December 2010 - Kansas City Chiefs Wiretap
Gators Want Weis To Be Offensive Coordinator
Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is being targeted by the Gators to become the offensive coordinator under new coach Will Muschamp, according to a pair of sources. Weis is expected to take the job, but no firm agreement is in place. Muschamp contacted the Chiefs this week for permission to talk to Weis.
Chiefs Plan To Play Starters Against Raiders
The Chiefs plan to play their starters on Sunday in their season finale against the Raiders. Kansas City clinched the AFC West title in Week 16. "We're going to do what we think gives us the best chance to win," coach Todd Haley told the Kansas City Star. A victory also would secure the AFC's third seed for the Chiefs and allow them to avoid the top-seeded Patriots until the AFC Championship Game.
RealGM's Week 16 Rundown
The Ravens, Jets, Chiefs and Eagles clinched playoff berths on Sunday thanks to a combination of victories and losses by the Jaguars, Chargers and Giants. Pittsburgh 27, Carolina 3 Trench Counter: Steelers +24.3, Panthers -24.3 The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) dominated the Carolina Panthers (2-13) at Heinz Field on Thursday night. Ben Roethlisberger went 22-for-32 with 320 yards and a touchdown. He also scrambled for a 1-yard score in the third quarter. Rashard Mendenhall rushed 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, while Isaac Redman added 43 yards on five touches. Mike Wallace was Pittsburgh?s leading receiver with four catches for 104 yards and a score. Jimmy Clausen struggled with 73 yards and an interception on 10-for-23 passing. Jonathan Stewart rushed 18 times for 71 yards, while Mike Goodson led with the team in receiving with two catches for 23 yards. Goodson also lost a fumble. Carolina had just seven first downs and 119 total net yards. Arizona 27, Dallas 26 Trench Counter: Cardinals +2.5, Cowboys -2.5 Jay Feely hit a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds to give the Arizona Cardinals (5-10) to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys (5-10) on Christmas Night. John Skelton had 183 passing yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of interception returns for touchdowns in the first quarter. Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower combined for 70 yards on 17 rushing attempts. Andre Roberts led Arizona in receiving with five receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown. Jon Kitna went 12-for-20 with 115 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving with a hip injury, paving the way for Stephen McGee to post 111 yards and a touchdown on 11-for-17 passing. Felix Jones and Marion Barber combined to rush 24 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. Miles Austin (115 yards and a score) and Jason Witten (eight catches for 45 yards and a touchdown) were the Cowboys? leading receiver. New England 34, Buffalo 3 Trench Counter: Patriots +14.7, Bills -14.7 The New England Patriots (13-2) dominated the Buffalo Bills (4-11) on Sunday afternoon. Tom Brady had 140 yards and three touchdowns as New England jumped out to an early lead at Ralph Wilson Stadium. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed 19 times for 104 yards and Danny Woodhead added 93 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches. Ron Gronkowski led the Patriots with four receptions for 54 yards and tow touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 18-for-37 with 251 yards and three interceptions. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller combined to rush for 111 yards on 19 carries. Fitzpatrick?s top target was Naaman Roosevelt, who caught four passes for 74 yards. Fitzpatrick and Spiller also lost two fumbles each in the loss. Chicago 38, N.Y. Jets 34 Trench Counter: Bears +1.4, Jets -1.4 The Chicago Bears (11-4) used a strong third quarter to top the New York Jets (10-5) in a game full of playoff implications. Jay Cutler went 13-for-25 with 215 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Matt Forte excelled as well, rushing 19 times for 113 yards and a score. Johnny Knox was Chicago?s leading receiver with four receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Mark Sanchez was steady, posting 269 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 24-for-37 passing at Solider Field. