Chiefs Mailbag: Kelce at Receiver? from The Mothership
Coach Reid has always been really creative with how he utilizes tight ends in his offense. Kelce has a unique skillset for a player of his size, and the Chiefs have lined him up on the outside as a receiver already this season.
He's a mismatch for most defensive players because of his size at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, and the Chiefs do move him around to take advantage of his abilities.
One of the big storylines from training camp was the versatility and athleticism we saw every day from the Chiefs top three tight ends-
Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris. They've shown that so far this season, as the Chiefs used all three of those guys on the field together 13 times against the Dolphins last Sunday.
Chiefs Lead Students Through Play 60 Drills from The Mothership
The Chiefs Community Caring Team, including
Dontari Poeand Allen Bailey, worked with the Muñoz Agency on Tuesday, which was founded by Pro Football Hall of Fame T Anthony Muñoz. The players led local youth through an NFL Play 60 Character Camp.
The camp included youth from The Guadalupe Center and El Centro. It promoted being active for 60 minutes a day, emphasized the importance of eating healthy and also taught the students the qualities or values that shape your life, including faith, gratefulness, self-control, loyalty, honor, responsibility, truthfulness and integrity.
The QB Quandary from The Mothership
During my time as PR director dating back to 1989, I worked with nine different starting quarterbacks and that number doesn't include others who came and went and were labeled, at one time or another, as the "starter".
Does the name Steve Pelluer sound familiar to you?
Pelluer was acquired in a 1989 trade with the Dallas Cowboys to replace Steve DeBerg, who had been struggling in coach Marty Schottenheimer's first year with the team, but was promptly injured thrusting DeBerg back into a starting role. It happened again that year when Ron Jaworski, nearing the end of his career, got the call, and then he too was injured, and DeBerg was again back behind center acquiring the nickname, "Freddy Krueger," a reference to the protagonist of the horror movie who kept coming back in repeated sequels.
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Chiefs hope to re-establish crowd noise record from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs previously set the record on Oct. 13, 2013 with a decibel reading of 137.5, only to lose the achievement seven weeks later to the Seattle Seahawks at 137.6.
"Our fans are what make Arrowhead special," team president Mark Donovan said in a statement. "Monday Night Football offers them a unique opportunity to celebrate and come together on the national stage."
Crowd noise in Kansas City will challenge Patriots from The Boston Globe
Last year, Arrowhead claimed the crowd noise crown when it was recorded at 137.5 decibels late in a win against Oakland, so loud it's at the threshold of causing actual pain.
On Monday, they want it even louder. Earplugs will be provided at the gate.
"It's a prime-time game, Arrowhead Stadium, it's going to be super-loud, but you can't ask for a better atmosphere," the Patriots Rob Gronkowski said.
Patriots preparing for hostile environment at Arrowhead from The Providence Journal
"It's going to be a fun week, great environment for football," Brady said. "It's a big challenge playing on the road."
Probably the biggest challenge for New England will be audibling at the line of scrimmage. The Pats' offensive line has had its well-documented issues through three weeks, and those can be compounded by a terrific Kansas City defensive line and the crowd noise.
"You've got to have good communication out there on the field with the whole offense working together and everyone on the same page," said Gronkowski. "We've just got to work hard in practice this week to be able to go out there and be successful."
Patriots-Chiefs Preview from The Associated Press vis FOX Sports
New England's struggling offense looks to provide some relief for its defense Monday night when it visits the Kansas City Chiefs, who hope to get Jamaal Charles back.
The Patriots (2-1) have failed to crack 300 yards of offense twice in three games after doing so only four times in 2013. They haven't finished below eighth in total offense since 2006, but are currently 27th in the league at 301.3 yards per game.
Chiefs tight ends Travis Kelce, Anthony Fasano have Patriots' attention from Chiefs Digest
Belichick has one of the NFL's best in two-time All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. And it was Belichick's two-tight end sets featuring Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez from 2010-12 that presented a blueprint for the league to emulate.
Of course, the Chiefs have an emerging duo in veteran Anthony Fasano and second-year pro Travis Kelce, both of whom have combined for 257 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 18 catches.
And Belichick complimented the pair during Wednesday morning's conference call with Chiefs beat writers.
If you like the three-tight end formations used by the Kansas City Chiefsbecause of their potential, you'll love them because of the results.
