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Anthony Becht? Yes, Anthony Becht. The same veteran tight end who was heading toward a post-NFL career in broadcasting. The same Becht who was cut only to be resigned by the Chiefs this year. That Becht led the Chiefs in offensive snaps this week against the Oakland Raiders in an odd stat that’s a bit perplexing.
The reality is that the Chiefs did not lose because Becht was in there so much. It just shows that the Chiefs could likely use another strong blocking tight end in the upcoming draft to develop and it also shows how much Tony Moeaki has been missed this season. Still it’s hard not to look at that stat and be a bit confused.
Mike Clay over at Pro Football Focus analyzed the game in his latest Snap Report. He writes, “Anthony Becht’s 60 snaps led the Chiefs’ offense this week. Leonard Pope was in on 22 plays. Dwayne Bowe’s 56 snaps led the wide receivers. Steve Breaston (54 snaps) and Jon Baldwin (30) were also heavily involved. Terrance Copper was in on 12 plays. Le’Ron McClain’s 27 snaps led the backs. Jackie Battle was in on 25 plays, compared to 18 for Thomas Jones. Dexter McCluster managed 23 snaps.”
Draw your own conclusions on all of this, but it’s interesting that Baldwin, even at season’s end, is only getting half of the plays that the other receivers are and that the running back 14 games after Jamaal Charles’ injury is still a muddled mess.
For those wanting to specifically call out the poor quarterback play of Kyle Orton for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Romeo Crennel, the team's interim head coach, was having none of that after the loss to the Raiders on Saturday. Instead, Crennel said it was a team performance and that the ups and downs displayed against the Raiders were not solely on Orton's shoulders but were the products of a comprehensive effort (or lack of it).
“I think you saw the same thing in the team," explained Crennel when asked about Orton's play. "You saw some good in the team and then you saw some not so good in the team. I know we all want them to be perfect and help us win, but we weren’t perfect today…all phases: offense, defense, special teams.
"He showed an ability to come back. I told this team that they have some substance and they proved today that they have some substance. They were able to make plays to put the game into overtime. But we also screwed up some plays. To be able to come back from adversity when you’re down a little bit, that shows something.”
Orton finished the game going 21 of 36 for 300 passing yards and 1 touchdown to go with 2 interceptions.
If you ever wondered what the answer would be to the question, “Who in the world could ever block two field goal attempts in one game?” you found your answer on Sunday in Richard Seymour. The star defensive end for the Oakland Raiders kept Ryan Succop from continuing his string of successive field goals and ultimately kept the Kansas City Chiefs from maintaining any playoff hopes heading into week 17. For that reason, Peter King selected him as his defensive player of the week.
King writes, "Quite simply, Seymour saved the Oakland season, and preserved the Raiders’ playoff chances. Seymour blocked a Ryan Succop 49-yard field goal try at the end of the first half that could have broken a 3-3 tie, then blocked a Succop 49-yarder at the end of the second half that could have given the Chiefs a 16-13 win. The Raiders’ special teams coordinator, John Fassel, had the block in the game plan for the week, and instructed linebackers Aaron Curry and Quentin Groves to push Seymour through the Chief line on the two blocks. Worked perfectly. "Even though my hand went up to block them, I can’t take all the credit,‘’ Seymour said. "I have to give a lot to our linebackers for giving me good push and the coaching staff for coming up with the calls to put me in the right position to make plays. That’s what we talk about all the time, the coaching staff putting players in position to make plays and when your number is called, making it and that’s what happened.’’
The nearly unbelievable loss to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday didn’t just affect Kansas City Chiefs fans and players. According to Peter King, it even affected the upcoming TV schedule and made executives frustrated with this week’s choices by the NFL and what network gets what.
As NBC now will broadcast an NFL match-up, King says that FOX execs are “seething.” The reason is that the Chiefs-Broncos match-up is not high-caliber match that it should have been, leaving the network to choose something else — which leaves FOX out in the cold.
