Sometime in the next week, Peyton Manning’s future will be determined. He will either remain with a horseshoe adorning his helmet or start looking elsewhere to resume his illustrious career, all of this with the caveat of health.
If Jim Irsay decides not to saddle up and spend million, Manning will hit the road and become the most accomplished free agent in NFL history.It’s easy to narrow down the teams that will have interest in Manning, but none of them make as much sense as Kansas City. We’ve all heard the scuttlebutt. Washington needs a quarterback (among 52 other players), Miami has a billboard and great weather, Seattle has a gaping hole behind center, and New York only has a beleaguered Mark Sanchez.
The Chiefs not only are a better fit than all of them, but Manning and Kansas City need each other. The same can’t be said for the other suitors.
Washington is in a rebuilding phase. The Redskins can add Manning and are still arguably the worst team in their own division. It’s a hard sell that Manning will go to a team likely to never win while he’s there. At his age, it’s all about having a chance to win another Super Bowl now.
The Dolphins have a solid defense and a few playmakers but lack a real foundation on offense. Brandon Marshall is the definition of mercurial and while Reggie Bush is certainly a respectable back, he’s far from a star. It also stands to reason Manning won’t want to share a division with Tom Brady.
Seattle has already come out and said they’re not interested in a short-term answer at quarterback. It’s possible to make an argument for the Seahawks with Marshawn Lynch, Sidney Rice and Zach Miller on the team. However, the rest of the team is remarkably average and again, it’s tough to see Seattle making a serious run at the Super Bowl in the next few years.
New York is nothing more than a pipe dream. The Jets have major cap issues and would Manning really want to deal with that soap opera all season? No more needs to be said, this isn’t happening.
Now look at Kansas City. Matt Cassel has a large contract, but with the amount of cap space the Chiefs have it can be absorbed. Kansas City also has the talent to make a Super Bowl run without any major improvements.
Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, and Tony Moeaki are more than any of the teams above can offer…by a mile. If the Chiefs solidify the right tackle position, Manning is playing behind a good line and on the most loaded offense in the AFC. Who else can compete with that type of ability? Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster weren’t even mentioned above, and they would definitely be a top target on any of the other suitors.
Defensively, Kansas City has freakish athletes dotting the landscape. Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and the entire secondary are elite (sans Stanford Routt, who’s no bum). For once in his career, Manning wouldn’t have to score 27 points per game to secure a win.
The biggest question mark is how Manning feels about Romeo Crennel as a coach. Then again, is Crennel really a lesser coach than Pete Carroll, Joe Philbin, Mike Shanahan and Rex Ryan?
Shanahan did win two Super Bowls, but has done nil since John Elway. Ryan has made it to AFC Championship games in back-to-back years, but he’s a loose cannon and seemingly on a sinking ship. Considering how well Crennel has game-planned Manning, maybe No. 18 feels like Crennel can get the job done.
The pieces are in place for Manning to come in and put the Chiefs over the top. If he ends up signing on the dotted line to play at One Arrowhead Drive, the AFC West goes through Kansas City without a shadow of a doubt. Heck, Manning’s presence makes the Chiefs odds-on-favorites to see the Big Easy in February.
The last time Kansas City saw the Super Bowl was the 1969-70 season. Wasn’t that game also played in a place named New Orleans?
While the Philadelphia Eagles defense bore the brunt of the blame for the failed 2011 campaign, the offense was also at fault for many of the team’s shortcomings.
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“I’d say it’s a little boring, but he’ll be back out there soon.
“It’s a challenge. It’s a big challenge but that’s what we want. Going into this game, we want them all to be healthy; we want them all to be at their best. That’s just the type of game we want. It’s going to be a struggle but that’s what the films are for. We’re going to have to do a great job on the film and go out there and play them tough.”
It lets me know these guys listen – through the coaches, through the guys, the veterans who have been around the game for awhile. It’s not like we talk to them every day about certain stuff. No, they get it. They knew how important it was for us to get better as a team and what we needed to do to get better as a team. We made those changes, we made those progresses and we moved forward. Like I said, it’s a special bunch. At the end of the day, it’s going to be a special team. I think everybody in this locker room, they love this game, they love one another, they have the passion. That’s one thing to have a football player not have the passion for what they love and what they do but I can honestly tell you that these guys have every passion, everything that you need in a football player, they have and they love it.
Bill Belichick on “one of his favorite topics – injuries”.
That would actually be number one. If you had to rank them, I’d move that up there as number one.
How would you describe the progress of Rob Gronkowski?
How optimistic are you that Sebastian Vollmer will be able to go?
We’ll see how it goes. He practiced some last week, he wasn’t able to play. We’ll practice this week and we’ll see if he’s ready this week. The [crystal] ball is kind of clouding up, I can’t see it clearly.
