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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/13

Good morning! For the second day, the news is mostly Alex Smith and Marcus Peters. Here's today's news.

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The Life & Career of Chiefs GM John Dorsey from

He's accessible, and that ability to relate with everyone from a customer service representative on the third floor of the Chiefs offices to some of the most powerful people in football is why he's found success.

"You want to talk about a relationship facilitating a contract," Tom Condon, who heads up the football division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and is widely known as one of the most powerful agents in the NFL, explained of his history with Dorsey. "We went out to dinner and finished Alex Smith's deal. It was just the two of us, and that was because I trusted him and knew we could do something without going through the typical machinations that go on with most of these contract negotiations."

In what ultimately became one of the biggest moves of Dorsey's Chiefs tenure thus far, he sat with Condon at Aixois restaurant in the Brookside area of Kansas City and was able to hammer out the necessary details of a contract over dinner.

Some things didn't have to be discussed because Condon trusted Dorsey, which is a theme among the most powerful agents in football.

What We Learned From Monday's Media Availability from

Q: What does it do in the locker room for Alex Smith with a win like this?

REID: "Well, he is one of the most respected guys on the team. We're fortunate enough to have so many guys who are very well respected, and he's one of them. You saw the love for him when he came in -€” that was obvious. They're happy for him. Not only did he have a big day, he was able to score that last touchdown, which he called -€” that check he put in to win the game. I think everybody was happy for him that way. He's a humble guy on top of that, so everybody roots for him. They know what he's been through, kept his head high and took the high road with things during the tough times."

Q: What he did yesterday, what does that do in your eyes and the other offensive coaches?

REID: "I think anytime someone reaches a level that they haven't reached before that it proves to everybody -€” the whole room, including himself -€” that nothing's impossible. Hard work, dedication and you can always better yourself, that's the way Alex [Smith] approaches things and guys see that. Not only does it help him in his game and his confidence, but it also helps the players around him. You see that with the great quarterbacks. They make everybody around them better, and you saw that with Alex yesterday. I would match his second half with anybody that I've ever been around and seen in this league. So, he really made some phenomenal, phenomenal plays. It's a tribute to him."

Chiefs QB Alex Smith Thrived in Crunch Time on Sunday from

"I have the utmost respect for [Alex Smith]," Spencer Ware, who provided a spark for the team himself, said after the game. "We have the right guy at the right position. I'm just glad to have him."

When the pressure was at its highest, Smith came through for his team.

Through the first 38:58 of the game of Sunday's game, Smith had completed 10 of 16 passes for 101 yards, and the Chiefs were trailing 24-3.

In the final 26:09, Smith completed 24 of 32 for 262 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 rushing). He led the offense back from a 21-point second-half deficit to preserve the team's 11-game regular season winning streak.

Chiefs vs. Chargers: Top Plays from

Vote for your favorite top play from Week 1

Social Recap: Chiefs Celebrate Record-Breaking Comeback from

After rallying from 21 points down in the second half for the largest comeback in franchise history against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs took to social media to celebrate their win.

Quarterback Alex Smith was caught on camera following his touchdown run to clinch the game, 33-27.

His teammates reacted:

Alex Smith's teammates were thrilled for him following the Chiefs' comeback win over San Diego from The Kansas City Star

You see this, Reid added, with the great quarterbacks.

"They make everybody around them better, and you saw that with Alex (Sunday)," Reid said. "I would match his second half with anybody that I've ever been around and seen in this league. He really made some phenomenal, phenomenal plays."

Smith's teammates agreed, wholeheartedly, as many could not wait to sing their quarterback's praises.

"I believe in him, point-blank period," said safety Eric Berry, one of the strongest voices on the team. "He's just got (courage), bro ... I see him on a day-to-day basis in practice, and some of the things that he does great don't show up on the field. People don't realize he puts us in great situations. I've learned so much from him (by) asking questions about defense and what he's looking at. (It) has helped my game out a lot.

"I'll always believe in Alejandro, man."

Berry said this with a grin — Alejandro is apparently his nickname for Alex — but he was dead serious.

