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Articles by William Cloake
It Takes Faith to be a Fan
By William Cloake on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 10:44:20
It Takes Faith to be a Fan by William T. Cloake IV WILDBILLSCHIEFS.COM June 13, 2010 The Cambridge International Dictionary defines a fan as: "Someone who admires and supports a person, sport, sports team, etc.". Of course, pretty much everyone knows that the word "fan" was derived from the word...
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Chiefs Should Take A Look at TO
By William Cloake on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 18:36:10
Chiefs Should Take A Look at TO By William T. Cloake IV WILDBILLSCHIEFS.COM March 17, 2010 I can't believe that I'm writing this, but I seriously think the Chiefs should take a look at Terrell Owens. Now, before you think that I have taken a big step away from my good senses, consider this:...
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Chiefs Need to Do the Conventional in Upcoming Draft
By William Cloake on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 13:15:54
Historically, unconventional thinking has often led to some of the greatest outcomes in the history of the NFL. When Todd Haley benched Matt Leinhart for an aging Kurt Warner, this was an unconventional move. When the Dolphins introduced the Wildcat offense, this was an unconventional move. In 1992, the Colts selection of linebacker Quentin Coryatt was an...
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Haley and Pioli: Evaluation Time
By William Cloake on Monday, December 21, 2009 at 14:45:25
Haley and Pioli: Evaluation Time By William T. Cloake IV December 21, 2009 WILDBILLSCHIEFS.COM With two games left to go in the 2009 season, it might seem early to evaluate the work of Scott Pioli and Todd Haley, but actually – after playing two similar teams in the Bills and Browns – the timing could not be better....
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Matt Cassel - Throw by Throw
By William Cloake on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 01:55:41
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Gay Slurs are at the Heart of the Debate of Larry Johnson
By William Cloake on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 19:36:25
Gay Slurs are at the Heart of the Debate on Larry Johnson Chief fans dislike of Larry Johnson is becoming better and better documented with each passing moment. As of the writing of this article, over 15,000 had signed a petition requesting that Johnson never be given a chance to break Priest Holmes all-time Chiefs rushing record. The fact...
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Behind the Numbers: What is Reasonable to Expect from Pioli and Haley
By William Cloake on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 03:02:41
Behind the Numbers: What is Reasonable to Expect from Pioli and Haley By William T. Cloake IV October 30, 2009 WILDBILLSCHIEFS.COM From 1978, when the NFL adopted a 16 game schedule, through 20008, only 26 teams have posted a record of 2-14 or less. The Chiefs (along with the Rams) became the 17th (and 18th) teams to...
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Shades of 2001
By William Cloake on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 02:57:54
The Kansas City Chiefs have a new head coach, a new quarterback, have alienated, benched or released what seem to be some of their best players and sit at 1-6. It sounds like this season, right? It's not. I am actually speaking of Dick Vermeil's first season as head coach of the Chiefs in 2001. Although, most look back on Vermeil's...
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Chiefs Defense Making Improvement
By William Cloake on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 14:16:33
Sometimes it is hard to see improvement because the results look the same. However, six games into the Chiefs 2009 season, one thing is becoming apparent: the Chiefs defense is steadily improving and is already substantially better than the 2008 Chiefs defense. You may wonder how one can say this about a group than ranks in below the 23rd...
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Chiefs vs. Redskins: A Tale of Two Schedules and Two Coaches
By William Cloake on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 14:43:45
At first glance, it might appear that the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins are vastly different teams. The Chiefs sit winless at 0-5, while the Skins are 2-3, which hardly respectable, is certainly a place that the Chiefs would love to be at. However, the reason why doesn't have much to do with who the Chiefs and Redskins are as much as...
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Chiefs First Quarter Progress Report Card
By William Cloake on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 00:15:40
Head Coach Todd Haley has pointed out several occasions that the NFL season is broken up into four quarters, much like a football game. As such, the Chiefs have just completed the first quarter of the season with four losses and no wins. In my mind, this is about equivalent to being down 28-0 after the first quarter of a football game. There is still a lot...
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Concerns After the Loss to the Eagles
By William Cloake on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 01:47:53
Let me start by saying that by no means am I pushing the "panic button". However, no one could watch the Chiefs loss to the Eagles on Sunday and not come away with some serious concerns about where the Chiefs are at so far in 2009. While certainly no one was predicting that the Chiefs would make the play-offs this season, this team is supposed to continue...
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Gonzalez’ Legacy Should not be to Tarnish Pioli and Haley
By William Cloake on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 17:03:41
As I listen to more and more Chiefs fans, I become aware of one thing. Many fans have not been happy with Pioli and Haley since shortly after they came to Kansas City. I for one, can put my finger on the date that I think that the proverbial bird turned: May 18, 2009. This is the day that the face of the Chiefs franchise, Tony Gonzalez was dealt to the...
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Plenty of Blame to Go Around
By William Cloake on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 01:50:30
In football, there may be nothing worse than losing in a close game. Even worse than that is losing in a game, where your team clearly outplayed the opposition only to come up short in the only statistic which really matters; the final score. Certainly, the Chiefs 10-13 loss to the Raiders on Sunday falls into this category. What hurts most, though, is...
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What we learned from week one against the Ravens
By William Cloake on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 02:22:40
With week one behind us, fans have gotten the first real answers about the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs. Certainly, the news was not all bad. Going into Baltimore against the NFL's perennial number one defense, the plucky Chiefs actually stuck around had a chance to tie the game with the ball, down by 7 with 2:06 left on the clock. Of course, the news...
