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Chiefs vs Steelers Playoff Game Preview
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 20:18:48
When someone asked me recently what the Chiefs had to do to win this Sunday against the Steelers, I guess he thought I was being a smart aleck when I replied, "They'll win if they don't repeat week 4." "No, I want some real analysis," he replied and then he walked off in a huff. Ultimately, however, that's exactly what...
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Time to Take the Prozac Away
By Ed Fulda on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 20:07:42
I made the mistake a couple of nights ago of reading the latest-and-greatest comments from Chiefs Head Coach, Herm Edwards. Trust me; it will be a long, long time before I do that again. Herm, coming off a disastrous 4-12 campaign in 2007, has repeatedly vowed that the Chiefs are going to clean house and get younger. Unfortunately, he never said...
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Time to Start Looking at the Off Season
By Ed Fulda on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 20:04:20
With a 4-8 record, it’s a safe bet that the Chiefs won’t be going to the playoffs. So, other than speculating whether the Chiefs can win any of the remaining four games and whether Herm Edwards is going to get fired when the season ends, the only thing left to do is to speculate about the off season. The team will have to make some serious...
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Mid-Season Grades
By Ed Fulda on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 16:43:27
The mid-season point is upon us and that means it’s time to hand out the report cards. I have tried to keep in mind that this a re-building year (maybe – it depends on what kind of spin the front office wants to put on things once the season is over). Given that football is a team sport, grades have been assigned to units rather than to...
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Deja Vu
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 16:36:52
I had promised myself that I wouldn’t say a thing about how this season has started until after game four was in the books. Unfortunately, the first two games have triggered a bad case of Déjà vu. Thirteen points scored and a record of oh-and-two in 2007 coming after 16 points scored and a record of 0-2 at the same point in 2006. I have seen this before...
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Fearless Staff Predictions
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 16:32:11
Life is good. The NFL regular season kicks off tonight, the Chiefs are unbeaten, and none of us (as far as I know, anyway) are troubled with the heartbreak of psoriasis. Having proved our prowess last season as prognosticators, Ben, Clue, and I decided to embarrass ourselves again this year and show our ignorance once again. With that, here our NFL...
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Thoughts as Training Camp Opens
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 16:23:28
I tend to take a ho-hum approach to training camp. Sure, there’s a little bit of drama if starting positions are on the line, but other than that, the only real surprises come from the one or two undrafted free agents who end up making the team. This year’s camp, however, seems destined to become one of the most important in team history. The...
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The 20 Best
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 20:30:43
My last commentary focused on what I considered to be the 20 worst draft choices the Chiefs have made since 1967 (the first year of the common draft). This time around, I present my choices for the 20 best draft picks made by KC since 1967. Most readers will quickly pick up on the fact that there are only three first-rounders on my list even though there...
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The 20 Worst
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 20:28:23
With the 2007 draft out of the way, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane. This was the 41st edition of the college draft as we know it today. In those 41 years, the Chiefs, like every other team, have made some excellent picks, some really rotten picks, and a whole lot of mediocre picks. Excellence is a subjective term and one can argue...
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New Faces as Promised, but Not Necessarily Younger Ones
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 20:25:10
The feeding frenzy for the free agents is basically over. The draft has been conducted. A few undrafted free agents have been signed. Some of our own free agents left for other climes. Other players were traded or released. Head Coach Herm Edwards has promised that the Chiefs’ roster is far from set and that the team will get younger. So far, we’ve...
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My Plan
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 22:26:30
Over the course of the past few days, several individuals on our on-line discussions have decided that I should take over the reins as the Chiefs' GM. Despite my protests that I am the wrong man for the job, they have persisted and insisted that I should take the job. I guess I'm stuck with it, so here is my plan to get the Chiefs back to where...
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The Passing of a Giant
By Ed Fulda on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 22:24:18
I sometimes wonder if Lamar Hunt ever regretted merging the AFL with the NFL. He certainly never let on if he did, but I suspect there were times. Hunt, after all, was the man who made pro football what it is today. Sure, there were seven other groups and individuals who joined Hunt to form the "Foolish Club," but the AFL would never have...
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Turning Point
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 20:12:36
I am not ready to panic. I say this despite the lackadaisical - make that pathetic - performance Sunday by the offensive tackles and the special teams against the Bengals. I say this despite the concussion suffered by Trent Green. I say this despite the fact that the Chiefs are going to have to rely on seldom-used QB Damon Huard for at least the next...
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Questions Going into the Regular Season
By Ed Fulda on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 20:05:10
It became evident very early after Herman Edwards was named as the new head coach that the Chiefs were going to be a team in transition this season. Older players like Gary Stills, Shawn Barber, Todd Collins, and Dexter McCleon were either released or allowed to leave via free agency. Problem children like Eric Warfield were also released. The sudden...
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What Constitutes "Respectability" for a Defense?
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 19:54:43
For the past couple of weeks, there has been a raging debate on the WBC Forum that was touched off by Herm Edwards' remark that the defense will be respectable this season. The vast majority of posters have stated that "respectable" isn't good enough. A very tiny minority (basically me) stated that they would be satisfied with "respectable" this...