Nobody happier for Alex Smith after rally than Andy Reid from ESPN

Reid hasn't exactly suffered for the decision he and general manager John Dorsey made shortly after joining the Chiefs in 2013 to trade for Smith, or to stick with him through what is now three-plus seasons. A lot of coaches would like to have a quarterback with a 31-19 record, Smith's mark as a starter for the Chiefs.

But until Sunday, Reid and the Chiefs were waiting for that career-defining game from Smith, the one they could point to as justification for years of quarterback play that was almost always good but seldom great.

The wait is over. Smith finally turned what appeared to be a certain defeat into a victory with his play late in the game.

Chiefs rewatch: Marcus Peters' emotions, Alex Smith's risks and problems up the gut from The Kansas City Star

It wasn't all bad, of course. Peters had a nice deflection in the second half, and played better in coverage after Allen's injury. But by the standards Peters has set for himself, it was a pretty bad game.

It reminded me of the game in Oakland last year. If there's anything Peters loves as much as football, it's Oakland, his hometown, and he was as fired up for that game as any human has ever been for a football game. In the beginning, it was too much, and he was flagged and gave up some plays, missed some tackles, even threw up on the sideline.

By the end, though, he helped seal the Chiefs' win with a 58-yard interception return —and then he gave the ball to his mother. It was the full Marcus Peters Experience.

We never saw that big play from Peters on Sunday, but he did get better as the game went on (Allen's injury undoubtedly helped).

Clock management keys Chiefs comeback win from Chiefs Digest

The Kansas City Chiefs playoff run ended last season amid criticisms about clock management, but Sunday's historic come-from-behind victory over San Diego shows the team may have found the formula for late-game rallies.

Quarterback Alex Smith led four scoring drives in the game's final 21 minutes, none taking longer than three minutes, 40 seconds. The game-tying drive started with just one minute, 49 seconds remaining and required just four plays in 46 seconds.

Coach Andy Reid said he feels Smith always possessed late-game hero potential, but simply didn't have opportunities to prove it until he arrived to Kansas City.

Chiefs' win over Chargers shows best, worst of what they can be from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs looked as if they were two entirely different teams in their season opener.

The first three quarters, they looked like a team that might not win another game, blowing assignments and getting dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The final quarter, they looked as if they might not lose.

Ultimately, the Chiefs' 33-27 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers was a microcosm of last season, when they started off 1-5 before rattling off 11 straight wins into the playoffs.

Why was Chiefs receiver De'Anthony Thomas inactive for Sunday's opener? from The Kansas City Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday that the decision involved the day's game plan.

"You saw some of the things (Hill) was doing; De'Anthony does some of those same things," Reid said. "Not only in the return game but also offensive-scheme stuff that we do. I only needed one of them yesterday for that."

Marcus Peters-DeAndre Hopkins matchup a highlight of Chiefs-Texans from ESPN

Last year's meetings featured some individual battles that are certain to be intriguing on Sunday. Among them: Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters against Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Kansas City tackle Eric Fisher against Houston defensive end J.J. Watt.

Here are six Houston players to watch, courtesy of ESPN Texans reporter Sarah Barshop:

Brian Cushing, Duane Brown out vs. KC from

Duane Brown will also miss the Week 2 matchup against the Chiefs, per O'Brien. The starting left tackle has been working his way back from his January quadriceps surgery. Brown spent the entire preseason on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List, but was moved to the active roster on Sept. 3.

Texans look for redemption against Chiefs in Week 2 from KPRC

This Sunday, Houston has a chance for redemption against a Kansas City team that ended the Texans' playoff run with a 30-0 shutout last season.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't like to look in the past, but he said this is an exception.

"You know, that was the last game of our season last year. You have to look at that game," O'Brien said. "You have to think about what do you need to do to get your guys to play better and to coach better in that game. You have to take a peek at what happened last year. You have to study it. You have to make sure you fix it. We've spent a lot of time in the off season trying to fix those things."

Chargers' McCoy hasn't been good enough from The San Diego Union-Tribune

This is the NFL. And Mike McCoy doesn't have "it."

