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The First Great Debate

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Spencer: So by now you’ve probably heard about the vacant coaching spot for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Blase: And like us, you probably have certain guys you want to see as the head coach. I mean, let’s face it, seeing Bill Cowher in Red and Yellow would be interesting to say the least.

Spencer: But our hopes aren’t set on getting Bill Cowher (we’re being realistic). We’ve heard the question discussed and thought we would duke it out ourselves.

Should the Chiefs hire Romeo (Bromeo) Crennel?

He wasn't given the nickname Bromeo for nothing. What a gaze.

Spencer: For me, I think the Chiefs should definitely hire Romeo Crennel as their head coach for next year.

Blase: You had to say it. Well, just to warn you, I caught five shrimp tonight at the Japanese Steakhouse (always a competition in my family) and let’s just say I’m on top of my game. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. I have to politely disagree with you: Crennel is not the answer for the Chiefs organization. As much as I love the big guy, I see some major issues with the hire.

Spencer: Let me explain, Crennel has the backing of the players behind him. After taking over the job as the interim head coach, he rallied the troops and managed to beat the undefeated Packers. That was a solid win. Someone needs to get a video of that Gatorade bath. The calm, cool “I’ve done this a million times” look on Crennel’s face was priceless. Not to mention, his headset was dislodged after the Gatorade hit him. Come on, who wouldn’t want a coach like that.

Blase: You’re right the players are behind him. But, just because he has the backing of the players doesn’t necessarily mean he should be hired. Having confidence in a coach is one thing, but if the coach can’t give the players the tool’s to win then that confidence means absolutely nothing.

Spencer: You do realize that Crennel arguably led the strongest part of the Chiefs team this year, the defense?

Blase: I’m well aware of that, but go back and look at the stats. These are the amount of points the Chiefs gave up each game respectively: 41, 48, 20, 17, 24, 0, 20, 31, 17, 34, 13, 3, 37, 14, and 13. That looks pretty inconsistent to me. And am I wrong or was that the exact reason Pioli fired Haley in the first place—he was too inconsistent.

Spencer: Yes, but you have to admit. Having a coach with a lot of jewelry is appealing. He’s been there and done that. His five rings are proof of that. And the stat with the points can be slightly credited to the offense that couldn’t move the ball or control the clock. And don’t you think you’re forgetting something (or someone I suppose): Eric Berry, easily one of the best safeties in the NFL.

Blase: But during his time as head coach with the Cleveland Browns, his combined record was 24-40. I think that’s a tell-tale sign that, while he may be able to handle the defense, I’m not sold he can lead a whole team.

Spencer: That’s what the offensive coordinator is for… We could go on for days, but I think we will stop there. Alright, for the other two serious candidates that the Chiefs are considering, check out the below information.

Blase: And please, Clark Hunt, spend money on Jeff Fisher.

Jeff Fisher

There will be plenty of sunshine in KC if the Chiefs hire Fisher, which will give him an opportunity to whip out his shades.

Coach Fisher was previously the head coach of the Tennessee Titans for a total of 16 seasons. While he is known as an offensive line specialist, Coach Fisher has been around the block long enough to know how to handle a team with “special” personalities that the Chiefs have on their hands (we’re looking at you Jonathan Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe). As the head coach of the Titans he led the team to a combined record of 146-120 in his 16 seasons. He led a 13-3 Titans team to the Super Bowl in 1999, but lost to the St. Louis Rams 23-16 (That game went down as an instant classic. One yard. Just one yard. I’m sure Coach Fisher and the Titans have nightmares about that play all the time). He has made the playoffs six times.

The Roast of Josh McDaniels

Wipe the grin off your face, Josh

Josh McDaniels’s resume makes me want to run the other way and beg for Todd Haley to return. At the time of his hiring, as head coach of the Broncos, he was the youngest head coach in the NFL. In his first season, McDaniels managed to go 8-8 in a division that was well below average. The second season was a disaster. The Broncos had a regular season record of 3-9 in 2010, when he was fired. He moved on from the firing and pursued a job as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams where he was incredible at calling all the wrong plays. With the Rams, McDaniels’s offense put up staggering numbers for all the wrong reasons. The offense led the league in fewest points SCORED and was second to last in yards. The offense also was able to land in the top ten for turning the ball over (21 times). The bright spot on the season is the two wins, one against the New Orleans Saints… we will just leave out the thirteen loses. In regards to the Chiefs, it seems like Pioli wants Josh as a puppet, I mean head coach… Scott wants some one that will not challenge his drafts or his trades. That guinea pig could be Coach McDaniels if Pioli gets his way.

