OTC: Chiefs Offensive Line Looks Very Offensive / KK Says MU Wouldn’t Be ESPN Target If They’d Stayed In B12

“When (Andy Reid) says he’s got to better job, that means his offense was terrible.”
Danny Clinkscale, after the Chiefs were embarrassed by Matt Cassel and the Vikings Saturday night at Arrowhead, 810 AM
GH: WHB’s Steven St. John cautioned Chiefs fans (like me) who are already pessimistic about this season’s squad to NOT overreact to what we are seeing in the preseason. After watching this debacle, we can only hope this is not what the 2014 season has in store for us.

“I feel very comfortable where we are at. We got a ton of great work in at camp this year.” Alex Smith, after the Chiefs looked awful at Arrowhead Saturday night against Matt Cassel and the Vikings, 810 AM
GH: Comfortable? Smith and the number-one offense has yet to score a touchdown in three preseason games. If that is feeling comfortable, let’s ratchet up the heat on this unit and try out some uncomfortable shoes. Maybe some with Jamaal Charles in them.

“After watching that (Vikings) game, I don’t know how (Reid) couldn’t be tempted to put some of his starters back out there (for the fourth exhibition game).”
TJ Carpenter, 810 AM
GH: Reid is not going to play his starters for more than a series this Thursday night against the Packers – if that. We are pretty much done with seeing anything to make us feel better about the season opener against the Titans. I guess that means we can only be surprised if Reid is able to field a competitive team against one of the NFL’s tougher schedules.

“On one of the sacks, Eric Fisher was on the ground as Alex Smith was being sacked. I could believe it! … This offensive line absolutely struggled tonight and I don’t see any relief coming. Will Shields is not walking through that door.”
Henry Lake, 610 AM
GH: The relief for the Chiefs offensive line is coming in the form of Jamaal Charles. The Texas Torch has been making Chiefs offensive lines look far better than they are since Carl Peterson drafted him out of Texas in 2008.

“Right now this offensive line is getting pushed around. They are flat getting pushed around at the point of contact.”
Jay Binkley, 610 AM

“Alex Smith is not only not going to get an extension (to his contract), he is going to be on his back a ton this year with that offensive line.”
Henry Lake, 610 AM

“(Alex Smith) has five guys protecting him that pulling wedgies out of their asses!”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM

“They’re getting worse. I think they’ve actually gotten worse.”
Jay Binkley, on the play of the Chiefs offensive line, 610 AM

“I’m extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption. The rules are strict and without a therapeutic use exemption, the consequence is a four-game suspension… It is not a mistake I will ever make again.”
Donald Stephenson, in a prepared statement to address his four-game suspension, cbssports.com
GH: My bullshit meter went off so loudly after reading Donaldson’s apology that I had a therapeutic  exemption myself.

“Our best offensive lineman just got suspended for the first four games of the season. The problem is that he’s our best offensive lineman.”
Jake Gutierrez, on Donald Stephenson being suspended for flunking a drug test, 810 AM

“I’m learning that all NFL teams pretty much do the same thing.”
Dee Ford, Chiefs defensive end and the team’s first pick out of Auburn in the 2014 draft, 810 AM
GH: Dee Ford is either an incredibly insightful and quick learner after three preseason games or a naïve rookie. I am guessing the latter.

“I don’t think Dee Ford is going to be a gigantic contributor on this team. I just don’t.” Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: That would make both of John Dorsey’s top draft picks as underwhelming underachievers. Let’s hope Clink is wrong.

“It’s more important to try ‘smart’ than to try ‘hard.’”
Denny Mathews, after the Rangers attempted to steal second base late in Saturday’s game despite being down 4-1 to the Royals, Royals Radio
GH: Very true words from one of my favorite baseball voices.

“Did you ever think the Royals would be 16 games over .500 and it would be expected?” Josh Vernier, after the Royals win in Texas Saturday night, 610 AM GH: With Sunday’s loss to the Rangers the Royals fell to 15 games over .500. Fell. Consider that statement and try not to smile.

“I don’t think these (Outside the Lines) stories are still happening if Missouri is in the Big 12. I’m talking about the last year or year and a half with ESPN and Outside the Lines really going after Missouri and suggesting that the people who are still there are wrong doers. ”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Is there anything that Kietzman hates more than Mizzou leaving the Big 12 and succeeding in the SEC? Maybe Tiger Woods? Nah, he hates Mizzou leaving more than anything.

“I can’t say it’s because of SEC football but I know the history of this league. Schools will rat out other schools in this conference. They will do to others things that will not happen in any other conference. There are people that were at Missouri in 2006, 2008 and 2009 that are working at other schools in the SEC.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Spoken like a true reporter with his hand on nary a fact.

“It may be that ESPN just has all this guilt of, ‘Well, we do all this other stuff for the SEC and we started the SEC Network and boy we sure look like homers  for the SEC, we better find something somewhere.’ And maybe Missouri’s just that. I don’t know.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Finally some truth from KK – “I don’t know.”

“I just don’t think that this is a coincidence that they’re doing all this stuff now that Missouri is in the SEC. Am I crazy?”
Kevin Kietzman, in a conversation about MU with Vahe Gregorian, 810 AM
GH: Yes.

