Dec 312012

Norv TurnerTo absolutely no one’s surprise, GM AJ Smith and Head Coach Norv Turner have been fired by the club after yet another season of unfulfilled expectations.

The Chargers went 7-9 this season, one game worse than last year’s 8-8 finish. The Chargers last made the post-season in 2008, and were 56-40 under Turner, plus 4-3 in the post-season. The Chargers never got to the Super Bowl under Turner, and seemed excel is generating hype that was never matched by the team’s play on the field.

What remains to be seen is whether or not, once hired, the new regime in San Diego sees Philip Rivers as the quarterback who can get the team back to the Super Bowl.

Dec 312012

Romeo CrennelHead Coach Romeo Crennel has been fired by the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City went 2-14 this season, earning the first overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The 65 year old Crennel built his career as a defensive genius, winning three Super Bowls in New England as the defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick, but has struggled as an NFL head coach, going just 28-55. Crennel was 4-15 in Kansas City, coaching the Chiefs to a 2-1 record in the final three weeks of the 2011 season.

The Chiefs appear to be leaning towards keeping GM Scott Pioli, but no final decision has been communicated yet. Chiefs’ owner Clark Hunt may be inclined to give the 47 year old Pioli a chance to turn the situation around with the top draft pick in hand.


Dec 012012

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend this morning before going to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself as team personnel tried to stop him, police said.

Police Capt. David Lindaman said Belcher, 25, and his girlfriend, 22, got into an argument around 7 a.m. at their home in Kansas City. Around 7:50 a.m., Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Following the shooting, Belcher to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead. Police were called to the stadium around 8:10 a.m. When Belcher arrived there he encountered General Manager Scott Pioli, Coach Romeo Crennel and other team personnel. Police said Chiefs staff attempted to keep Belcher from committing additional acts of violence. When police arrived, they heard a gunshot and found that Belcher had shot himself in the head.

The Chiefs released the following statement: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorites in their investigation.”

Belcher, originally from Long Island, N.Y., had been with the Chiefs for four years. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maine. Belcher and his girlfriend had a three month old daughter.

Oct 072012

In the end this game turned out almost exactly as I expected it to. The teams exchanged early touchdowns before the Patriots asserted control over the game for two quarters, and then the Broncos played a frenzied fourth quarter to close the gap to ten points and make the score respectable. And while the Broncos left some opportunities on the field Sunday, including two blunders by Willis McGahee, the game really wasn’t as close as it seemed at the end.

While Peyton Manning outdueled Tom Brady on the stat sheet, it was the Patriots’ dominance in the run game that once again stole the show for the Patriots. Stevan Ridley led the way with 151 yards on 20 carries, while the Patriots amassed 251 total rushing yards on the day and a team record 35 first downs. Brandon Bolden ran for 54 yards and Danny Woodhead added 47, including a huge 19 yard run on a 3rd and 17 play that was instrumental in an early third quarter score as the Patriots opened up a 24-7 lead and turned the Broncos into a one dimensional team for the rest of the contest. On the other side, the Patriots’ defense limited McGahee to just 51 yards on the day. Turnovers were again a problem for the Broncos, as they turned the ball over three times compared to the Patriots’ one.

The Broncos looked like they were going to get off to a fast start when Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a 43 yard pass play, but the ball was jarred loose by Sterling Moore, who recovered the ball and got the Patriots out of early trouble. After the teams traded punts, the Patriots then drove 84 yards on 12 plays, with Brady eventually connecting with Wes Welker for the first points of the day. The Broncos struck back on the next possession, scoring early in the second quarter when Manning found Joel Dressen for a one yard touchdown pass. The Patriots then began to force their will on the Broncos, taking 14 plays and 6:08 off the clock before Shane Vereen scampered in the last yard for a 14-7 Patriots lead. It was a lead that the Pats would not relinquish.

After the Broncos downed a punt on the Patriots’ two yard line, Brady engineered a 16 play drive to close out the scoring in the first half. Branden Bolden broke off a big 24 yard run and Ridley added a 14 yard run, and the Pats appeared primed to end the half with another touchdown. But a brilliant tackle by Von Miller stopped Bolden for a four yard loss and the Pats were forced to settle for a field goal, going into the half up 17-7.

