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Jared Allen diary: Goodbye, Kansas City Chiefs management; so long, NFL substance abuse program
Kansas City was great to me.
I absolutely loved the city of Kansas City. If it was up to me -
not to have to deal with that management over there - I would have
stayed there and lived a great life. I didn't feel I needed a fresh
start. But to me, it was a pure business decision.
I could see the direction that team was going. Tony (Gonzalez)
is probably kicking himself, along with a couple of other guys, who
went back there to win a championship and it's not happening.
So for me, it was a decision that had nothing to do with my
personal life. The city of Kansas City was the most understanding;
everything I went through, they supported me wholeheartedly.
It's huge for me to be out of the (NFL substance abuse program)
and get my license back. It's been behind me, but now finally it's
behind everyone else, too. It's finally over. There's no more things
lingering over my head.
You finally get 100 percent of your life back.
Is Thigpen experiment done in Kansas City?
Herm Edwards told us this was coming, more or less.
announcing his decision to make untested second-year quarterback Tyler
Thigpen his starter in Atlanta, the Chiefs coach admitted he was going
with a player who, in four preseason appearances, tended to start
poorly before ultimately moving the Kansas City offense.
That's pretty much what happened Sunday in Atlanta.
when Thigpen's slow start resulted in six consecutive three-and-out
possessions; when he threw as many interceptions as completions (two
each) in his first 13 passes; when Atlanta got 17 unanswered points
before the Chiefs got a first down, and 24 points before Thigpen
started moving the offense, Edwards' spot-on prediction turned into a
"what was he thinking?" session of second-guessing.
Thigpen warmed up — Could he have been any colder? — just before
halftime when he led the two-minute offense to a touchdown, and again
at the start of the third quarter when a second consecutive touchdown
drive got the Chiefs to within 10.
Moreover, it was
hardly Thigpen's fault that NFL sack leader John Abraham beat Damion
McIntosh for a second Thigpen sack on a third-and-3 play at the
Falcons' 10, or that Nick Novak then missed a 32-yard field goal. Or
that Larry Johnson tried to bounce around, rather than run through, the
only linebacker between him and the goal line on a fourth-and-goal play
from the 2 that stalled another drive in the fourth quarter.
Winless Chiefs now losers of 12 in a row
The NFL had four 4-12 teams last year, and two of them in the past
two weeks have thrashed the woeful Kansas City Chiefs by a combined
score of 61-22.
A new offense and a new offensive coordinator would be expected to
create occasional confusion, at least early. But the Chiefs, dogged by
injuries, have added to their chaos by starting three different
quarterbacks their first three games.
Rookies and second-year players populate the roster both offensively
and defensively, and so do youthful mistakes. The Chiefs aren't
stopping anybody and they're not scoring much. On Sunday, the unbeaten,
high-scoring Denver Broncos will encounter a winless Kansas City that
ranks 28th in total offense and 25th in total defense, and hasn't had a
lead since last fall.
Their Chiefs' franchise-record losing streak stretched to 12 with a
38-14 loss to Atlanta. That was after the Oakland Raiders rushed for
300 yards in a 23-8 whipping.
Everybody knew it was going to be a bite-the-bullet year. But nobody
foresaw the first season of a rebuilding campaign would bring this
Are KC Chiefs most pathetic team in NFL?
The Chiefs have just been thoroughly outplayed and destroyed on the
scoreboard by the lowly Atlanta Falcons, falling to 0-3 in 2008. Now,
Kansas City has suffered 12 straight losses, the longest in franchise
history. What a pathetic team CEO Carl Peterson has put together.
The Chiefs don't have a good quarterback, and their defense is
absolutely one of the worst in the NFL. Just look at the statistics
when it comes to giving up yards, especially when the other team runs.
Oh, and if Chiefs fans were looking forward to playing the Miami
Dolphins, check out how Miami destroyed the New England Patriots on
Sunday. So much for that supposed cupcake on the schedule.
USA Today: Chiefs in major overhaul, but will Herm see the turnaround?
Heavy equipment is everywhere. Head-pounding sounds of construction pierce the air.
It is all part of a $375 million remodeling of
Arrowhead Stadium (slated for completion in 2010), and this
stadium-turned-construction site is the perfect backdrop for the NFL
team that calls it home.
