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Good morning! Sorry about the late post. It would figure that the day I decide to come to the office early and do this post is also the day that the interstate is a parking lot. Oh well. Here is today's belated Kansas City Chiefs news.

Communication problems have plagued the Chiefs’ offense throughout this season, from players being confused about instructions and assignments, to "fuzzy" headsets, to coaches forgetting to flip on their microphone before sending in a play call.

In addition to the team’s many injury woes, problems relaying messages have further held back an offense that’s near the bottom of the NFL with an average of 304.2 yards of total offense.

Communication Breakdowns Plague Chiefs from KC Star

Rumors of acrimony between the head coach and general manager, Scott Pioli, have swirled around the Chiefs organization. A local radio station even reported that Haley would have been fired after Week Five if the Chiefs had lost to the Colts.

The Chiefs, though, denied this report, and both Pioli and Haley have publically praised each other and spoke positively about their relationship.

Whether or not they get along, who should be blamed for the new Chiefs regime's poor record - 18-25 - Haley, Pioli or both?

Will Haley Coach The Chiefs In 2012? from The National Football Post

LB Derrick Johnson leads the Chiefs defense with 123 tackles and is on pace for 179 stops, a total that would be the highest single-season mark in team history. LB Tamba Hali has a team-high 7.0 sacks to tie for sixth in the AFC. Over the past two seasons, the Chiefs linebacker has tallied 21.5 sacks. The club has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one by CB Brandon Flowers and one by S Kendrick Lewis.

Chiefs vs Bears - Game 12 from The Mothership

Former Chiefs guard Will Shields will take the first step in what could be quite a winter full of honors for the 12-time Pro Bowler.

This weekend, Shields, a former Outland Trophy winner at Nebraska, will be inducted into the 2011 College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

Will Shields' Big Winter Begins from The Red Zone

Since being thrust into an every-down role against New England, rookie outside linebacker Justin Houston has been on a tear.

It's the kind of production that has turned the heads of teammates and has Houston grading out as one of the Chiefs top defenders over the past two games. No, Houston still hasn't recorded his first career sack but those around Arrowhead see that as minor side note.

Houston Finding His Stride In Chiefs Defense from The Mothership

Whether or not Gaither's error contributed to his release, the roster move shows confidence in Maneri's ability to contribute.

Maneri, who was claimed off waivers from New England on September 5th, had been inactive for the majority of the season prior to Sunday's game. He gives the Chiefs positional flexibility as an edge blocker, having practiced as both a tight end and an offensive tackle this season. The 290-pounder was a former collegiate tight end at Temple.

Maneri Shows Flexibility As Reserve Tackle from The Mothership

Someone once told me, "A man should not be judged by his actions when he is riding high, he should be judged by his actions when he is at rock bottom." I don't fully understand or agree with this statement, but it has stuck with me over the years, so I am going to judge Palko not by his turnovers, but by his reaction to those turnovers. Did he try to make the tackle? Did he attempt to recover the fumble? Or did he drop into the fetal position and start crying?

Bad Quarterback League Scorecard: Blaine Gabbert Gets Benched from Grantland

Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City, receiver: The Pro Bowl receiver has taken heat for appearing not to make an effort to catch a pass in the final seconds of a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. It was intercepted, thus ending the game. Bowe's effort has been questioned in the past. He is a free agent after the season. The Chiefs have been aggressive in re-signing their players. It is interesting that Bowe has not been re-signed. Plays like this may be a reason why.

AFC West Stock Watch from ESPN