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AFC West gets some love with NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013

NFL Networks Top 100 Players of 2013 has been released and the AFC West is getting some love with 10 players. 5 Kansas City Chiefs, 4 Denver Broncos and 1 San Diego Charger have been selected by fellow NFL players to the list. Comment below and tell us what you think of the list.

#2 Peyton Manning

manning#18 QB – 6′ 5″ – 230 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 24, 1976 in New Orleans, LA (Age: 37)
Drafted 1998: 1st Rnd, 1st by IND
Experience: 16 years
College: Tennessee

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#9 Von Miller

Von+Miller+Kansas+City+Chiefs+v+Denver+Broncos+IJCg_SyaZrIx#58 LB – 6′ 3″ – 250 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Mar 26, 1989 in Dallas, TX (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 1st Rnd, 2nd by DEN
Experience: 3 years
College: Texas A&M

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#20 Jamaal Charles

Jamaal-Charles-stiff-arming-USP#25 RB – 5′ 11″ – 199 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Dec 27, 1986 in Port Arthur, TX (Age: 26)
Drafted 2008: 3rd Rnd, 73rd by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Texas

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#49 Justin Houston

Baltimore Ravens v Kansas City Chiefs#50 LB –  6′ 3″ – 258 lbs –  Kansas City Chiefs

Born: Jan 12, 1989 in Chico, CA (Age: 24)
Drafted 2011: 3rd Rnd, 70th by KC
Experience: 3 years
College: Georgia

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#53 Champ Bailey

champ bailey#24 CB – 6′ 0″ – 192 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Jun 22, 1978 in Folkston, GA (Age: 34)
Drafted 1999: 1st Rnd, 7th by WSH
Experience: 15 years
College: Georgia

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#59 Derrick Johnson

derrick johnson#56 LB – 6′ 3″ – 242 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Nov 22, 1982 in Waco, TX (Age: 30)
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 15th by KC
Experience: 9 years
College: Texas

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#65 Dwayne Bowe

kansas-city-chiefs-dwayne-bowe1#82 WR – 6′ 2″ – 221 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Sep 21, 1984 in Miami, FL (Age: 28)
Drafted 2007: 1st Rnd, 23rd by KC
Experience: 7 years
College: LSU

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#68 Demaryius Thomas

BroncosChiefsJA3_8396#88 WR – 6′ 3″ – 229 lbs – Denver Broncos
Born: Dec 25, 1987 in Montrose, GA (Age: 25)
Drafted 2010: 1st Rnd, 22nd by DEN
Experience: 4 years
College: Georgia Tech

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#73 Antonio Gates

tumblr_kwb7b9TCvj1qzms5to1_400#85 TE – 6′ 4″ – 255 lbs – San Diego Chargers
Born: Jun 18, 1980 in Detroit, MI (Age: 32)
Experience: 11 years
College: Kent State

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#75 Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers#24 CB – 5′ 9″ – 187 lbs – Kansas City Chiefs
Born: Feb 18, 1986 in Delray Beach, FL (Age: 27)
Drafted 2008: 2nd Rnd, 35th by KC
Experience: 6 years
College: Virginia Tech

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Why are we focasing on the Individual rather then the team?

I couldn't help myself but show the most arrogant player in recent history.

I couldn’t help myself but show the most arrogant player in recent history.

Read an article today that kind of got me in a little bit of a fuss. So if you will bear with me for a bit I just have to get some things off my chest.

So why are we focusing so much on the individual performances in football rather then the team performance? Is it because we are Americans and we just have that individualistic mentality? I don’t think so. I think we have seen a shift in this media driven NFL world we live in today. Some players are all about themselves and the media does not do them any favors when they plaster their name and face all over the TV, internet, newspapers, and radio.

The article I was reading (link to it here) was all about how the Chiefs missed out in 1983 on three Hall of Fame quarterbacks, John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelley but instead went with Todd Blackledge. Yes, I know how Blackledge worked out for the Chiefs, he didn’t.

What really just gets my goat is I have seen a flurry of these types of articles in the past and they are getting even more frequent now more then ever. The media jumps on every opportunity to highlight how a team passed on a great player and went with one that did not work out, but why did that player not work out? Is it because he is not the athlete everyone expected, or is it because the scheme, surrounding players, and the coaching staff were all wrong?

If you’re stuck in the rut of the me, me, me attitude when it comes to sports your more then likely are going to blame the individual. If you have a team outlook on things you can’t deny the second choice. The environment the player was put in was all wrong. Maybe instead of thinking what if Dan Marino would have come to Kansas City, instead you think what if Todd Blackledge would have gone to Miami.

Todd Blackledge 1984 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback

Todd Blackledge 1984 Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback

Just maybe if the two players switched spots you would see Blackledge’s name all over the NFL and not Marino. Maybe Blackledge would be heading to the Hall of Fame and not Marino. Maybe you would be saying look at the Chiefs bypassing on Blackledge and went with the draft bust of ’83 Marino.

