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posted January 05, 2006 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcchief   Click Here to Email kcchief     Edit/Delete Message
Edwards close to becoming Chiefs coach
Team negotiating compensation with Jets

The Associated Press
Updated: 2:11 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2006

NEW YORK - Herman Edwards is close to becoming the next Chiefs coach.

Kansas City and the Jets continued to discuss a compensation package for Edwards on Thursday, ESPN reported, although the talks appear to have stalled. The Associated Press had reported Wednesday night that talks were almost completed, citing a source familiar with the negotiations.

The Chiefs, rumored to be interested in Edwards for the last two months, would have to give up draft picks to hire Edwards because he is still under contract with the Jets. Edwards has ties to the Kansas City organization and general manager Carl Peterson, and would replace retired coach Dick Vermeil.

The NFL must approve the deal before it can be official and nothing was submitted to the league office.

Edwards and GM Terry Bradway previously had scheduled a season-ending news conference for Thursday.

Giving up draft picks is nothing new to the Chiefs. Kansas City surrendered a second- and a third-round pick when it hired Vermeil, who was technically under contract with St. Louis even though he was retired. Peterson was upset about that, and though he declined to discuss Edwards at a news conference Tuesday, he did say “Any time I have to part with a No. 1 draft choice it’s painful.”

But the Chiefs might not have to if the Jets agree to take lower-round selections. That would make sense for the Jets, who need as many picks as they can get to fill holes after a 4-12 season.

The Jets maintained Wednesday the Chiefs haven’t officially contacted them. Edwards’ agent, Gary O’Hagan, said he hasn’t spoken with the Jets or Chiefs, saying, “I’m only talking to Coach Edwards.” A phone message for Edwards wasn’t returned.

Edwards, who has two years left on his contract, wants an extension with the Jets so he could have more time to rebuild the team. At $2 million a year, Edwards is one of the lowest-paid coaches in the league, and wanted a raise as a reward for taking the team to the playoffs three times in five years.

Still, he maintained throughout the season and as late as Monday that he planned to be the Jets’ coach. In November, team owner Woody Johnson also said he wanted Edwards to stay.

“I’m happy to be the coach here and I’m going to be the coach here, like I said before, and that’s as far as I want to comment on it,” Edwards said earlier this week.

It appears that is no longer likely. Kansas City always appeared to be a good fit since Edwards has ties to the Chiefs and Peterson, who tried to recruit Edwards to go to UCLA, then signed him as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia. Peterson gave him his first NFL job as an executive in the Chiefs’ player personnel department in 1990.

When the Jets played Kansas City to open the 2005 season, Edwards and his wife had dinner with Peterson and his wife — something Peterson said was rare for him to do during the year. Before the game, Edwards expressed his gratitude to Peterson and Vermeil for giving him a chance.

“They were a great influence, there’s no doubt about it,” Edwards said at the time. “They really set the table for my pro career as a player and as a coach and a scout. I can’t be more grateful to both of those guys.”

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Edwards free to move to Chiefs

By Len Pasquarelli

Only the unlikely scenario under which the two sides do not strike a contract agreement will keep New York Jets coach Herman Edwards from moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs in the same capacity, has learned.

The two teams late Thursday agreed on compensation that will free Edwards from the two years remaining on his Jets contract.

Under the agreement, the Jets will receive a fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft. The two franchises had been haggling for days.

Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said that Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson was on his way to New York to begin negotiations. The commissioner's office approved the fourth-round pick as compensation earlier Friday morning and granted Kansas City permission to speak with Edwards, who technically remains the head coach of the Jets.

Given the lengthy mating dance, and the obvious mutual interest, a contract could be agreed upon quickly.

Negotiations between the Jets and Chiefs lurched forward on Thursday evening after a long day of inertia, confusion and acrimony. By late night, sources told, the two sides had reached a compensation accord. reported Thursday that the Jets, who clearly no longer wanted Edwards to remain as coach, at one point Thursday imposed a 6 p.m. deadline for completing the agreement with Kansas City. The Jets were prepared, if the deadline passed, to announce that Edwards had requested to be released from his contract. But just before the deadline, discussions resumed with the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, sources close to Edwards told on Thursday that the coach had not requested to be released from his contract, which runs through the 2007 season.

"Herm Edwards is not resigning," agent Gary O'Hagan told, emphatically, on Thursday evening. "He plans to work out the final two years of his contract."

