October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) catches a pass as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams (29) defends in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Are The Chiefs Better?: Reid needed a new audience after all those years in Philly and the Philly players needed a new voice. Reid made it to five NFC title games, winning just once, and then lost in the Super Bowl. Reid reminds me of former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer, who also coached in Cleveland, Washington and San Diego — great regular season coach, bad in the playoffs. Well, unlike Marty, at least Reid did make it to a Super Bowl. Crennel is a very nice man and an excellent defensive coach, but Reid has a proven system and program.
Gonzalez was voted to his 13th Pro Bowl this season and feels good enough to keep playing. That has left the door open a crack for him to return.
‘’There’s no doubt I could play this game another three years if I wanted to, and at a high level, too,’’ Gonzalez said. ‘’But there comes a point in your career where you’ve gotten everything you ever wanted from this game.’’
For the last few years Gonzalez has been giving more to the game than he has taken away. He has been working with the Falcon receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, teaching them the work ethic that has turned Gonzalez into a future Hall of Famer. It has made the Falcons a big-play threat in the passing game with Gonzalez leading the way. He led the team with 93 catches for 930 yards and eight TDs this season.
Cox played three seasons in Kansas City with Jovan Belcher, blocked him every day in practice. Cox’s wife, Dana, even traveled to Kansas City to visit his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and the couple’s new baby this fall.
Two weeks later, Belcher shot and killed Perkins before driving to the Chiefs’ training facility and killing himself.
“It’s still kind of unbelievable to me,” Cox said.
“I think football has been a good release, you can just focus on football and being in a routine and the real world disappears. You focus on football and doing your job.”
And, this weekend, that job will be blocking well enough to try and push Atlanta to its second Super Bowl.
The good and the bad of the last few months will blend together into a final goal.
“It’s the epitome of what you’re going for,” he said. “It’s every football player’s dream.
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