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  Andrew Carnahan
Posted by: nathanKent - 10-31-2008, 12:31 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (4)

I've been trying to figure out this roster move since it was made, and I think I understand it. I think this may be an indication that we're about to see Herb Taylor as a starter. Herb has probably been the scout team LT and Richardson the scout team RT. If Herb is taking more reps with the starters, presently the only alternative for LT on the scout team is Edwin Harrison. We saw how much Harrison struggles at LT during preseason--hence why they moved him to the inside. If it were a one week injury fill-in situation as with Albert's shoulder injury a few weeks back, moving Harrison would be a viable option. As a more permanent solution, it doesn't make sense because Harrison won't provide an adequate challenge to the RDE.

This is all speculation, but I have a gut feeling we're about to get some more Herbie time.

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  Chiefs? running back Smith sees himself as a starter
Posted by: warthog - 10-31-2008, 12:18 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (14)

Posted on Thu, Oct. 30, 2008
[size=5]Chiefs running back Smith sees himself as the starter

[/size]By KENT BABB
The Kansas City Star Kolby Smith is trying not to think of this as d?j? vu, another fine opportunity out of a bad situation. But he knows that's what it is.

Smith is taking over, for now and the immediate future, for embattled Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. Smith is Kansas City's starter until he's not anymore, and that's becoming a trend for Smith.

"You never know what can happen," he said Thursday. "You just always have to be prepared."

It was last year about this time that Smith had to be prepared the first time. Johnson broke a bone in his foot, an injury he suffered in week nine that caused him to miss the rest of the 2007 season. Smith was the guy coach Herm Edwards turned to, a rookie to suit up and fill the spot the Chiefs' franchise running back no longer could.

Smith started six games last year and played "pretty good," Edwards said this week. He had highs and lows, particularly a 150-yard rushing performance against Oakland and a 12-yard day against Denver.

Smith said this week he always expected last year to again drift into the background once Johnson had healed. No one ever pegged Smith as Johnson's successor when the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round last year. He was a complementary runner and a special-teams player. If he stole a few carries, then Smith and the Chiefs would be happy.

"Whatever it takes," he said.

But now Johnson's future is in doubt, and Smith is trying to make his case he's more than a special-teams player. More than a complementary runner. He said he wants to be the starter, for now and the future, whether Johnson returns or whether the Chiefs distance themselves from Johnson after his latest run-ins with trouble.

For the third consecutive game, Johnson won't play this week while he gets his personal issues in order. He faces two simple-assault charges for two alleged incidents with women. He's been punished by the Chiefs for being late to team obligations, and the NFL is deciding whether to suspend Johnson for his off-the-field issues.

He met Tuesday with league commissioner Roger Goodell in New York.

Smith, though, has been here. He's been at Arrowhead Stadium, practicing as if he's the Chiefs' starter because, until that changes, that's what he is.

"That's why I'm here," he said. "I don't play this game to be a backup."

Four weeks ago, Smith might have done anything to catch a whiff of being the Chiefs' starter. He was relegated to special teams, behind Johnson and rookie Jamaal Charles. Smith had five carries in Kansas City's first five games.

In the meantime, Smith worked on blocking. It's unglamorous duty for a man who wanted to carry the team's load, but Edwards said Smith did the right things while on grunt detail. He learned to target a player and neutralize him, see a threat and eliminate it.

Edwards said that will be one of Smith's top priorities as long as Tyler Thigpen is the Chiefs' quarterback. Kansas City is using the spread offense because it makes the young but mobile Thigpen more comfortable. That move comes at the expense of Edwards' preferred power rushing game, and it puts a premium on Smith's sharpened blocking skills.

Edwards has spoken all week about Tampa Bay's blitzing defenders and how Thigpen might have a chaotic day if the Chiefs can't block the Buccaneers. Kansas City will lean on Smith to be an obstacle between those defenders and Thigpen ? and to carry the ball when the Chiefs want to throw a changeup.

"Now," Edwards said, "he's getting his opportunity again."

Smith said he's not yet getting comfortable in the starting role because, well, he's been through this before. He said he expects Johnson to return to the Chiefs' lineup at some point this season. But until then, he said he'll think like the starter, practice like it and play like it.

Because for the second consecutive year, that's the unexpected twist Smith has been at the center of.

"The offense has still got to roll," he said. "I still prepare myself and study the same like I did when I was playing special teams. I dream of myself being a starter in the NFL, and now I've got a chance."

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  Chiefs avoid blackout once again
Posted by: warthog - 10-31-2008, 12:14 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (24)

Chiefs blackout avoided
The Chiefs have sold enough tickets to avoid a blackout for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be shown live in Kansas City on WDAF, Channel 4.

All Chiefs home games have been televised live in Kansas City since 1991. But with season ticket sales finishing at about 60,000 and the Chiefs at 1-6, the possibility of a blackout is getting likelier.

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  The Rehabilitation of Marty Schottenheimer
Posted by: warthog - 10-31-2008, 12:13 PM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (2)

I can't wait until Marty comes back to KC as coach or GM and kicks Blob's ass.


