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Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview Reply with quote

The Chiefs will be hoping that a revamped defense can bring them to the promised. The Chiefs are bringing back all they key pieces to an offense that ranked no. 1 in the NFL last year, but because of their pathetic defense, they missed the playoffs. The Chiefs took an aggressive approach to fixing that offense in the offseason and hope that the host of defensive players they brought in can transform it into a solid unit. If the offense continues its dominance and the defense plays as good as it looks on paper, the Chiefs will be hard pressed to miss the playoffs.
The Chiefs brought in an impressive group of defenders this offseason consisting of 2001 defensive rookie of the year LB Kendrell Bell, 2-time pro bowl CB Patrick Surtain, SS Sammy Knight, DE Carlos Hall and rookie OLB Derrick Johnson. This group of players means major improvements at several positions. Kendrell Bell is an aggressive player against the run who puts big hits on ball-carriers and takes on blocks. He has the range to make plays sideline to sideline and would be considered an upper-echelon MLB by now if he could just stay healthy. Patrick Surtain is among the league’s elite CBs as he has the coverage skills and athleticism to blanket receivers and the speed to turn and run with almost anyone. He is a playmaker when the ball is in the air and he is good at jumping routes and coming up with interceptions. Sammy Knight is a productive safety who makes a lot of tackles in the box and in the secondary and few players have better instincts than him. He also makes plays on the ball when in the air, and his only real weakness is a lack of pure speed. Carlos Hall is a DE with good edge-rushing skills coming off a disappointing season. Derrick Johnson is a sideline to sideline tackler with great athleticism and he is a playmaker in every sense of the word. There has been criticism about him not being good at taking on blocks, but he will prove that to be just an overblown criticism. He was the best defensive player in the draft and he will prove it. The Chiefs also improved their defense by drafting P Dustin Colquitt, who will help out with field position.
But the Chiefs defense still has some weak spots. DT is a position in question as Ryan Simms has never come close to playing up to potential and they don’t have another good starter there. John Browning is a DT with some penetrating ability but his productivity needs to increase if he remains starter. Lional Dalton is only effective when used as a backup because he lacks the conditioning to stay fresh when he plays every down. Junior Siavii is an incredibly powerful DT that the team would love to see show the skills necessary to take over the starting job. There is also question about who will man the second CB spot. Eric Warfield, who would have been the starter, is facing a suspension and won’t be available until week 5. Julian Battle, who would have taken Warfield’s starting spot, is out for the season. The team how now turned to Dexter McCleon, who is best fit as a nickel back, as the starter. Also, the RDE position is a concern. Jared Allen are best when used as situational pass-rushers and the team doesn’t have a good every down option at RDE. Most likely the team will start Jared Allen, a relentless pass-rusher who plays with a good motor and a lot of intensity.
Also on the team’s front 7 is Eric Hicks, a power end who anchors well against the run but isn’t much of a pass-rusher. OLB Shawn Barber, who had an outstanding 2003 season, disappointed in the first half of the 2004 season and then missed the second half due to injury. Barber is a rangy OLB who can penetrate but he isn’t a very physical player. MLB Mike Maslowski, who missed much of the 2004 season due to injury, is a smart 2-down LB. OLB Scott Fujita, who has led the team in tackles for two consecutive years, has good speed for a LB and plays his hardest every play. MLB Kawika Mitchell has flashed playmaking potential but he doesn’t have adequate mental capacity to be effective.
The Chiefs also have a pretty deep secondary. After Surtain, Warfield and McCleon, the Chiefs have some good depth at CB. Ashley Ambrose and Dewayne Washington are both solid veteran CBs who can get the job done when asked to play. Alphonso Hodge has great physical attributes in that he has good size and top-end speed but his ball skills are lacking and he needs to be quicker to react to routes and plays. The team’s starting FS is set to be Shaunard Harts, who has excellent coverage skills. Last year’s starting safeties, Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley, are still on the roster but they’ve fallen out of favor in KC.