Beyond that, O'Hagan declined comment, other than to reiterate he has been involved in no discussions with Peterson. His only dialogue, O'Hagan said, has been with his client and with Jets officials. O'Hagan said that reports Edwards was "out" as the Jets coach were not true.

On an unusual day, Edwards acted as if it were business as usual, and was at the team complex putting in a full work day.

Still, semantics aside, it has become increasingly clear that, given the prolonged mating dance with the Chiefs, there is little chance Edwards can remain with the Jets for 2006. New York officials, as reported by on Wednesday evening, have grown both wary and weary of Edwards' perceived flirtations with a Kansas City franchise for which he previously worked.

The mind-set inside the Jets complex, one team source told on Wednesday and Thursday, is that if Edwards doesn't want to stick around, then it would be better that he leave. One way or another, it appears, Edwards will not be back. If a deal with the Chiefs can't be struck, the Jets may be forced to fire Edwards.

Jets officials already have begun drawing up a list of potential replacements.

One other NFL franchise, which has not been identified, has made inquiries about Edwards but has not formally opened talks with the Jets and is believed to now be moving in another direction for a new head coach.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported earlier Thursday that Peterson was reluctant to agree to a compensation package based on sentiment around the NFL that the frustrated Jets might eventually fire Edwards. Under that scenario, any franchise could hire Edwards without having to compensate the Jets.

In his five seasons with the Jets, Edwards has compiled a 41-46 record and taken the team to the playoffs three times and won one division title. His salary, about $2 million per year, ranks in the bottom quadrant of head coaches. Facing a major rebuilding program, it is believed Edwards has sought a salary increase and possibly a contract extension.

Among the potential candidates to replace Edwards, if he does depart, is former New Orleans coach Jim Haslett, dismissed earlier this week. But a Jets official told that, while there is some interest in Haslett, most of the dialogue has been initiated by his agent. And the official conceded that hiring a coach who had a worse record in 2005 than Edwards would be a difficult sell to Jets fans.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Johnson relishes becoming Chiefs' regular starting TB

By Len Pasquarelli

HONOLULU -- The first player to rush for 2,000 yards in an NFL season, way back in 1973, was a guy nicknamed O.J.

So could a tailback whose shorthand moniker is L.J. become the first player in NFL history to run for 2,500 yards in a season, a mind-boggling number that might be too impractical to expect from any human being? According to some of Larry Johnson's blockers, here for the Pro Bowl game on Sunday evening, the Kansas City tailback might just be the guy to perform the unthinkable feat.

"With what he did last year, once he got to play [regularly], I don't know if it really is impossible," said Chiefs guard Brian Waters, a crushing in-line blocker who is making a second straight Pro Bowl appearance. "Put the ball in his hands enough times and he is going to gain a lot of yards. I mean, the sky's the limit for L.J., really."

Johnson's 1,750 rushing yards in 2005 were the third most in the NFL, behind just Seattle's Shaun Alexander and the New York Giants' Tiki Barber. But L.J. doesn't much worry about records. And he doesn't fret anymore, it seems, about limits, either.

The latter represents a significant change of mind-set for Johnson, who started only three games in his first two seasons and who chafed at the lack of playing time under Dick Vermeil. The Chiefs' former coach did not favor choosing Johnson in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft. In 2003 and 2004, he totaled only 140 carries and gained just 666 yards, but Johnson won't be bedeviled again by such idleness.

Less than two weeks into the tenure of Herm Edwards, the Chiefs' new coach apprised Johnson that he, and not Priest Holmes, who continues to rehabilitate after concluding a second straight season on the injured reserve list, will go to camp as the team's starter. So with the football to be in his hands from the outset of the 2006 campaign, Johnson is girding for a challenging offseason.

While the three-year veteran has always prepared diligently, Johnson acknowledged early this week that he will drive himself even harder between now and the start of camp. There will be a short respite after Sunday's game, a contest in which Johnson figures to log plenty of carries as the youngest member of the AFC tailback corps; then the former Penn State star will immerse himself in a grueling training program.

"I have to approach [next season] differently," Johnson said after a midweek practice. "I mean, a new coach comes in and tells you that you're his man, and really puts the running game on you, that's how you have to react. In the past, I thought I worked pretty hard in the offseason. But in the back of my mind, maybe I was thinking, like, 'Yeah, but I'm still going to get the ball just five or six times [per game].' Now I know I'm going to be the main guy. That means I have to work harder and be an even bigger team leader. With my personality, that means leading by example, because I'm a lot more about deeds than I am words."

