NFC Wildcard Playoff Preview from The Mothership
The NFL playoffs are here and although the Kansas City Chiefs will miss out this year, let's take a look at the games we'll all still be watching this weekend.
Here's how the NFC playoff seeds finished this season:
Retooled Chiefs defensive secondary became one of NFL's best in 2014 from Chiefs Digest
Kansas City overhauled the unit during the offseason by cutting ties with cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Dunta Robinson, and free safeties Kendrick Lewis and Quintin Demps.
The Chiefs started over, but the changes provided immediate results against notable NFL gunslingers Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, among others.
"I thought it was fascinating when somebody put a stat on my desk today that the defense didn't allow with the likes of the quarterbacks they faced this year, none of them had 300-yard games against them," general manager John Dorsey said during a Monday media session with Chiefs beat writers. "I think that's an admirable stat."
John Dorsey: Chiefs have work to do at wide receiver from NFL.com
If Broncos general manager John Elway hadn't swooped in to snatch Emmanuel Sanders away from Kansas City in March, we might be writing a Chiefs playoff preview rather than a lament about the lack of wide-receiver production.
"At the time, we thought we had some players that could help us," Dorsey explained. "But then as you go into the free agency process, you missed on a couple of guys. And then as the draft unfolded there were certain guys that you had pegged in certain situations that they may have peeled off a step or two before you so then you still have got to go with the best player, and we kind of stayed true to that."
This will be the offseason that left tackle Eric Fisher couldn't have last year and it's important for the Kansas City Chiefs that he takes advantage and emerges a stronger and better player.
Fisher's biggest deficiency when he joined the Chiefs as the first overall draft pick in 2013 was his strength. As a rookie he tended to get pushed around by the stronger opponents he faced.
He couldn't address that deficiency last offseason because he had surgery to repair a balky shoulder. Fisher was unable to spend the necessary time in the weight room and it showed this season. He had trouble dealing with stronger opponents again in 2014.
Eagles failed to pull trigger on offense from South Coast Today
The Philadelphia Eagles may be the best team in the National Football League not to make the playoffs. Record wise, that's certainly the case.
The San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers are close but, talent wise, the Eagles are clearly this year's biggest disappointment. For Philadelphia, the difference between shooting for a Super Bowl title and not being able to even shoot at the bull's eye came down to one component. The Eagles didn't have a trigger.
Story ideas --Hodgepodge and leftovers from The Nevada Daily Mail
I have been a Chiefs fan since they moved to KC in 1963. I am a season ticket holder, and I will die a Chiefs fan no matter how often they disappoint me. Having said that, I have some real issues with the direction we are taking as a franchise.
It's at times like this that I really miss our old sports editor, Kelly Bradham. I am sure we would have hashed and rehashed this team and its future for several hours.
My basic problem with the Chiefs lies in the quarterback situation. In the 50+ years they have been in K.C, they have never drafted a quarterback that has led them to the Super Bowl.