Hello Chiefs fans, and welcome to Arrowheadlines. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes a couple of looks at the defense in the wake of Sunday's loss, and all 32 NFL coaches listed in order as players (can you guess where Haley landed?). Read and enjoy.
Had the recent past not been so horrible, the Chiefs could afford to look at their meltdown in the second half of Sunday’s 35-31 loss at Houston as just one bad day.
The reality is that allowing the Texans a touchdown on each of their last four possessions opened some sores the Chiefs hoped were healed. In the fourth quarter alone, the Chiefs allowed more points — 21 — than they had in any of their first four full games of the season.
Kick coverage has been a strength of the Chiefs all season. The Chiefs should play to those strengths and not be afraid of what the opponent might do on a return. That's what the Chiefs did on their final kickoff of the game and they wound up pinning the Texans at their 14 (not that it mattered).
At any rate, here's Todd Haley's explanation from today's news conference.
Chiefs should play to their strengths from The Red Zone
Maybe some fans thought Kansas City's defense had outgrown such failures. The players knew different.
"I don't think there's anybody who's beyond that," veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel said. "This is pro football. They're going to make plays and there are going to be times - I don't think any defense is beyond that."
Chiefs defense struggles against Texans from The Washington Post
The Kansas City Chiefs month-long support of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month will culminate with several activities and events planned for the October 24 game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team is partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in its efforts, which coincide with the NFL and NFL Players Association initiatives around the issue.
Chiefs Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month from WIBW.com
The Texans allowed Matt Cassel a 122.9 passer rating on Sunday, his best since arriving in Kansas City. And the Texans lost tackle-machine LB DeMeco Ryans to an Achilles injury for the season. "We have to tackle better, cover better - we have to do everything better," coach Gary Kubiak said, via the Houston Chronicle. "We are really struggling. I can't hide it -- from myself, from y'all or anybody."
If Parcells' departure is approaching, Ross could decide to replace him as early as this coming offseason with longtime friend Carl Peterson, the former president, general manager and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs. That hire could raise questions about the future of Ireland and Sparano, both of whom were brought to Miami by Parcells.
ESPN: Parcells has cleared out his office at Dolphins' training facility from The Palm Beach Post
If the Chiefs defense hadn't gotten torched, Kansas City would be in my first group of teams, because their offense was clicking for the first time this season. The Texans offense acquitted themselves nicely in securing another 4th quarter comeback, but the fact that they were forced to do so shows that Matt Schaub may be a great fantasy quarterback but he still hasn't elevated his game to the point where he can be consistent for 4 quarters.
The Real Winners (and Losers) from Sunday’s NFL Action from BaltimoreSportsReport.com
The Kansas City Chiefs got screwed and then screwed themselves at the end of that game within moments of each other. They make a huge bonehead pass call on 3rd to give the ball back to Houston when they had been running so well and probably could salt it away with another first down. Then on the Texans next drive, they let Andre Johnson get away with murder on a long pass completion and even call the PI on the Chiefs. But there can be no NFL fan with a functioning brain that doesn't know that these big physical wide outs push off a lot and they get away with it every time. Johnson does it. Larry Fitzgerald does it, they all do it. The only fix is to make PI calls reviewable and force the officials to make the right call.
Looking back at the week in the NFL from Draft Board Insider
Their next six home games are against Arizona, St. Louis, Carolina and the New York Giants, which are all winnable games. The remaining two are against Kansas City and Atlanta, which are by far the toughest. But Seattle could definitely beat the Chiefs if they are on top of their game. With a good running game from the rejuvenated Marshawn Lynch, they could stand a good chance against Atlanta.
Seahawks will make playoffs from The Daily Evergreen
The NFL will announce by Wednesday that players will be suspended for devastating hits and head shots, according to a report Monday night by ESPN.
The announcement would be effective immediately and include even first-time offenders of helmet-to-helmet hits.
Report: NFL to announce suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits from Fox Sports
Young out, Collins lifts Titans past Jags from Fox Sports
When Scott Pioli, who had so much success in New England, took over Kansas City and went looking for a coach, he hired a man who had never played football on ANY level, a man who wanted to be a professional golfer, Todd Haley. And while the jury is still out on Haley - and while former running back Larry Johnson did call out Haley on Twitter - the Chiefs have made strides in 2010 and it seems to me that kind of hire would be almost impossible in baseball.
OK, so now here are all 32 NFL coaches loosely ranked 1-32 as players.
NFL Coaches as Players from Sports Illustrated