A Look at Free Agent Offensive Guards

As all of you know the offensive line is one of the areas that definitly needs some work for the Chiefs to be competitve again. Here I am going to take a look at a few offensive guards that are set to be free agents that could be good pick ups for the Chiefs.  ( Don’t forget Free Agency starts at 11:00 CST tonight.)

Brandon Moore

The Jets released guard Brandon Moore today after not wanting to pay him the $7 million roster bonus he was due (they could not get a new deal done).   More has six years of experince and has started every game for the Jets for the last four years.  Moore is 28 and is leaving his first team that picked him up. That makes him an ideal cadidate for the Chiefs and the kind of player that Scott Pioli loves to sign.

Derrick Dockery

The Bill made Derrick Dockery the highest paid guard in the NFL two years ago and have now released him. Dockery is also 28 years old and has 6 years of NFL experience. He started  his career with the Washington Redskins making his first in his fourth game as a rookie and he hasn’t missed a game since. Dockery also is pretty close to fitting the Pioli mold for signing a free agent (age), but he could command the biggest money out of all of the guards on the market.

Kendall Simmons

The Steelers released starting guard Kendall Simmons today.  Simmons was placed on injuried reserve after he had an Achilles tendon tear in the fourth game of the year. He was a first round pick of the Steelers in 2002, became the Steelers starting guard (RG) as a rookie and has started every game that he has played in.  Simmons missed the entire 2004 season and was placed on IR that year.  He is 29 years old and has 7 years in the NFL under his belt.

Well, to my knowlegde those are the top three free agent guards availbe to the Chiefs. Who do think the Chiefs should sign?  One of these three or someone not on the list?

Todd Haley Interview and More About our New Head Coach

Todd Haley: Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs
Most people that I have talked to about Haley being the 11th head coach in Chiefs history and very excited about this, but of course there are those that have their doubts, such as Haley having no playing experience in the NFL. Check out what Bob Gretz has to say about that:

Here are the facts: Haley is now one of 22 NFL head coaches who did not play pro football. That’s right, only 10 of the current team leaders played the game at that level. Three of that group played in Canada, or had a very short cup of coffee in the NFL: Tom Cable, Mike Smith and Sean Payton. The seven coaches who actually had NFL careers were: Dick Jauron, Gary Kubiak, Jeff Fisher, Ken Whisenhunt, Jim Zorn, Jack Del Rio and Mike Singletary. Only Singletary is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his playing career.

Now, something that I do find interesting is that Haley has never competed at football from even a high school level.

So, not playing in the NFL and becoming a head coach in the league is not an unusual situation. But Haley is unusual in this fact: he didn’t play college football either, or high school football. As much background as can be gained from team media guides and NFL publications, he would be the only head coach in ‘09 who did not play football. Among the other 31, all had some sort of college football playing career

Does this worry me? Not really. Look what he did at Arizona as the Offensive Coordinator. Plus Haley has worked his way up from the bottom and that show that he is very determined and has a very business-like approach. If Todd Haley fails here as a coach (I don’t think he will) it won’t be because he didn’t play high school football.

Now here is a video of Mitch “voice of the Chiefs” Holthus interviewing Todd Haley.  (There is a full-screen option if the video is too small for you) Enjoy!

Chiefs Search for a New Coaching Staff

With my first post as a new writer on this blog I would like to welcome any and all criticism, debate, kudos, etc.  I know Chiefs fans do not always see eye to eye, but in the end we all want the same thing.  A winning football team and a chance at a championship.  We can debate all day long about the proper path to achieve this, but just remember we are all on the same side.

At this point it sounds like Todd Haley will be the new Chiefs Head Coach, awaiting a few details and signatures to make it official.  So with that finally resolved the next big questions will surround the staff he will assemble.  Will he be able to coax any of his buddies from Arizona to follow him?  Will Chan Gailey stay on as Offensive Coordinator?  Who will he hire at Defensive Coordinator?  In this short post I will look at a couple of options.

Offense:

Frankly I believe our offense, at least the last half of the season, was not to blame for the majority of our loses.  The defense ended up losing quite a few winnable games in 2008.  I’ve long been a fan of Gunther, but he and Herm just did not see eye to eye when it came to defensive schemes.  A new start in Detroit should prove productive for Gunther, given he can find any talent to surround himself with.