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson combined to rush for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Dustin Keller had seven receptions for 79 yards and Braylon Edward hauled in six balls for 78 yards, while Santonio Holmes caught a 23-yard pass from Sanchez in the third period. Baltimore 20, Cleveland 10 Trench Counter: Ravens +7, Browns -7 The Baltimore Ravens (11-4) defeated the Cleveland Browns (5-10) to clinch a playoff berth. Joe Flacco went 12-for-19 with 102 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Ray Rice rushed for 92 yards on 25 carries, including a dash of 11 yards. Derrick Mason (four catches for 50 yards) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (32 yards on four grabs) each caught touchdown passes from Flacco. Colt McCoy had 149 yards and three interceptions and Mohamed Massaquoi tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie in the first quarter. Peyton Hillis, Mike Bell and McCoy combined to rush for 92 yards on 23 touches. Bell had a team-high 48 receiving yards on two catches. Cleveland rookie Joe Haden had a sack, interception and forced fumble. Washington 20, Jacksonville 17 (OT) Trench Counter: Redskins -0.1, Jaguars +0.1 Graham Gano kicked a 31-yard field goal in overtime to push the Washington Redskins (6-9) to a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7). Rex Grossman had 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 19-for-39 passing. Ryan Torain rushed for 65 yards and a score on 20 carries, including a key run in the fourth quarter. Santana Moss led the team in receiving with five catches for 85 yards. David Garrard went 22-for-38 with 299 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed six times for 39 yards and a score. Rashad Jennings, starting in place of Maurice Jones-Drew, had just 32 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Mike Thomas caught six passes for 96 yards and a score. Kansas City 34, Tennessee 14 Trench Counter: Chiefs +8.4, Titans -8.4 The Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) improved their playoff chances by knocking off the Tennessee Titans (6-9). Matt Cassel had 314 yards and three touchdowns on 24-for-34 passing. Jamal Charles and Thomas Jones combined for 128 yards on 36 carries. Dwyane Bowe was Cassel?s top target, catching six passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City sacked Kerry Collins three times. Collins went 14-for-37 with 235 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Chris Johnson was limited to just 58 yards on 14 carries. Jared Cook (five catches for 96 yards) and Kenny Britt (89 yards on four receptions) were Tennessee?s top targets. Detroit 34, Miami 27 Trench Counter: Lions +3.1, Dolphins -3.1 The Detroit Lions (5-10) upset the Miami Dolphins (7-8) in South Florida. Shaun Hill went 14-for-26 with 222 yards and two touchdowns. Jahvid Best and Maurice Morris combined to rush for 46 yards and a score on 18 carries. Brandon Pettigrew (four catches for 74 yards) and Best (a 53-yard catch-and-run) both reached the end zone. Chad Henne had 278 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on 29-for-44 passing. Ricky Williams totaled 71 yards on 14 carries, while Ronnie Brown had 37 yards and a touchdown on 12 touches. Brandon Marshall starred with 10 receptions for 102 yards and Davone Bess hauled in five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. St. Louis 25, San Francisco 17 Trench Counter: Rams +10.9, 49ers -10.9 The St. Louis Rams (7-8) scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to end the playoff hopes of the San Francisco 49ers (5-10). Sam Bradford went 28-for-37 with 292 yards and a touchdown. Steven Jackson rushed 24 times for 48 yards and a score. Danario Alexander led with six receptions for 99 yards, while Laurent Robinson posted 25 yards and a score on three catches. Troy Smith started, going 7-for-19 with 153 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Mike Singletary then inserted Alex Smith into the game; he finished with 120 yards on 10-for-15 passing. Brian Westbrook had 40 rushing yards on 10 carries. Michael Crabtree was the offensive star of the game, catching six passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Vernon Davis recorded three receptions for 70 yards. Denver 24, Houston 23 Trench Counter: Broncos +3.3, Texans -3.3 The Denver Broncos (4-11) scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to top the Houston Texans (5-10). Tim Tebow went 16-for-29 with 308 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Correll Buckhalter had 92 total yards and two touchdowns. Tebow also ran for 27 yards and a score on the ground. Brandon Lloyd was Denver?s leading receiver with five receptions for 111 yards. Matt Schaub had 310 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 23-for-33 passing. Arian Foster rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a score. Jacoby Jones led Houston with five catches for 115 yards, while Owen Daniels tallied eight catches for 73 yards and a score. Indianapolis 31, Oakland 26 Trench Counter: Colts +11.7, Raiders -11.7 The Indianapolis Colts (9-6) continued their surge with a victory over the Oakland Raiders (7-8). Peyton Manning went 16-for-30 with 179 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Dominic Rhodes rushed 17 times for 98 yards, while Joseph Addai totaled 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 touches. Jacob Tamme led Indianapolis with seven catches for 78 yards and a score. Pierre Garcon and Blair White also caught touchdown passes from Manning. Jason Campbell had 231 yards and a touchdown on 29-for-42 passing. Darren McFadden had 45 yards on 11 carries and Michael Bush added three touches for 19 yards. Zach Miller led