“I just think there is an increased professionalism (at Chiefs camp). It’s just better. I think it starts with the head coach and the quarterback. … The bottom line is that this (Chiefs) team is on track. This team will be a contender. I just don’t know if it will be right away.”
Bill Williamson, AFC West writer for ESPN.com, after visiting the Chiefs camp in August
GH: We get a glimpse tonight on whether or not the Chiefs have made the quantum leap from 2-14 to AFC contender. Will the Eagles be easy in their own nest? Read on.
“I just think it’s a really brutal task for the Chiefs. That’s a really tough test they have.”
Sam Mellinger, on the Chiefs game in Philadelphia tonight on national television, 810 AM
“The Eagles have lost seven straight at home.”
Josh Klingler, 980 AM
GH: And six of those seven losses were coached by Andy Reid.
“Eagles pulling out all the stops…McNabb jersey retired at halftime.. .hottest (ticket) of season. $150 for standing room!!! It’ll be nuts here.”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, who has been in Philadelphia all week covering the game for KSHB TV-41, Twitter
GH: Boal is a Villanova grad and so he knows the Philly fans. $150 for SRO? That is nuts.
“I’ve never played in Philly but from what I’ve heard it’s pretty hostile. That east coast area is pretty hostile regardless.”
Derrick Johnson, 810 AM
GH: DJ is a Texas kind of guy, born and raised in Waco. Now, Waco has its own hostile history but you have to like how he categorizes the entire east coast as “hostile.” I am sure the Philly fans will not disappoint in living up to that stereotype.
“I think if (Dontari) Poe can perform tonight (against the Eagles), he will have made it to the top. In my opinion, (Jason) Kelce is one of the best offensive linemen in the league. I watched that Chargers game and (Mike) Vick wasn’t even getting touched. If he can do well this week, he’ll have made it to the top.”
Nick Leckey, former NFL center, 810 AM
GH: Poe has exploded onto the NFL radar in his first two games this season. He already has analysts mentioning the Pro Bowl for the Chiefs’ second-year nose tackle. While you are captivated by the Eagles high-octane offense, focus too on how well Poe is able to get free and make plays tonight.
“It’s very different, that college style stuff. It’s fast but it’s just different. It’s different.”
Derrick Johnson, when asked to comment on Chip Kelly’s spread offense in Philadelphia, 810 AM
“There are no excuses for the offensive line play on this (Chiefs) team this year. None! They are not allowed on this show! They got rid of their experienced players. This should be the best offensive line in the league this year.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman still has a large stick up his rear because the Chiefs somehow went against his wishes and did not draft a quarterback with the first pick in the draft. I find it very entertaining.
“Andy told me in a private conversation, ‘That that’s the worst thing we could do. Everybody was beaten down to a pulp here.’”
Mitch Holthus, on why Andy Reid and John Dorsey did not choose to remind to everyone what a terrible situation they walked into when they replaced Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli, 810 AM
GH: Well, so much for private conversations with Mitch.
“It’s like the air has changed out there. The entire energy of the place is different out there.”
Jeff Chadiha, on the difference at Arrowhead under John Dorsey and Andy Reid, 810 AM
“I am so happy for those guys.”
Bill Maas, on the Chiefs’ players being allowed to speak more freely and how much they appear to be enjoying their new work environment, 610 AM
“Here’s what Andy Reid brought to this team. He brought credibility. … I see a lot of buy-ins on this team.”
Jeff Chadiha, 810 AM
“(Andy Reid) is like a different guy. His personality, he was fun to be around yesterday. He was joking. He’s back to coaching football. He seems to be really happy and healthy right now.”
Brad Nessler, who will be calling play-by-play tonight for the Chiefs/Eagles game for the NFL Network
GH: That what BBQ do!
“Andy admitted that he’ll probably be gigging those guys a little bit.”
Brad Nessler, saying that Andy Reid is known to good-naturedly “trash talk” to his former players from the Chiefs’ sideline during the game, 810 AM
“I think they are going to contain (Mike) Vick tonight and Justin Houston is the guy who is going to shadow him.”
Nick Athan, WarpaintIllustrated.com
GH: Vick is 33 years old but he can still move. He challenged and beat 24-year-old LeSean McCoy in a 40-yard dash earlier this month. Although McCoy swears Vick cheated. Vick cheat? Really?
“The magic number is 28. The Chiefs have to score 28 points (to beat the Eagles).”
Jake Gutierrez, 810 AM
GH: The problem with Jake’s logic here is that he was using scores from Philadelphia’s games over the last few years – when Andy Reid was coaching the Eagles. Chip Kelly’s offensive numbers are quite a bit different than Big Red’s.
“They have run four more plays than Kansas City.”
Mitch Holthus, downplaying the speed in which the Eagles snap the ball, 810 AM
“Out of respect to Coach Andy Reid, the Hereford House will NOT be selling Philly Cheese Steaks for lunch today…you might try ordering a “ChiefSteak” if you really want one!”
Hereford House email
“Arrowhead is back! It never went anywhere but it was unbelievable on Sunday! After that (last) punt, it was at like a next level! It was kind of like a touchdown. It was cool. It was special. It was chill bumps all over the place! It was big red monster style! People were beating down the backs of chairs. I’m sure there are a bunch of chair backs missing.”
Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs punter, on the Arrowhead crowd cheering his punts on Sunday, 810 AM
GH: Please remember to return your chair back next Sunday for the Chiefs game against the Giants…and beat the hell out of it all over again.
“He didn’t get drafted for a reason. It’s the character and the smarts.”
Soren Petro, on Tyler Bray, the Chiefs third-string QB, 810 AM
GH: This statement from Petro is one of the more damning as I’ve heard him make about a hometown player. I can’t imagine Bray would take this one too kindly. Is Petro calling the allegations that Bray took money from boosters at Tennessee a sign of poor character? That seems like a stretch even for a sports talk jock.
“We just signed nice new contracts here on the Afternoon Drive and I don’t think we’re going anywhere.”
Danny Parkins, on reports that he has penned a three-year contract with 610 Sports
GH: Parkins has now made mention of his new three-year contract on Twitter and on his radio show. Obviously, he’s pretty proud of the deal he’s struck. So what does it mean for Kansas City sports talk radio listeners? Does Parkins have the chops to build an audience? Does 610 even care anymore if they grow or are they just content to just be average? Three years??? That’s an eternity in radio. Is Scott Pioli running 610?
“I don’t want to get fired now. We haven’t beaten Kietzman yet.”
Danny Parkins, saying he wants to be cautious in what he says to his boss, 610 AM
GH: Beating Kietzman – the mantra of every scalpless soul who has ever sat in the afternoon-drive seat at 610 down the dial from KK’s Between the Lines juggernaut. How about just doing entertaining radio?
“Did you see the review on Toby Keith?”
Kevin Kietzman, to Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
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