The Patriots on Sunday went to Arizona without the best quarterback of his generation, a Hall of Fame-caliber tight end, their two starting offensive tackles, and beat one of the best teams. The Chargers went to Kansas City, built a large lead, lost a receiver the Chiefs couldn't cover with a drone, chickened out on the free-range Arrowhead straw, and laid an egg that their coach sat on like a mother hen.

There's a difference here. New England is coached by Bill Belichick, an imperfect anatomist who still knows where the jugular is; the Chargers by McCoy, who couldn't find the vein with a CT scan.

What happened in Arizona was a coaching win. What happened in Kansas City was a coaching loss.

Chargers lobby for stadium after week one collapse from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Does Measure C hang in the balance if the Chargers have a repeat of their disappointing 2015 season?

It may be too soon to tell, but the Chargers' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on week one of the NFL season does not present a pretty picture for the team's stadium proposal. And how could anyone forget about Measure C with a new backdrop like this one? (Except you may have missed it if you were too hurt to keep watching.)

Kansas City Chiefs try to learn lessons from comeback win from The sports Xchange via UPI

"Certainly some things in the second half went our way, we were able to get out of here with a 'W' but as great as it is to win, there's going to be a lot to learn from, a lot to improve on," said quarterback Alex Smith. "You can't start out that bad, you can't play that bad in the first half all the way around, every single phase."

The statistics tell the story. The numbers for the first three quarters and the Chiefs production in the fourth quarter are quite different:

Colin Kaepernick's Protest Is Working from Slate

And as the San Francisco Chronicle's Ann Killion noted, if you think Kaepernick's gesture is an empty one, you need to grapple with the fact that "standing for the national anthem before a sporting event is an equally empty gesture for many people." Consider that, as Marcus Peters raised his right fist in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, thousands of fans interrupted the supposedly sacred anthem to yell out "home of the CHIEFS!" Thousands more jersey-wearing, beer-swilling patriots booed President Obama's pre-recorded Sept. 11 speech as it poured out of PA systems in Baltimore, Seattle, and New Jersey. Patriotism!

NFL: kneeling or with raised fist, protest Kaepernick makes proselytes from La Gazetta dello Sports [translated from the original Italian]

The fist with the black glove raised to the sky of the Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, as Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the podium of the 200 in Mexico City 1968. The players of the Seattle Seahawks, arms folded in front and those of the Miami Dolphins - Arian Foster and fellow Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins - who knelt, as a clear demonstration act, while not raising his fist as planned.

NFL players intensify protests during anthem for racial equality from Reuters via Extra [translated from the original Spanish]

The gesture made by Peters, african-American of 23 years, on Sunday, recalled the statement of athletes and black compatriots Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics 1968.

The other members of the Chiefs decided to join the arms as a sign of solidarity after debating the subject group.

NFL scandal intensifies. More and more players are protesting against police abuses from Libertate [translated from the original Romanian]

It was the only protest of this kind [in the early games]. Marcus Peters, 23, of Kansas City Chiefs, raised his fist during the hymn tune.

It all started from Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the band from San Francisco, who refused to stand up when the national anthem was played.

The aim of the protests is to attract attention to the brutality exhibited by the police and security forces in relation to the African-American population.

Chiefs send message of solidarity by linking arms during national anthem from KCTV5

The players are hoping to be an example and help positive change.

"It's a very serious matter and a very serious time in America and us coming together we just wanted to the show the world we are starting it in our locker room and branching it out to our community," tight end Travis Kelce said.

The players did not say if they plan on linking arms during future opening ceremonies of football games.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid supports Marcus Peters' raised fist during national anthem from KSHB

Peters says he felt the need to do so to raise awareness of what's going on in black communities all over the country.

Head coach Andy Reid supports Peters' stand, commending him for what he's done to uplift so many people.

Ted Cruz calls for boycott of ‘rich spoiled athletes' from The Courier Mail

"Here's a peaceful protest," Mr Cruz continued, "never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonour our flag."

Cruz's call to stop NFL fans from buying protesting players' jerseys comes after multiple athletes joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during The Star-Spangled Banner in a protest against racial bias and police brutality.

