Around The Web: No Weis For Chiefs, Where’s The Rush?, Denver Holiday

Notre Dame fired head football coach Charlie Weis yesterday and rumors of potential NFL landing spots have already CharlieWeisbeen rampant, with the Chiefs on the top of every list.  But according to Mike Florio, it’s unlikely that Weis will find his way to Kansas City.

A source  told Florio that there’s some “disdain” between Weis and Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli.

It flows, the source says, from their mutual time in New England.

“Both wanted to be [coach Bill] Belichick’s favorite,” the source said.

I doubt this will kill the idea of Weis coming to Kansas City, but it should.  Todd Haley will have an offensive coordinator and eventually will hand over the play calling.  The key word is eventually.

Next season will bring the Chiefs a new offensive coordinator, but the person will not be new to Kansas City.  That man will be Maurice Carthon.  I see him having the title and technically running the offense, but taking a year to earn the play calling.

One of the most glaring problems facing the Chiefs against the Chargers was a complete lack of any pass rush.  As Bob Gretz explains, the issue goes well beyond the number of sacks that show up in the box score.

Too many times we get hung up strictly on sacks, but that number isn’t always indicative of pressure on the quarterback.  We’ve got to dig for other numbers, like the quarterback hits.  Only rookie DE Alex Magee was able to get to Rivers on Sunday.  One in 28 passes by Rivers; that’s bad, very bad.

Another indication of pressure is completion percentage, and if a quarterback is getting rid of the ball early and in awkward positions, he’s prone to missing connections with his receivers.  Rivers was 21 of 28, a completion percentage of 75 percent.  That’s pretty darn good and an indication that Rivers wasn’t bothered by the Chiefs rush.  On the season, opposing quarterbacks are completing 59.2 percent of their passes.  That’s tied for 10th in the league for the lowest opponent completion percentage.

A third stat that can reveal pressure and that’s interceptions.  Rivers did not throw one on Sunday.  In fact, the Chiefs have just seven interceptions in 11 games, on 365 passes thrown against them.  They are tied for third in the league with the fewest interceptions, as only Detroit and Cleveland have fewer picks with six.

It was amazing to watch Philip Rivers just stand in the pocket on Sunday and wait for someone to get open.  It didn’t matter how many people Clancy Pendergast decided to send after the Chargers quarterback, virtually every blitz was picked up.

If this were last season I wouldn’t be surprised, but after seeing the Chiefs abuse Ben Roethlisberger right up until the minute they knocked him out with a concussion I was shocked no one could even get a hand on Rivers.  The box score gave Magee a knockdown, but I need to see the video to believe it.  The only time I remember seeing Rivers on the ground was when he slid at the end of a scramble.

The Chiefs responded to a shuffled practice schedule — including having Thanksgiving off — by laying an egg against the Chargers.  Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels is hoping his team doesn’t suffer the same fate.

Because they played two games last week, including Thursday night’s 26-6 victory over the Giants, the Broncos were given an extra bye weekend.

Denver players were off all weekend and Monday.  They return to the team’s Dove Valley headquarters today to start preparing for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs at Kansas City.

The extra rest should be especially important considering how many players were injured in Thursday’s game, including wide receiver Eddie Royal (thigh), defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (shoulder), cornerback Ty Law (hamstring) and running back Knowshon Moreno (wrist).

In addition to the progress of those four, the Broncos also will be closely watching offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who is expected to return to the practice field in earnest this week for the first time since dislocating a big toe Nov. 1 against Baltimore.

Harris participated in limited fashion in a “jog-through” last Tuesday. But he was inactive against the Giants, his fourth consecutive missed game.

Between Denver’s history playing at Arrowhead in December, their injury problems and shuffled practice schedule the Chiefs have plenty of factors in their favor right now.

To be fair, Haley gave his team the time off not only so they could spend time with their family but also as a reward for their work up to and including the Pittsburgh game.  McDaniels had a bruised and battered team that played two games in five days.  We’ll find out Sunday if it ends up hurting their performance the same way the time off seemingly hurt the Chiefs.

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