Mid-week randomness …
Who says I don’t read the message boards? Let’s go check out this comment from last Wednesday:
Fox’s new one for the week was up yesterday and Mason had one about the 4 new players yesterday as well. (He hasn’t been doing as many lately as he used to
So daily entries aren’t enough, eh?
Let’s move on to a few questions.
From OrAnGe WiLk
Do you expect the NFL to fine or possibly suspend Brackenridge for that cheap shot on Marshall? I hope they do something, that dirty play should not be tolerated.
You’d think so, but we’ll see what they rule.
It seems a tad unfair that the Broncos were charged a timeout for an injury that was directly caused by the Chiefs, since the injury came with under two minutes remaining. Punch a guy in the Southern Hemisphere, force the opponent to burn a timeout or 10 seconds from the clock. Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend like calling a timeout right before a kicker begins his windup prior to a game-winning field-goal attempt. At least that move is perfectly legal and can be a shrewd piece of strategy. What Brackenridge did in channeling his inner Andrew Golota would get him disqualified from a boxing match. Hopefully no one pounces on this loophole.
Andrew, if you’re still around I have a question. If you already answered it on a different post, I apologize ahead of time. Anyway, did Shanahan address all the offsides penalties at the end of the game? How is that being dealt with? thanks.
He briefly touched upon it after the game, and he was most displeased, saying, “Most of their movement was on penalties, which was obvious. It’s a shame we couldn’t put that game away. A lot of times, when you’re up by that many points, you don’t play your best football — and obviously, we didn’t … Hopefully the way we played that last drive was not indicative of what we are as a team.”
How you deal with it? Practice and study. Examine the opposing quarterback’s snap count … remember, they were going against Brodie Croyle at that point, and there’s not much tape on him in the NFL. I doubt that rash of penalties will happen again.
AND NOW, SOME LEFTOVERS FROM SUNDAY DINNER …
We’ve got ourselves a new zoom lens on the Canon Rebel camera floating about our office, so I’ve gotten in the habit of meandering down to field level to take a few shots. Photography is fast becoming a hobby of mine, to the point where I may be investing in some pretty fair equipment for personal use in the near future.
This is our view from the press box — albeit with a 10x zoom on the camera. Great angle. Just like watching on TV. I’d better enjoy it while it lasts, because the forthcoming, taxpayer-approved renovations to Arrowhead have the press box moving atop the stadium, where satellites in low-earth orbit will zip past. If you’ve ever been at the top of the stadium — as dear old Dad has on three occasions watching recent Broncos-Chiefs games — you’ll know what I mean.
The splendid vantage from the press box gave me a perfect look at the game’s biggest play:
You can’t beat defenders much better than Dumervil has so far this season. He ought to get some Pro Bowl notice, seeing as how he’s the only player in the league with at least eight sacks and at least one fumble recovery, forced fumble and interception. Dumervil has eight sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception and three fumbles forced — two of which have been returned by teammates for touchdowns. But perhaps what’s most encouraging about Dumervil’s future here is the way his leadership skills are growing …
… as seen here as he has a few pregame words for defensive tackle Antwon Burton — who two days later was waived in favor of Kenny Peterson. Dumervil saw more playing time Sunday than anyone else on the defensive front. Speaking of the defensive line …
… Here’s Josh Mallard standing up front with Burton and Marcus Thomas (79). Mallard actually saw more time up front Sunday at end and tackle than anyone on the defensive line who doesn’t answer to “Elvis.” Since he’s a new lad to the roster and we don’t have much art on him, I found myself shooting him whenever he came into range of my sideline vantage, like here:
This way, whenever we do a piece on Mallard, we have a picture ready to go. Typically, it’s a situation like that which determines what I’ll shoot in my 10 or 15 minutes with the still camera. We need shots of the new guys, so I click away. That’s what I did last week at practice, when we needed art of Mallard, Larry Birdine, Paul Carrington and Taylor Jacobs. Speaking of whom …
… It sure would have been nice if Tony Corrente wasn’t walking through the shot …
… Never a bad time for some coaching, as Jacobs listens to some points from wide receivers coach Jeremy Bates.
One of approximately 15,721 representations of the Chiefs logo adorned throughout Arrowhead Stadium.
No trip to Arrowhead Stadium is complete without either ingesting some barbecue in the parking lot or partaking of one of the offerings from the Gates stands located throughout the stadium. I’m more of an Arthur Bryant’s man myself, but this scratched the itch. The beef wasn’t quite as good as you get at the actual Gates restaurants throughout the region, but the lady behind the counter did provide the requisite, machine-gun quick “Hi, may I help you?” greeting, and the sauce was splendid.
Even though Nick Ferguson remained atop the depth chart leading into the game, I had a hunch that Hamza Abdullah and Domonique Foxworth would be the Broncos’ safety coupling throughout the game, and that proved to be correct, with the duo earning some high — and worthy praise. Will Abdullah remain in the defensive starting XI? “You’ll have to see Monday night,” Shanahan coyly replied.
Louis Green and Jamie Winborn (51) flank Jordan Beck as the backup linebackers stay on their toes by warming up in tandem. Winborn actually saw a couple of plays of work on defense Sunday; both he and Beck have become two of the most prodigious hitters on special teams.
And now … we get into some of the artsy shots …
More later today … until then, vaya con Dios.
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