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If the Chiefs are going to sack more quarterbacks in the final six games of the season, the responsibility wont lie just with pass rushers. The secondary also plays a role by creating coverage sacks, even against quarterbacks such as Denvers Peyton Manning, who got rid of the ball quickly last week, and San Diegos Philip Rivers, who figures to do the same on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs second-year tackle Donald Stephenson could have more on his plate on Sunday afternoon against San Diego than filling in as an extra tight end. Right tackle and first-round draft pick Eric Fisher has been out this week because of a shoulder injury, meaning Stephenson is likely to make his second start of the season.
Since he was cut by the Jaguars on Sept. 1, Love, a fourth-year defensive tackle, has been forced to wrap his mind around the fact that in just two short years, hed gone from starting in the Super Bowl with New England in 2012 to working out in Atlanta, basically waiting for the phone to ring.
Knile Davis, a 5-foot-10, 227-pounder who ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash and was taken in the third round of Aprils NFL Draft, probably owes the Denver altitude to some of his increased playing time on Sunday, when he played the most offensive snaps (12) hes had in a game since the Chiefs 28-2 win over Jacksonville in the season opener.
Measured by sacks, the vaunted Chiefs pass rush has all but disappeared.
Before his team’s showdown with the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, Chiefs coach Andy Reid stressed two priorities.
Peyton Manning wasn’t the first NFL quarterback to call his own plays, but his field vision has inspired a generation of quarterbacks who have the league on a record pace for offensive output this season.
Last week, a woman in Overland Park listed a wedding ring set on Craigslist that she wanted to swap for tickets to the Chiefs-Broncos game at Arrowhead on Dec. 1. On Thursday, she found a taker and got her tickets.
The Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles has only broken one rush for 20-plus yards this season, which puts him far off the standard he’s set in he previous three seasons he’s been a healthy starter. In those seasons, he’s averaged 10 runs of 20-plus yards and posted longs of 76, 80 and 91 yards.
Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali doesn’t have to be reminded about the first time he sacked Peyton Manning. Or the second. “Did I strip him?” Hali said, smiling, full well knowing he sacked and stripped the ball from Manning in a 2007 game at Indianapolis, only to see the then-Colts quarterback recover the fumble for a seven-yard loss.
After spending the vast majority of his six-year career as an outside cornerback in the National Football League, Brandon Flowers has spent the better part of a month trying to learn the intricacies of the nickel corner position. And it hasnt been easy.
An attorney for Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe said his client is “100 percent innocent” after Bowe was pulled over and arrested Sunday for allegedly possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. Bowe was cited for speeding and possession of a controlled substance but Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Bowe will start Sunday night at Denver.
The NFL announced Tuesday that it was moving the start time of the Chiefs’ Dec. 1 home game against the Denver Broncos from noon to 3:25 p.m. on CBS.
Riverside police arrested Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe late Sunday for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana. The arrest occurred on the Chiefs bye weekend. The team has a prime-time showdown this Sunday night against the division rival Bronocs in Denver. A Chiefs spokesman said Tuesday: We are aware of the situation but wont have any other comment at this time.
MRI tests on Broncos quarterback Peyton Mannings lower leg revealed no new structural damage, interim Broncos coach Jack Del Rio said Monday, adding Manning will definitely play Sunday when the 8-1 Broncos play host to the 9-0 Chiefs on Sunday night.
Aside from rookies carrying veterans' shoulder pads up the hill at training camp, the Chiefs have a no-hazing policy. Were not a hazing team, we dont encourage that, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday. Thats just not how we operate.
On the field, Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt is having one of his better statistical years, averaging 44.7 yards a punt with 26 downed within the 20-yard line for the undefeated Chiefs. Off the field, he and his wife, Christia, are set to welcome their fifth child to their family during the bye week.
As Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was turning in one of the most memorable moments of the NFL weekend, Jamaal Charles was doing his usual remarkable thing in Buffalo, on his way to accounting for about 46 percent of the Chiefs’ total yards in the team’s ninth straight victory. Both players were coached by Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.
In the NFL, things get settled on the field, which is why quarterback Alex Smith and other Chiefs players and coaches don’t see much use in getting worked up in public by the perception that their league-leading 9-0 record is house-of-cards thin, built on a steady stream of weaker opponents and backup quarterbacks.
The last time Andy Reid came off a bye week, the upcoming game was being described as the most important of his tenure.