AFC West: Todd Haley

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid needed each other.

A year ago, as the Chiefs were toiling through their summer preparations, this pairing seemed more than unlikely. It appeared implausible.

The Chiefs were embarking on the Romeo Crennel era. The franchise was focused on salvaging the Scott Pioli leadership by having one of his former New England colleagues take over the coach's headset on a full-time basis after he had guided the team following Todd Haley's dismissal in December 2011. There were no thoughts of Crennel being a temporary caretaker for one of the biggest coaching names in the game. Reid was entering his 14th season in Philadelphia.

But 2012 ended up being an awful year for the Chiefs and for Reid. Change was necessary for both.

When Reid was let go by the Eagles, Kansas City owner Clark Hunt acted swiftly, turning from Pioli and Crennel to Reid. It was a bold move from the Heartland, where the Chiefs usually stay out of the national spotlight.

Hiring Reid was bold. And while technically neither Reid nor his new team has accomplished anything just yet, the fit seems right. Reid is resplendent in red. The Chiefs’ players are energized by the top-notch coaching and energy Reid has brought.

“I don’t look to the past and we can’t look to the future yet; all we got is right now,” Reid said. “And the 'right now' is pretty good. … I really like where we are and what these guys are doing.”

While it is just August, the Chiefs look nothing like the 2-14 team they were in 2012. Most teams that earn the No. 1 overall draft pick look like it the following training camp. Instead, the Chiefs look like a complete team with few holes, one that is ready to make a big move.

“We don’t even talk about 2-14 anymore,” said safety Eric Berry, one of six Pro Bowl players from what was, despite the record, a talented 2012 outfit. “We are all focused on getting better and getting coached by Coach Reid and his staff. … We can’t wait to get out here every day to see how we can get better. Everybody feels that way. We’re all so happy right now.”

THREE HOT TOPICS

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Stacy Revere/Getty ImagesAlex Smith's smooth transition at quarterback is just one reason behind the Chiefs' bright outlook.
1. The quarterback: Thus far, the transition to Alex Smith has been a success in Kansas City. Of course, we won’t find out anything tangible until we see if he can make a difference in the regular season. But so far, Smith has taken to Reid’s coaching and shown he is the leader of this team. He has been good in training camp, and he was excellent in the first preseason game. If Smith can be the smart, mistake-free player he was in his best San Francisco days, the Chiefs can be a real contender. This team has been screaming for solid quarterback play, and it may be about to get it.

“He’s a smart guy,” Reid said of his quarterback. “He gets it. He makes it easy. He doesn’t run out of gigabytes.”

2. Finding a No. 2 receiver: There aren’t a lot of issues with this roster, but finding a solid No. 2 receiver behind star Dwayne Bowe is a focal point of this camp. Free-agent pickup Donnie Avery will likely be the guy, and he has shown he can be a capable NFL player. He can get open. The team would like to see 2011 first-round pick Jon Baldwin finally develop. He has big ability but has failed to show the consistency to be a top-of-the rotation player. The Chiefs have a varied offense, so this will not be a huge problem, but it would be beneficial if Bowe had some legitimate help opposite of him.

3. Dontari Poe: If training camp is any indication, Poe has a chance to be among the breakout players in the NFL this season. The No. 11 overall pick of the 2012 draft has been terrific. He has taken to the new coaching. The light has come on. The super-athletic Poe is getting the playbook and has been dominant at times. Nose tackle sets the tone for the defense, and it seems Poe is up to the task. To his credit, Poe made strides late in his rookie season and seems to have carried it over to his second training camp.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM

The Chiefs' roster is loaded. There are not a lot of holes. Sure, the Chiefs could use a deeper group of receivers, a deeper defensive line and a few odds and ends here and there. But in today’s NFL, that is not a deep list of concerns. Add a top coach like Reid, a capable quarterback like Smith and several fine free-agent additions to a roster that featured six Pro Bowl players, and there is a lot to like about this team. This is not your average club trying to rebound from 2-14.

REASON FOR PESSIMISM

There isn’t much not to like here. The worst thing Kansas City has going for it is simply rebuilding from a 2-14 season. Just how many wins can a 2-14 team expect in the first year of a new regime? The Chiefs will be much better. But what does that mean? A 7-9 season in Kansas City would signify great progress. But if the Chiefs want to make a run at the playoffs, they likely will have to go 9-7 or better. A seven-win improvement is never an easy task in the NFL.

