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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 12/14

Good morning! I'm pleased to say I only have a half day at work because of our Christmas party. Really need a break. I hope this busy time is still affording all of you a break here and there as well. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

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Upset Crennel Defends His Remarks About Chiefs receiver Breaston from KC Star

Romeo Crennel, who has shown remarkable patience in answering questions through a difficult 2-11 season, took offense Thursday with the way his comments from the day before on Steve Breaston were portrayed.

A day after saying, "(Breaston) needs to show he has a greater understanding of the game plan and he can execute the game plan" in order to get playing time, Crennel said on Thursday, "I don't know how you get ‘he doesn't know the game plan' out of that.

"I'm a little bit irked about that."

Chiefs' Charles Quietly Rumbling Toward Record Rushing Year from KC Star

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has produced what may be the quietest 1,220 yards the NFL has ever seen.

Charles regained the AFC rushing lead with his 165-yard performance last week at Cleveland with his fourth 100-yard performance in five weeks.

But with the Chiefs mired in a 2-11 season, even his dazzling 80-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the Cleveland game was just a footnote on the highlight shows, which featured more meaningful games.

Chiefs-Raiders Rivalry Revisited from The Mothership

To say the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders have a rivalry is a gross understatement. The AFC-West foes reunite Sunday in Oakland for the 108th meeting between the teams. The Chiefs have faced the Raiders more than any other team in franchise history; Sunday's game will be the 52nd regular-season meeting in Oakland/Los Angeles.

Spreading Christmas Cheer Through Giving from The Mothership

As Christmas draws near, Operation Breakthrough along with the Chiefs Women's Organization (CWO) is making sure children in the Kansas City area have their wish lists fulfilled. For the third year, the CWO has participated in the Adopt-A-Family program with Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit organization serving children and their families in the Kansas City metro.

Through this partnership, 143 families have been adopted and gifts have been purchased for 316 children.

Kansas City At Oakland from CBS Sports

Battling through a dismal season on and off the field, one of the Kansas City Chiefs' few positives has come in the form of inspirational performances from the player possibly affected the most by the recent tragic events.

Jamaal Charles likely hopes to get more opportunities to shine against the Oakland Raiders this time around.

Riding three consecutive 100-yard games, Charles looks to help guide Kansas City to its ninth victory in its last 10 visits to Oakland without top receiver Dwayne Bowe when these AFC West rivals meet Sunday.

Former Mule Trying To Make An Impression With The Chiefs from

Walking through the tunnel, hearing the roar of the crowd and playing football in some of the biggest sports venues in the U.S. - this is what former Mules football player DeMarco Cosby loves about being in the NFL...

...He was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad on Nov. 14, and has spent time with the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers.

When 'Help' Is The Hardest Word from ESPN

When 23-year-old Kenny McKinley lay down on his bed, put a semi-automatic to his head and pulled the trigger, Brady Quinn blamed himself.

After all, Quinn, McKinley's Denver Broncos teammate, knew McKinley had debt, depression and a gambling addiction. They'd talked about it. Quinn was trying to help him. "He'd assured me everything was in order," Quinn says...

..."I had a sense of guilt," says Quinn, now 28. "It was like, 'Where did I miss it? What did I not see? Was there a conversation where I wasn't as truthful as I could've been?' ... I vowed that I'd never let that happen to a teammate again."

But 26 months later, it did.

Week 15 NFL Picks: Look For 49ers To Come Out Firing To Bring Down Pats from Sporting News

There's a good chance both teams will go after a quarterback early in the 2013 draft, and this will determine which gets a better shot at one. Considering the Raiders have a more competent veteran option in Carson Palmer, the Chiefs need one more, as the combination of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn hasn't worked. Jamaal Charles will provide more great running for Kansas City, but the archrival Raiders now have a healthy Darren McFadden to counter Charles. Raiders 24, Chiefs 20

Once Fierce AFC West Rivals, Chiefs And Raiders Have Little To Play For Down The Stretch from The Times Colonist

It's been a similar type year for the Chiefs, who hoped the return of injured stars Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry and a full season under coach Romeo Crennel could get them back atop the AFC West after a last-place finish a year ago.

Instead, they have taken a huge step backward, losing eight straight games at one point to put the status of Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli in question. The situation got worse earlier this month with off-field tragedy when linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before committing suicide at the team's practice facility.

"We've just been trying to stay focused on what we've got to do, but I'm not going to lie, it's been tough," Berry said. "Everybody's trying to stay focused on what we've got to take care of, but at the end of the day we are human, and we've got emotions and feelings and stuff like that."

AFC West Roundup: Might This Division Soon See Three Coaching Changes? from The Denver Post

Either the Chiefs don't spend their money wisely or the players they have handed some of the biggest checks to regress from the moment they have signed on the dotted line.

Matt Cassel hasn't played up to the level the Chiefs had hoped. Glenn Dorsey isn't considered by many league-personnel executives to have played up to where the Chiefs selected him the draft. The same can be said of Tyson Jackson.

And then there is the odd case of Steve Breaston.

One Guy To Watch from ESPN

Charles has had at least 100 yards per game in four of the past five games. He is easily on pace to become the NFL all-time leader in yards per carry when he qualifies with 11 more touches. He is a bright spot in a miserable season in Kansas City. Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel Video: Under The Helmet: Tyson Jackson Video: Chiefs Honor Veterans At VA Medical Center

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