Down 10-6 at the end of the first half, Payton walked to the New Orleans Saints locker room and knew something had to give if his team was going to have a chance to win Super Bowl XLIV. All week, Payton and his coaching staff had talked about being aggressive, no matter what the scoreboard read or the game situation.
Before he even entered the locker room, Payton had made up his mind that on the opening kickoff of the second half, he was going to go against the odds and run an onside kick. It was a decision that would make him a genius or an idiot; there would be no place to land between those options.
Last week, it seemed that Todd Haley’s coaching staff was set.
Not so fast.
On Monday, the Houston Texans announced that Cedric Smith, the Chiefs strength and conditioning coach for the last three years, has joined the staff of head coach Gary Kubiak.
“I’m extremely excited to be here,” Smith said from his team office. “Knowing Gary Kubiak from being in Denver, I look at it as a great opportunity to be part of something special here, with a team up-and-coming and on the cusp of winning a championship.”
For the fifth time in franchise history, a Kansas City Chiefs player has won the NFL Man of the Year award. The league honored Brian Waters at the Super Bowl for his contributions to the community.
It may be as simple as hosting a pizza party, giving away Chiefs tickets or providing a personal tour of Arrowhead Stadium. By giving his time and attention, Waters is helping change lives.
It was a day Audra Harrison and her family will never forget. Her nine-year-old son, Brock, is a huge Chiefs fan. But because Brock is autistic, Audra said the family never considered seeing a game in person because of all of the planning it would require.
That was until Brian Waters’ 54 Foundation and the Fox 4 Love Fund made it all happen.
“He was great. He was able to sit in the stadium and he was actually watching the field and watching the game,” Audra said. “Then at a later time, we even got invited back to a one-on-one. We even got to go down on the field, in the tunnel and locker room. That was just really, really neat for Brock.”
According to Bodog.com, the Kansas City Chiefs are 100/1 longshots to make the Super Bowl.
Topping the list is the Colts, who hold 13/2 odds. They’re followed by fellow AFC West team the Chargers at 8/1.
The team that just proved they could win it all last night? 10/1. Ouch, Saints.