Good morning, Addicts! The Kansas City Chiefs are off today, hoping to get some rest and lick their wounds before embarking on Week 5. So far, the season has been a massive struggle for a team expected in some quarters to go to the Super Bowl. Of course, plenty of time remains.
If you need a good reason to feel good about the team, read this story about Alex Smith by Barbara Shelly in the Kansas City Star. Sometimes we forget that these gladiators are human beings who feel, who care, who make a difference.
Here is the news you need to know:
Ten plays that defined the Chiefs loss to the Bengals – Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star
"But this is also true: the Chiefs are playing largely like dogs. They have given up more points in each of their last three games than in any game last year. Good teams don’t typically blow games like the Chiefs did against Denver, Alex Smith was plain awful at Green Bay, and the offensive line and defense are getting emasculated. There are a lot of problems here. All of them are workable, but all of them are real."
Ron Parker moves to slot corner for good of team – Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star
"With Phillip Gaines, their best slot corner, out for the year because of a torn ACL, the Chiefs opted to go with Parker — who started a handful of games at corner in 2014 — instead of the other corners on their roster, Marcus Cooper, Jamell Fleming and Steven Nelson."
Zach Fulton will be continuing to start at right guard – Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star
"The Chiefs’ offensive line has struggled mightily this season. They allowed five sacks on Sunday, giving them a league-high 19 through four games. That’s five more than the next closest team, San Francisco."