Kansas City Chiefs Top Plays from 2014 from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs 2014 season was filled with plenty of highlights.
From long touchdown runs to electric punt returns, the season was rarely accompanied by a dull moment. With playmakers like running back
Jamaal Charlesand linebacker Justin Houston, the Chiefs could make game-changing plays at any given moment.
That's part of what pulled you in to watch each and every week.
Let's take a look back at the longest plays from the Chiefs in seven different categories from the 2014 season.
2014 Kansas City Chiefs Review: Defensive Backs from The Mothership
According to passing yards against, it's a fair argument to say that the Chiefs secondary in 2014 was better than it was in 2013.
In 2013, the Chiefs gave up 3,962 yards through the air, a rate of 248 yards per game. That rate tied the Chiefs for 25th place in the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2014, on the other hand, the Chiefs gave up 3,252 yards through the air, a rate of 203 yards a game. That rate was the second best in the league, only behind the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.
But having a year like 2013, one in which the Chiefs intercepted 21 passes and forced 36 turnovers, can be frustrating to look back at when that stat category doesn't translate to the next.
Chiefs in the Community Part IV: Holiday Outreach from The Mothership
The Chiefs Women's Organization (CWO) visited the women and children at Hope House to host a holiday party for those currently residing in the shelter. Just over 35 women are living at the facility, with about 27 children. The shelter provides a secure home for women and their children, along with daily therapy sessions and group support sessions.
The CWO provided cookies for the children to decorate, helped with arts and crafts and led the group in some Play 60 activities.
"The reason for visiting Hope House was to help these children forget about their circumstances and their situation and instead focus on the joy of the holidays and the blessings in their lives," Tammy Reid, wife of head coach Andy Reid, noted. "For years back in Philly and currently in Kansas City, I've been involved with domestic violence shelters, so I've seen the impact something like this can have on families and I know that any little bit that we can help will go a long way."
Chiefs Cheerleaders in London from The Mothership
The Chiefs Cheerleaders spent time across the pond this weekend, to celebrate the Super Bowl with UK fans at the NFL Super Bash. Twelve cheerleaders traveled to London and performed at various events during the week, including a premiere club soccer match. They also did radio interviews, toured the city and visited Wembley Stadium.
"We were thrilled for the opportunity to visit London and be a part of the NFL's Super Bash," Stephanie Judah, Chiefs Cheerleader Director, said. "We had an amazing experience exploring the city, taking in the culture, meeting NFL fans and performing at a soccer match and the NFL's Super Bash. It was a great time and we are so thankful for the opportunity."
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Chiefs sign DE Vaughn Martin from Chiefs Digest
Martin, a native of Jamaica, played four seasons with the Chargers before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2013.
He spent part of the 2014 offseason with the Detroit Lions before the Lions released him in June. Martin did not play during the 2014 season.
Martin, a starter for the Chargers in 2011 and 2012, might not make the roster when the regular season begins...
...But Martin gives the Chiefs another body to fight for playing time when training camp begins. If he earns a roster spot, his signing will be a good one. If not, the Chiefs have lost nothing.
Chiefs sign defensive lineman Vaughn Martin from ProFootballTalk
A former fourth-round pick from Western Ontario, Martin was a bit of a workout warrior (6-4, 300 pounds, 4.96-second 40, 44 reps of 225 pounds). But for a no-risk look at a guy with experience as a 3-4 end, it's worth a shot.
The Chiefs ran six plays from the opponents' 1 last season and scored three touchdowns, that 50 percent success rate lagging behind the league average of 60 percent.
But when they scored those touchdowns, they ran the ball. They scored a touchdown on three of the four times they ran the ball from the opponents' 1. Jamaal Charles scored against St. Louis, the New York Jets and Seattle. He was also stuffed for no gain against the Jets.
When quarterback Alex Smith attempted a pass, both went incomplete, once against the Jets and once against the Seahawks.
Offseason Potpourri, Vol. 1 from Arrowhead Addict
The New England Patriots are world champions again, Pete Carroll is still somewhere in hiding, and fans of America's favorite pastime have officially entered Week 1 of the NFL offseason. We're a scant 222 days away from the next regular season game for the Kansas City Chiefs. In short, we've got a lot of time on our hands here, Addicts! It's still a wee bit early for me to start the free agency conversation so I have a few disjointed thoughts for you today. I'm sure I'll have more of these scatter-brained moments over the next eight months so we'll call this series the "potpourri' pieces. Let's get started, shall we?
The first two players I thought of were teammates of Butler's at West Alabama (and admit it, you'd never heard of West Alabama until Butler came along). Those two, defensive back Otha Foster III and linebacker Ridge Wilson, have gone to camp with the Chiefs in recent years and Wilson spent time on their practice squad.
Neither remains with the Chiefs, so scratch them from the list.
THE NFL'S MOST TORTURED FAN BASES from Sports On Earth
11. Kansas City Chiefs. (Super Bowl appearances: 2. Super Bowl wins: 1. Last championship: 1970.) I said this last year, and it bears repeating: The Chiefs have made the playoffs seven times since they last won a playoff game, and the quarterback who won it for them? Joe Montana. That is amazing.
Linebacker Justin Houston entered the season's final game on Dec. 28 against theSan Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium with 18 sacks, two behind the Chiefs' season record of 20 set by Derrick Thomas in 1990.
He tied the record with two sacks in the first half. In the third quarter, Houston bull-rushed San Diego tackle D.J. Fluker, pushing him close enough to quarterbackPhilip Rivers to where Houston could not only tackle Rivers but also knock the ball loose.
NFL Characters Unite Documentary Viewing Party from NJToday
Four local Ys participated in the documentary, working with the producers and the profiled players to provide opportunities for the young people facing challenges such as bullying and discrimination: YMCA of Greater Kansas City with Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA with Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles, YMCA Buffalo Niagara with Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, YMCA of Greater Seattle and 2014 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion cornerback Richard Sherman and coach Pete Carroll.
Chris Nilan, Georges Laraque and Bruno Heppell hit hard from Le Journal de Montreal [translated from the original French]
The world of football was rocked by several domestic abuse scandals in recent months. That of running back Ray Rice woke NFL leaders.
"His case was mishandled by the circuit, commented Heppell. Later, they took the bull by the horns to solve the problem and we have to raise our hats.
"Laurent Duvernay-Tardif [player Kansas City Chiefs] told me that he had been particularly bombed conferences on the issue after the release of the video of Rice.
"In terms of the latter, it will be very difficult to be accepted in a locker room if he does not decide to undergo therapy."
UK Packers 21 Arrowheads Abroad 21 from Arrowheads Abroad [not translated, because it's already in English]
Apparently there was a big game on Sunday. Apparently two juggernauts of the American Football world was facing off against each other in the most anticipated game of its kind in a long time. As fun and entertaining Arrowheads Abroad vs the UK Packers was. This was not that game. Although this game like the Superbowl this game would go down to its final moments. And the last 14 points would be scored by one team.
Regents Park isn't used to American Football, that was blindingly obvious from the off. Many a faces looked confused at these guys all dressed in red or green setting up a pitch with cones in between 2 soccer games. Spectators a plenty, game time!