Preparations For Week 14 Continue For Chiefs from The Mothership
Before the team's continued meetings and film study of Washington resume later today, Chiefs QB
Alex Smithput his club's 9-3 record into perspective.
"Losses are a nature of the game and you have to be able to overcome it," Smith said. "These last two, we had a chance to win it, both times, I felt like we had a chance to win it. We were in these games. Earlier in the year, we were coming out at the other end of these, on the other side of it; we just have to continue to fight. I think this team has that kind of character. We just have to keep plugging along. There's still everything we want in front of us. It was a tough loss, no time to point fingers or do any of that. (We just have) to continue to do what we've been doing and get better."
Chiefs Sign DT Jerrell Powe, Release DT Love from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Jerrell Powe and released defensive tackle
Kyle Love, the team announced today. Additionally, the club added FB Toben Opurum to its practice squad roster.
Powe originally joined the Chiefs as the club's sixth-round pick (199th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has played in 10 contests in two NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2011-12), recording six tackles (five solo).
Moms Football Safety Clinic from The Mothership
On Tuesday, the Chiefs hosted a Football Safety Clinic at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex specifically geared to mothers of youth football players. This is only the second time the NFL has joined with a team to host an event of this kind and nearly 300 mothers participated in the clinic.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Best Cheer Images From Week 13
Washington Post Video: Bold Predictions For Chiefs-Redskins
New Details In Arrowhead Stadium Death from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
A Missouri man who died Sunday after a struggle in the parking lot of Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium had gone to the game between the Chiefs and Broncos in a similar vehicle parked nearby, police said Tuesday.
5 Former Kansas City Chiefs Players Sue Team Over Head Injuries from The Associated Press via FOX News
Martin, a Kansas City resident who played linebacker for the Chiefs from 1988 to 1993, said at a news conference he didn't know that continuing to play in games after sustaining a head injury would cause permanent damage.
"I would have liked to have the opportunity to know that going back on the field would cause me to have severe disabilities later in life," he said. "I didn't know that. That's what the lawsuit is about."
Ex-Kansas City Chiefs Sue Team Over Concussion Damage from USA Today
The lawsuit doesn't claim that the Chiefs acted different than other teams. Instead, it is based on two reasons:
The lawsuit cites the period between 1987 and 1993 when the NFL had no collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. The CBA had been viewed in the suits filed against the NFL as a potential stumbling block for the players because issues of health and safety were covered in it.
In addition, there is a clause in Missouri's workman's compensation law that is set to expire at the end of the year that allows employees, or players, to sue employers if the employees declined workman's compensation. The statute only exists in Missouri.
Five Former N.F.L. Players Sue The Chiefs Over Head Injuries from The New York Times
But legal experts said the N.F.L. was unlikely to worry about any potential settlement in the case against the Chiefs. Rather, the league will be concerned about what might emerge in court about its concussion policies.
"For the N.F.L., it's more of a public-relations issue than the monetary exposure," said Jodi Balsam, who worked as a lawyer for the N.F.L. and now teaches sports law at New York Law School.
One more point. The big NFL concussion lawsuits haven't formally settled.
You may remember that the negotiated settlement was for $765 million and would bind every retired NFL player the day the deal is approved by the Court (that's about 18,000 players).
Settlement was indeed announced; however, the Court still has to approve the settlement proposal. As well, a player may opt out of the settlement and file his own lawsuit. So it's premature to declare that the case is done.
Power Rankings: No. 7 Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
Looking at their entire body of work, seventh is a good spot for the Chiefs. Despite their losing streak, which has reached three games overall, the Chiefs still have one of the NFL's best records.
Jamaal Charles Is Best K.C. Back Ever from ESPN
This is probably overdue but I got to thinking about it after Jamaal Charles went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season in last week's loss to the Denver Broncos. That's four straight seasons for Charles with over 1,000 yards and though that's certainly not the only criteria, it's time to call Charles the best runner to ever play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Top NFL Rookie Of Week 13: Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball from CBS Sports
Beating opponent twice in three weeks is among the most difficult tasks in the NFL. This is especially true when the two teams are as evenly matched as the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, owners of the top two records in the AFC, at 10-2 and 9-3, respectively.
