Bye Week! Livers across the mid-west (and a few in Jersey) are happy today. The off week also lets players head out of town for the weekend and many end up at their old high schools and colleges to take in a game. We have some of those stories for you in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Go Chiefs!!
As the Chiefs coaching staff studied hours of game tape and sorted through stacks of statistics during their bye week, coach Todd Haley didn’t have to dig too deep into the data to quantify a reason for his team’s 2-3 start.
Haley puts an emphasis on several stats, which he considers barometers of whether a team is trending in the right direction. You could even call them his rules for winning. And one was obviously being broken more than the rest.
Haley Has Rules Of Winning He Expects Chiefs To Follow from KC Star
The next two games might just define the Chiefs season.
With back-to-back division games against Oakland and San Diego, the Chiefs have a golden opportunity to gain ground on the two teams currently ahead of them in the division standings.
Of course, the scenario is two-fold. Wins by the Raiders and Chargers would go a long way towards burying Kansas City's hopes to repeat as division champions.
Bye Week Take 10 from The Mothership
The sideline flare-ups have rubbed some people the wrong way, but one thing is undeniable: Haley coaches his own way, and nobody is going to make him change.
"You got a bunch of guys who are really passionate about being better, and being good, and being part of a good team, and when you have passionate guys who care, I would expect there to be some emotion," Haley said. "What's important is that you move forward and that everybody is on the same page, and that the coaching is done, however it's done, and that points are made."
Apparently, the message is getting through.
Chiefs Coach Todd Haley Is Demanding, Players Would Have It No Other Way from The Winnipeg Free Press
Andy from Provo, Utah, wants to know if the Chiefs pick in the No. 2-5 range, what would it take to move up to No. 1 to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
BW: Any team that wants to move up and get Luck -- the only way the team with the top pick trades it is if they don't need a quarterback -- will have to pay handsomely. I'm talking about multiple first-round picks and perhaps more.
AFC West Mailbag from ESPN
If you don't make it to a lot of NFL games, trust me, Midwest fans do things right, especially compared to the many knuckle-dragging dregs of the upper-East Coast. While their insertion of "CHIEFS" as the last word of the National Anthem is an unfortunate tradition, Kansas City supporters are always polite, enjoyable guests.
Because of the frequent foulness in the stands during NFL games, I rarely take my young son. I took him last Sunday, because when the Chiefs come to town, you don't have to worry about the nonsense.
Chiefs, Fans Get High Marks from The Quincy Herald-Whig
For Casey Wiegmann, the desire to educate people about the role of Iowa farmers is personal.
"It's as important now as ever. I'm now an actual farmer, and I grew up in a farming community," said Wiegmann, a center for the Kansas City Chiefs and former Iowa Hawkeye from Parkersburg.
Hawkeyes Put Farmers In The Spotlight At Kinnick Stadium from The Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Chiefs are idle this week, which provided Stanzi the opportunity to return to Iowa City. He and his girlfriend drove up Friday and met with his mother and brother.
"I figured I'd pop in. It was great timing with the home game," he said. "It's actually the first game I've ever really watched."
Ricky Stanzi All Smiles In Kinnick Stadium Return from The Gazette
Eric Berry, the NFL defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs, gave a rousing pep talk to Creekside before Saturday's game and then sat in the stands to watch Holsey score thrice in win over Riverdale, including an interception return and two touchdown catches.
Auburn DB Recruit Josh Holsey Plans Visits To FSU, LSU And Maybe UGA from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kansas City Chiefs - After five games the Chiefs have yet to score a rushing touchdown. That's not too far off from 2010 when they had only three rushing touchdowns through five games and although the Chiefs rushed for more yards in 2010 than any other team, they tied for 13th overall in scoring via the rush.
Expeditious NFL News and Notes from Allmediany.com
From afar, Schottenheimer has heard the uproar from frustrated Jets fans who seem to blame his son, Brian, the Jets' offensive coordinator, for everything from the offense's lack of production to Hurricane Irene to the rising price of gas at the pumps.
For a number of reasons - perhaps beginning with coach Rex Ryan being such a defensive guru that his team's offense always is going to play second fiddle - Brian Schottenheimer has been the lightning rod for Jets fans whenever things start to go sideways on Sundays.
Schottenheimers Know All About Outside Criticism from The New York Post