The most important part of the Chiefs’ dominant offense is their O-line, which remains intact. The line has some aging players, but they haven’t shown any signs of aging when on the field. Willie Shields, a 9-time pro-bowler, is probably the best guard in the league. He has the strength to overpower defenders and the quickness and technique to handle athletic players and he is also a great blocker on the second level. LT Willie Roaf is a great pass-blocker who makes sure Trent Green doesn’t have to worry about his blindside. Brian Water is a mauler OG and is one of the better players at his position. C Casey Wiegmann does not have good size or physical ability but he has great technique and intelligence and plays hard and gets the job done. RT John Welbourn, who can also play guard, might lose his starting job, but he is still a very solid veteran. The team is thinking about starting Jordan Black at RT, but he lacks ideal power and athletic ability. Rookie mammoth RT Jeremy Parquet could also get a chance at the spot. The Chiefs’ line is nothing short of dominant and it is the key to their offense.
Over the last few years, the Chiefs offense has been centered around their dominant running game. Priest Holmes, who broke the single-season TD mark 2 years ago, has better vision than any back in the league. He is also an elusive back who rarely gets taken down by the first tackler and he’s great at bouncing it outside. Few backs have the receiving skills he does and that package combines to make him one of the NFL’s elite backs. However, he is aging and suffering from injuries. But that is much of a worry because he has an excellent backup, Larry Johnson. Johnson does not have Holmes’ receiving ability, vision or elusiveness, but he is big, powerful and fast and he rushed for 581 yards with a 4.8 yards per carry average last year in Holmes’ absence. The team also has one of the best fullbacks in the business, Tony Richardson, a good blocker who can be used as an offensive weapon.
In the passing game, the team’s biggest weapon is their TE, Tony Gonzalez, who may go down in history as the best TE to ever play the game. Tony Gonzalez is a true go-to receiver who catches everything that comes near him and there are few players in this league who can match up man to man with him. Last year, he led the league in receptions and totaled 1258 receiving yards which ranked him 7th in the league which is incredible for a TE. Their QB, Trent Green, is the definition of a system QB. He puts up great numbers, but his job is quite easy. He mostly hands it off to the running back and throws it to the TE behind the best line in football. But while he isn’t a QB who makes things happen, you have to hand it to him because he does a great job running that system. Their top WR, Eddie Kennison, a speedy wideout, is coming off a career year where he received for 1086 yards and 8 TDs. The team lost Jonnie Morton in the offseason and is hoping Samie Parker can move into the starting lineup and pick up the slack. Parker, a second-year pro, has explosive speed and good athleticism. Dante Hall, made famous for his incredible work as a returner, will contribute out of the slot, as will Marc Boerigter, a big, fast receiver coming off an injury, and rookie Craphonso Thorpe, a receiver who is hard to handle in man to man coverage. The team has a group of WRs, who, for the most part, are best at running deep routes because they all have excellent speed. This works OK because Green can consistently throw to Holmes and Gonzalez on short routes. Kansas City’s offense has been one of the best in the league for a few years now using this formula and it probably won’t stop working now.
The Chiefs have to be thought of as the favorite to win the AFC West. They have a proven offense and if you look at their defense on paper, you have to expect major improvement. There are some questions, like if Holmes can stay healthy and whether or not Willie Shields and Willie Roaf will continue to be age-resistant. Defensively, the health of players like Kendrell Bell and Shawn Barber are in question, and the best way to revamp a defense isn’t always to add a lot of new players. It has worked at times but it has also blown up in some teams’ faces, and we’ll have to see what happens with the Chiefs.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BRavo good job bigE but the right tackle job is almost a lock to kevin sampson barber is most likely out for the season and will at least start on the PUP list
Shaunard Harts starting FS where did you hear that
overall good job on a scale of 1-100 i give you a 93
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