The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 2/4/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

Looking around the Sea of Red this morning (which apparently has turned white with snow) there’s a great piece up at the Mothership breaking down the Chiefs defensive line play from this past season. Chiefs Insider Reid Ferrin has “Kansas City Chiefs DL: By the Numbers.”

One of the teammates benefiting from DeVito and even more so from Chiefs defensive line coach Tommy Brasher was second-year DT Dontari Poe, who finished 2013 with 51 tackles (43 solo, 8 assists), five TFLs, seven pass rushes, four passes defensed and 4.5 sacks. Two of his QB takedowns came in the team’s home-opener game against the Dallas Cowboys, sacking QB Tony Romo twice.

Over at ESPN, Adam Teicher gives his last word (for now) on Will Shields getting snubbed from the Hall of Fame this year.

Speaking of hype, it shouldn’t be Covitz’s job, or the job of any other representative in any other city, to get the local players into the Hall of Fame. I was asked a couple of years back to join the Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors.

While I was honored, I declined and one of the reasons was I didn’t feel it was my duty to have to sell Will Shields, Tony Gonzalez or any other former Chiefs player who comes along to the other selectors. If a player’s career needs to by hyped or sold, he doesn’t belong in the Hall.

Finally today, our friend Brett Gering, featured columnist at Bleacher Report looks ahead to Kansas City’s dabble in the free agent market and the draft.

Every option has had a previous owner, but you can find out how it fared in years past. Some purchases turn out to be worthwhile investments (see Mike DeVito), others end up backfiring down the road (see Dunta Robinson, see car wreck). 

As for the draft? No previous owners. Fresh off the line. Center stage in the showroom. The downside is that, regardless of how any of the selections perform, you’re handcuffed to paying for it over the next four years. 

 That’s it for your news and headlines. Enjoy your Tuesday and GO CHIEFS!

Topics: Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs, Will Shields

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  • BobbyP

    Thank you for your service !

  • BobbyP

    Over the years I’ve watched the Chiefs draft a plethora of defensive backs , some good ,some not so much. Sunday proved their theory to be true . As long as the AFC West has maybe the best QB of all time ( gag! ), the Chiefs must follow the leader and make every effort they can to bolster their secondary . Yes there is needs on offense , but scoring points wasn’t the problem after the by week. Until they prove me wrong , I think this management team will make the right decisions . When I have the seeds of doubt creep in to my subconscious I jar myself back to reality and remember 2012 . GO CHIEFS !

    • toperspective

      Agree….gotta focus on the defense.

  • berttheclock

    One huge difference between what the Seahawks secondary accomplished and how the Chiefs fared in both games against Denver (and Luck, as well). is the Broncos wide outs only averaged 3.6 yards after the catch against Seattle, whereas, the Chiefs secondary let wide outs from Denver, San Diego and the first game against the Chargers roam the field after catching the ball. Plus, the best off season acquisition was made by Seattle in picking up Cliff Avril for a 2 year, $13 M contract, which only paid him a base of $1.5 M for 2013. He was the one who hit Mannings right arm. Money very well spent. But, next season, that base will jump to $7 M which means the Seahawks might have problems re-signing Michael Bennett, who could really help the Chiefs, if Dorsey can find the money for him.

    • berttheclock

      Interesting note about Avril is in 2012, he turned down an offer from the Lions for a 3 year, $30 M, contract. Did he really see the Lions heading south at that point or was Gunther really wearing that thin on him?

    • toperspective

      I think that’s because the Seahawks jammed the receivers hard at the line and jumped the routes. Those short passes that were wide open vs the Chiefs were closed down. Manning never had to wait in the pocket versus the Chiefs because the routes were immediately open. They just have way better athletes in the secondary than the Chiefs.

  • andy

    Yes the differences between the hawks D and ours is the yards after the catch. But that is a scheme issue. The hawks seemed like they had 15 defenders on the field. They were all around the ball. That is proper game planning and player discipline. Take notes Mr Sutton.

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