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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/4

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Kansas City Chiefs DL: By The Numbers from The Mothership

While Chiefs fans are looking forward to seeing what their favorite team does this offseason, the changes throughout the past season, including the hiring of a new head coach, general manager, coaching staff and a significant amount of roster turnover, led to a remarkable turnaround. The Chiefs had 30 new players on their 53-man roster, including DE Mike DeVito, who was signed from the New York Jets as a free agent and recorded 28 tackles (18 solo) this season.

Kansas City Top Of Market Rankings from The Mothership

Despite the fact that Super Bowl XLVIII lacked suspense, Chiefs fans were still intrigued. The Kansas City market had the highest overnight ratings for Super Bowl XLVIII, with a 58.1 household rating and 78 share, topping the Seattle and Denver markets.

The Denver market is typically one of the stronger markets in the NFL, but Broncos fans were either at the game or decided to turn it off early.

Chiefs-Broncos To Open 2014 Season? from ESPN

So, unless the NFL does some unorthodox scheduling for the Chiefs early in the season, they will play their opener at home and the next two on the road.

How about the Chiefs and Denver Broncos for opening weekend at Arrowhead Stadium? By losing the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks, the Broncos are available for a road game to start the season.

Five Teams That Could Sign Jeremy Maclin Away From The Eagles from

Kansas City Chiefs: The Eagles took Maclin when Andy Reid was very much in control of draft day decisions. They traded up to get the wideout, and even with DeSean Jackson on the team, Maclin was the No. 1 option with Reid calling the shots. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a disappointing playoff loss, and the pressure is going to be on Reid to win a playoff game next season (sound familiar, Philadelphia?) Signing Maclin is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Chiefs.

10 Biggest Questions For The 2014 NFL Season from USA Today

5. Who will be this year's Kansas City Chiefs?

Don't sleep on Lovie Smith using his steady personality and experience to straighten out a talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, just as Andy Reid did last year in Kansas City. In both cases, the big question is the quarterback - a hole the Chiefs filled via trade for Alex Smith

Christian Okoye Still Grateful to Lions Great Barry Sanders After 1989 NFL Rushing Title Race from The Detroit Free Press

Okoye, who played six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before injuries ended his career, edged former Lions running back Barry Sanders for the rushing title in Sanders' rookie season of 1989.

Okoye finished with 1,480 yards that year, and Sanders had 1,470, but Sanders declined an opportunity to re-enter the game late in the Lions' season-ending win over the Atlanta Falcons after staff members told him he was close to the rushing crown and with Okoye's game already done.

Final Word (For Now) On Shields from ESPN

Covitz writes that Shields, who has been eligible for Hall selection for three years, has made significant progress and predicts he will be chosen as soon as next year.

Better late than never. As we learned with Derrick Thomas a few years ago and many others, these things take time.
Maybe it's a good thing they do. The last thing the Hall needs is a selection made because of emotion or hype.

Those are the regrettable ones.

Grotz: Sunday's Fan Experience Was Anything But Super from The Delaware County Daily Times

And if he knew what happened to these two poor souls from Kansas City, he would ring Goodell's doorbell and demand they get full refunds for their trip.

The KC guys were put off their train along with others at Rahway, N.J. at 2:30 a.m. They were told to wait for another train. They were told a train had broken down and another was on its way.

Having never been to Rahway but realizing they might be a target in full Chiefs regalia at such an hour, I applaud them for dialing 911. They were with us on the trip to East Rutherford from Hamilton. And they eventually joined us on the rescue train for the return trip to Hamilton. And in one piece, which was a blessing considering the way they were dropped in the middle of nowhere.

The 52: Allen Legendary In '77 CIF Title Game from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Allen said "I think Davis tried to ruin the latter part of my career, tried to devalue me."

Allen signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 1993, scoring 12 rushing TDs.

He played four years with the Chiefs, leaving the game after the 1997 season with 3,022 carries for 12,243 yards and 123 rushing TDs. He added 5,411 yards receiving and 21 TDs.

Is this Seattle Seahawks Defense Better Than The 2000 Ravens? A Look At The Best Defenses To Win The Super Bowl from USA Today

Compare the points allowed in each game versus the opponent's average against all others, then find the average, and we get this:


Kansas City in the final season of the American Football League comes out on top. While we may want to give a little discount there (I wrote a lengthy study about comparing the AFL and NFL many moons ago), that Chiefs defense deserves to be discussed among the best for a single year.

'Sweet' Memories: Man Reflects On 50 Years Since Parade Named Him To First All-American Team from The Chillicothe News

In the late 1960s, he and his wife divorced, and Ted moved back to Butler, Mo. He worked in roofing for awhile, and even tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I ran around with Otis Taylor, Buck Buchanan, Bobby Bell...all the old-timers," Ted recalled.

National Signing Day, From Bottom Up: Former Beaufort High Defensive Back Ron Parker Takes Own Path to NFL's Chiefs from The State

At this time almost 10 years ago, Ron Parker had an offer from Newberry.

The school was last on his list, buried behind looks from S.C. State and Charleston Southern. Schools were interested, but wary, as the Beaufort High School defensive back waited for test scores to come back.

Eagles coach Mark Clifford asked Parker if he had considered junior college. Soon, Parker was headed to Independence, Kan.

Parker's path is a case study for those players who won't sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday -- or players who sign but don't qualify academically.

He just spent his first full season in the NFL, with the Kansas City Chiefs. His contract is for two years and $1.2 million.

Not bad for a kid from St. Helena Island.

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