The Rehabilitation of Marty Schottenheimer
October 30, 2008 - Bob Gretz |

Stand on the same street corner in the NFL long enough and you will see some interesting things.

At the corner of Kansas City and the Chiefs a decade ago was a head coach who the fans and most of the media in town had grown tired of and were in the process of running out of Arrowhead Stadium. Marty Schottenheimer was too conservative, too old-school, his message was tired and various ghouls and goblins were running around spreading rumors about his personal life. He cried too much, ran the ball too much and there was that problem of winning in the playoffs.

When his ?98 team finished 7-9 and well out of the running for the post-season, the pot of tar was boiling, the feathers were gathered and when Schottenheimer resigned as the team?s head coach, it seemed like he was leaving Kansas City a step ahead of the posse.

Everyone thought things would be better with Marty out of the picture.

Fast forward to today, and at the corner of Kansas City and the Chiefs, Schottenheimer no longer is considered an extra-long four letter word. In fact, there are those in the media and those in fandom actually clamoring for his return to the team as general manager, coach, anything. They want him to come in and save the franchise from the troubles that have befallen the red and gold.

?They love you again in Kansas City,? somebody shouted at Schottenheimer this past Sunday. He was at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands, watching the Chiefs and Jets play.

?I will always have great memories of Kansas City, Arrowhead, the Chiefs fans,? Marty said.

No, he wasn?t there in New Jersey for a job interview or a meeting with the Hunts. He was there to see his son Brian Schottenheimer, the offensive coordinator of the Jets. He was there to see his daughter-in-law Gemmi and grandchildren Sutton and Savannah.

He got the chance to say hello to the Hunts and some old friends before he headed back home to North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Pat and near his daughter Kristin and her family.

Here?s a link to a good story in the Kansas City Star from last Sunday about Schottenheimer. It paints a pretty accurate picture of what his life is like now. He?s husband, grandfather and golfer. Marty said this past Sunday he?s got his handicap down to a five. He and Pat just got back from a trip to Italy.

The Kansas City Star didn?t send a reporter to North Carolina just to catch up on what was new with Schottenheimer. He was sent there by the paper?s editors to see if the former coach would unload on Carl Peterson, get off his chest all the bad stories from 10 years where he tangled with the GM.

Trouble is Marty wasn?t dishing. He wasn?t dishing because there isn?t anything to dish. Several years ago, I sat down with Marty for a conversation about his relationship with Peterson. He told me that in 10 years there were less than a handful of disagreements, four or five at the most according to Schottenheimer. They were all about players and as Marty said in retrospect, ?Carl was right more than I was.?

Does Marty miss football? You don?t give as many years as Schottenheimer gave pro football as a player, assistant coach and head coach and not miss the relationships, the action, the cheering and the winning.

Would he answer a call from the Hunts? I think he would have a hard time turning it down. What Marty learned over his time in Cleveland, Kansas City, Washington and San Diego was that no matter what a coach had in the locker room, what he needed most was a good owner. In his time in the NFL, he knows the decade he spent working for Lamar Hunt and with Peterson was the most stability he ever experienced.

As he told the Star about his decision after the ?98 season: ?I should never have left.?

Would the Hunts call? Who knows; it?s not Lamar any more it?s Clark. They are different people with different ideas and different ways of doing business.

On Wednesday I caught a couple of sports talk yakkers hoping out loud that Clark Hunt would call Schottenheimer and have him become part of the solution for the Chiefs future. These same two blowhards were part of the media mob that screamed for Schottenheimer?s departure a decade ago.

Nobody would get a bigger kick out of that change of tune than Marty Schottenheimer himself. He would say that it personifies one of his favorite statements. Years ago he said that in the world of coaching no longer was it what have you done for me lately. It had become what are you going to do for me next.

Like I said, stand on an NFL street corner long enough ?

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  Welcome Ray
Posted by: HG - 10-31-2008, 11:54 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (13)

Glad to have you here.

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  Welcome BleedRed!
Posted by: Steve Austin - 10-31-2008, 11:44 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (7)

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  Nice Job
Posted by: Raider Hater - 10-31-2008, 11:20 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (9)

Hey nice job on the new forum guys. Let me know when everything is ready and I'll put a post up on Warpath directing people over here.

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  Terms of Service
Posted by: Steve Austin - 10-31-2008, 11:09 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - No Replies

Don't be a Dick.

The Mod Team will decide if you're a Dick or Not. If you are, the Mods will vacation you, depending on the severity of the Dickery. Complaining about being vacationed for being a Dick by a Mod is, in fact, being a Dick.

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  Site suggestions
Posted by: warthog - 10-31-2008, 11:00 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (52)

Wonder if we can get the logos next to the forums changed from a pencil and paper to an Arrowhead logo. That would feel much more comfortable.

Also, we need to somehow get all those smileys from the refuge to this site.

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  Missing Members Thread
Posted by: ChiefsChick23 - 10-31-2008, 10:41 AM - Forum: 65 Toss Power Trap - Replies (113)

Kojak?

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