Thursday, October 7, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
To dredge up an old saying from the days of Maxwell Smart (of “Get Smart”), would you believe that going into the fourth NFL weekend there were only three teams left which were undefeated? Would you really believe that one of those three was the Kansas City Chiefs? Yeah, the Chiefs, who had won only four games the entire previous season.
Kansas City opened its current campaign on Monday night back on the 13th of September against the San Diego Chargers. They stunned the Chargers 21-14. San Diego had finished their previous campaign with a total mark of 13-3, right up there with the NFL champs.
The entire NFL world was having conniptions, thinking that at the end of this fourth week it was very possible that the only undefeated team could very well be those Kansas City folks. The Chiefs, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were having a “bye” week.
The chief Chief (new head coach Todd Haley), gave a pair of lengthy interviews last week, one on September 29 and another on the 30th. He was asked all kinds of questions, from the health issues of one of his coordinators to the expectations of the team members themselves. In the second interview, Haley stated he would not get into fielding queries about his assistants’ personal issues.
Coach Haley’s two main assistants are ex-Patriots, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weiss. The latter was reportedly having some medical problems which would require surgery. Whether or not this procedure has been completed is not known by this writer. The coach went on to say that the welfare and well being of everyone associated with the team is the focus. He stated that from day one, they have been trying to forge a completely productive unit. So far the premise seems to be sound. The Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers in weeks two and three, respectively.
The other two unbeatens were the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. The Baltimore Ravens took the “un” away from the Steelers’ unblemished record and at the time that this was written, the Bears were in a real throw down with the N.Y. Giants. And we know that New York has been experiencing problems this season.
The other two games which bore watching in week four were the Saints and the Panthers (champs escaped 16-14), and the Redskins and the Eagles. The mystery was what type of reception would Donovan McNabb receive upon return to his former home for 11 seasons. He was greeted with a raucous welcome which completed disappeared with the first down. The Redskins left with the “V” and the Eagles were left with an injured quarterback (Mike Vick).
Here’s hoping the Chiefs continue their successful run. Charlie Farris spotted two of their players at the Ole Miss-Kentucky game Saturday, Dexter McCluster and an offensive lineman.
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