Don't Kill The Mellinger
Columnist Sam Mellinger's thoughts on sports and other important stuff
Twitter Tuesday: Talking Chiefs, Pinkel, Yost, Weis, Self and Snyder
10/08/2013 6:00 AM
10/08/2013 10:44 AM
Why do you think the Chiefs will even have to throw the ball to win the Super Bowl? So pessimistic.
@mellinger Alex looked like he had trouble throwing a wet football, is that a problem considering the Super Bowl is played in NY this year?— The Great Bassby (@MeatMaster_Bass) October 7, 2013
I have no idea. None. I tried to Google it, and that didn’t turn up anything that made sense. But then, this is also true: going for a touchdown wasn’t going to give the Titans a chance there, either. So, what the hell.
@mellinger Why did Tennessee choose to try a field goal with .02 remaining and down by 9— Don Adams (@DonAdamsSTJO) October 7, 2013
Well, you may have heard that 90 percent of teams to start 5-0 over the last 23 years have made the playoffs. That includes 20 of 23 over the last decade. The exceptions: Josh McDaniels’ 2009 Broncos, the 2009 Giants (who’s defense just fell apart) and the 2003 Vikings. If just making the playoffs is your line for success, then, yeah, the Chiefs need to find five more wins among the Texans, Browns, Bills, Washington, Colts, and the six division games. The easiest part of the Chiefs schedule is certainly over, and in reverse order of difficulty, maybe you’re looking at: Raiders at home, at Washington, Browns at home, Chargers at home, at Bills, at Raiders, Texans at home, at Chargers, Colts at home, Broncos at home, at Broncos. The Chiefs really might have the best defense in the AFC, and that should be good enough for at least five more wins — hard part of the schedule or not. Disclaimer: change often happens fast in the NFL. if — Bowe can’t complain with the team undefeated. But if you want to make the case that the Chiefs are two or three losses from Bowe becoming a problem, I can’t argue.
@mellinger The Chiefs are just about a playoff lock right? 5-0 start with 11 games remaining and they will only have to go 5-6 at worst...— Bill Gurney (@kcgurney) October 7, 2013
You can look at this two very different ways. The Chiefs are averaging 25.6 points per game, which is 11th in the league. A lot of that is defense and special teams, but so what, that’s part of the game and the object is to score points and the Chiefs are more than good enough defensively to turn 25.6 points per game into a lot of wins. But it’s also true that Alex Smith has been average, average and bad the last three games. Overall, he’s basically been Matt Cassel Version 2010, which is an enormous upgrade from what the Chiefs have had the last two years, but isn’t what the Chiefs hoped they were getting. This all depends on what you want out of the Chiefs this year, and fair or not, the 5-0 start is changing everyone’s expectations. The schedule is about to toughen, and the Chiefs will need their quarterback to be better against better teams to keep winning. that one backfired on me. In my defense, I didn’t expect Derrick Johnson to leave Chris Johnson, allowing the Titans’ back to score a touchdown on a play where he was planning on just blocking. But, well, it’s also true that it was a dumb thing to say regardless.
@mellinger our offense still scares me. I'm I looking for Trent Green when we have Steve Deberg? Marty is hiding in the background.— Donald Young (@dyoungjr81) October 7, 2013
less than 50-50
@mellinger What are the chances that the Broncos and Chiefs are both undefeated when they meet in week 11?— Jeff Sheets (@js82) October 7, 2013
anything’s possible, I suppose
@mellinger If the Chiefs keep winning and playing well. Do they have a remote chance of taking the division from Denver?— David Lawrence (@Fritolayman) October 7, 2013
and, finish. I left out a bunch of other Broncos tweets. Guys, settle down. Your team is undefeated. Enjoy it. Worry about the Broncos when it happens. read some of his old stuff. He was incredible. He just got lazy and formulaic.
