Morning all. We got some slim pickings today. Hope everyone is well, and isn't spending too much time digging out from under a ton of snow. Oh, and the picture was too good to pass on.
An example of what the quarter system can do for a team’s thinking is the Chiefs improved record in each quarter of the season, from 0-4, to 1-3 and finally to 2-2 in the most recent four-game period. Haley can sell his team on the idea that improvement is tangible by looking at record from quarter to quarter rather than getting stuck on the ugly 3-9 number.
We decided to go beyond the victories and defeats, and look at the offensive and defensive numbers of each quarter for this 2009 season. The numbers paint a pretty good picture of what’s happened over the last three months with this team, and what areas have to improve over the last quarter of the season beginning on Sunday against Buffalo.
The Quarter System … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs from Bob Gretz
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs' Matt Cassel visits Overland Park school
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the telecast of a Chiefs home game may be blacked out in the Kansas City area this week.
The Chiefs said Tuesday that about 3,500 tickets need to be sold by noon Thursday for Sunday’s game against Buffalo so that the game will be televised locally.
The club could ask the league for a 24-hour extension if it gets close to a sellout by Thursday’s deadline, which is 72 hours in advance of kickoff.
If the telecast is blacked out, it would end a string of 155 consecutive sellouts by the Chiefs, including postseason games, starting with the 1991 season opener.
Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr has bigger things on his mind this week, like how to defend a couple of Buffalo Bills wide receivers named Terrell Owens and Lee Evans.
But Carr will hit the pause button on his DVD of the Buffalo passing game for a couple of hours on Saturday night and watch the NCAA Division II championship game between Northwest Missouri and his alma mater, Grand Valley State.
I like the 3-4 defense when it's done well.
Kansas City does not play the 3-4 well.
When the Chiefs made Clancy Pendergast, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, their defensive coordinator, it became immediately clear the speculation of the franchise moving to a 3-4 was a reality.
With the entire offseason ahead of him, General Manager Scott Pioli had to acquire the tools to make this transition work.
Perhaps the greatest card in the Chiefs' hand was the third-overall pick in the draft.
I know it's easy to evaluate a team critically in retrospect, but let's point out what the Chiefs missed out on by drafting defensive end Tyson Jackson with their first pick.
Admittedly, the jury is still out on Jackson.
What's Wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs' 3-4 Defense, Part One: The Personnel from Bleacher Report