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Chatting with Mike Rose

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Although the high school football season has been done for quite a while, we decided to bring in Rockhurst senior linebacker Mike Rose, who will be playing for the University of Nebraska next year, to talk about his upcoming All-America game on January 5th.

Mike Rose just looking like a boss

Thegreatdebate1: So Mike, the Under Armour All-America  High School football game is on January 5th. How do you feel going into the game?

Mike Rose: I am excited to go down there and play in a pretty prestigious all American game. I just hope I do my best and play well.

TGD: How did you react when you learned that you had been selected to play in the game?

MR: I was shocked, I called ESPN and talked to Tom Luginbill and told him they sent it to the wrong guy. He laughed and told me I was chosen. I was very honored, and I still am.

TGD: Have you been preparing for the game in a certain way? If so, how?

MR: I have been working out, running, staying in shape lifting. I realize the competition is going to be better, and there are going to be some bigger guys so I am preparing for that. That is what I am most excited about, is the challenge this game will bring.

TGD: This year, as a senior, you’ve been regarded as a top 150 recruit in the rankings (by both ESPN and Rivals). What does that mean to you?

MR: I don’t really buy in to all the rankings. You have a lot of guys that make these rankings and honestly some have favorites, some I don’t think have played football, and some are bios to certain schools. So to put a lot of stock into a guy because he is ranked, is not a credible source. I have hoped that people would know me by how well I played, not solely on my ranking.

TGD: We know that this year’s finish to the season was a disappointment for the Hawklets football team. As a player, how do you rebound from that?

MR: Well it is not that disappointing for me, because I have been given the chance to play at the next level. My heart goes out to my teammates who will not be able to play at the next level. We had the goal of winning a State Championship again and we did not achieve that goal. Though I have one ring, I am sorry, and I am greedy. We worked very hard but just came up short.

TGD: While this year’s finish was disappointing, last year the Hawklets won the State Championship. What was that like? And can you describe your emotions throughout the game?

MR: That was an amazing feeling, especially the way that game played out with that last drive and the incompletion. We played hard, we had a lot of guys go down with an injury throughout the game but we still prevailed. Just getting ready and coming in and being in a NFL locker room and all the hype around it. Then when the final 0:00 hit the clock, it was just all that hard work finally came to surface… It was amazing

TGD: The start of this past season was a little bumpy. For our readers, can you describe what happened, and how that experience has helped you grow as a football player and a leader?

MR: Yeah, we replaced some key guys from our State Championship run at QB, RB, OL, TE, WR basically every group on offense and some key special team positions. Our defense came in as ranked #1 in the nation, which proved to be too lofty of expectations. We were a team with great individual talent, but at times we could not bring it together to be the best team possible. That is no certain person’s fault; we all had our flaws and our mishaps. We didn’t put it all on the field and we lost because of that. That is my biggest regret, I became a better leader as time went on, but in the moments I look back, when my team needed me the most, I could have done more. I hope to go into Nebraska remembering from this year, that you only have a certain amount of time to accomplish your goals.

TGD: As you begin your career at Nebraska as a linebacker, what do you think of the legendary status of the Nebraska’s starting defensive players nicknamed the blackshirts?

MR: Right now we have not lived up to the legendary expectations, but those are some tough expectations. One of the best defenses ever, some say, came from the national championship Nebraska team (95′). I think as we get more familiar with the Big 10, we will play better. With the changes going on in the coaching staff, I think the intensity will come back. The expectation will not hide, so neither shall we.

TGD: We here at the greatdebate1 have heard that you are a big help to Bo Pelini on the recruiting trail. Can you describe how you try to persuade players to go to the University of Nebraska, and maybe give us some information on some players your hoping will decide on the University of Nebraska that you’ve been talking to?

MR: At this point I talk to a lot of guys, and you know it’s more than just about coming to Nebraska. It’s all genuine. I talk to some pretty good players that I have met from going to all the combines and camps over the past four years. I just talk to them about football, about how great the tradition is at Nebraska and the people. The people at Nebraska are some of the best people I have known, I love the Husker fans and coaches and players. People will be interested; I’m just a bridge from the players to the university. If you are genuine about what you’re talking about and you’re not giving these guys a bunch of fake stuff then they will listen. I’m talking to Jordan Diggs, Quanzell Lambert, Devin Fuller, Brandon Beaver, Alonzo Moore and a bunch of other guys. We have a chance at all of them. Hopefully we will be getting some good news here soon.

TGD: Any last comments you want to make to readers?

MR: Go Big Red!

Alright, well that’s it from Michael Rose. We wanted to thank Mike for his time and wish him the best of luck as he continues his football endeavors at the University of Nebraska. Who knows, maybe we will have another interview with him in the future.

