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Coach
06-02-2010, 11:54 PM
I think our defense will look roughly the same as last year. A lot of 8-man fronts to protect our weakness against the run. Hopefully our secondary play will be good. I expect it will be.

I fully expect the major improvement on this team next year to be on offense. For lots of reasons. I think this offense will be good, really good. I'm excited about Matt Cassell.. I'm excited about Thomas Jones....and Moeaki, McCluster, Asomoah, etc. I'm excited about Charlie Weis. This Chiefs team will move the ball. And that my friends, along with Romeo Crennel, will make this defense better in 2010.

I start every year hopeful, but this year I'm excited. The best off-season I've witnessed as a Chiefs fan. The depth of talent that was added on the coaching staff and players is incredible. And we didn't lose anything through free agency.
2010 will be a fun year to be a Chiefs fan. What are your predictions?

Vandelay
06-03-2010, 12:25 AM
I think your right on with everything you said.
This offense has the skill positions set. Still not sure about the line, but the zone blocking they went to last year seemed to help a lot.
I wasn't so sure about the Mcluster pick when it happened, but now he's the guy I am most excited about, he could be what makes the Chiefs offense truly explosive.

The defense should be tons better with Crennel calling the shots. Also the young d-line will have another year under thier belt. Throw in Berry and an offense that can stay on the field, and things are looking pretty good.

:drunkhb:

N TX Dave
06-03-2010, 10:45 AM
I am cautiously optimistic, I have been to up on the team too many times just to be let down. I agree the offense should be better in fact it many be good if the receivers can hold onto the ball and we don't lead the league in dropped passes again and as you say that should keep them on the field longer and the porous defense on the bench which should help their numbers. But I guess I am taking the stance that I am from Missouri and you have to show me. Don't get me wrong there is nothing more in sports than the Chiefs being good and making the SB again it is just I have had my heart broken too many times by them. Do I want them to be good He11 yes but I think this may not be the year but I do expect them to be an improved team and one fun to watch again.

matthewschiefs
06-03-2010, 02:28 PM
This season is the first time in a long time that I am 100% looking forward to the season. I no that we are not going to be a superbowl team but I can say that I think this team is going in the right direction. I cant wait till week one. Its going to be a much better season then we have seen in a while. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buffman316
06-03-2010, 08:06 PM
You nailed it right on the head, from the coaching and player upgrades, the new stadium and don't forget, the schedule is a lot more Chiefs friendly! I got the Chiefs at 8-8 and possibly 9-7. McCluster might be a sleeper FF pick and the secondary should be terrific.

Chiefster
06-04-2010, 06:41 AM
I start every year cautiously optimistic, but this year I'm hopeful. I think we will be greatly improved offensively with the off-season "O" line acquisitions and Charlie Weis and I'm hopeful that Crennel will whip into shape the defensive front line.

PawnshopMarimba
06-04-2010, 02:15 PM
Cautious: 6-10
Best case: 10-6

There will be improvement, and there is the potential for it to be significant with the acquisitions made this off season.

I think we may be on the cusp of reviving Dick Vermeil's Flying Circus. That's a good thing. Dexter McCluster will bring a lot to the table with his ability to be inserted into several different roles. I can't wait to see what they dream up for him.

The defense will no doubt be better under Crennell, but he's going to have to get creative with the blitz packages to get into the backfield more frequently, I think. This side of the ball is kind of the wild card, along with the kick coverage and return teams.

chief31
06-04-2010, 05:24 PM
I think the defense is extremely dependant upon Crennel's work in order to see any improvement. And I think we will see quite a bit.

Just replacing Pendergast should make an improvement. But if Crennel is half as smart as advertised, then we may actually see opponents do quite a bit of punting.

The big question about the offense, for me, is Cassel. I don't think we did much to improve the pass protection from last season. But we added McCluster as a quick-pass option, to ensure that we will not be as dependant upon good pass protectors.

The worry I have with that is that Cassel is most certainly not known for his quick decision-making ability behind Center. In fact, he is often criticized as a guy who regularly takes too long to get rid of the ball.

The hopes for McCluster are that he will be similar to a Wes Welker. But Cassel earned his rep for holding the ball even when he had the actual Wes Welker on the team.

It will be two years later, with time to have improved on his bad habits. But even our new OC was critical of Cassel's ability to get rid of the ball quickly.

If Cassel can make the adjustments needed and expected from him, then, with the running game that was established last season, combined with T. Jones, we may, in fact, be looking at a very powerful offense this year.

But going from being a slow decision maker to a very quick one is a huge change. Every QB is urged to become a quicker decision maker. But few are able to pull off that feat.