Never thought of that way before? That’s ok your not alone.

Simple fact is that football is a 100% team sport. No quarterback can be great without the other 10 guys on the field with him. No linebacker can be great if were not for the other 10 guys supporting him. Players become great due to good coaching, schemes that maximize their abilities and surrounding players that support them.

Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel may have become a great QB in Kansas City

There are many examples of this philosophy all around the NFL. Guys that are great go on to other teams and under-perform. Since we are talking about the Chiefs I will give you a great example. Matt Cassel came to KC after a great years performance at New England. He was shoved in after Tom Brady was injured early in the season, never to return that year. Cassel performed due to great coaches, a good scheme that fit him, and players that performed around him. Cassel led the Patriots to the playoffs that year. Then he comes to KC and all that just went away. Cassel only had one great year in Kansas City, which if you remember it was due to the offensive coordinator Charlie Weis putting him in the correct scheme. Cassel did so well he was invited to the Pro Bowl that year. Then Charlie Weis left and he was never the same.

Just think if Weis would have stayed. Would Cassel be leaving or maybe he would be coming off a Super Bowl run ready to become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in history. What if, what if, what if… I am sick of this way of thinking!

The draft is almost upon us and the one thing you have to know is each one of those guys drafted is a big gamble. No one knows how any of those guys will work out when they start to play ball for their respected teams. Some guys will perform like they think they will, others will under-perform and others will over-perform. Who knows!

One thing I can predict is in 5 or so years you will see an article about how your favorite team missed out on a great opportunity in the 2013 draft.

Ok, ok… I’ll get off my soap box now…

 

 

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2013 Schedule to be released on Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

NFL to release 2013 Schedule this Thursday

We know each team’s home and away opponents but this week we will finally find out the dates of those games. We will see who each team opens and closes the season with, when the all important division match-ups are and who gets the coveted Sunday, Monday & Thursday night games.

The League spokesman Greg Aiello announced today that the NFL.com and NFL Network’s “Schedule Release ’13” program will simultaneously reveal this years 2013 regular season schedules on Thursday at 8pm ET.

Keep up-to-date by following this blog and checking our 2013 Season page.

 

 

 

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Dumervil Signs with Baltimore

Sunday March 24th 2013 by KC58

 

The Baltimore Ravens win the Dumervil lottery.

The Baltimore Ravens win the Dumervil lottery on Sunday

Elvis Dumervil has signed a 5 year 35 million dollar deal with the Baltimore Ravens ending the much blown out of proportion “Fax Gate” controversy.

Statement By Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway:

“As we have from the start of this process, we worked diligently over the last week to find a way for Elvis Dumervil to remain a Denver Bronco. Although we made multiple contract offers to Elvis after being forced to release him, we were unable to reach an agreement and are now moving forward without him,” said Elway.

 

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NFL Owners Pass The Helmet Rule And End Tuck Rule

Wednesday March 20th 2013 by KC58

rodger goodellToday the NFL and the owners met and voted to pass a new rule and get rid of an old one. From now on no more tuck rule and a running back can not use the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with defensive players in the open field.

The new rule was voted in with a 31-1 vote. Cincinnati was the only team who voted no. On Tuesday the league and owners voted to take the peel back block out of the game. Which makes this the second time this year the NFL has passed a rule to help protect defensive players.

There were a few teams that were concerned about how the new rule would be enforced by officials but Rodger Goodell put those worries to rest. He showed them videos that showed the differences in a legal and illegal moves by running backs. The owners then voted and then praised the decision. “There was a lot of discussion but the way it was presented was the most effective way to address it.” said Steelers President Art Rooney.

134042826_crop_exactThe penalty will be 15yds from the spot of the foul, but if both players lower their head and use the crown of their helmet then both will be penalized. Jeff Fisher, co-chairman of the competition committee said ‘We had discussions with the players association and the players themselves, the coaches’ subcommittee, a lot of people talked to us about this rule and how to roll it out in our game.”

Rooney later said with a smile “Jim Brown never lowered his head, it can be done.”

The tuck rule has been a thorn in the side of NFL fans since the very beginning. Now when a quarterback loses control of the ball and has not clearly tried to throw it, it will now be ruled a fumble. New England and Washington abstained and the Steelers were the only team to vote no. ”We didn’t think it was necessary to make that change, we were happy with the way it’s been called.” Rooney said.

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Broncos offer Dumervil a contract

After the the fax incident last week, the Denver Broncos had decided to release Elvis Dumervil  to avoid paying him the $12 million they would have owed him. John Elway had said they would look at possible replacements such as; John Abraham and Dwight Freeney. I guess none of them really caught his eye, because earlier today John Elway announced that Elvis_Dumervilthey had offered him a contract to bring him back (details were not released). “We’d like to have Elvis back,” Elway said. If he were to reject the offer, the Denver Broncos are said to be ready to make a run at Dwight Freeney and John Abraham.

