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08-25-2009, 11:13 AM
Tuesday Cup O’Chiefs (http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/tuesday-cup-o%E2%80%99chiefs-2.html)
August 25, 2009 - Bob Gretz |

Understand that Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe are not Pro Bowlers. They do not arrive on the Chiefs roster riding white horses and promising better times are ahead.

These two offensive linemen acquired from the Miami Dolphins on Monday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2010 are journeymen. The Chiefs are Alleman’s third team and Kansas City is the fifth stop for Ndukwe.

But they are also an example that when things are not going well, Pioli/Haley is not going to sit back and shrug their shoulders. They are going to get some players to help fill in the shallow areas on the roster.

To make room for them, the Chiefs released C/G Brian De La Puente and OLB Vince Redd. Scout.com reported Monday night that Redd has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season by the NFL. No reason was given for the suspension. Generally a punishment of that length involves using substances the league considers performance enhancing.

Ndukwe (left) reportedly is going to get his first shot at playing right tackle, a position he hasn’t played since college. Alleman (right) will get a chance to compete at center and right guard. It’s that right half of the offensive line that has struggled in two pre-season games, especially last Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

There are a lot of offensive lines that will struggle with the Vikings, but Minnesota was without two of its best defensive linemen for that game: Jared Allen and Pat Williams. Still, QB Matt Cassel had to run for his passing life and with the exception on an 18-yard run by Larry Johnson, there was no running room created by the Kansas City blockers.

This is not a blockbuster trade.

Alleman and Ndukwe were in danger of losing their roster spots in Miami. This is simply a situation that for the right price two players can come in and compete for playing time. Right now, there simply isn’t enough competition for the roster spots along the offensive line.

Competition is what Pioli/Haley seek right now.

“We’ve had scouts at every pre-season game,” said Haley. “All those games are being watched. In one of my early meeting with the players I had the scouts stand up and I said how many games are you going to be at? I told (the players) you’re not competing with just the guys in this room, you’re not competing with just the guys at your position. You are competing with every player in the NFL and maybe some other leagues out there. They know that.

“We’re studying everything that’s going on and our scouts are chomping at the bit when these tapes come out. We’re looking because some of these guys are going to get released. Everybody can only keep 53.”

A little bit about both guys, starting with Ndukwe who has the best chance to crack the first offensive line if he gets a chance at right tackle.

NDUKWE

He is 27 and born in West Virginia but raised in Ohio. His parents are immigrants from Liberia. Ndukwe signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted college free agent in 2005 out of Northwestern. He then went to Washington, Baltimore, Miami and now the Chiefs. He started 15 games for the 11-5 Dolphins last season at right guard after Donald Thomas broke his foot in Miami’s season opener.

Ndukwe played four games in a reserve role at right tackle during the 2001 season at Northwestern. The next year, he moved to left guard where he was a two-year starter for the Wildcats.

With the Saints, he spent four games on the New Orleans practice squad at the start of the 2005 season before he was released. Ndukwe was signed by the Redskins, and spent seven games on the Washington practice squad before dressing for the final two games of the regular season and the Skins’ first game in the playoffs. He did not play in any of those games.

The next year it was four weeks on the Washington practice squad, before he signed with Baltimore and spent 11 of the final 12 weeks of the ‘06 season on the Ravens active roster. He played in five games, mostly on special teams. Ndukwe spent 13 of 14 weeks during the ‘07 season on the Ravens practice squad, and was activated for just one game. He then signed with Miami for the season finale but did not play.

In the ‘08 season, he was pegged for reserve duty before Thomas’ injury got him on the field.

ALLEMAN

Alleman will be 26 in November. He’s a native of Akron, Ohio and started his college career at the University of Pittsburgh as a defensive lineman. He transferred back to his hometown and the Zips program, sitting out the 2004 season, but playing in 2005-06 as the starting right guard.

He was a third-round choice of the Saints in the 2007 NFL Draft, but he was inactive for 15 games as a rookie, dressing for one game, where he did not play. Alleman was released on final cuts before the 2008 season. That’s when Miami claimed him off the waiver wire, as did six other teams. One of those was the Chiefs.

He started the last four games of the ‘08 season after starting LG Justin Smiley was injured.

This trade does not bring great talents to the Chiefs. It does not bring experienced NFL starters into the personnel equation. What it brings are two guys that Pioli/Haley believe can raise the competition level for the first five on the offensive line. If these two guys can’t crack the starters, then they bring more experienced depth to a group that is lacking that quality.

Get used to a revolving door on the roster for the next three or four weeks, maybe longer. Players are going to be available because of roster cuts and the Chiefs will pick through that pile and try to find bodies that are more talented than what they have on the roster. Don’t be surprised if when the final cut comes, the Chiefs don’t cut all the way to 49 or 50, with the idea that they will add players from the waiver wire.

