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Romeo's out. Scott Pioli, the Belichick disciple, is out, too. The Kansas City Chiefs are prepared to enter into a new era of futility, lead by deposed Eagles head coach and noted fatty Andy Reid.
Reid, who's gaffes seem to have outnumbered his successes over the past several seasons, will be handed the keys to the once-proud Chiefs franchise. He will be among the league's head coaches tasked with not only play calling but with personnel matters as well. He will name a General Manager to work with him - and that person will almost certainly be powerless.
Only a few days ago it was believed that the walrus-like Reid was bound for Arizona to lead the Cardinals. Perhaps it was Phoenix's stifling heat or maybe he just likes Gates BBQ, but Reid has opted to instead captain the Chiefs when it was widely believed that he was only using them for leverage.
This is not going to work.
Andy Reid is not the coach that he once was. Had he taken a year off to rest and to study the game the way Mike Shanahan did before he joined the Redskins I could see him finding success. But his jumping right back into the fray is a mistake - one that will cost the Chiefs three seasons of possible progress. It's tough not to feel for their fans. While the fact that Reid will cripple a division rival of the Broncos for the foreseeable future is certainly a positive for Denver, it's regrettable to see one of the NFL's greatest fan bases exposed to this.
The Chiefs will continue to struggle under Reid. Rather than restoring that legendary Arrowhead Pride, he will flounder for three seasons (out of the five that he will be paid for) before being fired. The Chiefs will not be a factor in the West until long after he's gone - 2016 or 2017 at the very soonest. They're entering into Cleveland Browns territory - the realm of a cute also-ran that will be a fun pre-season pick that fails every year to materialize.
There is absolutely, positively no way that the Kansas City Chiefs are going to come into Mile High and knock off the Broncos today. Will they even make a game of it?
Here’s how I see this one going down.
Huge props to our Tweep, @Josh_D_Manning for Tweeting a link to this pre-season prediction by some hack Bleacher Report "Featured Columnist".
Let's face it. The Kansas City Chiefs are awful. Between Matt Cassell, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzy, KC doesn't have even half a quarterback and, aside from Jamaal Charles, they've got no legitimate weapons on the offensive side of the ball. They have one hell of a punter, though. He will be plenty busy on Sunday.
The Broncos are going to walk all over the Chiefs in their last regular season tilt at Mile High. The game has virtually no chance of being close. So...will we be Brockin' on Sunday?
Peyton Manning told Mike Klis that we won't be. He claims that he will play the entire game. Back in Indianapolis, however, it was common to see Manning's back ups take over late in meaningless games. It would be surprising if the Broncos don't spell him if they jump out to a big lead against KC.
Broncos Country has been clamoring to see the rookie Brock Osweiler get some game action. Maybe Sunday will be the day. Once it's clear that the game is in hand, and that Denver has secured a much-needed playoff bye, it would be senseless for John Fox not to insist that his aging MVP take a rest.
With all of the exceptional rookie quarterback play in the NFL this season we would like to get a chance to see how Osweiler measures up. Naturally, all Broncos fans hope that Peyton Manning has several good seasons left, but Osweiler is the future. We would like to get a look.
Brady Quinn led the Chiefs to a win over the Panthers on Sunday. It was the first time he had won a game as a starting quarterback in three years.
His performance, during which he completed 19 of 23 passes, was strong enough for the NFL to name Quinn the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Yes, really.
Did the league take into consideration the current state of the Chiefs, or give Quinn deference based on his incredibly insightful post-game comments? Yeah, probably. But we're happy for him anyway.
America is has awoken this morning to news of an unspeakable tragedy in Kansas City - the murder of a young mother and the suicide of a Chiefs player - possibly in front of the Head Coach and the General Manager.
Your Denver Broncos are having a pretty darn good season. Perhaps even more importantly, the rest of their division isn't.
They hope to be victorious when Tampa Bay Bucs come to Mile High on Sunday, but even if the Broncos lose, they can win the AFC West. All they need is for the San Diego Chargers to lose to the surging Cincinnati Bengals in a game where they are a 1.5 point home dog.