The defenses asserted themselves at the outset of the second half, forcing each team to punt. But then the Patriots seized control of the game with yet another long, 16 play drive that took over six minutes, and ended with Brady taking the ball the final yard for a 24-7 lead. On the very next offensive play, Rob Ninkovich sacked Manning and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Vince Wilfork. Three plays later Ridley ran for an 8 yard touchdown and a 31-7 lead, and it looked like the rout was on.

Of course playing against Peyton Manning means the rout is rarely if ever on, and Manning began leading the Broncos with some urgency, putting together a 10 yard drive in three and a half minutes that resulted in a beautiful two yard touchdown reception by Eric Decker, and the lead was cut to 31-14. After the Patriots were forced to punt, the Broncos moved the ball to the Patriots’ 47, where they faced a critical fourth and one. Manning hit McGahee for an easy first down play, but McGahee lost concentration and dropped the ball, giving in back to the Patriots with 10:54 remaining. The Patriots then drove to the Broncos’ 37 and faced a 4th and 5. Rather than punting for a short net gain, the Patriots decided to seal the win. Instead, Brady was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Wesley Woodyard that resulted in a Patriots fumble and a 20 yard loss in the resulting scramble. The Patriots recovered, but it was Denver’s ball on downs. Manning then needed just 6 plays to connect to Brandon Stokely and cut the lead to 31-21.

The Broncos then decided on an ill-advised squib kick instead of kicking away, giving the Patriots great field position at their own 39 yard line. The Patriots then drove to the Broncos 37 after a big 20 yard run by Ridley, who then fumbled on the next play after Mike Adams jarred the ball loose and recovered it for the Broncos. The Broncos needed two scores and Manning completed three of his next six passes to get the Broncos to the Patriots’ 14 yard line, but then Rob Ninkovich came up with his second big impact play of the game, knocking the ball out of McGahee’s hands on the next play, which Jermaine Cunningham pounced on to seal the Patriots’ win.

The victory was Brady’s ninth in 13 games against Manning, but it was the running game and timely defense that propelled the Patriots to victory. Wes Welker caught 13 passes on the day for 104 yards and one touchdown, showing that the rumors of his demise were definitely premature. Rob Gronkowski caught four passes and Brandon Lloyd three as the Patriots’ balanced attack kept the Broncos guessing throughout the game.

Here’s how the game broke down –

When the Patriots ran:

The Patriots rushing attack dominated the Broncos all afternoon,  with Ridley averaging 5.4 yards per carry on his way to 151 yards, and Bolden and Woodhead combining for another 101 yards. Patriots’ blockers were able to seal the edge all day to get outside, and inside runs routinely turned up positive yardage. The Broncos had no answers for the Patriots’ ground game today. Advantage: Patriots

When the Patriots passed:

While it was not a performance for the ages, Brady was generally sharp, connecting on 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown pass. Brady was sacked four times on the day, as the Pats had difficulty with the Broncos’ edge rushers. But time and again when Brady needed a play, he found Wes Welker, who seemed to torch the Broncos at will. Advantage: Patriots

When the Broncos ran:

Willis McGahee was held to 51 yards, and the Broncos overall only managed to rush for 70 yards, and only 3.0 yards per carry. McGahee had one run of 11 yards and Manning scrambled for another 10, but otherwise the Patriots’ snuffed the Broncos rushing attack.. Once the Patriots secured the lead, the Broncos abandoned the run for the remainder of the game, until a key fumble by McGahee sealed the Broncos’ fate. The Patriots knew that shutting down McGahee early would be a key to victory, and they got the job done. Advantage: Patriots

When the Broncos passed:

What I said in my preview turned out to be true. Manning started out sluggishly, figured things out as the game progressed, put up huge stats and still lost the game comfortably. Manning threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns, and was sacked only twice but one of those was a turnover that led to Patriots’ points. Demaryius Thomas had a solid day, catching 9 passes for 188 yards. Jacob Tamme added six catches and McGahee five, but it was Eric Decker’s pretty grab of a two yard Manning touchdown pass despite excellent coverage from Devin McCourty that should see time on the highlight reels. Advantage: Broncos

Special Teams:

Both kicking units had good days, as both Britton Colquitt and Zoltan Mesko were able to turn advantages on field position for their respective teams. Neither return unit made any major errors. Advantage: Tie

Key Moment: Danny Woodhead’s 19 yard run on a 3rd and 17 that helped the Patriots open the game up to a 17 point lead in the third quarter

Game Ball: Stevan Ridley’s 151 yard performance has established him as a bona fide lead back in the Patriots offense and one of the top ten backs in the NFL in this early part of the season

Game Note: Rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was active for the first time this season, and was involved in breaking up a few passes, including a key third down play to Brandon Stokely that forced a Broncos punt. The highly talented player dropped to the seventh round based on character issues, and the Patriots may have found themselves a diamond in the rough.

