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PETERSON TO RESIGN
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Kansas City Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson has resigned, effective at the end of the season.
Owner Clark Hunt confirmed the resignation Monday.
Peterson took over in 1989. He hired Marty Schottenheimer as coach and they built the Chiefs into an NFL powerhouse over the next 10 years.
However, Kansas City faltered the past decade and seemed to hit a low point with an emotionally draining 22-21 loss Sunday to San Diego, which left the Chiefs 2-12.
Search to begin immediately for new GM. Denny Thum to serve as interim...
FAN HOUSE analysis...
Onside kick bounces Chargers’ way
With the wind swirling, and the football rock-hard in the 24-degree
wind chill, San Diego kickoff specialist Mike Scifres knew the odds of
pulling off the perfect onside kick were not in his favor.
the top of the ball, get one hop and try to get it as high as you can,”
Scifres said of the pivotal play in the Chargers’ 22-21 win over the
Chiefs on Sunday. “I got off a better kick than I thought I would.”
ball skipped off the turf and rose toward Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne
Bowe — in the game as part of the “hands team” — and it appeared Kansas
City would preserve its 21-16 lead.
“When I first saw Bowe go up
in the air, he’s obviously a great receiver and he has great hands, so
I thought he’s going to make the catch, and that’s going to be it,”
But San Diego’s Antwan Applewhite crashed into
Bowe, jarring the ball loose, and the Chargers’ Kassim Osgood recovered
at the San Diego 39 with 1 minute, 11 seconds to play.
was to create havoc and hit anything that moves that goes for the
ball,” Applewhite said. “That’s what I did, and the ball came out. I
knew after that we were going to win.”
Herman Edwards: 'You're never that far off'
We have been in six games that
have boiled down to one play. We have lost five games by seven points
or less. If we win those, we're sitting here with eight wins.
Last week we got the ball down to the 5-yard line, trailing by
seven. We go for it on fourth down and are stopped at the 1-foot line.
Denver makes a play on offense and runs out the clock.
We've led in seven games this year. We're just not making the
plays we have to make. I think people see what we are doing. People
respect how we're playing. We've lost to some pretty good teams.
The mindset is at a different level in the NFL. For a lot of
these kids, most of them came from programs where by the fourth
quarter, they were already on the bench because their team had a three
In this league, the fourth quarter is when you can't make any
errors. The games are tight in this league. It's like the final three
minutes of a game in the NBA. Now the surge comes and the pressures
The problem is when you have so many young guys playing, they
all handle the pressure differently. And we really do not have any
veteran leadership to come and say, "let's finish the game."
We don't have that vocal presence. I think it can emerge from
what we have. If it can't, we'll have to acquire it. We are still a
player or two short. But we have laid the foundation. I think most
people sense that.
The thing about the NFL is you can turn it around in a year. A couple of key veterans at the right
Chiefs could move camp from Wisconsin
The Kansas City Chiefs
may pack up and
head for St. Joseph when they open training camp in 2010.
Citing Missouri Development Finance Board documents, the St.
Joseph News-Press reported Friday that the Chiefs have committed in
writing to moving their training camp from River Falls, Wis., to
Missouri Western State University pending approval of a $25 million
state tax credit proposal.
The newspaper said the board is scheduled to meet Tuesday in
Jefferson City to consider awarding its tax credits "to leverage a
$50 million contribution from the Chiefs" for improvements to
Arrowhead Stadium and other ball park common areas.
If approved, the deal would have the Chiefs donate $10 million
from the sale of the tax credits to Missouri Western for a new
indoor practice facility. The facility would be scheduled for
completion in time for the Chiefs to pitch camp in 2010, and for
the next 10 years.
KC linebacker may tackle politics
This seems to be the year of the lost cause for Rocky Boiman.
he works door-to-door for a Republican Congressional candidate in Ohio.
In a year when Democrats take over the presidency and solidify their
hold on the House and Senate, his man is voted out of office.
Then he becomes a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and they're having an even worse year than the GOP.
everyone agrees Boiman has done well since he was signed "off the
street" in mid-October, Kansas City's young and injury-ravaged defense
has already set records for futility. For the team overall, 2008 will
probably go down as the worst season in team history.
the core beliefs Boiman learned growing up in a working-class
neighborhood in Cincinnati will not allow the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder to
"I believe every person in America has a chance
to reach as high as he wants," he said. "You just stay busy and keep
working toward your goals."
Since joining the rebuilding Chiefs,
Boiman has played just about everywhere in the linebacker scheme. Last
week, he was moved from the inside to the outside while Derrick
Johnson, a former first-round pick who's been largely a disappointment,
tries to reignite himself by playing in the middle.
Moving around is nothing new to Boiman.
kind of taken a lot of pride in being able to play any position and do
whatever the coach asks me to do," he said. "I'm able to line up and
play. I do a lot of studying, a lot of work. I just try to do a good
QB Thigpen has Chiefs changing their thinking for next season
Yeah, now there's an NFL resume for you. Suitable for framing.
The stranger part is not that young master Thigpen actually got a
chance to lead an NFL team so soon after coming out of such a tiny
school, but that the question now is whether he's qualified to keep it.
Stranger yet, the Kansas City Chiefs are no longer
wondering whether Thigpen can run their attack after eight starts and
seven losses, but whether to completely adopt the so-called “spread”
offense for the future on the basis of his particular skill set.
Of course, we're also talking about a 2-11 team with 19
rookies. Kansas City might have been among the worst of places in the
NFL the past couple years, but it's the best of places for the
6-foot-2, 224-pound Thigpen, who grabbed a handful of the land of
He came within a two-point conversion pass of beating the
Chargers in his first encounter with them last month at Qualcomm
Stadium. That scare alone means Thigpen, 24, will have the Chargers'
undivided attention Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
MVN: Has 2008 Been a Success for the Chiefs?
So was this season a success?
Remember at this time last year, the Chiefs were in the midst of
their worst season in franchise history, and most of us were up in arms
about the performance of our favorite football players? Well, this
season is shaping up to be even worse record-wise...and I think most of
us are okay with that.
There were no expectations for success this year, at least not in my
eyes. I wanted a few wins, some improvement by the rookies and
second-year players, and to not be the laughingstock of the league.
Thanks to Herm Edwards and the Detroit Lions, the Chiefs may achieve
both of those goals.
Some parts of this season have to be a disappointment - the
continued demise of Brodie Croyle, the lack of instant impact most of
us thought that Glen Dorsey would have on the defensive line, and our
horrible linebacker play stand out to me. Dwayne Bowe is about one more
dropped pass from entering "uh-oh" territory instead of the
good-natured "Aw, he's just missing a few" zone that he's been residing
in since opening day. Larry Johnson continues to amaze me with his lack
of heart on the field and cowardice and poor decision making off of it.
However, this cloud is more than silver-lined - it's darn near
sparkly with all of the success (mostly unexpected) the team has found.
Tyler Thigpen (who I have totally flip-flopped on - thank you very
much) is surprisingly competent. Is he the quarterback of 2009 and
beyond? Maybe not - but he's earned at least a chance to win the job in
training camp next year. I can't believe that I'm saying this, as I was
harder on Thigpen than any other player I've seen this year - but he's
got the talent to be decent, if not above-average in the NFL.
Amazing. I would like to see a game that he puts the team on his
shoulders and wins by himself - last week's Denver game where he came
up short on the 4th-and-goal is another example that maybe Thigpen
doesn't have the "it" factor to be an elite quarterback. However, he
has enough skills and abilities to be average, and right now, I'll take
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