In what is arguably the most extensive youth
movement since the dawn of free agency, the once-proud Kansas City
Chiefs are being rebuilt from the ground up.
"Things have been rattling and rolling around
here," says Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez, one of the few veteran
holdovers on a radically overhauled roster that includes 32 players
with three or fewer years of NFL experience.
Something dramatic needed to be done after the
Chiefs dropped nine consecutive games to close last season with a 4-12
record, their worst mark since 1978. But they are choosing the road
less traveled in their willingness to go young and younger.
This path certainly represents new ground for Carl Peterson, in his 20th season as team president and general manager.
"It is a different philosophy," Peterson says.
"I was concerned. I have felt from the day I walked in here that the
word 'rebuilding' can concern people, shock people, maybe give
season-ticketholders an excuse to say, 'Well, they're not going to win
for a few years. I'm not going to pay those prices to watch them
rebuild. I'll wait until they get good and buy my tickets again.' "
PFW: Chiefs will develop young players — even at expense of wins
Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards recently reiterated that the team's main goal this season is to develop its young players, so don't expect to see many veterans playing ahead of rookies going forward. This is especially true at quarterback, where the Chiefs really want to see what they have in youngsters Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen, even if it decreases their chances of winning now.
MVN: Chiefs vs. Falcons - Any Chance the Chiefs Can Win?
You know what’s funny? A month ago, I was dreading the Chiefs’
season opener with the Patriots. Now we enter week three and I’m
dreading the Chiefs playing the Falcons even moreso. Why? Because it
frustrates me more for the Chiefs to lose a winnable game than it does
for them to lose a game they were supposed to lose.
The good news is that Herm Edwards has a bad habit of starting
seasons 0-2. His teams typically find their stride by the third game.
This season will be a tall task given the Chiefs’ extreme inexperience;
then again, I also recall that in 2006, after the Chiefs had conceded
the season, Damon Huard came out guns blazing to lead the Chiefs to a
dominant 41-0 win against the 49ers. I seem to recall that in 2007, the
Chiefs went from an embarrassingly bad 0-2 team embarrassed by the
Texans and Bears, to a pretty tough team that pulled off a late 13-10
win against Minnesota. In 2006 and 2007, the Chiefs were not just bad
in their first two games of the season, they were embarrassingly bad.
In each of those seasons, they came up with big wins in game 3. Perhaps
this is a breakout game for the Chiefs.
Leave no doubt: this is a game that the Chiefs should win. If the
Chiefs fan play disciplined defense as they did in the first half
against Oakland, there is no reason why the Chiefs shouldn’t shut down
the Falcons’ offense. Oakland has put gigantic handcuffs on Jamarcus
Russell and the Pats have been fairly conservative with Matt Cassell,
so this could be the first chance for the Chiefs to attack a raw
quarterback in Matt Ryan. Ryan is a gunslinger and the Chiefs’
secondary has a few ballhawks. The Chiefs are at their best when they
force opposing teams to make mistakes that lead to turnovers–that
happened in New England, but didn’t happen in Oakland.
Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen calls starting gig a dream come true’
Tyler Thigpen’s debut as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback is off to
a great beginning. He showed that when it comes to knowing what to
expect in his first NFL start Sunday, when the Chiefs play the Falcons
in Atlanta, he’s wise beyond his 24 years.
"I imagine that me being a young guy, they’re going to try to bring
some different stuff at me to try to confuse me," Thigpen said. "We’re
going to stick to our game plan and get the ball out of my hands and
let my playmakers make plays."
The Chiefs now need Thigpen in Atlanta to be wiser and better than
he was in last week’s game against Oakland. In the first extensive
playing time of his career, Thigpen often looked overwhelmed, throwing
into coverage or otherwise missing open receivers.
Still, the Chiefs made him their starter for Sunday’s game. Coach
Herm Edwards told him before practice, and his world has been a blur
"It’s a dream come true, something you dreamed of as a kid," he
said. "Herm said, ’You’re the guy we’re going with this week, we
believe in you, you give us the best chance to win.’ I’m going to go
down there with confidence and know that I’m the starting quarterback.
There’s no reason to put any extra pressure on myself."
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