OTC: Chiefs Corners And O-Line Look Like Trouble In Preseason Opener

“I think the Chiefs actually like Ron Parker but it certainly didn’t help his cause (Thursday) night). I would be absolutely stunned – absolutely stunned – if Sean Smith isn’t starting for the Chiefs week one. Ron Parker is still transitioning to the cornerback position. Given the quarterbacks that the Chiefs are facing, do you really want Number 18 in Denver identifying where Ron Parker is and just absolutely picking on him? I don’t think that’s the case at all.”
Herbie Teope, writer for ChiefsSpin.com, on the Chiefs corner who was toasted Thursday night at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: Playing quarterback in the NFL is maybe the most difficult position in team sports. Playing cornerback in the NFL might be the second-most difficult – and the NFL just keeps making the corner’s job all the more difficult with rule changes that favor the offense. Parker isn’t nearly as bad as he looked Thursday night. The NFL is now a lights-out scoring league. It resembles flag football more than it does the NFL from 30 years ago. 

“The (Chiefs) secondary is like the gal you brought home from Funky Town on Thursday night.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Count me among those who have driven by Funky Town on the city’s southeast side (is the building still painted purple?) but have never gotten off I-435 to venture inside. I guess I am going to have to take Nate’s word on this.

“I don’t think this team has a number-one corner. I think they have a lot of number-three corners.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM

“After their OL was tagged for 6 sacks, the Chiefs‘ Jeff Allen said youth was no ‘excuse’ vs. Cincy.”
Sean Keeler, NFL writer for FoxSports.com, @SeanKeeler, Twitter
GH: Six sacks in a preseason game is not good. Six sacks in a regular season game gets you beat and puts your quarterback in jeopardy of being injured.

“He was retreating at a pace that you wouldn’t be proud of or put in your offensive tackle video.”
Stan Weber, on the play from the Chiefs former overall number-one draft choice and starting left tackle, Eric Fisher, and his play in Thursday night’s first preseason game, 810 AM
GH: Fisher looked like he is still way in over his Central Michigan helmet against the Bengals. This makes Kevin Kietzman immensely happy, not to mention correct in his criticism of the Chiefs drafting an offensive tackle with the first overall pick in 2013. It is only Fisher’s second season but this has all the makings of being the worst first-round pick in Chiefs’ history – and that my friends is one helluva bad pick.

“Man, (Tyler) Bray has a nice arm. Pocket presence, not so much…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, on the Chiefs’ third-string quarterback’s play Thursday night, Twitter

“You just can’t replace arm strength. Tyler Bray has it, you saw it on that last throw.” TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter
GH: While watching Bray play, I was trying to come up with the top five quarterback arms the Chiefs have had on their roster over the years. Brodie Croyle, Grbac, Bill Kenny…not the great collection of rocket throwers. Bray’s wing might be better than any of them.

“I just think Albert Wilson is a guy we hear a lot about in the preseason and then don’t hear much about during the regular season.”
Joel Thorman, of ArrowheadPrice.com, on the Chiefs’ breakout wide receiver, 610 AM GH: We have heard the training camp names before that vaulted into the public spotlight via talk radio and media buzz only to fade as August turned to September. Is Albert Wilson the rare camp star who continues to shine through the autumn? You would think the Chiefs are due to find one of these gems.

“I’m looking forward to being in the booth. I can finally be as honest as I want.”
Tony Gonzalez, on his new role as an NFL TV analyst, 810 AM
GH: Does Tony G seem like the kind of guy who has been harboring a lot of truths beneath his surface? Me either. It will be interesting to hear how real Gonzo gets on CBS’ NFL Today.

“Yeah, but (Rex Hudler) sorta calls for a homer on about every third at bat…”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, after @oldmedicinecrow credited the Royals broadcaster with calling a Royals home run just before it was swatted, Twitter

“The terrible accidents in New York City in the 9/11 terrorist attack.”
Steve Physioc, Royals play-by-play broadcaster, Fox Sports KC
GH: This comment by Physioc made Royals Twitter rumble. Read on…

“Physioc thinks the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a terrible accident. Physioc thinks Timothy McVeigh had a horrible farm accident with fertilizer in Oklahoma City.”
Robert Sigrist, @DocSig, Twitter

“Phys may be a nice man. He’s a horrible broadcaster.”
Conrad McGorkin, @ConradMcGorkin, Twitter

“Steve Physioc is not good. I try to be a nice person, but he is just really not good at his job.”
Christy, @ChristyDianneG, Twitter
GH: While Rex Hudler was the target the last two seasons for most of the Royals fans ire, it appears Physioc’s sugary delivery is receiving almost as much criticism from the viewers/listeners as The Wonder Dog. Wouldn’t it be interesting to get a leaked copy of the Royals survey on their radio and TV broadcasters? My email is if you happen to have a copy.

