While I am not an expert on free agency and the draft, I am entitled to my opinion. So here it is. The Kansas City Chiefs could not have picked a better year to get the first pick of the draft. I mean heck, there are tons of elite quarterbacks this year. Just our luck. The only year that would have been better would have been the 2007 draft. Heck we would probably be in the Super Bowl with JaMarcus Russell marching down the field. With all jokes aside Chiefs fans are starting to feel like the Royals. Last year there were organization changers like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and this year there are… defensive tackles and offensive tackles. Although football is a game won in the trenches, teams must have a quarterback to manage the game.
With the recent releases of Kevin Boss and Steve Breaston, the Chiefs will be looking to fill these holes in the draft or free agency. Since the draft is too hard to predict from this far out, I will look at free agents. For starters, the Chiefs need to wrap up Dwayne Bowe or sign a top receiver such as Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, or Danny Amendola. In my opinion, the Chiefs should do everything they can to sign Amendola. After watching him every week since I live in St. Louis now I can say he is more than a game changer. Although Amendola has battled nagging injuries the past season, when healthy Sam Bradford targeted him on which seemed like every passing down. My last thought on the wide receiver position is the Chiefs should look to steal the humble Titus Young. While Young may not be Calvin Johnson, he does have playmaking abilities. If Andy Reid could discipline Young and keep him focused he could be a successful slot receiver to open the field for Bowe on the outside.
Now here is my Madden experience talking. The Chiefs should trade down to around the eighth pick and draft Sharrif Floyd. Mel Kiper and I actually agree that Floyd would be able to be the sheriff on the defensive line that they have been looking for in Dontari Poe and Glenn Dorsey. By trading down the Chiefs would be able to acquire additional picks that could be used to trade for an additional second round pick. With that pick they could take Matt Barkley or Geno Smith if either are available.
What the Chiefs actually do in the draft all depends on if the Chiefs use their franchise tag on Brandon Albert. If they do they will most likely lose Dwayne Bowe to free agency that would kill the already lackluster passing game. If the Chiefs decide to put the tag on Bowe they will lose Brandon Albert. I think the Chiefs can’t afford to lose Bowe because they will not be able to sign an elite receiver to replace him. The Chiefs would be able to then draft offensive tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M. Lastly, the reason I have yet to address the need at the quarterback position is because I don’t see major changes. I would not be surprised to see Cassel taking snaps under center next year. The other option that looks to be coming to front of conversation is signing trading for Nick Foles who Reid picked last year with the Eagles. Reid clearly raves about this kid because of his size and potential. The Eagles have made it known that it will take a big package trade to pry him away. This is why I think the Chiefs need to do there homework and attempt to find a Tom Brady or at least a poor mans Tom Brady late in the draft and let him learn by seeing all the mistakes Matt Cassel will make next year. Last option for the Chiefs at quarterback will not happen but I would like to see the Chiefs take a look at Ryan Mallett who is backing up Tom Brady.
The Kansas City Chiefs are playing their first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. You should expect the Chiefs to play their starters for 2 series. I don’t expect big things, for the starters, on either side of the ball. The Chiefs want to get through this game without any injuries especially to the starters. On offense I want to see how the timing is between Matt Cassell and the receivers especially Jon Baldwin. For the starters on defense I want to see them play with intensity and not allow any points.
After the first quarter the back-ups will be playing for the rest of the game. During this part I mainly watch the rookies and see how they are adjusting to the NFL. The rookie I am most excited to see play is Dontari Poe. My expectations for him this game is not that high because it is his first game as a pro. However, I hope to see him flash his potential. Even though Dontari is the main rookie I am watching there is a myriad of other rookies that I will keep my eye on. I am especially interested to see the rookie wide receivers play. The rookie wide receivers that I will keep my eye on are Devon Wylie, Josh Bellamy, and Junior Hemingway. I am not sure whether Junior will be playing tonight due to Injury.
The last two players I will be watching is Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. Brady and Ricky are in the middle of a quarterback battle fighting to become the back up. I am more excited to see Ricky Stanzi play then Brady because I want to see if Ricky has made any progress following last season.
After listening to the local Kansas City radio station 610 Sports, I believe I have heard every angle of the Chiefs current quarterback situation. Outlandish fans saying we need to trade all our picks to get Peyton Manning, calm down that won’t work. Others say they should trade this years first round pick and next years as well to get the Rams number two pick, unfortunately RG3’s combine production made the asking price for his services a little higher. What about Cassel and a near $50 million dollar contract we gave him? From the looks of it, fans want to just throw Cassel out of Kansas City and start fresh at the quarterback position. Last to enter the quarterback Waltz is Ricky Stanzi, the pronounced savior of the Chiefs offense who was a steal in the third round in last years draft (that was a joke). All humor aside, who will be the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs next year. That is the question that is going around Kansas City, along with will the Royals win the World Series this year?
Before Peyton Manning’s near career ending neck injury, he was arguably the most productive quarterback in the NFL, period. No one commands the attention of a defense like Peyton does, especially when he is at the line calling out fake audibles. His leadership is unquestionable, arm strength uncanny, and his knowledge of the game is one in a million for a NFL player. But a persisting neck injury sidelined him for the whole 2011-2012 season and now the Colts are considering Andrew Luck over him. I mean whoever thought the day would come that the Colts would take any other quarterback over Peyton, especially not a rookie. If the Colts do not pay Peyton the $28 million due to him by March 8th, he will become a free agent, then chaos will begin. The books in Vegas has the Chiefs at a 4/1 odds on acquiring Peyton in free agency. This is a tremendous jump from the previous 40/1 odds in January. The only team that have a better chance to get Peyton are the Dolphins, but if you compare the players that would surround Peyton the Chiefs roster would prevail.
