KCChiefs.com Video: Sneak Peek: Chiefs Kingdom - Joe Delaney
It seems like a wasted season for his development, but Stanzi at least believes he is a better player than he showed during what for him was a rough preseason.
"Every year, you develop," he said. "There's no wasted year. You may not be on the field, but there's been a lot of time spent on watching film, working on footwork, working on the fundamentals, working on your throwing. You'd like to be playing, but you can always get better, and that's what I've been trying to do."
"You would hope as a player you're progressing through the season. It's been great to be able to sit here, learn things and not have to be ... sometimes you're thrown in to a situation you're not ready for."
A Season To Forget For The Kansas City Chiefs from USA Today
He has known good times and bad - a fair share of bad - in eight years in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform, but Derrick Johnson has seen nothing like this.
Has anybody in the 93 seasons of the NFL?
Johnson and the Chiefs play Sunday at the Denver Broncos, the final game of a season that might be bearable if it were merely forgettable. Can't throw. Can't protect the ball. Can't score. They've been beaten eight times by more than two touchdowns and, at 2-13 overall, are a loss to the Broncos away from equaling the worst record in the franchise's 53-year existence.
Tough Loss Could Lead To Good Things On Sunday from The Mothership
Despite the 20-13 loss and amidst the individual and team records the Kansas City Chiefs broke on Sunday, perhaps what stood out most was the players' disgust over what goes down as their 13th loss of 2012.
None of the players I spoke to were in the mood to praise the record-breaking efforts, but instead they expressed frustration of finding a way to lose despite incredible on-field feats.
Manning, Peterson, Pagano: 2012 A Year To Remember from The Associated Press via WAFF
Charles missed nearly all of 2011 with a torn left ACL. Yet the former All-Pro running back has run for 1,456 yards, the seventh-best season in franchise history. He can break his single-season-high set in 2010 with 12 yards against the Broncos on Sunday.
Charles ran for 226 yards last weekend, when he surpassed 750 career carries, which also qualifies him for the NFL record for yards per carry. Charles is averaging 5.82 yards on 770 attempts, which far surpasses the 5.22 yards that Hall of Famer Jim Brown averaged in 2,359 attempts from 1957-65.
Charles, Peterson and Davis are all better than ever. Manning might be, too, but he'll never say it.
Four Injuries That Ruined Fantasy Owners' Seasons from USA Today
It is hard to believe now, but Hillis was being drafted as high as Round 6 back in August when it looked like he would split carries with Jamaal Charles. While Charles has run for 1,456 yards, Hillis has been slowed by an ankle injury (missing three games). Despite his 101-yard effort in Week 16, Hillis has been a fantasy disaster.
NFL Legends, Musicians, Volunteers Serve Christmas Meals To Homeless from AZFamily.com
Warm meals and kind words were served by special volunteer guests, including former NFL legends and musicians, as part of the annual "Champions for the Homeless" event.
"If you connect your heart to giving, it becomes a lifelong habit," said Nick Lowery, the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer who founded the event 17 years ago.
Week 17 NFL Picks: Bears Will Top Lions, Packers Will Beat Vikings from The Rock River Times
Peyton Manning has proven he's still got what it takes to win in the NFL. The Broncos are playoff bound and may rest Manning in the final game of the season. Even if he doesn't play, I think the Broncos will easily defeat one of the worst teams in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. If Manning does play, I think they'll slaughter KC in Mile High to end the regular season.