King writes, "The NFL would have preferred to not take the second Giants-Cowboys game and give it to NBC. But blame the left side of the Kansas City field-goal unit for that. I believe Kansas City-Denver, which would have been an AFC West title game Sunday had the Chiefs beaten Oakland Saturday, would surely have been NBC’s game Sunday night.
“But when the Raiders caved in the left side of the field-goal team — Jon Asamoah, Barry Richardson and Steve Maneri, if my eyes were right on the replays I saw — to block Ryan Succop’s potential game-winner at the close of regulation (more about that in Special Teams Player of the Week), that eliminated this game.”
Despite the home loss to the Oakland Raiders on Saturday that knocked them officially out of playoff contention, interim head coach Romeo Crennel says that the Chiefs are going to focused in the right way for the last game of the season. For those fans who think they might mail it in for the sake of a lack of motivation, Crennel says the Chiefs can only focus on what's ahead and play for the pride of finishing strong. Even if they can't make the postseason, finishing out with two of three wins over the Packers and Broncos, this week's foe, would do wonders for momentum heading into the off-season.
"Our guys fought and they hung in there, went into overtime and it took some guts to do that. We didn’t play well enough today in all phases. We made mistakes that cost us," said Crennel. "We had an opportunity to put points on the board at the half and we weren’t where we needed to be. We had a couple of field goals blocked, we got a couple balls thrown over our head, we turned the ball over a couple of times.
"In the NFL it’s hard to win when you do those kinds of things and that’s basically what I told them inside. We still have another game to go, a division game, and we have to take all the energy we’ve got and win that game. That’s going to be important. I just found out the outcome of the Buffalo game. It’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to win this one but we didn’t do enough to win. That’s all I need to say about that. We’re going to work, we’re going to try to go forward and we’re going to try to do the best we can. That’s what I tell them every week and that’s what we try to do every week. Today wasn’t good enough."
As the National Football Post's Matt Bowen looks back over the NFL weekend, one impressive play that sticks out to him comes from the Oakland Raiders 16-13 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead. Specifically it was the Raiders call to go over the top of the Chiefs' secondary to stretch the field and seal a win with a Sebastian Janikowski field goal that won both the game and Bowen over.
Bowen writes, "First play of OT and the Raiders take a shot down the field vs. the Chiefs. I love the call and the execution. This is a one-man route to WR Darrius Heyward-Bey on the deep 7 (corner) and it is set up with play action. Oakland uses the Lead Strong play fake along with "ghost motion" (WR motion on the reverse action). It takes time (and max protection) to allow the 7 cut to develop. But when you get a great throw from QB Carson Palmer it flips the field. Next step: bring on kicker Sebastian Janikowksi to win it. And now the Raiders are still in the hunt for the AFC West championship with one game to go."
The Chiefs, meanwhile, are now out of the playoff hunt and visit the division-leading Denver Broncos on Sunday for the final game of their 2011 season.
The Kansas City Chiefs were all frustrated after Saturday's loss to the Oakland Raiders and rightfully so. They were knocked out of the playoffs with the 16-13 loss in overtime and the Raiders were clearly not playing to win. The Chiefs had two blocked kicks, penalties at the wrong times and bad decision-making at the quarterback spot at key moments. The end result was the loss of a very winnable game.
"It was frustrating," said Orton after the game. "I think we all had a hand in it; offense, defense and special teams. To finish the way we did but also to fight and get back in the game the way we did was frustrating as well. We had too many mistakes in order to beat a good football team in December. The Red Zone turnover I had, that’s the one I wish I had back. The other interception, #26 [CB Stanford Routt] made a great play. He is good player and sometimes that happens in the NFL. They make great plays and I give him credit for that."