So with that said, I whole heartedly believe Chan Gailey should stay on as Offensive Coordinator in 2009.  He was able to take Tyler “Getting Thiggy Wit It” Thigpen, and transform him into a respectable NFL QB. Thiggy is not your “typical” under center, NFL style quarterback, but he has proven himself as a viable option given the appropriate game plan.  Don’t let our record fool you, we were a much more competitive team the last half of the season, rather it produced wins or not.

Combining Gailey’s knack for making something out of nothing, and Haley’s obviously offensive prowess, we could easily have a top 15 offense this year.  I will discuss my thoughts on the draft at a later date.

Defense:

So what about our defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in virtually every statistical category in 2008?  If we can find a Defensive Coordinator that is on the same page as Haley, that alone can only help this unit.  Having Gunther “handcuffed” into playing Herm’s style wasn’t productive, and it obviously showed.

So who may be next?  One name I’d like to throw out there is Romeo Crennel.  What!?  The same Romeo Crennel that just got fired by the Browns?  Yes.  Crennel has shown promise in the past, but as a Defensive Coordinator, not a Head Coach.  Some people just aren’t cut out for leading a team, but that doesn’t mean he can’t lead a defense.

In his time as Defensive Coordinator with the Patriots he won three Super Bowls in four years.  Not a bad track record.  He has been a part of six different Super Bowls and has came out of top five out of those six times.  Again, sounds promising right?

Crennel has worked with both Pioli and Haley in the past, along with Parcells and Belichick. He coached with Parcells from 1993-1996 with the Patriots and from 1997-1999 with the Jets.  While with the Jets, Pioli was the Director of Pro Personnel (97-2000) and Haley was the Wide Receiver’s Coach (95-2000), so he has history with them.  In 2000, Crennel became the Defensive Coordinator for Belichick in New England until 2004.  Having both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick want you as their DC is quite a vote of confidence.

Well that’s my first two cents.  I hope I didn’t drag that on too long.  As I stated before, please feel free to comment on my style, ideas, etc.  Should I post multiple, shorter posts or combine them into one like this?  Also, I do pride myself with be at the fore front of most all rumors and/or happenings with the Chiefs and hope to have more “breaking news” rumors posted on a regular basis.

Thanks for reading and please, be gentle!

Chiefs News – Head Coaches, Grocery Stores and Rooney Rule

Just doing a little catchup here on some Chiefs news.

If you have never been to a game this won’t mean as much to you, but the Kansas City Chiefs will now have Hy-Vee as it’s go to grocery store… so for all of us season ticket holders that means no more, “Chiefs and Chopper! Chiefs and Chopper!”

Chiefs switching supermarket sponsorship contract from Price Chopper to Hy-Vee – Kansas City Star

Say so long to “Chiefs and Chopper.”

After nearly three decades, the homegrown Price Chopper chain will no longer be the Kansas City Chiefs’ “official” grocery sponsor. Price Chopper said the Chiefs indicated that when the sponsorship contract ran out in March, Iowa-based Hy-Vee Food & Drug would take over.

Chiefs Head Coaching News:

Nothing really new as far as Chiefs head coaching news besides a ‘report’ (esp as of late, we all know how reliable some of these reports can be) out of Chicago saying that Cardinals OC Todd Haley is expected to interview with the Chiefs very soon.

Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to interview with the Kansas City Chiefs this week for their head coaching vacancy.

One part of this article that I find interesting is this:

One source said minority candidates have turned down interviews to fulfill the Rooney Rule because the prevailing feeling in league circles is that the job belongs to Haley.

If the Chiefs are unable to interview a minority candidate because they all believe the head coaching job is already spoken for, then what?  Will the Chiefs be fined by the league or will they let it slide because they offered interviews and were turned down? If true, this could be very interesting to watch play out.

Well, that’s all for Chiefs news for now. Go Chiefs!

Chiefs get permission to talk to Cardinals’ Todd Haley

The Kansas City Chiefs have received permission to talk to AZ Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.  This should come as a shocker to no one…

Chiefs get permission to talk to Cardinals’ Haley – Kansas City Star.

It was unclear when or where the meeting between Haley and Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli would take place.

Haley, 42, gained prominence this year as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. The Cardinals won the NFC West, had one of the league’s highest-scoring offensive teams and advanced to their first Super Bowl, where they were beaten in the final seconds by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This rumor has been going on the mill for a few weeks now and looks like it has finally come to be.

