John Dorsey, the Kansas City Chiefs general manager, says the Chiefs are "85 percent Atlanta Braves, 15 percent Oakland A's." He means that the bulk of their evaluation process remains focused on traditional techniques like watching exhaustive amounts of game film and getting to know the players' personalities; the rest, however, is pure numbers. "We blend in the analytics part of it," Dorsey says.
In a potential Super Bowl preview between teams that wound up with first-round byes, the Kansas City Chiefs edged the Atlanta Falcons 29-28 in a Dec. 4 thriller. The difference? Late in the fourth quarter, Chiefs safety Eric Berry scored the winning two-point conversion after he intercepted Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on a two-point attempt and took it to the house. Defenses were granted the ability to score on opposing PAT attempts last season, but this marked the first time the new rule swung a final result.
The Broncos' process of searching for their next head coach hit the interview stage Friday in Kansas City when CEO Joe Ellis, Executive Vice President/General Manager John Elway and other members of the Broncos' staff met with Chiefs Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub. "He's a great coach and person who has a very impressive track record with special teams," Elway tweeted after completing the interview.
Toub features an out-of-the-box resume. He began his college career as a Division II lineman, moved onto Division I and made his mark out of college as a strength and conditioning coach. He met Chiefs boss Andy Reid at the University of Texas El Paso in 1987. Toub was in the beginning of a 10-year run as a strength coach for the Miners and later the University of Missouri.
The Associated Press All-Pro team is out and the Kansas City Chiefs have four players selected. PR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, CB Marcus Peters and S Eric Berry were named to the first team All-Pro. RT Mitch Schwartz was named to the second team.
The next day, Goodell called Stonestreet and said he liked "Modern Family," and made an offer. "So he invites me to the Super Bowl and I said, ‘Roger, I so appreciate this offer, but I just was on national TV last night saying that I’ll never go to the Super Bowl until my Chiefs are in it,’ " Stonestreet told Eisen. "So I can’t now go back on that. "And he goes, ‘All right, if you want to wait that long, that’s fine with me.’ " Boom!
There is going to be all kinds of talk of Kansas City as the public’s underdog should the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Why? Because the Steelers humiliated the Chiefs back in Week 4 in front of a national audience, 43-14. Pittsburgh also has the quarterback with two Super Bowl rings and two of the most explosive players in football with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
All of which explains why Reid, in a jubilant locker room following a division-clinching win over San Diego on Sunday, was quick to acknowledge the work Dorsey has done. "I don't want to leave him out of this. These were guys that he brought in," Reid said. "We're down to a few of the ones that were left here that were good players and then he's brought in guys. That's the NFL. He's done a nice job of bringing in players that we can coach. So let's not forget that part."
Ochi, a rookie linebacker who spent most of the season on the Jets' practice squad, was offered a contract by the Kansas City Chiefs. The AFC West champions wanted him to sign immediately, so they could put him on their 53-man roster for the postseason. Imagine that: Ochi went from the AFC East basement to a first-round bye in the playoffs, two wins from the Super Bowl. On a depressing day at One Jets Drive, where players cleaned out their lockers and trudged into an offseason filled with uncertainty, Ochi was handed a winning lottery ticket.
Eric Berry had already put together a heck of a game Dec. 4 at Atlanta, logging an interception-return touchdown in the second quarter that broke a tie. But after the Falcons seized the lead in the fourth quarter, it was Berry — the Fairburn, Ga., native who was returning to the place where he defeated lymphoma two years ago — who saved the Chiefs with a "Pick 2" interception of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on a Falcons two-point conversion attempt. Berry settled into a zone, saw Austin Hooper cross his zone on the drag route, and jumped the ball for a two-point score that delivered the Chiefs a 29-28 victory.
There is a general belief out there that Smith doesn’t accelerate the Chiefs, but that he holds them back. If he could just throw the ball farther downfield, Kansas City would be such a threat. If Smith had more pizzazz, the Chiefs would be all that jazz. Smith is an OK quarterback on a team striving for greatness. He’s not even doing the one thing that set him apart from his contemporaries, which is running the football. But Smith has been more of a runner of late and I expect him to show more of that in the playoffs. He has developed a tremendous rapport with Kelce and, remember, the Chiefs’ best wideout, Jeremy Maclin, has been hurt much of the season.
Hill now has a realistic shot at another record — he could become the first Chief to return a punt for a touchdown in the playoffs.
So that really leaves only two options: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams have superstars who went to Tennessee in Eric Berry and Jason Witten respectively. And with those two guys such beloved figures, Vols fans should root for one of them to win the Super Bowl.
The process of making the most important decision of the Denver Broncos' immediate future had moved to the Westin Hotel at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City.
The consensus on the Chiefs is that they’re solid in every area but spectacular in none. That’s a major misconception. While it’s true that Kansas City was only slightly above average on both offense and defense, it had far and away the league’s best special teams.
The other team – don’t sleep on them – is the Kansas City Chiefs. I know people don’t get excited about the Chiefs because there’s nothing sexy about them when Alex Smith is dinking and dunking his way down the field. They don’t really have that great 1,000-yard back with Jamaal Charles out. People kind of sleep on this team, but go look over the last two seasons: No one has won more than the Kansas City Chiefs."