“(Andrew Wiggins) needs to be in a place where people are really depending on him.”
Bill Self, after saying Wiggins told him he hoped to get traded from Cleveland and LeBron, KSHB TV 41
GH: Really? I like Wiggins and think he is a great talent and a good guy. But he does not strike me as a player who can carry an NBA team on his young shoulders. Maybe is a few years he is that guy but he would only be a sophomore at KU next season. That strikes me as too young to be The Man in Minnesota.

“What should Arkansas and Mizzou call their annual football game? I’m partial to #OzarkOfTheCovenant.”
TJ Carpenter, @TJCarpenterWHB, Twitter GH: Sounds like an Indiana Jones sequel.

“All I can think about is that I’m a nine handicap and I would like to play (Tiger Woods) for money right now – a LOT of money!”
Kevin Kietzman, when asked by TJ Carpenter if he was getting some enjoyment out of watching Tiger Woods struggle on Friday at the PGA, 810 AM GH: Let me get this straight – KK wants to jump from fleecing 70-something Jack Harry at Falcon Ridge to playing Tiger for “a LOT of money” at Valhalla? Okay.

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23 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Corners And O-Line Look Like Trouble In Preseason Opener

  1. Gavin says:

    I think what Bill Self was saying, not entirely artfully, is that if Wiggins stays with Cleveland he will be one of LeBron James’ supporting cast and nothing more. Being in Minnesota will force him to step up and be a leader and more of an alpha dog, something every KU fan knows he was not during his brief time in Lawrence. He’s got the physical tools to be an NBA all-star but he doesn’t have the mental attitude. Being one of LBJ’s backups won’t inculcate that in him, but being in a situation where he is not expected to be solely a complimentary player could certainly be such a situation.

    • Kyle R says:

      Yep, that’s exactly what he’s saying. I thought, at first, that Wiggins hopefully becoming the Pippen to LeBron’s Jordan would be ideal but maybe not. Of course, this could all just be Bill Self trying to help make it sound like a good situation for his #1 pick.

      As far as Physioc, did he correct himself for saying “accident”? When you’re paid to talk for hours a night, you’re going to misspeak sometimes and that’s a pretty innocent one. I think we can all realize he doesn’t actually believe it.

  2. Jim says:

    I’ll take Tiger and put up the house, both cars & my 401K. 7,500 yards and Par 71? Ol’ KK ain’t breaking 90. That gives me Tiger with 80 and lower. Yeah, I’m good with that. The blowhard has said some stupid shit before and this is right at the top.

    • Mike says:

      Yeah. Tiger may be several shots worse, on average, then he’s been, but if he gets a crack at the manicured lawns of Lionsgate vs KK, I’ll lay down some good things for a Tiger win. 6-and-5.

      • Jack Wagon says:

        Had a good friend that got to play at an event about 13 years ago at Latrobe CC in PA, At the time he was carrying about a 4 handicap and thought he was pretty good well he got to play one round with Arnie and as he told me, “had his ass schooled by the old man”. KK vs Tiger…….I’m in..

    • JHawkScott says:

      did that comment go unchallenged? Does he really think his scores are the same as scoring on the tour courses? Apples vs. Oranges. And I’d love to see him piss down his leg trying to tee off with money on the line against a PGA pro. Just a stupid, stupid comment. hopefully it was taken out of context and was just a joke, but knowing how KK likes to talk he probably really said that. ..

  3. Mike says:

    Why the hell was Phys referencing 9-11 anyway?
    And I’m in the dark. What in the holy F is Funkytown?!

    • Jack Wagon says:

      Raytown, former home of Stadium Honda. Actually not as bad as one would think, fairly tame crowd. Food, snack type food & drinks. Went there for New Years a few years back and was expecting the worse but overall we had a good time.

  4. Juan Pablo says:

    I know Greg Hall loves Twiiter but I have tired it and it is a big waste of time.

