THUNDERING BLURB » Kansas City Chiefs http://thunderingblurb.com ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.1 en hourly 1 2010 Draft Blurb Appearences http://thunderingblurb.com/2010/04/2010-draft-blurb-appearences/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2010/04/2010-draft-blurb-appearences/#comments Mon, 26 Apr 2010 20:15:04 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=1200 So I did a bunch of radio work this past weekend and didn’t have time to post it (and at times, didn’t have time to get a link to it) until now.

When you get a chance, check out the following bits of audio:

Friday Night I appeared on Brian Carriveau’s Cheesehead Nation show on Blogtalkradio.com. We talked about the first few rounds of Packer picks, which I actually like quite a bit. (about 10 minutes at the front  but the ep goes much longer)

I’m at the top but stick around for the whole show as they break down some of the picks more in depth later on. It’s good stuff, and Railbird Central is a great place to go for Packer stuff.

Saturday I joined my good friend Matt Levine of The Final Score of WSTC/WNLK in Connecticut to talk some Jets and Giants as well as some general NFL Draft stuff as well. I uploaded it here so you can hear what I had to say from Radio City. (about 20 minutes long)

On Sunday I got to hoof it to the home of Sirius Satellite Radio and join Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan in Denver and Footballguys.com as well as Russ Lande, analyst for SportingNews.com’s NFL Draft Warroom and head of GMJr for three hours of 2010 NFL Draft recap.

As Cecil’s show (every Sunday on the Fan) is on in Denver, we covered a lot of Broncos (and Tim Tebow) but also hit on the Draft in general and the AFC West as a whole.

You can also get a behind the scenes look at the three of us on this episode of Blurb TV. In fact you can get a look at ALL of my experience at the 2010 NFL Draft here at Thundering Blurb or over at my channel on Viddler as well.

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Running Back Blurb Breakdown: Larry Johnson http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/07/running-back-blurb-breakdown-larry-johnson/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/07/running-back-blurb-breakdown-larry-johnson/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 03:57:48 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=454 Once upon a time, Larry Johnson was Fantasy relevant.

He still is – although perhaps as a cautionary tale of too much complaining, not enough production.

It’s too bad because we’ve seen some great production from him even in the last two, stunted years.

Maybe it was the immense number of carries in 2005 & 2006 (336 & 416 respectively).

Maybe it was the ineffectual regimes in Kansas City. Maybe it was the weight of his not-insubstantial ego.

Whatever the cause, he has been in trouble or hurt often after the last few years.

It didn’t help his numbers last year that he caught just 12 balls after several seasons of 30+ catches. It looks unlikely that the Chiefs will utilize him to catch out of the backfield much this season, although with All-World Tight End Tony Gonzalez has gone of to Atlanta.

So, it’s possible LJ could get a few more catches since Brad Cottam is rumored to be staying in to block a lot.

We’ve seen too much of a dip to think Johnson is ready to bounce back anytime soon. Especially with a shaky offensive line, an unproven quarterback (albeit coming of a tremendous year) throwing to a small number of offensive weapons and probably  less than desired as the defense struggles to stop opposing drives and get the offense reps.

Johnson still has some upside but is nowhere near the back who once occupied a lounging spot in the preseason top ten rankings.

The best you can do is draft him for depth and hope he can put in a performance for a few games like he did week 3 vs Atlanta (121yds, 1TD), week 4 vs Denver (198yds, 2TDs) or week 16 vs Miami (108yds, 1TD).

But good luck figuring out when to start him. Thanks, but I think I’ll pass, regardless of perceived value – even in the fifth or sixth rounds.

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MAYHEM IN THE NFL – Free Agency continues http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/mayhem-in-the-nfl-free-agency-continues/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/02/mayhem-in-the-nfl-free-agency-continues/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2009 06:35:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=404 So I spent a chunk of the day away from the computer for family stuff and what happens? Trades. Misinformation. Chaos. Love it.

