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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 10/15

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Now, at about 30 pounds lighter and much quicker, Dorsey can go in multiple directions — and coaches think that, as he gets more comfortable with his weight, he can combine those old instincts and his new speed to be a disruptive force on an emerging defense. The Chiefs have used Dorsey occasionally this season in sub-rush formations, and those chances could increase in the future.

For now, Dorsey still has to prove himself weekly. That’s the life of a football player, but the Chiefs pay close attention when Dorsey makes weight each week, a signal that the discipline is becoming ingrained.

Glenn Dorsey’s discipline has the Chiefs excited about his future from KC Star

Bend, but don't break. ... Where have we heard that before?

In a development that should come as a surprise to no one, the Kansas City defense may remind a lot of Patriots fans of the defenses the Patriots rode to Super Bowl championships early in the decade.

While I, nor anyone else would ever confuse the two -- the Chiefs' defense is not the same as those New England defenses, at least, yet -- there are similarities.

Success of Chiefs' Defense Not Surprisingly Reminiscent of Patriots' Super Bowl Units from New England Sports Network

"We’ve shown signs of being real good at times. The second half of the Cleveland game; the entire San Francisco game, really, once we got a couple of series in. There’s been other times due to circumstances that you could make an argument that we haven’t been good enough."

Chiefs notes: Haley likes passing game after all; Pollard’s revenge from KC Star

The teams meet at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, and Pollard is being careful what he says about facing the club he feels disrespected him. He remains close friends with several Chiefs, but his ties to the team abruptly stops there.

"I don't look back," Pollard said. "I don't need to tell them what's been going on. I'm going to go out there and I'm going to play football. At the end of the day, when I go back to that sideline, I'm going back to that blue. I'm not going back to that red. That door's been closed. It's bolted shut."

Chiefs, Texans look to bounce back from losses from The Carthage Press

The incident, detailed in an Oct. 1 report on and immortalized on YouTube, elicited gasps around the water cooler and giggles in cyberspace. A clever nickname - "The Genital Giant" - was coined...    

...But inside the Texans locker room, with the Chiefs visiting this weekend, what Smith has been accused of and fined for was greeted with a collective yawn.

It tends to get nasty at bottom of the pile from The Houston Chronicle

I'm not sure what the definition of "ready to play" is, but nine missed assignments in the first 13 snaps would seem to qualify. That's what Kubiak counted in a 34-10 loss to the Giants.

What makes Kubiak look even worse is that he spoke to his players about that Saturday before the loss. He told them he hadn't seen the same edge in the home loss to the Cowboys that he had seen in road victories over the Redskins and Raiders.

Yet the Texans came out flat, fell behind by 21 and suffered their worst loss in almost two years.

Yet another crisis game for Kubiak from The Houston Chronicle

Much of the credit should go to Tamba Hali, who leads the team with 4½ sacks, which is tied for seventh in the NFL. The last Chiefs player with more sacks through the first four games of a season was Derrick Thomas in 1998.

D-Gaps: Peppers paying off in Chicago from ESPN

Consider the San Diego Chargers. Already, three Mike Scifres punts have been blocked - two of them in last Sunday's loss at Oakland. Before this season, Scifres had one blocked in 393 career attempts.

And that's not all for the Chargers. In their loss at Kansas City in the opener, Dexter McCluster burned them for a touchdown on a team-record 94-yard punt return.

It's an especially tough season for special teams from The Los Angeles Times Video: Week 6: Chiefs vs. Texans Preview Video: On the Beat: Chiefs offensive woes

Kuharsky's thinking: Can Kansas City do some of the same things the Giants did? Deep middle is a concern for Houston, but in order for the Chiefs' play-action to be believable, they've got to get Jamaal Charles and/or Thomas Jones going. And they couldn't get those guys going a week ago against a Colts run defense that's way more suspect than Houston's.

Scanning Scouts Inc. AFC South notes from ESPN

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky used to get emotional about facing the Raiders, but that was when he played linebacker for the Chiefs from 1994-99. Oakland and Kansas City, franchises that have met 102 times since 1960, have one of the league's most bitter rivalries.

"When I was in Kansas City all of those years, it was Raider Week," Manusky said. "That's what (former Chiefs coach) Marty (Schottenheimer) would always say:It's Raider Week."

Niners vs. Raiders a blood feud -- for fans from The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Some 80 soldiers and seamen will be guests of the team for Sunday's "Salute to the Military" when the Texans play the Chiefs.

If the roof is open - the temperature will have to be below 80 degrees at kickoff - there also will be a flyover, and former President George H.W. Bush is going to serve as the team's honorary captain for the pregame coin toss.

Supporting the troops from The Houston Chronicle

But wading through the numbers, the most telling is that for the first time since 1970, not one of the league's 32 teams managed to reach 4-0. In 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl, and immortal players like John Brodie led the league in passing touchdowns, Dick Gordon led the league in receptions, and MacArthur Lane led the league in rushing touchdowns. In 1970, Tom Brady wouldn't be born for another seven years.

Levelling the field from The National Post

Moments like that autograph signing remind Foster how far he's come on a road few NFL players would want to travel. They indicate that all the hardships he's suffered --- along with all the doubts he's had to overcome -- were all prelude to a bigger, more rewarding picture, one that has turned him into one of the league's most buzz-worthy backs.

"I've always believed in myself because I don't like people telling me what I can't do," Foster said. "Unfortunately, that's been happening throughout my entire life. And I've always tried my best to not listen to that stuff."  

Arian Foster stiff-arms doubt from ESPN

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