I don't know about anyone else, but I can't remember any season over the past decade where the Broncos were in such good shape. For them to have potentially locked up their division with four games left in the season is the kind of thing that we haven't experienced around here since the late 1990's.
Arrowhead Stadium has been the site of many a Broncos late-season nightmare. Today's week twelve match-up is shaping up to be what dreams are made of, however.
Brady Quinn is starting for the Chiefs at QB as KC's season is crumbling. Aside from Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have little to offer in terms of offensive fire power. With Quinn's propensity to check-down to the short range reciever, look for Charles to have a decent day, around 65 yards rushing and around eight catches for another 60 or so yards. Aside from that, the Chiefs won't be able to accopmlish much of anything against Denver's surging defense.
This is not going to be a very good game. Yeah, anything can happen. "Any given Sunday" and all that. But the Broncos are going to roll while the Chiefs just roll over.
I predict a 31-3 outcome featuring the following individual stat lines for your favorite Broncos players:
Von Miller: 3.5 sacks
Peyton Manning: 293 yard passing, 3 TDs
Demaryius Thomas: 88 yards recieving (see what I did there?) and a TD
Eric Decker: 3 catches, 64 yards and a TD
Joel Dreessen: 2 catches and a TD
Knowshon Moreno: 42 yards rushing, 1 TD and a fumble
Ronnie Hillman: 68 yards rushing, 5 catches, 45 yards recieving.
Enjoy the game!
Your Denver Broncos have rattled off four wins in a row, having defeated the Chargers, the Saints, the Bengals and the Panthers. Boom, boom, boom, boom boom. Now, at 6-3 they stand high atop the AFC West and trail only the Ravens and the Texans in the Conference. Their goal now is to displace one of those two teams to seize a Playoff Bye and home field advantage.
But first they need to ice the division. And that starts with jamming a length of rebar into the eyesockets of the San Diego Chargers, the walkiing dead. The Broncos can puncture San Diego's brain stem and halt it's directionless wandering on Sunday when the 'Bolts stumble drooling into Mile High.
Although they're barely human, the only humane thing to do is put the Chargers down once and for all. To keep them breathing is unfair. And, if they were to come into Denver and somehow bite the Broncos, their purposeless 2012 march would continue. The zombie Norv Turner would cling to hope and Philip Rivers' limbless torso would keep squirming. However, if the Broncos put them out of their misery by driving a fire axe 3 inched deep into their skulls, the Chargers will fall to 4-6, buried six feet deep in a hole, staring up at the Broncos at 7-3. Their futile qwest will be over.
One week later the Broncos travel to Kansas City to barbeque the Chiefs. At one an seven, the Chiefs can hardly be considered walkers, but their lifeless, grunting corpses are still pressing against the chain link awaiting a visit from the Bengals, who are likely to remove their limbs and jaws this coming Sunday. By the time the Broncos get there they won't need a crossbow to eliminate the Chiefs. If they're smart, though, they'll leave Romeo Crennell standing.
In the midst of one of the most forgettable seasons in Kansas City Chiefs history, there's a chance that owner Clark Hunt will turn back the clock and bring back the man who shaped the team throughout the 1990's. The Chiefs deny it, but Marty Schottenheimer is reported to have met with Hunt at team headquarters yesterday.
Chiefs fans are abuzz.
Assuming that where there's smoked meats there's fire, and rumors of Marty's visits are true, it's possible that Hunt was only looking for a little friendly advice. It's also possible that the team wishes to offer Marty a front office role of some type. But it's also possible that they want to fire Romeo Crennell and bring back Martyball.
The 69-year old NFL stalwart coached the Browns in the mid-1980's before taking over as Kansas City's skipper from '89 until '98. After resigning his post in KC, Marty went on to a stint with the Chargers and then with the Redskins. Then, in 2011, Schottenheimer gambled on a short-lived GM / head coach gig with the Viginia Destroyers of the UFL. He has not been formally involved with any team in 2012, choosing instead to work in broadcasting.