Oct 052012

Not all 2-2 records are equal.

The Denver Broncos are 2-2 after winning in their opener over the Pittsburgh Steelers before dropping the next two games against the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans, both of whom are undefeated. Then in Week Four the Broncos thrashed the Raiders 37-6. In the two games they lost the Broncos were down big but rallied back to make the scores respectable, but they didn’t deserve to win either of those games. The Broncos offensive attack is looking good under the direction of a healthy Peyton Manning, but the defense seems to have picked up where it left off last season, giving up 77 points in three games before hammering the Raiders. The Broncos defense is ranked 8th in yards allowed, but 21st in points allowed. The Broncos made some changes in the secondary after their defense wilted at the end of last season, but those changes don’t seem to have significantly improved their defense.

The New England Patriots are 2-2 after winning their opener against the Titans in dominating fashion and crushing the Bills with a huge second half surge, after losing close contests against the Cardinals and the Ravens. A phantom holding call against Rob Gronkowski and a missed field goal doomed the Patriots in Week Two against Arizona, while awful officiating and a squeaky field goal by the Ravens added to defensive lapses and led to their Week Three loss in Baltimore. But despite being off to a shaky start this season, the Patriots are only two plays away from having gotten off to 4-0 start to the season. The offense is beginning to click despite the temporary absence of Aaron Hernandez, and the defense has shown glimpses of being much improved over 2011. The defensive line can bring heavy pressure at times and the front seven is difficult to run against, but the secondary has been spotty to say the least. The problems in coverage are correctable, but it will take some time and the Patriots are unlikely to be able to stop Peyton Manning from having a productive day. The question is, can they slow him down enough to allow their offense to dictate the conditions of the game?

Although the game is being billed as a renewal of the clash of the titans in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, any football fan knows the game is far more contextual than that, and there are matchups all over the field that will determine the course of the game.  Let’s take a look at some of the key areas that will likely decide this contest.

Three keys for the Patriots:

1. Protect Brady

It’s already an old theme, but it holds true. Sebastian Vollmer made Mario Williams pull a vanishing act last Sunday, and the Patriots offense line will again be called on to stop a solid group of pass-rushers. The Broncos have tallied ten sacks to date, led by Von Miller with three sacks and Elvis Dumervil with two and a half. The Patriots scheme their pass protection well and Nate Solder has steadily improved. Donald Thomas filled in admirably last week for Logan Mankins but did allow several big defensive plays and is a poor substitute for the stud left guard. The Broncos occasionally play with a defensive muddle with no down lineman to seek to confuse the offensive linemen and disguise the “mike” linebacker, but this is unlikely to disrupt the Patriots attack.

2. Continue the balanced offensive attack

Part of the success of the Patriots offensive attack last week centered around keeping the safeties off balance, and using the run up the middle to set up passing plays over the middle later. That trend is likely to continue this week because, while the Broncos’ have outstanding defensive ends, they are weak in the middle of the line. Look for Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden to pound the middle in order to set up Gronk and Welker for big plays. If the Patriots’ backs can even come close to replicating last week’s rushing numbers, the Broncos will be in for a long day.

3. Shut down McGahee and the Broncos running game

While the Patriots have always been able to devise coverages that give Peyton Manning fits, Manning eventually figures them out and does his damage. And you can expect him to do so again this Sunday. What becomes critical for the Patriots is to turn the Broncos offense into a one-dimensional unit by shutting down Willis McGahee and Lance Ball. The Broncos are rushing at a rate of 109 yards per game (14th in the league), but the Patriots run defense is already one of the league’s best, giving up 85 yards per game (7th in NFL). Stuffing the run could well be the difference between a close contest and a comfortable Patriots win.

