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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/17

Good morning! A short week means some overlap between articles on last Sunday's win against the Cowboys, and Thursday's win game against the Eagles. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Jamie Squire

Eagles Will See A Different Side Of Reid With Chiefs from KC Star

Reid went 140-102-1 with nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five appearances in the NFC championship game and one in the Super Bowl during his 14 years in Philadelphia, but the burden of dual roles resulted, in part, to records of 8-8 and 4-12 in his last two seasons.

Reid said he hasn't given much thought to the emotion he will feel on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Even as Reid watches tape of the green-and-white clad Eagles, it's just another opponent to him right now.

"In this business, you're focused in on getting your team ready to play, so that's where my energy is going to go," Reid said.

Chiefs Go Red In Victorious Home Debut from The Mothership

"It was simply an under-route," Bowe said. "I just kept going; Dexter (McCluster) ran a good route to clear it out for me and I caught it, split the defenders and there you have it."

Bowe also commented on the Sea of Red crowd that helped electrify Sunday's win even more.

"The crowd - you have to give it up to them," Bowe said. "They got loud when we needed them to get loud. Chiefs Nation, that's where it's at."

Chiefs' Albert Doesn't Practice But Should Be Ready To Play, Reid Says from KC Star

In addition to Albert, tight ends Anthony Fasano (ankle) and Travis Kelce (knee), cornerback Brandon Flowers (knee) and linebacker James Michael Johnson (neck) did not practice on Monday, and defensive end Mike DeVito (neck) was limited.

Cornerback Dunta Robinson, who missed all of last week because of a family issue, returned to Kansas City on Monday and is expected to be in uniform as the nickel back on Thursday.

Chiefs Focused On Eagles In Short Week from The Mothership

The fast turnaround this week, between games two and three, happens to come up against a team known for its up-tempo pace, led by Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Philadelphia has scored 63 points in two games, equating to a 1-1 record, entering Thursday night's game. The man behind the plan to slow down the Eagles attack is Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

"In their system of offense, they're not going to allow you an opportunity to substitute," Sutton said. "We recognize that; we deal with that all the time. You need to get your cleats into the ground; you need to get your eyes where they're supposed to be and you still need to be able to play. I think, like most things, players and coaches are all adapting to it. You just accept it as part of it. We're going to have to adjust to that on the game field. Our players are up to that challenge and we have to work hard and go. It's going to be a challenge and it becomes even more challenging (when you're facing) a great system with some great pieces."

Tyson Jackson's Workload Increases, Plus Other Chiefs' Snap-Count Observations from KC Star

Defensive end Tyson Jackson saw a large uptick in his usage this week. After logging only 39 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps this week, Jackson saw that numbers skyrocket to 67 percent as he helped a front seven that limited the Cowboys to only 37 rushing yards.

"Up front, me, Poe and (Mike) DeVito, our job is to go out there and kill the run every play," Jackson said after the game. "I think we did a real good job of that. Every week, we come in with the same gameplan: stop the run, make them a one-dimensional team, make them throw the ball. Then we just get after the quarterback."

Derrick Thomas: A Football Life from The Mothership

Please join us and the Third and Long Foundation for this special preview showing of A Football Life, The NFL Films Documentary of Derrick Thomas on Wednesday, September 18th, North Club at Arrowhead Stadium, reception at 6:30 pm and screening at 7:30 pm.

The proceeds benefit the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation.

Keeler: Chiefs Must Get up To Speed On The Eagles' Speed -- And Fast from FS Kansas City

It's football sleight-of-hand, mixing old-school principles with 21st-century sheen and speed. Kelly used it to run roughshod over the college ranks, first at New Hampshire, and then, more famously, at the University of Oregon before being tabbed to succeed Andy Reid in Philly. As a football savant, Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was so curious as to what Kelly was up to, he had a tape made a while back for his own self-study.

"Chip's taken that dang thing and really made it great," Sutton said. "I think it's a great system. We've just got to try and understand it. The bottom line is, you've still go to be able to play quick and you've still got to be able to tackle. If you don't do those two things, most games, you're not going to play very well."

Alex Smith Right At Home With Andy Reid In K.C. from

Like his new coach and offensive coordinator, Alex Smith is enjoying an early resurgence with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Smith and the 2-0 Chiefs will visit the Eagles on Thursday night. Last season, the quarterback suffered a concussion and never regained his starting job with the San Francisco 49ers. With a fresh start after a trade to Kansas City, Smith has thrived under coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.

Chiefs Didn't Change Strategy To Help Flowers from ESPN

Flowers did a better job on Bryant the final three quarters, holding him to four catches for 41 yards. Bryant did drop a deep pass in the fourth quarter that might have changed the result of the game, a 17-16 Chiefs' victory.

Though the Chiefs paid a price for it, leaving Flowers alone with Bryant did provide some important benefits that perhaps allowed the Chiefs to win the game.