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The Draft
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 16:15:10
The annual NFL collegiate draft is upon us once again. Depending on who you speak to, Carl Peterson will either blow it completely, semi-blow it, or manage to find some decent, but unspectacular, players. The truth is that Peterson rarely blows a draft completely, but he has had some that have left a lot to be desired. He has also turned in some darned...
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Don't Close the Deal Unless You're Sober
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 16:02:22
Al Saunders has been an assistant coach in the NFL for a long time. He has been the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in Kansas City for the past five years and by anyone's standards has done a great job. The one thing he has not been, however, is a head coach in the NFL other than a brief 39-game stint with the Chargers, nearly 20 years ago....
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Eventful Offseason for the Defense
By Ed Fulda on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 16:01:36
Regardless of whether Herman Edwards' hiring turns out to be a great move or a two-year-and-out disaster, there is no doubt that this off season will be eventful. In fact, the changes are already evident on the defensive side of the house with only Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham being retained on the coaching staff. It's obvious that a...
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Did the 2005 Defense Really Compare with the 1997 Defense?
By Ed Fulda on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 15:58:53
Several weeks ago, Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham made a point of telling his players that they compared favorably with the 1997 defense. I, being the dubious sort, immediately laughed off Cunningham's comments as an attempt to massage the frail egos of his beleaguered charges. My opinion did not change after witnessing the Dallas Cowboys...
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Can It Get Any More Frustrating?
By Ed Fulda on Friday, December 16, 2005 at 18:22:53
After the Chiefs traveled to Buffalo and played what might possibly be one of the ten worst games ever played by a Chiefs team, I was ready to declare the season over and kiss the playoffs goodbye. It would have been real easy at that point for the players and coaching staff to pack it in. Instead, the team rebounded nicely and knocked off Houston, New...
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Balance of Season Hinges on Team
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 18:23:50
It almost seems silly to point at a game played in the fourth week and state definitively that it was the turning point of the season. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the ugly loss to Philadelphia has become that turning point. Thirty-one unanswered points can do strange things to a team's psyche. A blow-out loss - like the one the Chiefs suffered two...
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Random Thoughts After the Raiders Game
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 19:45:19
Well it wasn't a pretty win, but the 2-and-oh record the Chiefs are sporting sure looks nice (especially in light of San Diego and Oakland both sitting in the cellar with 0-2 records). And it was doubly nice to see the defense keep the Raiders out of the end zone on Oakland's last drive. Speaking of defense, it's still a little early in the...
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Stram was unique
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 at 01:06:28
I was running a quick errand to the grocery store yesterday when I heard the news that Hank Stram had passed away at age 82. Talk about being bummed-out for the rest of the day; it was as if a family member had died. In a way, however, Stram was family. Certainly, most of his players felt that way about him. I know that the ball boys did. The fans,...
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Training Camp Should be a Hoot
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 11:18:02
I know it's still early. After all, the team is still going through the "voluntary" practices and mini camp is coming up soon. This, however, will be the most important training camp the team has gone to since 1989 and the team that comes out of it will be under the microscope all season. Not that anyone is overly worried about the offense other...
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Rolling the Dice With Free Agency
By Ed Fulda on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 00:49:18
The free agency period begins again in a little over a month. Anticipation is high among Chiefs fans that Carl Peterson will be able to snag a couple of studs to repair the defense. Don't bet the ranch on it. Free agency is a lot like rolling dice - that "seven" you're looking for all too often comes up as "snake eyes." Since the free...
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Finally!
By Ed Fulda on Friday, January 7, 2005 at 00:43:13
The 2004 season has finally, mercifully ended for the Chiefs – and not a moment too soon, I may add. It was a season that never should have happened the way it did. The high-powered offense was going to get help via an improved defense. The improvement, however, was supposed to improve simply by the return of Gunter Cunningham. Potential free agents...
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Blowouts are fun to watch, but is there a residual effect?
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 21:08:06
I live about 200 miles from Atlanta and 90 miles from Nashville. Because of that, I have to put up with way too many Falcons and Titans fans. Needless to say, I rather enjoyed talking to several of them shortly after the Chiefs pounded the Falcons 56-10 on Sunday. The Falcons fans were in shock and the Titans fans are now very worried about having to...
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Words come back to haunt
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 20:53:08
After the conclusion of this summer's last minicamp, Dick Vermeil made it a point to tell the team that this was the best team he's ever been around. Obviously, his words had great effect as the team has stumbled to an oh-and-two start. Seven previous Chiefs' teams have started 0-2 and guess how many made the playoffs. The answer is none. ...
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Survivor: Training Camp
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 17:37:08
There won't be any bugs to eat - unless someone decides to haze the rookies - but the simple math (91 bodies, 53 roster spots) dictates that there are a lot of players who will be voted off the island during the course of training camp. Most of the 38 players who don't make it, of course, will be free agent rookies but several veterans will be...
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Excursion Into Enemy Territory Less Than Satisfying
By Ed Fulda on Friday, July 30, 2004 at 17:31:06
Maybe it was the location, but my excursion three weeks ago to Northern California turned out to be less than a satisfying experience. Don't get me wrong; Lake Tahoe is an absolutely beautiful place to visit, but I planned to irritate every Raiders fan I could find while I was there. My two younger sons and I were decked out in Chiefs ball caps...
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