“It’s like a great dream that nobody wants to wake up from.”
Chris Berman, on the Chiefs 7-0 start, ESPN
GH: Is it a dream? Are the Chiefs as much of a mirage as many in the national media and just about all NFL fans outside of Mitch Holthus’ “Chiefs Kingdom” believe? Or has Andy Reid and John Dorsey truly transformed 2012’s Deadhead Arrowhead into TerrorHead even before Halloween? Read on.
“He basically brought in a culture that we’re not used to. It’s making a difference for our entire team.”
Tamba Hali, on Andy Reid joining the Chiefs, CBS
GH: I was not in favor of bringing in a recycled Andy Reid who looked to me to be coming off a really bad rebound relationship in Philly. I wanted new, young and different – like the Eagles got in Chip Kelly. Well, I have been wrong before but I’m not sure I’ve been this wrong very often. Reid looks to be exactly what the Chiefs and this franchise needed.
“It’s like being a farmer, there’s always work to do.”
Andy Reid, 810 AM
GH: Reid is maybe the smartest head coach I can remember here with the Chiefs or Royals. He gets marketing. He understands his words can move mountains when it comes to ticket sales or moving the needle on the Guinness guy’s tricorder. You think Andy rolls out a farmer reference in Philly?
“Dwayne Bowe just came up behind Clark Hunt during an interview and gave him a hug. Good days in Chiefs’ locker room.”
Jeff Rosen, KC Star sports editor, @jeff_rosen88, Twitter
GH: Love this tweet for two reasons; 1) Many in the media continue to unfairly paint Bowe as a potential problem in the locker room despite his actions to the contrary. 2) Rosen uses Twitter to let us know what’s happening as it happens in the Chiefs’ locker room. Great stuff all the way around.
“The Chiefs are the worst 7-0 team in NFL history. The teams they have beaten are a combined 14-33.”
Don Van Natta, Jr., @DVNJr, decorated news writer who also writes for ESPN the Magazine, Twitter
GH: Junior apparently isn’t impressed. That does not alter the fact that the Chiefs lead the AFC West and are the only undefeated team in the NFL.
“However you think of Kansas City, it goes up when you see them in person. At least it did for me.”
Phil Simms, who was the TV analyst Sunday for the Texans/Chiefs game on CBS
GH: The same can and has often been said about our fair burg as well. Kansas City is a well-kept secret to those who never bother to visit. Those who do though quickly become aware of this area’s charms. I got to view some of our more striking neighborhoods last Saturday during my run in the Kansas City Marathon. I came away with a number of thoughts as I hoofed it up and down that hilly course. But the overwhelming memory I took from that perfect fall morning was the jaw-dropping beauty of our city from Crown Center to Waldo and back. Made me proud to know this is my home.
“I think sometimes change can be good.”
Andy Reid, discussing his move from Philadelphia to Kansas City, ESPN
GH: I tell my wife this all the time but…
“They are the best defense in the NFL right now.”
Dan Patrick, NBC
GH: Pretty hard to argue this point – unless maybe your name is Junior. Read on.
“Kansas City is one of the few teams that I’ve seen that plays it old school defense. Emmitt Thomas is their defensive backs coach, and he’s one of those guys who teaches old-school football.”
Tom Jackson, ESPN
GH: There is an old-school feel for a lot of things going on this season with the Chiefs – especially with the way Tamba Hali and Justin Houston attack the quarterback like he was a burnt end.
“I was in Kansas City when we had Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. It’s the same thing (now with Tamba Hali and Justin Houston). These two offensive tackles (for the Texans) playing in Kansas City when you are behind and have to throw – you can’t imagine how loud it is right now. They can’ hear, they’ve got to look into the ball, and you’ve got these fast (defenders) on the edge. Tamba Hali is a special rusher. That tomahawk chop (move by Hali), that is Derrick Thomas all the way! These guys are playing great defense right now.”
Tony Dungy, NBC
“The Chiefs’ blitz schemes are one of the most sophisticated blitz schemes you have seen in the National Football League this year. When you play defense like this – this is what you and me call ‘old-school defense.’ Make them earn everything. This defense is playing top-level defense right now because they are taking it back to old school.”
Ray Lewis, responding to Tom Jackson’s comment above, ESPN
GH: It is pretty hard to knock the Chiefs’ defense but pundits are ripping their conservative offense with regularity. Read on.
“They’re not throwing the ball downfield and ironically, their offense caters to throwing the ball downfield! Because they are getting eight- and nine-man (defensive) fronts. This is what they need to do more of because it would complement their running game. Listen, I don’t know what – but maybe this is the reason why in San Francisco it did not happen there and they went with Kaepernick. His inability to pull the trigger more often down the field.”
Bill Cowher, CBS
GH: Cowher was here in KC at the same time as Dungy and his resume is one that we should all respect. Are the Chiefs too conservative to get out of the first round of the playoffs? Read on.
“I compliment everything Andy Reid has done. The thing is this offense will take them to the playoffs. To take the next step they’ve got to take more shots down the field. Will Alex Smith pull the trigger? That’s my question.”
Bill Cowher, CBS
GH: More and more I am seeing the experts point to Smith as the problem with the deep ball – not the play calling. Phil Simms does exactly this with the comments below.
“It’s been a pretty careful offense so far. It’s not because the Kansas City Chiefs are not trying. They have designed every play possible to throw the ball downfield. But in (Alex Smith’s) defense I’ll say a couple of things. The offensive line has been extremely inconsistent when it comes to pass blocking. The wide receivers are not getting open on a consistent basis. And the other thing is I’m going to give (Smith) credit for this – he’s managing the game. I hate that term but it is true.”
Phil Simms, CBS
GH: Are the Chiefs’ coaches are providing Smith with a more open attack than we are seeing and he simply can’t pull the trigger – as Cowher puts it? Or is this young offensive line just not trustworthy enough for a downfield passing attack? I think Smith can throw the deep ball – but as Indy proved, even Peyton Manning needs time to set up.
“This is hilarious: Chiefs fans say I hate them. I’m from small town, western Missouri.”
Matt Miller, @nfldraftscout,Twitter
GH: Here is what I find hilarious, that NFL experts like Matt Miller think all of Chiefs fans are represented by the handful of folks who respond negatively to his tweets. Grow a pair, Matt – and then tweet like you’ve got ‘em.
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