Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is Who We Thought He Was from The Mothership
In just his second NFL season, Kansas City Chiefs tight end
Travis Kelcewas rarely accompanied by a dull moment. He made big-time plays and wasn't ever afraid to tell you what he was thinking.
This is exactly who we thought he was when the Chiefs selected him in the third round (No. 63 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati-a playmaker with an edge to him.
Kelce, who played just one special team snap as a rookie before being lost for the season with a knee injury, finished his first healthy season by leading the Chiefs in receiving, hauling in 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns.
2014 Review: The Rookies of the Kansas City Chiefs from The Mothership
"I think Dee Ford, what you are doing is converting a defensive end," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said of Ford after the season. "He's standing up for the first time. You still see that great get-off. As you started to see him get more comfortable in that role, you saw him begin to develop a knack to put pressure on the quarterback."
Dorsey's words are true. Though Pro Football Focus negatively rated Ford in pass coverage and run defense, his pass-rush rating was among the best on the team, as he finished fourth among all players.
Also, while he did watch from the sidelines for the majority of the season, he was learning from two extremely wise and experienced teachers.
Shields in 2015: Historic Career in Kansas City from The Mothership
After falling to the San Diego Chargers by a score of 10-7 in the AFC Wildcard game to end the 1992 season, then-general manager Carl Peterson believed they needed to make some changes on the offensive side of the ball in a couple of key spots.
Bringing in quarterback Joe Montana and running back Marcus Allen, along with two future Hall of Famers in one offseason was the kind of splash Peterson was looking for.
But the trade for Montana resulted in the loss of their first-round pick, and since their second-round pick had been exercised the year before in the supplemental draft, their first pick in the 1993 draft wouldn't come until the third round. Meanwhile, the Chiefs had a hole to fill at right guard.
Flashback: The Revenge of Super Bowl I from The Mothership
"I think the Kansas City team is a real tough football team, but it doesn't compare with the National Football League teams."
That quote, that disrespectful, demeaning quote, didn't sit too kindly with Chiefs head coach Hank Stram. Known to be somewhat sensitive, he had taken Lombardi's comments personally.
Because they had been in the Super Bowl, it couldn't have been a long offseason for the Chiefs, but after that, it had to have felt like it.
Stram's feelings about the comment were strong, so much so that those feelings carried over to his players.
In the late 1960s, before the official merger, the only time that AFL and NFL teams met was in the preseason, meaning unless they made the Super Bowl again, which was a difficult feat in the ever-improving AFL, the Chiefs' only real shot at NFL teams all year was in the preseason.
On August 23, 1967 they drew the Chicago Bears in an exhibition game at Municipal Stadium.
Chiefs President Speaks with Local Military from The Mothership
This yearly forum is a chance for the Army to showcase speakers from within the military and those from other organizations to discuss leadership skills. The overall goal of the event is to provide the leaders of the force with knowledge on how to lead various organizations and best practices to implement.
"A core responsibility of the Army is to develop the adaptive, agile, innovative leaders necessary to thrive in complex, uncertain situations," Colonel Chip Bircher explained. "The Army Leadership Exchange program developed by the Center for Army Leadership gives Army leaders the chance to learn from the best leaders in the public sector; leaders like Mark Donovan. Mark's ability to capture what he has learned from some of the greatest leaders in the National Football League and then share them with us was absolutely amazing and left everyone wanting to hear more."
Donovan was joined by three other panelists, including Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, dean of Kansas University's Business School, Major General Jimmie O. Keenan and Mr. Matt Whiat with Truly Human Leadership.
KCChiefs.com Video: Highlights: TE Travis Kelce
They had a third-and-4 at the Arizona 41. Quarterback Alex Smith threw a quick pass underneath the zone coverage to tight end Travis Kelce. He took the ball an additional 13 yards to the Cardinals' 22, where the Chiefs appeared to have a fresh set of downs and would be in range for, at least, the tying field goal.
But the ball popped out from Kelce's possession after he hit the ground and Arizona recovered.
Patriots, Seahawks chiefly gained their Super Bowl mojo after loss to KC from FS Kansas City
Three days before the Super Bowl, one question remains.
Why isn't Kansas City here?
Like the upstart Kansas City Royals, who made it to the 2014 World Series, the Chiefs showed signs of being big-game-worthy. They blew out New England 41-14 and held off Seattle seven weeks later to become the only team to beat both Super Bowl contenders. Alas, the Chiefs were only 7-7 against the rest of the league and failed to make the playoffs.
The Chiefs' thrashing of New England before a national Monday Night Football audience on Sept. 29 even gave rise to the short-lived notion that he statute of limitations on Tom Brady's invincibility had run out at age 37. Brady's preseason line of "When I suck, I'll retire" was trotted out again.
And after the Chiefs stopped Seattle, 24-20, on Nov. 16, the Seahawks felt so badly about their situation that coach Pete Carroll convened a council of 12 elders in an attempt to straighten things out.
It has been all good since.