Let’s go over some of the bigger points.

  • Rumors abounded yesterday that there was more to the Mike Vrabel to Kansas City than appeared at first blush. Well, those were on target. Matt Cassel will be accompanying him west. Earlier this off-season, I franchised tagged Tony Gonzalez in a Dynasty league and man am I happy about that now. Cassel should make Tony G, Dwayne Bowe and the rest of the offense very happy. Now the Chiefs desperately need to shore the Oline up and you can bank on an OT going with their 1st round pick.
  • By the way, rumors are also swirling that Denver QB Jay Cutler is on the trading block due to three way trades that Detroit and Tampa Bay tried to swing to get Cutler and have Cassel go to Denver. When I want to know what is going on in Denver I check with Cecil Lammey over at Footballguys and Denver’s 104.1 the Fan. He texted me that the Broncos DID NOT try to trade Cutler. Lammey says the were not shopping Cutler at all. Now do I think they listened to the trade offers that came their way? Sure, why wouldn’t they? But I can’t imagine for a hot second they would replace Cutler – who is proven – with Cassel who is nowhere NEAR as proven. Cassel can play – but why trade for him when you have Cutler. It’s a mess but again – Cecil says Denver is NOT looking to shop Jay Cutler. I know ESPN is saying otherwise, but frankly it sounds like story creating to me. Between Lammey, Shefter and the Donkeys themselves, I will take their takes over an often inconsistent ESPN.
  • Where in the world is TJ Houshmandzedah? Heading into Sunday (aka day 3) Housh is still without a home, having visited Seattle and Minny and reportedly heading to Tampa Sunday. Certainly the market isn’t what he was hoping for. Ditto Derrick Ward who may end up in Denver, especially if the JJ Arrington signing there really does fall through.
  • Detroit and Dallas revisited their trading ways from the season, swapping Jon Kitna for Anthony Henry. With some questions about Romo’s inconsistencies and a few injuries, Kitna is good insurance. Henry can play well but isn’t fantastic. Still, a new place for him will probably be a good thing.

For a complete list of who has signed where thus far, check out NFLDraftbible.com.

I’ll be back throughout the day tomorrow. Thanks again to Cecil Lammey for responding at a ridonkulously late hour so I could do this post.

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Pioli named GM for the Chiefs http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/pioli-named-gm-for-the-chiefs/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2009/01/pioli-named-gm-for-the-chiefs/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:06:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=392 Quick update – first off I know it’s been slow even with the college prospects declaring left and right (Crabtree of Texas Tech is going, Taylor Mays is staying at USC) but as I have mentioned before, my family is undertaking a large move – the month of January is pretty crazy. So we’ve been behind on the news.

And honestly with the exception of Mays and Tebow staying, none of this makes a huge difference. What will matter is the workouts between now and the draft – and we’ll cover that plenty here and on Draftguys and NFLDraftbible. So bear with me please.

Second, Scott Pioli has left the GM post of the Pats for one in Kansas City. It’s a crazy job he’s undertaken and there is a ton of work to do. Plus, we’ll find out how much he did vs Belichick when it comes to drafting and other stuff. Herm Edwards may be on the clock – we’ll see whether he is going to be escorted out of the building soon. With a change at the GM spot and perhaps one at the coach position, one wonders what else will happen.

Will Gonzo and LJ get their wish to be traded or will they get sold on the new regime? Will the defense switch to the 3-4 when everyone they drafted of late is for the 4-3. What abotu Thigpen?

Should be interesting and we’ll talk abotu that and much more tomorrow night at the all new time of 7:00 PM PST/10pm EST on Blogtalkradio.com’s fabulous Fantasy Sports Channel.

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Chiefs push back presser – trade in the works? http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/10/chiefs-push-back-presser-trade-in-the-works/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/10/chiefs-push-back-presser-trade-in-the-works/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2008 18:04:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=243 I really miss being home – and not just because my family has not joined me here in New York yet. But I miss my Direct TV and NFLN.

