Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) is congratulated by fullback Anthony Sherman (42) after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Defense, John Madden, Bad Night For Matadors

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  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 Morning Fix.

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KC Kingdom ponders the Chiefs’ weakest link: the defense.

John Dorsey and Bob Sutton know that had Sanders not broken his collarbone he very well could have been the missing cog the Chiefs secondary needed to make a deep playoff push.

Anthony Pluff votes Aaron Murray as the Chiefs’ best pick in the draft.

Potential is something that is definitely overused in the sports world. All players have potential, but it is what they do with it that makes the difference between winning and losing. Aaron Murray has a lot of upside. He was a player who the Chiefs could have drafted number one overall in 2013 if he did not decide to stay in school, but instead they got him in round five in 2014.

Chiefs Spin updates “Rosterology” post-draft.

While some first-round draft picks are asked to step up as starters immediately, Dee Ford will initially fill a backup roll, providing depth at outside linebacker and add to the Chiefs pass rush, which suffered at the end of last season when injuries slowed down Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Ford is also a pick for the future, with Houston in the final year of his rookie contract and Hali, who turns 31 in November, carrying a salary cap number of almost $12 million in 2015.

John Madden made an interesting comment about the use of pain-killers in the broadcast booth. (via Pro Football Talk)

Former NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden says the culture of pain-killers in the league can even extend to the broadcast booth.

Adam Teicher notes the height problem the Chiefs have a wide receiver.

The Bills led the league with an average height of 6-2. Of more interest to you, the Chiefs came in next to last at slightly less than 5-11 1/2. And that doesn’t even count rookie De’Anthony Thomas, who should be playing at least some as a slot receiver but is being listed for the time being as a running back.

Two non-football stories:

- Bulls 3, Matadors 0

- A teen could get five years to life for pot brownies.

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  • berttheclock

    Did the Bills go to the playoffs?

    La Canfora thinks Detroit might be the one the Chiefs can deal with on a trade for Daniels as their new OC worked with Daniels in New Orleans and likes him.

    • In_My_Opinion1

      Bert, I’m going to just assume your auto-correct put the “s” behind Daniel :)

      • In_My_Opinion1

        But, I think the height thing with wide receivers is a little overplayed. Reid values speed, release, and a specific route tree for his offense. Tall receivers don’t always turn out to be Megatron (see Jon Baldwin) or run the best routes with the speed Reid would ask them to.

        • berttheclock

          Thanks for the “s” correction. Mike Mayock believes the height issue came up due to the new trend to throw back shoulder fades. He said a few years ago, NFL QBs looking up the field and seeing double coverage would go to another progression. With added height, the modern QBs will throw a back shoulder to a taller wide out.

          • In_My_Opinion1

            AS11 historically prefers making those types of throws to tight ends if memory serves correct. However, we have Bowe; whom I believe is still considered tall. Anywho, I still don’t think it’s the most important thing since receivers with enough ability will get the separation anyhow.

        • mnelson52

          I don’t really care what size they are. Every size has made it big, and every size has been a bust. What I care about is, can they separate, and do they hang on to the ball.

          • Stan Colbert

            Sounds like the basis of a great informative article I can not wait to read!

  • area

    Interesting article on the Chief’s defense and lack thereof during last years multi-game meltdown. It’s been argued successfully both ways that Sutton either did/did not adjust accordingly the last six games of the year when opposing offenses blew apart his scheme. My one question is if Sutton DID know that he had to adjust for lack of secondary playmakers, why did he not start jamming at the l.o.s. to buy extra time?