  5. The Independent Rage says:

    OzarkOfTheCovenant sounds more like Indiana Jones meets Deliverance. Harrison Ford forced by Jon Voight (now playing one of the hillbillies) to squeal like a pig. I really don’t need to see that. I’m sure that watching Ford (and the other ossified old remains) on Expendables 3 will be torture enough on the short term.

  6. Jayhawk '97 says:

    “Wait, the Royals are still in first? But they lost last night?”
    Every fan that couldn’t understand how the US advanced in the World Cup.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      Stupid, ridiculous comparison.
      You’re trying way too hard…you sure waited al long time to try that one out on us.
      But that is a nice scarf you’re wearing, now go put it back in your mom’s closet.

    • b12 says:

      Well, Jayhawk, it’s not like the Royals advanced in the playoffs while losing. They just treaded water. People get that.

      But, A for effort. Soccer is back in its rightful place…one notch above irrelevant.

  7. Bill says:

    Anyone know who KK’s buddy “he can’t name on the air” is that he always golfs with?

    • Phaedrus says:

      Tom Watson. KK gives him 3 a side. Last I heard, Tom wasn’t going to play him anymore unless he gets 4 & 1/2 a side.

  8. Java Man says:

    One thing I’ve learned about football, it’s hard to put together a complete team.

  9. Kerouac says:

    “It is only Fisher’s second season but this has all the makings of being the worst first-round pick in Chiefs’ history – and that my friends is one helluva bad pick.”

    - premature emasculation… the names Chiefs busts are legion, but though he was a #1 overall pick, this early point Fisher doesn’t surpass Jenkins, Trosch & Jozwiak for top dishonors.

    “While watching Bray play, I was trying to come up with the top five quarterback arms the Chiefs have had on their roster over the years. Brodie Croyle, Grbac, Bill Kenny”

    - into that conversation would go Pete Beathard, consideration as well a little remembered guy from 1976 who got into one game, his career: Mike Nott.

    As for the Chiefs CB play, it hasn’t been this bad since the likes Willie Mitchell, Fred Williamson and Goldie Sellers served as toast, 1960′s.

    • Doug Tucker says:

      Jenkins or Joswiak may well be the Chiefs’ worst first round pick. Another candidate is tight end Willie Scott in 1981. But I maintain their biggest personnel blunder, all things considered, was QB Todd Blackledge, the second signal-caller taken in the great quarterback draft of 1983. The Chiefs announced their goal that year was finding their QB of the future. They had just fired Marv Levy and hired John Mackovic, who bragged of knowing the position better than anyone this side of Sid Luckman. Among the QBs Mackovic personally scouted but decided to pass on were Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. In other words, in the span of a few months, the Chiefs fired a future HOF coach and rejected two future HOF quarterbacks. But you never know – as inept as Mackovic turned out to be, he might have ruined Marino and Kelly as well.

  10. Kerouac says:

    So many choices, so little internet paper… front office faux pas aplenty.

    Not enough scrutiny given available information by the KC braintrust, whether Jozwiak’s hip (other NFL teams were aware),Elmore Stephens (the top pick ’75, if in round # 2), charged with homicide / ne’er a Chief to be. One has to wonder if the Chiefs didn’t throw darts at their draft board thence. Les Studdard was a nice late round pick in 1982, or so it appeared, who won Mack Lee Hill award; he was gone by the next year, never to return, KC. Anthony Hancock, Rod Walters, Sid Smith…. a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of bustdom, Kansas City…

  11. MightyMo says:

    I thought Fisher was going to put on weight? He looked lean and mean like a TE against Cincy. He needs to at least learn to push them wide when beat to at least give the QB a chance to step up in the pocket. Having your own OT pushed back into your QB’s face will get old pretty fast.

  12. Maff says:

    KK is a pencil necked geek. He has little man’s syndrome badly. We would have all been better off had Grunhard dropped him off the back deck or had his car been rear ended in Mission Hills while getting head from his then secretary/now current wife, causing her to chomp to hard and Bobbit his lil thing away.

    He used to talk about how great a father and family man he was when married to his first wife. What a con artist. Unless he could play from the ladies tee, Tiger would kick his ass. Golf is a great game, but too many pencil neck dudes think they are manly when they can break 80. It is a skill, not really a sport.

  13. Agracer says:

    In fairness to Physioc, ‘accident’ is only one step away from “mad made disaster” which is what the federal government is calling terrorism now….maybe he just got them confused.

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