For without my NFLN, I found out second hand that Adam Shefter is reporting the Chiefs have pushed their usual press conference back until after the 4:00 EST trade deadline.

As I said this morning on the Stampede, it’s usually very quiet at the trade deadline though this year feels different. Certainly there are teams that could use a Tony Gonzalez, Donnie Edwards or – dare I say it? – Larry Johnson. And a team like the Chiefs must recognize they are playing for the future and likely NOT this season. Detroit fits that category too, though who wants busted up Jon Kitna would be beyond me.

But a trade – or more than one – could happen. The wind certainly feels like it is blowing in that direction.

More as it occurs.

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Thursday Morning Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/thursday-morning-stampede-2/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/09/thursday-morning-stampede-2/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2008 13:28:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=127 Pretty quite here on ‘the big day’ – there will likely be more news as the day goes on, but it’s like the calm before the storm.

Kickoff tonight for the Giants and Redskins is 7PM EST – same as the Drive Block – and we’re off and running for the 2008 season!

Here’s the morning news -

Carolina Panthers
Matt Moore will be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured fibula. He had a nice run last year while there were so many injuries to the QB position, but lost the #2 gig when Josh McCown came by. With a little luck, Delhomme will stay healthy and Moore wouldn’t have been a factor anyway, but the young QB was a guy on many people’s radar this off season.

Kansas City Chiefs
Rookie WR Will Franklin had a great preseason going until he hurt his knee. Many folks thought he was a nice sleeper pick – but between this (he will be questionable to start the season and may not play Sunday), questionable skill at the QB position and an being in the slot in an offense that will probably not go 3 WRs often, Franklin is no more than shaky bench depth right now in Fantasy Leagues.

Also in KC, rookie Branden Albert will start at left tackle after he lost most of preseason to a foot injury. That’s a big concern – the guy was already moving postions (he played guard in college) missed a ton of important preseason work and he’s still starting? Let’s hope that learning curve isn’t too steep. This whole offense is a concern, which is why Larry Johnson dropped pretty far in many drafts this year. Shaky, shaky, shaky.

Philadelphia Eagles
We were already assuming this, but it’s a nice confirmation – rookie DeSean Jackson will start on Sunday against the Rams. It’s a decent matchup for the young WR, who while a little undersized, is electrifying with the ball after the catch. Question is, who is the other WR? Curtis is out, Brown has a bum hammy – are we looking at the re-emergence of Hank Baskett, who was a brief Fantasy Darling a few years ago? Keep an eye on it – you know I’m no Reggie Brown fan.

Back to Jackson – keep your expectations checked – he’s a rookie, the Eagles will spread the ball around and Westbrook and TE LJ Smith will get plenty of looks. But Jackson could be a nice #3/4 with upside this weekend.

That’s all for now – we’ll see what news perks up between now and the Daily News Stampede at Noon EST/9am PST.

See you then!

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Belated Thursday Stampede http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/belated-thursday-stampede/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/belated-thursday-stampede/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:15:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=111 The Blurb Herd is a little tired after last night’s little BlogTalk technology explosion, so we’re running a tad behind.

Luckily it’s not like we’ve had huge news yet today – it’s no like LT retired or somethign this morning.

Still there was a little bit of movement here and there:

Of course, as we knew, guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre and Marc Bulger will not be playing in their preseason finale.

Guys like Trent Green, Byron Leftwich and Kellen Clemens will.

Still, as I said on last night’s Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Podcast, there are still reasons to watch and position battles to be won.

In more direct news -
Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Johnson will see action vs the Rams even though he has already seen a bunch of work in the preseason. He hasn’t been tremendously sharp though and I think they would like him to spring into the season on a high note.

