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Posted by: asskickingboots
02-09-2020, 01:14 PM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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Coming out on top, this doesn't really feel like the offseason yet. But it's here. We as fans can coast on our good vibes, but Brett Veach is already balls deep into the offseason.

So first, here's all of the important dates to know for the offseason:

Quote:February 3: Waiver system begins for 2020.
February 11: Beginning at 11 a.m. (CT), NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2020 season or who have an option for the 2020 season are not eligible to be signed.
February 24-March 2: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.
February 25: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 10: Prior to 3 p.m. (CT), deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 16-18: Beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) on March 16, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2019 player contracts. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 3 p.m. (CT), on March 18.
March 18: Prior to 3 p.m. (CT), clubs must exercise options for 2020 on all players who have option clauses in their 2019 contracts.
March 18: Prior to 3 p.m. (CT), clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 18: Prior to 3 p.m. (CT), clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2019 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.
March 18: Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2020 salary cap prior to 3 p.m. (CT).
March 18: All 2019 player contracts expire at 3 p.m. (CT).
March 18: The 2020 league year and free agency period begin at 3 p.m. (CT).
March 18: The first day of the 2020 league year will end at 10:59:59 p.m. (CT). Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 3 p.m. and 10:59:59 p.m. (CT).
March 18: Trading period for 2020 begins at 3 p.m. (CT) after expiration of all 2019 contracts.
March 29-April 1: Annual League Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla.
April 6: Teams with new head coaches can begin offseason workout programs.
April 15: Deadline for teams to bring draft-eligible players to their facilities for a physical examination.
April 17: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.
April 20: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 23-25: 2020 NFL Draft, Las Vegas.
April 27: Beginning this date, NFL clubs may request permission to visit with, try out, or sign any player who was under contract to the XFL at the conclusion of the XFL season.
May 1-4 or 8-11: Clubs can hold their three-day rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.
May 4: Deadline for clubs to exercise Fifth-Year Option for players selected in the first round of the 2017 draft.
May 5: Deadline for clubs to send "May 5 Tender" to unsigned UFAs.
May 11: Rookie Football Development Programs begin.
May 14-17: NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
May 19-20: Spring League Meeting, Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Ray, Calif.
June 1: Deadline for prior club to send "June 1 tender" to its unsigned RFAs who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA's "June 15 Tender" provision.
June 15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to RFAs and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting "June 15 Tender" of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player's prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).
Late June: Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs.
July 15: At 3 p.m. (CT), deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2020 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club's last regular season game.
Mid July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club's earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players.
Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or "injured players" (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club's preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club's first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later. Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club's preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players.
A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club's roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who rejoin the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.
Mid-July: Supplemental Draft, if needed.
July 22: Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 3 p.m. (CT), on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
July 22*: Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "May 5 Tender" was made by prior club. After this date and until 3 p.m. (CT), on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
*or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later.
August 6: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.
August 6-9: Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.
August 11: Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency.
August 11: If a Drafted Rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2020, and may sign a Player Contract only with the drafting club until the day of the draft in the 2021 league year.
August 13-17: First Preseason Weekend.
August 15-19: Each club has until five days prior to its second preseason game to provide any tendered but unsigned Exclusive Rights Player or Restricted Free Agent with written notice of the club's intent to place the player on the Exempt List if the player fails to report at least the day before the club's second preseason game.
August 20-24: Second Preseason Weekend.
August 27-30: Third Preseason Weekend.
September 3: Final Preseason Games.
September 5: Prior to 3 p.m. (CT), clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list.
September 6: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 11 a.m. (CT).
September 6: Clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players.
September 10: NFL regular-season begins.

Next, here's a link to the list of Chiefs players that are free agents, 24 in all:

Depending upon who gets re-signed, this will leave some glaring holes, particularly at CB (Breeland, Fuller, Claiborne, Reaser) and DT (Jones, X. Williams, Mike Pennel). Both Henne and Moore's contracts are up, so at least 1 veteran QB may be in order. So are several fan favorites like Sherman, Robinson, and Bell.

I predict several of these guys will make it back to KC, but even so the holes that remain will require another big offseason from Veach and some in-house players to step up (Saunders, Fenton, etc.).

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Posted by: Razorchief
02-08-2020, 09:17 AM
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Anyone going to watch?

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Posted by: tyecopeland
02-05-2020, 05:51 AM
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Gets it over mahomes.

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Posted by: tyecopeland
02-03-2020, 11:57 AM
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I know I've been posting in the other thread but this needed its own thread.

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Posted by: warthog
02-02-2020, 01:15 PM
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Man, I just can’t believe it.  I haven’t been on here much of late, been a busy year, but this last week I’ve thought about all the travails that I’ve experienced here.  I wasn’t here for Warpath, but joined when it was Chiefs Huddle.  My first couple of weeks here, DC called me Wardog, I think it was a dig at my political leanings. 