@mellinger Missed Den-Dal game. Was getting my Royals parade float out of storage, refitting it for a Chiefs parade. How'd Peyton do? Oh.— Kevin (@KevinJW1) October 7, 2013
This is, basically, so far the season Mizzou fans hoped to have last year. Right?
@mellinger how excited should I be about the Tigers? I had previously thought 8 wins max. Should I be dreaming higher now?— Bill Simms (@Simmsbillj) October 7, 2013
Eh, I’m not sure about that. I didn’t hear people saying he should be fired. I heard people saying that if he missed another bowl game this year there would be talk of him being fired, which I think is fair in the big-boy, bottom-line business of college football — especially the context of Mizzou moving leagues. Gary Pinkel is a very good coach. He’s had a lot of success at Mizzou. But he’s not Bear Bryant.
@mellinger is it safe to say that the negative perception change given to Pinkel and Mizzou after one bad year was unfair?— Gavin Alexander (@GJAlexander) October 7, 2013
I usually don’t like questions too long for one tweet, but
@mellinger (1/2) K-State football is not where it is used to being. People questioning Snyder, calling for the OC to be fired, etc...— David Embers (@davidembers) October 7, 2013
I just want to say: there is NOBODY on the local sports scene who deserves a longer rope, more benefit of the doubt, than Bill F. Snyder. Come on, people. He didn’t quite do it by himself. The administration bet money it didn’t have, gave him support they couldn’t yet afford. But I don’t know of any college coach, in any sport, who means more to his town and university than Bill Snyder. Not to mention the fact that it looks awfully silly to complain about the man you built a statue for outside the stadium you named after him. But to answer your question, and this might sound stupid, but I think in general Self has a shorter leash than Snyder. Or, at least, he should have a shorter leash than Snyder. Because before Self, Kansas basketball had Roy Williams. And while Self has eclipsed Williams in most every measurable way, once he leaves — retires, goes to the NBA, whatever — KU will hire the best available coach and continue to win a lot of basketball games. KU basketball was great before Self, and it’ll be great after Self. K-State football stunk before Snyder, and nobody can be sure what it’ll be after Snyder.
@mellinger (2/2).. What is the KU basketball equivalent? As in, what would have to happen for fans to want Self gone and a rebuild?— David Embers (@davidembers) October 7, 2013
We’re all friends here, so I feel like I can admit this: I’ve never had Rosedale. /hangs head in shame/
@mellinger I'd rather have Rosedale's BBQ than OK Joe's. What does that say about me?— KC Loyal (@KCLoyal) October 7, 2013
I’ll ignore that skinny Javier Bardem here is making fun of my hair and just come clean. Like I say, we’re all friends here. I want you to know that I’m aware I look ridiculous. But The Smokeshow likes it, somehow, so the hair stays /pauses/ /thinks/ /looks to see if you’re thinking what I’m thinking/ and, yes. Of COURSE I’ve considered the possibility that she’s playing an elaborate joke on me. where I stand on Ned. I don’t think he’s Casey Stengel, and I don’t think he’s Trey Hillman. He’s a fine manager, with his strengths and his weaknesses, and I’ll keep making this point: virtually EVERY fan base hates their manager. Ned’s fan perception is also hurt by the fact that his strengths (clubhouse atmosphere, guys playing hard for him and respecting him) tend to be overlooked while his weaknesses (like batting Alcides Escobar second 69 times during a historically inept season) are more glaring. It’s also worth remembering that the manager has at least something to do with the Royals having the best bullpen in the American League. I always think the players should get the credit and the blame, but something like that, a part of it is the manager putting the relievers in good situations. And if you just screamed BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT TIME HE PUT KELVIN HERRERA IN AND HE GAVE UP THE HOMER?!?!?!?! you’re kind of proving the point. The mistakes get remembered, and the successes forgotten. It’s the job Ned signed up for, so it’s not exactly unfair. But it does mean a lot of the criticism of him is way over the top. t-shirt.
@mellinger are you ever going to get a real haircut?— Jayson Jenks (@JaysonJenks) October 7, 2013
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