Kansas City was the last Super Bowl champion to finish first across the board in the four major defensive statistical categories – run, pass, total and scoring defense. The Chiefs lined up five Hall of Famers on defense that season – tackles Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, linebackers Bobby Bell and Lanier and cornerback Emmitt Thomas.
Derrick Thomas is in the Hall of Fame. Neil Smith is not. In fact, he’s not even on the preliminary list for the Class of 2017. Yet the two were, as Smith says, one of the best pass-rushing tandems ever, and he explains on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast how they drove each other.
Kansas City owner and CEO Clark Hunt explains how he hired Andy Reid and why quarterback Alex Smith is the “perfect” fit for Reid’s team — someone, Hunt believes, could lead the Chiefs to another Super Bowl.
The most meaningful win of the 1969 season for Kansas City? It wasn’t Super Bowl IV — at least not according to Hall of Fame linebacker Bobby Bell. Nope, that distinction goes to the playoff defeat of Oakland, he said.
The New England Patriots suffered more than their first defeat Sunday night. They suffered what may be a significant loss with the injury to tight end Rob Gronkowski — the latest in a series of setbacks to Tom Brady’s receivers. Though initial reports on Gronk were encouraging, the Pats are running out of playmakers as Cincinnati and Denver begin to close in.