Chan Gailey returns to Atlanta with Chiefs
Chan Gailey could practically have a reunion of his last coaching staff at Georgia Tech this weekend.
Tech’s former head coach will be in town as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs, who play the Falcons
on Sunday. Seven of his nine assistants also will be in town. But what
they are doing speaks to the itinerant nature of the profession.
Two moved to Kansas City with him. Three were retained by Georgia
Tech. One looked for a job for six months before getting hired at
Georgia State, which will begin Division I-AA play in 2010. And the
last is still looking for a job.
“The whole dynamic of old staff being let out and the new staff in,
that’s a story,” said John Bond, Tech’s former offensive coordinator
who now has the same job with Georgia State.
Reunions, though, aren’t on Gailey’s agenda this weekend, other than
with his family. He scarcely has had time to keep tabs on his old team.
Trying to improve a young offense that ranks 27th in the NFL in yards
per game is a more immediate task.
“I think they’re 2-1, aren’t they?” Gailey asked Wednesday about his
former team. “I watched a few snaps of them the other day. That’s about
That said, Gailey, with typical grace, spoke well of his former
employer, which fired him in November. At Tech he was 44-32, but 0-6
against rival Georgia.
USA Today: WR Bowe a rare bright spot in Chiefs' offense
Kansas City Chiefs coach Herm Edwards views
2008 as pivotal for second-year receiver Dwayne Bowe, who has superstar
potential if he doesn't stumble.
"The second year is always a critical year,"
Edwards says. "There is all kind of stuff you deal with because
expectations have become even higher. You put a lot of pressure on
yourself to better your first year."
In Bowe's case, he has a tough act to follow. He thought he would do well after being drafted by Kansas City in the
first round in 2007, but even he says his rookie production was "kind
Winless Chiefs have tried 4 QBs without success
Sun Sep 14, 2:53 PM
Who says the Kansas City Chiefs don't have a quarterback?
They have one with an injured shoulder and one with a sore neck, one with low expectations and one with high hopes.
The one with low expectations is probably headed back to reserve wide receiver status.
Or is he?
Nobody, including head coach Herm Edwards, seemed to know on Monday
what might happen next on Kansas City's chaotic quarterback carousel.
One thing does seem certain — Brodie Croyle, the projected season
starter, will be out a second straight week with a shoulder injury he
sustained in the opener at New England. Damon Huard, the reliable
35-year-old backup, came in and almost engineered an upset over the
Patriots, and then started on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
But Huard came out in the first half of the 23-8 loss with what the
team called "mild head trauma" and what he calls a stiff neck. Edwards
said Monday he did not know whether Huard or No. 3 QB Tyler Thigpen
would start at Atlanta on Sunday.
MVN: The Chiefs Are Who We Thought They Were–Take That Hand Off That Panic Button
My, how quickly the fans have turned on our beloved Kansas City
Chiefs. When people asked me a few weeks ago why I was so brutally
honest to readers, often warning people about overly optimistic
outlooks and the dangers of drinking too much of the Kool-Aid, I always
responded with the following simple response: “Because when fans have
unrealistic expectations about their team, they start to get pissed off
when those unrealistic expectations aren’t met.”
Well folks, here we are two weeks into an 0-2 season. The Chiefs
weren’t supposed to be 2-0. They aren’t even supposed to go .500. To
quote Dennis Green: “They are who we thought they were.”
Folks, WE ARE REBUILDING! Have we as fans already forgotten that the
goal of this season is to build for the future and not to be so
concerned about winning every single football game? I would rather lose
a football game in which our young, mistake-prone players were given a
chance to develop than win a football game in which old, stopgap
veterans kept young players off the field. Given that the Chiefs only
trailed by six points at halftime, I truly believe that Damon Huard
would have won the game for the Chiefs. But who cares? What good does
Huard do for us two years down the road? Nothing. What good does Tyler
Thigpen do two to three years down the road? I don’t know, but if he’s
any good, then the answer is “a lot” and the only way to find out is to
put him in game situations and see how he fares.
Kansas City's QB trio struggles
Tyler Thigpen rolled to the left to avoid the rush, then fired a
pass in the direction of Dwayne Bowe. The ball caromed off an Oakland
defensive back's helmet and flew 15 yards back to Thigpen, who just
missed catching his own pass.
It was that kind of day for Kansas City's quarterbacks.
The Chiefs tried three quarterbacks in place of injured starter
Brodie Croyle against Oakland on Sunday. None was any better than the
next, leading to boos from the home crowd and a 23-8 loss to the
Raiders in Kansas City's home opener.
"We got embarrassed at home in our home opener," Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said.
Line of Scrimmage: Could 0-16 Happen In 2008?
Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin (L) is congratulated ...
We're just one year removed from
the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history, and I can say with little
equivocation that we won't see that type of perfection again for a
long, long time.
Parity still reigns supreme in this league, and it takes unbelievable
talent and at least a tad of good fortune to get to even 13 or 14 wins.
In the same way, it's not often that we get to talk about the prospect
of a team losing them all. Miami got to 0-13 last year before avoiding
the indignity of the NFL's first 0-16 campaign in a win over the
Ravens. Before that, no club had lost their first baker's dozen of
games in the preceding 20 seasons, and only one team - the 2001 Lions -
lost as many as their first 12 during that span.
What I saw on Sunday afternoon made me think history might be upon us, however.
The state of Missouri alone could set football back about 50 years. If
it wasn't for the title-caliber Missouri Tigers, in fact, it might be
prudent for someone to strip the state of its license to hold football
start on the western part of the state in Kansas City, where a once-
proud Chiefs franchise looks intent on challenging the 1992 Seahawks'
record for fewest points in a season (140). They're only slightly ahead
of that pace after Sunday's 23-8 loss to the Oakland Raiders at
NFL.com: Chiefs have own QB problems as they play host to Oakland
The Kansas City Chiefs
have gotten a lot of national attention this week for what happened to
a certain New England quarterback. What's been less discussed is how
the Chiefs are moving forward without their own starter.
The Chiefs will try to put Week 1 behind them Sunday when they play host to the Oakland Raiders, another team looking to move on from a tough opening game.
Kansas City nearly pulled off a monumental upset Sunday, losing to
New England 17-10 after the Patriots stopped the Chiefs near the goal
line in the last minute of the game. But that wasn't the main focus of
the contest. Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard hit Tom Brady in the knee midway through the first quarter, causing the league MVP to tear his ACL.
will miss the season following surgery to repair the knee. Pollard was
apologetic after the game, insisting the hit wasn't dirty.
Lost amid that was the vicious hit Kansas City starter Brodie Croyle
took in the third quarter of that same game. Croyle –
injury-prone throughout his brief career – will miss two to
four weeks with a separated shoulder. Kansas City plans to move forward
with a two-quarterback system for now.
Veteran Damon Huard gets the nod against the Raiders, but 24-year-old Tyler Thigpen should see plenty of action as well.
CHIEFS MOURN THE LOSS OF LB SHERRILL HEADRICK
The Kansas City Chiefs
organization lost a treasured member of its history today as Chiefs
Hall of Fame LB Sherrill Headrick passed away at the age of 71.
the hard-nosed linebacker from Waco, Texas, was a member of the
organization from ’60-67. He earned the nickname “Psycho” from his
teammates for his rambunctious nature and style of play between the
lines. Headrick was named to five All-AFL squads (’61-62, ’64-66) and
appeared in 108 regular season contests as one of the league’s best
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