SIGNINGS, INJURIES & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

* BEARS – lost DT Dusty Dvoracek for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
* BRONCOS – claimed DB Antwain Spann on waivers (Bills); released WR Travis Shelton.
* BUCCANEERS – placed LB Angelo Crowell on injured-reserve list; signed LB Bo Ruud and CB Darrell Hunter.
* CARDINALS – lost OLB Cody Brown for the ‘09 season with a wrist injury that will require four to six months of rehab.
* CHARGERS – agreed to a six-year, $92 million contract extension with QB Philip Rivers that includes $39 million in guaranteed money.
* DOLPHINS – traded OL Andy Alleman and Ikechuku Ndukwe to the Chiefs for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice; released WR Ernest Wilford, RB Anthony Kimble, LB Orion Martin, WR Chris Williams, LB Tearrius George and DT Joe Cohen.
* 49ERS – named Shaun Hill the starting QB for the regular season; activated DE Ray McDonald off the PUP list.
* JAGUARS – signed LB Adam Seward; released LB Lamar Myles.
* PANTHERS – signed S Kevin Kaesviharn; released WR Jason Carter; FS Charles Godrey undergoes surgery for a broken right hand and there is no definitive word on how long he’ll be out.
* RAIDERS – signed LB Napoleon Harris
* SEAHAWKS – agreed to terms with RB Edgerrin James.
* TITANS – released WR Chris Davis.

FROM THE PAGES OF CHIEFS HISTORY

On August 25, 1961 the Dallas Texans beat the Denver Broncos 29-27 in a pre-season game held at Farrington Field in Fort Worth; it was the first pro game played in city. A standing room only crowd in excess of 21,000. Denver jumped to 14-0 lead, but the Texans scored four of next six TDs. RB Jack Spikes ran 21 times for 89 yards and caught three passes for 57 yards.

On August 25, 1988 the Chiefs fell to the Phoenix Cardinals 41-21 in a pre-season game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs got on the board first on a 62-yard TD run by RB Herman Heard, who finished the game with six carries for 82 yards. They also got a 2-yard scoring run from FB Larry Moriarty and a 46-yard TD pass from QB Bill Kenney to WR Carlos Carson. The Cardinals got two big plays, as Via Sikahema returned a punt 81 yards for a score and RB Jeffrey ran 80 yards for a touchdown. A crowd of 36,883 attended the game.

keg in kc
08-25-2009, 11:40 AM
Today's "Thing I never thought I'd say": Bob Gretz provides the best Chiefs coverage of anyone.

keg in kc
08-25-2009, 11:41 AM
Speaking of that, looks like an injury today:Tuesday, August 25, 2009
1:21:43 pm Trainers carried Chiefs rookie TE Jake O'Connell off the field after he injured his left leg. He was taken to the locker room in a cart.

1:08:21 pm The Chiefs offense continues to struggle. In a 13-play blitz period in practice, Chiefs QBs were 7 of 13 passing and had several potential interceptions dropped by the defense.

12:49:24 pm Only two players are missing from Chiefs practice this morning: ILB Zach Thomas and RB Kolby Smith. Participating in the practice are OL Andy Alleman and Ike Ndukwe, who were acquired in a Monday trade with Miami.

12:46:01 pm Chiefs RB Larry Johnson is back in practice. He had a sore neck after Monday's morning session and missed the afternoon workout.

12:34:27 pm The Chiefs have just one practice today, and it's underway. The weather is sunny, temperatures are in the mid 80s, and there's a good deal of humidity. Players are in full pads.

kc rush
08-25-2009, 11:55 AM
To sum up - These guys suck, but they may not suck as bad as the other guys on the roster. Get used to it.

oldandslow
08-25-2009, 12:19 PM
Today's "Thing I never thought I'd say": Bob Gretz provides the best Chiefs coverage of anyone.

Yep...

The KC Star is useless.

Halfcan
08-25-2009, 02:08 PM
Faders signed Nappy-LOL

CoMoChief
08-25-2009, 02:46 PM
How would Kendrell Bell do now we're running a 3-4?

DaneMcCloud
08-25-2009, 02:50 PM
How would Kendrell Bell do now we're running a 3-4?

Just like in Pittsburgh - On the disabled list

DaFace
08-25-2009, 02:52 PM
Today's "Thing I never thought I'd say": Bob Gretz provides the best Chiefs coverage of anyone.

Agreed. Who is paying his salary these days anyway? Surely he's not surviving on his blog alone.

googlegoogle
08-25-2009, 04:58 PM
good article. better analysis than anwhere else.