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Nick’s Chiefs Briefs: Week 18

The dream is over.  The thoughts of a potential playoff win have faded like they have so many, many times before.  Regardless it was a fun ride and the Chiefs really over achieved.  Let’s take a slug on that pint of whiskey and slip one last time into our Briefs.

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  • Turnovers are the single biggest thing that happens in a football game.  There is no momentum changer in any sport as big as the turnover is in football.  Unfortunately, this week the Chiefs were like Arby’s, giving out turnovers to anyone who asks.

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  • So local talk radio guy Bob Fescoe got some information from people at a pizza place via text that Charlie Weis wasn’t calling the plays in the 2nd half.  The fact that I typed that sentence means that he went on the radio to tell everyone about this and report it as “news”.  To say to take his report with a grain of salt is not doing justice to the substance that a grain of salt actually has.

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  • Lyle Graversen at Arrowhead Addict tells us to keep our chin up because the Chiefs have laid the foundation.  He’s probably right.  I hope it wasn’t just an easy schedule and some lucky breaks.  Only 2011 will tell.

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  • Matt Cassel looked terrible on Sunday.  I didn’t see anything resembling a great quarterback.  I laid off of him for the latter half of the season because he was doing ok and the Chiefs were winning.  The Chiefs need to find a solution to the QB position, and Matt Cassel ain’t it.

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  • Arrowhead was still not sold out for the playoff game against the Ravens.  Something has to happen to fix that.  Most likely, the Chiefs need to lower their ticket prices.  I hear a lot of people calling Kansas City a “football town”, but if there are a bunch of empty seats at a playoff game, how can that be true?  Lots of blame to go around on this one.  I’d put less on the fans though, it’s up to the Chiefs to provide a compelling reason to attend games.  They clearly aren’t doing it.

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  • With Weis gone, one of the first off-season moves the Chiefs will have to make is to fill the Offensive Coordinator position.  Personally, I’m not familiar enough with coaches around the NFL to recommend a choice.  I can say that they need to fill the position soon or things could get ugly surrounding Haley and the position will become less attractive.

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  • I’ve had a blast writing the Chief’s Briefs this season.  I’ve never really written about football before, I’m honestly more of a baseball guy.  I still don’t think I ever got into the groove of the season.  One game a week was extremely odd for me to write about.  It can be tough to fill in with legitimate information rather than filler.  I still haven’t figured out whether being a professional football writer is the easiest or hardest sportswriter position.  Thanks to all of you who’ve read the articles this year, I sincerely appreciate it.  If you’d like to continue to read my work on baseball, head over to Royals Authority every Tuesday.

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  • Chiefs historical stat of the week: Most consecutive playoff losses: 7 (also an NFL record)
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  • I doubt the Chiefs go with a big hire at OC. Haley is going to want someone who will tolerate Haley taking the offense over when he feels compelled to. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The DC is far more influential on a team than the OC.

    It’s been good reading your Briefs this season!

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