NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Chiefs praise former tight end Gonzalez’s retirement KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even though Tony Gonzalez is retiring as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs still view the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end as one of their own. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said Monday that he’ll “always be considered a part of the Chiefs family” after Gonzalez reaffirmed Sunday that he doesn’t plan to play another NFL game.
Gonzalez was drafted by the Chiefs and spent his first 12 seasons in Kansas City. He was traded to the Falcons in 2009, when it appeared that Atlanta was going to give him a better shot at playing in the Super Bowl that eluded Gonzalez his entire career. Gonzalez was presented with a half Chiefs, half Falcons commemorative helmet during halftime of Atlanta’s 21-20 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
5 NFL head coaches fired on ‘Black Monday’ It didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours after the NFL season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job.
Schiano only got two years with the Buccaneers. Shanahan, who won two Super Bowls in Denver in the 1990s, spent four seasons with the Redskins. Frazier had a little more than three seasons with the Vikings and Schwartz coached the Lions for five seasons. One coach allegedly on the hot seat was retained: Rex Ryan, who has one more year on his contract, is staying with the New York Jets.
Broncos worthy of trophy Continued from Page 7 Let’s step back and look at that for what it is. Manning and the Broncos set or tied 11 different NFL records this year. That’s 11 different all-time records. This shall go down as the greatest season for a quarterback, if not an individual player, in NFL history. Manning is also the recipient this year of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. Unrelated? Maybe, but a large feat none the less. Manning will run away with the MVP award this year, as much as it kills me to say Jamaal Charles won’t win it. Charles has had a great season and the Chiefs wouldn’t have had the same year without him, but Manning is undoubtedly the most valuable player to his team, or to any team in the league. If the Super Bowl trophy was given away based on merit alone, the Broncos deserve it the most this year. The Chiefs had a great turn-around from last year, but their suspect play and gallery of ugly wins wouldn’t win them the trophy.
Seattle Seahawks fans would chase me up a tree for saying that the Broncos deserve it more than their team. The Seahawks are a great story with Russell Wilson, arguably the best overall person in the NFL, leading their team to a great season. Not only are they a great story, they’re a great team. Their defense isn’t one that anyone wants to mess with. But, be happy Chiefs fans, the trophy isn’t given away to the most deserving team every year. Last year’s Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens backed their way into the playoffs, losing five of their last six games, and came out with the trophy. Anything can happen in the playoffs, folks. The Broncos could go down in their first game. The Chiefs could sweep their way through the playoffs and win every game by 30. Heck even the Chargers could win a game, though I doubt it. This reporter wants to close things down by saying congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on the amazing season they have had. WIth all of that being said, I wish him and his team a swift exit from the playoffs.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
NFL says officials erred on Chiefs’ missed field goal By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The NFL acknowledged that referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday. Succop was wide right on the kick, and the Chargers went on to win 27-24 in overtime to claim the AFC’s final playoff spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers would have been in the postseason had Kansas City won the game. San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper, and NFL rules state no more than six players can be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper. The NFL said in a statement Monday that the penalty should have been called by referee Bill Leavy’s crew, moving the ball 5 yards closer to the end zone and giving Succop another attempt at the game-winning field goal. Succop was 15 of 16 this season from within 40 yards. The NFL did not say whether Leavy’s crew would be disciplined. Chiefs coach Andy Reid actually called his final timeout after the missed field goal and tried to convince the officiating crew of the illegal formation. But because illegal formations are not reviewable, Reid had no other recourse and the play stood. “I called a timeout right there. That was for a reason,” Reid said. “I couldn’t challenge, all I had was a timeout, so maybe they’d take a peek and read through the
timeout and see what took place, but listen, human error. ... There’s not much more you can say.” The outcome of the game didn’t have any bearing on the Chiefs, who rested most of their starters. Kansas City was already assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs and will head to Indianapolis on Saturday for a rematch of a game won two weeks ago by the Colts. The result had significant repercussions for the Chargers and Steelers, though. San Diego (9-7) earned the final AFC playoff spot when Nick Novak kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime to win the game. The Chargers will visit Cincinnati in the wild-card round Sunday. The Steelers (8-8), meanwhile, would have claimed the playoff spot through a series of tiebreakers had Kansas City won, and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin even said Monday he knew the Chargers were lined up illegally before the field goal attempt. “What transpired yesterday was unfortunate for our hopes moving forward. We’ll have to find a way to accept that and move forward,” Tomlin said. “I’m not going to lose any sleep over something that happened in a stadium that we weren’t even in.” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he noticed the Chargers were lined up incorrectly before the field goal attempt. “What transpired yesterday was unfortunate for our hopes moving forward, we’ll have to find a way to accept that and move forward,” he said. “I’m not going to lose any sleep over something that happened in a stadium that we weren’t even in.”
Rested Chiefs playoff ready By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It appears the Kansas City Chiefs will be near full strength when they visit the Indianapolis Colts for an AFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was going through the protocol Monday to be cleared from a
concussion that he sustained against Indianapolis two weeks ago. Reid also said that linebacker Tamba Hali was progressing from inflammation in his knee. Linebacker Justin Houston, who’s been out with a dislocated elbow, and left tackle Branden Albert, who’s been out with a hyperextended knee, are also expected back. The Chiefs rested most of their starters in a 27-24 overtime loss at San Diego on Sunday.
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