VIEW FROM NEW YORK
28-year old QB Vince Young is basking in the glow of winning his first start of the year over the division rival New York Giants. He has been getting a lot of press saying that he should be the starting QB even when Michael Vick is ready to return to action. That is nuts! Young has played in 3 games for the Eagles so far this year and he has completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2%) for 258 yards with 2 TD passes and 4 INTs (61.4 QB Rating). He has also carried the ball 7 times for 7 yards (1.0 ypc) so far this year. Young is not a better QB than Micheal Vick, period. But for now, the Eagles need Young to step up and play better than he did against the Giants as long as he is in the starting lineup.
Prior to the season starting, I predicted the Chiefs would go 11-5 and win the Super Bowl. That insanity was on the heels of the fourth preseason game and learning that Tony Moeaki was done for the season. Obviously, I was putting on my delusional Chiefs fan hat with that not so bold prediction.
Arrowhead Pride, I usually predict that the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl every year (one of these years I will be right.) This season the prediction looked to be blown out of the water right away. There is really no need to rehash the start of the season and all of the losses yet again, so I will refrain from doing that today.
During the Chiefs four game winning streak I canned my overbearing positivity in fear that my positive vibes might somehow mess with the Chiefs ‘mojojestic’ winning ways. Somehow, I felt that my wishful look into the crystal football was responsible for our Chiefs disgraceful start, mostly because it was so public. Well, after the Miami Dolphins beat the ‘superstition’ out of Kansas City Chiefs last week at home, I figured it was safe to return to my blind, less pessimistic ways.
Once a winning streak is over, all bets are off. Bearded superstitions are reset, and it is time to go back to the drawing board. The Chiefs are in that mode now, they are on the ‘half empty’ side of .500 and have to face a division rival tomorrow with a quarterback that has prayers named after himself, “Tebowing.”
Really, I don’t know what to expect tomorrow from the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Every single time you think that you know something concrete about this team, they do another thing with the ‘opposite of greatness’ that makes you scratch your head.
The Denver Broncos -
The Broncos are not a very good football team this year. They have won three games by a total of 19 points and that total is effected by the most recent game against the Raiders. In that particular game the Broncos won by a score of 38-24, which would indicate that they are a team on the rise with Tim Tebow riding in on clouds to save the day.
If you look closely at the game though, it is something that will not be easily duplicated often. The Broncos had 299 yards rushing against the Raiders, their highest total of the season by 104 yards. Also, they created three turnovers, another season high for Denver. It was one of those games where the Broncos won the turnover battle and had less penalties than the Raiders did.
On defense the Broncos have given up over 375 total yards offense five times this season, while only reaching that total twice with their own offense. Does that mean that they are incapable of putting together a great game plan and throwing some points on the board? No, but it does point out that this is an inconsistent team in the NFL.
Like the Chiefs, the Broncos are a team that is inconsistent in all phases of the game. Week to week, their fans don’t know what the product is going to be like on the football field. They started out the season with Kyle Orton as their QB, his play was questioned by everyone and Tebow was then surgically implanted into their QB position. Some would say he had to be surgically implanted, because he definitely doesn’t fit as an NFL caliber QB in this league.
Nevertheless, the Chiefs will have their hands full with Tim Tebow tomorrow. He is a gamer that can make plays with his feet and can dump the ball off with Matt Cassel like grace. A huge part of me is worried that he will throw for 500 yards and run for 8 Tds tomorrow, but logically I can see the Chiefs matching up pretty well against this Denver team.
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The Chiefs defense, they have to step up their game in this one. If they let Tim Tebow run free, they will lose this game tomorrow. They need to be consistent, aggressive and not give up the big plays.
We also need to see the return of the turnovers, in the Raiders and Chargers games this team was a turnover machine, harvesting 10 turnovers in just two games. Last Sunday against the hapless Dolphins, they got beat on nearly every play. It was like only the Chiefs were playing in quicksand and the Dolphins were injected with liquid ‘not suck’ before the game.
The Chiefs have not allowed less then 300 yards total offense even once this year. Their lowest total was against the San Diego Chargers on monday Night Football with 322. This defense is going to need to learn to stop an opponent from moving the ball up and down the field if they want to be more competitive starting with the Broncos tomorrow.
The higest total rushing yards that they have given up this season was to Buffalo with 163 yards. To me, that says that the Chiefs should be able to contain Tim Tebow and Willis Mcgahee from getting numbers like they had (299) against the Raiders. However, this Chiefs team never fails to surprise its fans with how inept or successful it can be, so it can go either way when it comes to stopping the run.
The Kansas City Chiefs -
Who are the Chiefs?
They are not a passing team, even though with Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin they should be hurling the pigskin on every other down. However, they do have Matt Cassel, so I understand the hesitation.
