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TSN: Thigpen Gives Chiefs Hope
The bad news for the Kansas City
Chiefs is that they lost yet another football game, falling to 1-6 in a
28-24 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
The good news, for those who wish to find it, is that Tyler Thigpen is in fact a living, breathing NFL quarterback.
That fact was certainly debatable in Thigpen's first start, against the
Falcons back in Week 3. The second-year-pro put up a 23.8 passer rating
in that game, a 38-14 loss, following which he was politely kicked back
down the depth chart where it seemed he belonged.
Then, when Brodie Croyle (knee) and Damon Huard (hand) were lost for
the season in a Week 7 loss to the Titans, Thigpen was cast back in the
spotlight basically by default, though it seemed to some that he was
just temporarily filling a void until someone more dependable could be
signed and acquainted with Chan Gailey's offensive system.
The oddsmakers certainly thought little of Thigpen heading into the
contest. They installed the Chiefs as 13-point underdogs at the
Meadowlands, and Kansas City was a popular pick to fall in "suicide"
leagues from coast to coast.
Thigpen thumbed his nose at the critics in the defeat, completing
25-of-36 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and zero turnovers,
and was another legendary Brett Favre drive from establishing his first
win as an NFL starter. The Coastal Carolina product's 280 yards were
the most by a Kansas City quarterback this season, and his 110.9 rating
was the best by a Chiefs signal- caller on the road since last year.
What's more, Thigpen proved that he can keep Kansas City in a football
game against a quality opponent, which is handy given that he's likely
to start against four of them - the Buccaneers, Chargers, Saints, and
Bills - in his next four games.
"Tyler played outstanding," said Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who
caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. "He played better than
I thought he was going to play. I know he surprised everybody. I don't
care what anybody said, if they thought he was going to go out there
and play the way he did then they're lying. That's a credit to him. He
just came out and said who cares what all the critics think. He had
good practices all week, but the way he came out and played today, I'm
so proud of him and I think you have to give credit to the coaches for
putting him in a position to be successful."
Williamson: The key to Herman Edwards keeping his job
If Herman Edwards is going to remain the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, he will need more of the kind of effort he got from the Chiefs on Sunday.
is clear that Chiefs' ownership likes Edwards and word is the Clark
family would like to keep Edwards as the team maneuvers through a
rebuilding phase that could take a few years before dividends are paid.
But no coach can be saved if this team isn't competitive.
was the problem with Edwards' team going into Sunday's game against the
Jets. In Kansas City's previous two games, losses to Carolina and
Tennessee, it was outscored by a combined score of 68-10. The Chiefs
were simply not competitive in those games.
That was worrisome
for Edwards' future. Even though this team is young, it is his job to
coach them up and keep them in games. If Kansas City takes steps
backwards as the season progresses that means the youngsters aren't
getting coached properly.
However, Edwards and his team made significant strides Sunday against the Jets. Yes, New York won the game, 28-24,
but the Chiefs fought hard all game long. And they were in the game
from start to finish and they could have easily won the game.
the youngsters showed life. That was not the case in the past month or
so. Edwards' coaching worked for the most part Sunday. His team made
progress. That's what ownership wants to see.
CULPEPPER CANCELS VISIT WITH CHIEFS
Daunte Culpepper will not be a Kansas City Chief.
Culpepper had a visit scheduled for tomorrow,
but Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Culpepper told the
Chiefs today that he isn’t going to make the trip to Kansas City
because he has a better opportunity with another team. It’s not known
which team Culpepper has an offer from.
Glazer also reports that Culpepper told teams last week that he
wanted to sign a contract for more than just the rest of this season,
and that he wanted a 2009 payment of $10 million or more
Chiefs cool on signing Culpepper after Thigpen's strong performance
The Kansas City Chiefs may not be as eager to sign former Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper as many people thought.
Although adding the veteran quarterback to the
roster remained a possibility, coach Herm Edwards indicated Monday that
Culpepper may not even come in for an interview.
Culpepper, a three-time Pro Bowler with
Minnesota, is the biggest name out there who might be available. And
the Chiefs have had a big quarterback need since their top two, Brodie
Croyle and Damon Huard, went out for the year with injuries.
But third-teamer Tyler Thigpen, in just his
second NFL start, played much better than expected in a 28-24 loss to
the New York Jets on Sunday.