“I’d like to know where the germ for the idea for these stories comes from. … There’s so much of that that is mystifying to me.”
Vahe Gregorian, columnist for The Kansas City Star, on where ESPN came up with their MU sources for their reports, 810 AM
GH: If you are as tied in to Mizzou as Gregorian has been for the past 25 years as a journalist, shouldn’t you be a bit embarrassed to make this statement?

“Drive hammered, get nailed. Enforcement’s up.” Interstate Sign, on I-29 North just south of St. Joseph, MO GH: Words to live by.

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24 Responses to OTC: Chiefs Offensive Line Looks Very Offensive / KK Says MU Wouldn’t Be ESPN Target If They’d Stayed In B12

  1. Phaedrus says:

    Greg, do you still want to put Butler in right field after watching him totally whiff on the pop-up Friday night?

  2. brett says:

    shouldnt we be looking at richie incognito? i’d actually like him to haze fisher a bit.

  3. skip says:

    KK is driving the clown car

  4. whiney says:

    “Drive hammered, get nailed. Enforcement’s up.” Interstate Sign,

    I drive through speed traps DURING rush hour every day (going with the traffic going into the city) – in areas that I have never seen an accident. Safety doesn’t appear to be the issue; tax revenue?

    This increase in speed traps (city and highway patrol) while our nation’s mode moving toward demilitarizing our police force. My idea: how about not using F250 as patrol cars. Get rid of the SUV’s while we’re at at and go towards a more fuel efficient solution. If there is an excess of funding, why not use this money on improving the death trap on/off-ramps?

    [steps down from soap box]

    • Bob Sacamano says:

      Amen, it seems like KCMO is needing more money with all of the speed traps they have recently set up around town.

  5. Kerouac says:

    Fantasy ~ “Charles did not play, Bowe dnp, Stephenson dnp, Hemmingway dnp, Mays dnp, Devito dnp, Berry dnp” (translation for the uninitiated: “Otherwise, Chiefs win.”)

    Reality ~ ‘wait till next year’ part 46, KC’s never-ending story…


    Positives (if you look, squint, squeeze & suspend your disbelief hard enough):

    * KC scored offense (td pass), defense (safety) & special teams (xp & fg) – all phases working

    * OT Fisher showed improvement (from fish out of water to a fish merely swimming upstream)

    * QB Bray finished up nicely (rather than dying out completely; he wasn’t helped by teammates dropping passes, including one by the former All World (but now merely local legend) TE Kelce

    * HB Davis didn’t fumble… he did dance & dropped a pass though, so looks in mid-season form

    * Didn’t hear the name CB Ron Parker mentioned as often as previous games (to be fair, didn’t hear the name Sammie Parker mentioned often, either)

    * Media sensations (overhypes) & future Hall of Famers LB Ford & TE Harris were cleverly used as decoys, selflessly allowing their teammates to draw (if not win) one-on-one match-ups

    Parting shots ~ trade QB Daniel & his co$tly set of splinters (Bray 2nd & Murray 3rd string, youth if not expertise their qualifications, each); trade K $uccop (oughtta bring one mediocre veteranOL, S or WR); at minimum, KC gets a #7 choice so they can draft their next Mr. Irrelevant to join the rest.


    Chiefs: pacing themselves (part 45 the never-ending story) since 1970

  6. Joe Blow says:

    Who the hell is Henry Lake?

    • Herb says:

      Just another ported-in partner for the local boy.

    • Juan Pablo says:

      Henry Lake is just another out of town clown 610 brings in to talk local KC sports, then they wonder why nobody listens to him. You would think 610 will someday learn you need someone with local ties to KC to talk KC sports.

  7. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Sheezus. KK just can’t help himself. I hope he realizes what a red-assed little bitch he sounds like every time he talks about the SEC/Big XII/Mizzou.

  8. Sports Watcher says:

    A thought on Mizzou and trouble.

    The university has a world-class J-school, cranking out hundreds of students each year – with probably about half of the male journalism students wanting to be sports reporters.

    If you’re a student trying to be a “player” in sports journalism, you imbed yourself with the athletes and, once you get some dirt, go chirping to the big boys. That’s how you get your foot in the door of a very competitive business.

  9. Smith says:

    Testing for performance enhancing drugs in sports is archaic. Who cares if they pump their bodies full of steroids and growth hormones? We want home runs and big hits and high-jumpin, spear-chuckin, 360-degree-basketball-dunkin entertainment. These dudes have no purpose in life but to put on a uniform and play a game to entertain people who work for a living. All the crap in the meat we eat has changed the human DNA as it is anyway…athletes are bigger, faster ands stronger than ever. Nobody ever brings that fact up though. Why do think girls get DD size knockers in 7th grade these days? Think about it. Aaaaaand gone.

  10. Juan Pablo says:

    If Missouri AD wasn’t such an incompetent mess ESPN would not have anything to report,

    MU has the Ricky Clemons fiasco, Pinkel being hauled off to jail and making a fool of himself drunk, The hiring of Frank Haith because Alden said he had integrity and now the cover up or bungling of a sexual assault and rape. MU deserves everything it is getting , Being n the SEC has no effect on these stories.
    The big story is how does a clown like Mike Alden keeps his job.

  11. Kansas Marine says:

    KK doing what KK does best – when there’s no interesting story to rehash……….CREATE ONE!

  12. Jess says:

    Who in the hell is Henry Lake?

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