Game Preview: Chiefs vs Redskins from The Mothership
All week long, the Chiefs have studied game film, corrected previously-committed mistakes and prepared for a Redskins team composed of the talented players that carried it to the playoffs last season.
Earlier this week, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid explained one of the many threats of the Washington Redskins, their no-huddle offense.
As the Chiefs' fourth receiver, he gets to play maybe 20 percent of the offensive snaps, several of which he spends as a blocker in the team's run-heavy formations. And if you turn on a game, you're actually more likely to see him grinding away on special teams, where he is a cog on the Chiefs' kick-return, kick-coverage, punt-return and punt-block units.
So when Hemingway gets a chance to make a big play on offense, he can barely contain himself.
Practice Week Has Chiefs Ready For Redskins from The Mothership
Fellow Chiefs offensive lineman
Geoff Schwartzis a fan of road games.
"I think it's great," Schwartz said. "It really brings our team closer together, because we spend that whole time on the road. When you're in a hostile environment, the only way you can really overcome that and play well as a team is come together as a family. Road games, I've always enjoyed them. This place gets loud; there are a lot of people there. We're looking forward to playing."
Well, this proves that time certainly heals all wounds. People (including myself) forget that before he was benched in October, Dunta wasn't playing all that great. His Pro Football Focus grade (negative-5.5) is still worse than Cooper's (negative-3.0), despite the fact Cooper has played more than three times as many snaps. Robinson has been a good teammate so he brings value there, but Cooper clearly has more upside and his overall performance has still been better, despite his recent struggles.
Andy Reid's Friday Presser Transcript from The Mothership
Q: Washington's field is known as one of the most torn up fields; what's your experience with that?
REID: "I never thought it was quite that bad, but maybe it is. I don't know that. It seemed to be okay. It's not golf; we're not playing golf. These fields take a little bit of a beating."
CWO Prepared Meals For Ronald McDonald House from The Mothership
Earlier this week, the Chiefs Women's Organization (CWO) volunteered at The Culinary Center of Kansas City to prepare meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a "home away from home" for families, while children are receiving medical care; they have two houses in the Kansas City area, as well as a family room at Children's Mercy Hospital.
KCChiefs.com Video: Andy Reid Friday Press Conference
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Chiefs Still In Search Of The Missing Pass Rush from FS Kansas City
There's no secret that a key element to the Chiefs' defense is the pass rush.
And without that pass rush, the Chiefs' defense can look pretty toothless, as has been the case the past three weeks.
But defensive coordinator Bob Sutton still believes there is more to his defense than the glitz of sacking the quarterback.
The Chiefs all season have allowed big offensive plays, the result of the pressure style they favor. It's common sense that if they continue to allow those big plays while making few of their own on defense, this thing could get ugly.
If they're not going to get back to what they were early in the season with regard to pressuring the quarterback and causing mistakes and turnovers, they need to at least stem what at times has been a steady torrent of big plays.
First, the good news: After three weeks of dealing with one-two-throwfor the Kansas City Chiefs, up next on the dance card is a dose of one-two-THREE-throw.And if you don't believe that there's a difference, well, just ask defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
"I think the key element is what people are doing to you. If you want to just throw the ball quick, the reality is there is not a lot you can do," the Chiefs' coach told reporters earlier this week. "You can leave people unblocked, drop the ball off and go.
Week 14 Preview: Chiefs @ Redskins from Chiefs Spin
Anybody looking for signs of panic out of the Chiefs, who have lost three straight after a 9-0 start, better look elsewhere.
The message received from coaches and players throughout the week surrounded unity in the face of adversity as the team travels to Washington to take on the Redskins (3-9).
Jamaal Charles had his explanation for why he's among the league leaders in the fan voting at running back for this year's Pro Bowl.
"It's probably most of those guys that are fantasy football people," Charles said.
CharlesPerhaps there's an element of that, with fans rewarding Charles for helping to carry their fantasy teams. More likely, it's an appreciation for what Charles has accomplished this season. He leads the AFC and is third in the NFL in rushing yardage (1,011). He is second in the AFC and tied for fourth in the league in receptions (55) among running back.
Pursuit Of Perfection Drives Chiefs' Charles Every Day from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Jamaal Charles is about as difficult to catch in the locker room as he is in the open field, where he routinely makes defenders look foolish with his swiveling hips and world-class speed.
Track down the star running back of the Kansas City Chiefs and you quickly come to realize why he's among the best in the NFL.
The pursuit of perfection is what drives him every day.
Credit Chiefs For Not Giving Up On Davis from ESPN
The Chiefs actually have a nice option there because Quintin Demps, their regular returner, does a nice job as well. But Davis has more big-play ability, so at least early in games or when the Chiefs need the home run, he makes a lot of sense.
Toub said the Chiefs would continue to mix and match the two, using game circumstances to decide.
Double Coverage: Chiefs vs. Redskins from ESPN
Adam, who would have thought Alex Smith would be the quarterback with the better team in this game? What sort of difference has he made for the Chiefs?
Teicher: His stats haven't been great until the past couple of games, but he's actually had a pretty good season. He's been burned to some extent by dropped passes or his statistics would actually look a lot better. Through the nine-game winning streak to start the season, Smith played well enough not to mess up a good thing. He wasn't committing turnovers, and, although he wasn't making many big plays in the passing game, he was bailing the Chiefs out of some tough situations, whether scrambling or on the option or on a called play. Lately, they have needed more points and big plays, and he has delivered.
Redskins vs. Chiefs: Five Story Lines To Follow Sunday from The Washington Post
The Washington Redskins will attempt to end a four-game losing streak Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at 1 p.m. on CBS. The Redskins enter the game at 3-9, while the Chiefs, trying to end a three-game losing skid themselves, are 9-3.
Washington is 2-1 against AFC opponents this season, but the team has a history of struggling against the Chiefs, having won only one of eight meetings.
Here are five story lines to follow in this game.
J. Charles, Reeling D: Stories KC Following from Redskins.com
Perhaps a little bit of slush can help stop the Kansas City Chiefs in their quest to the first playoff berth in three years.
As head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday afternoon at his first press conference at Redskins Park, the first since confirmation that his team had been eliminated from postseason contention, the burgundy and gold want to play spoiler to those dreaming of January/February football.
Chris Ballard, director of player personnel, Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City GM John Dorsey plucked him from the Bears -- where he served as director of pro scouting -- just last year and might lose him quickly. Ballard's career started in coaching, and he has experience on both the pro and college sides of scouting. Whether it's now or in a couple years, he'll likely merit strong consideration soon.
Redskins Legacy: Chiefs An Unfamiliar Foe from Redskins.com
The Redskins and Chiefs have met only eight times since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Their first encounter in 1971 pitted two hot teams with visions of making a deep playoff run.
At the time, Redskins mania had skyrocketed to new heights in the nation's capital. Having missed the postseason for a quarter-century, the Redskins were 5-0 and atop the NFC East under new coach George Allen, with one shutout and one 27-point win. A hardened group of veterans known as the "Over The Hill Gang" was fueling the success.
Dead Money Leaders from National Football Post
Dead money is a salary cap charge for a player that is no longer on a team's roster. It exists because of how salary cap accounting rules work...
...There are three NFL teams with more than $20 million in dead money this year. Rounding out the top five are the Arizona Cardinals ($18,652,564) and the Kansas City Chiefs ($17,515,375). Here's a look at how each of the three teams got there.