They are not a running team, even though they try to strap the ball to Dexter McCluster and run it as if he is Jamaal Charles sometimes (he is not Jamaal Charles.) Thomas Jones runs like a man possessed with a paraplegic ghost and they don’t seem to understand how to utilize
Jackie Battle anyone yet.
They are not a defensive team, even though they did a good impression of one against the Raiders and San Diego in their two most recent victories. We all know that great defensive teams don’t get beat by 28 or more points three times in 8 games, right?
Everyone seems to wonder just who the Chiefs are. Are they average, good, terrible, poorly coached, under motivated, under the influence? What is it?
Right now, the Chiefs are a team in need of a win, that is who they are. It is as simple as that, they need to go out there tomorrow and beat the Broncos in front of 70,000+ screaming Chiefs fans. This team can’t afford another loss tomorrow and they definitely have the ability to go out there and earn a win.
The question is, will they? Will the Chiefs team that came to play against the Chargers on the Halloween edition of Monday Night Football show up? Or will it be the Chiefs that showed up against the winless Dolphins last Sunday and got humiliated at home by the better team?
The funny thing is, there is no way to know which team it will be. If you ask me what I think will happen, I will tell you that I have no idea, because the Chiefs have an identity crisis. Personally, I want the Chiefs to go out there tomorrow and put together their finest game of the season. A complete game, where they are successful in all three phases of football.
Something like a 34-9 victory where they hold the Broncos to just three meaningless field goals. Really, I believe the Chiefs have it in them to do just that, or something similar. Yet, I am hesitant, because I know this team could just as easily go out there and get brutalized in front of dozens of all the Broncos fans “Tebowing” around the world simultaneously.
Nobody wants to see that tomorrow.
What I do want to see is a Kansas City Chiefs football team that goes out there and plays like it cares about being in first place. A team that plays as if losing isn’t even an option, a team that is prepared and focused on beating the Broncos in their own house and acts like playing in front of the best and loudest fans in the NFL actually means something.
Will we see that? We will all find out tomorrow.
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Throughout the NFL lockout, we’ve heard both the players and owners say that the lockout is all business.
In the conference call with Roger Goodell and season ticket holders in May, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said, “We’re in a business dispute right now with the players. That’s all it is. It’s nothing personal. When it’s over, I know we’ll go back to the great relationship that we had before it started.”
Now that the lockout is (supposedly) close to ending, Hunt said on FOX Sports Radio this week that the two sides will need to “get back on the same page.”
“It was a stressful process,” he said. “The emotions I think at times on both sides were stressed. I think clearly there is going to be a little bit of time needed for the organizations and the players to get back on the same page.”
The good thing about the timing of the ending of the lockout is that we’ll have plenty of time to keep ourselves busy with free agency, training camp and the preseason.
Perhaps we’ll forget all about it being “purely a business decision.”
Lil Wayne made headlines recently as retirement talk was discussed in his upcoming cover feature of XXL.
However, while Lil Wayne knows that he can’t continue to rap forever, he may need to tell some of his fellow emcees the same thing.
Not just based off of age but skills as well, it’s time for some of these rappers to hang up the mic once and for all and move on with their lives.
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21-year old rookie center Maurkice Pouncey has a fracture in his ankle and he’s not likely to play in the Super Bowl. This could really hurt the Steelers this weekend. Pouncey made it to the Pro Bowl as a rookie as he started all 16 games for the Steelers and the first two playoff games. Replacing Pouncey will be 24-year old Doug Legursky. Legursky played in 16 games (4 starts) for the Steelers this year. He has played in 24 games (4 starts) in his first two years in the NFL. The Steelers need Legursky to step up because he’s going to be lined up against the mammoth 6’2″, 337 pound B.J. Raji who is one of the best NTs in the NFL. If Raji is getting into the backfield a lot in this game, the Steelers are in deep trouble. They need Legursky to step up this Sunday.
The Pittsburgh Steelers generally like to draft the best player available regardless of position but they likely won’t have that luxury this year. With Ben Roethlisberger getting older, he can’t keep getting hit like a pinata or his career will be cut short. Look for the Steelers to draft offensive linemen very high in this draft. The Steelers also have needs at corner, running back and inside linebacker and they will be looking to add players there. This is how I see the Steelers’ draft going as here are the players I had them getting in my mock draft:
1st round (#31 overall) – Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
2nd round (#63 overall) – Orlando Franklin, T, Miami (FL)
3rd round (#95 overall) – Shareece Wright, CB, USC
4th round (#128 overall) – Shane Vereen, RB, California
5th round (#162 overall) – Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
6th round (#196 overall) – Orie Lemon, ILB, Oklahoma State
7th round (#232 overall) – Devin Torrence, CB, Ohio State
If the Steelers’ draft goes like I project it to, the team is going to be even better than they were last year when they lost the Super Bowl.