Football, the Flag and the Right to Speak Our Minds from MMQB

We are handpicked from an unpaid labor pool that purports to provide an education in exchange for services rendered, though the value of that education pales drastically to overall football revenue for institutions of higher learning. Ignoring our value is a prerequisite for turning pro, so we pledge allegiance to the sport in lieu of a free market and keep our heads down.

As an NFL player, I've asked myself on multiple occasions, Do I want to speak the truth or do I want to make money? (Marshall lost an endorsement deal for protesting.) The league pays lip service to the notion that its athletes are valued as conscientious community members. Our platform is wasted if media relations staffers constantly nudge us to stay within the confines of "we gave 110% and we have to get better." I can do a franchise-friendly interview in my sleep, but when we step outside the bounds of our third-down efficiency, we are vilified and told to keep quiet.

Hesston PD chief honored by KC Chiefs from KWCH

Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder got the opportunity Sunday to carry the American flag, leading the Chiefs onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Schroeder is one of many heroes credited with saving lives in February's shooting at Excel Industries. Schroeder entered the manufacturing plant and killed the shooter before any more harm could be done.

Traffic tie-ups in Arrowhead parking lot frustrate fans from KMBC

Fans who weren't trying to park in the lot had easier times. One fan used Uber to get to the area around the Sports Complex. Another got a ride from a hotel and was dropped off at a gas station across the street from the gates.

Fans who arrived at the Sports Complex when the gates opened at 7:30 a.m. said they didn't have traffic issues. Other fans said they waited up to two hours to be directed to parking spots.

The Kansas City Chiefs declined a request for comment about the parking issues.

Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 quarterbacks to target for Week 2 from SB Nation

Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (28 percent)

Osweiler had a shaky start in his Texans debut, but he settled down after a bad interception and picked apart the Chicago Bears' defense, filling up the stat sheet with 231 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-35 passing. He also had no problems hooking up with rookie receiver Will Fuller, suggesting that Houston's passing offense could be more dynamic than we expected. Osweiler did enough to merit streaming consideration against the Kansas City Chiefs next week.

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (21 percent)

The Chiefs looked dead and buried when the San Diego Chargers raced out to a 24-3 lead, but Smith put the team on his shoulders and led the biggest comeback in franchise history. Smith finished his day with 363 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, winning the game in overtime with a goal line plunge. This will probably end up being Smith's best stat line of the season and the Texans' defense is a tougher test, but you could do worse for a high-end QB2 this week.

Woody Paige: Broncos have stiff competition among largely successful division from The Denver Channel

This division will not be won easily by the Broncos, who have achieved the feat the past five seasons.

During that span, the Broncos have won 24 of 30 games with the Raiders, the Chiefs and the Chargers (and were 6-0 in two seasons).

The Broncos probably would accept 4-2, their mark in the AFC West in 2015.

Chiefs Kingdom rides emotional rollercoaster during season opener from KSHB

The first game of the season for the Chiefs was one for the books. What seemed like a blowout became a historic win.

Some lost hope early...

Dreams come true from The Commercial News

Almost every kid dreams about the day that they step onto the field or onto the court.

Becoming a professional athlete is the aspiration of the majority of children in Danville and the rest of the United States.

On Sunday afternoon, former Danville standout Justin March-Lillard joined a very elite group when he made his NFL debut with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It was everything that dreamt about and more,'' said March-Lillard after the Chiefs rallied to beat the San Diego Chargers 33-27 in overtime. "Coming out of that tunnel and having your name announced to a sold-out crowd was amazing. I actually shed a tear or two, thinking about all of the things that I've been able to overcome in my journey.

NFL: Cairo Santos and Kansas debut with victory. Round 1 is only emotion from Terra Brasil [translated from the original Portuguese]

In a match that his team came to be losing by 17-3 and only managed a draw at 27-27 in the final seconds, Cairo kicked two fields goals (worth three points) and three extra points (worth one). Hit everyone. The match was very balanced and the main highlight was the running back Spencer Ware, who in seven races totaled 129 yards (the best race was a 45 yards), leading his team ahead.

Kevin Harlan's Play-By-Play Radio Call Of The MNF Idiot On The Field Is An All-Timer from Screengrabber

Seriously, this is one of the best things that's ever been aired on radio. Kudos, Kevin, you're the absolute best.

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