OBSERVATION DECK
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    AP Photo/Gerald HerbertJamaal Charles' role in the offense does not figure to be diminished considering he touched the ball eight times and scored a TD on the Chiefs' first drive of the preseason.

  • The Chiefs like their offensive line. They think they have a lot of depth. Jeff Allen, Geoff Schwartz and Donald Stephenson give the team a lot of options.
  • The Chiefs have no remorse over using the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft on right tackle Eric Fisher. He is a natural talent who works hard and fits in with his teammates. He is a hard-hat player who just happened to be the top pick in the draft.
  • The coaching staff is pleased with the way star running back Jamaal Charles has adapted to the offense. He has embraced the chance to catch more balls out of the backfield. For anyone who thought Charles’ role would be diminished because of Reid’s arrival, just look at the New Orleans game last week. Charles touched the ball on eight of the 14 plays the Chiefs’ first-team offense was on the field.
  • Players love the scheme of new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. It is aggressive and player-friendly.
  • One of the strengths of this team going into camp was the defensive backfield. It continues to be. This is a deep, talented unit.
  • One young player to keep an eye is undrafted rookie receiver Rico Richardson. He is catching everything that comes his way. He's a long shot, but there could be room for him.
  • Reid is pleased with the addition of spread game analyst Brad Childress and consultant Chris Ault. They are focusing on the pistol offense and working with both the offense and defense in installing it.
  • The Chiefs’ special teams look good. The return game was fantastic against New Orleans.
  • Berry came on strong at the end of last season after missing virtually all of the 2011 season with a torn ACL, and he looks to be in top form this camp. Expect a brilliant season from this young star.
  • The team likes the work of fullback Anthony Sherman, who was acquired in a deal with Arizona for cornerback Javier Arenas. Sherman will be a part of the offense.
  • Fourth-round pick Nico Johnson continues to push Akeem Jordan at inside linebacker. The instinctive, bright Johnson has been a camp standout.

Oakland FA Bryant arrested

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Oakland free agent defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested in Miami on misdemeanor criminal mischief charges.

Bryant is a free agent and he is expected to be sought after on the open market. Oakland will be tight against the cap and it may have a difficult time re-signing Bryant. As long as the charge remains a misdemeanor, it likely won’t really affect Bryant’s ability to get a solid deal in free agency.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports is reporting receiver Steve Breaston is nearing a deal with Pittsburgh. He was recently cut by the Chiefs. It makes sense that Breaston is heading to the Steelers. Their offensive coordinator is Todd Haley. Breaston played for Haley in Arizona and in Kansas City.

Here is more chatter linking the Chiefs to San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith.

U-T San Diego is reporting that A.J. Smith, fired as the Chargers’ general manager after the season, is in Indianapolis, trying to line up a job as a scout with a team.
The primary job of the new brass in Kansas City is to upgrade the offense.

On Tuesday, it made two moves that are reminders of failures of the last regime in an attempt to better the offense.

The Chiefs cut receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss. Breaston was signed two years ago in free agency and Boss was picked up last year. Both moves were met with enthusiasm in Kansas City.

However, neither player was able to make a huge impact in Kansas City. Neither cut is a surprise.

Breaston actually had a good year for Kansas City in 2011 when he had 61 catches. He was brought to the Chiefs by former coach Todd Haley. Breaston excelled under Haley in Arizona. However, with Haley gone in 2012, Breaston was a forgotten player in Kansas City. He had just seven catches and was a healthy scratch for several games.

Apparently, new coach Andy Reid didn’t think it was worth seeing if Breaston could regain his 2011 from even though the Chiefs’ receiving crew is fairly thin. The Chiefs want to re-sign free agent Dwayne Bowe.

The previous regime thought Boss and Tony Moeaki would make a great 1-2 punch at tight end. But Boss was lost for the season after suffering a concussion in Week 2. His release seemed destined to happen for months.

Both players could get modest interest around the league. But Boss will first have to show he is healthy enough to play.

