Grigsby: Defense Can Dish it Out

Posted Sep 25, 2010

Bill Grigsby Weekend at Arrowhead!

Throughout Sunday’s game the Kansas City Chiefs will honor Mr. Kansas City himself, Bill Grigsby. Bill retired at the end of last season after 62 years as a broadcaster, originally joining the Chiefs in the club’s first year after moving from Dallas in 1963.

Grigsby has entertained Chiefs fans on and off the field for the better part of five decades. We remember his calls, commercials and, of course, his one-of-a-kind personality. There’s nobody like Ole’ Grigs, and there never will be.

In honor of Grigs’ career as a broadcaster, writer and entertainer, enjoy this excerpt taken from the book that features hundreds of his archived articles, Don’t Spit in the Wastebasket.

Defense Can Dish It Out

Published in 1986

For the past 10 or 12 years, Chiefs quarterbacks have taken a physical beating. Folks like Rulon Jones of the Broncos, Lyle Alzado of the Raiders and a dozen other defensive linemen and linebackers have taken shots at Steve Fuller, Bill Kenney and Todd Blackledge.

Never once have I heard any of these guys holler, “cheap shot.” Now, all at once, the Chiefs have their most aggressive linebacking tandem in many years, and Jim Kelly of the Bills and Boomer Esiason of the Bengals are yelling, “cheap shot.” Nobody in the league seemed to care as long as they could intimidate the Chiefs. Now it’s a new ball game. The Chiefs have improved mightily on defense and the opposition is crying “uncle.”

The current Chiefs defense is beginning to resemble the defense of the 1960s that helped take a club to two Super Bowls. The great linebackers were Lanier, Lynch and Bell, backing up the great front four of Buchanan, Brown, Culp and Mays to say nothing about the outstanding defensive secondary of Robinson, Thomas, Kearney, Marsalis and Mitchell.

The current crop is still very young, but from the looks of the level of intensity displayed by the defensive unit, the best is yet to come.

Tim Cofield is a pure find, a free agent out of a small Southern school who moved into the starting lineup during camp and appears headed for a distinguished career in the NFL. He is one of the largest, fastest linebackers the Chiefs have ever had at the position and his play has given the defense a big lift. He is aided by Dino Hackett, a high draft rookie who leads the team in tackles and big plays.

There are nine other men on the defensive unit, plus good back-up depth, and their flow to the ball has given Walt Corey’s defensive unit a new and dramatic look. Corey’s uncomplicated defense has kept the erratic offense in every game, begging time for quarterback Todd Blackledge, as he grows into his starting role.

When the Chiefs were in their prime, the defense led the way. The 1986 Chiefs appear to be bringing a winner back to our town and the defense is leading the way once again.

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