We’ve experienced a lot and had to endure a lot, especially BarryinStl.  The Ty Law thread that would never end, the anguish of losing, and where is 35YearsofCrap?  I just couldn’t believe it, signing on this site the other day and seeing a Chiefs Super Bowl thread.  Surreal.

I took a little time and read the history here in the Nigerian Nightmare section and reflected over all of that misery and great times too.  

So glad we are here and good luck Chiefs!

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Posted by: ChiefsChick23
01-31-2020, 07:09 AM
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Put 'em here.

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Posted by: Chi-town_Chief
01-26-2020, 04:31 PM
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He was 41. Terrible news.

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Posted by: Razorchief
01-21-2020, 04:44 PM
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This is hilarious. This happened driving up to KC Friday for The Game. 

One of the good things about my 8-9 hour drive to KC for Chiefs games is the variety of sports radio talk shows. I start off with a Fox Sports show, then move to CBS Sports, then ESPN, then another CBS, then more ESPN stations into Missouri, finally getting a couple of local stations out of KC. Cool to hear different perspectives on the same stories and sometimes some good insight and "expert" commentary.

I got this gem from a CBS station Friday while driving up--"It is a lot better to win in the NFL than it is to lose in the NFL". WOW!! Such profound wisdom and incredible insight!! Something I never knew until then!! Brilliant!!
I think that is when I took a break and found a very good classical station. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 was playing and helped get my mind readjusted while I pondered that stupendous analytical pronouncement.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
01-20-2020, 01:47 AM
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For a brief moment while driving home I was worried that I wouldn't have much to say about this rare and marvelous situation. I was suffering writer's block not out of stage fright, but maybe just because of how unfamiliar this situation is.

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(My mind, right now)

That block didn't last long. I feel like there's a ton more to say, but we've got 2 long weeks to prepare for this and I need to get to bed like the sleep needing bitch I am.

The Greatest Play in Chiefs History?
I mean, it's not that there aren't other worthy and meaningful moments in Chiefs history including the playoffs and even the Super Bowl, perhaps none more well known than 65 Toss Power Trap, but is this the all-time play for the Chiefs now?

Just look at this majesty on display!

That happened for real in a playoff game when the conclusion was still in doubt... to start the play anyway.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, that is the longest any QB traveled on the ground in a single play this year, 64 yards, even in the year of Lamar Jackson. It lags behind the foot traffic of one Steve Bono epic run, one of the most bizarrely impossibly plays ever (<---watch this, trust me) by the most unlikely of candidates, but the moment is undeniable.

This kind of force is on our team now. Game in the balance, this is who shoulders our burdens and hopes. Enjoy this! Don't take a minute of this for granted, as Jack Nicholson might say what if this really is as good as it gets.

If the Chiefs win the SB, this may be the statement play of the season.

The Miami Connection
One of the best hidden gems of 80s action cheese is the 1988 avant-garde film known as Miami Connection. It's a gritty yet upbeat tale of a group of adult, orphan, college student, synth heavy rock stars with Tae Kwan Do black belts that battle motorcycle riding, drug dealing, ninjas primarily taking place in Orlando and not Miami. Like any great movie, it's available in its entirety for free on YouTube or the RiffTrax (old MST3K crew) version for free on Amazon Prime.

You're welcome. What does this have to do with this SuperBowl? The connection of the Chiefs to Miami is obvious.

First, Super Bowl LIV... in Miami.

Second, Chiefs got the 2nd seed... because Miami.

Third, where did the Chiefs get Damien Williams from... hey, you're catching on.

I saw where one guy online made a bet before week 17 that he'd get a tattoo of Mahomes riding a dolphin if the Dolphins won that day and the Chiefs won the SB. We're one step closer to a very necessary reality here. That bet, despite being cobbled together out of spare parts, is alive as its own crazed Frankenstein's monster.

Is this just a quick, lame way to pad this post because I have to be at work at 4 am again tomorrow? I have no idea what you're talking about, but maybe we all need to be getting into beach shape for this trip like Andy Reid wants to, because we're going to MIAMI BITCHES!!!

A Repeat Narrative
Is there anything that's been more tiring than hearing the name Derrick Henry over the last few weeks. One week was awesome and he was impressive, sure, but to hear it told stopping Henry was an impossible task. Nobody could stop him... well, call us Mr. Nobody then.

19 carries, 69 yards, 3.6 ypc, 1 TD, 2 receptions, -8 receiving yards, 2.9 yards per touch. I think that stat line speaks for itself.