Orton finished with two interceptions in the game despite passing for 300 yards. It's clear he can move the chains better than any quarterback option at this point for the Chiefs, but it's also clear that the team was not playing like a division winner. Next Sunday is the last game of the season against the Denver Broncos.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost their hopes for any slim chances of the playoffs on Saturday in their home loss to the Oakland Raiders. It was a heartbreaking loss that featured two blocked kicks at the end of the first and second halves -- both blocks by the Raiders star defensive end Richard Seymour. Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel explained the moves in a press conference after the game for those wondering how in the world it happened twice against the most steady kicker in the NFL.
"They use a double push technique and they were coming over our left side and our guys were trying to stay low so they wouldn’t get pushed," said Crennel. "But by being low they were able to get a little push over the top. Seymour is a long, tall guy and he used his length to get his hands up and block the kicks."
The Chiefs lost to the Raiders 16-13 and now are officially out of any chance to make the 2011 playoffs.
A week after upsetting the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton threw for 300 yards against the Oakland Raiders in his second start for the Chiefs. Orton completed 21 of 36 passes, threw a touchdown pass and threw two interceptions.
Orton threw two interceptions today against the Raiders with his first coming near the end of the half, but that one did not hurt the Chiefs as they picked off the Raiders three plays later. However, his second interception allowed the Raiders to kick a field goal and give them a 13-6 lead.
The only touchdown on the day for Orton came on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe to tie the game late in the fourth quarter and would send the game into overtime.
Orton would have earned fantasy owners anywhere between 10 and 12 points depending on your leagues scoring system.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe scored the only touchdown in the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. Bowe's touchdown was for three yards and was a huge score as the score tied the game at 13 with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. That touchdown was Bowe's first since Week 5 where he scored two touchdowns against the Indianpolis Colts.
On the day, Bowe hauled in a team high six receptions for 80 yards and those 80 yards were the most Bowe has had since Week 11 where he had 87 yards against the New England Patriots. Bowe could have had a better day as he was targeted a total 11 times from Kyle Orton.
In standard leagues Bowe would have earned 14 points and 20 points in point per reception leagues.
The NFL gives each team a full quarter's length of time to to win in overtime. Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders only needed about three minutes. After Kyle Orton led the Chiefs on a last-minute, game-tying drive to send the game to overtime, Palmer and the Raiders put the game away on the first possession.
On the very first play from scrimmage in overtime, Palmer threw the ball deep to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a gain of 53 yards. That play took the Raiders from their own 24-yard line to the Chiefs' 23-yard line. After two quick Michael Bush carries to center the ball, Sebastian Janikowski came in and kicked the ball through the uprights, ending the game.
The Raiders move to 8-7 and keep their playoff hopes alive. The Chiefs fall to 6-9 and their season will more than likely end after Week 17. The Raiders host the Chargers in Week 17 and the Chiefs travel to play the Broncos.
A last minute touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Dwayne Bowe can be thanked for evening out the score of the Chiefs Week 16 game against their division rivals, the Oakland Raiders, at 13. The two teams are heading to overtime in a game that has playoff implications for both of them.
The play was set up by a 49-yard screen pass to running back Dexter McCluster that took the Chiefs from their own 48-yard line to the Raiders' three. On the very next play, Orton found Bowe and hit him with a back shoulder pass in the right corner of the end zone.
Both teams have an outside shot at making it to the playoffs but they would need to win out to get there. That means whoever loses this game is likely out of the playoff race. The Raiders won the coin toss so Carson Palmer will get the first shot at keeping his team's playoff hopes alive.
The Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the Oakland Raiders the first time they played midway through the season on the strength of their defense on the way to a 28-0 win. The Raiders are playing similarly poor this week at Arrowhead, but the Chiefs’ offense has not capitalized in today’s game with the halftime score tied at 3 apiece.
With 18 combined penalties between both teams, it’s clear this is one of the sloppier games of the NFL season. For the Raiders, that’s no surprise given that they’re on their way to possibly setting the NFL record for penalties. Still between both teams, no one seems to want to take control of the game.
