October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
This is not a Disney film geared to swell the hearts of the stupid. As bad as the worst NFL team is in a given year, that team is miles better than the best college team. Always. No exceptions. Zero. No, shut up with your “What if…” because it’s wrong. Period. Done.
Alabama could not beat the Chiefs by 3.5 in pregame stretching. The upset would be if Kansas City won by less than fifty points. Every NFL team is its own college all-star team, only faster, wiser, better coached, better trained, and with better steroids.
The Chiefs have yet to announce coaches for special teams, offensive line, linebackers and defensive backs. George Warhop is a strong candidate to be the offensive line coach. Warhop, 51, has coached offensive line for five NFL teams, most recently Cleveland.
Two other possible Chiefs assistants have also worked with Reid: special teams coach Dave Toub and offensive assistant Brad Childress.
Pederson, 44, was an NFL quarterback for 12 seasons, mostly as the seldom used reserve for Brett Favre in Green Bay. He’s only been an NFL coach for four seasons, so Reid may wind up calling the offensive plays.
Shields, a 12-time Pro Bowler, is in his second year of eligibility and was a finalist last year. He will face some stiff competition again this year.
The other 14 modern-era finalists announced today include four first-year eligible players, and two are offensive linemen from Super Bowl-winning teams — Baltimore tackle Jonathan Ogden and Dallas guard Larry Allen. Defensive end Michael Strahan and defensive tackle Warren Sapp are the other first year-eligible candidates.
He impressed his coach, too, and two days later, Wilson was selected the Seahawks starter for the regular season. All he’s done is lead the club to its best regular-season record, 11-5, since 2005; its first road playoff win since 1983 by overcoming a 14-point deficit at Washington; and to matchup on Sunday at Atlanta for a spot in the NFC championship game.
Meanwhile, down the Pacific coast in the NFC West, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh made a similar move at quarterback later in the season.
Eric Bieniemy, who played for the Eagles in 1999, will coach the running backs, while Travis Crittenden will serve as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Mike Frazier is the statistical analysis coordinator, and Corey Matthaei and Reid’s son, Britt, were hired as quality control coaches.
“I’m pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board,” Reid said in a statement released by the Chiefs. “I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles. These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table for us.”
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen