Derrick Johnson Named Pro Bowl Defensive MVP

by Ryan Jones on January 26th, 2014 at 11:08pm

It may have been an All Star game, but Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson treated it like it was just another game. That means he was all over the field making plays.

Johnson helped lead Team Rice to a tight 22-21 victory Sunday night, finishing with nine tackles, a forced fumble and a massive hit on Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles. When the dust — well, in this case, rain — settled, Johnson was the defensive MVP for his team.

After the game, Johnson talked about the hit he delivered on Charles.

“If you stand back, he’s going to make you look pretty bad, so I had to go out and really give it to him,” Johnson said. “I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit.”

Were you a bit surprised that Johnson would lay out his teammate like that? You’re not alone, it certainly seemed to catch Charles off guard.

“I didn’t expect it, but he’s out there doing his thing,” said Charles. “I can’t get mad at him — it’s just about football and you’ve just got to be ready.”

By the looks of it, Johnson sure does seem to be ready… to kick off next season.

Watch The Big Hit

Alex Smith Becomes Mr. Irrelevant

by Ryan Jones on January 22nd, 2014 at 11:22pm

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith entered the NFL as the first overall pick back in 2005. It took nine seasons, but Smith went through another draft this week with the new “fantasy football” format of the Pro Bowl.

This time around things went quite differently for the Chiefs signal caller. Smith was the last player selected (well, technically “assigned”), making him “Mr. Irrelevant” of the Pro Bowl.

““It comes all the way around,” Smith said after the draft wrapped up. “It was new for me sitting in the green room that long.”

It was brought up to Smith that he can now share his “Mr. Irrelevant” experience with Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop, who was the final player selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.

“That’s a great point, possibly, yeah, I could.”

Smith will play for Jerry Rice along with teammates Brandon Flowers (14th round), Justin Houston (14th), Derrick Johnson (18th) and Dexter McCluster (21st). Rice could have had Jamaal Charles too, but passed up on adding him as team captain.

Deion Sanders has Charles as well as Dontari Poe (day 1), Eric Berry (9th), Tamba Hali (15th) and Branden Albert (18th).

So when you decide which team to cheer for this weekend (is that a thing?), keep in mind that even though both team has five Chiefs, Team Rice snubbed Charles!

Jamaal Charles Snubbed By Jerry Rice

by Ryan Jones on January 21st, 2014 at 6:29pm

Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice had a big decision to make on Tuesday. He won a coin flip with Deion Sanders for the right to choose his team captain duo: Drew Brees and Robert Quinn or JJ Watt and Jamaal Charles.JamaalCharlesProBowl

Rice passed over the league’s most valuable player not named Manning and instead opted for Brees and Quinn.

The horror!

Charles’ co-captain had some very strong words for Rice after the snub.

“Don’t think we forgot Jerry picked them first,” Watt joked during the press conference.

Once he got passed over, Charles got right to work helping Sanders put together a winning squad. What better way than to lock in a major anchor for the middle of the defensive line?

With a nod from the Chiefs running back, “Team Sanders” selected Kansas City defensive lineman Dontari Poe, choosing him over Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills.

With both lines, fullback and special teams players/punters taken care of, the two sides will get together Wednesday night at 8pm live on NFL Network to fill out their squads. That’s when we will get to see where the rest of the eight Chiefs will end up for Sunday’s game.

Two More Chiefs Headed To Hawaii

by Ryan Jones on January 20th, 2014 at 9:12pm

The NFL Pro Bowl has a new “Fantasy Football” format this year, but another option could have been “Kansas City Chiefs vs. NFL”.

Okay, not quite, but the Chiefs will be represented in Hawaii next weekend. There were already eight players with tickets to the All Star game and now news comes of two more joining the crew.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson and quarterback Alex Smith both got invites on Monday and will play in Sunday’s game. Johnson is taking the place of injured San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman while Smith will play in place of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is dealing with ligament damage in his hand.

The addition of Johnson should come as no surprise considering he was one of the biggest snubs in either conference when the Pro Bowl rosters were first announced. The linebacker turned in arguably the best season of his already impressive career with 107 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

Smith was fantastic in his first season with the Chiefs, leading the turnaround from two to 11 wins and a playoff birth. His season likely earned the free-agent-to-be after this coming season a new long-term contract with Kansas City.

In a perfect world the Chiefs wouldn’t have any players in the Pro Bowl, but instead they would all be preparing for the Super Bowl. But beyond that honor, it will be pretty cool to see such a large number of players from Kansas City in the spotlight Sunday in Hawaii.

PFWA Names John Dorsey Executive of the Year

by Ryan Jones on January 16th, 2014 at 4:29pm

The Kansas City Chiefs picked up another award on Thursday, this time for general manager John Dorsey. He was honored by the Pro Football Writer’s of America as the 2013 Executive of the Year.JohnDorsey2

The award comes on the heels of head coach Andy Reid being named the NFL 101 Award’s AFC Coach of the Year in a vote of national media members. Reid didn’t take home the PFWA award, because he was edged out by Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers.

Fresh off an amazing season that saw the Chiefs go from the worst record in the league to 11 wins and a playoff birth, both Reid and Dorsey are likely to be honored again as the offseason rolls on.

What makes the season even more impressive — and the honor for Dorsey — is that the Chiefs 2013 draft class didn’t have much of an impact. First overall pick Eric Fisher was in and out of the lineup at right tackle and Knile Davis came on late in the season as the backup to Jamaal Charles.

Two of Dorsey’s picks finished the season on IR without contributing and sixth-round pick Braden Wilson was released during training camp. If anyone beyond Fisher and Davis end up being a factor next season, Dorsey and Reid will have more than one season in the spotlight.

Shortly after the Chiefs season ended, he talked to the team’s official site about the huge turnaround and stressed the job isn’t done.

