“Man, there are some folks who rooted for a 2-14 team last year that are really frustrated being 8-0 now.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: And some of their names are Jack Harry, Kevin Kietzman, Danny Parkins and Soren Petro. I listened to all four of these sports talk jocks bemoan the play of the 8-0 Chiefs as if the Grim Reaper were waiting just above the Chiefs locker room door. Are the Chiefs a great 8-0 team? Hell, no. Does it matter how they’ve won or who they’ve beaten to get to 8-0? Hell, no.
“Alex Smith isn’t just average when he’s blitzed or under pressure. He’s terrible! I think it’s going to be a problem all year.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: It sure has been a problem – Smith is only 8-0 and finding ways to win each week. How can Parkins say Smith is terrible under pressure when he was here last season to watch Matt Cassel’s duck-and-cover method of handing pocket pressure? I haven’t seen Smith drop into the fetal position once this season. Progress, baby!
“We’re not going for Miss America. That’s not what we’re going for, it’s W’s.”
Andy Reid, as he and his team celebrated their eighth straight win this season, KMBC.com
GH: Reid’s Chiefs look more to me like the Mrs. Olathe kind of gal – a little rough around the edges with plenty of cushy curves in the clench.
“It’s not flashy but it’s pure football at its finest. It’s kind of fun to watch when you delve into it.”
Louis Riddick, former NFL player and current NFL analyst for ESPN, as a guest on The Border Patrol, 810 AM
GH: Riddick called Andy Reid’s offensive attack, “death by a thousand cuts.” He said he marvels at how Reid continues to use the limited weapons available to him to give his team third-and-short situations with power dives, screen passes to Jamaal Charles and quick-pitch sweeps.
“This is what concerns me about the Chiefs; we know they can play defense, but come playoff time…can they score enough points come playoff time to win?”
Shannon Sharpe, CBS
GH: Playoffs? Playoffs? We’re 8-0, baby! The question the NFL should be asking is can the opposition score more than 17 points on this Chiefs’ D come playoffs.
“I’ve been here since ’01 and I haven’t missed a home game. This is the best season ever! Tailgates are wilder. Games are louder.”
Ryan Henry, Chiefs fan, WDAF TV4
GH: I know the Chiefs look to have some holes in their pursuit of the Super Bowl but does that really matter right now? Who expected this? I’m glad Ryan and the Arrowhead crazies are enjoying it for now each week.
“We found some folks growing Andy Reid mustaches. Others have their lucky Chiefs gear – some of these guys aren’t even washing them! Fans are doing anything they can to keep the Chiefs winning.”
Rob Collins, reporter, WDAF TV4
GH: I’m not sure not washing Chiefs gear is a superstitious thing. I think it’s more of a Kansas City Chiefs’ fan thing.
“They have very quickly reestablished an identify they had lost. We get caught up in stats and who did what but I like that they got their identity back. They got their swagger back. They are looked at on a national stage again and they are really relevant. As a Chiefs fan, that’s something that’s really good. Take a step back and say, ‘Hey, we mean something again.’ ”
Caller Dale, on Bob Fescoe’s Show, 610 AM
GH: Somebody get Dale a sports talk show in Kansas City.
“It doesn’t seem to me that (the Chiefs) ever win in Buffalo. If you haven’t been following the Bills, they are better than people thought. This is a scary game for the Chiefs.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Maybe Reid should call the NFL and forfeit?
“I’ve never seen the Chiefs lose.”
Vahe Gregorian, who joined The Kansas City Star earlier this year after writing for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 25 years
GH: Gregorian has only been covering the Chiefs since this summer so his sample size is not seamhead worthy. But compare the devastation and destruction that Jason Whitlock’s arrival to Kansas City brought to this burg’s sports franchises in 1994 and I like this St. Louis guy’s karma.
“This is a tough game (for the Chiefs at Buffalo). This is a game that could jump up and bite you.”
Herm Edwards, 810 AM
GH: I like how the national pundits are calling for the Chiefs to drop their first game this Sunday in Buffalo. Many believe the pressure to arrive in Denver as an undefeated team is just too much for the Alex Smith-led Chiefs. I am not one of them.
“Tony Gonzalez is just sitting there to be had. There is no way you can tell me that the Atlanta Falcons wouldn’t want to trade him. I don’t care about next year’s fifth-round draft choice.”
Kevin Kietzman, urging the Chiefs to add the future HOF tight end before the trade deadline, 810 AM
“I’ve never seen a guy (like Tony Gonzalez) with that limited amount of athleticism left in the in the tank be that devastating (on game day).”
Sam Monson, with ProFrooballFocus.com, in an interview with Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Monson said Gonzo has no speed, no agility and can’t separate from any defenders. He also went on to say all Tony can do is catch everything thrown at him. What a storyline that would be if the Human Hair Dryer returned to the Chiefs for a crack at the Super Bowl.
“I’ve never seen as many good quarterbacks as we have this year (in college football).”
Lou Holtz, ESPN
GH: The Chiefs officially lost their second-round draft pick in next year’s draft with their eighth win Sunday. Will they use their first-rounder on one of these talents college QBs? Kevin Kietzman and I sure hope so.
“(Dez Bryant’s) behavior on the sideline is unacceptable! I don’t care what the circumstances. This is an emotional game but this is where you’re supposed to be at your best. When emotions run high, you’re supposed to be at your calmest. Just play football!”
Shannon Sharpe, on the out-of-control sideline antics by Dallas’ wide-receiver, CBS
GH: Bryant looked like a young guy who will look back on his temper tantrum someday and hopefully be embarrassed. Not everyone was as upset with Bryant as Sharpe. Read on.
“I think you’re dealing with a very emotional competitive guy. They need him down the stretch if they want to get where they want to go.”
Bill Cowher, CBS
GH: The Chiefs might be willing to put up with a few of Bryant’s sideline f-bombs…
“He is the only guy on that team that plays with that kind of passion. The only guy. There is a way to channel it, but I love the passion. There is nothing wrong with what he did.”
Deion Sanders, NFL Network
“(Bryant) doesn’t have a problem with Jason Witten. He doesn’t have a problem with Tony Romo. He wants the football. For years we talked about people on the sideline of the Dallas Cowboys having no passion, no leadership and it seems like they don’t care. Now we get a guy with maybe a little too much passion and he doesn’t know how to exactly display it in front of a TV audience, but now we are going to go and say, ‘Get rid of all the passion you have?’ No, it is absolutely crazy.”
Michael Irvin, former Cowboys receiver, Dallasnews.com
GH: I love the “too much passion” defense that is being lobbed in Bryant’s defense. The guy acted the fool. Sharpe was right to call him out.
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