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Articles by Ed Fulda
Somebody explain this draft to me
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 18:35:29
This was a strange draft for me to understand. For one thing, I was on a business trip to Boston (In fact, I wrote this piece while sitting at my gate in Logan Airport). On the other hand, it wouldn't have made any difference where I was when the draft was held. The Chiefs' draft made no sense whatsoever. Going into the draft, KC really...
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Little Activity in Free Agency Means Draft Looms Large
By Ed Fulda on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 17:49:00
Carl Peterson obviously meant what he said as the team emphasis, right or wrong, was on re-signing our own players. Other than John Tait, the team was able to keep the players it wanted. Chris Bober, the one free agent the team did sign, appears to be an adequate replacement for Tait. The bottom line result is that the Chiefs have spent the free agency...
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The Top Gun Returns
By Ed Fulda on Friday, January 30, 2004 at 15:16:58
Welcome back, Gunther. I hope you stocked up on antacids and spare bulbs for the film projector because you, my friend, are going to be real busy and what you’re going to see is not a pretty sight. Things have changed since you left. Your defenses were noted for being stingy against the run. The one you’re getting now couldn’t stop a geriatric...
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Why Al Davis needs to hire Greg Robinson
By Ed Fulda on Monday, January 12, 2004 at 21:08:32
Dear Mr. Davis, I realize that the owner of the Oakland Raiders is not used to getting a letter from a Chiefs fan, but it appears that your organization needs help deciding whom to hire as its next head coach. After all, you didn’t have any luck going after Dennis Green, who decided that the job with the Arizona Cardinals was a better situation. ...
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Han Solo Said It Best
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 20:57:13
How does one sum up the Chiefs’ performance against the Vikings? “PU” will do nicely, I think. KC put up about as much resistance against the Vikings as the French did against Germany in 1940, with pretty much the same results. One has to wonder if the coaching staff even bothered to prepare a game plan. The offense was sluggish & predictable, the...
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Playoff Scenarios
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 20:44:01
I know it’s a little early to start thinking about the playoffs, but let’s face facts. The Chiefs, barring a complete collapse, are going to be in the playoffs and will probably be the top seed. The big questions left are which AFC teams are going to join the Chiefs in the post season and which ones pose the biggest threat. After nine games, the...
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Whatever you do, don't use the "P" word
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 14:04:57
Well, the Chiefs managed to dodge another bullet Monday night (one of their own making, I might add – but more about that later) to run their record to seven-and-oh. If Karma is your thing then you have to believe that this team is full of the good version of it. Whatever you do, however, don’t use the “P” word and mess things up. The “P” word,...
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Random Thoughts
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, October 9, 2003 at 13:57:56
Some random thoughts about the Chiefs with a slightly over a fourth of the season in the books: If ever a case could be made for naming a kick returner the League MVP, Dante Hall is making it right now. Four returns for touchdowns already (which ties the all-time NFL record for combined kick return touchdowns in a season), and there are still 11...
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Fast Start
By Ed Fulda on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 16:45:55
I don’t like to rain on anyone’s parade because it has been fun watching the Chiefs start the season winning its first four games. After all, this is only the second time in team history that the Chiefs have opened the season with a 4-0 record. The other squad that started 4-0, however, did not end the season on a good note and that’s what makes me...
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Training Camp Battles to Watch
By Ed Fulda on Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 05:01:02
Training camp is open. For a change, all the draft choices are signed. There are even eleven extra bodies in camp competing for spots on the roster, thanks to NFL-Europe exemptions. The biggest question to be answered, of course, is the health of Priest Holmes. However, that’s not the only situation to watch as camp progresses. There are several...
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No Pressure
By Ed Fulda on Monday, May 12, 2003 at 18:41:41
Running back Larry Johnson is the latest first round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs. By all accounts, he has an immense amount of talent. He comes from an illustrious college program (Penn State). He also seems to have his head screwed on straight. That last asset should come in handy given that the Chiefs may have to throw him into the breech...
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Filling Holes
By Ed Fulda on Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:37:03
The Chiefs had several holes to fill going into the "off season." On defense, the team needed help at Defensive End, Cornerback, and Linebacker. The offense needed improved depth on the line and a quality back up to Priest Holmes. The special teams needed a new punter and some young headhunters for kick coverage. Now that the draft is over and free...
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Thoughts on the Draft
By Ed Fulda on Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 20:29:34
If you haven't marked your calendar yet, the annual college draft is coming up fast - April 26-27 to be exact. Unlike the rest of the writers here at wildbillschiefs.com, I won't even try to conduct a mock draft. There are simply too many variables to consider and all I would end up with is a king-sized headache for the effort. Suffice it to say...
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Free Agency
By Ed Fulda on Friday, February 28, 2003 at 05:41:06
Well, as of 12:01 am Friday the NFL Free Agency period started. Not surprisingly, Duane Clemons and Dan Stryzinski are now ex-Chiefs. Trent Green restructured his contract (mildly surprising, but not a shocker) to remain in KC. Mike Maslowski and Gary Stills also inked new deals to stay in the Red & Gold. All-in-all, a fairly quiet start compared to...
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Why?
By Ed Fulda on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 17:43:50
I just have one question for you, Coach Vermeil. That question is simply, "Why?" Were you drinking? Are you senile? Are you crazy? Are there skeletons in your closet that someone has threatened to expose? What else could have made you decide to keep Greg Robinson around as Defensive Coordinator for another year? It certainly couldn't...