If his accomplishments in 2005 could be transformed into words, Johnson would have performed a one-man filibuster. The back who Vermeil once publicly chided for still "being in diapers" came a long way, baby, in '05.

There was a time not that long ago when one would have been labeled absurd for suggesting Johnson might belong in a class with these five tailbacks: Barber, Alexander, Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson and Warrick Dunn.

That quintet has averaged 92.2 career starts, while Johnson has just a dozen in three years. But there is no question anymore of his pedigree.

Although he started only nine games in 2005, not moving into the lineup until Holmes was lost to neck and back injuries that might still threaten his career, Johnson registered big numbers. In his nine starts, Johnson went over 100 yards every game, with seven outings of 130 or more yards and a pair of 200-yard performances. During the starting stretch, Johnson carried 261 times for 1,351 yards and 16 touchdowns. In only one of the nine games did he fail to score, and he had six multiple-touchdown games, with two contests in which he scored three times.

Extrapolate those numbers over a 16-game season and here's what you get: 464 carries, 2,402 yards, and 28 touchdowns.

OK, so hand any back the ball 464 times in a season -- the league record for rushes is 410, established by Jamal Anderson of Atlanta in 1998, and only three men have ever posted 400 carries in a year -- and his legs might fall off. But Johnson embraces the workhorse tag and feels he gets better with more work in a game, and opponents concur.

“ Look, I've demonstrated that, if you give me the ball, I'm going to do something with it. I'm going to run for a lot of yards. Maybe not 2,500 yards, [because] that's a big number, but a lot.”
—Larry Johnson
"He's just a great downhill runner" said Denver middle linebacker Al Wilson. "He runs with excellent lean and he's got the qualities that every great back [possesses]. He runs hard, finishes off every run the way you're supposed to, and bleeds yardage. He doesn't take losses and, while you might hold him for a while to [1- or 2-yard gains] it's just a matter of time until he's going to break loose. He's really got it all."

Indeed, much overlooked is Johnson's excellence as a receiver; he had 33 catches in 2005, with 27 coming in his nine starts. His 10.4-yard average per catch was the second-best in the NFL among running backs with more than 25 receptions. Critics have contended that Johnson is a poor blocker, but according to the past Kansas City coaching staff, he is a willing blocker, with improving skills in that underrated but critical area.

That said, the Chiefs are primarily paying Johnson to run behind someone else's blocks, and the Kansas City linemen, one of the premier quintets in the league, love the results he nets from even the tiniest crease. Johnson is a different kind of runner than Holmes -- and now, instead of being the change-of-pace back, he will be the back setting the pace for Kansas City in the future.

With Vermeil in retirement, Johnson isn't inclined to speak ill of him, but there remains a bit of a sore spot about the manner in which he was used, or perhaps misused, in the past. Asked how he managed to persevere during those periods when he was largely a spectator in the NFL's most high-octane offense, Johnson shrugged. Prodded about how such a talented back could essentially rot on the vine for two seasons, even given the brilliance of Holmes when he was healthy, Johnson offered only a wan smile.

"I don't know," Johnson said. "It was like that in college, too, where Joe Paterno didn't start me full-time until my senior year. Maybe there's something about those old coaches, huh, who are kind of set in their ways. But, look, I've demonstrated that, if you give me the ball, I'm going to do something with it. I'm going to run for a lot of yards. Maybe not 2,500 yards, [because] that's a big number, but a lot."

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Training camp set!


The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Thursday that dates have been set for the club’s training camp at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. The Chiefs have called UW-River Falls their training camp home since ‘91 and will return to Western Wisconsin for the 16th consecutive year in 2006.

The Chiefs will depart for River Falls on Thursday, July 27th with the first day of practice scheduled for Friday, July 28th. Family Fun Night is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th. The Chiefs will open their 2006 preseason schedule with a contest at Houston on Saturday, August 12th. Kansas City will play at the N.Y. Giants on Thursday, August 17th in a game that will be televised nationally by FOX. The Chiefs will break camp and return to Kansas City on Friday, August 18th.

Kansas City continues its 2006 preseason schedule with a Governor’s Cup match-up vs. St. Louis on Saturday, August 26th, a contest that also serves as the Chiefs Children’s Charity Game. The Chiefs close out the preseason schedule at Arrowhead with a contest vs. New Orleans on Thursday, August 31st, a game that is designated as the Chiefs Youth Football Game.

More information on specific practice times, dates and policies for training camp will be announced at a later date.

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Roaf reportedly set to retire; Chiefs hope he reconsiders

By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
July 28, 2006

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- Willie Roaf says he's retiring and going back to college. The Kansas City Chiefs are holding out hope the 11-time Pro Bowl tackle will return for a 14th season.

The 36-year-old Roaf told The Kansas City Star on Friday that he was retiring, a move that would leave a large hole on the Chiefs offensive line.


Carl Peterson, president and general manager of the Chiefs, said neither he nor coach Herm Edwards had spoken with Roaf in several weeks and they were "leaving the door open."

"Certainly I am aware of what was written," Peterson said Friday, the first day of Kansas City's training camp. "I'd say right now, because of who Willie Roaf is, what he has contributed to the Kansas City Chiefs and what he's contributed to the National Football League, we're going to keep the door open for a while.

"Players do change their mind."

Roaf told the Star for a story posted on its Web site Friday he told Peterson and Edwards of his intentions weeks ago, including in a letter sent to the team.

"I guess they want me to reconsider," Roaf said. "I'm solid on retiring and going back to school."

The offense struggled last year without Roaf, 36, who missed several games with a hamstring injury. Candidates to replace him include Jordan Black, who backed him up last year, Will Svitek and newcomer Kyle Turley, who missed the last two years with a back injury.

If Roaf does step down, the Chiefs still have guards Will Shields and Brian Waters, the other Pro Bowlers who have anchored one of the league's most productive lines. Also back are center Casey Wiegmann and Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez.

"We still have our three interior outstanding players, which is still the guts and the core of your offensive line," Peterson said.

Peterson said he was sure money was not the issue. "He has a contract this year for a sizable amount of money, if he comes and plays," he said.

Andre Roaf wiped tears from her eyes when discussing her son's retirement.

"It hurts me to think I'll never see him play again," she told The Associated Press. "I knew something was up. His heart wanted to play but his body was telling him it was over."

Andre Roaf, a state appellate court judge in Arkansas, said it was getting harder and harder for Willie to work the soreness out of his body.

"It used to be Monday or Tuesday, he was OK. Now it's almost time for another game before he's feeling all right," she said.

Peterson also said the former Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes would begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Doctors are still evaluating the effects of a spinal injury Holmes sustained last year.

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Neck, head problems land Chiefs' Holmes on PUP list

By Len Pasquarelli

In a move that had been anticipated, and which might well augur the end of his career, the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday afternoon placed injured tailback Priest Holmes on the reserve/physically unable to perform list (PUP), meaning the nine-year veteran will miss at least the first six games of the season.

Kansas City also placed defensive back William Bartee on PUP as the Chiefs made 16 transactions to reached the 75-player roster limit that is mandatory on Tuesday.

The Chiefs also released 14 players. With the exception of three-year veteran receiver Darrell Hill and two-year veteran quarterback Jeff Smoker, all of the players were either rookie or first-year veterans. About the only notable member of that group was wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe, a fourth-round choice in the 2005 draft.

Head coach Herm Edwards had strongly suggested last week that Holmes, who was on the PUP list at the outset of camp but has not been with the Chiefs for weeks, would not be ready for the start of the season. And there remains considerable speculation that Holmes, believed to be back in his hometown of San Antonio, will never play again because of severe neck and head trauma sustained in a head-to-head collision with San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman last Oct. 30.

Holmes has been treated by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins of Los Angeles since suffering the injury, which ended his 2005 season after only seven games. The team has been closely monitoring Holmes' situation and has been closely following the reports of Dr. Robert Watkins, a spine surgeon who has examined many athletes.

It appears that Holmes, who has appeared in only 15 games over the last two seasons, first because of a career-threatening hip injury in 2004 and then last year's head-and-neck trauma, is prepared to abide by Watkins' verdict on his football future.

"It's not what it will do to me today," Holmes said during the offseason. "It's what it will do when I'm 40 or 50."

Holmes, 32, has not worked out in organized football drills in the offseason and his usual conditioning and weight lifting regimens have been curtailed by his back woes. Because he was on the PUP list at the start of camp, Holmes could not work out with the team until he passed a physical exam. It is doubtful he will be back on the field anytime soon, but the Monday move does buy him some time.

Watkins has cautioned Holmes about the potential long-term ramifications of another back or neck injury. To bolster the tailback depth chart in Holmes' continuing absence, the Chiefs in early August acquired Michael Bennett, a former Minnesota first-round selection, from New Orleans for a fourth-round draft choice. Bennett will serve as the top backup to starting tailback Larry Johnson.

