The Chiefs placed outside linebacker Dee Ford on injured reserve on Thursday, the club announced. To fill his spot on the 53-man roster, the Chiefs signed defensive tackle Justin Hamilton from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad.
During a Board of Governors meeting Thursday, Western’s President Dr. Robert Vartabedian shared that he doesn’t foresee any obstacles that will prevent the school from continuing their relationship with the Chiefs.
“They put on the table one year. We countered with two years,” Vartabedian said. “And they require that with the original agreement is 10 years with the State of Missouri, so we think asking for two years, so that would be Year 9 and 10, is not an unreasonable request from us.”
"We are thrilled to have John Dorsey lead our football operations," team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement on Thursday. "John has been immersed in the NFL for 26 years, won two Super Bowls, built sustainable winning football teams and is highly respected for his football acumen. We know we have a critical and very positive opportunity ahead of us to profoundly impact the foundation of this football team. Bringing in someone of John Dorsey's caliber, his track record of success and his experience, significantly strengthens our opportunities to build a winning football team and that has been, and continues to be, what we want for our fans."
Hali joined four other Chiefs –– outside linebacker Dee Ford (back), center Mitch Morse (foot), safety Eric Murray (ankle) and cornerback Marcus Peters (suspension) –– who missed practice for the second straight day.
With Marcus Peters out, Kansas City’s defense will be starting three cornerbacks that have a PFF player grade lower than 49.8 and this includes the newly signed Darrelle Revis who might be slower than Reggie Nelson and has a horrific player grade of just 35.1.
Carr has also thrown for 540 yards the last two games despite being without Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper for the majority of the last two weeks. With Carr’s improved play and the struggling Chiefs’ secondary, there is no way he doesn’t have a huge day.
"With Crab coming back, obviously it's no secret. I love throwing him the ball. I love Crab and I think a lot of people know that. So being able to get him back, it definitely helps our team."
"I have spent a majority of my football life with two franchises that also have storied history and I think I have a feel for the mentality of the fans in Cleveland and what it would mean to recreate the success this franchise once had. I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn't think the right ownership was in place."
There are factors that favor the Chiefs though. The game is at Arrowhead which is one of the NFL’s most hostile environments. Derek Carr has never won in Kansas City in three tries. Alex Smith has been having a rough time through most of their six losses the past seven weeks, before throwing for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions against the Jets last week. It was the Chiefs defense that blew that game.
However, a source told The Star on Thursday that Peters’ flag toss late in the loss is a league issue, one for which he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and will presumably be fined by the NFL. But Peters’ decision to walk off in frustration on his own accord following the incident is a team issue, which explains why Reid levied the suspension.
“I for sure saw some good things. It’s something I’ve done in the past,” Reid said. “I’m always going to do what I think is best for the Kansas City Chiefs at every spot. So I’ll go through it and continue to evaluate it, and whatever I come up with, I come up with there.”
Regardless of the circumstances that led to his ouster in KC, it’s hard to argue with his results. If the Haslams were intent on ditching Sashi Brown and keeping Hue Jackson, this is at least a decent replacement. It will be interesting to see how the relationship between Jackson and Dorsey develops.
”When he’s not in there, you study the next guy,” Carr said Wednesday. ”Is he a guesser? There are a lot of guys that people don’t know about in this league that will guess on routes and things like that. It doesn’t change what we do. We still have to go out there and execute our game plan.
Marcus Peters needs to grow up and move beyond the flag throwing incident to perform on the field for the Kansas City Chiefs.