Last Two Chiefs' Regimes Stand Apart from KC Star
Blame who you will, but one way or another it all bubbled over with Haley being fired in 2011 and Pioli being cashiered after the Chiefs last season went ... 2-14.
Which brings us to last January, when enthusiasm abounded at Arrowhead with the hiring of a GM bearing Super Bowl rings and steeped in the ways of a thriving organization to join a bright coach with whom he'd worked in the past.
But this vibe was based on logic as much as hope.
And as the Chiefs play tonight at Pittsburgh, where Haley now is the offensive coordinator, it's a timely moment to look at the contrast from his hiring in KC to the embryonic phases of this renewed relationship between GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid.
Chiefs Special Teams Primed For Pittsburgh from The Mothership
By the time the Chiefs either tee it up or step back to receive the opening kick, they'll continue playing according to the schemes of special teams coordinator Dave Toub and assistant Kevin O'Dea.
"The philosophy is to create field position for offense and defense, number one," Toub said. "We're going to take advantage of some of the other team's weaknesses in some areas. We're going to be an attacking-style special teams. We're going to try to make the big plays. We want to try to put teams on their heels. We want them to try to react to us and not us reacting to them. That's our philosophy."
Five Things To Watch In Chiefs-Steelers Game from KC Star
The Chiefs need to do a better job of protecting the passer. They allowed seven sacks last week against San Francisco - three sacks of Alex Smith, three of Chase Daniel and one of Tyler Bray - and did not appear prepared for the 49ers' blitz package. The Chiefs game-planned some for the Steelers, so they should be prepared for any exotic blitzes that Pittsburgh's venerable defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau may throw at them.
Chiefs Cover Two: A Closer Look At The Players from The Mothership
Between the training camp practices, team meetings, road travel, games and more, we've been giving fans a closer look at the players on the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs roster.
Today, we catch up with Chiefs rookie LB/DEs,
Josh Martinand Ridge Wilson, as each participated in OTAs, minicamp practices and continues with training camp, bringing them to today, where they're competing for spots on the 2013 Chiefs roster.
In the opening days of training camp, when Bradley McDougald stocked his locker with the bare essentials, he made sure to tote along a KU blanket from his days as a Jayhawk.
The blanket, McDougald says, is more practical than it is pure nostalgia. It's been less than a year since he played his last college game, and he needed something for those pre-practice naps during his first camp as a member of the Chiefs secondary. But that didn't stop the blanket from causing a little locker-room friction when McDougald was stationed next to fellow safety Tysyn Hartman, a second-year pro from Kansas State.
"It might be disappearing here pretty soon," Hartman said of the blanket in question.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Foto Friday Spirit Night
Chiefs Hope Alex Smith Works As An Older Model from The Wichita Eagle
Alex Smith never expected this life. NFL quarterback? Yeah, right. He grew up smart, skinny, and uncoordinated. When he was 14, his dad tried to talk him into quitting football. You look more like a cross country runner, he said. His friends thought he'd be a professor.
Here he is, anyway, the new hope of the once-proud Chiefs, talking about a wild career over barbecue on the Plaza. In a few minutes, a boy from the next table over who has been eyeing Smith all night will come over to say hello and good luck. Smith will smile, tell the boy thank you, and then go back to his burnt ends and his story. It will take the better part of two hours. There is a lot to tell.
What To Watch For: Chiefs At Steelers from ESPN
Offensive line: This unit was not good against San Francisco last week. Alex Smith was sacked three times and there was constant pressure. Coach Andy Reid said the line would tighten and it needs to happen.
Dyson Accepts Challenge To Race Chiefs' Charles from MLB.com
Center fielder Jarrod Dyson is not the kind of man to step down from a challenge. When he heard that Chiefs general manager John Dorsey wanted to pit him and running back Jamaal Charles against each other in a friendly race, Dyson gladly accepted.
Tomlin On Week 3 Of Preseason from Steelers.com
The bottom line is we need to take a significant step tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs. We're running out of time in terms of preparation for the regular season, and some of the sloppiness that has dogged us through the first two preseason games - being highly penalized, turning the ball over - have to disappear and disappear quickly.
Rookie Eric Fisher Answered All The Chiefs' Questions from The Wichita Eagle
The moment of truth for Eric Fisher came the minute he stepped onto the practice field last January at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Sure, Fisher had been a great offensive lineman at Central Michigan, where he dominated players from schools such as Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan.
Now, he would have to block against pass rushers from the big schools, players who would get drafted and play in the NFL. And nothing changed. Fisher was again dominant, and in doing so answered the last remaining questions about his ability.
Dwayne Bowe Can Drive 55 from ESPN
Kansas City Chief receiver Dwayne Bowe comes in as the 55th best offensive player in the NFL in ESPN.com's top 100 offensive players project. Bowe, who just signed a five-year, $56 million contract to stay with the Chiefs, is a difference maker. He has piled up numbers while playing with less-than-stellar quarterbacks.
No. 10: Defensive Lineman Curley Culp 1964-67 from AZ Central
"The main reason I picked ASU (is) they were going to allow me to participate in wrestling as well as football," said Culp, who also considered UCLA or taking an academic scholarship at Arizona Western College in his hometown Yuma. "Frank (Kush) was in agreement. It worked out pretty well."
Kush later told Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram to keep Culp on defense - after a failed attempt to convert him to offensive guard at Denver - and that advice launched a Pro Football Hall of Fame career.
Truman Medical Center Lakewood Presents Evening Under The Stars - Sunset At Key West from Lee's Summit Journal
A special, single item live auction will be held for a once-in-a-lifetime Kansas City Chiefs away game package. The package includes a trip for two, aboard the Kansas City Chiefs charter aircraft, accommodations at the team hotel, breakfast and dinner with executives and other VIP guests, transportation to and from the game, sideline passes and two tickets to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos on Nov. 17 in Denver, Colo.
The Star Loses Its Chiefs Beat Writer Just Before The Season from The Pitch
He will continue to cover the Chiefs for ESPN. The timing is nice for ESPN (less so for The Star) to get a beat writer with the NFL season starting September 8. Teicher was a solid reporter for The Star; we're hoping he doesn't get into ESPN's story manufacturing business.
For Disappointed Sports Fans, Defeats Increase Consumption Of Fat And Sugar from The Association For Psychological Science
Overall, they found that people in cities with a losing football team ate about 16% more saturated fat compared to their usual Monday consumption. People in cities with a winning football team, on the other hand, ate about 9% less saturated fat compared to their usual consumption. These trends held even when people who weren't football fans were included in the sample, and the trends were particularly noticeable when a game came down to the wire.
"People eat better when their football team wins and worse when it loses, especially if they lost unexpectedly, by a narrow margin, or against a team of equal strength," Cornil and Chandon note.
Ex-Cheerleader Rachel Wray Looking For Respect In MMA, Not Attention from Sports Illustrated
Rachel Wray's hook is irresistible. Frankly, it's a media outlet's dream. Gorgeous, blonde-haired, blue-eyed NFL cheerleader ditches her pom poms for punching pads and becomes a cagefighter. It's a novel story that's already attracted The Today Show, men's magazines, reality TV and film producers, including one who wanted to snag the aspiring 24-year-old fighter for a role in the upcoming Bloodsport remake.