Chiefs Shift Quickly To The Pursuit Of 3-0 from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

In any other week, coach Andy Reid might give everyone a day off after such a win. Instead, the coaching staff convened Sunday night to start studying film of the Eagles, and they were back at the training facility Monday to finish off their game plan.

"Every coach tells you these Thursday nights, it's a quick turnaround, and you just have to go," said Reid, who has the added stress of facing the team that fired him after 14 seasons. "It's something you have to do. You buckle down and make sure you get it done."

So far, the Chiefs have done that quite admirably.

This History Isn't On Chiefs' Side from ESPN

Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, six teams before this year's Chiefs have started a season 2-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season.

Any guesses how many reached the Super Bowl? OK, that's too easy. Here's a more difficult one: How many reached the playoffs?

That, too, would be none.

Keeler: Three Prime Concerns Coming Out Of KC's Close Win Over Dallas from FS Kansas City

Of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo's 21 pass drops in the first half, 16 were out of the shotgun and four were no-huddle. Unlike the Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert, Romo countered with extremely quick decisions and made it a point to get rid of the ball within three seconds, regardless of the outcome. All of which certainly made life easier for his right tackle, Doug Free, and appeared to negate Houston, who had recorded three sacks in Jacksonville but was credited with five tackles, zero sacks and zero pressures in Week 2.

Chiefs-Eagles Game Preview from

When the Eagles have the ball, the key to the offense may just be the effectiveness of LeSean McCoy, who will attempt to do what neither Maurice Jones-Drew nor DeMarco Murray could do - burn the Chiefs defense. McCoy ran wild for 184 yards on a career-high 31 carries against the Redskins, but amassed just 53 yards on 11 carries against San Diego. Though McCoy played a large role in the Eagles passing attack against the Chargers, the Eagles will want to get McCoy and the rest of the ground game rolling on Thursday night.

Chip Kelly Says Return Of Andy Reid Will Not Be A Distraction from CBS Philly

It could be more of a cat-and-mouse game, with Smith making changes at the line and the Eagles attempting to adjust to those changes. It made the Chargers very effective on Sunday.

"They were, they definitely were, that was part of their whole package was," Kelly said, about the Chargers calling their plays at the line of scrimmage. "They'd get up, take a look, then go back. They checked, we checked, and they checked again. When you're playing a quarterback like Philip Rivers, I think they basically put the game in his hands. He was making a lot of checks at the line of scrimmage, based on the looks that we were presenting. That's what you get when you go against someone as talented as him."

Gosselin: Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne's Penalty Was Correct Call from The Dallas Morning News

Did you think the Claiborne PI call was the correct one?

Defensive players aren't going to get the benefit of the doubt. It was a penalty. It was no more or less of a penalty than the defensive holding call on Eric Berry earlier in the fourth quarter that wiped out a KC interception.

Eagles Have Little Time To Adjust For Reid's Offense from The Press Of Atlantic City

"It will be cool to see Andy and some of his coaches (he brought to the Chiefs from the Eagles)," Eagles center Jason Kelce said Monday. "But we can't get caught up in that stuff. We're not playing Andy Reid, we're playing the Kansas City Chiefs. That's what we're focused on these next couple of days."

Kelce also has another distraction.

His younger brother, Travis Kelce, is a rookie tight end with the Chiefs.

After Loss To Chiefs, Jerry Jones Must Surrender Preston Road Trophy To Family Of Lamar Hunt from The Dallas Morning News

In a curious geographical quirk, Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, and Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, lived directly across Preston Road from each other until Lamar's death in December 2006.

It was Lamar's idea that whenever their two teams played each other, the winning owner would get a trophy-a rather shoddy trophy that Lamar created. "It's made from railroad ties and magnets," says his widow Norma Hunt. And it has bounced between the Jones home and the Hunt home for years.

Change Of Scenery In Kansas City Rejuvenates Reid from

"I enjoy coaching, No. 1, and I am fortunate to work for a tremendous owner, not that I didn't in Philadelphia," Reid said. "[Eagles owner] Jeff Lurie was top-notch, but we have a great owner here in Clark [Hunt], and these players and coaches are busting their tails." Nobody busts it more than the head coach, but he has found that doing less has led to more favorable results, at least for now. Reid's lone title with the Chiefs is head coach, a time-consuming task to be sure, but the responsibilities are not as expansive as those he had with the Eagles.

Chip Kelly: We're ready To Bounce Back from

On the penultimate play prior to the two-minute warning, Kelly called for a rollout which resulted in an incomplete pass to tight end Brent Celek and quarterback Michael Vick taking a hard hit. Vick was briefly shaken up and forced to come off for one play by the head referee. Backup Nick Foles took the next snap and threw a fade out of bounds to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. After the game, it came to light that Kelly could have called a timeout, which would have allowed Vick to re-enter the game without missing a play. He conceded he would have done so, had he known that was allowed.