In his first three seasons in Kansas City (2001-03), after signing as an unrestricted free agent, Holmes averaged 1,530 yards and 18.7 rushing touchdowns. In the past two seasons, the nine-year veteran totaled 1,343 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2005, he ran for only 451 yards, his lowest output since his 1997 rookie season in Baltimore.

One of the game's top all-around tailbacks, Holmes has carried 1,734 times for 8,035 yards and 86 touchdowns in 109 games. He also has 334 receptions for 2,945 yards and eight touchdowns.

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IMO this team is very solid all the way around. The biggest concern right now that I see is the depth in the receiver position. Who is going to step up if kennison or Parker go down during the season? We need to find a capable no 2 or 3 receiver that is a solid performer. The guys starting on this team at the wr spot are not suprerstars but are work horses who get the job done. This works very well for this offense. = receivers on the field causes a defense to pay equal attention to all instead of head hunting the QB's favorite receiver. This is not the case in KC as Trent has 4 when used. Kennison, parker,hall and tg but no depth in this postion.

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Chiefs' Green out indefinitely

By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
September 11, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Trent Green sustained a "very, very severe concussion" when his head was slammed into the ground by Cincinnati's Robert Geathers and will be hospitalized at least until Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs said.

"He's feeling much better," Chiefs President Carl Peterson said Monday. "But he has a very king-sized headache. Hopefully he'll be able to go home tomorrow."


The two-time Pro bowl quarterback will be listed as questionable this week at Denver. Peterson said he didn't know when Green might return.

Losing Green for long could be devastating to the Chiefs. Starting at Denver will be journeyman Damon Huard, who until Sunday had not completed a pass in the NFL since Dec. 24, 2000. Behind Huard are rookies Brodie Croyle and Casey Printers, both of whom were unimpressive in the preseason.

"There's no question this will test the football team," Peterson said. "Trent Green has been a tremendous leader for us both on and off the field. We're anticipating that Trent will get through this and get well and be back with us. At this point, though, I wouldn't put any time on it."

Protected by an outstanding offensive line and surrounded by stars such as Priest Holmes and Tony Gonzalez, Green started 80 straight games from 2001-2005, while Kansas City gained more yards (30,470), scored more touchdowns (262) and rushed for more TDs (131) than any other team in the league.

Joining the Chiefs from St. Louis after surviving a career-threatening injury and undergoing four knee operations, Green passed for 20,117 yards and 111 touchdowns from 2001-2005 -- numbers exceeded only by Peyton Manning.

"It will be a day-to-day, week-to-week evaluation by the doctors," said Peterson. "Thank goodness he had no problems with his limbs."

Meanwhile, talk continued over the hit that knocked Green unconscious in the third quarter of Cincinnati's 23-10 victory.

Green, 36, one of the oldest starting quarterbacks in the NFL, was going feet-first into a hook slide right in front of the Chiefs bench. Geathers, possibly pushed from behind at least somewhat by Kansas City wide receiver Eddie Kennison, came flying in. Geathers' right shoulder slammed Green's chest and head and snapped the back of Green's head violently to the turf.

Officials did not call a foul, explaining to the enraged Chiefs sideline that Geathers' momentum had carried him into the player.

"In my opinion, I think it was a late hit. I think it was obviously a very vicious hit," Peterson said, "one that unfortunately Trent Green and the Kansas City Chiefs are paying a price for."

Peterson said he had reviewed film of the play Monday with league officials.

"They're drawing their conclusion and will make their decision later in the week," he said.

Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer said Monday that he had tried to call Green. When Palmer sustained a devastating knee injury last January, Green called him with advice and encouragement.

"Everything I've heard is good," Palmer said. "I heard that he regained consciousness in the locker room, and he's going to be OK."

Palmer also defended Geathers.

"Knowing Robert, he's not a guy who likes to take cheap shots or really ever does take cheap shots. He was trying to make a tackle, he kind of got (blocked) low, almost like he fell into him. When you're 280 pounds and you're falling into a quarterback, something bad's going to happen. There's nothing you can do in that situation."

Gonzalez said he didn't think it was a cheap shot. "He didn't hit him with his helmet," he added.

But Peterson, and many other Kansas City players, had a different view.

"I think the quarterback was trying to slide, which he's instructed to do. The minute he starts that, the defensive player is supposed to get off, to back off any type of hitting or touching the quarterback," he said.