The good news is that the Chiefs have been able to move the ball with 11 first downs in the first half. The running game has been particularly effective today although some mistakes by Kyle Orton, including one pick and an intentional grounding penalty has killed them at times. Even the final kick before the half by Ryan Succop was blocked.
The Chiefs will get the ball back to start the second half.
The Oakland Raiders are missing a key piece already from their offense as Darren McFadden will miss his eighth straight game today against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, they are also going to have a couple other pieces hurting as they head into today’s game, yet that shouldn’t keep them from playing. Chris Mortensen is reporting that wide receiver Louis Murphy and running back Michael Bush will play today despite being questionable earlier this week.
Both players should be essential for Carson Palmer and the rest of the offense today if the Raiders are going to beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Murphy is part of a dynamic wide receiver corps that should be able to beat the Chiefs deep if they can get past the corners. For Bush, it’s all about replacing McFadden and giving the Raiders passing game some room to move.
The Raiders need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive and the same can be said for Kansas City. These late season injuries will undoubtedly be exploited as much as possible to get any upper-hand for the opposing team.
There’s a reason why Al Davis loved to draft the fastest guys: no one can catch them. Some of the picks haven’t panned out and others have taken time, but one thing that cannot be taught is pure athletic ability and the Oakland Raiders have it in spades. Receivers like Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and others make it hard on opposing corners to keep up with them, and with the strong arm of quarterback Carson Palmer, things could get interesting for the Chiefs defense today.
Josh Looney writes, "Since Carson Palmer made his initial start with the Raiders in Week 9, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is the only quarterback to have thrown for more pass plays of 20+ yards. Rodgers has connected on 33 long-balls while Palmer has tossed 32.
“Palmer also owns the second-most passing yards (1,983) of any AFC quarterback since Week 9, trailing only New England’s Tom Brady (2,232). Thanks to a consistent pass rush and a clock-controlling offense, the Chiefs didn’t allow Rodgers to connect on a pass play of more than 20 yards until midway through the third quarter of last week’s win. With Oakland’s potent rushing attack (138.3 yards per game) and speedy wide receivers, the Chiefs defense has another big job in front of it on Saturday.”
Ryan Succop has been the best draft pick to come from Scott Pioli’s first overall draft class from 2009. The Chiefs kicker not only helped establish new rookie records his first year in the league, but now he holds the longest active streak in the NFL for consecutive field goals made with 21. He only needs one more to tie the Chiefs’ franchise record of 22 set by Pete Stoyanovich.
“I don’t necessarily think about all the records or anything like that,” Succop told the Washington Post. “Hopefully I’ll be able to go out and make the next one, and if we do that, we’ll kick the one after that.”
“It’s his work ethic, the way he approaches his job, the way he goes about it,” said Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel. “He takes it very seriously, and any time he feels like he’s off, he’ll do extra work, kick extra balls, work with the holder and the snapper, anything he can do.”
As the AP reports, “Succop doesn’t have the strongest leg in the league, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever boot a 63-yarder like the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski did earlier this year. But he is making a push for the claim that he’s the most accurate. Only seven kickers have connected at a higher rate this season, and of course, none since the soft-spoken Succop started his streak of consecutive made field goals.”
Orton is ranked 17th among quarterbacks this weekend, and is projected to throw for 230 yards on 19 of 31 passing for 1 touchdown against the Raiders. Orton has played only one full game as a starter for the Chiefs this season, completing 23 of 31 passes for 299 yards in an upset win over the Packers last week.
The last time Orton faced the Raiders, it was as Denver's quarterback on October 24 of last season. He finished 12 of 29 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but was sacked four times.
The last time these two teams faced off, the Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the Oakland Raiders in Oakland in a game that proved the low point for the Raiders season. Instead of rallying at home after the death of Al Davis, the Raiders have quickly wilted and the in-season trade for Carson Palmer has backfired — failing to translate into the wins that Hue Jackson predicted and hoped for.
