was one of four key free agents the Chiefs signed during the offseason. In each case, the players' previous teams no longer wanted their services for either salary-cap reasons or because they didn't fit in new systems.
Tight end Kevin Boss and cornerback Stanford Routt, who had signed big contracts in 2011 with the Raiders, were released by Oakland's new management. And running back Peyton Hillis was an unrestricted free agent after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who did not show much interest in re-signing him.
The Chiefs considered each of the four newcomers a good investment and anything but a gamble.
Four Free-Agent Signees Eager To Help Chiefs Win from KC Star
Wow ... fans didn't think it could get much worse than the first quarter of last weeks' loss to the St. Louis Rams, but Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, looked like Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton Friday night, rushing for 58 yards on two carries and throwing for 185 yards and two easy touchdowns in three quarters of work in his first start in the NFL.
Chiefs Lose To Seahawks 44-14, Bring Community Together As One from Examiner.com
Is Seattle's defense really this good?
Because it was pretty impressive on Friday night. The Chiefs gained 11 yards on their first four possessions, and Seattle's first-string defense has allowed only three scoring drives so far in three exhibition games. And while it's easy to dismiss that kind of dominance because it's only August, keep in mind the Seahawks haven't been blitzing linebackers at all.
Three Things We're Still Trying To Figure Out: Seahawks 44, Chiefs 14 from The Seattle Time
With the first of two roster cutdowns coming this week, Nate Eachus was looking to make a statement Friday night when the Kansas City Chiefs hosted Seattle.
The Drums native and Hazleton Area High School graduate did that, and much more.
Getting his first extensive work at running back in the Chiefs' third preseason game, Eachus gained all of his game-high 98 yards in the fourth quarter.
Eachus States His Case In K.C. from The Standard Speaker
Goin' to Kansas City
Despite the Texans winning the 1962 AFL championship, it became apparent Dallas wasn't going to support both the AFL team and the NFL's Cowboys. So Hunt decided to move his franchise. His first choice was New Orleans, but he was unable to get a lease at Tulane Stadium. So he moved the club to Kansas City in May 1963 and re-christened them the Chiefs. They are celebrating their 50th season in Kansas City this year.
Five Gambles That Paid Off For The Chiefs from KC Star
Grbac over Gannon
The Chiefs faced a difficult decision in 1997 when quarterback Elvis Grbac, a free-agent signing that year, was injured after leading the team to an 8-2 record. Backup Rich Gannon went 5-1 in relief, winning his last five starts. But when Grbac was healthy, coach Marty Schottenheimer went back to Grbac, who struggled in a playoff loss at home to Denver. Gannon shared time with Grbac in 1998 before leaving as a free agent for Oakland, where he became league MVP in 2002 and led the Raiders to the Super Bowl.
Five Gambles That Didn't Pay Off For The Chiefs from KC Star
That wasn't a game. It was a 12-car pileup. It was smoking wreckage, as far the eye could see. It was a disaster flick, a monster movie.
Russell Wilson, Seattle's rookie quarterback, played the part of Godzilla. The Kansas City Chiefs played Tokyo.
"In football, you've got to come out ready to play," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said after a 44-14 home loss to the Seahawks -- Kansas City's worst preseason defeat since a 34-0 setback at Minnesota in 1998. "It's an Any-Given-Sunday type game. We're not going to panic, but we need some sense of urgency right now."
Chiefs Defense Still Behind During Preseason from FOX Sports Midwest
"My man," Romeo, 65, calls Charlie Weis.
"My brother," Charlie, 56, calls Romeo.
This meeting of two of the area's most influential sports figures is possible because the fickle winds of big-time football made it so. Again. Romeo is in his first full season as Chiefs head coach, and Charlie is taking over the Kansas program 45 minutes away.
The Civella family was a powerful outfit, and its tentacles reached into Chicago and Detroit and Las Vegas. Yes, that's where the money came and went, the dollars wagered and lost by most anyone who didn't know how to play the game. Mobsters, though, had perfected the art of winning.
But even the professional gamblers had a weakness, and when most other bases were covered, it was hometown sports allegiance - and excitement over the Chiefs' chances to win Super Bowl IV in January 1970 - that helped bring down the Kansas City Mafia.