“By no means have we achieved our ultimate goal,” Dorsey said. “Which as everybody knows includes consistently challenging for the AFC West and the ultimate goal of winning championships.”

Andy Reid Wins 101 AFC Coach Of The Year

by Ryan Jones on January 15th, 2014 at 10:56pm

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was named the NFL 101 Award’s AFC Coach of the Year in a vote of national media members. The first-year coach will pick up his award March 1st at the black tie event held at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City.AndyReidSideline

Reid is the fourth Chiefs coach to be honored, with Hank Stram, Marty Schottenheimer and Todd Haley previously being honored. He remains one of the favorites to take home AP NFL Coach of the Year and will likely face the stiffest competition from Ron Rivera, the NFC 101 winner.

Unfortunately, Reid will be the only national winner from Kansas City honored at the 101 Awards. Running Back Jamaal Charles lost out on AFC Offensive Player of the Year to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

You should, however, expect to see Charles at the event since the Chiefs team winners of player and rookie of the year will get an invite along with the latest inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Speaking of awards for Charles, there’s still a chance Charles nabs OPOY with the AP when Manning takes home MVP.

“Everybody Wants A Piece Of Dwayne Bowe”

by Ryan Jones on January 15th, 2014 at 6:55am

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Or at least that’s what the Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe wanted people to know when he jumped on 810 WHB’s The Border Patrol Tuesday.

Bowe was asked what changed for him after he signed a five-year, $56 million contract this offseason.

“Everybody’s aiming for you and waiting on you to get into trouble. People try to persuade you to do things to get you [in trouble]. That’s the only bad thing once you sign,” Bowe said. “The world wants you to fail. That’s the hard part about it. When you sign that [contract] … you’ve got to live right. That’s the hard part. You’re trying to live right and the police [are] after you, everybody wants a piece of Dwayne Bowe and I had to learn that the hard way. That’s how it is.”

The police being “after” him likely is making reference to his arrest for marijuana possession after being stopped for speeding in November. When he was asked directly about the incident, Bowe claims he “had nothing to do with that”.

“I was being profiled. It will all come to light in February. It wasn’t a distraction because my teammates know and my family knows. I was being watched and being followed.”

C’mon, Dwayne, you don’t really think the police are out to get you, do you?

“”It’s not just them. It’s everybody.”

Oh my.

There’s no debating that profiling happens and anyone ever involved in it should be held accountable. But on the surface this seems like the Chiefs receiver, who is no stranger to getting in hot water, is talking out of his you know what.

I’m not one to demonize someone for smoking weed, but that doesn’t change the fact that in most of the country it’s still illegal. Want to put it on your buddy in the car with you? Go ahead, but don’t try to build it up as people being out to get you.

You were speeding, Dwayne. You had drugs in your car, Dwayne.

Own your mistakes and move on instead of acting like a child by trying to blame everyone else.

Chiefs Take A Look At CFL Star Receiver

by Ryan Jones on January 13th, 2014 at 11:17pm

The Kansas City Chiefs latest search for players to help improve the team in 2014 has led them to a star from the Canadian Football League. Diminutive reciever Weston Dressler is reportedly set to try out in Kansas City on Tuesday.WestonDressler

The 5’8″, 170 pound receiver was rookie of the year in the CFL back in 2008 and has been named an All-Canadian twice. Dressler also set 19 different school records during an impressive career at North Dakota.

Dressler’s contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders is up on February 15 and could follow in the footsteps of linebacker Cory Greenwood. Greenwood spent three seasons with the Chiefs as an undrafted NFL free agent, after being selected third overall in the CFL draft.

There was also the infamous (thanks to “Hard Knocks”) Casey Printers. The quarterback played for the BC Lions before coming to Kansas City in 2006 and briefly appearing on the Chiefs 53-man roster. The next season his release was caught by HBO cameras, where he talked about making “chicken salad out of chicken s—”.

If the Chiefs go the CFL route and add Dressler, he’ll join a group of players potentially trying to fill the void if free agent Dexter McCluster leaves town. With that in mind, signing a long shot like Dressler shouldn’t be seen as any indication the team doesn’t want to bring back McCluster.

Take a look at some highlights from Dressler’s time with the Roughriders and see if you think he has what it takes to get it done at the next level.

Watch Weston Dressler’s Greatest Hits

Chiefs Sign Seven To Reserve/Future Contracts

by Ryan Jones on January 11th, 2014 at 4:37pm

Continuing to build their roster for next season, the Kansas City Chiefs added seven more players with reserve/future contracts. Earlier this week GM John Dorsey got started by signing 12 players.

The most notable names inked this time around are RB Joe McKnight and DT Dominique Hamilton. McKnight was a fourth-round pick of the New York Jets in 2010 and was an All-Pro in 2011 as a kick returner. Hamilton starred at Missouri and had contact with several teams but liked the opportunities he could have in Kansas City.

Then there’s safety Jerron McMillian, who has some connections to the Chiefs. He was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Packers while current Kansas City GM John Dorsey was in the Green Bay front office. He was also a teammate of former Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher for two years at Maine.

Also added were LB Jordan Campbell, OT RJ Dill, DE Brandon Moore and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Unlike the first group of free agents signed, none of these seven players have spent any time with the Chiefs.

Divisional Weekend NFL Picks

by Ryan Jones on January 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm

It may not seem like it, but even though the Kansas City Chiefs have been knocked out of the playoffs, the NFL will still allow the rest of the postseason to play out.

Yes, the loss to the Indianapolis Colts still stings that much.

Seriously though, as we all know there are games that are being played this weekend and that means a chance to heal your wounds with a perfect batch of games. To me, that happens by taking three road teams.

Crazy? You decide.

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