Tag:Kansas City Chiefs
Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:35 pm

Browns sign 37-year-old Engram

Making a move to shore up a thin WR corps, the Browns announced today they’ve signed former Bears/Seahawks WR Bobby Engram.

This will be the 37-year-old’s 14th season, and after the Chiefs released him in the middle of last season, his career seemed to be over.

He’s still considered a decent enough possession receiver, but if Cleveland - which boasts Mohamed Massaquoi (only 34 receptions) as the leading returning WR from last season and which will need more help from Chansi Stuckey and Brian Robiskie - counts on him for more, that doesn’t bode well for the Browns.

How much Engram can help has yet to be determined, but the fact Kansas City booted him after he caught just five passes for 51 yards in five games isn’t a great sign.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:01 pm

Unique plan in Kansas City

In a rare occurrence, the Kansas City Chiefs will play a Week 1 night game against the Chargers (the second half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader) the same day that their next door neighbor Royals play the Athletics. The Truman Sports Comlex will have the Royals game at 2:00 that afternoon and the Chiefs contest at 9:15.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that fans can buy a two-pack ticket to attend both games. The lowest price is $68. A parking pass (which would allow for tailgating) can be had for $25.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 9:19 pm

"Importing groupies" story lives on

The rift between Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe and ESPN The Magazine continues – it’s a he-said, media-said scenario about what Bowe might or might not have said and what ESPN has or doesn’t have on tape.

In case you’re not aware, the trouble became public when Bowe was quoted as saying this last month:

You hear stories about groupies hanging out in hotel lobbies, but some of my teammates had it set up so there was a girl in every room. The older guys get on MySpace and Facebook a week before we go to a city; when a pretty one writes back, they arrange to fly her in three or four days in advance. They call it importing. Younger guys don’t have the money to do it. Anyway, these girls had the whole top floor. They know everything about us—first and last names, sisters and brothers, salary. This one girl was talking to me like she’d known me for years. “Hey, D-Bowe, how’s Grandma?” I’m like, “How do you know my grandma?” She knew that I talk about her every time I’m interviewed for a story. I told her I had a girlfriend, but she didn’t care. She was wearing my jersey, sitting in my lap, making it look like we knew each other. Then she took a picture and put it on Facebook. That almost got me in trouble.

So, that doesn’t sound good, especially if you’re a teammate of Bowe’s who has, I don’t know, a wife and family at home. I assume they let Bowe know their displeasure. Bowe then took the easy way out. He said he was misquoted. ESPN countered saying it had the tape of the conversation but that the organization wouldn’t release it in a public forum. It would let Bowe or anybody in the Chiefs organization listen, but that was it.

The story died for a few weeks, but this morning, Bowe gave an interview to 790 The Fan in Atlanta. Asked if his teammates gave him any grief for the “importing groupies” comment, and, as transcribed by sportsradiointerviews.com , he said, “No, because now they are finding out that it definitely wasn’t me. Definitely, but I took that like a man. People that really know the Dwayne Bowe that clowns but on a serious note won’t let anything out of the locker room that is not supposed to be out.”

That led to ESPN The Magazine editor Gary Belsky releasing this statement to sportsbybrooks.com :

“As we have said, we will happily allow Mr. Bowe the chance to listen to our recording of his interview, in the event he forgot that he made these comments. He has not asked to do so.

Despite his persistence in denying having made these comments–unfairly damaging the reputation of one of our best writers–we have consistently avoided releasing the audio from his interview to spare him and others further embarrassment, specifically because the on the recording he offers more lurid details than we published and because he named several teammates as having participated in the off-hours activity in question.

We do not know why Mr. Bowe persists in denying having made the comments, but out of respect for him, his teammates and the Chiefs we will maintain our position, which we think is the honorable choice. We believe The Magazines’ reputation for honesty and integrity speaks for itself.”

I’m not sure why Bowe continues to discuss this issue. It’s a no-win situation. If the tape isn’t released, people – the aforementioned wives and families – will wonder just what exactly goes on during road trips with the Chiefs. If the tape is released, people might found out Bowe said exactly what he said he hadn’t said. If the tape is forgotten (as much as it can be forgotten in this digital age), Bowe won’t continue to put himself – and his teammates – in this unenviable spotlight. Scenario No. 3 sounds like the best option.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 4:01 pm

A rookie who could be critical for the Chiefs

Josh Looney reviewed all of the Chiefs rookies for the team website recently. Safety Eric Berry has received the most attention, and rightfully so. Berry, a three-year captain at Tennessee, has been compared to the likes of Ed Reed and Brian Dawkins.

