Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 1/11

Stephen Dunn

Good morning! Thanks to Joel for covering for me last week. I'll be hit and miss over the next few weeks due to work/real life. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Will Shields Named As Finalist For PFHOF from The Mothership

An anchor of Kansas City's offensive line for 14 seasons, Will Shields was named one of the 15 modern-day finalists for selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 15 modern-era finalists were decided through voting by the Hall's Selection Committee, from a list of 126 nominees that previously was reduced to a list of 25 semifinalists, throughout the year. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

A Look Back At 2013: Weeks 9-12 from The Mothership

The month of November is known for a time of thanksgiving and after going 8-0 to start the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs had plenty to be thankful for, entering Week 9, when the Chiefs defense stole the headlines, helping deliver a come-from-behind victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Chiefs Host ArtsKC Awards At Arrowhead from The Mothership

On Thursday evening, the Chiefs hosted the 2014 Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City (ArtsKC) Warm-Up party at Arrowhead Stadium. The event recognized their 2013 Honorees in advance of the ArtsKC Annual Luncheon, which will take place on January 24, 2014.

The night was filled with various forms of artistic expression, from a musical performance to a Shakespeare play to the many pieces currently showcased at Arrowhead Stadium.

KCChiefs.com Audio: GM John Dorsey 810 WHB Interview

Flanny's Five: Chiefs Need To Go All In With Alex Smith from FS Kansas City

Yes, the Chiefs have numerous decisions to make regarding their crop of free-agents, from Branden Albert to Dexter McCluster to Tyson Jackson to Kendrick Lewis and so on.

But they also need to take care of another player who still has one year left on his contract -- quarterback Alex Smith.

The National Football Post reported earlier this week that the Chiefs indeed will try to extend Smith's contract beyond the 2014 season.

Good idea.

Will Shields Deserves Hall Induction from ESPN

Football is the ultimate team game, and more than in any other major sport, individual players and particularly linemen don't have the tremendous effect on winning and losing. But it certainly wasn't Shields' fault that the Chiefs never played in the Super Bowl during his 14 seasons. He certainly played to that level.

Shields never missed a game in those 14 years and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 12 times.

Did The Kansas City Chiefs Make Jovan Belcher A Monster -- Or Was The Monster Already There? from FS Kansas City

Belcher's body was exhumed last month at his family's request so that his brain could be checked for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative neurological condition. CTE has been linked to the deaths of former NFL stars such as linebacker Junior Seau, safety Dave Duerson and center Mike Webster. Shepherd is seeking a jury trial and judgment "in excess of $15,000 for actual damages, punitive damages, and/or aggravating circumstances, for the cost of this action, and for such relief as the court deems fair and reasonable.

Plays That Defined The Season: No. 2 from ESPN

On Dallas' second play from scrimmage, wide receiver Dez Bryant outmuscled Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers to catch a 16-yard pass from Tony Romo along the right sideline. Flowers fell down and was unable to make the tackle.

Safety Quintin Demps was in position to make the tackle but Bryant ran around Demps and down the sideline...

...It was fitting that Kansas City's season was extinguished by its inability to stop the long ball. It was a problem that started with the arrival of Dez Bryant and Tony Romo at Arrowhead Stadium.

Successful Season, But Future Needs To Bring More from The Blue Springs Examiner

Kansas City won 11 games, made the playoffs and set a record for most points scored (44) by a Chiefs' team in the postseason. But 44 wasn't enough, not sufficient to win. That's life - Chiefs fans are a tough bunch.

"I know they will be bringing in more players next year and we will be stronger and better next year," said a fan.

A huge upgrade from last season? Yes, that's what fans are banking on continuing. Just the start, not the end.

Remembering An Up-And -Down Chiefs Season from KCUR

On Tuesday's Central Standard, Brian Ellison remembers a Chiefs season that gave us so much hope and so much crushing disappointment as well as looking forward to a more hopeful year for the Chiefs.

