10/1 Practice Recap: Andy Reid's Advice for Alex Smith from The Mothership
He was asked on Wednesday how he was able to handle that.
"What I did-I just ordered a cheesesteak and then I went and coached," he said amusingly. "You just eliminate the clutter is what you do. That's it."
"Eliminating the clutter" are words of advice that could be beneficial to Chiefs quarterback
Alex Smith, who this Sunday will face what his head coached experienced in 2013:
Andy Reid Press Conference 10/01 from The Mothership
Q: How did the team get so much better in so little time?
REID: "Listen I think the guys, coaches and players, stepped up their game a bit. Did a nice job with that. The important thing is that you're only as good as your last game or the game that you're fixing to play. You've got to make sure you are focused in on that and what happened Monday doesn't matter when you're playing the 49ers. We've got to make sure we get ourselves ready and prepared for that, understand the process that it takes to get and play a game in the National Football League."
Q: Was it a difference in effort in that Titans game compared to the rest of the weeks?
REID: "I didn't think it was effort. I thought the guys played hard. I just think we've done a little better from a coaching standpoint. I've mentioned to you before that I know from a personal standpoint, I wasn't very good in the first game doing my job and so I think everybody took accountability for that. We're trying to do better as we move forward here."
Jamaal Charles Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week from The Mothership
His rushing effort places him at 5,938 yards for his career, 132 yards shy of the Chiefs' all-time rushing record set by Priest Holmes.
Chiefs vs. Patriots: By the Numbers from The Mothership
On Monday night, the Kansas City Chiefs offense averaged 6.7 yards per play and had 15 plays that went for at least 10 yards, including 12 in the first half.
They were efficient, explosive and they took care of the football, finishing the game without any turnovers.
Coach Reid has said two of the most important statistical categories on offense are third down conversion rate and red zone success. The Chiefs converted 7 of 12 third downs and were 4 of 6 in the red zone.
They're currently tied for fifth in the NFL in third down success rate at 50 percent, and are tied for sixth in red zone touchdown efficiency at 66.7 percent.
Chiefs Rookie Club Hosts Play 60 Clinic from The Mothership
On Tuesday, the Chiefs Rookie Club visited a group of special needs students at the YMCA Challenger Sports Complex in Kansas City, Missouri.
The facility is designed for the inclusion of athletes with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities.
"The goal is to have every kid playing. We don't want to turn away any child," Raegan Schurr, Adaptive Program Director with YMCA Challenger said. "Any challenges they may have, whether it's a birth injury, autism, cerebral palsy or whatever it may be, we welcome them."
Chiefs Production Company Honored from The Mothership
The Chiefs in-house production company, 65 Toss Power Trap Productions (65TPT), was recently honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Chapter.
"The Chiefs Kingdom is an unbelievable force, and we cherish our ability to help tell their stories," Jodain Massad, Director of Production, said. "I am so proud of this team. They are inspired, and fueled by a work ethic our fans understand. It's a great feeling to get to do what we do."
The group was nominated for 22 awards and received seven Emmy's for their outstanding work.
Where Have All the Running Backs Gone? from The Mothership
A running back wasn't taken in the most recent NFL draft until the back end of the second round.
Not really, given where the pro game is going, as in the way of the CFL.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) is known to be a passing league with three downs, a wider field than the NFL one, and motion permitted from receivers moving forward prior to the snap. Passing dominates and the running game is given lesser notice.
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Still reveling in the greatest 48 hours in KC sports history from FS Kansas City
Welcome to Kansas City, the epicenter of the North American sporting universe -- if only for a week -- where everybody, living or cheering from the great beyond, is getting in on the action. The Chiefs matching their biggest margin of victory ever onMonday Night Football. The loudest outdoor sporting venue on the freaking planet, affirmed (again). A 12-inning American League Wild Card Game victory, tied for the longest single winner-take-all/deciding game in the history of the Major League Baseball postseason.
In a span of 48 hours, the two most popular, iconic sports franchises in Kansas City took a tire iron straight to the knees of the Brady/Belichick dynasty one night and to Moneyball the next.