One place Breaston could potentially land is San Diego, where former Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt is the offensive coordinator. The Chargers could use help at receiver. Pittsburgh, where Haley is the offensive coordinator, has to be considered a possible spot for Breaston as well.
Jim Harbaugh could have been a Chief.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter details how the Chiefs, in the early days of the Scott Pioli era in 2009, tried to talk to Harbaugh but the timing was not right. The Chiefs instead hired Todd Haley.

I think Pioli was set on Haley all along. They both had Bill Parcells ties and had previously worked together. Pioli waited several weeks for Haley and the Cardinals to play the Super Bowl before hiring him. Yes, he talked to other people, but Haley was the target.

Yes, Harbaugh should have been. I’m sure he would have found a way to fix the Chiefs’ quarterback problem by now. Instead, Harbaugh is going to the Super Bowl with San Francisco while Pioli has been fired and the Chiefs are starting the Andy Reid era. He is the Chiefs’ third head coach since the Pioli hire.

In other AFC West news: Here is a podcast with Denver receiver Eric Decker explaining why he will not watch Sunday’s Super Bowl which features Baltimore, the team that knocked Denver out of the playoffs.
Scott PioliJohn Rieger/US PresswireOn the same day the Chiefs hired their new coach in Andy Reid, they parted ways with GM Scott Pioli.
Some Chiefs fans became so dissatisfied with GM Scott Pioli this season that they hired a plane to carry a banner over Arrowhead Stadium on game days with the message to fire Pioli. There's no need to go to such lengths anymore.

The most reviled man -- whether it’s deserved or not -- in Kansas City sports is no longer in the picture.

As part of the movement to bring high-powered coach Andy Reid to the Chiefs, the organization has parted ways with Pioli.

This is not the way it was supposed to happen.

As excited as Kansas City is to welcome Reid, the fans were just as excited when ownership hired Pioli nearly four years ago. He was the top GM candidate available in 2009 and the Chiefs were given a lot of credit for bringing him on board.

He was well-respected for being part of New England’s success as Bill Belichick’s right-hand man.

But, in the end, Pioli didn’t succeed as the main decision-maker in Kansas City. The Chiefs made the playoffs just once in Pioli’s tenure (in 2010) and they flatlined in 2012 with a 2-14 record, earning the No. 1 pick in the April draft.

As the 2012 season unraveled it became evident that ownership likely would have no choice but to fire both Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel. However, Pioli was kept on Monday after Crennel was jettisoned.

Owner Clark Hunt was open to keeping Pioli, perhaps in a similar role to the one he had in New England. But the franchise will move forward with Reid as the main decision-maker. He is expected to bring in his own general manager who he can work closely with. The favorites are John Dorsey and Tom Heckert. Reid has a history with both men.

This is the right way to go. I don’t think it would have worked between Reid and Pioli. Starting a new era without Pioli makes sense for everyone.

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John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports Fans became fed up with Scott Pioli's leadership after suffering through the third losing season in the past four.
Pioli said in a statement that he leaves Kansas City knowing he didn’t get the job done. Ultimately, Pioli will be remembered in Kansas City for failing at his two biggest tasks: Finding a quarterback and a coach.

In Pioli’s first move big move as Chiefs GM, he traded for quarterback Matt Cassel from New England. He thought Cassel could enjoy the same success in Kansas City as he did as Tom Brady's injury replacement in 2008. Cassel was good in 2010, but his play slipped in 2011.

Instead of finding a replacement (the Chiefs were rebuffed by Peyton Manning early in the process and they bypassed quarterback Russell Wilson in the draft), Pioli rode with Cassel again. The quarterback struggled and was benched during the 2012 season.

Pioli also failed with two coaching hires in Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel.

These moves made it very difficult for Pioli to succeed. They weren’t his only failures, though. He drafted just one Pro Bowl player -- Eric Berry in the first round in 2010. Four of the Chiefs’ five Pro Bowl players were on the roster when Pioli took over. He also failed to take advantage of a strong salary-cap situation.

Pioli also has a reputation for not being easy to work with. Haley went as far as to say he thought Pioli spied on him and there were accounts of other employee uneasiness.

Friday’s decision has been met with celebration by much a fan base that was fed up with a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in 20 years. Like his hiring did four years ago, Pioli's dismissal brings hope to the fan base.