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Roaf says he is finished playing pro football

By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press Writer
September 14, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In May, he said he was eager to tack one more year onto his great career. In July, he sent a jolt through the Kansas City Chiefs when he retired on the eve of training camp.

And on Thursday, Willie Roaf said he is done playing professional football.


In a high-rise law office in downtown Kansas City, far removed from the stadiums and the cheers, the 11-time Pro Bowl left tackle who helped pave the way for one of the NFL's most dynamic offenses said his body couldn't take one more season.

"I often took my body for granted and played without thinking about tomorrow," Roaf said, reading from a statement. "I played hard and played only as if I was in the NFL for a couple of seasons. And 14 years later I stand beside you and realize I will no longer play football."

Roaf had called the informal news conference to discuss the pleas of Kansas City fans and football announcers who asked that he return to the franchise. He sought to clear the air about his future and dispel any rumors he might return next season.

After reading the brief statement, in which he addressed none of those concerns, Roaf crumpled up his paper and walked from the room.

Chiefs president Carl Peterson, who held out hope Roaf would reconsider, finally acknowledged his intentions on Wednesday. After "a lengthy conversation" with the star offensive lineman, Peterson said the club would switch his roster status from reserve/did not report to reserve/retired.

"I've gone through this retirement process with players many times," Peterson said. "With John Alt, Tim Grunhard, Marcus Allen and Joe Montana. It is never easy."

The last few seasons haven't been easy for Roaf, either.

He spent much of last year struggling through nagging injuries that sidelined him for several games. He lamented his ailing hamstring, said it took longer and longer to recover after each game, and questioned whether it was all worth it.

"As a young player my body would heal much faster," said Roaf, who turned 36 on April 16. "Following a Sunday game I would feel good by Monday. Last year my body never felt good. For the first time in my career, I really believed my talents were declining."

But after the season, Roaf was back at work in Kansas City, running and training with the exuberance of a newly drafted rookie. He said the Chiefs' 37-3 romp over playoff-bound Cincinnati in their finale was the impetus to give it one last go -- one last shot at that elusive Super Bowl.

Then, without warning, he changed his mind.

"During the offseason I began to feel better and truly believed I would play for one more year," he said. "I was very angry and unable to accept the fact that my greatest asset, my body, has somehow let me down."

After making his decision, Roaf declined to speak to Peterson or his Chiefs teammates. The news of his retirement reached Kansas City's camp in River Falls, Wis., through the media.

Only later did he talk with tight end Tony Gonzalez and guard Will Shields, who not long ago flew to California and spent a night at Roaf's home.

"I now accept the fact that I will not play football again," Roaf said. "I am sorry I did not address this earlier, but my main focus has been coming to grips with that fact."

Later in the season, Kansas City will hold a recognition ceremony for Roaf, who was drafted in the first round by New Orleans and traded to the Chiefs in 2002. But that ceremony comes with a palpable tension in Kansas City.

Coach Herm Edwards has refused to discuss Roaf's retirement since the beginning of training camp. The mammoth left tackle's decision has drawn the consternation of many Chiefs fans who watched quarterback Trent Green get knocked unconscious in last Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.

Edwards reiterated Wednesday that the Chiefs will "try to win with the players you have," but public sentiment is that the years of high-flying offenses are over.

Kansas City quarterbacks were sacked seven times by the Bengals, and Larry Johnson was held without 100 yards rushing for the first time in 10 games.

Though a spokesman, Roaf refused to discuss the current state of the Chiefs. He said he has spoken with Green since his injury, but declined to discuss details of the conversation. He did not answer questions that followed him out the door.

Instead, a man of few words simply said he's through.

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It just keeps getting worse.

Chiefs defensive end charged with DUI

September 30, 2006

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen has been charged with driving under the influence for the second time in five months.

Police pulled Allen over around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after following a Dodge Charger that was not staying in the lane, Leawood Police Capt. Dale Finger said Friday.


Allen, who was alone in the car, refused to undergo sobriety testing and to take a breathalyzer test, so the officer placed him under arrest for DUI, Finger said.

In Kansas, not submitting to a breath test earns an automatic suspension of the driver's license.

Allen was ticketed for driving under the influence and given a notice to appear in court on Oct. 25, Finger said. Neither Allen nor the Chiefs would comment Friday on the stop.

In May, Allen was arrested in Overland Park for drunken driving and speeding. He was allowed to enter a diversion program in July that barred him from drinking alcohol or violating the law. Typically, the charges are dismissed if the program is completed successfully.