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The Missing Chief
By William Cloake on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 01:04:45
The Missing Chief By William T. Cloake IV WILDBILLSCHIEFS.COM September 6, 2009 After signing offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan off of waivers and cutting Barry Richardson, the Chiefs are auspiciously short one lineman after dropping Richardson. The Chiefs have only eight offensive linemen, in a world where some teams carry as many...
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If Cassell Can’t Play, the Answer is Croyle, not Thigpen
By William Cloake on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at 00:47:43
If Cassell Can't Play, the Answer is Croyle, not Thigpen During the Chiefs awful 2008 season, if there was one bright spot that exhilarated and caught the imagination of Chiefs fans, it was the resurrection of the career of Tyler Thigpen. Six games into the NFL season, most Chiefs fans must have thought that the Chiefs already anemic offense...
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New Chiefs, Pioli’s Vision are Starting to take Shape
By William Cloake on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 22:03:48
You can call me Pollyanna, but I think the Chiefs may actually be a winning team this season. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying anyone should start surfing E-bay for Superbowl ticket rights, but I am saying that 10-11 wins aren't out of the question. You may ask how this is true. I will tell you. The way I look at it, there are four ways in which...
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Make No Bones About It: Cassel Will Be the Chiefs QB
By William Cloake on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 19:02:04
Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley is saying all of the right things regarding the status of the Chiefs quarterback position. Elusively, Haley posits that: "Every position is open" and that "there will be a competition at quarterback". Let me start by saying that I don't doubt this is the case. How many coaches would have had the guts to...
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Becoming the Patriots
By William Cloake on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 00:36:37
Becoming the Patriots By William T. Cloake IV WildBillsChiefs.Com Since Scott Pioli was named Chiefs GM on Janauary 13, he has certain wasted no time putting his stamp on the Chiefs. Predictably, he has moved the Chiefs away from the trends of the Carl Peterson/Herm Edwards regime and far closer to the environment he created with the...
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Evaluating the 2008 Chiefs
By William Cloake on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 03:48:11
Evaluating the 2008 Chiefs The first obvious point, when one looks at evaluating the 2008 Chiefs is that this isn't going to be pretty. Make no bones about it, in every way conceivable, the 2008 Chiefs were the worst Chiefs team in the 49-year history of the franchise. Not only did the team manage a team record for losses, but the defense set...
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Surprise...Surprise...
By William Cloake on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 03:02:24
Surprise...Surprise... During the Chief's preseason, Jason Whitlock penned a column where he stated that he was preparing himself to be "bored" by the Chiefs offense this season. Well, you can say what you want about the 1-10 Chiefs, but the offense has been anything but boring. Matter of fact, about the only thing that has kept the...
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A Victory over Chargers this Weekend Could Start a Play-off push…
By William Cloake on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 13:03:14
A Victory over Chargers this Weekend Could Start a Play-off push... by WILLIAM T. CLOAKE IV Wilbillschiefs.com Believe it or not, in the whacky, frankly lousy, AFC West, a victory over the San Diego Chargers this weekend could actually put the improving Chiefs in position to start a play-off run. Certainly, the Chiefs haven't done...
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Titans Game
By William Cloake on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 00:49:04
Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Titans Game by WILLIAM T. CLOAKE IV Wildbillschiefs.com They are only opinions, but at least they are mine... · Welcome to the Chiefs, Mark Bradley. Only two weeks after being plucked off the waiver wire, Bradley started for the Chiefs opposite Dwayne Bowe. This certainly says...
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Schottenheimer vs. Edwards: Marty Did More with Less
By William Cloake on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 14:13:54
Schottenheimer vs. Edwards: Marty Did More with Less Say what you want about Marty Schottenheimer, but if he were head coach of the Chiefs this season, somehow I know that Chiefs would be at least 3-2 and not 1-4 at this moment. How can I be so sure about this? The reason stems from the fact that Marty knows how to build a football team....
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Panthers game
By William Cloake on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 16:54:56
Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Panthers game They are only opinions, but at least they are mine... • I realize that as I typed the word "game", I seemed to feel a little unrealistic. To me debacle or slaughter seems more appropriate. • Frankly, the Chiefs could have lost so much worse. Where it not for two...
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Broncos Game
By William Cloake on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 13:27:58
Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Broncos Game They are only opinions, but at least they are mine... • Wow! It was great for the Chiefs to come out and get a much needed win against one of their big division rivals. To me, the difference in this weeks game can be summed up in one word: "Passion". This week the...
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Falcons Game
By William Cloake on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 02:52:17
Their only opinions, but at least they are mine... · After watching last weeks terrible outing against the Raiders, one would have hoped that the Chiefs would have "showed up" and had a better showing against the Falcons, but I guess not. · Actually, one thing that was apparent throughout the game was the Chiefs effort, which seemed...
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Top Five Reasons Why the Chiefs are Stuck in Rebuilding Mode
By William Cloake on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 17:03:52
Top Five Reasons Why the Chiefs are Stuck in Rebuilding Mode. There is an old saying that goes: "Some team rebuild while others reload". Certainly, there was a time when the Kansas City Chiefs were in the later category. From 1989-1997 – the first nine years of the Mary Schottenheimer era, the Chiefs simply reloaded. During those 9...
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Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Raiders Game
By William Cloake on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 19:22:00
Random Thoughts and Observations on the Chiefs-Raiders Game They are only opinions, but at least they are mine... · I have been following the Chiefs for nearly 15 years now. In all of that time, this may have been the most excruciatingly painful game I have ever seen. The Chiefs were woeful on both sides of the ball against a bad football...
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