Jacksonville Jaguars
We keep talking about how we don’t know who will catch balls in Jacksonville, but we do know that Troy Williamson hasn’t caught ANY balls this preseason. He needs a big night to have an impact this season – or maybe even stick on the team at all. Matt Jones and Mike Walker are holding the seast warm for Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams and it still tells me very little of whether any of these guys will have an impact. Garrard will spread the ball around and like I have said before, put up good numbers himself but probably not have that 1 WR who will make your Fantasy team happy.

Green Bay Packers
Ryan Grant is another RB who will see some time tonight. This will make the game a little more interesting to watch and unlike the Larry Johnson thing, is less of a shock. Grant missed a bunch of the preseason and needs the work. he won’t be out there too long, but he’ll get some work and maybe widen the gap between himself and Brandon Jackson a little more.

That’s all for now – will be back this afternoon with some more news. And don’t forget to check out The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio.com tonight with myself and the Footballguys’ own Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom. That’s 7pm PST/10pm EST.

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Late Sunday Week Primer http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/late-sunday-week-primer/ http://thunderingblurb.com/2008/08/late-sunday-week-primer/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2008 06:46:00 +0000 admin http://thunderingblurb.com/?p=65 Hey guys

Hope you had a good weekend – between some computer issues and the imminent kickoff of both college football and pro football seasons, the Blurb was quiet this weekend for the most part.

Here is a quick look at what’s on tap, then a brief weekend update for you:

This week we’ll have much more Training Camp news as well as the beginnings of some college discussion. Both The Thundering Blurb Podcast and The Drive Block will of course be in full effect. And I am hoping to have at least my top 10 college rankings by Friday. That and Friday night/Saturday morning I hope to have delivered some on the spot Cowboys camp news as well.

So as always pretty quiet.

Here’s the weekend update:

Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have suspended wide receiver Steve Smith for 2 regular season games for his altercation with Ken Lucas, and it will be interesting to see how hard he drops in drafts. Hopes were high for him in the Fantasy community but there is no way you can draft him where he was going, often as people’s #1 wr. And now you know why we tell you a draft prior to preseason games is a bad idea.

However, if he drops long enough for you to grab him as a #2 and you can grab some good filler guys to back him up, he should be very productive after he gets back in the groove by week 3. So play up his suspension in your leagues and see if you can snag him as he tumbles hard. Overall he should be much better than last year, but you also have to worry about how he reacts to this.

Denver Broncos
Brandon Marshall has received his punishment from the league and it’s about where I thought it would be – I said 4, reduced to 2, and it’s 3, likely to be reduced to 2. Marshall is another guy who may tumble hard come your draft day and this will, like Smith, keep him from being someone you can grab as a #1 but might drop enough for you to grab later after you have a good #1, a good Rb and another guy in either category. When he comes back, Cutler will be very happy to see him and target him often.

Kansas City Chiefs
This might be irrelevant depending upon how you view the pass game in KC, but rookie Will Franklin has apparently passed by Maurice Price and Jeff Webb. Devard Darling is all that stands between him and starts, so consider a late flier on him – though if pickings are better elsewhere, remember the KC pass game will likely top out at ‘meh’ with sprinklings of ‘yuck’.

And brace yourselves -
Green Bay
Favre arrives in camp Monday. He was reinstated today after the Hall of Fame festivities were done with. It looks liek the competition is on and Aaron Rodgers took to the fight with 7-of-20 passes for 84 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception at the Packers’ Fan Fest scrimmage Sunday night. Yeah, that’s not a great start to this is it? Oh and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel saying that the Pack called the Vikings about Favre being available in trade – and I still say if that happens then Ted Thompson might as well sign his letter of resignation. The two times Favre would lead the Vikes against the Pack would do it for him, if he wouldn’t. But man, wouldn’t that make Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice owners happy?

More tomorrow throughout the day as we continue spinning Training Camp and the NFL for you every single day.

ps- just watched the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – and I have rarely been so perplexed by a flick.

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