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by | March 19, 2013 · 10:50 pm

Chiefs Get Their Long Snapper Back

Tuesday March 19th 2013 by KC58

Long Snapper Thomas Gafford hiking the ball to teammate Punter Dustin Colquitt

Long Snapper Thomas Gafford hiking the ball to teammate Punter Dustin Colquitt

The Kansas City Chiefs have brought another familiar face back to KC by resigning long snapper Thomas Gafford.

I don’t know if anyone remembers the “Long Snapping Battle” in 2009 where Gafford and Tanner Purdum competed for the long snapping job in KC. Well Gafford won that battle and has been with the Chiefs ever since.

Gafford was declared a Free Agent this offseason and the chiefs risked not having a viable long snapper for the 2013 season.

This is an important position that requires good skill and technique. Just imagine what would happen if you were on your 20 yard line in a tied game and the long snapper put it way over the punters head. The long snapper must by calm cool and collected and deliver a good ball to the punter or holder.

Just another good move by Dorsey and Reid.

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Get An Inside Look At Geno Smith’s Pro Day

Sunday March 17th by KC58

 

hi-res-155371382_crop_exactI have said it and I will keep on saying it, “Geno Smith is a top ten QB!” AFC West fans know that top ten QB’s don’t grow on trees in the NFL. The Chiefs have the first opportunity to grab him in the draft and I think they should take it. This kid has the ability to be one of the greats and become a franchise QB in the very near future. Let him ride on Alex Smith‘s coat tails for a little bit and give him that chance to learn and build before you throw him to the wolves. Now if the Chiefs don’t go after Smith I think Oakland should. He would be an immediate starter in Oakland and would greatly improve that team. Watch his Pro day below.

 

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Denver Broncos Offseason Moves

111228_huddle_insideUpdated 4/16/2013

3/8

  • Mitch Unrein Re-Signed
  • Tony Carter Re-Signed

3/11

  • D.J. Williams Terminated
  • David Bruton Re-Signed
  • Caleb Hanie Terminated

3/12

  • Britton Colquitt Right of First Refusal
  • Lance Ball Right of First Refusal
  • Chris Clark Right of First Refusal
  • Louis Vasquez Resigned Unrestricted Free Agent Signing
  • Kevin Vickerson Declared Free Agent
  • Ty Warren Declared Free Agent
  • Tracy Porter Declared Free Agent
  • Jim Leonhard Declared Free Agent
  • Justin Bannan Declared Free Agent
  • Jason Hunter Declared Free Agent
  • Chris Gronkowski Declared Free Agent
  • Matthew Willis Declared Free Agent
  • Brandon Stokley Declared Free Agent
  • Dan Koppen Declared Free Agent
  • Keith Brooking Declared Free Agent

3/13

  • Stewart Bradley (LB) Free Agent Signing
  • Louis Vasquez (OG) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DB) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing
  • Terrance Knighton (DT) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing
  • Kevin Vickerson (DT) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing

3/15

  • Elvis Dumervil (LB) Terminated
  • Wes Welker (WR) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing

4/8

  • Lance Ball (RB)  signed tender

4/10

  • Chris Clark (T) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing

4/11

  • Mitch Unrein (DL) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing

4/15

  • Tony Carter (CB) signed exclusive-rights free agent tender

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San Diego Chargers Offseason Moves

Chargers-Huddle-ReutersK.C.-AlfredUpdated 4/25/2013

3/7

  • Takeo Spikes Terminated

3/8

  • Mike Windt Re-Signed
  • Atari Bigby Terminated

3/12

  • Ronnie Brown Declared Free Agent
  • Corey Lynch Declared Free Agent
  • Jackie Battle  Declared Free Agent
  • Vaughn Martin Declared Free Agent
  • Dante Rosario Declared Free Agent
  • Reggie Wells Declared Free Agent
  • Tyronne Green Declared Free Agent
  • Demorrio Williams  Declared Free Agent
  • Aubrayo Franklin Declared Free Agent
  • Antoine Cason Declared Free Agent
  • Antwan Barnes Declared Free Agent
  • Micheal Spurlock Declared Free Agent
  • Seyi Ajirotuto Declared Free Agent
  • Shaun  Phillips Declared Free Agent
  • Louis Vasquez Declared Free Agent
  • Rex Hadnot Declared Free Agent
  • Nick Novak Declared Free Agent
  • Antonio Garay Declared Free Agent
  • Randy McMichael Declared Free Agent
  • Denario Alexander Declared Free Agent

3/13

  • John Phillips Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Chad Rinehart Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • King Dunlap Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Derek Cox Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Richard Goodman Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

3/15

  • Danny Woodhead Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Ronnie Brown Re-Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

3/21

  • Rich Ohrnberger (G) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

3/27

  • Jared Gaither (OT) Terminated

4/8

  • Deon Butler (WR) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Cornelius Brown (CB) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent
  • Dan DePalma (WR) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

4/15

  • Dallas Walker (TE) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

4/23

  • Chris Gronkowski (RB) Signed Unrestricted Free Agent

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