“Hell no it’s not okay to believe in the Chiefs! … I watched (Alex Smith) out there yesterday, he looked like hot garbage!”
Bomani Jones, on Dan Le Batard’s show on ESPN
GH: Okay, so we’ve heard and read superlatives all week about the Chiefs and their sparkling 6-0 record. Time to take a look at some of the naysayers and negatives that the Chiefs may be facing in the coming weeks. BTW, few things would make me happier than Alex Smith taking the Chiefs to the Super Bowl and then watching Bomani Jones have to eat hot garbage live on ESPN.
“I think (Dwayne Bowe) looks slow and sluggish. I think he’s hurting (Alex) Smith more than the other way around. I just watch him on tape and say, ‘He’s not moving as well.’ Maybe he’s just lost a step with age but I know watching him on tape he doesn’t move as well as he did earlier.”
Matt Williamson, NFL analyst, 810 AM
GH: This is an opinion that I haven’t heard floated yet to explain Bowe’s alarming lack of production. Has the Bowe Show slipped into reruns while we weren’t watching?
“That’s not a throw that Alex makes because he’s afraid of what might happen instead of what could happen.”
Jayice Pearson, on the game-winning 17-yard TD pass made by Tom Brady last week against the Saints to a tightly covered Kenbrell Thompkins, 610 AM
GH: I believe Andy Reid has directed Smith to be ultra-conservative with his passing game. Reid knows how good his defense is and that the opposition (at least to this point) has not needed his quarterback to be a gambler.
“I think (the Chiefs defense) is number one in the NFL right now. I think that’s becoming more clear ever week. I don’t see their weakness. I think they’re clearly number one right now.
Matt Williamson, NFL analyst, 810 AM
GH: The Chiefs defense is a fantasy player’s dream.
“I don’t know if you can count on the defense being that dominate each week. That’s putting a lot of pressure on those guys. You can’t really count on that week in and week out. The offense needs to pick it up.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: While the defense might not be this good every week, they seem to be made of the kind of stuff that will last. This isn’t a scheme success. This looks to me to be a lot of talented defenders who can and do make plays.
“J.J. Watt is a beast! Eric Fisher has no shot at blocking J.J. Watt by himself. None! You’re going to have to leave a tight end in on that side and chip (Watt) with a back – like most teams or every team does. That’s not going to be a pretty sight with him on Eric Fisher. So you’ve got to get that young man a lot of help this week.”
Jayice Pearson, on the Texans defensive end, 610 AM
GH: Can you imagine if the Chiefs had started Eric Fisher at left tackle like we all thought he might after he was drafted? Fisher is learning each week just how humbling the NFL can be for rookies – even really highly-paid rookies.
“We might let (Watt) in there (on offense) at some point, but it’s not going to be anytime soon.”
Gary Kubiak, head coach of the Houston Texans, on his rush end’s desire to play offense, NFL.com
GH: Watt played some tight end in college and he would like to get his hands on the ball in the NFL as well. It doesn’t sound like Kubiak will be making that change for the Texans visit to Arrowhead but if the Texans’ season continues to falter, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Watt might make a nice target.
“I don’t think the Chiefs are going to get to 9-0. I think if you get to 8-0 it’s going to be real tough to keep them centered and focused.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: Houston, Cleveland and at Buffalo stand in the way of the Chiefs arriving in Denver on November 17th undefeated. I don’t understand how Petro thinks a team loses focus when they are undefeated. The Chiefs might lose in Buffalo but I don’t think it’s because they’ll be dreaming of Peyton Manning.
“The only negative this season has been this traffic! I’ve been here since 1981 and I’ve never seen this – and there have been bigger crowds than this. I’ve never seen it with this traffic. I don’t know what they’re doing. I have no idea.”
Frank Boal, on the gridlock that has plagued Chiefs fans trying to get into the Truman Sports Complex for Chiefs games even since the preseason this year, 810 AM
GH: The traffic in Kansas City during the weekly rush hour has also escalated in the past year. Did everybody in Kansas City go out and buy a third or fourth car in 2012?
“They seem really mad. I don’t know why they’re so mad.”
Andy Hill, Mizzou’s quarterbacks coach and associate head coach, when asked about facing Florida’s defense, 810 AM
GH: Hill was chuckling when he made this comment so don’t take his words too far out of context. Suffice it to mean that he thinks the Gators defenders get after it pretty intently when they are on the field.
“He’s a pretty poised guy.”
Gary Pinkel on Maty Mauk, 810 AM
GH: If Mauk can remain poised in the teeth of Florida’s defense, he will
“I will do anything. I will do absolutely anything to give us a better chance of winning – besides cheating.”
Charlie Weis, 610 AM
GH: The responses here to this one are wide open.
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