January 4th, 2013 / Author: penguin
Andy Reid has reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to league sources. The contract is now being reviewed by attorneys and is expected to be finalized Friday.
Reid’s deal comes shortly after the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli mutually agreed to part ways after four seasons.
The Chiefs held a meeting with the coaching staff Friday morning, presumably to talk about Kansas City’s job search and ongoing talks with Reid, according to sources.
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January 4th, 2013 / Author: penguin
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club and General Manager Scott Pioli have mutually agreed to part ways.
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.
“I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans.
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December 10th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
There isn’t much I can add to the discourse amongst my fellow Chiefs fans regarding the events of two weekends ago. I moped all day Saturday and fought back tears in the final seconds of the game Sunday. I do my best to remain stoic and steadfast in the face of tragedy, but my heart is genuinely heavy for Cheryl Shepherd (Belcher’s mother), Scott Pioli, and Romeo Crennel — all eyewitnesses to senseless acts of violence by a seemingly well mannered, hardworking young man in whom all three were deeply vested.
On Sunday night, Bob Costas echoed the sentiments of one of my favorite plagiarists, Jason Whitlock, stating that Belcher’s crime would have been prevented were we a country with stricter gun laws. The reaction online was swift and loud–Costas should get off his soapbox and stick to football. This surely came as no surprise to Costas himself. He’s a smart guy. He owns a globe. He knows where Kansas City is located. Read the rest of this entry »
September 7th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
Thursday night week four preseason football is bullshit. Those last two quarters require a stupid amount of alcohol to tolerate. I chose to behave like a responsible adult, and thus I watched them while remaining sober enough to drive (highway patrolman standards, not P.J. O’Rourke standards). I don’t know why I ever behave responsibly. It hasn’t gotten me anywhere.
This group of cornerbacks sucks. I know I said I was going to moderate my prejudice this season. I don’t find that statement to be in violation of said moderation. Prejudice implies prejudgment. I’m not prejudging. I’m judging. A bunch of guys whose names I won’t remember in two weeks were giftwrapped an opportunity to dethrone Jalil Brown for the key reserve spot. Not a tall order, by my estimation, but they all came up Muggsy Bogues. Read the rest of this entry »
August 30th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
Chad Johnson won ten internets today by tweeting about discovering his absence from Madden ’13. Short of his brief stint as kicker in the 2010 preseason, it’s the only likable thing I remember him doing in the last four years or so. Alas, this is not about Chad Johnson. This is about me, phoning it in. Somewhere in the process of packing my shit to move cross country (for those of you that don’t already know, I’m relocating to God’s Etch-A-Sketch, which will be quite convenient in two years when Roger Goodell decides the Chiefs need to be closer to their opponents), I’ve managed to do pretty much nothing else with my life. Not even drink. These have been dark days in my existence.
Thus, I’ll keep my observations brief, as you’ll barely have time to conclude I’m full of shit before tonight’s kickoff, and I don’t want you to miss a second of Matt Cassel checking down because you were busy firing off an angry missive in my direction. Read the rest of this entry »
August 24th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
I’ve given varying amounts of attention to the NBA Playoffs in years past. Following Jordan’s second retirement, I’ve caught on average maybe two games of the finals, and possibly three or four total from the prior rounds. I don’t know why, but I paid more attention this year. In my observation, I noted following the second game of each series that, almost to a man, every commentator fervently believed whomever won the most recent game had an insurmountable advantage over their opponent. I suppose, as with most endeavors in life, independent, logic-based thought is at a premium.
That’s a flowery way of saying it was fucking annoying.
Then again, I’m no less guilty of it myself. I look through prior articles from time to time and inevitably identify reactionary rhetoric in far more of them than I’d care to admit. Some of it proved to be right. Some of it proved to be wrong. Was my enthusiasm a week ago reactionary? I don’t know. Maybe. It’s a major complication in writing about something that means something to you. You can aim for objectivity, but it’s tough to undercut the end result: the wins feel so fucking good, and the losses feel so fucking bad. Read the rest of this entry »
August 15th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
Jon Asamoah knocked Darnell Dockett on his ass. This is important, and not because Dockett is an exceptional run stuffer. He isn’t. But with three Pro Bowls under his sizable belt, he’s no slouch either. No, this is important because Asamoah has thus far been a piss poor road grader. For a guy that was drafted to fill the painfully vacant shoes of Will Shields, he barely edged out luminaries like Wade Smith and Jason Pinkston to avoid the dubious honor of being 2011′s worst run blocking interior lineman.
Asamoah’s performance wasn’t unique either. Relative to his teammates on both sides of the ball, it was ordinary. The Chiefs beat the hell out of the Cardinals, and they did it in the trenches. Final stats for the offensive line: 4.0 yards per carry (7.6 from the two backs that count) and zero sacks. Final stats for the defensive line and linebackers: 10 tackles for loss, 6 QB hits, 3 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and seven sacks. Read the rest of this entry »
April 27th, 2012 / Author: penguin
With the 11th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Here is our scouting report on Poe:
Poe is not a name a casual draft follower will not be onto yet, but as soon as the pre-draft process rolls around everyone will know who this massive specimen of a man is. Poe is absolutely huge and has good athleticism to boot. He has an intriguing blend of size, strength, and athleticism. He is not going to make a ton of plays at the N.F.L. level, but he’s going to open up a lot of room for other players to make plays. His potential to play nose tackle also greatly boosts his draft stock. I project Poe as a 1st or second round pick more because of the position he plays and his upside, more so than his ability right now today. He has a lot of technical work to do to play with better leverage and learn how to beat double teams most consistently
March 18th, 2012 / Author: penguin
The Kansas City Chiefs addressed their most glaring need on offensive Saturday, signing veteran tackle Eric Winston, and then adding depth at quarterback by agreeing to terms with Brady Quinn.
Winston was in the fourth year of a $30 million, five-year deal when he was cut by the Houston Texas to save salary-cap space. He instantly became the most coveted right tackle on the market, and Kansas City quickly swooped in to line up a visit.
March 6th, 2012 / Author: nathankent
For the past two seasons I’ve issued my report cards in reverse depth chart order, starting with long snapper and ending with quarterback. I did that for dramatic effect. There’s not much mystery in what I’m going to say about Matt Cassel though, so let’s just get it out of the way up front, okay?
QUARTERBACK (2010 Grade: D, Need for Upgrade: Critical): About a month ago, Matt Cassel rescued his neighbor from a house fire. When he was a kid, he rescued his dad after an earthquake. I’m glad he’s a good guy. My neighbor Willie is a good guy too. That doesn’t qualify him to play quarterback. Kyle Orton was only marginally better and Tyler Palko was a whole lot worse. I never imagined things could go downhill from Damon Huard, but they did. That there’s any consideration in bringing back any of the three of them is proof that someone in upper management at Arrowhead doesn’t grasp the importance of the position.
2011 Grade: F.
Need for Upgrade: Mandatory. Read the rest of this entry »