Pro Bowlers

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Leading the team with 126 tackles, Johnson was voted into the Pro-Bowl, along with fellow linebacker Hali.

Good news for Kansas City fans came out tonight. While our team might not be playing football into January, we will still have players to watch that will be representing the Chiefs at the 2010-2011 Pro Bowl. Yes, Kansas City fans, two Chiefs players from your beloved team were given the Pro Bowl honors and will be traveling to Hawaii:  Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson.

Although both were integral parts of the Chiefs’s defense, they had very different roles when it came game time. For Hali, the man was a pass rushing machine. He gave teams all kinds of fits, becuase of his speed coming off the edge and his superior hand to hand tactics (watch him warm up, it’s insane). This has led to a team leading 12 sacks and countless holds by offensive linemen that aren’t always included in the stat line. I know if Hali was running full speed at me, I would probably pass out. He’s a pretty scary-looking guy.

12 sacks and too many holding calls produced to count.

While Hali was voted in because of his ability to get to the quarterback, Johnson was voted in because he was the overall leader of the defense. Johnson not only led the team in tackles, with 126, he also was the defensive play caller and was in charge of making the correct audibles when he saw something he didn’t like at the line. Chiefs fans have been given the delight of watching Johnson mature before their eyes.

For me, I can’t help but wonder if Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, and Jamaal Charles weren’t injured. Not only would we have potentially had 5 pro-bowlers, we might have still been playing into January-as a team.

Spencer/Blase

Big Man On Campus

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I’m going to put this in the simplest terms possible: Charlie Weis was one of the best hires Kansas could have made with the cards they were dealt. Think about it. “Our coach is fatter than your coach jokes” back?…. Check. T-shirts that say “our coach is fatter than your coach” on them back?… Check. I thought this considered a unanimous great hire throughout the Kansas fan base, but apparently I was wrong. The ESPN guys are calling the hire a “head scratcher,” and it seems like everyone on Facebook had something negative to say about Weis. Here were some of the most insightful statuses…

“If you can’t win at Notre Dame, how in the hell can you expect to win at Kansas? Bad hire in my opinion”

“Charlie Weis to KU? haha huhhhhh”

“I’ve had enough of the fat coaches”

Anyway, to all the naysayers who think this is a bad hire, I have one question for you. What was a team with a 2-10 record supposed to do? Heck, even Coach Weis pokes fun about how one team in the state of Kansas (K-State) can be 10-2 and KU be 2-10.

I’m sure when Mike Leach heard Kansas was interested in hiring him he immediately turned off his cell phone, didn’t answer his home phone, and refrained from checking his emails for a couple of days. I can only imagine his thoughts:

Is Kansas honestly considering giving me an offer? They do realize Washington State, Arizona State, and UCLA all are on the table. Why would I choose a 2-10 team with one of the worst defenses in college football over any of the three schools in the Pac-12? That’s like choosing a Toyata Prius over a Mercedes. Why would I go to the corn field when I could go to the sunny west coast?

If Kansas would have hired Leach, after what happened with Mangino, we would have witnessed the biggest joke in college sports not called the BCS.

When criticizing the hire, a lot of fans bring up Weis’s feeble college football résumé, but numerous fans forget about his success he had bringing in top recruits. In 2006, at Notre Dame, he had the sixth best recruiting class in the nation. Two years later, in 2008, he brought in the second best class behind Alabama. At Florida, he was able to bring in numerous pro-style offensive studs, but with only one year, he didn’t have time to polish them. I’m willing to bet that any high school senior from the Kansas City area would gladly play for Weis after his extensive experience in the NFL.

And Kansas fans won’t have to wait long for some talent to be brought in, as Weis has already begun this by bringing in Notre Dame’s QB Dayne Christ and Jake Heaps from BYU. In addition, there appears to be speculation that Justin McCay may be transferring from Oklahoma and may potentially rejoin his former high school coach, Tim Grunhard. Grunhard also will bring along his former Bishop Meige High School wide receiver Tre Parmalee, an explosive offensive threat. Such personnel moves by Weis will help him on the recruiting trail, especially within the Kansas City area.

While Weis was the offensive coordinator for the #102 ranked offense in the NCAA this past year (Florida was only four ahead of KU), this can mainly be attributed to a freshman starting quarterback playing for the injured Senior John Brantley for most of the season.

Weis will need at least four years to implement his offense, recruit his kids, and instill his team philosophy and ideology. Give him a chance to bring Kansas football back to mediocrity.

And if he isn’t winning? At least we can crack fat jokes until the next sorry soul is pulled into the nightmare that is the Kansas Football Program.

Spencer/Blase