Chiefs' 9-0 Run Didn't Start From Scratch from KC Star
Nine wins in, the football world is trying to make sense of what is already one of the biggest turnarounds in recent NFL history. Andy Reid might win coach of the year. Alex Smith is a critical upgrade at quarterback. Bob Sutton has worked wonders with the defense.
All the while, the rebirth is being done with the same nucleus of players and many behind the scenes who were around for a miserable 29-67 run over the last six seasons.
The Chiefs' resurgence, in other words, is being driven by many who were around for the fall - including those brought in by two previous and very different general managers who were pushed out.
Defining Moments By The Chiefs' Defense from The Mothership
The Chiefs "D" has held all of its opponents to 17 points or fewer in each of the first nine games this season, becoming only the second team since 1970 to accomplish the feat, joining the 1977 Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs became the only team to hold their opponents to 17 points or less in the first nine games of the season and win all nine contests.
In Weeks 1-9, the Kansas City Chiefs scored a total of 215 points, 84 (39.1%) of them came via 23 takeaways by the defense, some of which are included in the nine highlights below.
He inherited a line that featured two players who had yet to live up to their potential as high first-round draft picks, second-year nose tackle Dontai Poe and fourth-year end Tyson Jackson, and a veteran in seventh-year end Mike DeVito.
Brasher said Poe specifically stood out because of his size and speed standing 6 feet 3 and 346 pounds.
"Dontari Poe is a very unusual physical person," Brasher said. "He is a big, powerful man who has quickness and is very smart. He has a great feel for the game. I think he has a great future."
The ring is nothing to sneeze at, a round brilliant-cut diamond - .45 carats - set in a white gold setting that contains 20 more small round diamonds weighing .50 carats.
The matching wedding band has 10 more small diamonds with a weight of .25 carats.
Oh, and it's size 7.
The owner will make a trade, but "will only entertain offers in lower or club level."
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Chiefs First-Half Grades: Special Teams from FS Kansas City
In Kansas City, Toub inherited two of the best kickers in the game -- placekicker Ryan Succop and punter Dustin Colquitt (above). What fans were hoping was that Toub, who helped turn Devin Hester of the Bears into the most feared returner in football, could rejuvenate a Chiefs return game that hadn't scored since 2010.
So far, Toub and his special teams have fallen short of being spectacular, but they have been among the best in football and are another reason the Chiefs are 9-0.
Princeton Gets Timely Visit Before Showdown With Penn from The Trentonian
The Princeton Tigers got a timely visit from a familiar face Friday afternoon.
A day before their crucial road trip to Penn, Mike Catapano - formerly a defensive standout for the Tigers and currently a rookie linebacker for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, who have a bye this week - stopped by the team's walkthrough to catch up with some old teammates and deliver a few words of inspiration.
Leading Off: 10 Pressing Questions In The World Of Sports from The Sacramento Bee
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) are the surprise story in the NFL this season, but does anyone give them any chance of beating the Broncos in Denver next weekend?
Clark Hunt - son of the late NFL legend and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt - has a lot to be excited about these days. Yes, the president and partial owner has watched his Chiefs leap to their first 9-0 start in a decade after years of irrelevance. But the NFL season is long and brutal, and a variety of misfortunes could derail a Super Bowl bid and render that enthusiasm short-lived. He has more to be genuinely excited about in a different league and a different sport altogether- the other football: Major League Soccer.
Chargers Need Win Against Broncos In The Worst Way from CBS Los Angeles
As 99 percent of NFL experts will tell you if they are honest, no one saw the Kansas City Chiefs sitting at 9-0 at this point in the season. While Denver at 7-1 certainly has a shot at catching their AFC rival (teams still meet twice), the Chargers can all but forget about even the remote thought of chasing down the Chiefs. With that in mind, San Diego's focus these next eight games has to be on securing one of the wild card spots.
Bedard also surveyed the AFC landscape and gave his opinion on which teams are contenders and pretenders. The first team he addressed was the Kansas City Chiefs, whom he called a "paper tiger."
But according to Bedard, the biggest problem with the Chiefs is their quarterback Alex Smith - affectionately nicknamed "Captain Checkdown" for his tendency to play conservative.
Shelby's Bobby Bell Honored For Football Career from The Charlotte Observer
Bobby Bell has done it all in his football career, from the Rose Bowl to the Super Bowl and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but last Friday the Shelby native was given an honor he says puts the icing on his career cake.
Bell, now 73, was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance as a "Hometown Hall of Famer" in a Nov. 1 ceremony at Shelby High School.
Troy Aikman: No Such Thing As A 'Game Manager' from SportingNews
"I've never liked that term," Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman says on this week's Hot Reads program on Sporting News. "It really minimizes and discounts what a quarterback contributes. I've always believe you don't win in spite of your quarterback."
'Game Manager' Isn't Bad Label For Chiefs' Smith from The Examiner
Great QBs hoist players around them, but the Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe is headed for one of his lowest outputs of his career. Bowe's 67 yards receiving against the Buffalo Bills has been his season high.
Is Smith improving Bowe, Anthony Fasano or Donnie Avery? No, not like a Manning or Brady - that hasn't been Smith. What Smith has changed is "things" around him, like turning the ball over just four times in the Chiefs 9-0 start.
Few Teams Can Weather Loss Of QB from ESPN
Kansas City: The Chiefs paid former Saints backup Chase Daniel top dollar last offseason with the idea he was good enough to start. If the Chiefs lost Alex Smith, they would not lose much by turning to Daniel.
Eight In The Box: Best Games Left On The NFL Schedule from Sports Illustrated
1. Kansas City at Denver, Week 11: Assuming Denver can navigate a possible trap game at San Diego this weekend, the Chiefs and Broncos will enter this game with a combined one loss between them. That setback belongs to the Broncos, who stumbled in Indianapolis - a result that handed Kansas City sole possession of first place in the AFC.
These teams play twice in three weeks, starting here, so Kansas City will have a shot to clamp down its stranglehold on the division. But the Broncos obviously have other plans, such as taking that potential crown from the Chiefs and ascending to No. 1 overall in the conference.
The NFL Midseason Awards from Grantland
While he was in the running with Sean Payton for Coach of the Year four weeks ago, it's now a foregone conclusion that Andy Reid will end up claiming the Coach of the Year trophy for his work in turning the 2-14 Chiefs into an as-yet-undefeated playoff contender. No voter can resist that win jump. At the same time, Reid is benefiting from the core of talent left for him by the previous administration in Kansas City; it wasn't an accident that the Chiefs had multiple Pro Bowlers a year ago. Merely by upgrading to an average quarterback, Reid has helped drive a gigantic shift in winning percentage.