Loss to Chiefs proved a turning point from The Valley Dispatch
The Kansas City Chiefs have not played in a Super Bowl since Hank Stram's boys just kept "matriculatin' the ball down the field" 45 years ago while defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
But even though Kansas City in 2014 missed the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 17 seasons, those 9-7 Chiefs should take a bow for their best supporting role in reigniting the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks toward Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
Maybe Andy Reid, not Idina Menzel, should sing the national anthem.
The Patriots' and Seahawks' wake-up-and-smell-the-Lombardi losses occurred at Arrowhead Stadium seven weeks apart.
Verdict: The Chiefs may gain a compensatory draft pick this year for allowing Asamoah sign with another team for a relatively lucrative contract. But retaining either Asamoah or Schwartz, who signed with the New York Giants, would have made sense both for last season and in the longer term. The Chiefs should have invested in one or the other.
The Chiefs faced that fateful fourth-and-1 with 27 seconds left in the first half. They trailed the Steelers 10-6 but had the ball on the Pittsburgh 12.
A field goal attempt seemed in order. A successful 30-yard would have cut their deficit to 10-9 and the Chiefs were also set to receive the second half kickoff, so they could have then taken the lead with another three-pointer.
But coach Andy Reid decided to try for the first down instead.
Missouri Western, Kansas City Chiefs finalize contract from The Griffon News
It's official. The Kansas City Chiefs will be hosting their annual summer training camp at Missouri Western for the next three years. After passing several soft deadlines for negotiating, Western and the Chiefs finalized the terms of their new contract on Jan. 15. The contract, which will keep the Chiefs in St. Joseph through 2017, also includes two additional extension terms of one year each at the option of both parties. The Chiefs have held training camp at Western every year since 2010.
Now, after New York and New Jersey both pulled off cold weather Super Bowls, there's a renewed push to get the big game at Arrowhead.
In fact, the Chiefs will give up a home game on Nov. 1 this upcoming season to play the Detroit Lions in London.
Brad Gee, a spokesperson for the Chiefs, tells 41 Action News that will bring Kansas City one step closer to hosting the Super Bowl.
Terrell Davis, John Lynch face steep competition in HOF vote from The Denver Post
Given the Broncos' on-field success over the past 40 years, a case can be made no team is more underrepresented in the Hall of Fame than the Broncos. Only John Elway, Floyd Little, Gary Zimmerman and Shannon Sharpe are in. Compare that to two other original AFL teams - the Kansas City Chiefs, who have 10, and the Buffalo Bills, who have nine Hall of Famers.
Davis and safety John Lynch are representing the Broncos among finalists this year. This is the first time Davis made it to the voting room after reaching the cut to 25 semifinalists the previous eight years.
The Most Expensive NFL Victory Dances from Bloomberg Business
In the most overt celebration fail, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston recovered what was initially ruled a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich and scored a touchdown. He led his teammates in an elaborate dance in a circle formation. The referees rewarded the players with a 15-yard penalty, which remained in effect even after the fumble ruling was reversed and the Steelers got the ball back.
NFL 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Predictions from Communities Digital News
Will Shields, G - 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs: Whether Shields was a better offensive lineman than Wisniewski is debatable. The voters said he was. He is not Orlando Pace, so he waits.
Plenty of Lehigh Valley connections to previous Super Bowls, NFL title games from The Allentown Morning Call
Phillipsburg's Bill Walsh as an assistant coach with the AFL Dallas Texans in 1963 and Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV in 1970;
10 of the Weirdest, Wildest Super Bowl Halftime Shows from The Advocate
1. Super Bowl I: The Stadium Is Alive With...
Of course they pulled out all the stops for the very first Super Bowl. For the show in the middle of the 1967 game in Los Angeles, where the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, they didn't call in a pop diva or aging rockers. No no. It was time for the University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band to shine. They played "The Sound of Music" and other pop hits such as "When the Saints Go Marching In" - clearly precedents to "We Will Rock You." The performance sounds modest, but the band formed enormous, elaborate shapes (at least they appeared so when seen from above) that included stick figures, flowers, bugles, a Liberty Bell, and even a riverboat. To keep things weird, there was an almost-too-real, Western-themed shoot-out, followed by two daredevils catapulted into the air (don't worry, they landed safely). The show closed with Louisiana's Grambling State University band rushing onto the field and forming a giant map of the U.S. before the University of Southern California's chorus joined in and they all played "This Is My Country." Look, Katy Perry was nearly two decades away from even existing as a human, so the Super Bowl Halftime Show was a ways away from being a tweetable show-stopping spectacle.
The Super Bowl Scammer: Dion Rich Is the Godfather of Gatecrashing from Rolling Stone
"I got to know a lot of the Kansas City players real well," Rich recalls. "So when they made the first World Championship Game and I found out where they were staying in L.A., I got up early, found where the buses were going to park and got there just ahead of them. When they got off the bus, I brought a jacket a Chiefs player had already given me and walked off the bus with them and into the locker room."
Just like that, he was in.
He spent the first half on the Chiefs' sideline, evaluating which side to finish the game on. Since he was already in, Rich's goal was to get on television. Once the Green Bay Packers put up 21 unanswered points in the second half, Rich ditched the Chiefs jacket and stealthily shifted to the winning locker room to ride the victory wave.