Two Plus Two: Kennison All-Time KC Great?
Gunther's defense gave up third and eight, third and 20, third and 10, and third and five (Law penalty) against San Diego. To be fair, the Chiefs stopped 60 percent of third-down attempts. How is it that the Chiefs are stopping third and short but giving up long completions on third and long? Is anything more frustrating to watch from a fan perspective?
The Chiefs won a hard-fought contest against a division rival without sustaining any major injuries. In fact, the only new player appearing on Wednesday's injury report was Derrick Johnson, with a minor ankle tweak. Although he's missed some practice time, he's probable for Sunday. Trent Green is out yet again. Knee injuries from three weeks ago to Sapp, Scanlon, and Svitek have now been upgraded to questionable, which is defined as a 50/50 chance to play.
Last weekend was an occasion many former Chiefs players look forward to all year. When the NFL schedule comes out in early April, the Chiefs identify a game as "Alumni Weekend". They play in a charity golf tournament, have a Chiefs-sponsored banquet and induct another of their teammates into the Chiefs Ring of Fame. As announced by team Chairman Clark Hunt at the 101 Banquet in March, this year the Chiefs inducted an all-time defensive great, Neil Smith. As a fan, I'm loathe to see the former Bronco's name forever etched into Arrowhead Stadium, but I really can't think of any more deserving Chiefs. Can you?
Not only did Rich Gannon call the game with Kevin Harlan, but he was also invited down on the field for the halftime ceremony honoring Neil Smith. How do Chiefs fans feel about the former Raider coming home to KC for the festivities? Would he have accepted the invitation had he not been scheduled to be in town working for CBS?
Does it bring back horrible memories of the Grbac/Gannon controversy? Are you scared knowing that the Huard/Green situation is playing itself out in similar fashion? At what point in the season do the Chiefs decide they'll stay with Huard throughout? We know Herm Edwards gave Green a vote of confidence this week, stating that the Chiefs are Green's team. This is what he says publicly, but what is he thinking in his head? Does it even matter what he's thinking? Carl Peterson has been down this road. Will he put his executive foot down if the Chiefs find themselves in the same situation as 1997? Don't expect the Chiefs to answer these questions publicly, but you can bet they're discussing them behind closed doors.
Eddie Kennison is quickly becoming an all-time Chief great at the wide receiver position. That's not saying a whole lot. Otis Taylor is by far the best receiver to ever sport the Arrowhead logo on his helmet. Far behind him are names such as Stephone Paige, Henry Marshall, Carlos Carson, Kennison, and Willie Davis. Kennison quietly passed Davis for total receiving yardage earlier this season.
Not only is Eddie an incredible athlete and receiver for the Chiefs, he's also a quality individual. He's always taking care of kids in pregame warm-ups, and gives his testimony at area churches. By his own admission, he used to be an NFL badboy, but he changed his life several years ago when he realized he had to choose his family or the nightlife. The Chiefs are fortunate to have such a skilled receiver for what they have invested in him.
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