“I’m not sure which one was the better move by Dexter McCluster (on his 89-yard punt return). This one’s nice right there. This one’s not bad…Right. There! (followed by audible ohhhs and ahhhs from the studio analysts).”
Dan Patrick, while watching a replay of McCluster’s spinning, ankle-breaking punt return, NBC
GH: Chiefs fans love attention from the national media. When you beat the NY Giants 31-7 and can add a highlight video like Dexter’s scintillating punt return, the NFL nation takes notice. As the song states, the Chiefs are on the warpath…
“Some God-given abilities took over and it was a race to the end zone.”
Dexter McCluster, on describing his 89-yard punt return, 810 AM
GH: The spin move just after he fields the punt is just something you can’t coach. He spun in air but it opened up a lane and he then went Camp Dexter on the Giants return team – because as we all know, Dexter shines each summer at training camp.
“That was the big play that I thought broke the Giants’ back.”
Herm Edwards, on Dexter’s punt return, 810 AM
GH: I prefer to think of Dexter’s return as igniting the Chiefs offense. Once again the Chiefs floundered for much of the first three quarters before taking over the game in the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns. Reid’s offense appears to be like a great novel that has fits and lulls at the start but finishes like a runaway herd of wild mustangs…or dare I say “broncos?”
“Now it’s about what is Dexter going to do from here on out.”
Henry Blake, 610 AM
GH: I had already christened Dexter as Mr. August. We do need more from him than one spectacular scoring play every month. But this was one helluva start if he is about to become a regular contributor on offense.
“What a challenge by Andy Reid!”
Mitch Holthus, after McCluster’s punt return was made possible by Reid challenging the spot of a Giants’ first down just prior to the punt, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: Reid obviously got word from the Chiefs’ coaching booth that the ref had completely botched the spot of the Giants third-down reception. I was stunned by how little effort the ref put into such an important placement. He missed the spot by at least a yard. Without instant replay, the Giants would have retained their drive in Chiefs’ territory and possibly scored to tie or take the lead. TGFT – Thank God For Technology!
“Classic example of why @adamcarolla idea of extending the goalposts is necessary in #Chiefs #Giants game. Thought that (Giants’) FG was good.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: The FG looked good on television as well. Can’t the NFL come up with a Star Wars laser system they can turn on for FG attempts – shooting straight up from the end of the goal posts all the way to Mars? How cool would that be? Get to work on that Zulu.
“I think Alex Smith looks really good. I don’t know if anybody agrees with me.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: It doesn’t look like Geno Smith is having all that easy of a time adapting to the NFL in NY. I too am glad Smith is here in Kansas City. All he does is win. He looks like he could be our QB for quite some time.
“Three turnovers and not being able to run the football is not how I would have drawn up a Chiefs’ win.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: You have to stay for the entire game with these Chiefs. In distance-running terms, they appear to be a team that runs negative splits.
“That is a HUGE story!”
Kevin Burkhardt, who did the play-by-play for the Giants/Chiefs game, after it was reported that the Chiefs’ punter, Dustin Colquitt was being treated on the sideline for an injury, Fox
GH: Unfortunately the Fox crew – with Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines – never mentioned Colquitt’s injury until after an entire Giants’ offensive series had come and gone.
“We saw this play Friday in practice. The number one option on this play is Dexter McCluster, right there in motion. The Giants do a nice job of covering McCluster and Alex Smith says, ‘Alright, you’re going to cover #22, I’ll throw it to 84.’Great job of reading the coverage by Alex Smith.”
John Lynch, on McGrath’s TD catch from Smith, TV analyst, Fox
GH: Fox did a nice job on the replay showing how Dexter was knocked off his square-in route and then how Smith was able to seamlessly move to finding McGrath in the back of the end zone.
“Eli Manning told us, ‘We like our match-ups outside – particularly with Victor Cruz working against Dunta Robinson, filling in remember for Brandon Flowers. Nothing fancy about that. (Cruz) just flat out runs (by) Dunta Robinson.”