If the latest arrest leads to a conviction, Allen would face an NFL suspension.

Through the first two games of the season, Allen has 10 tackles, three assists and a sack. Last season, he led the team with 11 sacks and had 44 tackles and 27 assists.

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Huard surprising everyone but the ChiefsBy Michael Smith

The Bears are beating the living crap out of people. The Eagles have bounced back from last season. San Diego's still just as strong with Philip Rivers at QB. The Rams' and Saints' talent is shining under rookie coaches.

But the team that surprises/impresses/intrigues me the most right now?

It's a little lower in the power rankings, a member of the league's middle class, a .500 team.

Kansas City.

Two-and-two-damn-near-three-and-one Kansas City. Led-by-Damon-Huard Kansas City.

Damon Huard.

The Chiefs were supposed to be devastated, remember, when Trent Green's head bounced off the Arrowhead Stadium turf in Week 1, forcing them to go from a quarterback who had started 81 consecutive regular season games to one who attempted just one pass -- an incompletion, by the way -- in five years. And maybe that's not so bad if you still have Willie Roaf and John Welbourn protecting the backup at the tackle spots, but both those guys retired in the offseason. Or if you have Roaf's replacement even, Kyle Turley, protecting the backup's blind side, except Turley's been out the past two games with back pain.

The Chiefs are supposed to be hurting under these circumstances. And yet here they are, right in the thick of things.

I know. Some of you will argue that the Chiefs haven't done anything special, beating San Francisco at home and Arizona on the road in Matt Leinart's first start. To that I say again: Damon Huard. Remember three weeks ago? They went to Mile High, where the Chiefs have struggled in recent years, and lost by a field goal in OT to the Broncos.A lot of eyes are on the quarterback situations in Dallas and Miami when they should be looking in amazement at what Huard and the Chiefs are doing.

Herman Edwards probably isn't the consensus "coach of the first quarter" but no head coach has done a better job playing the hand his team's been dealt. He's succeeded in getting his players to buy into a different philosophy, to play more as a team. Edwards has the Chiefs in slugfests as opposed to shootouts. Ball control, field position -- the style of ball that's going to reverse the Chiefs' 16-24 record away from Arrowhead the previous five years.

That's why the win over the Cardinals was significant. The night before the game Edwards spoke to his team about ignoring the obstacles and focusing on the objective. Sure enough, the Chiefs were down 14-0 in the first quarter and trailed by 10 in the fourth. But they hung tough. That's what the Chiefs are now, tough. Mentally tough.

"You've got to be mentally tough to play for me," Edwards said Monday.

The Chiefs experienced the toughest break so far when Green suffered a concussion. But Edwards told Huard when Green went down that all he had to do was manage the game, don't lose it and that whatever he did, avoid turning the ball over. The rest of the team would pick up the slack by keeping the game close so that the offense wouldn't have to play from behind and Huard would remain in a comfort zone. Huard has kept his end of the bargain and heeded his coach's instructions: He's completing 70.2 percent of his passes, with five touchdowns and no interceptions, for an efficiency rating of 107.4. He's even had eight completions of 20 or more yards.

You want to talk about adjustments, the Chiefs know they can't play the same style of offense as they did under Dick Vermeil. With their tackle situation, they can't send five guys in a pass pattern and still expect to avoid playing third-stringer Brodie Croyle. They're pounding Larry Johnson and giving Huard more opportunities each week.

They're making it work.

None of that would be possible, though, without the transformation of the Chiefs' defense under Edwards and coordinator Gunther Cunningham. They've only allowed 52 points (13 a game, 15 total in the second half) and rank fourth overall and fourth against the pass. We're talking about a defense that in recent years has had a place reserved at the bottom of the rankings.

If the Chiefs can pick up a pass-rushing tackle in the offseason, they could really be special on defense. Denver and San Diego's 'backers get a lot of the pub, but the Chiefs' group is pretty good, too. Their No. 1 pick, defensive end Tamba Hali, is a player. Sunday he posted seven tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and two hurries.

It's uncertain when Green is going to be able to return but when and if he does, no matter what Huard has done, Edwards will give the ball back to Green because he makes the offense more potent. Meantime, Huard is doing some kind of job holding down the fort.

K.C.'s really going to be tested over this upcoming difficult stretch of games: at (desperate) Pittsburgh on Sunday, San Diego and Seattle at home the next two weeks, and at St. Louis. Guaranteed they play those guys tough, though. The Chiefs aren't soft anymore.