Three keys for the Broncos:

1. Safety play is key

It is essential that Rahim Moore and Mike Adams make good reads and not fall into the same trap that the Bills’ safeties did last weekend. The Patriots are masters at play action passes, and the safeties and the linebackers must be able to quickly diagnose the plays and know their assignments. The Patriots’ offensive scheme is designed to take advantage of match-ups and confusion, and the Broncos could find themselves giving up big chunks of running room, as well as easy completions to Gronk, Welker, and Fells. Beyond safety play, cornerback Champ Bailey is capable of matching up against any type of receiver and could force Brady to look elsewhere throughout the day.

2. Exploit the Patriots’ secondary

After a strong showing against the Titans, the Patriots have proven vulnerable to the passing attack. The Patriots are currently ranked 25th in the NFL, giving up 281.5 yards a game. As long as Manning has protection, he will have a choice of talented receivers in Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Jacob Tamme, and Brandon Stokley. Safety Steve Gregory is likely out, meaning rookie Tavon Wilson is likely to get the start.

3. Hold on to the ball.

The Broncos are currently -4 in the turnover department, a key statistic in winning any football game. Conversely, after four games the Patriots are already a +8 in this category, having a knack for forcing turnovers and for holding on to the ball. The Patriots already have six fumble recoveries and six interceptions in opposition to their own one interception thrown and three lost fumbles. The Broncos have only forced three turnovers in four games, while throwing three interceptions and losing four fumbles. If the Broncos give the Patriots extra possessions and a short field, Peyton can throw for 400 yards and still lose by 21 points.


Like many, I am anticipating a fairly high scoring game on Sunday. Having watched all of the Patriots games and a fair amount of the Broncos’ action, I am convinced that the Patriots’ defense has a better chance against Peyton Manning and company than the Broncos’ defense has against Tom Brady and the boys. I expect the teams to trade touchdowns early before the Patriots begin taking control of the ball, conducting long scoring drives and keeping Manning off the field. Manning will be forced to keep up with Brady by the second half, and I expect the Patriots’ pass rush will eventually force key turnovers that will result in a Patriots’ win. Patriots 34 Broncos 24.

Jun 042012

So, my Broncos won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Yaay!

But what does that mean?

Denver has been in a state of flux at quarterback for over a decade now. Most recently, Tim Tebow was exciting, and he was probably responsible for winning three or four games last season the Broncos would otherwise have lost. It’s also probable that he was responsible for losing two or three games the team would have won with Kyle Orton under center.

Predicting what Peyton’s presence will do for the Broncos this year is a bit complicated — for one, while most observers seem to think he’s back to his pre-injury form, we won’t know for sure until Manning gets hit for the first time. Secondly, Denver has made some other moves in the offseason, the impact of which is yet to be determined.

Instead, I thought it would be fun to speculate what (pre-injury) Peyton’s presence might have done for the Broncos in 2011.

First, a quick recap of the team’s quarterback journey:

  • 1999: John Elway retires. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth all along the front range. Brian Griese is designated as the heir apparent.
  • 2003: Griese is released for the twin transgressions of (1) failing to prevent Terrell Davis’ ACL injury four years earlier, and (2) not being John Elway. Jake Plummer is brought in to save the team.
  • 2006: Plummer is benched after 11 games in favor of Jay Cutler. Plummer’s benching, which would lead directly to his retirement in 2007, was the result of his heinous crimes of (1) failing to be single-handedly better than the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team in the 2005 AFC Championship, and (2) not being John Elway.
  • 2009: Cutler is abruptly traded to the Chicago Bears in a straight-up swap for Kyle Orton. This trade was instigated by ex-Patriot offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who blames Cutler for not being Tom Brady. The rest of the city goes along with the move, because they can’t forgive Cutler for not being John Elway.
  • 2011: To the surprise of exactly no one, Orton turns out not to be John Elway, either. In despair, the team turns to Tim Tebow, whom many suspect of being Jesus, which is almost as good as being Elway, so why not?
  • 2012: The team signs Peyton Manning, shipping Tebow off to New York without so much as a fruit basket for his efforts. As of press time, some (heretics) are wondering if maybe, just maybe, Manning might be better than Elway was.

And here we are. In some ways, the situation in Denver is not unlike the one in 2003, where a highly-regarded college player is given a shot, only to fall short of expectations, and an established quarterback is brought in from elsewhere to push the team over the top. Of course, Tebow was not Griese, and Plummer was certainly not Manning, but the parallels are interesting.

