Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:58 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Shaun Smith has been called many names throughout his playing career. He’s been called a loafer, a trash-talker and he’s been called the Hamburglar (you can see why in this piece).
But one thing he’ll insist that he’s not: that is a nutcracker.
That was the accusation made last year by Browns center Alex Mack and 49ers tackle Anthony Davis in back-to-back weeks when they said Smith grabbed … well … um … you see … OK … their junk (you can see the latter incident in the video below).
"I don't think he should be able to do that," Mack said at the time. "I'm still fired up about it."
And the next week, Davis had this reaction: “He tried to feel me. That’s weird, right?”
Not weird enough, apparently, to pay a fine or be disciplined in any way whatsoever, and now that Smith and the Titans will face Mack and the Browns in Cleveland, the subject of how testy Smith plays has returned.
“You can’t believe everything you hear,” Smith told the Tennessean. “The league sorted it all out -- no fine.”
Grabbing dudes wasn’t the only nefarious activity in which Smith allegedly participated during his Browns career. He supposedly punched teammate Brady Quinn in the face, and less than a year later, he was released by coach Eric Mangini after getting into an altercation with Bryan Cox at practice.
But for Smith these days, everything is cool.
“I was a little bitter when they let me go because of the situation with the new regime, but I look at everything as funny now because (Mangini), and the situation with Brady Quinn, they aren’t there any more either,” Smith said. “So to me, I got the best of it. I got the last laugh at the end of the day.”
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Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 4:54 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:
1. Baltimore Ravens (No. 5, AFC, 12-4) @ Kansas City Chiefs (No. 4, AFC, 10-6)
Despite the fifth seed, the Ravens have to be considered one of the favorites for the AFC title. The Chiefs catch a break by playing Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium – where Kansas City is tough to beat – but Todd Haley’s squad will be considered the underdogs in this one. The Chiefs aren’t as healthy, they’re not as experienced in the postseason and they’re simply not as talented as the Ravens. Simple as that.
2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking
After such a hot start to the season, Kansas City wasn’t quite as impressive in the final, oh, 13 games of the season, going an unremarkable (though by AFC West standards, phenomenal) 7-6. But you have to remember, the Chiefs went 2-4 in division play, and, in case you didn’t know, that’s not real good. Besides, in the playoffs you like to see top QBs go head to head (Manning vs. Brady; Favre vs. Vick; etc.). Matt Cassel vs. Joe Flacco isn’t quite as enticing and therefore, only worth 3/5 Moras.
3. Key Matchup to Watch: Ravens RB Ray Rice vs. Chiefs LBs
In the Chiefs 3-4 defensive scheme, Kansas City’s LBs are counted on to help stop the opponent’s run game. Overall this season, the Chiefs were pretty average in this regard, ranking 14th in the league by allowing 109.4 rushing yards per game. And Rice is anything but average.
You already know about the 1,220 yards gained this season and the five rushing touchdowns to go with it, but Rice has become of the league’s premier rushers in part because he doesn’t lose fumbles. That’s right. This season, despite 307 carries and 63 catches, Rice fumbled the ball exactly zero times. The Chiefs, by the way, caused 15 fumbles this season, the eighth-best mark in the league.
Kansas City has gotten good production out of LB Tamba Hali – he’s been the most explosive of his career this season with an AFC-best 14.5 sacks – and LB Derrick Johnson on the inside has been more than solid for the Chiefs.
If Hall and company can slow down Rice and make him less effective, that will allow the Chiefs to target Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, who doesn’t play great under constant pressure from the defense. But even then, Rice is still a big part of the team’s offense, catching a variety of passes out of the backfield.
He’s not easy to stop – the Steelers are the only squad this season to make Rice irrelevant – but if the Chiefs linebackers can slow him down, that’ll be a big help in pulling the upset.
4. Potentially Relevant Video
When Chiefs DE Shaun Smith played in Cincinnati, one of the local scribes nicknamed him "Hamburglar." In fact, one day, the reporter asked him if it was OK to call him by the new nickname, and Smith responded, "That’s fine. I like it." That’s why this video is so relevant.
Besides, the McDonald’s gag is better than any number of videos that the infamous Smith could have been involved with this season.
Like this one where, before viewing, you must turn your head to the side and cough.
5. The Chiefs will win if ...
They can continue to rely on their running game. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones have combined for 2,363 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and with their help, Cassel hasn’t had to be the one to hoist the team on his shoulders.
