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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 12/22

Good morning everyone. Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

Q: Does it ever get frustrating that you get held, dragged to the ground, tackled and harassed as much as you do without a flag ever being thrown?

HALI: "Yes it gets frustrating. But like you said, it's the nature of the position. Those guys are going to hold, they are going to pull you to the ground and one thing we've got to do as rushers, we've just got to be consistent in what we are doing and persistent and relentless in trying to get to that quarterback. But it's frustrating."

Q&A with Tamba Hali |

That being said, Bush does do particularly well against the Chiefs, this week's opponent, whom McFadden will definitely miss. Bush has run 86 times for 497 yards (5.8 average) and two touchdowns in six career appearances against Kansas City, including a 137-yard effort in a 31-10 win there - without McFadden - Jan. 2 to close out the 2010 season.

"I personally like playing in their stadium," Bush said. "Their fans are always loud and against you and hostile, and I love it."

So what's afoot with the Raiders' McFadden? | SF Chronicle

Romeo Crennel might look brilliant now for installing Kyle Orton as the Chiefs quarterback last week, but the truth can now be told. Crennel was more than a little nervous that Orton's starting debut with the team might not go as well as hoped. "To be totally honest, yes," said Crennel, the Chiefs' interim head coach. "He had a finger (injury), hadn't practiced a whole lot. He was new to the team, new to the system. The thing I knew about him is that he's a pro quarterback and played in games in the NFL before and has a good arm.

QBs Orton, Palmer thrown into the fire | KC Star

Not a moment goes by when Hali isn't thinking about the offensive tackle he's about to face, the guard or running back who will double-team him and how quickly he can get to the quarterback.Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel has noticed."You walk through the hall with Tamba," Crennel said Tuesday, "and when he goes into the meeting room, he'll make the pass-rush move into the meeting room. That's his mentality. And on Sunday, he is doggedly pursuing the quarterback, down in and down out."

Chiefs LB Hali focuses on the pass rush | KC Star

However, the majority of interim head coaches continue their coaching careers elsewhere following their stint as a temporary head coach.

"It's tough," Jackson said. "Regardless of what it is at the end of the day - whether it's good, bad or ugly - players like consistency. I think everybody needs consistency in order to grow and get better. You have to work through the rough spots and the tough times as much as you can, but there's no question that if you lose the ball club and the team isn't listening, then you have to do what you have to do."

Emmitt Thomas generated positive response in his time as interim coach |

For Oakland, the scenarios are a bit more complex and the Raiders could potentially stay alive another week with a loss, but losing to the Chiefs would still be a crushing blow to Oakland's postseason aspirations.

"This is our playoff game," Raiders QB Carson Palmer said. "We've spent a lot of time this week talking about where we are as a team and where we can end up if we don't handle our business. We have to win. This is a must-win game, our backs are against the wall and that's well known in this organization."

Arrowhead report: Chiefs and Raiders prepare for a must win |

Q: What has made Ryan Succop so reliable, is it his work ethic or how he approaches things?

CRENNEL: "Well I think you said it. It's his work ethic, the way he approaches his job, the way he goes about it. He takes it very seriously and any time that he feels like he's off, he'll do extra work, kick extra balls, work with the holder and the snapper and everything he can do, he'll do it to try and be the best on game day and it's showing up in the results."

Q&A with Romeo Crennel |

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