Doug Kretz of Scouts, Inc. predicts that the Chiefs will win again today, albeit at a much closer score than what happened last time. Kretz says the Chiefs will win 21 to 20 today against the Raiders in a game that will kill Oakland’s playoff chances if it plays out this way, but would keep KC somehow alive in the playoff hunt despite being in the same season as firing their head coach.
The Chiefs need to not only beat the Raiders today to have that prayer, but they also need the Buffalo Bills to beat the Denver Broncos as well. Both games are played at the same time, so it’s only a matter of hours until we know the AFC West fate.
At one point, the Kansas City Chiefs' pass rush was ranked dead last in the league -- by a wide margin. Midway through the season, the Chiefs only had 9 sacks in 7 games and stood three behind the next team on the list in the Buffalo Bills. It's amazing how much not only one game will change, but how much the emergence of another player can make a difference.
Tamba Hali is predictably among the AFC sack leaders this year with 12, but it's the emergence of Justin Houston that is making the Chiefs climb in the sack standings as well as become a more well-rounded pass rushing force on the field. Houston has 4 sacks in his last 3 games and has exhibited an ability to pressure the quarterback far beyond just what the sacks show. That frees up Hali to match up better one-on-one.
Doug Kretz of Scouts, Inc. says that Hali against Oakland Raiders Jared Veldheer is one of the key match-ups to watch in today's game, "Kansas City outside linebacker Tamba Hali has become one of the league's better edge rushers with his initial quickness and acceleration from the outside. He has 12 sacks on the year -- three of which came in Week 15 against the Packers -- and will be facing an up-and-coming left tackle in Jared Veldheer, who brings an excellent combination of size, arm length and foot agility."
The last time these two teams faced off, the Kansas City Chiefs did a number on Carson Palmer. The same could be said for back-up Kyle Boller. The two combined for six interceptions and the Raiders were mortified at home 28-0. If Carson Palmer is going to execute much better this week, he's going to need the running attack of Michael Bush to keep the defense honest.
Doug Kretz writes, "Quarterback Carson Palmer didn't join the Raiders until after the first third of the season and is still getting used to his receivers -- how they run their routes and make their post-release adjustments. Until he's completely on the same page with them, he needs a strong ground game to take some pressure off the passing attack. The Raiders do a better job of moving the chains when the ground game is dominating."
The good news is that Bush is a strong fall back option for a team that's lost Darren McFadden. He's ran 214 times for 841 yards and 7 touchdowns this season so far for a 3.9 option. He's likely to need a half yard better than that if the Raiders are to free up Carson Palmer enough to win on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers weren't able to get much pressure surprisingly against the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line, a unit that's been criticized all season. Doug Kretz of Scouts, Inc. says that they shouldn't expect similar results against the Oakland Raiders vaunted pass rush and overall defensive pressure. The Chiefs defense was the savior for the last game, so they will need quarterback Kyle Orton to bring some offense this time at Arrowhead.
Kretz writes, "With Kyle Orton starting at quarterback for the Chiefs, the team mounted one of their better efforts in the passing game in their win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. The Raiders will need to amp up their pass rush this week in an attempt to get to Orton who was not sacked once by the Packers. The one thing Oakland has managed to do this year is get pressure up the middle as well as coming off the edge. Look for defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan to force the issue with a good number of blitzes from all angles."
The teams kick off today at 12pm CT.
The Chiefs host the Raiders at 12 p.m. CT time on CBS.
The Kansas City Chiefs are a single point favorite over the Oakland Raiders.
McFadden, Oakland's erstwhile workhorse, has been out for much of 2011 with a nagging foot injury, and though he was jogging at practice this week, he has yet to make a return to practice.
That means that the Raiders are likely to rely on their revived passing game against Kansas City. But Carson Palmer will be without Jacoby Ford, and Louis Murphy, Denarius Moore, and Chaz Schilens all make their way onto the Raiders' injury report.
