After Barry Richardson’s misadventures on the offensive line got him sent to the bench, he responded in a manner that makes for great blog fodder: Pushing an assistant coach and, well, whoever else got close to him. He followed that up by trying to run back on the field, rejoining the offensive line. Um, about that, Barry.
There’s video of these good times over at Shutdown Corner, and since the NFL is removing other videos from YouTube — Sigh, still with that? Really? — here are a couple of animated images, allowing you to keep these memories forever.
The post-game hubbub between Todd Haley and Josh McDaniels provided a fun ending to a surprising Denver Broncos beatdown. Unfortunately — and I say that as a fan of bad-blood games — the coach who initiated the drama has backed off of his emotional rejection of McDaniels’ handshake. Haley indicated his actions were not up to his level of expectations and apologized to Denver’s coach, as well as Kansas City Chiefs fans and Broncos fans, alike.
In today’s age, Haley’s reaction is understandable and a tad-bit disappointing. I encourage feuds in sports because it’s good theater and a little bad blood goes a long way. Unfortunately, Haley opted for the sanitized, “family friendly” follow-up. Thankfully, the players won’t forget how this series has played out the last three times these teams have met (Broncos won 44-13 in Denver, followed by the season-ending Chiefs-over-Broncos, 44-24 thrashing in Kansas City in 2009 and yesterday’s whipping).
That being said, Haley’s apology sounds every bit of an “I had to do this” as opposed to a “I’m genuinely apologetic for my post-game behavior” mea culpa, so maybe there’s hope for the coming blood feud after all.
Are the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs for real? It’s hard to say, but 3-0 and is 3-0, regardless of who you’ve played. You can only beat who has been put in front of you, and the Chiefs have done just that and looked fairly impressive doing so, especially on the defensive side of the ball. While quarterback Matt Cassel continues to be the bane of the local sports reporters’ existence, there’s no denying the Chiefs have a lot of young talent on offense and if the defense continues to perform, the playoffs might come sooner than most expected.
One of the new studs on offense is tight end Tony Moeaki, and against the 49ers, he lived up to the hype with a fantastic one-handed catch; one some are calling the catch of the year.
See for yourself:
Another young stud and safe-driving enthusiast, Dexter McCluster, continues to wow Chiefs fans with his explosive plays, ones that usually result in touchdowns:
So while the Chiefs might not be Super Bowl contenders just yet, and while Cassel continues to take heat from his local critics, they do have a stout defense and some talented newcomers on offense. Couple that with an easy regular season schedule, and the Chiefs have a legitimate chance to make a run at the playoffs.
And he’s got just the rap song to tell you about it. Friends, it’s simple: if you want to ride around with Kansas City’s electric rookie, don’t text and drive. Driving is not the time to share “LOLs,” but they are, apparently, fodder for silly rap songs about the act of texting while driving.
I bet these guys have man-crushes on McCluster now
The Kansas City Chiefs surprised the San Diego Chargers last night, by the score of 21-14. While the Chiefs offense still looks incredibly suspect, thanks to an influx of youthful talent, the Chiefs now boast some explosive players that can score anytime they touch the ball. Jamaal Charles is one, and he showed what he’s capable of with a 56 yard touchdown scamper, putting the Chiefs on the board. The Chiefs scored again when rookie tight end Tony Moeaki got free in the end zone, but it was their third touchdown that set the Chiefs nation on fire.
Thanks to a beast-mode-like 94-yard punt return touchdown — a record for the Chiefs — from McCluster, he’s probably the most popular player in a Chiefs uniform now. Long punt returns have a way of canonizing Chiefs players.
What we have here is Kansas City Chiefs prized rookie, Eric Berry, getting his head screwed back on by Jovan Belcher. Um, Eric? Your job is to hunt heads, not lose yours.
As for the Chiefs, while a great deal depends on Matt Cassel’s performance, they have a legitimate chance to improve a great deal when compared to their previous three seasons, where they amassed an astounding 10-38 record, which is about 3.3 wins a season. The defense should be improved, as are the weapons at Cassel’s disposal; players like Jamal Charles, Dexter McCluster, a non-suspended Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers.
Is there enough talent to win the AFC West? Doubtful, but the roster looks improved enough to do better than 3.3 wins.
Much to the amazement of non-KC fans everywhere, the Chiefs did something good with their first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Instead of going for a mundane entrance into the pool, the Chiefs went for the big splash by drafting Eric Berry, a player who, to many, represented one of the best available players, regardless of need. Bonus: The Chiefs need(ed) help at the safety position, and with no offense to Earl Thomas, Berry was (Is?) the best available at the position.
Granted, the Chiefs need help on the offensive line, as well as trying to find an offensive player capable of helping Matt Cassel, but a player of Berry’s ability can and should have more impact than a Dez Bryant or C.J. Spiller — at least for the Chiefs.
Some of the guys are Fanhouse were at the draft, and they managed to snag an interview with the Kansas City-bound Berry, and it’s easy to see he can’t wait to begin his NFL career.
There hasn’t been much in the way of pleasant news to report about the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2009 season, unless you like to gripe about struggling teams. Oh, Todd Haley, too. Chiefs fans loved complaining about Haley. However, thanks to a beast-mode-like day from running back Jamaal Charles, it looks like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel the Chiefs have been slogging through since Herm Edwards’ first season. In fact, before Charles’ beastly day against the Denver Broncos, the only Kansas City running back people were talking about was Larry Johnson — and the conversation had nothing to do with the sport Johnson plays.
Instead, Johnson’s Tweeting habits, as well as his predilection to for Kansas City nightlife drama, were the topics of discussion.
All it took to kill that kind of talk was merely a career day by Jamaal Charles, who rushed for a Chiefs-record 259 yards on 25 carries. One of his many highlights of the day was his 56-yard touchdown run, as seen in the lead video. Not only did Charles’ performance help keep the Denver Broncos from making the playoffs — Collapse anyone? — it also gives Chiefs fans a reason to hope for the future.
I’m starting to believe the Chiefs can do anything through Charles.
Before Charles, the Chiefs had the worst offensive line in football. The unit couldn’t open holes for Larry Johnson and couldn’t protect quarterback Matt Cassel. A blind man could see that Branden Albert, Brian Waters and Rudy Niswanger were awful and the right side of KC’s line was a bad joke…
Before Charles, I couldn’t think of one reason to attend a 2010 Chiefs game. Not one.
Funny how one brilliant game can change perspectives. Granted, Charles has performed quite well since the Chiefs dumped Johnson, but it took a record-setting day for fans and pundits to feel optimistic. It leaves me wondering what the reaction would’ve been if Charles had his normal 100-yard effort (with a touchdown), but the result was a Chiefs loss.
Would spirits still be as high about 2010? I think we know the answer here.
Nevertheless, that shouldn’t take away from Charles’ brilliant, brilliant performance. Now if only the Chiefs can surround with good offensive talent going forward, they might not waste his seemingly Chris Johnson-like potential.