6. The Ravens will win if ...
They force Cassel to have to beat them. Baltimore ranks fifth in the league against the run, and if they can force Kansas City into third and longs – or better yet, build a big enough lead that would turn the Chiefs into a pass-heavy offense – the Ravens will earn their third road playoff victory in the past three seasons.
7. Prediction: Ravens 20, Chiefs 7
Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:15 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 1:35 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
***What are the odds that Chris Johnson’s worst game as a pro (seven carries for five yards) would come in sixth-round rookie quarterback Rusty Smith’s starting debut? The Titans ran just 44 plays Sunday (32 less than the Texans).
***Arian Foster carried the ball 30 times for 143 yards. He’s been by far the best running back in the AFC this season.
***The best part about Shaun Smith’s touchdown run for the Chiefs was Pete Carroll’s dumbfound expression after it.
***Speaking of Carroll, what the hell was he doing calling timeouts as the Chiefs were extending the courtesy of kneeling on the ball with a 42-24 lead?
***Don’t know how I got all the way to Quick Hits before mentioning the Jaguars-Giants game….I watched virtually this entire contest and loved every minute of it. The game, in a nutshell, was this: Jaguars dominated on the ground in the first half and David Garrard played well because of it. In the second half, the Giants forced the Jags to play more through the air. Garrard suddenly became shaky in protecting the football, and ultimately New York’s dynamic front four was too much for Jacksonville. That’s the game in a nutshell. And, come to think of it, that’s probably the 2010 Jaguars in a nutshell, too.
***The best one-on-one matchup Sunday may have been Ravens wideout Derrick Mason against Bucs corner Aqib Talib. On the mano-a-mano front, I’d say the youngster got the better of this one (how about Talib’s interception between the knees, huh?). But from an all-encompassing standpoint, the nod obviously goes to Mason. He led all players with 87 yards on eight catches, including an important touchdown out of the slot in front of coverage liability Sean Jones.
***If the Raiders weren’t blacked out all the time, everyone would be talking about rookie receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford. He’s one of the most explosive big-play creators in the NFL. He had his second kick return for a touchdown Sunday, and he added another score in going over 100 yards receiving.
***The best part about Sunday was that there were six early window games and five late window games. Why can’t we get that kind of scheduling balance every week?
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Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:48 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:20 am
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Posted on: October 21, 2010 3:31 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Earlier this season we eagerly covered the “junk-grabbing” accusations Browns center Alex Mack and 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis made against Chiefs defensive end Shaun Smith. It’s only fair that pass along this from Bob Gretz, our CBSSports Chiefs rapid reporter:
DL Shaun Smith on his successful appeal of his NFL fine: “I’m happy; it’s been a cloud hanging over my head since Week 3. But through the process the bashing of my name, you know, I have kids and they looked at it and heard it. I’m just glad it’s over.”
So Smith, in the eyes of the league, was found innocent of any wrongdoing, saving his good name and $10,000.
It’d be interesting to see what Mack and Davis think of this. You have to assume they didn’t go public with their accusations for no reason.
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Posted on: September 29, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 6:58 pm
Posted by Will Brinson
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Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:38 am
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Posted on: September 27, 2010 7:27 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 7:31 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
In recent years, Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has struggled with his health.
After facing unexpected complications following a gastric bypass surgery in 2002, Weis remained in a coma and actually received last rites from a priest after suffering excessive bleeding and septic shock. He has knee problems as well and says he’ll need surgery after the season. For now, he uses a cart and a cane to get around.
Now, he’s got another undisclosed problem.
Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star reports that Chiefs coach Todd Haley said the health problem is not life-threatening but didn’t say whether Weis would be around for practice this week or Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.
"Health, that's a family-business deal," Haley said. "That being said, there is nothing life-threatening, heart attack-related, any of the couple things that have been brought to my attention regarding Charlie. I will make that statement."
With Weis in charge of the offense, Kansas City has started the season a surprising 3-0 and the Chiefs have claimed their stake as the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL.
On a completely unrelated note, Haley was asked about Shaun Smith’s alleged package-grabbing ways.
I'm unaware of that," coach Todd Haley said, according to Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz. "Our officials are the best of the best. If there is something outside the rules, a flag will be thrown."
UPDATED (7:28 p.m.): Kent Babb is now reporting that Weis underwent emergency gall bladder surgery Monday morning.
Weis actually began suffering from a gall bladder infection Friday, but he decided he wanted to coach Sunday's game. He is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday.
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