Guests:

  • Joel Thorman, Editor of Arrowhead Pride
  • Greg Echlin, Sports Reporter for KCUR

NFL Lessons Learned from Grantland
...no Super Bowl appearances since 1970; 42 of 44 NFL seasons without a playoff victory (1993 excepted), as well as eight straight playoff losses (an NFL record); 28 Royals seasons without a playoff appearance; 24 straight Royals seasons in which they couldn't win 87 games (including 18 of the last 20 when they couldn't reach 78 wins); no NBA franchise because the Kings ditched them for Sacramento in 1984; the lifelong knowledge that their NBA team ditched them for Sacramentoa recent blog post on Arrowhead Pride called "Ranking The Kansas City Chiefs playoff losses by how much they sucked"; everything that happens daily on Rany Jazayerli's tormented Twitter feed; the 453 much-ballyhooed Royals who never panned out; and, just last weekend, the second-biggest NFL playoff collapse of all time.

Could Kansas City be slowly mounting a serious challenge to the Lennon and McCartney of tortured fan bases, Cleveland and Buffalo?

Farmer worked with the Browns last season after working as director of pro personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-2012. He made it through both the Carl Peterson and Scott Pioli regimes in Kansas City.

Peterson reportedly held Farmer in very high regard while working with him in Kansas City and Peterson is helping Dolphins owner Stephen Ross find the right candidate for the job.

Dolphins GM Rumors: More Names Start To Emerge As Dolphins Begin Interviews from The Phinsider

Also expected to be interviewed are the Tennessee Titans' Lake Dawson, Cleveland Browns' Ray Farmer, Jason Licht of the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens' Eric DeCosta, and the Dolphins' Brian Gaine. No specifics on when those particular interviews will take place has been reported.

Dawson had a four-year career as an NFL wide receiver, playing all of them for the Kansas City Chiefs after being their 1994 third round draft choice.

Carl Peterson Remains Steve Ross' Football Expert from The Miami Sun Sentinel

The relationship between Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross and former Chiefs president Carl Peterson is not unique, and no different than the one everyday people like you and me have...

...Peterson is Ross' long standing friend and business partner, which explains why the former Kansas City executive known in the NFL as "King Carl" is Ross' go-to-person when it comes to major football decisions.

Sooner Or Later, Bucs Will Be Well-Represented In Hall Of Fame from The Tampa Bay Times

Sooner or later, however, the Bucs will be well-represented in this Hall. No, it isn't asking for too much. Consider this: The old Kansas City Chiefs won one Super Bowl (in a year they weren't even division champions), and they have five defensive players in the Hall.

By comparison, the Bucs defense lasted longer, and it was more domi­nant.

Eventually, it will be immortalized.

Ben Briley American Idol 2014 Season 13 Contestant Profile from American Idol Net

We are wondering if the orange represented the Tennessee Volunteers football team, since Ben seems to have quite a lot of their paraphernalia in the background of some of his videos. We do know Ben is apparently quite the Kansas City Chiefs fan, listing Eric Berry and Tyler Bray of the Kansas City Chiefs as athletes he likes on Facebook. However, he's not really pleased with the Tennessee Titans lately, stating that he'd "rather spend a week in a poorly-run nursing home than watch the Titans play another minute of football."

Electric Football Champion Hopes To Keep Game Alive from The Washington Post

A 52-year-old freelance designer known for dressing up as the Kansas City Chiefs superfan "Weirdwolf," Lynn was the first and only MFCA president until McGhee took over last year. Lynn still runs the Web site and takes pictures, virtually chronicling the fellowship unfolding in real time.

Chiefs, Redskins Offensive As Team Names? Some Say Yes from FOX4KC

"I hear that all the time," said Moses Brings Plenty, cultural liaison at the Indian center. "Someone won't know me by my name or they won't call me as an individual, they would say, ‘Hey, chief.' We hear that all the time. It's sad because it's degrading to our real true chiefs that are still existing today."

Brings Plenty believes the Chiefs should reconsider the use of Native American stereotypes at team events.

"What I see with Warpaint, what I see with artificial headdresses, what I see with the tomahawk chop and what I see with an American Indian drum that was just recently purchased. Made by a non-native. We have native individuals who could make drums."

Imprisoned Steelers Fan Sues NFL For Blown Succop Call from The Associated Press via The New Pittsburgh Courier

A Pittsburgh Steelers fan imprisoned for murder has sued the National Football League and wants a federal judge to delay the remainder of the playoffs so the Steelers can have another chance to qualify for them.

The Steelers were denied a sixth and final playoff seed in the AFC when the San Diego Chargers beat the Kansas City Chief, 27-24, in overtime in their final regular season game.

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