Don’t forget that Haley is a Pioli guy:

Haley and Pioli worked together from 1997 through 1999 with the New York Jets, Pioli as the director of pro personnel and Haley as an assistant coach.

I was impressed with Haley’s offense against the Steelers, mainly with his ability to make mid-game adjustments (something the Chiefs needed DESPERATELY last season).  But like I have said many times “In Pioli I trust” until proven otherwise!

If Todd Haley comes to Kansas City to join the Chiefs I with him the best in his journey as a head coach. Let’s do this…

LJ wants out of KC? Who gives a rats…

Word from the KC Star is that LJ wants out of KC.

My response: Whip-dee-do…

LJ, if you want out of KC so bad then get out man. I have defended Larry Johnson for while but I have grown tired of him and this last outburst may have done it for me.

“Hopefully, my future is not with this organization,” Johnson said after rushing 10 times for 18 yards.

LJ may be the best RB on the KC roster, but as it has been proven in the NFL you can succend with without a star running back. Running back by committee has worked very well for many teams recently (including the Super Bowl Champion Giants).

If you look at the teams in the playoffs this season, espescially those that willl most likely move on,  most of them have good QB play, a strong (or atleast opportunistic) defense, and more than one capibale running back.

For now, I can be content with Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith. Although I would think if LJ is out the Chiefs would look at picking up another RB either through free agency or the draft.

So LJ, we have all had enough. Go ahead, pack your things and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. As far as I am concerned if a player doesn’t want to be on the team then get him out of there. If the Chiefs truley want to build a contender (ala NE or NYG) they need to also show that no player is bigger than the TEAM.

Monday Morning Thoughts…

Happy non-Victory Monday y’all… Hope you had a solid weekend. I know I had a very nice (5-day) weekend! :)

Well, the Chiefs suck and I for one and just glad that the suffering is finally over. Losing always sucks, but losing like that just blows hard. Honestly I wish I was surprised by that, but I wasn’t at all… it’s just how the Chiefs roll now I guess.

Tyler Thigpen: Thiggy play yesterday left more to be desired, but if you look at his body of work as a whole you have to be happy with what he was able to accomplish this season. I truly believe that without Thiggy at QB this team might even won one more game and probably would have actually set a TON more of the all-time worst records that they managed to avoid

Chiefs Defense: The defense just sucks. With the improvement that the offense is shown I am leaning toward spending our top choice on a defense player (if one is there that is worth the pick). This defense needs help and I will be curious to see what Mr. Hunt and King Carl whoever is the GM will do to address this glaring weakness.

Herm Edwards: Odds are that we just saw Herm coach his last game as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs…  I like you as a person, motivator and comedian Herm, but not so much as a head coach anymore. I wish you the best wherever you end up.

Now some news about this site:

I have been slacking off on creating post here and plan to start amping up more original content as the playoffs are here (no Chiefs) as well as the 2009 NFL draft. This should be a fun draft to follow as the Chiefs have not had a pick this high in a long time.

Well, that’s all for this Monday. Hope you guys have a great week!

Go Chiefs!

Game DayThread – Game 16: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

So here is the final game of the year… game 16:

The Chiefs are 2-13 after their stupid loss to the Dolphins at home. As far as the NFL games this could be the weakest game on the schedule, but this game actually could  have  great implications for the playoffs division race 2009 NFL Draft (at least for the Chiefs).

For the Chiefs to have a chance in this game  one of the keys for them will be to make sure their running game gets on track early (and if we get a lead RUN THE BALL and the clock) and Thigpen needs to keep playing like he has been since we went to the spread (since going to the spread Thiggy’s QB rating is pretty good). Just don’t blow it if you get a lead, Chiefs.

One thing I am worried about in this game is the fact that the Chiefs are playing on the road… I read that the Chiefs are 1-9 against the spread on the road in their last ten games… BTW the Chiefs are a three point underdog this week.

(Slipping on the RED colored glasses) Looking at this from a positive perspective, if the Chiefs can get that running game going, cash in their red zone and TO opportunites, and the defense stops them every onnce in a while I think we have a shot here. The Chiefs MUST win the turnover battle and CASH IN on the TO’s they do create if they want to stand a chance. That’s a lot of “IFs”, but the main thing I am worrid about is the 2nd half. IF the Chiefs actually jump out to lead I want to see them actually close a game out… is it Thiggy, Herm, or a combination of the two that just can’t keep a lead?

