Good morning and happy Friday! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
This year, even within the locker room, the Chiefs' identity is unknown. Ask players to define it, and they scratch their heads.
"Oh, boy," center Casey Wiegmann said. "I don't know what to tell you there."
"I don't know, man," defensive end Glenn Dorsey said. "I don't know."
"Right now," linebacker Derrick Johnson said, "it's hard to say what our strengths are."
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When news broke earlier this week that Palko would make his first professional start, Brees sought out Palko to wish his good luck. Palko received well wishes from former Cardinals teammate Kurt Warner as well.
"They sent me a text when they heard the news and just wished me good luck," Palko said. "I've been around a lot of good quarterbacks in my journey and learned a lot from all of them. Hopefully that will show up on Monday night."
Warner is definitely a player who can appreciate Palko's path to becoming a starting quarterback.
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He indicated season-ticket holders would receive by mail information outlining the pricing plan within two weeks. Ticket holders who renew by Dec. 18 will be entered into a sweepstakes in which the Chiefs will give away a prize each day for 30 days. Prizes include a trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, Donovan said.
Single-game ticket prices will be determined at a later date.
"They will be more expensive than a season ticket," Donovan said. "That's one of the benefits of being a season-ticket holder."
Q: How do you create pressure?
HALEY: "We are at that stage in the season where rookies are no longer rookies first and foremost. One of the things we've talked about is that our young players that have been developing and been contributing to this point, but in a limited capacity, they're going to have to continue to get better and they are going to be challenged to step up and help be a part of finishing this season strong and having a chance to play more games. It's not any one player, it's a bunch of players and we're going to have to just play better football and it's going to have to start Monday."
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The Chiefs held their first practice in preparation for Monday night's game against the Patriots in New England, and it was also their first with Tyler Palko as the starting quarterback.
"Day one is under our belts," said Palko, who will replace the injured Matt Cassel. "The wheels didn't fall off. We finished practice on a high note, and we have a couple more this week to get ready."
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Tamba Hali is recognized on game days for his continuous motor and relentless approach to sack the opposing quarterback. That's just one reason why he was an obvious choice to head back to school for a special announcement. During a recent visit by the six-year NFL veteran, Hali helped name Spring Hill Elementary School as the Chiefs PLAY 60 Super School. As a result, the school was awarded a $10,000 PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or equipment.
LB Tamba Hali Awards $10,000 Fitness Grant To Spring Hill Elementary from The Mothership
There's still a lot for the Chiefs to play for, but they're doing it with Tyler Palko instead of Cassel, Leonard Pope instead of Tony Moeaki at tight end, Jackie Battle instead of Jamaal Charles at halfback and Jon McGraw instead of Eric Berry at strong safety.
So instead of wondering whether the Chiefs can catch the Raiders, it's natural to speculate about their chances of winning another game in the meat grinder of a schedule they have left.
Still, the final seven games will provide some revealing answers about the Chiefs:
Although there isn't much game tape to go on, preparing for Palko (who's played in four career games) should be like preparing for Cassel, Belichick said.
"I think Tyler is very similar to Cassel, except he's lefthanded,'' said Belichick. "The same type of guy - a hard-working guy that is smart, has a lot of confidence. I think they have a lot of confidence in him. He can pull the ball down and run and run some of their bootlegs and quarterback movement plays, and so forth. I would be surprised if they would change too much.''
Chiefs' Tyler Palko A Mystery To The Patriots from The Boston Globe
Seventy-nine quarterbacks have attempted at least 10 passes since the beginning of last season. Tyler Palko's 4.5 average air yards per pass attempt ranks him (you guessed it) 79th by over three-quarters of a yard. Palko's total stat line is 9-of-13 for 82 yards and a pair of sacks since 2010, and Monday will mark his first career start.
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In the new book, "War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team," Holley examines the player evaluation and drafting skills of all three, as well as their personal stories.
"I wanted to do something on these three guys," said Holley. "I knew the depth of their relationship, especially between Dimitroff and Pioli, who considered themselves brothers after Thomas' dad died."
All three gave Holley access. During the Chiefs' division-winning 2010 season, Holley visited Kansas City several times, accompanying Pioli to favorite haunts like the Westport Flea Market and hearing Pioli describe his first days with the Chiefs.
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A rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist University who had been cut three times by two teams this year, defensive back Sterling Moore made the first start of his NFL career against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last Sunday night.
Although the condition of Patrick Chung's foot injury is improving, the safety is still limited in practice and it isn't completely out of the question to think that Moore could be in line for a second start against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on Monday night.
Patriots Notebook: It Wasn't Just Another Game For Moore from The Taunton Daily Gazette
Kansas City Chiefs, Jackie Battle, running back: Battle averaged 6.8 yards per carry Sunday against Denver. His per-carry average decreased for three straight games prior to the Denver matchup. By getting 61 yards on nine carries against Denver, Battle gave the coaching staff confidence in him heading into Monday night at New England.
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A recent study by Kevin Meers of the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective shows that the number of NFL injuries up to this point in the season is almost exactly the same as at this point last year. Moreover, the study indicates that the severity of these injuries has increased only slightly over a year ago. And at the midway point of the season, 44 fewer players were on the season-ending injured reserve than at the same point the year before.
Instead, the perceived injury explosion in the NFL has more to do with who has been injured, not how many have been injured.
Injuries Leaving Mark On 2011 Season from Fox Sports
The folks at Bodog.com are rather optimistic that Palko will have a good night against the porous Pats' defense. They believe that Palko's over/under yardage total is 235.5 and that he will have between one and two touchdown passes. The over/under on his completion total is 20.5.
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Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs. Matt Cassel required hand surgery after Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, and will be out indefinitely. That means Tyler Palko will start under center against the New England Patriots on Monday night. While in general I tend to think any time a QB is going up against that Patriots defense makes for a potentially tasty matchup, you'd have to have stones to use Palko, and the Chiefs' aerial weapons seem destined to suffer as well.
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For the first time since Brady screamed on the turf and grabbed his knee in the 2008 opener, the Patriots will face the Chiefs on Monday night. And on a conference call with Chiefs reporters this week, Brady was reminded of that fact.
Asked if his knee ached watching film of that game, Brady's mind raced back.
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While I don't think the injury of Matt Schaub will kill the value of his best pass catchers, I think the Matt Cassel injury drives a stake through the heart of Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin's fantasy value. The Chiefs' offense was erratic even with Cassel, who might generously be referred to as an average starting quarterback. Palko has appeared in four regular-season games and attempted 13 passes, and he's never been regarded as a future starter.
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The Chiefs are laden with Pats Of Glorious Past, including one Otis "My Man" Smith, now KC's defensive quality control coach, whatever that means.
Otis was one of those guys who came and went here like the morning sun. Bill Belichick had Smith's name on the 53-man roster, practice squad or waiver wire so many times it would make Ross Ventrone envious. Otis was the original here-today-gone-tomorrow-here-today Belichick puppet, with one mighty exception - "My Man" produced!
Bling-ing Endorsement of 'My Man' from The Boston Herald
It really says something about the national draw of the Bears that CBS wants to make the most of its two opportunities to air their games. CBS broadcasts the game when the AFC opponent is the road team.
Unfortunately for CBS, the Bears-Kansas City game on Dec. 4 at Soldier Field won't be a candidate for the same treatment. The Chiefs are terrible.
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