And while a terrific individual effort from Broncos' wide receiver Eric Decker certainly deserves special acknowledgement, a breakthrough performance from Ball was critical to Denver's 35-28 come-from-behind victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs' Dontari Poe Always In The Middle Of The Action from USA Today
Twelve games into his second season, playing perhaps the least glamorous position on defense - nose tackle - Poe has barely missed a snap. At 340 pounds, Poe has built up the stamina and strength to take on double-team blocks from offensive linemen snap after snap without coming off the field for a breather.
"Sometimes I feel like it's harder to run off the field and then run back on than to just play the next play," Poe told USA TODAY Sports. "I feel like once I'm in the game I'm not coming out. There's just something about being out there. I just stay in there and stick it out."
The man behind KC Wolf, Dan Meers, has been released from the hospital according to his attorney. Meers suffered severe injuries while rehearsing a stunt in advance of the Chiefs game on Nov. 24 against the San Diego Chargers. He is said to be thankful that he is out of the hospital but faces a long road to full recovery.
Broncos Rewind: Offense from ESPN
It's difficult to throw a new wrinkle at a division opponent during a season, let alone with just 14 days in between games, but the Broncos showed the Chiefs a little different look on both sides of the ball the second time around.
And after a long look at the video from Sunday night's win, here are some thoughts on the team's offense:
Upon Further Review: Broncos At Chiefs from DenverBroncos.com
"(Berry) had a blitz on a play-action pass early in the game where we had to throw it away," Manning said. "That kind of makes you not as crazy about doing play-action if he's going to be able to get free and had a couple run-throughs on some run plays."
Three things happened on that play, which forced the Broncos into their first third down of the game during their opening offensive series...
...But this was the exception to the rule, and showed that the play-action isn't perfect. It is to the Broncos' credit that they stuck with it in spite of Berry's threat, and in doing so helped keep the Chiefs' defense off-balance, which set up the clumps of yardage picked up on the ground and in the air.
Jamaal Charles just recently broke a record that was held by Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown. Charles now holds the record for most rushing yards in his 1st 1000 carries, with 5,523 rushing yards.
That is incredible!
Concussions Prove Worrisome For Redskins' Doughty, Reed from The Washington Times
By virtue of the recurring symptoms, Reed will once again be subject to the NFL's concussion protocol this week, requiring a series of tests before he's allowed to be cleared to play in the Redskins‘ game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Reed won't be the only Redskins player undergoing tests this week. Strong safety Reed Doughty sustained a concussion on Sunday, his second of the season, leaving his status for the Chiefs game uncertain as well.
AFC Playoff Picture: Ravens Favorite For No. 6 Seed? from NFL.com
Kansas City's offense has played its best during the team's three-game losing streak. That probably doesn't matter in the long run, because this squad isn't built to win shootouts. But it could help them win a wild-card game on the road, if needed.
That scenario virtually is guaranteed now. At 9-3, the Chiefs need Denver to lose twice to have any chance of regaining the lead in the AFC West. That's not going to happen.
Carl Peterson, Trent Green And Conrad Dobler Will Talk NFL Health Issues At The Plaza Library Tonight from The Pitch [Note: This article is from 12/3, so the event was last night]
Despite a few new rules, the NFL's concussion crisis continues to haunt the league. Tonight at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, some former NFL-ers with KC ties will gather to discuss the issue from both sides.
New Episode Of NBCSN's NFL Turning Point Airs Today from BWWTVWorld
This week's episode of NFL Turning Point reviews last week's AFC West clash between the Broncos and Chiefs. The program analyzes how Kansas City QB Alex Smith and the Chiefs built a two-touchdown lead against the Broncos in the first half. The program then shows how the Broncos adjusted by shifting away from the running game, and how Denver QB Peyton Manning exploited the Chiefs secondary in the second half with big passing plays, including three touchdown passes WR Eric Decker, to come away with a 35-28 win.
Thank You for Not Coaching, Week 13 from Grantland
In his final game as interim Broncos head coach, Jack Del Rio actually did an excellent job of using the challenges he had left in situations with significant upsides. Nursing a lead in the fourth quarter, Del Rio threw his challenge flag out for two would-be Chiefs fumbles that were close enough to merit a replay. In both cases, winning the challenge would have essentially ended the game.