OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Cornerback Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception for a touchdown against quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders in the fourth quarter on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Good morning! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news is full of good stuff. Keep reading to hear about key matchups, what is being said about Baldwin, and what Len Dawson thought about the way Chan Gailey lost his job in KC. Enjoy!
So after two days of full practice, his first since injuring his foot at training camp on July 31, Flowers on Friday declared himself ready to play. He said he would be available for the Chiefs on Sunday when they play against the Bills in Buffalo.
"I've got to be a pro," Flowers said. "I've been out six, seven weeks now. That's what they pay us for. They're counting on me to be ready to go make plays and they're calling on me this week to go out there and make plays. That's what I've got to go out there and do."
Chiefs' Crennel Says Flowers Is Cleared To Play from KC Star
Baldwin, who was a standout during training camp, saw limited action in last week's season opening loss to Atlanta and was not the target of any passes. Daboll said Atlanta's two-deep zones were more favorable for throwing to the tight ends in the middle of the field as opposed to throwing to wide receivers on the sidelines.
"Each week is a different week with different defenses that guys face," Daboll said. "Sometimes there are spots in the middle of the field that we're working a little bit. The tight ends had some passes; (slot receiver) Dexter McCluster had some passes."
Baldwin May Be Bigger Part Of Game Plan Sunday from KC Star
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Officers were called to a parking area between Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium at 3:23 p.m. Friday, said Kansas City, Mo., police Sgt. Stacey Graves.
Graves said the woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Officers found the man in a car, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The pair were both in their 40s and knew each other, but police did not elaborate on their relationship.
1 Dead In Shooting Between Royals, Chiefs Stadiums from KC Star
Gibbs on Hali's return to practice:
"He was sore. You think you just miss one week and that you just jump right back in, but he worked well and he had to work on some extra conditioning. I think he's a lot better today, but he was sore after Wednesday's practice. Like I said, you miss a little time and it shows up."
Overheard: Flowers Returns from The Mothership
COVITZ: How confident are you that
Matt Cassel will shake off that last game? Is it a crossroads this week?
CRENNEL: "Well, it was a crossroads game last week. Every game is going to be a crossroads game until the season is over. Not only for Matt but for all of us, so we approach it and he approaches it just like he approaches every game. He will do everything he can do to prepare to play his best in the game and help the team win. He's no different this week than he was the week before as far as preparation goes."
Q&A With Romeo Crennel - 9/14 from The Mothership
Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson didn't approve of Chan Gailey's dismissal from the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks before the 2009 regular season.
"Of course, nobody asked me," Dawson said by phone Thursday from Kansas City.
But the topic came up while Dawson and I spoke about the Buffalo Bills' home opener Sunday against the Chiefs. Dawson, the AFL icon, is the Chiefs' radio analyst.
Len Dawson: Chan Gailey Got Raw Deal In KC from The Buffalo News
In a game where both starting quarterbacks have had their share of shaky moments over the past year, the winner could come down to which team sports the lesser of two potential liabilities. Based on recent results, the nod goes to Cassel, who also benefits from what seems to be a better supporting cast on offense. The fact that the Chiefs will be healthier than a week ago and the Bills will not also could work in Kansas City's favor, and the revenge factor shouldn't be dismissed either. Look for Buffalo to make enough plays on both ends to have a chance to prevail, but the Chiefs to control much of the action with a superior defense and wider range of playmakers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Chiefs 24, Bills 20
Bills, Chiefs Try To Rebound From Rough Debuts from Sports Network via FOX News
Looking ahead: The Chiefs were one game from making the playoffs last season despite an 0-3 start. They don't want to start in a similar hole this year. Buffalo is as close to a must-win in Week 2 as you get. Why? The Chiefs go to New Orleans next.
Prediction: Chiefs 24, Bills 21
Chiefs Game Preview: Week 2 vs. Bills from CBS Sports
"We laid an egg, there's nothing you can do about it," Williams said, referring to how the Bills bumbled through a 48-28 loss at the New York Jets last weekend. "The encouraging thing is we just did about as bad as we can do at everything. So there's only one way to go, and that's up."
Bring on the Kansas City Chiefs, who have concerns of their own in traveling to play Buffalo in the Bills' home opener on Sunday.
Kansas City's fresh start under coach Romeo Crennel quickly took a turn for the worse during a 40-24 loss to Atlanta that's left Chiefs players in a testy mood.
Bills, Chiefs Seek To Rebound From Opening Duds from The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
In one lifetime, Wahed Moharam has been a legendary Kansas City Chiefs football fan and a witness in the case against the suspects in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Then, on Friday, the former Egyptian soldier and football super-fan once known as the face-painted, drum-banging "Helmet Man" found himself at the center of a bomb scare at a state office building in Kansas City when, according to witnesses, he complained about being put on a terrorism watch list.
Kansas City Evacuation, Bomb Scare Has Quite The Backstory from The Los Angeles Times
Can one player make that much of a difference?
A player of Hali's caliber can. Pass-rushers are at a premium. Hali, a first-round draft pick from Penn State in 2006, is the best defensive player in the AFC West in my opinion, although Denver pass-rusher Von Miller is making a serious push. I'm not alone in my high praise.
Chiefs In A Rush To Get Hali Back from ESPN
Dexter McCluster is the Kansas City Chiefs' version of C.J. Spiller.
In his first two years in the NFL, McCluster has lined up at running back, kick returner, wide receiver and in the slot. It's in that last role where he looks to have found a home.
McCluster started for the Chiefs in their season opener and was targeted a team-high 10 times, catching six of those passes for 82 yards.
Bills Notebook: Slot Position Suits Chiefs' McCluster from The Buffalo News
We hear Baldwin, of whom head coach Romeo Crennel said is trying to find a role, has yet to instill confidence in his offensive teammates despite Baldwin's obvious physical skills. At some point he'll have to show he can be trusted to make an impact in a game, otherwise he'll be headed toward the dreaded bust label.
All Quiet Around Chiefs' Baldwin from ProFootballWeekly
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the latest recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week award. Excelsior Springs' (Missouri) Andy Sims and Bishop Miege's (Kansas) Jon Holmes each received this honor after a strong performance by their respective teams last week.
Jon Holmes And Andy Sims Named Chiefs High School Coaches Of The Week from The Mothership
Can the Chiefs start quickly? Nothing sets the tone for a successful game like an early touchdown drive ... or so the Chiefs have heard. Kansas City was unable to score a touchdown on its first drive of every game last season -- and the trend continued into the opener against Atlanta. A first-series touchdown Sunday would certainly boost the Chiefs' chances to win in Buffalo.
Final Word: AFC West from ESPN
Super Mario must produce: Bills defensive end Mario Williams was correct in his assertion that unknown Jets tackle Austin Howard illegally used hands to the face in Week 1. However, there is no more time for excuses. This is a big-game opportunity for Williams to bounce back at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills signed Williams to a franchise-record $100 million contract this offseason. With that comes the pressure to produce on a weekly basis. He registered just one tackle against the Jets, and the Bills certainly need more from him.
Final Word: AFC East from ESPN
Eric Winston vs.
Mario Williams- Two former teammates in Houston, Winston and Williams are all too familiar with one another having squared off in practice for the last six years. It will be very interesting to see how much the Chiefs choose to leave Winston in one-on-one situations with the dangerous pass rusher.
Scouting Report - Week 2 from BuffaloBills.com