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.

Check Out The Divisional Weekend Picks

Will Shields Advances In HOF Voting

by Ryan Jones on January 9th, 2014 at 10:28pm

Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Will Shields was among the 15 mondern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced Thursday. WillShields3

This is the third straight season the guard has made it to the final vote.

Considering he’s already come up short, I wouldn’t rule it out happening again, despite Shields owning a HOF resume.

In addition to being a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s and the College Football Hall of Fame, Shields started every game in his career and was selected to the Pro Bowl 12 times.

The only other offensive lineman among the finalists is first-year nominee Walter Jones, who also should be a no-brainer. The former Seattle Seahawk was a Pro Bowler nine times and All-Pro seven times.

Shields isn’t the only former Chiefs player to make the cut. Kicker Morten Andersen, who made 38 of 48 field goals during his two seasons in Kansas City, seemed like a bit of a long shot to make it this far. To me he was always very good, but the compiled stats made him appear better than he was.

The rest of the finalists are linebacker Derrick Brooks, head coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, defensive end Michael Strahan, defensive end Charles Haley, defensive end Kevin Green, wide receiver Andre Reed, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, safety John Lynch, cornerback Aeneas Williams and owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

The fate of Shields and the other 14 finalists will be determined by the 46-member selection committee on February 1 in New York. A player will need a minimum of 80 percent of the vote for induction and here’s hoping one of the best guards to ever play the game will get the call.

Chiefs Will Try To Extend Alex Smith’s Contract

by Ryan Jones on January 8th, 2014 at 10:54pm

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With the Kansas City Chiefs playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts still fresh in everyone’s mind, the team immediately has to try and focus on 2014. They started earlier this week by inking 12 players to reserve/future contracts and will really kick into gear with free agency.

Though they have a long list of players ready to hit the market — headlined by starting left tackle Branden Albert — the Chiefs biggest target for a new contract may be one that still has a year left on his current deal, quarterback Alex Smith.

There was plenty of speculation about how the team would address Smith’s contract situation and according to NFP’s Jason Cole, the Chiefs will try to extend the quarterback’s deal. Kansas City owes Smith just $7.5 million in 2014, a number that is well below his market value after a fantastic 11-5 season.

Trying to work out a deal and getting one done are two very different things, so it’s not a lock the two sides can agree on Smith’s value. Especially when you consider the huge deals handed out recently, the negotiations could quickly turn south.

If that happens, the Chiefs could then let him play out the final year of his contract and re-visit the issue this time next year. And even if the two sides can’t come to terms in a year, Kansas City could slap the franchise tag on Smith, locking him in to a hefty one-year deal (last year’s QB tag was $14.896 million) instead of a long term contract.

Chiefs Sign 12 To Reserve/Future Contracts

by Ryan Jones on January 6th, 2014 at 11:57pm

The Kansas City Chiefs made their first moves of the offseason on Monday, signing 12 players to reserve/future contracts, including 10 that spent time on the team during 2013.

All eight of the players that finished the season on the Chiefs practice squad were among those signed: DB Malcolm Bronson, OT Chandler Burden, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., WR Jerrell Jackson, DB Vernon Kearney, FB Eric Kettani, WR Rashad Ross and LB/DE Ridge Wilson.

The two players that spent some time in Kansas City are TE Demetrius Harris and WR Fred Williams. Harris was on the practice squad for most of the season before being placed on injured reserve, while Williams had a brief stay with the Chiefs near the end of the season.

You might recognize the two newcomers, DT Chas Alecxih and DB Kevin Rutland. Alecxih was featured in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” as he tried to land a spot on the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh, while Rutland starred at Missouri.

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