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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/9

Good morning! Here's your (slightly late) Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

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Reid Talks Accountability After Loss from The Mothership

Charles finished with seven carries for 19 yards and four receptions for 15 yards.

Moving forward, Reid said they simply need to acknowledge what happened, learn from it and then get back to work.

"We need to make sure the players see the game tape, go out and have a good practice," Reid said. "Then we learn from our mistakes and move on."

Andy Reid Press Conference 9/8 from The Mothership

Q: What did you see from JMJ and Jaye Howard last year when you brought them in on waivers that made you keep them this year?

REID: "Howard is an explosive player. His big thing was just making sure that was something that took place on every play. Consistency was the factor, he's shown us that he can do that throughout his time here. He had a good preseason with us and now will have an opportunity to get in there and play a little bit more. We thought JMJ was a good, solid linebacker. We felt that he was - at least from what he had shown - had been better in the sub-group so that's where we used him a little bit last year and we had started using him in that position this year. But we do feel like he can step up and if he needs to play more, then he'll play more."

Chiefs vs. Titans: Snap Count Breakdown from The Mothership

Here's a look at the Chiefs snap count breakdown against the Tennessee Titans. Video: Chiefs Kingdom Sneak Preview: Sean Malto Video: Chiefs Practice Report: 9/8 Video: Press Conference 9/8: Andy Reid Video: NFL NOW: How will injuries affect Chiefs defense?

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson, DE Mike DeVito out for season from Chiefs Spin

"Mike DeVito and D.J. (Derrick Johnson) both have Achilles ruptures and will be out for the season," Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced during his weekly media session. "They'll undergo surgery on those."

The Chiefs did not offer a timetable for the surgeries.

Chiefs defenders Johnson and DeVito both out for the year from FS Kansas City

The worst-case scenario is confirmed: What was supposed to be a historic season for Derrick Johnson is now officially history.

The Kansas City Chiefs' Pro Bowl middle linebacker will be out the rest of the 2014 season recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury that occurred with roughly a minute to go in the first half of Sunday's 26-10 home loss to the Tennessee Titans, coach Andy Reid said Monday afternoon.

Season over for Johnson, DeVito from ESPN

Johnson and DeVito were injured in Sunday's 26-10 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Johnson is being replaced by James-Michael Johnson. DeVito's spot will be shared by Jaye Howard and Vance Walker.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows RB Jamaal Charles needs more than 7 carries from Chiefs Spin

Of course, Reid found some good, such as the return this week of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and Marcus Cooper. The Chiefs should activate Bowe from the suspension list and Cooper missed the season opener with an ankle injury.

But there's not enough good to explain away Sunday's performance, especially when it came to the head-scratching use of the team's top playmaker.

Chiefs need better efficiency on third downs from ESPN

It turns out that the Chiefs' sluggish offensive play in the preseason was a genuine issue and not something that was going to resolve itself once the real games started. The Chiefs converted just once in 12 tries on third down in their 26-10 season-opening loss to the Titans.

The Chiefs were minus-3 in turnovers against Tennessee, but a bigger factor was the game's imbalance on third downs.

3 in the Kee: When Chiefs look in the mirror, they won't like what they see from FS Kansas City

Am I wrong that it angers me -- still -- to see that Smith got a big-time contract extension but Houston didn't?

Not at all. Hell, most of the scribe corps figured during camp that if one deal was going to get done before the end of the preseason, that it would be with Houston, the Chiefs' 25-year-old outside linebacker.

So much for that.

It's hard to find a genuine cause-effect between Smith getting big money and having arguably his worst day in a Chiefs uniform (three picks, one touchdown) while Houston is still hanging in contract limbo and pounded the Titans for three tackles, two quarterback hits and two sacks.

Chiefs get little from first-round pick from ESPN

Ford played three snaps on defense and two on special teams. The struggling Chiefs need far more than that from their top draft pick, but Ford was on the field for fewer plays than rookie kicker Cairo Santos (6).

Chiefs sign WR Armon Binns to practice squad from Chiefs Spin

Meanwhile, the anticipated transactions will need to wait another day.

