KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Marshall Newhouse #74 of the Green Bay Packers picks up an Aaron Rodgers #12 fumble caused by Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The initial plan for Chiefs first-round draft pick Dontari Poe was to bring him along slowly. Poe, a largely unproductive collegiate player at Memphis, was to be a situational pass rusher at first while learning the rest of his craft at a more leisurely pace.
The Chiefs may no longer have that luxury. A rash of injuries has suddenly made Poe, a nose tackle, a key figure in their defense, ahead of his time.
Chiefs Are Pushing Poe To Learn Quickly from KC Star
1 Production from the starters. Yeah, it's still only the preseason. But the Chiefs were atrocious last week against Seattle. They don't want to head into the regular season carrying that kind of stink. The starters won't play much, but getting something done in their little time will give them some momentum heading into next week.
Reeves missed the first week of training camp following Annie's passing. With his last game of NFL action coming in January of 2010, the odds of making a successful NFL comeback only grew longer.
In the NFL, however, the next guy always has to be ready to step up. Injuries to
Brandon Flowers and Jalil Brown have Reeves in line to start Thursday night's preseason finale in Green Bay and it's possible he holds onto that role Week One in Atlanta if Flowers' health doesn't improve.
"Jacques has been around this league for a while, played for some great teams," head coach Romeo Crennel said. "I don't have any problem with him being out there, and I don't think he's going to falter one bit."
With the number two quarterback chosen, the Chiefs are looking forward and preparing for the Packers.
After practice this week Chiefs players spoke to the media about
Brady Quinn being named number two, improvements that need to be made from past two preseason losses and the roster cut-down to 53 players on Friday.
Overheard: Chiefs To Close Preseason Slate At Lambeau Field from The Mothership
It may not count in the standings, but the Green Bay Packers will have a chance to atone for their only loss of the 2011 regular season when the reigning NFC North champions host the Kansas City Chiefs in the final warm-up for both teams from Lambeau Field.
The lone blemish on the splendid 15-1 record the Packers took into last year's playoffs came at the hands of the Chiefs, with Kansas City delivering a 19-14 upset at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 15. The contest was the Chiefs' first outing under then-interim head coach Romeo Crennel, who was elevated to the permanent post after the club won two of its final three bouts.
NFL Preseason Preview: Kansas City (1-2) ar Green Bay (1-2) from The Miami Herald
"We have to figure out what we can do well with this team in all phases and then get that done," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said.
That will presumably take longer than one series, which is what can be expected from Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' regulars.
Anything the Chiefs can do to boost confidence within all phases is critical.
Chiefs Face Final Tuneup At Green Bay from The Topeka Capital-Journal
Last year's finale against the Kansas City Chiefs helped outside linebacker Vic So'oto and cornerbackPat Lee lock up roster spots. The undrafted So'oto showed signs of being a disruptive pass rusher. The veteran in limbo Lee returned a fumble 67 yards. Both made the team.
This year's finale, also against Kansas City, provides a nationally televised platform for players on the bubble.
"Make a statement. Define yourself, answer a question that's out there about you," McCarthy said after practice Tuesday.
Final Game A Chance To 'Make A Statement' from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Three sacks, eight QB hits: The pass rush is still the biggest focus on defense. The Packers will get their interceptions, and the tackling seems better. But having a productive pass rush is of ultimate importance. Defensive starters like Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji will hardly play Thursday, and first-round pick Nick Perry is likely to exit early, as well.
Still, there are plenty of reserves and on-the-bubble players who could solidify roster spots by making an impact play or two on defense.
Packers: 3 Keys To A Successful Preseason Finale from CBS Sports
The Upper East Side seems to be the hottest place to be for NFL coaches these days. First Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel bought a place in Yorkville and now Bill Cowher is heading to the Royale condo tower in Lenox Hill. Stars of the football field take Manhattan?
Touchdown! Former Steelers Coach Bill Cowher Buys Lenox Hill Condo from The New York Observer
RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs - No doubt Charles can be great, and although he's definitely worth drafting, just don't reach. Outside of his ACL repair you have to consider the addition of Peyton Hillis, who could get more touches than some think. Keep in mind Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the OC in Cleveland when Hillis broke out in 2010; he made sure to grab Hillis for a reason.
Five Overvalued Players To Avoid On Draft Day from USA Today
These days, I still listen to music - country, classic rock, all kinds of stuff - but what I like most is all the old vinyl I have from the '70s. My older brother moved away from Ball State to go play for the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent, and when I was helping him move, he gave me a milk crate with all his best records. It was an amazing collection. To this day, those records are the ones I still listen to - Hall & Oates, early Stones, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith. I love Hall & Oates. "Rich Girl" and "Sarah" can bring a tear to my eye.
Q&A Brady Hoke from Grantland
"It is imperative we continue to create opportunities, not only in coaching but in every other aspect of the league," said Kansas City Chiefs general manager and Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council member Scott Pioli. "This fellowship program is important as long as we continue to teach and mentor individuals with one basic premise in mind - educate. I am a firm believer in the proverb of, 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.'"
The cynical among us would say Chiefs fans are already playing fantasy football every year, even if they aren't in a league, trying to poach $20 from friends based on the real-world performance of their virtual teams. But if you're in for the long haul of a 16-game season, you might as well benefit from your vigilance. Here's a brief, critical guide to your 2012 Chiefs fantasy-football prospects.
Dream Team: Our Fantasy Football Prospectus from The Pitch