“To me it’s not boring preseason football. To me it’s intriguing.”
Mitch Holthus, as the Chiefs prepare for their first of four preseason tilts starting Friday night against the Cardinals, 810 AM
GH: Every football fans see the NFL preseason a bit differently. Mitch finds it intriguing. I find it an incredible rip-off and far more hype than substance. But it is football and most of us will pay some attention to it. But I’ll pass on heading to Arrowhead tonight. Paying $27 just to park to watch Dontari Poe fend off blockers is not all that appealing. My DVR is set. Read on.
“[Dontari Poe] has got a long way to go. This guy is nowhere close to being a complete player.”
Adam Teicher, on the Chiefs’ top draft pick’s play in camp at nose tackle, 810 AM
“So try to remember that: If Poe is contributing very little thru half the season, doesn’t mean he’s a bust. Means KC is sticking to its plan.”
Kent Babb, @kentbabb, Twitter
GH: Huh? Sometimes Babb tweets with a South Carolina accent that is more difficult to decipher than a Sonic commercial.
“I love [Poe’s] combination of athleticism, strength and power, and believe he will emerge as an effective inside rusher in the Chiefs‘ nickel package. Although Poe will eventually need to become a starter and dominant all-around player to justify his lofty draft status, I don’t mind Kansas City bringing him along slowly to foster his development.”
Bucky Brooks, writer, NFL.com
GH: Everyone appears to be telling us to be patient when it comes to Poe’s productivity. If there is a trait that Chiefs/Royals fans have perfected – it is patience. How about one of these years drafting some bad-ass defensive lineman who turns into the next B.J. Raji? Patience we’ve got. Bad-ass defensive linemen, we need.
“That’s like getting a test before you’re taking a test.”
Kendrick Lewis, on practicing against the Cardinals this week in camp prior to their game on Friday night, 810 AM
“More and more the guy I see when I see Jonathan Baldwin is Tony Gonzalez.”
Adam Teicher, KC Star Chiefs’ beat writer, 810 AM
GH: No Chiefs’ player – not even Dwayne Bowe – has created more conversation during camp than the Chiefs’ second-year wide-receiver out of Pittsburgh. And all of the buzz has been good – very good. NFL analysts are raving about the changes they’ve seen in Baldwin. Read on.
“[Jonathan Baldwin] is all business this year.”
Matt Miller, of BleacherReport.com, 810 AM
GH: A year ago we were bemoaning the immaturity of Baldwin and how his locker-room fight with Thomas Jones cost him valuable learning reps for the first two months of the season. His me-first reputation at Pitt was coming back to haunt him as a rookie NFL receiver. Bowe holdout has allowed Baldwin room to mature and time with Matt Cassel. All early signs point to him having a breakout sophomore season.
“I don’t know if the Chiefs need [Baldwin] to be that good [as Julio Jones].”
Adam Teicher, alluding to reports that Bill Belichick compared Baldwin’s talents to those of the highly-touted second-year Atlanta Falcons’ wide-out, 810 AM
GH: We’ll go ahead and take it though, right Adam?
“I just think it’s a matter of getting some repetitions for [Ricky Stanzi]. Friday night is big for him.”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs’ third-string QB, 810 AM
GH: Holthus is the forever optimist when it comes to the Chiefs. As great as the camp reviews have been on Baldwin, they have been equally poor regarding the former Iowa quarterback’s play. Matt Miller called him “just not ready.” His thin frame and inaccuracy has all but his ardent fan base ready to send him back to Iowa City.
“I was a little up and down consistently throughout camp. I could be a little more consistent.”
Ricky Stanzi, when asked to access his play so far in camp, 810 AM
GH: Stanzi has been plenty consistent – just not in a good way.
“I’m convinced the Chiefs have an emerging superstar on their hands. [Justin] Houston displays outstanding first-step quickness and shows a natural knack for getting to the quarterback off the edge. While Houston must continue to refine his hand skills and countermoves, he possesses all of the requisite traits (speed, athleticism and burst) that you look for in an elite pass rusher. Playing opposite Tamba Hali, he will thrive against the isolated matchups he receives. If the Chiefs can routinely force opponents into long-yardage situations by successfully defending the run, I would expect to see Houston collect 10-plus sacks as a second-year player.”
Bucky Brooks, writer, NFL.com
“When they go to their sub-packages and they can turn him loose, he is going to be an animal! He is going to be very hard to block.”
Mitch Holthus, on the Chiefs’ Justin Houston, 810 AM
“This will be the best Chiefs’ pass rush since DT and Neil Smith. I think they’ll both have double-digit sacks.”
Mitch Holthus, on Tamba Hali and Houston recording double-digit sacks this season, 810 AM
“I love Mitch and I love the Chiefs but you’re not going to hear a whole lot of bad things come out of their mouths about their players.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: And I was just starting to get excited… KAN-SAS SIT-EEE!
“There’s not a guy that looks better in training camp than Dexter McCluster. Do you think if there was a redraft that he’d be a second-round pick? I don’t.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: A lot of positive vibes have been floated McCluster’s way up in St. Joe, with many believing Brian Daboll’s new offense will finally find a way to utilize the former second-round draft pick. The easy-to-tip-over Dexter needs a lot of space to excel – space that you rarely find available in an NFL game.
“You know how they always say players got to be good on and off the field? Our fans are good in the stadium and out of the stadium. They just treat everybody with respect.”
Eric Berry, Chiefs commercial
GH: Chiefs’ fans treat everybody with respect? Why make Berry read this line of copy? Arrowhead is a wild, untamed NFL environment. It is what most fans expect and every NFL team wants – but it is not the kind of place where respect is all that prevalent. My wife stop going with me in 1989 when three different fights broke out around us and a guy in front of us pissed in his cup. Respect, baby.
“Race for the Cure”
Re-titled name for Susan G. Komen 5K
GH: Last December the Susan G. Komen organization made the decision to withhold funds for breast cancer screenings performed by Planned Parenthood. The decision was greeted with such a backlash from the public that SGK quickly relented and restored the funding – which angered the conservative side of the political scene. All this bad publicity has resulted in the very popular 5K races suffering drops in registration in big cities up to 35% and 40%. I have noticed that recent emails and marketing efforts for this Sunday’s 5K at Union Station have removed the Susan G. Komen name from their marketing. A number of high-profile people have recently been fired or reassigned at SGK. Too often charitable organizations mistake money for political power. It is up to the people to remind them of the difference. The downtown route should be far less crowded this Sunday.
“I’ve never been to an Olive Garden.”
Carrington Harrison, 610 AM
GH: This is a man who is not very familiar with the opposite gender.
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