Not a lot of people seem to be talking about the Chiefs right now, but if Huard stays hot and they get Green back soon, with Johnson and that defense, Kansas City will be a factor late in the year.

Michael Smith is a senior writer for

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Sucks! First home loss in 10 years during December. Season over. What a crappy year. Draft offensive lineman in the first round.

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Wow what a stroke of luck,who would of thunk it ,the teams we needed to lose lost and we won,what a day.No matter how bad the Chiefs were all year and no matter how far they might or might not go it's still great for our team to be in the Playoffs,GO CHIEFS.

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And so what some thought impossible happened: the Chiefs, after all, made the 2006 playoffs. “It’s kind of interesting,” noted head coach Herm Edwards. “I told the team that after game two we were 0-2 and there were 11 teams that were 0-2 and I showed them all 11 teams. I said out of this madness someone’s going to get out of here and get in the playoffs and I said, why can’t it be us? We were the only team to get in that was 0-2.” (Herm Edwards Press Conference)

Edwards noted the playoff inexperience of his team and columnist Bob Gretz followed up with What They Don’t Know, citing the few players who “have limited experience in the playoffs, especially a lack of winning experience….” In fact, “the last time any player (on this roster) was in the post-season was 2004, when DT James Reed and RB Michael Bennett made the tournament with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.” But “here’s the real eye-opener: 42 of the 53 players have one-game of post-season experience or less. That’s 79 percent of the roster.”

While the nay-sayers talk up what they believe is the Chiefs dismal playoff record, Jon Rand notes as the team starts Picking It Up For The Playoffs that, “instead of being a team that’s missed the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years, the Chiefs have made the playoffs twice in the last four seasons. There are five AFC teams with playoff-caliber talent – the Broncos and the four 8-8 teams – that are finished for the season while the Chiefs are still alive. That’s a reminder that the Chiefs aren’t the only streaky team around.”

Eileen Weir wishes Happy New Year To You, 49ers, taking us inside a typical NY’s Eve home with every family member glued to his and her TV set. It’s quite the emotional roller coaster ride that most of you were no doubt feeling as you made final prep to hit the town, and then: “Back to the grainy shadowy picture in the kitchen. I can listen but I can’t watch. Put the linguine in. It won’t be long now. “Come here, come here, come here,” rings out the cry from the other room. “Hurry!” And the kick…is….GOOD! Glee.”

For those who only heard about Herm’s “mini-tirade,” hear it for yourself on-line or read Q&A with Herm Edwards- 1/1. You can make your own decision to whether, as Ms. Weir says it is “a motivational ploy or a manipulative distraction to divert attention.” (See On the Defensive).

Think you can’t turn it around in a season or two, think again. The Tennessee Titans “fielded the youngest roster in the AFC and the fifth-youngest starting lineup in the NFL on opening day. The Titans finished the season starting 10 recent draft picks (from 2004 on) and finished 8-8,” according to Rick Gosselin of Dallas Morning News. The team already has 60 players under contract for 2007 – and they are still $41 million under the projected salary cap of $106 million. It can be done – and quicker than you think.

Here’s another nugget from Gosselin: “San Diego is the best team in the NFL with a 14-2 record and a 10-game winning streak (last loss was to the Chiefs at Arrowhead). But the team with the best regular-season record has won only one of the six Super Bowls this decade (NE in 2003).

It’s not too early to start thinking about 2007 Chiefs football at Arrowhead. We know the schedule now. The format implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis. In addition to the usual AFC West opponents, KC will meet the Jaguars again, Tennessee and exciting QB Vince Young, the Bengals, last season’s opening day opponent, the Packers and the Vikings. On the road, it’s Herm’s return to his old haunts in NY to meet his old team, the Jets, back to Houston and Indy, and then to the upper Midwest to take on Chicago and Detroit.

In a news business that loves to compile lists, now offers its “2006 All-Interview Team.” Our own Brian Waters is a member of this year’s team, which should not be a surprise to anyone who watches local TV. Do they ever talk to anyone else?

Finally, to put this playoff run in some perspective, here’s the odds of the Chiefs getting there going into Sunday’s game, courtesy of a Dr. Jim Lackritc, associate dean of the School of Business, San Diego State University:

88.6% - Denver Broncos (out)
88.4% - NY Jets (in)
18.0% - Cincinnati Bengals (out)
2.2% - Tennessee Titans (out)
1.6% - Kansas City Chiefs (in)
1.2% - Jacksonville Jaguars (out)

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