Looking at the amount of criticism he endured last year, (quite undeservedly in my opinion) and having been granted a new OC and slot WR, if he is even slow to make the changes, then he may become public enemy number one in Kansas City.

I don't see any way that this team doesn't improve upon a 4-12 record. For now, I stay with a safe prediction of 6-10.

matthewschiefs
06-04-2010, 07:36 PM
I think the defense is extremely dependant upon Crennel's work in order to see any improvement. And I think we will see quite a bit.

Just replacing Pendergast should make an improvement. But if Crennel is half as smart as advertised, then we may actually see opponents do quite a bit of punting.

The big question about the offense, for me, is Cassel. I don't think we did much to improve the pass protection from last season. But we added McCluster as a quick-pass option, to ensure that we will not be as dependant upon good pass protectors.

The worry I have with that is that Cassel is most certainly not known for his quick decision-making ability behind Center. In fact, he is often criticized as a guy who regularly takes too long to get rid of the ball.

The hopes for McCluster are that he will be similar to a Wes Welker. But Cassel earned his rep for holding the ball even when he had the actual Wes Welker on the team.

It will be two years later, with time to have improved on his bad habits. But even our new OC was critical of Cassel's ability to get rid of the ball quickly.

If Cassel can make the adjustments needed and expected from him, then, with the running game that was established last season, combined with T. Jones, we may, in fact, be looking at a very powerful offense this year.

But going from being a slow decision maker to a very quick one is a huge change. Every QB is urged to become a quicker decision maker. But few are able to pull off that feat.

Looking at the amount of criticism he endured last year, (quite undeservedly in my opinion) and having been granted a new OC and slot WR, if he is even slow to make the changes, then he may become public enemy number one in Kansas City.

I don't see any way that this team doesn't improve upon a 4-12 record. For now, I stay with a safe prediction of 6-10.

The biggest thing for Cassle is for him to learn when to throw the ball away. Its one thing to have 2nd and 10 its anther to have 2 and 20.

The O line didn't get as much help as I thought that it would this offseason. But going back and looking it was starting to get better and They did get some help for it. I just hope that its enough for the passing game to be able to take some shots down the field. The running game we saw at the end of the year could be decent. Charles ran behind that line when he broke out last season. Lets just hope that its enough.

I think this team will make a run at the playoffs. I really do. Maybe thats just wishful thinking but I see this being a turn around year in a big way. I cant wait for the preseason games to start so we can start talking about games again. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!

chief31
06-05-2010, 12:13 AM
The biggest thing for Cassle is for him to learn when to throw the ball away. Its one thing to have 2nd and 10 its anther to have 2 and 20.

The O line didn't get as much help as I thought that it would this offseason. But going back and looking it was starting to get better and They did get some help for it. I just hope that its enough for the passing game to be able to take some shots down the field. The running game we saw at the end of the year could be decent. Charles ran behind that line when he broke out last season. Lets just hope that its enough.

I think this team will make a run at the playoffs. I really do. Maybe thats just wishful thinking but I see this being a turn around year in a big way. I cant wait for the preseason games to start so we can start talking about games again. GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!
I can't say that I will be shocked if they wind-up challenging for the division crown. Along with the changes that we have made, the rest of the division has also made some significant changes. And alot of what I see from our rivals doesn't look good for them.

OTR Chiefs fan
06-05-2010, 02:22 AM
I think on defense Glen Dorsey needs to show up and earn his money. I love the acquisition of Berry. But I still think we're going to have trouble getting pressure on the QB without blitzing. The o-line still worries me and I wish we would have address it more in the draft. I think Cassell will be improved, especially with picking up Jones defenses will have to pay attention to the run more. Which should increase better opportunities for Cassell.

AkChief49
06-05-2010, 02:48 PM
I think on defense Glen Dorsey needs to show up and earn his money. I love the acquisition of Berry. But I still think we're going to have trouble getting pressure on the QB without blitzing. The o-line still worries me and I wish we would have address it more in the draft. I think Cassell will be improved, especially with picking up Jones defenses will have to pay attention to the run more. Which should increase better opportunities for Cassell.
I think Glenn did ok considering he changed positions. It's the dude on the other side I would like to see earn his keep! TJ needs to improve and I'm looking forward to his sophmore year and what Crennel can do for him. By the way, that Mutai monkey is funny as he double hockey sticks!!!

bwilliams
06-05-2010, 03:37 PM
You want an honest answer?

We have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL this season, which will help. Charles, assuming he stays healthy, should have a terrific year. Thomas Jones should improve our running game even more. And Berry should create a few turnovers and help our pass defense.