Week 5: Wednesday injury report from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs list eight players on the initial injury report for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin) and strong safety Eric Berry (ankle) did not practice. Avery suffered his injury during Monday night's game, while Berry has missed two straight games with the ankle injury suffered in Week 2.
Running back Jamaal Charles, who was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, was limited with an ankle injury. The Chiefs will take it easy on Charles.
No. 14 sounds about right for the Chiefs. While they have impressive wins in the last two weeks against the Dolphins and Patriots, they also have an ugly home loss to the Tennessee Titans, who haven't been competitive in their three games since beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium to begin the season.
Robert Kraft suffered along with fans in rout of Patriots from The Boston Herald
"It's horrible," Kraft said Tuesday after seeing the team he owns lose the previous night in Kansas City 41-14.
The image of Jamaal Charles leaving would-be tacklers in his wake, and scoring three touchdowns, lingered even as Kraft expressed confidence that the Patriots would rebound from the rout.
"He supposedly had an ankle problem," Kraft said. "We were sitting pretty high and you could have a birds-eye view. He is so fast and quick. It was just a bad day. We've got to bury it and move on and, hopefully, get back on track this Sunday."
Patriots defense was just as bad as offense against Chiefs from The Boston Globe
Question: What do the Dolphins' and Chiefs' offenses have in common? They both utilize zone-blocking schemes and the one-cut running game.
Question: What else do they have in common? They both gashed the Patriots' defense on the ground.
A lot of energy has been used to dissect everything that's wrong with the Patriots' offense - don't worry, we'll get there, too - but we want to highlight the defense, which was equally horrible in Monday night's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Chiefs' Stephenson returns from 4-game suspension from The Associated Press via The Sun Herald
Right tackle Donald Stephenson is back with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He's just not back in the starting lineup.
Stephenson returned from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs Wednesday, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Ryan Harris remains the starter on the right side and that Stephenson would have to work his way back into the mix.
The Kansas City Chiefs have begun to unleash prized second-year tight end Travis Kelce. Perhaps it's no coincidence then that the offense has scored 75 combined points in the two games Kelce has found the end zone. The 6-5, 260-pounder is rising quickly, which hasn't yet translated to full ownership in fantasy football leagues.
Alex Smith is wise enough to know he won't get any satisfaction from his return to the Bay Area this weekend if the Kansas City Chiefs don't beat the San Francisco 49ers. It doesn't matter how well Smith plays or whether he outshines Colin Kaepernick, who became the 49ers' quarterback in the middle of the 2012 season when they decided Smith wasn't good enough...
...As long as Smith sticks to that strategy, he should be fine on Sunday. That's why I'm expecting Smith to play well against the 49ers.
Chiefs-49ers Preview from The Associated Press vis FOX Sports
After being labeled a bust early in his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith appeared to turn things around before losing his job for the final time in 2012.
Since then, the embattled quarterback has made the most of a fresh start with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Smith returns to the city where his career began Sunday looking to help the Chiefs to a third straight win and their first in San Francisco in 43 years.
Don't expect a Smith-Harbaugh hug Sunday from ESPN
Harbaugh said that wouldn't necessarily be because of any hard feelings between the two. Smith was the quarterback for Harbaugh and the 49ers before being benched during the 2012 season in favor of Colin Kaepernick.
Smith was then traded to the Chiefs at the end of that season.
"I've always seen him as a great quarterback, a great football player," Harbaugh said. "He plays all games like he really wants to win the game. It's a joy to coach a guy like that. He always gave you his best. He's a top-notch guy, a man I truly respect."
Seldom-used A.J. Jenkins doing "nice job" in Kansas City from The Sacramento Bee
Jenkins was the first of seven picks in the 2012 draft. Only one of them, fourth rounder Joe Looney, remains. Second-round selection LaMichael James was signed to the Dolphins practice squad this week.
A third player obtained by the Chiefs, cornerback Marcus Cooper, ended up winning Kansas City's rookie-of-the-year award last year. The 49ers took Cooper in the seventh round last year but cut him at the end of the preseason with the hope of bringing him back to the practice squad. The Chiefs signed him instead and he started every game for them last year.