In the end, Pioli is still a smart football man and I can see him getting looks at other spots. If he doesn’t become a candidate for other openings, he could end up in Atlanta, Chicago or New England. He has ties to all three places.

As for the Chiefs, it is now all about Reid’s leadership. The Chiefs hope he has enough success to keep any flying protests grounded.

Chiefs' problems extend beyond Crennel

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The fact Romeo Crennel is out in Kansas City and Scott Pioli is still employed may imply that the Chiefs are pinning their problems on the coach.

That is the wrong tack to take.

It wasn’t all Crennel’s fault. Yes, his team was terrible. The Chiefs finished 2-14, which is tied for the worst record in team history. Interestingly, Herm Edwards went 2-14 in 2008. That prompted the team’s hiring of Pioli four years ago.

Fans and league observers alike applauded the hiring. Now, after two coaches, Pioli’s team is 2-14.

The Chiefs didn’t look at many other coaches last January when Crennel was promoted from interim coach to the permanent spot. The primary reason was because Crennel was so well-liked and respected by the players. The Chiefs went 2-1 under Crennel to end the 2011 season. They stunned then-13-0 Green Bay in Crennel’s first game as the replacement for Todd Haley and Crennel was essentially considered the future coach from that day on.

This was a team that was widely expected to contend for a playoff spot. However, Crennel and his staff did not do a good job this season. There was little fight in this team. They were blown out routinely. Their 13.4-point differential was last in the NFL. The Chiefs averaged 13.2 points this season, which was last in the league.

The Chiefs -- a talented team that netted five Pro Bowl players despite earning the No. 1 overall draft pick -- were tied for the NFL high with 37 turnovers.

Crennel ends his Kansas City career with a 4-15 record. He is 65 and there is a lot of talk the highly decorated defensive coach may retire. It's been a great career for Crennel, who won five Super Bowl rings with the Giants and Patriots. It was just a bad ending. But not all of the Chiefs’ issues are solely on him, even though he stands as the fall guy at this moment.

Schefter: Chiefs mulling big change

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that he expects the Kansas City Chiefs to fire coach Romeo Crennel.

As for general manager Scott Pioli, Schefter reports the Chiefs -- mired in a miserable 2-13 season -- are leaning toward firing Pioli.

If I had to guess, I’d say both Crennel and Pioli are going to be fired. They are a package deal. I think if the Hunt family had its druthers, it would give both men another chance. But the fan fury is so great in Kansas City, I think the Hunts will be compelled to make a move.

I don’t think firing one of the two and keeping the other will work.

Pioli has hired two coaches -- Todd Haley and Crennel -- since joining the Chiefs in 2009. I don’t necessarily think he will get a chance to hire a third. If that is what is the case, I think the Chiefs will likely make a clean sweep and hire a new general manager (Bill Polian, anyone?) first and then a head coach.

We shall soon see. I don’t think the Hunts will wait long before making a decision.

Wrap-up: Steelers 16, Chiefs 13 (OT)

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A look at an unexpectedly close "Monday Night Football" game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs:

What it means: This game was the Chiefs' season in a nutshell. They played the Steelers close but made way too many mistakes in the end. On a rainy night, the Chiefs fell early in overtime to the Steelers and former head coach Todd Haley, the Steelers' offensive coordinator. Kansas City is 1-8 and is still on pace for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel is 0-9 lifetime against the Steelers. His first eight losses came as Cleveland’s coach.

Cassel bad when it counts: Matt Cassel wasn’t terrible in regulation and he made a huge play on fourth-and-15 in the final seconds that set up a field goal that sent the game to overtime. But in the first seconds of the extra period, Cassel threw an inexcusable interception. The pick resulted in a game-winning field goal just 55 seconds into OT. It was the Chiefs' first turnover of the game but their NFL-high 30th of the season.

So many mistakes: The Chiefs outplayed Pittsburgh but had too many dumb mistakes, penalties and drops. The Chiefs did it all. Yes, there were some questionable calls, but the Chiefs looked like a team that is supposed to be 1-8.

Embarrassing streak is over: The Chiefs took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 10-0 in the second. It was the first time Kansas City led during a game all season. It tied the 1929 Buffalo Bisons for the longest such drought in NFL history.

