Do a simple analysis of the number of sacks that the Chiefs line allowed when Matt Cassel had a full compliment of play-makers that included Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, and Chris Chambers, and you’d see that during those games the Chiefs pass-protection was above-average when compared to other teams’ sack totals over that same span.
When Matt Cassel had a non-pass catching running back (Larry Johnson) and no other viable wide receiver that could get off the line of scrimmage aside from Bowe, he was sacked far more often.
Early in the season, Matt Cassel was often criticized for holding onto the ball too long. However, Cassel simply didn’t have many options to work with in an offense where the tight ends dropped everything in sight, and every receiver other than Bowe couldn’t get off the line or get separation from defenders.
The No. 1 item on the agenda for the owners in their four days in Orlando, Florida is the labor situation between the league and its players. The NFL says the current system is flawed and is making the economics of the game impossible for the owners. But there’s not going to be a lot of folks feeling sorry for these guys when they are hangin’ at a place like the Ritz.
The resort is part of 500 tropical acres just outside Orlando with a Greg Norman designed golf course, an area to learn fly fishing, a zip line for those adventurous enough to fly through the pines of central Florida. Let’s not forget the 40,000 square foot spa, with 40 different treatment rooms and various therapy pools. That doesn’t even include the regular pools.
Obviously things aren’t so bad that clubs can’t dump a couple hundreds of thousands of dollars into a few golf scrambles, Swedish message, tiny little hot dogs and crab cakes for the cocktail parties and dinner tabs with wine and other beverages that will easily rack up tabs that finish the night with a total that includes a comma.
The NFL owners will vote on a change to the postseason overtime rules this week at their annual meetings. It’s not aimed at the Saints, who beat the Vikings in the NFC championship game by winning the coin toss and marching for the game-winning field goal without giving Minnesota a chance to get the ball.
It’s aimed at putting fairness into the overtime rules. Under the proposed rule, teams could win on overtime’s first possession only by scoring a touchdown. If the first team to get the ball manages only a field goal, the other team would get a possession.
If the second team fails to score on that possession, the game ends with the first team winning. If the second team also kicks a field goal, the game then reverts to the sudden-death format. The second team could win the game by scoring a touchdown on its possession.
Regular-season games would retain the current sudden-death, first-team-to-score-wins format. The league’s concern is that lengthy regular-season overtime games would put too much wear and tear on the players.
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to bring in Idaho OG Mike Iupati for a pre-draft visit, according to Scout.com. Joining the Chiefs working out Iupati are expected to be the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Iupati is projected to be selected in the 16-23 range, according to Scout.com, so a visit with the Chiefs would be due diligence on the Chiefs part in the event Iupati falls or they can trade up or down.