Alex Smith reunion has 49ers recalling his class from The San Jose Mercury News
This game won't have anywhere the magnitude of a previous showdown involving a former 49ers-quarterback-turned Chief. (See Montana, Joe). There's no sizzle here largely because Smith defused his potential quarterback controversy with Kaepernick.
"That just shows the character that he has not just as a player but as a man," Kaepernick said Wednesday.
"He had been playing. He had been playing well. Did he want to be on the field? Yes. But he wasn't going to let that get in the way of what the team was trying to do."
Given a rebirth last season in Kansas City, Smith made the Pro Bowl for the first time. Coach Andy Reid's offensive system plays to the quarterback's strength, asking him simply to keep the chains moving rather than asking him to make the big throw.
Alex Smith takes high road back to Santa Clara from The Sacramento Bee
Smith was traded to Kansas City for what turned out to be two second-round draft picks in March 2013. The teams played in last year's preseason, but this is the first showdown against his former teammates, coaches and front office where the outcome counts.
Smith said there's no bitterness.
"I was so excited about (coming to Kansas City) when that happened," he said. "I felt like that chapter was done for me and I was really excited about moving on to this next opportunity. I think because of everything that happened over the course of my career, I was so much more appreciative of how fragile the opportunity is to get to start and play in this game and, for me, I was just full go on it and going to do everything I could to take advantage of it and run with it and not look back. So, no bitterness at all."
Alec Burks loving the KC Masterpiece moment from The Deseret News
Alec Burks might have been the happiest person in Utah Jazz camp on Wednesday.
And it had nothing to do with basketball, which by all accounts, he's succeeding at quite nicely this fall.
Rather, the Kansas City native (Grandview, Missouri) was still basking in the Royals' extra-inning 9-8 Wild Card win over the A's, which pushed his hometown team further into the playoffs than they'd been in almost three decades.
49ers not missing much with Cox at CB from ESPN
Perrish Cox was supposed to be the San Francisco 49ers' nickel cornerback, covering slot receivers in the inside. But when starting cornerback Tramaine Brockwent down with a toe injury in the season opener at the Dallas Cowboys, Cox was pressed into service.
Neither he nor the Niners have missed a beat.
Because while Brock began rehabbing on a side field Wednesday, Cox has established himself on the outside. His two interceptions are one off the league lead and his eight passes defensed are the most in the NFL.
Smith kept 49ers locker room united from ESPN
Alex Smith could have divided the San Francisco 49ers' locker room when coach Jim Harbaugh went with Colin Kaepernick, then in his second season, over the the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft in Week 10 of the 2012 season.
Smith was initially sidelined with a concussion - should starters lose their jobs due to injury? - so he could have railed and whined and recruited guysto his side. Instead, he remained silent and put on a good face.
Rex Ryan pokes some fun at Bill Belichick from Newsday
Rex Ryan couldn't help but deliver a playful dig at his coaching nemesis.
"Obviously, on to San Diego," the Jets coach said Wednesday, a few hours after Patriots coach Bill Belichick repeatedly used the "We're on to Cincinnati" line to avoid discussing the play of Tom Brady after their 41-14 loss to the Chiefs Monday night.
Ryan's one-liner garnered some laughs from the overflow media crowd, but the coach quickly turned his focus back to the Chargers (3-1).
At 1-3, the Jets are in desperate need of a win. And there's a definite sense of urgency inside the facility.
"With that said," Ryan added with a smile, "obviously we watched Kansas City handle New England."
Week 5 NFL picks: Bengals keep Patriots down, 49ers bounce Chiefs from Sporting News
Show-Me Game of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS). Because the Chiefs play in Missouri, the Show-Me State! Get it? Ah, nevermind ... it's more about the Chiefs showing the NFL that they're not the team that started 0-2, including a stinker at home against Tennessee. Also, that the Monday night win was about more than the Patriots face-planting. The 49ers have something to prove, too, after an impressive rebound against the Eagles last week. Give the home team the edge in this. 49ers 24, Chiefs 20.