John Lynch, on Cruz’s 69-yard TD reception, Fox
GH: Dunta looked like a Dunce as he flailed away at Cruz as he easily flew by the overmatched Chiefs’ corner. Lynch and Kevin Burkhardt twice mentioned Manning’s eagerness to get the ball to Cruz against Robinson. Steve St. John made an excellent point Monday morning when he reminded listeners on The Border Patrol that both McGrath and Marcus Cooper, who did a nice job at corner when he replaced the stumbling Robinson, were members of the Magnificent Seven free agents that John Dorsey signed after the final cut-down date.
“Philadelphia won’t be charged with a timeout.”
Terry McCaulay, referee
GH: When you spend 14 seasons in one place, it’s bound to happen. No harm no foul, ref.
“I work out at (Arrowhead). I’ve been selling beer out there for about ten years – and I’ve never heard it as loud as it was today. I don’t see the Chiefs losing at home this year.”
Caller to Chiefs’ postgame show, 810 AM
GH: This caller was awarded as the Caller of the Day. The caller who said, “Jack Harry sucks,” did not.
“I tell you…that may have broken the scales today. That Chiefs’ engine is LOUD!”
Sean McGrath, Chiefs tight end, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: Arrowhead was sporting a few empty seats in the suites section but the noise level appears to be back to Marty and King Carl decibels.
“Come on, let’s not get carried away here. The Chiefs are not as good as the Broncos.”
Danny Clinkscale, to a caller who was ready for the Chiefs to own the Broncos, 810 AM
GH: The Broncos made my upset prediction look stupid as the squashed the Eagles 52-20. Peyton Manning appears to be poised to break any and all single-season records that John Elway owns. Denver looks like the class of the NFL – just like they did last year before not winning a playoff game.
“They are not nearly as good right now as they’ll be in November. They’re gonna be even better.”
Tony Dungy, NBC
GH: The Chiefs play in Denver on November 17th and then back at Arrowhead on December 1st. Dungy thinks Manning and his new receiving corps will be even more in sync two months from now – and they should be. But the cold weather has not always been a friend to Peyton. It can be cold in Denver and Kansas City that time of year. Cold would be good for the Chiefs.
“What the fuck are we doing?”
Tom Coughlin, to his special teams coach, after Giants were flagged for loading up one side of their defensive front to block a kick, Fox
GH: THAT would have made a great headline in Monday’s NY Post.
“The players there (in Minnesota), they love (Matt) Cassel. They say his command in the huddle, that’s what a quarterback is supposed to look like.”
Jay Glazer, on Cassel replacing the injured Christian Ponder, Fox
GH: Cassel got the Vikings a 34-27 win over the Steelers in London. I hope he finds a team and a coach there that protects him. He needs a lot of protection.
“I’m disappointed in (Josh) Freeman myself. They knew what kind of quarterback they had. I think he’s been on a short leash from the very beginning of the season. The very fact that you would be late for meetings and you’re the quarterback – there’s no excuse for that. The very fact that you had missed the team picture? On a Saturday? How in the world does that happen? The very fact that you don’t even put in the time to study and prepare yourself just leads to the fact that they had to sit him down. I’m disappointed in Josh for him wanting out so easily. Have you heard about fighting for your job? Have you heard about going in early? About staying late? You DREAM of this opportunity when you’re a child! And to let it go to the side like this? You ought to be ashamed of yourself. I don’t see anybody in this NFL (picking up Freeman) – because there are too many unanswered questions about Josh Freeman.”
Terry Bradshaw, after the Tampa Bay Bucs replaced Freeman as their starting QB, Fox
GH: Hard to hear this stuff about a kid many of us watched play in high school and college. Sounds like Josh still has some growing up to do.
“He lost his captaincy. That’s by the players themselves.”
Terry Bradshaw, on Freeman, Fox
“The #Royals went 43-27 after the break.”
David Lesky, @DBLesky, Twitter
“I think going into next spring a lot of teams are going to be on notice.”
Greg Holland, Royals Radio
GH: Screw notice. Let’s rock and roll next summer!
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