Here's the rest of the Raiders injury report for Week 16:
QUESTIONABLE: RB Michael Bush (shoulder), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (groin).
The Kansas City Chiefs have the slimmest of playoff hopes entering Week 16. They need to topple the Oakland Raiders and have the Denver Broncos lose to stay alive in the AFC West, and don't control their own destiny. Fortunately, though, their injury situation is at least relatively quiet.
The Chiefs have just two players listed on the Week 16 injury report: safety Jon McGraw, who is out, and center Casey Wiegmann, probable with a calf injury. Every other player on Kansas City's active roster is at least healthy enough to escape being listed before Saturday's game.
Here's the rest of the Chiefs injury report for Week 16:
OUT: S Jon McGraw (ankle).
PROBABLE: C Casey Wiegmann (calf).
Darren McFadden is already listed as doubtful, but the unofficial word is that he’s going to miss his eighth straight game this season against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Oakland Raiders star running back might not even play again this season if he can’t feel up to par for the final game and the Raiders miss the playoffs. It’s a disappointing situation, but Hue Jackson, the Raiders coach admits “it doesn’t look great” when speaking on McFadden’s ability to play.
Steve Corkran writes, "An ESPN report Thursday, citing an unnamed league source, said McFadden met with Dr. Robert Anderson last week and underwent numerous tests in an attempt to gauge whether he can play again this season. Dr. Anderson reportedly told McFadden that his foot is not healed all the way, and McFadden’s biggest issue is managing the pain if he wants to play.
“Even if McFadden decides to play in the final game, it’s doubtful Jackson would sign off on the move unless the Raiders still are in playoff contention. They face the prospect of being eliminated Saturday. McFadden jogged and worked on lateral movements with a team trainer Tuesday, well away from the rest of his teammates. He wasn’t spotted at all the next two days. McFadden was unavailable for comment. He has not spoken with the media since he suffered his injury Oct., 23.”
Thus far in 2011, McFadden has rushed 113 times for 614 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Romeo Crennel doesn't hate anyone. That said, he understands that the Kansas City Chiefs face their hated division rivals this week in the Oakland Raiders. Even so, Crennel doesn't like using such harsh descriptions of emotions against another team or fan base. It's a wise move for Crennel given the recent spat of fan violence at heated games.
"Do I hate the Raiders?" he said at a recent press conference. "To be honest with you I really don’t hate anybody. But I dislike the Raiders because they are a divisional opponent and they are going to try to whip me basically. And I don’t like to get beat so I’m going to put the best foot forward and I’m going to do a good job against these guys but I don’t hate the Raiders.
"It’s a big rivalry, I understand that and the fans, they might want to hear me say I hate the Raiders. But that would be me walking down the street and you want me to say I hate this guy over here because he’s just walking down the street. That’s not the case, when you talk about hate, I think hate is a strong word and I don’t hate anybody."
ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that the Oakland Raiders could be without both running back Darren McFadden and wideout Jacoby Ford for Saturday's game against Kansas City. Both players missed practice because of foot injuries.
McFadden would miss his eighth straight game if he's unavailable against the Chiefs. Since going down, Michael Bush has become the Radiers' primary running back, Bush has 841 yards in 2011, and told the Associated Press this week he's aiming for 1,000 this season:
"Every back wants to get 1,000 yards," Bush said. "The o-line has been doing a good job. I bring it every week, so hopefully we get that number and let everyone know how good a job the offensive line is doing even though we’re missing Darren. It’s always nice to get 1,000 yards. It lets everyone know how hard they have been working. It all just goes hand in hand."
Ford has only played in seven games this season, catching 17 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown.
Jeff Fisher might return to the NFL after a season away, but he won't be roaming the sidelines in Kansas City, according to a report by Jack Harry of KSHB NBC in Kansas City:
Source in Nashville says Jeff Fisher is not impressed with Chiefs ownership and doesn't like the QB situation. KC is not in his future.