In their three games, the Chiefs have used tight ends Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce andDemetrius Harris together on 15 plays. The Chiefs on those plays have rushed 10 times for a healthy 6.2-yard per carry average. Four of Alex Smith's five passes were complete for 62 yards.
Bill Belichick wary of ‘explosive' Chiefs from The Boston Globe
"We've definitely jumped into the Kansas City preparations, seen a lot of film on the Chiefs over the last few days. They're really an explosive team," Belichick said. "As usual, I think (head coach) Andy (Reid) does a real good job with this group.
"(They have) a lot of new faces, I think over 20 new players, some veterans, some younger players, a lot of new people to integrate into this," Belichick said. "But they really are a very explosive team in all three phases, a lot of team speed, fundamentally good, play hard, a lot of big playmakers, and I'm sure it will be a real hostile environment there for us in Kansas City. And we need to be able to handle that, go on the road and have good execution in a tough place to play against a good team.
"It will be a big challenge for us this week. We have an extra day, which will be good. We can use that."
Quick hits from Bill Belichick on Chiefs from ESPN Boston
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith isn't exactly known as a downfield passer, as seen by his 6.30 average yards per passing attempt this season. But Belichick is not locking in on Smith's short passing, as there is always a threat that an explosive player can break a big play in an Andy Reid-coached offense.
"There was that play last year to [Donnie] Avery -- a 75-yard post. I think that is part of what Andy [Reid] does, takes what the defense gives you," Belichick said. "If you want to lay back, they will take the short passes. Those receivers, tight ends and backs are all capable of catch-and-run plays where they turn a five-yard pass into a 25-yard gain."
Patriots Notebook: Kansas City a lot to run through from The Boston Herald
"They're going to give the ball to whoever," Pats linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "Whether (Charles) plays or not, if he's not playing, they have so many other playmakers to get the ball to. Definitely, watching film on him is a must and a key, but also for the whole offense, (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid does a great job of giving all those guys the ball in different ways, in multiple ways. It's more on the concepts, not necessarily the players."
Charles had 2,796 rushing yards, 105 receptions for 929 yards and 25 total touchdowns in the previous two seasons, and he has become one of the most electric offensive weapons in the league when healthy. The Patriots can harken back to their joint practices against Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who was drafted by Reid in 2009, in their prep work for Charles.
Although Davis possess good straight-line speed, it seems most of his damage is done between the tackles, whereas Charles offers more versatility. In Kansas City's Week 3 victory at Miami, only one of Davis' 32 carries was a toss play or a designed run to the outside.
The Chiefs use Davis is a traditional running back role, hardly involving him in the passing game. Instead, it was third-string back Joe McKnight, a former fourth-round pick of the New York Jets, who proved to be a huge mismatch as a receiver.
Tom Brady a rare foe for Chiefs from ESPN
Brady is 4-1 against the Chiefs and has had some big games against them. None was bigger than his debut against the Chiefs in 2002, when he completed 39 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-38 Patriots victory in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
But the Chiefs have inflicted their share of pain, too. They intercepted him four times in a 2005 game as the Chiefs beat the defending Super Bowl champions 26-16 at a loud and rowdy Arrowhead.
How will the Patriots defense stack up against Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis?
"It will be an interesting test," said Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly. "They want to run the football, they want to sort of limit the opportunities that Alex Smith has to ruin the game for them. They want him to manage the game and run the football."
Jones talks up Chiefs' O-line from The Boston Herald
Still, Patriots' defensive end Chandler Jones had nothing but complimentary things to say about the offensive line he will face on Monday night.
"The Chiefs' offensive line is good. They have a few good players," Jones said. "(Eric) Fisher is a good player. He's their left tackle. He's a first pick last year. This is his second year from Central Michigan. He's a very athletic guy, very big, very strong, and it's my job to get some pressure off of him. So hopefully that's what we can do on Monday night."
Chiefs Tickets 7% Above Average For Pats Game from The Pitch
The Kansas City Chiefs rebounded with a big win last week, recovering from an 0-2 start to enter Week 3 with a 1-2 mark. Now they get the New England Patriots at home in what could be a make or break game early in the year. Add together the hype, intense matchup and the fact that this showdown is featured on Monday Night Football this week, and it's understandably one of the best NFL values for Week 4. In Kansas City, there will be a premium for this game. Chiefs vs Patriots tickets have an average price of $146.14 with a $45 get-in price. That price is 7% above the season average for Kansas City Chiefs tickets at Arrowhead Stadium this season.