But another name Chief fans will come to know is Dexter McCluster. The second-round pick from Mississippi offers big-play prowess and versatility to Charlie Weiss’s offense. The Chiefs will likely use McCluster similar to how the Vikings use Percy Harvin. Here’s Looney’s analysis:

It doesn’t matter how many games McCluster starts in 2010. He could very well play in all 16 games without starting a single one of them. What we do know, is that the Chiefs will use him in a multitude of ways from week to week. He’s a player who can fit into multiple personnel groupings at multiple positions and we already caught a glimpse of that part of his game during OTA and mini-camp sessions. When the 2010 season is all said and done, McCluster will likely have lined up at wide out, slot, running back, wildcat and return man.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:41 pm

KC first-round picks are hugely important

In an interesting exercise, Josh Looney of the official Chiefs web site breaks down Kansas City’s picks from the 2010 Draft and projects where they might land once the regular-season begins.

The consensus is this: though not many will break into the starting lineup – first-round pick, S Eric Berry, however, might receive that opportunity if he impresses in training camp – all could be given a chance to earn plenty of playing time.

Then, for comparison’s sake, Looney looks at the team’s past five draft classes and how much those picks played during their rookie seasons. With the exception of WR Dwayne Bowe – who started every contest but one – each No. 1 pick started all 16 games in his first season. On a side note, every second-round pick made since 2005 played, if not started, at least 15 games in their respective years.

Which tells you that either Kansas City’s front office is genius when it comes to picking first-round players who immediately make an impact, or the Chiefs are annually so thin that they have no choice but to play their rookies so much. Either way, it's good news for Berry.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 11:47 am

Matt Cassel in 2010

Would you believe Matt Cassel is the third-highest paid quarterback in football this season? Cassel is due to make $11.75 million of the $63 million contract ($28 million guaranteed) he signed a year ago. Cassel obviously did not live up to his paycheck in Year One with the Chiefs. He didn’t secure the full trust of Todd Haley during training camp, got hurt early in the regular season, looked anything but confident when playing from behind and even got benched for Brodie Croyle at one point.

Part of the problem was that Haley had fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey less than two weeks before the season. And the Chiefs had no weapons in the passing game. Cassel finished the year with 16 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 42 sacks and a completion percentage of 55. But in a recent phone interview with ESPN, Haley made a very valid point about his quarterback.

“We had 50-plus drops last season,” Haley said. “If those don’t happen, people would look at Cassel differently … If we get the improved offensive play around him that we hope to, I think people will feel better about Matt Cassel.”

Improved offensive line play is inevitable. Newly re-acquired center Casey Wiegmann is old but still a huge step up from Rudy Niswanger. Mike Goff was a major liability at right guard and has been replaced by underrated ex-Colt Ryan Lilja. A stable interior offensive line should not only provide a workable pocket, but also allow the Chiefs to run inside – which opens up play action passing – and aid the young offensive tackles.

Still, Cassel must get better at throwing with bodies around him. If he can do that, he’ll read the field and anticipate passing lanes (two things he didn’t do well in ’09). He’ll have a great teacher in new offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss. Weiss’s system is essentially the same as the one Cassel played in under Josh McDaniels in New England.

That comfort and familiarity will be critical for the quarterback in 2010. If Cassel thrives, the Chiefs have their building block. If he still doesn’t perform, the Chiefs have a problem.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:53 pm

Jarrad Page Officially Wants out of Kansas City

In a move that comes as no surprise, safety Jarrad Page has requested a trade from the Chiefs. Page is an unsigned restricted free agent who has stayed away from the team all offseason. He finished last season on the mend with a injured calf, but before that had been benched and relegated to Todd Haley’s doghouse.

Page is a bit stiff athletically. His lack of speed can be an issue, particularly in coverage. He’s thick enough to play in the box but has never been a consistent playmaker. The Chiefs have plenty of reasons to oblige his request, though Haley may not be inclined to let the disgruntled fifth-year pro appear to be calling the shots.

--Andy Benoit

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