AFC West: Atiyyah Ellison

Todd Haley leads a team effort

October, 27, 2010
Two of the 12 teams in the NFL with two or fewer losses do not have an MVP candidate in’s MVP Watch. The Chiefs are one of those two teams. That may be a reason why Kansas City coach Todd Haley deserves coach of the year consideration.

The Chiefs are getting it done as a team and coaching is clearly a big reason why. There is no one player carrying this team. It’s been a total group effort as the AFC West-leading Chiefs have jumped out to a 4-2 record and credit goes to Haley, who has the Chiefs working together well in his second season.

Too bad running backs Jamaal Charles (489 rushing yards) and Thomas Jones (461) can’t combine and get some votes. Kansas City has the No. 1-ranked running game in the NFL and Jones and Charles are leading this offense together.

The Chiefs are well represented on’s rookie watch this week. Receiver/rusher/returner Dexter McCluster is No. 7 and tight end Tony Moeaki is No. 9. The Chiefs have gotten more out of their rookie class than perhaps any team in the NFL and that is another reason why this team is performing at a high level. So, in addition to Haley getting coach of the year consideration, perhaps general manager Scot Pioli should get some executive of the year consideration.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs beefed up their defense by signing veteran linebacker Mark Simoneau, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2007 while with the Saints.

He reunites with former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs in Kansas City. Gibbs is the linebacker coach in Kansas City. Simoneau worked out for the Chiefs last week. To make room for him, defensive end Atiyyah Ellison was cut. Kansas City put training camp star receiver Jeremy Horne on the practice squad. He was cut Saturday.

Chargers' offense is beat up

October, 20, 2010
San Diego Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice Wednesday because of a toe injury he suffered in a loss at St. Louis on Sunday. He could miss Sunday’s game against New England.

Receiver Legedu Naanee didn’t practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury that kept him of the Rams’ game. Naanee will be needed because No. 1 receiver Malcom Floyd will likely not play against the Patriots with a hamstring injury. Running back Ryan Mathews was kept out of Wednesday’s practice because of a nagging ankle injury.

Mathews is expected to play, but if Gates, Floyd and Naanee are out, San Diego will be hard pressed to score points against the Patriots.
  • It appears Kansas City defensive end Tyson Jackson is making strides to getting back on the field. He practiced fully Wednesday. He has been out since Week 1 with a knee injury. Receiver Chris Chambers (finger) and right tackle Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) also practiced fully for the Chiefs.
  • The Broncos signed tight end John Nalbone and defensive lineman Mitch Unrein to the practice squad.