Besides Brandon Marshall, who else does Peyton have to throw to? In Kansas City Peyton would have weapons such as Dwayne Bowe (he will sign), Steve Breaston, Baldwin, Tony Mo, and hand the ball off to Jamal Charles, pretty solid. This situation is reminiscent of when Joe Montana was let go by the 49er’s later in his career to make way for Steve Young, and came to Kansas City. Almost instantly after the move the Chiefs became heavy favorites within the division and even had Super Bowl aspirations. If the Chiefs pick up Peyton, this year may truly be “Super Bowl or Bust.”
RG3 performance at the past week’s combine was nothing less than stellar. It was expected for him to run a fast forty just because he was a former All Big XII hurdler, but seeing it was another thing. Equally impressive was the consistent reports from NFL scouts and GM’s who said Robert Griffin had great interviews and picked up the offensive and defensive concepts with ease. Those reports virtually eliminated the spread offense stereotype that said quarterbacks who played within the spread system in college would not be able to comprehend the complexity of NFL offenses. Though this was just a weekend of drills in tight shorts and shirts, but no one can deny how impressive Robert Griffin was. Saying that yesterday the Rams reportedly told NFL teams they will trade their number two pick. This created quite the frenzy for teams that are in dyer need of a franchise quarterback. The Chiefs are not that desperate for a quarterback, but the sound of RG3 in a Chiefs uniform sounds enticing. It would take a lot of draft picks to obtain the number two pick and may even require re-signing Brandon Carr just to put a cherry on top of the deal. This probable solution to the Chiefs quarterback problems would take by far the most effort and commitment.
To say Matt Cassel was overpaid is quite frankly my opinion and most of Kansas Cities. The production just has not been $50 million dollars worth. I understand he had a LINtastic storyline backing up great quarterbacks through high school, college and the pros and finally get his chance, but I think the Chiefs took a gamble they are willing to get out of if possible. But still the fans, the great loyal people they are, want to see Cassel succeed at the Chiefs starting quarterback position. The Chiefs do not need Cassel to be Brady, Brees or Rodgers and to expect him to be like the three previously mentioned quarterbacks would set fans up to be highly disappointed. If Cassel does not perform up to the expectations Scott Pioli and Romeo Crenel have for him, this may be his last in a Chiefs uniform. Depending on how much faith they have that Cassel is the guy will determine if they make a move on Peyton or trade up to get RG3. As for Ricky Stanzi, regardless of the quarterback next year, keep the towel nearby so when the ball starts getting slick they can dry their hands.
With the Chiefs out of the playoffs, we decided to look back at the entire season: the ups, downs, and outright bizzare moments. The review will be posted in three parts, this being part 1.
What a crazy season. From Dexter McCluster fumbling the opening kickoff of the season to Phillip Rivers’ self-proclaimed “worst day ever” to the firing of former head coach Todd Haley, the 2011 Kansas City Chiefs season was one of underachievement, disappointment, and just plain ridiculousness. Kansas City finished the season with a record of 7-9, missing the playoffs for the 4th time in the last 5th seasons and failing to reclaim the crown of AFC West champion.
September 11, 2011 – It was opening day in the National Football league, and the beginning to perhaps the most anticipated season in NFL history due to the labor disagreement between players and owners that had dominated the sporting world for the majority of the NFL off-season. The Chiefs were hosting the Buffalo Bills and coming off a brilliant and most-unlikely 2010 season that saw them win the AFC West for the first time since 2003. Chiefs fans everywhere were as excited about their team as they had been in almost a decade. Dexter McCluster took the opening kickoff, ran up the right side, and fumbled the ball. Buffalo recovered, and nothing seemed to go right for Kansas City the rest of the day as the Bills poured it on in a 41-7 rout of the Chiefs on opening day. To make matters worse, the Chiefs lost their pro-bowl safety, Eric Berry, for the season to a torn ACL on the third play of the game. It was the most lopsided season-opening loss in Chiefs history. The season seemed doomed from the very beginning.
In fact, not a lot went right for Kansas City until week 4 of the season when the Chiefs returned to Arrowhead Stadium to host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, each team looking for their first win of the young season. Coming off an absolutely embarrassing performance against the Detroit Lions in a 48-3 loss in week 2, a game in which the Chiefs also saw their all-pro running back Jamaal Charles lost for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, and a uneventful 20-17 loss at the hands of Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, Matt Cassel and the Chiefs finally notched their first win of the season while holding Adrian Peterson to only 81 yards on 23 carries.
Following the bye week, Kansas City ripped off 3 consecutive victories; a comeback 28-24 victory over the hapless Colts in Indy, a dominating 28-0 win in the Black Hole against newly acquired Carson Palmer and the rival Raiders, and a thrilling 23-20 victory in overtime on Monday Night football on Phillip Rivers “worst day ever.” The defense led by Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali was beginning to show significant improvement, even without Eric Berry and the offense was adjusting brilliantly to the loss of Jamaal Charles. Before you knew it, the Chiefs were 4-3 and in the first place in the AFC West.
Head coach Todd Haley had his team believing, and with Matt Cassel playing at a high level, another AFC West division title was not out of reach. The Chiefs had two golden opportunities to put themselves in prime position to capture the AFC West with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos (at the time their combined record was 3-12) coming to Arrowhead in the proceeding 2 weeks. Put those two on the board as wins, and move on at 6-3, right? So it seemed.
Stay tuned for Part 2