Before suffering a serious knee injury in 2005, Culpepper was one of the league's most productive quarterbacks.
ESPN: Chiefs' Johnson charged for spitting in woman's face, won't play for now
Kansas City running back Larry Johnson
already facing possible suspension by the NFL, was charged Monday with
simple assault for spitting his drink in a woman's face.
Several hours later, the Chiefs indicated the two-time Pro Bowl running back would not play for the foreseeable future.
The charge is the second such count the former Pro Bowler is facing.
Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said Johnson turned himself in and was released after posting a $500 bond.
assault is a municipal charge, similar to a traffic ticket, and carries
a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 180 days in jail. But the two-time
Pro Bowler, who signed the biggest contract in Chiefs history about 15
months ago, could be in much deeper trouble with the league.
is the fourth time in five years he's been accused of assaulting a
woman and the Chiefs acknowledged last week the NFL was looking into
the latest incident.
He was deactivated for the past two games
for breaking team rules. But in a written statement Monday, Chiefs
president and general manager Carl Peterson left little doubt the
team's highest-paid player would be absent again this week regardless
of what action the league might take.
KC Star article...
Williamson: Favre gets the glory, Thigpen opens eyes
Brett Favre's latest magic show was already complete. Yet another chapter in Favre's storied comeback had already been published.
It was in the books. Favre doesn't play well -- until he has to. Then, his team wins the game. Done deal.
But Tyler Thigpen kept coming. The Kansas City Chiefs'
No. 4 was pressing the universe's No. 4. Scrambling. Command of the
offense. Laser throws. Last-minute poise. Yes, Thigpen looked familiar
On a day Favre had his most exciting win for the
Jets, it was Thigpen who kept coming off his stool and trying to make
Favre work harder. In the end, the Chiefs' and Thigpen's counters
weren't enough. Thigpen's dreams expired at the Jets' 31-yard line with
21 seconds to go.
Officially, it was Favre's day as the Jets beat the Chiefs 28-24. Favre made up for three grotesque interceptions by hitting Laveranues Coles for a 15-yard touchdown with exactly a minute to go in the game. That's how the football world will remember this one.
in Kansas City, it could have a greater significance. It could be
remembered as the day Thigpen showed he does have what it takes to be
an NFL quarterback. It could be remembered as the day the Chiefs stood
up and fought, and showed the league they won't take this youth
movement lightly, even if they did fall to 1-6.
In spite of the
heartbreak, Sunday's game was a lot more tolerable for the Chiefs than
their past two games, in which they were beaten by a total of 68-10.
And Thigpen was a big reason why things evened out a bit this week.
Jets 28, Chiefs 24: Did Brett Favre Call the Chiefs Too?
Perhaps Brett Favre should start trying to learn the Jets offense instead of helping other teams bone up on the Packers.
Don't be fooled by sycophantic announcers who say Favre pulled out another last-second victory with a gutsy touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles. He was outplayed by Tyler Thigpen,
threw an interception that should have been a game-breaker in the
fourth quarter, and looked less like a Hall-of-Famer than a should-be
Not that he should be singled out. This was an abysmal
performance by the Jets and it's only the weakness of the Chiefs that
allowed them to hang around long enough to steal a win. If Derrick Johnson
doesn't drop an interception and probable touchdown in the third
quarter, the Jets are finished. If the Chiefs offense is able to pick
up one first down in the fourth quarter, the Jets are finished.
latter was more surprising because the Jets spent most of the afternoon
making Thigpen look like Joe Montana. Despite having only one offensive
weapon in Dwayne Bowe
and facing a Jets rush that came up with four sacks, Thigpen routinely
made plays and didn't turn the ball over. It was the finest
quarterbacking performance of the year for Kansas City and Thigpen
should have the job for the next few weeks, if not the rest of the
Richardson Finally Gets His Chance vs. the Chiefs
For the first time in his NFL career, Jets fullback Tony Richardson will face the Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon at the Meadowlands.
“I think last year it probably would have had a little bit more meaning. This year it’s just a football game,” Richardson said. “I’ve been gone for three years now and there are a lot of brand new faces and a lot of young guys I don’t know.” Richardson, in his 14th NFL season out of Auburn, spent 1994 on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad before an 11-season Chiefs run from 1995–2005. Kansas City captured the AFC West in ’95, ’97 and 2003 but failed to win a postseason game each of those years.
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