As always please post any comments, pictures, or whatever in the comment section below before, during or after the game. If you see something that you hated (or loved) let the rest of us know!

I’ll be yelling from my seat on the couch this week, hoping very much for a Chiefs victory in this FINAL GAME… ( I think I want a win… but a higher draft pick than the Rams would be nice too)  its been an interesting year Chiefs let’s try to finish strong!

GO CHIEFS!!

Catching up with the Chiefs

Hey al!

I hope you all had a great Holiday and that if you are like me you are still enjoying your time off! 🙂

I know that I have been slacking here, not posting anything new since the last game (OUCH I know…) so I thought I would try to catch up a little bit. I did NOT forget about you guys, just got a little busy in the holiday hoopla… and yes I’m a last minute shopper.

Arrowhead Pride did a nice piece that show that the Chief actually are going to avoid most of the All-Time Worsts records they were on pace to set at Thanksgiving.

The Chiefs Promoted LB Weston Dacus From Practice Squad to the active roster.

Bob Gretz told us the search for the Chiefs new GM has offically began:

Chiefs Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt held at least one interview with a potential GM candidate early this week.  The person and location of the meeting is unknown, but the process of interviewing and gathering information is very definitely underway.

Gretz is also keeping a list of possible GM candidates for the Chiefs.

Adam over at Arrowhead Addict gave his 10 reasons why the Chiefs are cooler than the Bungholes Bengals.

Looking to the game vs Cincy:

The Bengals are 3 point favorates at home vs the Chiefs and here is a breakdown by point-spreads.com.

Chiefs Breakdown: Kansas City assured themselves of a last place finish in the AFC West with last Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. The Chiefs led Miami at half-time 28-24, but scored just three second half points in falling 31-38 at Arrowhead. Kansas City is now 2-13 and has lost their last three games by an average of five points.

The Chiefs are 1-6 on the road, averaging a meager 14.8 points per game outside the state of Missouri.

Bengals Breakdown: Cincinnati, despite their 3-11 record, does not have a total lock on the AFC North cellar. Last weekend’s victory over the Browns moved the Bengals to within a game of Cleveland, and should Cincy win this Sunday and the Browns lose, Marvin Lewis and company will move to the third spot in the division standings. What a small consolation prize.

The Bengals, winners of their last two games, are 2-4-1 at home this year and averaging just 12.3 points per game at Paul Brown Stadium.

NFL Picks Betting Trend: The Chiefs are 1-9 straight up in their last 10 games as a road underdog.

Well, I think that pretty much catches us up! Lets go Chiefs tomorrow at Cincy!

Game DayThread – Game 15: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Miami Dolphins

So here is game 15:

The Chiefs are 2-12 after their sucky loss to the Chargers.  This is a big game for both teams (yes… I am still trying that), as the Chiefs would like to freaking win a game and the Dolphins would like to stay in the playoff hunt. This game could also have great implications for the playoffs division race 2009 NFL Draft (at least for the Chiefs).

For the Chiefs to have a chance in this game one of the keys for them will be to make sure their running game gets on track early (and if we get a lead RUN THE BALL and the clock) and Thigpen needs to keep playing like he has been since we went to the spread (since going to the spread Thiggy’s QB rating is around 90 I believe).

One thing I am worried about in this game is the Dolphins offensive attack. Chad Pennington has been very effiecient this season and with the Dolphins running that ‘Wildcat’ you never know what you will see. So, be raedy Chiefs D for anything that might come.

(Slipping on the RED colored glasses) Looking at this from a positive perspective, if the Chiefs can get that running game going, cash in their red zone and TO opportunites, and the defense stops them every onnce in a while I think we have a shot here. The Chiefs MUST win the turnover battle and CASH IN on the TO’s they do create if they want to stand a chance. That’s a lot of “IFs”, but I like our chances this week against the Fins… at least a little bit. You would think the Chiefs have to win one of these last two right, and this one is at home.

As always please post any comments, pictures, or whatever in the comment section below before, during or after the game. If you see something that you hated (or loved) let the rest of us know!

I’ll be yelling from my seat at Arrowhead this week, hoping very much for a Chiefs victory in this FINAL HOME GAME…  its been an interesting year Chiefs let’s try to finish strong!

GO CHIEFS!!