Can’t take advantage of Roethlisberger’s injury: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a shoulder injury, and the Steelers had to play much of the game with backup Byron Leftwich. Despite the major downgrade, Kansas City couldn’t take advantage.

Defense plays well: In the first game since Crennel replaced himself as defensive coordinate with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, the defense played pretty well. It was suffocating at times. This unit has had its moments this season and it clearly has talent. Linebacker Derrick Johnson had a tremendous game with 13 tackles.

Chiefs run game shows life: Jamaal Charles had 100 yards on 23 carries and Peyton Hillis ran hard, adding 30 yards on 10 carries. The Chiefs have to rely on these players.

Baldwin hurt: Kansas City receiver Jon Baldwin suffered neck and head injuries going for a ball late and he did not return.

What’s next: The Chiefs host Cincinnati on Sunday.

Steve Breaston is not active

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Todd Haley will not be able to see one of his favorite players Monday night in Pittsburgh.

Kansas City receiver Steve Breaston is a healthy scratch for Monday night’s game. He was brought to Kansas City last season by Haley when he was the head coach. Breaston played for Haley when he was an assistant in Arizona. Haley was fired by the Chiefs last December and he is now the Steelers’ offensive coordinator. Rookie Devon Wylie is active in Breaston’s place.

Breaston has six catches in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system. He had 61 catches last season and he’s had, at least, 47 catches a season since catching eight balls as a rookie in Arizona in 2007.

Meanwhile, Kansas City offensive linemen Branden Albert (back) and center Ryan Lilja (neck) are playing Monday night. They were both questionable.

It is raining in Pittsburgh on Monday.

In other AFC West news:

Oakland running back Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson – who both suffered high ankle sprains against Tampa Bay in Week 9 and didn’t play Sunday at Baltimore – are still in walking boots. They will likely not play Sunday against New Orleans barring major improvement.

The NFL released a statement the punt return by Denver’s Trindon Holliday should have been reviewed and should have been ruled a touchback because he flipped the ball out of his hands before he crossed the goal line in Denver’s 36-14 win at Carolina.

Oakland is putting reserve linebacker Travis Goethel on injured reserve because of a season-ending knee injury he suffered Sunday at Baltimore. Bringing back linebacker Vic So'oto is not an option. He signed with Green Bay on Monday. The Raiders cut him Saturday to make room for Aaron Curry of the PUP.

The Chargers expect starting nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin to miss a couple of weeks with a knee injury.

Detroit claimed cornerback Pat Lee, who was cut by the Raiders on Saturday.

Around the AFC West

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The Chiefs reportedly put defensive end Glenn Dorsey on injured reserve. The No. 5 pick of the 2008 draft is a free agent at the end of the season and there is a strong chance he will not return to Kansas City.

CBS Sports ponders how Andy Reid could be a good fit in San Diego if he is fired by the Eagles and the Chargers make major changes. We looked at the fit last year. Still makes sense to me if the right things happen.

Fox Sports has an update on Todd Haley’s arbitration case over unpaid contract money with the Chiefs. He was fired by Kansas City last December. He is now the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. The Chiefs visit the Steelers on Monday night.
As expected, Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both in walking boots because of high ankle sprains they suffered against Tampa Bay. Neither has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Baltimore, but it looks very unlikely that they will be active.


Expect fullback Marcel Reece and third-string running back Taiwan Jones to carry the load against Baltimore on the ground. Reece has one carry this season and 48 in his career. Jones has one carry this season and had 16 last season.

The Baltimore defense can be run against, but it looks like the Raiders are going to have to rely on inexperienced rushers barring a dramatic recovery by McFadden or Goodson.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Michael Huff will start for Ronald Bartell against the Ravens. Bartell will be brought along slowly. He has been out with a shoulder injury since Week 1. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle believes Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour will not play Sunday.

In other AFC West news:

Denver receiver Eric Decker practiced fully Thursday after being limited by a thigh injury Wednesday. As expected, guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (illness) were held out of practice. Kuper is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, and I’d be surprised if Porter plays Sunday at Carolina.

San Diego Left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) and defensive end Corey Liuget (hamstring) did not practice Thursday. They were limited Wednesday. This is worth watching Friday. Also, linebacker Shaun Phillips had to leave practice early with a finger injury.