Oakland with nine catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati 34, San Diego 20 Trench Counter: Bengals +7.6, Chargers -7.6 The Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) played spoiler to the San Diego Chargers (8-7) by ending the team?s playoff hopes and handing them a rare December loss. Carson Palmer went 16-for-21 with 269 yards and four touchdowns, while Cedric Benson had 24 rushes for 52 yards and Bernard Scott recorded 50 yards and a score on 11 touches. Jerome Simpson led Cincinnati with six catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Philip Rivers had 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 27-for-40 passing. Ryan Mathews had 55 rushing yards and a score on 12 attempts against the Bengals? run defense. Kelley Washington caught a 5-yard pass in the fourth quarter, while Legedu Naanee hauled in four catches for 59 yards. Tampa Bay 38, Seattle 15 Trench Counter: Buccaneers +23.4, Seahawks -23.4 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6) scored 28 points over the second and third quarters to down the Seattle Seahawks (6-9). Josh Freeman had 237 yards and five touchdowns on 21-for-26 passing. Rookie LeGarrette Blount rushed for 164 yards on 18 carries in the victory. Kellen Winslow (seven catches for 98 yards) and Mike Williams (three grabs for 44 yards) both caught two scoring strikes from Freeman. Matt Hasselbeck went 3-for-4 with 24 yards and a 1-yard touchdown rush before leaving with a hip injury in the first quarter. Charlie Whitehurst had 66 yards on 11-for-18 passing, but he couldn?t get Seattle?s offense going. Marshawn Lynch rushed 14 times for 53 yards, while tight end John Carlson had a team-high three catches for 27 yards. Green Bay 45, N.Y. Giants 17 Trench Counter: Packers +21, Giants -21 The New York Giants (9-6) couldn?t stop Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (9-6) at Lambeau Field. Rodgers went 25-for-37 with 404 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing twice for 26 yards. Brandon Jackson, Dimitri Nance and John Kuhn combined to rush 33 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Jennings led with seven receptions on 142 yards, while Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Kuhn and Donald Lee caught scoring passes from Rodgers. Eli Manning had 301 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions on 17-for-33 passing. Brandon Jacobs tallied 44 yards on just eight carries, but he lost a key fumble in the second half. Mario Manningham led New York in receiving with four receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Hakeem Nicks had 93 yards and a score on four catches.
Chiefs In, Chargers Out Of Playoff Picture
San Diego's loss to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon ended the team's playoff hopes, while doing the opposite for Kansas City. The Chiefs have clinched the AFC West, ending the Chargers' run of four-straight division titles. The loss was only San Diego's second loss in its last 22 games in December.
Cassel Practices, Hopes To Face Rams
Matt Cassel practiced on Friday and hopes to play against the Rams on Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs listed him as questionable and said they won't determine whether or not he will play until he is examined by the medical staff on Sunday. Cassel is recovering from an appendectomy that sidelined him last week. Kansas City has a half-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West.
Cassel's Status Undetermined Against Rams
The Chiefs don't know if they'll have quarterback Matt Cassel on Sunday when they take on the Rams. Cassel missed this past Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Chargers following an appendectomy last week. "Wednesday we'll know a lot more," Chiefs coach Todd Haley said. Cassel said he is day-to-day.
Cassel Out, Croyle To Start For Chiefs
The Chiefs announced Saturday night that quarterback Matt Cassel is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Cassel, who underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday, didn't make the trip to San Diego. Brodie Croyle will start against the Chargers.
Charles Gets $32.5M Deal From Chiefs
The Chiefs have reached agreement with running back Jamaal Charles on a five-year, $32.5 million deal that includes $13 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Charles ranks third in the NFL with 1,137 rushing yards this season.
Chiefs Mum On Cassel's Status
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday. Kansas City coach Todd Haley refused to say if Cassel would be out for Sunday's game. "He's going to be listed as did not practice today and doubtful, and that's where I'll leave it," Haley said.
Cassel Had Appendectomy Wednesday
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday. The Chiefs said the procedure was a success and they expected Cassel to "return to work this week." Kansas City will face off against San Diego this Sunday in a game with huge AFC playoffs implications. A league source believes there is a 50 percent chance Cassel will play.