Reid Says He's Glad To See Vick Soaring Again from

The Kansas City Chiefs coach spoke briefly about Vick during a conference call with reporters on Monday. "I am very happy for him, probably more so as a person than as a football player," Reid said. "Just the fact that he is a good father and husband, and he is a good football player, and the first two come before the football part of it, in my mind."

Five From Sunday: Rookies Flying; RG3 Is Off; 0-2 Not A Giant Problem from CBS Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs, who haven't had a turnover in two games, could be a challenge to the Broncos.

Eagles Should Score As Much As They Can from

Through Sunday night and Monday morning, however, the opinion of many pundits and fans was that even if the goal was to get a touchdown, Kelly should have worked the clock down, so the Chargers would have less time to go back at a hapless Eagles defense that was in the process of surrendering 539 yards of total offense. Yesterday, at his day-after media conference, Kelly sort of acknowledged that, after reviewing the situation, maybe he should have done things a little bit differently.

Upon Further Review: Cowboys Week 2 from ESPN

The last time Miles Austin played at Arrowhead Stadium he left with 10 catches for a Cowboys-record 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the overtime game winner, in 2009. He caught only three passes for 31 yards Sunday, and the Chiefs did not have veteran Dunta Robinson available. With so much attention paid to Dez Bryant, Austin -- and Jason Witten, for that matter -- had to become a larger part of the offense, but Romo could not find either of them because of the Chiefs' pass rush.

Birds Defense Victimized By Savvy QB from

Kelly said it takes a "certain type of quarterback" to play the way the Chargers did. The problem for the Eagles is that Rivers is not the only quarterback on their schedule who can do that. Nine of the Eagles' 14 remaining games feature an opposing quarterback who has reached the Pro Bowl. That group includes Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Eli Manning (twice). The next test for the Eagles is Thursday night against Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greg Cosell's Film Study - Looking Deeper At Seattle's Win Over San Francisco from Yahoo! Sports

The Chiefs defense looked very disciplined and very well coached. The Chiefs defense controlled the Cowboys offense both physically and tactically. Kansas City's defense looked fast and active, with multiple looks and pressure concepts. Kansas City had a lot of blitzes, 28 of them (44 percent of Cowboys' snaps) including 13 on first down. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was 15-of-22 for 118 yards against the blitz, only 5.4 yards per attempt.

On The Fly: Maya Moore Wins Player Of The Week Honors from The Hartford Courant

Maybe it's because the NFL season has really just begun. But it's beginning to look like the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks will be playing at MetLife Stadium's first Super Bowl ever in February.

Eagles' Further Review: Wolff Getting On-The-Job-Training In Secondary from

What was striking was that Kelly didn't even pretend he wasn't awaiting the time when Wolff can replace Allen. Kelly made no attempt to defend the play of the fourth-year veteran. Wolff played 49 of the Eagles' 83 defensive snaps Sunday. In his NFL debut 6 days earlier at Washington, he played only eight of 75 defensive snaps. Allen played 67 snaps at Washington, 63 Sunday.

Only The Best: Seven Videos That Explain Weekend from

The biggest criticism of Smith is that he can't deliver on third-and-long or go down the field. On the play below, using Coaches Film from Game Rewind, Smith connects on a third-and-9 for 31 yards to receiver Donnie Avery. This play encapsulates Smith well. A free rusher comes loose, and Smith moves up well in the pocket. His throw to Avery is not pretty, it wobbles and barely gets there. But the completion is made, and the Chiefs score a touchdown later in the drive. These are the plays that win games.

NFL Week 2: Seahawks Rule 49ers, Tom Brady Struggles And The Refs Still Stink from The Huffington Post

The Chiefs are 2-0!

While returning NFC East champion Washington is 0-2, trendy sleeper pick Kansas City, in Sunday's win over Dallas, has validated the hype with an impressive 2-0 start. The key for the offense is quarterback Alex Smith, the somewhat-eclipsed No. 1 pick of 2005. Smith brings stability to the team, and is a guy who can consistently get the ball to receiver Dwayne Bowe. Running back Jamaal Charles is a beast of beasts and this team may be for real.

Seven Things We Learned About The Eagles, Week 2 from The Philly Post

The sight of Andy Reid in his red Kansas City polo shirt is frightening enough-like a giant Heinz ketchup bottle with a moustache and a Motorola headset (Big Red, indeed). What's scarier is his defense, which clamped down on Dallas en route to a win yesterday. That made the Reid-led Chiefs undefeated heading into this week's Thursday night matchup with his old team. He doesn't have much intel on Kelly's offense yet, but Reid knows the personnel better than anyone in the league-Kelly included.

Video: Police Punch And Use Taser On Fan At Chiefs vs Cowboys Game from The NY Daily News

According to the arrest report, officers responded to the section where Trenton J. Karlin was seated and allegedly pouring beers on people seated near him. When he was escorted into the concourse, Karlin became aggressive with police, shouting obsceneties at him before reaching for one of the officer's belt, with one witness saying he thought Karlin was trying to get his hands on the officer's gun, the report states.

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