Chiefs mailbag: Waiting on RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas from Chiefs Digest
He has practiced once, albeit in a limited basis, in that span.
Still, Thomas is a virtual lock to take over punt return duty once he's back in the fold and 100 percent healthy.
But the lost practice and playing time could prove a detriment on offense, so it's more than reasonable to expect the Chiefs to ease Thomas into the mix.
Given time, Tom Brady and Patriots offense should improve from The Boston Globe
"Typically, the longer you have to throw, the better decision you'll be able to make," Brady said. "The best [defenses] are the ones that can rush the fewest amount of people and still get the same amount of pressure, because then they can help in coverage. It's just a chess match that goes back and forth."
Kansas City plays a 3-4 defense, and its pass rush is aided by a pair of outside linebackers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Those two have combined for five of the Chiefs' nine sacks this season.
A hard-charging pass rush, playing at home in front of a loud crowd and on national television, will put an even stronger focus on the Patriots' struggling offensive line. Brady declined to single out his blockers up front, opting for a broader answer at how the Patriots' offense can improve.
More safety doesn't mean less pain from ESPN via ABC News
With four starters on the injured list, the Kansas City Chiefs are the early candidates to be the most injured team this season. They've already lost linebacker Derrick Johnson, guard Jeff Allen and defensive end Mike DeVito for the season and hope to get linebacker Joe Mays back with the eight-week designation. The Chiefs had 56 missed starts in 2012 and 54 in 2011. They will far exceed that number this year.
Chiefs great Len Dawson honored with bridge from The Blue Springs Examiner
A bridge near Arrowhead Stadium is being named for Len Dawson, one of the best players in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs.
It's the Stadium Drive bridge over Interstate 435. There's a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Penthouse Suite at Arrowhead.
KC Wolf and drum line make Blazin' the Burg a hit from The Louisburg Herald
Before KC Wolf was cheering the Kansas City Chiefs to victory Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, the lovable mascot was pumping people up at Blazin' the Burg on Saturday in Louisburg.
KC Wolf and the Kansas City Chiefs Rumble Drum Line were two of the biggest hits at the event...
Grandfather's career a ringing endorsement for Patriots' Bolden from The Patriot Ledger
Brandon Bolden doesn't own a Super Bowl ring, but he has seen one first hand.
Actually, he's seen two on his grandfather's hand...
...Pitts spent 10 years as a wide receiver in pro football, his career spanning from 1965-1974 with Kansas City, Cleveland and Oakland, time in which he appeared in 127 games, catching 175 passes for 2,897 yards and 27 touchdowns.
As a member of the Chiefs, Pitts appeared in two Super Bowls, their 35-10 loss to Green Bay in Super Bowl I at Los Angeles' Memorial Coliseum and their 23-7 win over Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans when he caught three passes for 33 yards and carried the ball three times for 37 yards.
One way to ease the burden on New England's line? Give it some help, perhaps in the form of extra blocking tight ends or backs.
The Patriots have utilized rookie tackle Cameron Fleming as a blocking tight end this season (12 snaps against the Raiders, 28 against the Vikings) as well as Michael Hoomanawanui. And although Rob Gronkowski's snaps have been limited, he's been left in the game as a run-blocker and pass-blocker for certain plays.
Asked how the tight ends might be able to help the offensive line this week, Gronkowski said that if Patriots coaches want him and his fellow tight ends to block that's always a possibility.
Curing the New England Patriots Offense from CLNS Radio
Moving the rookie into a starting role would allow Dan Connolly to slide over to guard and get Jordan Devey out of the line up. The question is, can he handle the noise and the pressure of having his first NFL start take place in one of the loudest stadiums in the league, on Monday Night Football?
After missing the last two games with a knee injury, Ryan Wendell has been practicing this week and may be who the team decides to go with. One problem that was pointed out by Tom E. Curran during Patriots Wednesday Live, is that the Dolphins defensive line was able to figure out New England's snap counts by keying in on the fact that Wendell would pick his head up before every snap.
Kansas City's defense is tied with Miami for second in the NFL in sacks with 9, per ESPN.com. If Wendell does not correct that, rest assured that the Chiefs will exploit it.
Martin wants championship, Charles' record from The Port Arthur News
Every Sunday, Martin looks forward to watching his role model on television. He closely follows Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles who holds the Port Arthur Memorial record for career rushing yards, 4,069.
Martin has 1,723 yards after Friday's 42-32 loss to George Ranch. It puts him 2,346 yards behind Charles' mark.