Kansas City defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) remains out of practice. Left tackle Branden Albert (back) is limited.

New Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs will coach from sidelines, head coach Romeo Crennel said. It makes sense, because Gibbs has been on the sidelines all year as linebackers coach.

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley -- who was fired last year as the Chiefs’ head coach -- said he is not out for revenge when the Chiefs visit Pittsburgh on Monday night. OK, I believe him.

It’s a landslide.

John Fox’s trip to Carolina is the most important reunion in a reunion-filled week in the AFC West.

Fox and the Denver Broncos go to his former team, Carolina, on Sunday. In other AFC West reunions, the Chiefs travel to face former coach Todd Haley at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday and San Diego travels to see former receiver Vincent Jackson and Tampa Bay on Sunday.

In our AFC West poll, as of 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, 52 percent of the votes believed Fox’s trip to Carolina is the biggest deal. The other two reunions each received 24 percent of the vote.

I agree with the masses. Fox was in Carolina much longer than Haley was in Kansas City and Jackson was in San Diego. Plus, Fox is going back to Carolina while the other reunions are being held at Haley's and Jackson's new homes.

Thanks to everyone who played along.


Yet another chance for Matt Cassel

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For a guy who was replaced, Matt Cassel keeps getting chances to remain the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback.

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For the second straight week since being named the starting quarterback, Brady Quinn must sit and watch Cassel play. Quinn has not been cleared from a concussion he suffered in Week 8 against Oakland. Thus, Cassel will face Pittsburgh and former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley when the Chiefs travel for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Haley, fired by the Chiefs last December, is the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crenel was vague last week when asked if Quinn would remain the starrer once he was cleared. Without coming out and saying the job was still Quinn’s, Crennel hinted it would be.

Still, Cassel is getting his chance to re-take the job. If the 1-7 Chiefs can upset Pittsburgh, it would be difficult to take Cassel out. However, Cassel has not shown the ability to help his team win.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Cassel has thrown 66 passes this season (the most in the NFL) without a touchdown pass against the blitz. The Steelers have blitzed the quarterback at the third highest rate in the league this season.

Also, Cassel has struggled on play-action plays this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, even thought the Chiefs are averaging 4.7 yards per rush (the sixth best in the league), the play-action has been ineffective with Cassel. He has thrown interceptions on play action once every 10.3 attempts this season. The league average is once every 39 attempts.

Still, he gets another chance. In reality, though, whether it’s Cassel or Quinn behind center, the Chiefs are just biding time before they can start over next season with a new direction at the position.

Poll: Reunion week

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It’s reunion week in the AFC West.

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What AFC West reunion is bigger?

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Discuss (Total votes: 4,614)

Denver Broncos coach John Fox is going back to Carolina, where he coached the Panthers for nine years before being fired after the 2010 season.

The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Pittsburgh for a “Monday Night Football” game to face former head coach Todd Haley. He is now the Steelers’ offensive coordinator. He was fired by the Chiefs last December.

The San Diego Chargers are going to Tampa Bay to face former receiver Vincent Jackson. He signed with the Buccaneers in March.

Which reunion are you most looking forward to seeing? Please take our poll and express your thoughts in the comments section below. We will review the poll results Wednesday.

Moving on: Kansas City Chiefs

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Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 31-13 loss at San Diego on Thursday night:

Recap: It was the same old stuff for the Chiefs. The only difference is they didn’t have to wait until Sunday to be beaten this week. The Chiefs fell to 1-7 and they are simply incapable of winning a game right now. They are clearly the worst team in the NFL and are on pace to have the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Biggest area to fix: Competition. The Chiefs are not competing. The Chiefs committed four turnovers at San Diego and now have 29 in half a season. They had 29 all of last season. It’s the highest turnover total through eight games in the NFL in 15 years. Kansas City still has not led in a game in regulation all season. The situation is dire.

Biggest area to build on: Third-down offense. The Chiefs converted on their first four third downs and 7-of-12 for the gmae. The Chiefs moved the ball well at times in this game. It showed them they can get down the field, but miscues keep the Chiefs from fulfilling their offensive potential.

What to watch for: The Chiefs play against former head coach Todd Haley and the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Monday Night Football” in Week 10. A lost season could be brightened with a prime-time win over Haley, now the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.

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