Kansas City Chiefs
By: Ryan Dooley
After 9 weeks of the 2013 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0, just as you expected. Andy Reid and Co. have been gritty, gutsy and able to win close games. Alex Smith has done what he was brought to Kansas City to do, engineer an offense without turning the ball over. Jamaal Charles is having a career year while averaging over 100 scrimmage yards per game, and the passing game has gotten a multitude of guys involved. The offense has been living in the shadow of the defense, which is currently allowing the fewest points per game in the league. The Chiefs’ pass rush has been scary this season, as they are currently leading the league with 36 sacks. Not only that, Kansas City also leads the league in turnover differential, a category that they were worst in the league in last year. If we’ve learned anything so far from the 2013 Chiefs, it’s the value of good coaching and good quarterbacks in today’s NFL. Let’s examine the Chiefs’ success so far this season.
By:Ryan Dooley (@ffguy301)
Last Season: 2-14, Last in AFC West
2012 was a year plagued by poor coaching, poor quarterback play and atrocious turnovers for the Kansas City Chiefs. A team with so much talent just couldn’t get it done week in and week out. It was an utter disappointment for a team who many experts actually picked to win the division before the year began. Oh, how wrong were they! The offense had no chemistry, and turned the ball over at an alarming rate, mostly due to frightful quarterback play. The defense was overworked and spent too much time on the field to have any sort of success. The coach couldn’t fix anything and used the team’s talent poorly.
By: James Johnson
For those of you who follow our Facebook group page and Twitter, you all know that I’ve been working hard on the side with our podcast. It’s been a while since our last one due to our schedules outside of the site, but when we were on IES Radio the stats were great, and we’d like to thank you all for that.
Being that IES was so well received (according to our stats archive at least), I began thinking of ways we could make IES Radio better. I then came up with the idea to do a weekly football show with a guest each week. As you all know it will mostly be about the Jags and their upcoming season, but we’ll also sprinkle in some college football and talk other sports as well. Throughout the weekly process I’ll have on a guest (ranging from bloggers,writers, site managers, podcasters, radio personalities, etc) who covers each of the Jags’ regular season opponents. I really worked hard to reach out to our guests and believe that you all will enjoy what we have to offer this football season. I always thought it woud be interesting to have everyday people like myself and our listeners give their take and share their knowledge of their favorite team with us. I don’t know how we’ll work out the specific dates and times with our scheduling, but I will certainly do my best to keep this up for the season. As you all know, I’ll have fellow IES managers Eric and Gage join me as co-hosts when they can, and I’ll be possibly reaching out to a few others to co-host as well. With all that said I present to you the IES guest list for Gridiron Season!
By: James Johnson
It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally reached the mid-point of IES Top 100. Now we’ll enter the elite players and things will start to get a little more interesting. This week’s Top 100 has a bit of variety with a pair of quarterbacks, running backs, and safeties who make the cut with a few others in the mix. So who are they? I won’t keep you waiting any longer. Read the rest of this entry »
By: James Johnson
My apologies for the delay last week, folks, but IES Top 100 is back this week as we take a look at players 69-60. In this week’s top 100, the offensive line dominated the countdown again with 4 more lineman revealed, the DB’s also get some love with three players, and a savvy veteran receiver that could stir up some controversy makes the cut. That said, I won’t keep you waiting any longer–here’s the latest edition of IES Top 100. Enjoy!
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By: James Johnson
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen at least one episode of the interesting (yet controversial) NFL Network show, NFL Top 100. What started in 2011 has since become a big hit with both those who agree with the show’s rankings and those who disagree, like myself. The NFL Top 100 has also been a controversial hit in the world of sports journalism as many analysts have begun to make their own top 100 lists to compare with NFL Network’s. Count IES in; I’m joining the party with my own list. For the record, as I’ve said, I do not to use the actual show as a guideline because I feel it’s a bit misleading. However, I use a mix of my personal knowledge alongside the opinions of other analysts who study film. Another good source I use is that of Profootballfocus.com as you’ll see in my summaries. Lastly, you’ll notice that I gravitated more towards players who played a majority of the season. Now enough of the babbling, let’s get into IES’s first ever top 100 NFL players list.