It should be noted that Fisher, the former Tennessee Titans and Houston Oilers coach for 16 consecutive seasons, weathered a divisive quarterback controversy between Vince Young (assumed to have been drafted at the behest of Titans owner Bud Adams) and Kerry Collins that ultimately resulted in both Young and Fisher's departure from Nashville.
On the other hand, the Chiefs don't have a current quarterback controversy anywhere near the level of Collins/Young, but the return of a healthy Matt Cassel in 2012 could create a heated a competition with Kyle Orton.
If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, they will be doing so without starting safety Jon McGraw, who will miss his second straight game with a high ankle sprain:
JoshLooney Josh LooneyJon McGraw is expected to miss his second-straight game with a high ankle sprain.
McGraw, a ten-year NFL veteran from Kansas State, has started nine games this season despite struggling through a shoulder injury.
The 6'3 205 defensive back has 47 tackles and 3 INT's for the Chiefs this season.
His prognosis going forward is unclear, as high ankle sprains are much more serious than ones lower on the bone. They are notoriously difficult to heal and easy to re-injure, especially for a player whose job consists primarily of making sharp cuts and leaping.
McGraw was replaced by Sabby Piscitelli, a fifth-year safety out of Oregon State, in the starting line-up last week.
Today, Kansas City offensive coordinator Bill Muir said he wanted Crennel to stay on as a permanent replacement for Todd Haley:
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#Chiefs offensive coordinator Bill Muir says he endorses Romeo Crennel to be permanent head coach.
Crennel, a disciple of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, does have a long-standing relationship with Kansas City GM, and former Patriots exec, Scott Pioli.
And like Belichick, Crennel's first stint as an NFL head coach in Cleveland ended in disappointment, as Crennel went 25-40 in four seasons as the Browns head coach from 2005-2008.
His chances at removing the interim label probably depend on how Kansas City does in the last two weeks in games against division rivals Oakland and Denver, as the 6-8 Chiefs are rather improbably still alive in the AFC West race.
The first time the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense faced the Oakland Raiders this season, they made a mockery of the Oakland Raiders quarterback situation, Kyle Boller threw three interceptions in the first half and the newly acquired Carson Palmer did the same in the second half. It was a rout that turned into a 28-0 shutout at Oakland and became the low point in the Raiders season. Now they hope to turn those fortunes around at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend.
Tamba Hali says the Chiefs expect Carson to be better this time around. He says, "I guess it’s been about maybe five or six weeks so he’s probably acquainted with that offense and has got his timing down with the wide receivers. It will be a little different, he’s still a good quarterback, he’s still able to execute.”
In his recent media session, Hali also admits he’s tired of being held this season and that it can be frustrating when opposing offensive linemen get away with illegal moves.
“Yes it gets frustrating. But like you said, it’s the nature of the position. Those guys are going to hold, they are going to pull you to the ground and one thing we’ve got to do as rushers, we’ve just got to be consistent in what we are doing and persistent and relentless in trying to get to that quarterback. But it’s frustrating.”
The Oakland Raiders are probably going to have to make contingency plans with certain key players with just two games possibly remaining in their season. Running back Darren McFadden, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and free safety Michael Huff did not practice today, although Huff is working with a team trainer on an adjacent field.
Can the Raiders make their final push without those three key players?
Here is the full practice report for the Oakland Raiders in week 16 vs. the Chiefs:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
QB Jason Campbell (collarbone)
WR Jacoby Ford (foot)
DT John Henderson (knee)
S Michael Huff (hamstring)
RB Darren McFadden (foot)
WR Louis Murphy (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
RB Michael Bush (shoulder)
RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring)
DT Tommy Kelly (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
RB Rock Cartwright (calf)
S Matt Giordano (shoulder)
CB Bryan McCann (concussion)
WR Denarius Moore (foot)
CB Stanford Routt (knee)
C Samson Satele (shoulder)
WR Chaz Schilens (hip)
For the Kansas City Chiefs, they have literally nothing to lose. All they have to do is win out and let the chips fall where they may in making the playoffs. Working on their third quarterback, their lead tailback out and a patchwork defense, Romeo Crennel has stepped in a situation where all he has to do is win his players over...