Okay, enough background. Let’s get to the breakdown of last season. Below is a list of all the regular-season game results, and my predictions (postdictions?) of what would have happened with Manning instead of Orton/Tebow:

Week 1 vs. Raiders (L, 20-23): Manning is certainly worth more than 3 points against the third-worst scoring defense in the league. BRONCOS WIN (1-0)

Week 2 vs. Bengals (W, 24-22): There’s no reason to think Manning’s presence would have done anything but increase the margin of victory. BRONCOS WIN (2-0)

Week 3 at Titans (L, 14-17): Again, a 3-point loss to a middle-of-the-pack team, although this time the defense was ranked 9th in the league. Still, you have to think Manning is worth more than a field goal. BRONCOS WIN (3-0)

Week 4 at Packers (L, 23-49): An ugly, ugly game which set the stage for the eventual switch to Tebow. Manning would have made the game much closer, but the Pack at home are a tough nut to crack. BRONCOS LOSE (3-1)

Week 5 vs. Chargers (L, 24-29): This is one I’m looking forward to in Real Life™; Manning vs. Rivers. Phil isn’t what he used to be, but neither is Manning, and I think the two games they play in 2012 are going to be closely fought and entertaining. In this case, I think Peyton would have turned defeat into victory. BRONCOS WIN (4-1)

Week 6 (BYE)

Week 7 at Dolphins (W, 18-15): Tebow’s first start, and his first “miracle”. A Manning-led team wouldn’t have been down 15-0 in the first place. BRONCOS WIN (5-1)

Week 8 vs. Lions (L, 10-45): A soul-crushing game, one to which people should have paid more attention as the Tebow Train rolled on over the next six weeks. The 2011 Detroit Lions were no juggernaut, but they were clearly better that day. Manning would have made the final score more respectable, and maybe even had a chance to win, but it’s reasonable to assume the outcome would not have changed. BRONCOS LOSE (5-2)

Week 9 at Raiders (W, 38-24): If Tebow can throw up 38 points on the Raiders’ defense, what could Manning have done? BRONCOS WIN (6-2)

Week 10 at Chiefs (W, 17-10): Manning turns a close game into a laugher. BRONCOS WIN (7-2)

Week 11 vs. Jets (W, 17-13): The one benefit Tebow had over his first several games was just how unique his style of play was in the NFL. Given enough time, defensive coordinators can usually come up with a solution for most anything — and they most certainly did for Tebow. However, the Jets game (specifically, the last drive) was one in which it was clear the opponent was expecting something completely different than what they got. Had they been able to prepare for a more traditional passer, they might have had enough to win. At home, I’d have given them the benefit of the doubt. BRONCOS WIN (8-2)

Week 12 at Chargers (W, 16-13): Another game in which I think Tebow’s presence helped more than it hurt. In San Diego, the Broncos always seem to struggle. With Manning under center, it’s entirely possible the Chargers would have come out on top. BRONCOS LOSE (8-3)

Week 13 at Vikings (W, 35-32): This was the game in which Tebow’s fate was sealed. Although it was easily his best passing performance of the year (149.3 rating) and he came out with the victory, he passed nearly four times as often as he ran (15 to 4). The team yardage was more balanced (150 rushing to 202 passing), but the implications were clear: the Broncos knew full well it was only a matter of time before Tebow had to prove himself as a traditional passer. He did well against the Vikings, but the Patriots were looming two weeks down the road… In any event, with Manning, this is still a win. BRONCOS WIN (9-3)

Week 14 vs. Bears (W, 13-10): Tebow extends his streak to six wins, but only with a lot of luck, and some help from Marion Barber. Nevertheless, scoring only 10 points, the Bears are no match for Manning. BRONCOS WIN (10-3)

Week 15 vs. Patriots (L, 23-41): Tebowmania meets Belichick. Belichick wins. Manning has struggled against the Patriots, but I look to the 2009 AFC Championship, and Belichick’s history at Mile High, for guidance on this one. BRONCOS WIN (11-3)

Week 16 at Bills (L, 14-40): The Tebow “magic” is well and truly dead at this point. While the Bills soundly crushed the Broncos in reality, a lot of it may have been a hangover from the previous week. Nevertheless, there’s reason to think that, on the road, the Broncos would have had a similar let-down after Manning led them to what would have been a huge win against New England. BRONCOS LOSE (11-4)

Week 17 vs. Chiefs (L, 3-7): Seriously? BRONCOS WIN (12-4)

The Broncos finish four games better than in reality, but their position in the division remains the same, winning the AFC West. What about the other playoff teams?

