22:00 - 60:00 - Nick Wright calls in to discuss the Chiefs as Super Bowl contenders, Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, Eric Berry and drops a few Amateur Hour exclusives
“Absolutely we watched as much film as you can,” Gruden said, “especially the teams that have success against them and you try to implement some of the things that worked and then did some of the things that you did that you think could work. I coached Manusky did a good job.”
Kansas City plays a more deliberate scheme of crossing patterns and space, but relies on the speed of Hunt and wideout Tyreek Hill. Greg Manusky and the Washington defense will have to recalibrate their game plan.
Quarterback Alex Smith is rolling sevens. He has completed 77 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His QB rating is an absurd 132.7. Smith has been sacked 12 times so there is a chink in the armor. The former first overall pick in the draft will not go all year with such a high passer rating and completion percentage. But he could do it one more game and that’s what matters to the Redskins.
The game will feature two of the early breakout stars of the 2017 season at running back. Redskins running back Chris Thompson (13.0) and Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (9.6) rank first and second in scrimmage yards per touch among NFL running backs this season.
It’s become so common that you’ll hear it at Kauffman Stadium before Royals games, and elsewhere. Kansas coach Bill Self spoke out in 2012 about the student section singing “Chiefs” at Allen Fieldhouse.
“I don’t think it’s anything we should be proud about as students to carry that on, because I don’t see the place for it when you are honoring your country,” Self said.
For the most part, fans in Kansas City don’t seem concerned that the language of the national anthem is being changed.
1. QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (19 points): He maintains his season-long lead by the slimmest of margins after throwing for (just) 155 yards and two TDs in Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Chargers, a victory that left the Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons as the NFL's only undefeated teams. Smith has thrown seven TD passes, second in the league, and has yet to throw a pick. Factor in his chart-topping 77.4% completion rate and 132.7 passer rating — both on early pace to break league records — and Smith is off to the best start of his career in a year where he appears to be auditioning for his next job. Last week: 1
The leaders are CBs Terrance Mitchell and Phillip Gaines and LG Bryan Witzmann with five penalties called against each of them. That’s almost half of them right there.
“I was able to sit in front of the camera with my cohost, LaKeyna, and talk to a bunch of kids about character and doing what’s right,” Conley said. “It was a different venue than what I’m used to, but I think this was really cool because I was able to talk to a lot of kids at once and interact with them in a way that’s, although it’s different, something that can still be effective.”
Hill had the longest scoring play in four of the six games in the 2016 portion of the streak, with Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson also pitching in a distant score.
During the streak, the Chiefs are 8-1. Not included is last year’s home playoff loss to the Steelers, and a 24-yard non-scoring pass was the Chiefs’ longest play of that game.
After the president’s incendiary remarks, Lemon wrote on Facebook that when Peters sat through the anthem, “to be honest, as a veteran and a longtime police officer, I was pissed.” Honesty is a pretty good starting point, and the anger is real on all sides. Yet “rather than write a statement fueled by anger,” Lemon said, “I decided to take a breath and think. I know it doesn’t always happen all the time, but in this case, I am glad I did.’’ Now several Chiefs players are interested in accepting the invitation. Lemon is angry still: “It’s easy to kneel in front of the cameras,’’ he wrote accusingly. But he remains open to working with players, and we hope they do, too.
Jack Del Rio, who is now the head coach for the Oakland Raiders, was a new member of the Chiefs in the fall of 1987. All across the league, striking NFL players occasionally had contentious encounters with replacement players who were crossing the picket line.
Thirty years ago this week, Del Rio spotted a man he assumed was a replacement player heading into Arrowhead Stadium. The two had words before Del Rio eventually dragged the man to the ground and proceeded to pummel him.
What Del Rio didn’t realize: the man was not a replacement player, he was legendary Chiefs receiver Otis Taylor.