We were told we could not allow the Titans to get out to a lead like the Texans because the Titans would be able to salt the game against us with Henry. Well, they tried. No lead is safe, and while the Titans fans near me were happy with the lead, they never felt confident in a measly 10 point cushion.

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The Chiefs stop Henry!

Now, we are moments away from being sick of hearing about the Niners rushing game, be it the 3 headed monster or more specifically Mostert who just had a 29 carry, 220 yard, 4 TD game.

We CAN stop them. In fact, I'd say we're better suited to handle the fast backs of the Niners than a bruiser like Henry. Simply put, Mostert wouldn't survive 20+ carries if that means getting tackled by Honey Badger more than a couple times.

The Architects of Failure
If you think for one moment I'm going to give Shanarat the Younger any kind of pass for being the brainpower behind one of the greatest offensive failures of recent Super Bowl memory, you don't know me very well. 28-3. There's your "offensive genius". If it weren't for Boy Wonder Sean McVay ejaculating at the mere sight of Belichick, seeking to touch the hem of his hoodie, Shanarat would be in a category of one on that level of playcalling failure.

All he had to do was run. Run and he wins.

I can already hear the Niners faithful saying that clearly he learned his lesson. Shanarat Jr. ran the ball for all but literally 3 plays since about halfway through the 2nd quarter of the NFC Championship. No. That is all the more evidence that he's still completely oblivious to game situation that he would go to the complete reactionary opposite and allow the Packers to at least briefly threaten an unlikely comeback because he bailed on running his normal offense too early.

Baby Shanarat is merely looking for an all new as of yet undiscovered frontier of how to fuck up epic style. I don't know when, I don't know how, but it's happening.

Say whatever you want about Playoff Andy Reid, it's easy to forget how a .500 winning record is actually very damn good in a single elimination format and 14 total playoff wins is a lot, like "6th most all-time" good, not that anyone is counting. Four of the guys ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame and the other is Belichick.

We're also effectively getting Bye Week Andy Reid, and that's the best Andy Reid besides a subset like Bye Week vs. Division Opponents, but that's getting too specific.

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That's outdated, it's actually 20-3 now.

Going back to the concept of inescapable narratives, Dee Ford. *Shudder*

We'll hear that one a time or two over the next couple weeks of media saturation for the game of our lifetimes. He's clearly the architect of last year's failure. We should have been in the SB last year, and who do we have to thank for falling short? Our future 63rd overall pick, because that's all he's good for in my eyes.

Enjoy paying the rest of that 5 year, $85M contract for 6.5 sacks worth of production and not quite a full healthy season. But don't worry, he sucks far worse at stopping the run. FUCK DEE FORD! I couldn't be happier he's gone and seeing a healthy Frank Clark get 4 sacks so far in the playoffs has been delightful.

We will have the coaching edge, and our players will be more prepared for this, I have little doubt.

And lastly thank you Chiefs for bringing home the Lamar Hunt trophy. It means the world to us.

Go Chiefs!

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Posted by: asskickingboots
01-13-2020, 10:26 AM
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Chiefs vs. Titans - AFC Championship Game

Last week I started typing immediately out of convenience, knowing all of the who / what / where details during the weekend. This week I got home from the game in the evening and had to leave for work by 4 AM (don’t worry, I’m not the one driving, finishing this on the road hence no memes), so I started typing this immediately out of necessity or I otherwise wouldn’t be able to until Wednesday. You are welcome for my sacrifice.

These Chiefs
Our mindset as KC fans has long been one of waiting for the other shoe to drop. We’re used to playoff tragedy. We’re used to heartbreak. We’re used to everything going wrong exactly when we can least afford it.

We’re used to insurmountable leads being… surmounted, and surmounted hard at that. We’re used to elite units being dragged to hell by their inept counterparts. We’re used to being exposed for our shortcomings before the entire nation.

I watched Arrowhead go from almost painfully amped to frustrated silence. No, the crowd hadn’t given up on the team, but when they saw the Chiefs fall behind 24-0 largely behind a rapid succession of dropped passes and fluke blunders it felt all too familiar. I felt like this could be the ultimate “because, chiefs” moment. So many circumstances aligning in the team’s favor just to see the playoffs end as soon as they began, or so it seemed.

We aren’t those Chiefs anymore.

We aren’t the team that failed to win a playoff game for 20 straight years anymore. That team is dead and buried.

We’re the team that’s hosting the AFC Championship game for the 2nd year in a row. We’re 2-1 so far the past 2 years in the playoffs.

We are not lovable losers. We are not chokers. We are not doomed to fail

If you don’t believe that, understand this win wasn’t possible for most teams. To overcome a 24-point deficit to a division winning playoff team takes a complete team effort. To do so with time to coast to a 20-point victory takes the stuff of legend. It took offensive, defensive and special teams dominance for 3 quarters. This will be a fun little detour in the team’s DVD after the season. We have to get used to all this winning finally.