...and that's exactly what he has done. As Tamba Hali has come out and said:
"Yeah, I think anybody on this team would agree with me," Hali said when asked if the players want Romeo back. "If we can keep Romeo as our head coach here, it'd be great. We love what he does, his game plan. As you can see what happened on Sunday, he was able to control the clock, along with our quarterback. That's something we haven't been able to do here in a long time is control the clock. That will win you games."
Plus, it doesn't help to have a relatively healthy roster. Per Josh Looney on KCChiefs.com:
A high ankle sprain continues to slow safety Jon McGraw, who was inactive with the injury against Green Bay. Reshard Langford started in McGraw's absence opposite free safety Kendrick Lewis and reserve safety Sabby Piscitelli also saw extensive action with McGraw sidelined.
Here is the full practice report for the Chiefs going into week 16 versus the Raiders:
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE:
Safety Jon McGraw (ankle)
Center Casey Wiegmann (calf)
Lists are subjective by nature, so it’s hard to argue with someone when it’s just an opinion. High Fidelity taught us that, if anything. However, Elliot Harrison over at NFL.com has the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 24 overall in their week 16 NFL Power Poll — a number that fails to reflect the fact that they just handily defeated the single best team in the NFL and the fact that they are also within two games of .500 and some slim playoff hopes to go with it.
Harrison writes, “Quite simply, that was the greatest debut by an interim head coach in NFL history, Romeo Crennel. To take a rudderless team that just lost 37-10, and then turn around and beat the 13-0 defending Super Bowl champion is nothing short of sick. The Packers came in averaging 35.8 points per game. Crennel’s boys held them to 14.”
The Chiefs face the Raiders and Broncos in the next two weeks and stand a decent chance of winning at least one of those games. That should propel them closer to the lower teens where the team likely belongs.
As the round-up of articles begin to come in during Week 16 of the NFL regular season, it’s clear where the range is for the Kansas City Chiefs. In this week’s NFL Power Rankings, the Chiefs are typically residing in the early to mid 20s, a number that doesn’t reflect their recent win over the Green Bay Packers nor their six overall wins. Whether or not people want to believe in the Chiefs given their string of poor performances earlier this season, they are still alive for a playoff spot and face the teams directly in front of them with the Oakland Raiders this week and the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos next week.
ESPN has the team ranked at No. 22 overall this week after listing them at NO. 25 a week ago. Bill Kuharsky writes, “It’s hard to debut with a stronger impression as the top man than Romeo Crennel did.” Given the way the Raiders are reeling lately, the Chiefs could climb to 7-8 next week and give them a decent chance to crash the playoffs or at least hurt the Broncos chances.
The Kansas City Chiefs are slowly climbing Power Rankings this week and the National Football Post moves the team up four notches from 26 to 22 in week 16 as the Chiefs are still in playoff contention. The win over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers kept the Chiefs mathematically alive and gave the team a lot of confidence heading into their final two games of the season — games against the very two teams in front of them in the AFC West.
The Chiefs had just come off of one of the worst weeks an NFL team could endure with the loss of their coach and the ensuing drama. Much credit goes to Romeo Crennel who was able to hold things together and develop a game plan along with his assistant coaches to take on and beat the best team in the NFL by a wide margin.
The Chiefs now face the Raiders and Broncos for their remaining playoff hopes.
The Raiders are favored by 2.5 points over the Chiefs in Kansas City on Saturday, despite the fact that the Chiefs handed the Packers their first loss of the season in Week 15.
Knocking Green Bay from the ranks of the undefeated could end up saving what's been a miserable season in Kansas City.