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Welcome to the bottom of the barrel
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 16:32:41
There was a glimmer of hope. A tiny one, mind you, but still a glimmer. The defense had performed reasonably well against three straight opponents (Oakland, San Francisco, and Buffalo) that boasted potent offenses. Against Seattle, however, the Chiefs proved once and for all that their defense is truly one of the worst in the history of the...
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No Pressure? Think Again.
By Ed Fulda on Friday, September 27, 2002 at 16:40:26
I don't want Dick Vermeil, his staff, and the players to take this article the wrong way. I certainly don't want to put any undue pressure on them, but history says that the team had better win this week or the season's in the toilet. This will be the twelfth time the Chiefs have gone into game four of a season sporting a 1-2 record. The...
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The Bottom 40 Chiefs of all-time
By Ed Fulda on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 05:49:17
Several weeks ago, I wrote a column that listed who I consider to be the top 40 Chiefs of all time. Listing the cream of the crop was difficult, but it pales in comparison to coming up with a list of the 40 players who were at the opposite end of the spectrum (the cream of the crap, so to speak). It was tempting to pick only players who played during the...
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Save the cordiality for the press conference after the contract signing
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 12:49:56
I don't know about you, but I'm fed up with Tony Gonzalez, Tom Condon, and Carl Peterson. I'm also fed up with Ryan Sims, his agent, and Carl Peterson (again). Training camp has been in session since July 25 and Gonzalez & Sims are still no-shows. Money, as usual, is to blame. Tony and Ryan want as much of it as they can get. Their agents...
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As usual, Optimism Reigns Supreme at Training Camp
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 09:21:07
Training camp has begun. As usual, optimism reigns supreme. Other than Tony Gonzalez and Ryan Sims, everyone has reported. A few of the veterans have not been able to practice so far while they recuperate from injury, but that's OK because the rookies get a better chance to strut their stuff. Get out the rose-colored glasses, put them on, and enjoy...
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The top 40 Chiefs of all-time
By Ed Fulda on Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 09:17:36
The upcoming season marks the 40th season that the Chiefs have been in Kansas City. Counting replacement players, 777 individuals have played for the Chiefs (another 39 players played only in Dallas) in that span of time. Of course, many of those players were only in KC for one or two seasons. Despite that, it is not an easy task to come up with a list...
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Shortchanged
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 20:00:36
When you look over the Chiefs all-time roster, there are several players listed who turned in one great season after another but were virtually ignored for post season honors. It would be an understatement to say this baker's dozen was shortchanged. There's no evidence to support it, but Mike Shanahan and Al Davis have to be involved in some...
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Looking ahead to training camp
By Ed Fulda on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 at 18:33:50
If there is such a thing as an off-season anymore in the NFL, this is it. The first wave of free agency and salary cap cuts is behind us. The draft is over and the Chiefs have signed 16 undrafted free agents. Mini camp is over, but who cares? Several veterans weren't there, others were excused because they're still on the mend, and many of the...
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Does it really matter who the first pick is?
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 10:36:55
There's less than a week to go before the NFL draft and everyone is arguing the pros & cons of each of the possible players the Chiefs could draft in the first round. Some want Tennessee WR Donte Stallworth; others want North Carolina DT Ryan Sims. Still others pitch for candidates like Quentin Jammer, John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, Joey...
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Thoughts on the 2002 draft
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 10:22:18
When one talks about filling holes in a team's lineup, it's usually in the figurative sense. However, the top two picks in this year's draft are going to fill those holes literally. Six Hundred plus pounds worth of filling, to be exact. Given how poor the run defense has been the last two seasons, it's nice to see that Carl Peterson and...
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Studs and Duds
By Ed Fulda on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 18:23:13
The NFL Combine in Indianapolis is finally over and I would expect that everyone is "up-to-here" with the steady stream of reports issued daily (or in some cases, hourly) about each player. The scouts, doctors, and reporters have poked, prodded, probed, timed, and measured each one of these prize steers at least a hundred times each. The players have been...
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Spring Housecleaning
By Ed Fulda on Sunday, March 3, 2002 at 18:20:03
Spring housecleaning - NFL-style - has begun again with a vengeance. Out go the malcontents, the overpaid & under-productive, the just plain overpaid, and the damaged-beyond-repair. Free agency is a wonderful system. Teams can ditch their current problems (provided salary cap implications don't get in the way) so they can go out and root through their...
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Score Another One For The AFL
By Ed Fulda on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 18:27:52
The pre-Super Bowl game hype was hauntingly familiar. The NFC (read NFL) Champion St. Louis Rams were a 14-point favorite over the upstart AFC (read AFL) Champion New England Patriots. The bookies, TV analysts, and reporters were unanimous in their assessment that the Rams were going to crush the Pats. The mighty Rams were a 14-point favorite and the only...
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Snubbed Again
By Ed Fulda on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 18:18:27
The list of NFL Hall of Fame finalists was just released. The Raiders and Steelers were well represented, but no Chiefs were on the list. One of the reasons for that is that the most likely candidates are not eligible yet. Another reason is that the voters seem to have short memories when it comes to the accomplishments of players that spent most or all of...
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Random Thoughts
By Ed Fulda on Sunday, January 6, 2002 at 19:50:21
You would think that the Chiefs would be more careful about making sure information published on their official web site is correct. For the past week or two, the web site has been reporting that Priest Holmes is very close to the team record for reception yardage in a season by a running back. According to the Chiefs, the current record is the 590 yards...
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