Like Sylvester Stallone in Over the Top, the greatest arm wrestling child custody movie of all-time, it was like a switch. The moment Mecole Hardman had a big return the crowd was back into it. It wasn't just a snowball effect, it was an avalanche. 

We are a mythic chimera and no one wants any of this. There isn’t a derpy lion’s head or malnourished snake tail like in year’s past. There isn’t a weakness to be had. We are glorious!

It may take a beast of legend to slay a titan.

O’ Henry
“Oh man, nothing that big should move that fast.” That’s what John Mayberry, then the Royals hitting coach, said of Bo Jackson. I can’t think of a more accurate description of Henry’s running style recently.

Now the two aren’t really physically  comparable. Bo had blazing, borderline Tyreek Hill speed and did so at an impressive 6’1”, 220 lbs, but that’s far different than Henry who ran a far slower 4.5 forty, yet dwarfs Bo at 6’5”, 250. Henry’s functional downhill speed is dependent on already having a full head of steam to try to escape defenders, not instant-on, zero to sixty speed like Bo.

Physically the better comparison is Christian Okoye who was a little more stout (6’1”, 250) and slightly faster timed speed, but there’s still a major difference in their game. Okoye was still learning the game at the pro level. Henry has been incredible since he was in high school. You ever wonder what a more polished Okoye would look like before injuries ate at him? It’d look a lot like Henry.

How well the Chiefs handle the challenge of the Titans as a whole clearly hinges on how well they handle Henry and what else they have to sacrifice to stop him if they do.

The Hottest Team in the NFL
If there’s one consistent thing I’ve heard people call the Titans the past day or so, it’s exactly that. The hottest team in the NFL. It seems neat and easy to agree to, but it’s downright ignorant of reality.

Obviously, the same talking heads were saying the same thing about Baltimore, and you see what that got them; an early vacation. There’s also another team out there that’s been doing pretty good as of late that may have a word about that.

But it’s especially easy to forget this; the Titans lost 2 of the last 3 regular season games and nearly pissed away their playoff hopes to the undeserving Steelers and vile Raiders before facing a Houston team resting their starters in week 17, a Houston team that just beat the Titans a couple weeks earlier. If Houston were trying, they might have dealt the knockout blow to their division foe.

It is true that this team has played vastly better since they replaced Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehil at QB, but it wasn’t some tour de force or fait accompli. They backed their way into the playoffs. The Titans are lucky they ever got a shot, even if they’ve impressed in the playoffs.

The Chiefs are lucky to host the AFC Championship game, but few ever doubted their place in the playoffs. The Chiefs have a stranglehold on the AFC West that makes Ted Nugent jealous. They’ve won their last 7 games, and most of the wins have been by double digits.

Even the Niners lost to the Falcons in the past month. If anyone has been bulletproof lately, it’s the Chiefs.

Stats Don’t Matter Now
If I were to take a real deep statistical dive in this game it would be a boring exercise. The Chiefs are clearly better. The Chiefs have the better overall offense and defense regardless of what major metric you’re using. If you are comparing the teams since their last meeting it’s even more clear. The Chiefs dominate in most efficiency metrics too.

I guess one angle worth discussing is the Titans struggles to protect the passer. They have the 2nd fewest pass attempts (28 per game) yet gave up the 3rd most sacks (3.5 per game). The Chiefs have been lighting up opposing QBs lately, forcing both sacks and INTs at a higher rate later in the season. When the Titans do pass it tends to be deep, so generating pressure early is key.

On the negative side you could say the Titans have a better rushing offense to no one’s surprise, but I’d view it mostly as an utter dependence on the run game. This does line up with a perceived weakness against the run for KC, but I’ve pointed out before there’s been a significant improvement on that front as of late.

Prime example, the Chiefs gave up 98 less rushing yards against the Texans in the divisional round (94) than they did in week 6 (192) despite the first being a game the mostly led and the second being a game they trailed significantly early. I’d argue the Texans trying to force the run after they had the lead was part of what allowed the Chiefs to end their drives.

It’s a completely different team defensively and I think people are back on board with the offense. All things considered, the Chiefs plainly have the better team and they’re feeling just as good about themselves as the Titans.

However, we’re to the point that what you did yesterday has little to do with what you do today. It’s the playoffs, it’s single elimination, and it’s time to put up or shut up.

It’s time to see which team can add up to more, and in this format a team can easily add up to more than the sum of their parts. All it takes is a good gameplan, good execution, and a little luck.

It's time to bring the Lamar Hunt trophy home!

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