The Patriots, due to their loss to the Broncos in week 15, drop to 12-4, tied with the Broncos and Ravens. The Texans are still 10-6, having not played the Broncos. The Steelers are also 12-4, but finish second to the Ravens, while the Bengals remain at 9-7, since they lost to the Broncos both in reality and under Manning.

Had Baltimore not been 12-4, the Broncos would have gotten the top seed due to their head-to-head victory over New England. Because of the three-way tie, however, conference records are used for playoff seeding. Luckily, this also gives the Broncos the top spot (10-2 vs. 9-3 for New England and Baltimore). Playoff seeds are as follows:

  1. Broncos
  2. Ravens[1]
  3. Patriots[1]
  4. Texans
  5. Steelers
  6. Bengals

So, the Broncos and Ravens get a bye week, while the Patriots host the Bengals and the Texans host the Steelers.

AFC WILDCARD 1: I think it’s obvious. PATRIOTS WIN
AFC WILDCARD 2: Houston did beat the Steelers in week 4. TEXANS WIN

The divisional playoffs feature the Broncos hosting the Texans and the Ravens hosting the Patriots.

DIVISIONAL 1: Manning is too much for a team coming off its first ever playoff victory. BRONCOS WIN
DIVISIONAL 2: In reality, the Patriots only managed a 3-point win at home. RAVENS WIN

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Ravens at Broncos. Although Manning is thankful the Ravens eliminated a constant thorn from his side, they are not exactly a pushover. Nevertheless, Baltimore’s strength is its defense, and they never did contain Manning (7-2 record vs. the Ravens). BRONCOS WIN

And, at this point, the NFL giggles like a schoolgirl at the thought of a Manning-vs-Manning Super Bowl…

Okay, clearly, this is hypothetical. Just as clearly, I’m biased. Nevertheless, while others might get different answers, I don’t think my results are unreasonable. I think we can safely say that a fully-recovered (or even mostly recovered) Manning, if he stays healthy, means the difference between yet another slog through the AFC West followed by (if we’re lucky) a summary bounce from the early rounds of the playoffs, and being a serious contender for another Super Bowl ring.

Bring it on!

[1] Based on strength of victory (.484 to .423), since both teams were 3-1 in games against common opponents.

May 222012


San Diego Chargers

Head Coach: Norv Turner

Projected Starting Quarterback: Philip Rivers

2011 Record:  8 wins, 8 losses (2nd in AFC West)

No postseason appearance

6th in Total Offense, 16th in Total Defense

2002-2011 10 year record: 96 wins, 64 losses (6th in NFL)

3 wins, 5 loss in postseason

No Super Bowl appearances

0-1 All-time in Super Bowl

May 222012


Denver Broncos

Head Coach: John Fox

Projected Starting Quarterback: Peyton Manning

2011 Record:  8 wins, 8 losses (1st in AFC West)

1-1 in postseason (lost in Divisional round)

23rd in Total Offense, 20th in Total Defense

2002-2011 10 year record: 86 wins, 74 losses (T-11th in NFL)

2 wins, 4 loss in postseason

No Super Bowl appearances

2-4 All-time in Super Bowl

May 222012


Kansas City Chiefs

Head Coach: Romeo Crennel

Projected Starting Quarterback: Matt Cassel

2011 Record:  7 wins, 9 losses (4th in AFC West)

No postseason appearance

27th in Total Offense, 11th in Total Defense

2002-2011 10 year record: 74 wins, 86 losses (T-20th in NFL)

0 wins, 3 loss in postseason

No Super Bowl appearances

1-1 All-time in Super Bowl

May 222012


Oakland Raiders

Head Coach: Dennis Allen

Projected Starting Quarterback: Carson Palmer

2011 Record:  8 wins, 8 losses (3rd in AFC West)

No postseason appearance

9th in Total Offense, 29th in Total Defense

2002-2011 10 year record: 56 wins, 104 losses (T-29th in NFL)

2 wins, 1 loss in postseason

0-1 in Super Bowl appearances

3-2 All-time in Super Bowl