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"It wasn’t pretty, but a ‘W’ sure does feel good today,"


Many pundits don’t believe in the Chiefs’ 8-0 record, saying that the team really isn’t as good as their record.

There are many reasons for that, and I touched on some of them here, but one of them is because Kansas City doesn’t win pretty. They don’t have a prolific offense that puts up tons of points, and the Chiefs really aren’t going to blow out many people.

Star linebacker Derrick Johnson, for one, doesn’t seem to care though. A win’s a win.

“8-0 feels like 8-0,” he said. “The best you can be right now is 8-0, and that’s where we’re at. Everybody is going to give us their best, and we know that. If we can take that punch and keep rolling, that’s what we did today.”

“It wasn’t pretty, but a ‘W’ sure does feel good today,” Johnson said

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  • PunjabiPete

    Every response every time a question like that comes up is “Well who has a better record? Oh, no one? Then the Chiefs are the best.”

    I think it’s time we, as fans, circle the proverbial wagons, unless you own a wagon, and are near a cul-de-sac, and it doesn’t go against HOA regu- you know what I’m overcomplicating this. I think we should as fans make sure that the only stat that counts is what matters. Last year we were 2-14 and pundits gleefully said we deserved that record because that’s the record we had. Why can that count but this record not count? At the end of the day the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants are professional football teams, and to nullify our record is and should be a direct insult to each of those teams, and they should be speaking out. Essentially what ESPN and 95% of the sportstalk pundits are saying is “The Jaguars, Browns, Giants, Texans, Eagles, Raiders,Titans and Cowboys aren’t good enough to be called professional football teams because they all dared to lose to Kansas City” and when someone says otherwise, you should call them on it. I know I will.

    Alex Smith is an above average quarterback. he’s the BEST quarterback in the National Football League right now in the ONLY stat that matters – Wins. Until someone else (a couple of someone elses) takes that stat away from him, that stat is all I care about. You can goober over Peyton Manning’s 4903849320 touchdowns or Tony Romo’s 2500 yards passing or Drew Brees’ odd birthmark, but I’ll tell you what – right now they would all trade those stats for Alex Smith’s “NFL Wins – 2013″ stat, and that’s the bottom line.

    • Clint Moran

      Well said.

    • berttheclock

      You are on fire. But, remember, as Bill Parcells said, a team is what their record says they are (of course, he couldn’t possibly have meant 8 Zip, eh?) BTW, if you don’t like the flack Alex Smith is taking (wrongly), don’t look at the article up by Ben Nielsen over at the Kingdom site. It is really rubbish.

  • Jared Watson

    I wonder what Pioli thinks of the Chiefs new GM.

    • Clint Moran

      Pioli is likely one of the media members calling the chiefs “paper champions”.

      • Tom Sparks

        LOL!

    • berttheclock

      The very questionable operative word is “thinks”.

    • micah stephenson

      You wud haft to b the ONLY one who cares what PISS-OLI thinks.

  • berttheclock

    Glad you mentioned Derrick Johnson. The Pro Football Focus grades for the game are in and Johnson received the highest grade, by far, a plus 4 something, of any player for the Chiefs. However, it should be noted that they have given Sherman the highest run blocking grade in the NFL for the first 8 games, a whopping plus 10.1 No other blocking back is even close.

    The down side is still the entire offensive line. Rodney Hudson was graded the lowest at a minus 5.7, Fisher a minus 3.2, Jeff Allen a minus 1.2, Asamoah a plus 1.2 and Albert a wash as they noted his pass blocking was better than his run blocking. One reason for the very low grade on Hudson was Phil Taylor, the NT for the Browns, received his highest grade since his rookie days and the highest grade given to any player for the Browns. Jordan Cameron scored well, also.

    • ArrowFan

      That Sherman trade may be the best of the off season.

  • Montez K.

    Has anyone seen Micah? Just win, Alex, just WIN baby!

    8-0 Chiefffffsss!