The Chiefs are expected to activate wide receiver Dwayne Bowe from the reserve/suspended list. Bowe served a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse and is eligible to return.

The Chiefs are also likely to make moves surrounding inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito, both of whom suffered season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon injuries in Week 1's loss against the Tennessee Titans.

Chiefs in major trouble if defense can't shine from Sporting News

Kansas City's defense, supposed to be the team's strength, is in trouble; the Chiefs are in trouble.

Even before DeVito went down after playing 28 snaps and Johnson after 32, the Titans were able to move the ball in the first half Sunday, sometimes gashing the Chiefs' interior with their rushing attack and beating man coverage with not-so-complicated routes. The loss of Kansas City's top 2-rated defensive players for the game (according to Pro Football Focus) only amplified those struggles

Chiefs defense leveled by two season-ending injuries from Lindy's Sports

When the Kansas City Chiefs got off to a 9-0 record last season, several factors were important to that fast start. They had a weak schedule, they faced weak opposing quarterbacks and after going 2-14 in 2012, the players were hungry for the coaching and attitude brought to Kansas City by Andy Reid and his staff.

There was another key factor in the winning streak - injuries, or lack of the same. For the first two months of 2013, the Chiefs did not have to deal with starters lost for multiple games or even the season because of season-ending injuries.

But, that was then and this is now.

Chiefs Stumble Out of the Gate from

There was a bevy of problems, from the expected (some poor offensive line play) to the frustrating, but not totally unexpected (Andy Reid's unusual play calling) to the troubling (losing two defensive starters to Achilles injuries). Across the board, Kansas City played terribly, especially in the second half, and Smith doesn't deserve all of the blame.

His three interceptions certainly didn't help matters. Smith's third pick was mostly meaningless as the game was all but decided after a curious punting decision by Reid.

Time to Pay Attention to Tennessee from MMQB

Of all the impressive results on Sunday, the one generating the least buzz nationally was Tennessee's 26-10 victory at Kansas City. (The Chiefs, recall, made the AFC playoffs last year.) Did anyone notice that win Sunday? The Titans are such an anonymous group, and they might be headed for the netherworld of 7-9 again this year. But it sure didn't look like that at Arrowhead.

Whisenhunt says Titans expected to win in Kansas City, focusing now on Cowboys in home opener from The Associated Press via FOX News

"We didn't go in there with the idea 'it's us against the world, nobody's picking us to win,'" Whisenhunt said. "We went in there with the idea if we play football the way we're supposed to, we're going to win the game."

The Titans did just that with one of their best performances in years offensively and forcing three turnovers defensively with a unit debuting Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. It's the start Tennessee needed with three road games in September; Dallas (0-1) comes to Nashville Sunday, the lone home game this month.

Fantasy football: Jamaal Charles just one player whose performance was unusual from Dallas Morning News

Chad Henne to Allen Hurns. I told you to expect a huge game from this dynamic duo.

Jamaal Charles amasses 34 combined yards against the Titans. As predicted here.

Two rushing scores for Cleveland RB Isaiah Crowell. Yes, that Isaiah Crowell.

What, you didn't read those predictions? From me or anybody?

Bill Althaus: Too much 'bleep' for Chiefs fans to take from The Blue Springs Examiner

As I left Arrowhead Stadium Sunday following the most lackluster and embarrassing Kansas City Chiefs performance in the past two seasons, a fan - dressed in Chiefs swag from head to toe - looked at the woman by his side and simply said, "Can you believe we paid good money for that (bleep)?"

Don't overreact to Week 1 losses (even you, Cowboys fans) from For The Win

7. Kansas City Chiefs - The offense will be better when Dwayne Bowe returns from his one-game suspension.

Andy Reid: Negligent not to get ball to Jamaal Charles more often from ProFootballTalk

Regrets about underutilizing a star running back is nothing new for Reid and Charles wasn't the only player whose role was up for discussion in the wake of the 26-10 loss. Tight end Travis Kelce is "capable of playing more than 18 plays," first-round linebacker Dee Ford "didn't have enough snaps" and the team "could have" used fullback Anthony Sherman more to help the running game.

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