    • micah stephenson

      They see me every day. Alex ain’t shit. TV and radio been clowning him all day. I’m still a Chiefs fan. I still want them to win. I’m glad they 8-0. I hope an Alex Smith led offense is enough to win playoff games. I think we can win no matter what now, becuase the d won’t let us lose. Alex won’t lose the the game, he won’t win it ether. He has mayby 2 exciting passes all yr. Alex sucks but that’s ok, all he got to do is keep handing the ball to jc and dumping it off for 3 or 4 yards, the defense and special teams will do the rest.

    • micah stephenson

      I’m ok with Alex sucking now. I think every week some way some how the defense and special teams will do enough so that even with a bum like Smith at QB we will still win. All he got to do is hand jc the ball and check down/game manage us till we can get a real QB.

  • JDInOregon

    Nice post. Somewhat random old dude comment: Reid needs to buy even more into his own strategy, which I perceive to be old school football combined with some pretty creative play design.
    The play design and calls are generally good, but he’s gotta be totally old school when it comes to decision making regarding field position, time remaining and score. Yesterday he chose a 52 yard FG attempt, when the week before he chose to go for it on 4th and goal from the 1. Both were not the greatest decisions.

    With a weapon like Charles, a kicker like Succop and a punter like Colquitt, he can afford to be old-school conservative when the game situation dictates. With a defense like this you put points on the board pretty much any time except end of game situations, or when down by large amounts. You also pin the other team deep when possible. Heck, pinning the other team inside the five will yield some safeties the way this defense plays.

    Yeah, I know, field position isn’t sexy. But it can win football games, even in this day and age.

  • Bruce Hurford

    Ok, Seahawks “hung on” to barely beat Rams (3 – 4) with their new QB, and only scored 14 pts to win. So by nfl.com and espn pundits Seahawks now suck and won’t make the playoffs.

    • JDInOregon

      Lynch 8 carries for 23 yards? Don’t know if something happened to him, but wow. Charles has been just so absurdly outstanding this year for the Chiefs it boggles the mind. Edge=Chiefs.

      Meanwhile the 49ers are quietly winning 5 in a row, and Gore is on fire.

    • berttheclock

      Did you happen to see the graphic, last night, showing the win-loss records for each division? Who would have thought a couple of years ago, the AFC West would be on top and the NFC East on the bottom? Plus, the AFC West has a better record than the NFC West.

  • ArrowFan

    I haven’t had a chance to fully digest what happened on MNF last night. But what I heard on ESPN this morning was all praises for Seattle and their ability to grind out an ugly win against an inferior opponent without their stating QB. So when they do it they get a whole bunch of praise and when we do it it is we suck and just don’t play anybody.

    • berttheclock

      Russell Wilson “threw” an 80 yard TD pass to Golden Tate. I say “threw” because is it looked like a version of the old “moon shots” of the Dodgers when they played in the LA Coliseum. It was worse than any wounded duck pass I ever saw John Hadl throw. The DB misjudged his leap and Tate took it to the house, while, displaying some of the worst taunting I have ever seen. But, the Rams unloaded on the offensive line of Seattle and kept dumping Wilson. They shut down Lynch. What really won the game for them, was the backup Rams QB not trying to run it in for a TD. Instead of keeping running, he pulled up and tossed a pass. Problem was his LT, Long thought he was going to run and took off down field to block for him. The penalty really took them out of scoring. That became the difference in the game. But, yeah, the Seahawks are still the DaWlings of the media. “Gritty, tough” is used, whereas, the Chiefs were just “really really really very lucky”.

    • Jim bernard

      Yeah that’s a really good point! F em though, no respect

  • Stacy D. Smith

    The onliest thing that matters is whether or not we can win games when they matter most. A few years ago, the Pats won a bunch of games convincingly. They ran the table and lost in the Super Bowl. I don’t care about style points. I care about the resiliency and the ability of this team to raise their level of play when it’s absolutely critical. Tough wins help create that kind of team.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, and peaking in December and January is far better than peaking in October.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        We should probably get started soon though. It’s not a light switch. You can’t just show up one Sunday afternoon as world-beaters.

        • berttheclock

          I agree and if anyone reads the poor PFF ratings for the game against the Browns by the offensive line, there is still an element of doubt in the back of my mind. They remain our weakest link and I still remember seeing the upward ratings by Alex Smith in SF coincide with the vast improvement of the Niners’ offensive line.