However, I don't think we have the horses yet on either defense or offense to do any real damage. We didn't improve our offensive line or defensive front seven in any appeciable way (guys like Ryan Lilja, Shaun Smith, and Casey Weigmann don't count). Many of our best players are getting old (Waters, Vrabel, Chambers). And guys like Demorrio Williams, Corey Mays, and Rudy Niswanger should even be sniffing starting jobs in the NFL, much less be our expected starters.

Really, everyone's hopes rest on guys like Cassel, TJ, Dorsey, Albert, and O'Callaghan improving greatly. That's dangerous to do. I can't think of any time that strategy actually worked. Our new coordinators are better than our old ones, but that can only go so far.

I don't think I need to rehash my feelings about our draft, except to say that I don't see those guys, no matter how good they are (and I think Berry and Asamoah will both be very good) , equating to more wins.

I think our opponents will do what they did last year. Blitz most downs on defense and run the ball right at us on offense. In short, if we win seven games this year, we should consider it a great year. Because I don't think we can reasonably expect to win more with our current level of talent.

Coach
06-05-2010, 05:53 PM
You want an honest answer?

We have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL this season, which will help. Charles, assuming he stays healthy, should have a terrific year. Thomas Jones should improve our running game even more. And Berry should create a few turnovers and help our pass defense.

However, I don't think we have the horses yet on either defense or offense to do any real damage. We didn't improve our offensive line or defensive front seven in any appeciable way (guys like Ryan Lilja, Shaun Smith, and Casey Weigmann don't count). Many of our best players are getting old (Waters, Vrabel, Chambers). And guys like Demorrio Williams, Corey Mays, and Rudy Niswanger should even be sniffing starting jobs in the NFL, much less be our expected starters.

Really, everyone's hopes rest on guys like Cassel, TJ, Dorsey, Albert, and O'Callaghan improving greatly. That's dangerous to do. I can't think of any time that strategy actually worked. Our new coordinators are better than our old ones, but that can only go so far.

I don't think I need to rehash my feelings about our draft, except to say that I don't see those guys, no matter how good they are (and I think Berry and Asamoah will both be very good) , equating to more wins.

I think our opponents will do what they did last year. Blitz most downs on defense and run the ball right at us on offense. In short, if we win seven games this year, we should consider it a great year. Because I don't think we can reasonably expect to win more with our current level of talent.

Like any 4-12 team, this team had a LOT of wholes to fill during the off-season. I'd agree they didn't add long-term solutions for all of them, but they definitely got better. Hopefully you'll be enjoying the Kool-aid around December or January.

Nearly every team got better this off-season, but I think ours did more to improve than all but 2-3 other teams. None of which are in our division. The biggest improvements this offseason took place in Washington and Seattle IMO.

bwilliams
06-05-2010, 06:47 PM
Like any 4-12 team, this team had a LOT of wholes to fill during the off-season. I'd agree they didn't add long-term solutions for all of them, but they definitely got better. Hopefully you'll be enjoying the Kool-aid around December or January.

In my opinion, there were holes that our team needed to fill in order to win games. While its nice that we may have long term solutions at FS, slot CB, scatback/3WR, and TE, I don't think it matters so long as we start the worst RT, NT, and ILBs in the league. Not to mention that we still have major questions at pretty much every position except RB, FS, and CB.

I understand that people want to give a new regime time. That we're all so thankful to be out of the Herm Edwards era that anything looks good next to it. But I don't think we can win many games with a 3-4 defense that lacks a NT, LOLB (Vrabel can't rush the passer and Studebaker can't defend the run), and ILBs. I don't think we can win with a precision passing game with WRs that drop the ball, no true TE (Moeaki was oft-injured in college, I don't trust him as a pro), and a *still* terrible OL. I don't think our running game will be able to be as awesome as they could because we'll be playing from behind most games.

Could I be wrong? Maybe. Hopefully. But I think the same people who slammed Herm for his idiotic defense, his inattention to the OL, his faith in a oft-hit unproven QB, and in general his belief that his schemes could overcome a lack of talent are now backing Pioli/Haley. Even though they're doing almost exactly the same things that sunk us in this mess to begin with.


Nearly every team got better this off-season, but I think ours did more to improve than all but 2-3 other teams. None of which are in our division. The biggest improvements this offseason took place in Washington and Seattle IMO.

I don't agree that Seattle got much better. I liked their draft and some of their offseason moves, but they're still a 5 to 6 win team, and will be until they get a QBOTF (Whitehurst ain't it) and a pass rush. And Washington is Washinton. They've have a great offseason, but they don't have the discipline to turn it into wins in the regular season.

And as much as I hate to say it, Oakland will win a few more games this season than last one. Getting rid of Russell guarentees that. The Broncos will be lucky to avoid 0-16 though, they're that bad.

The teams that had the best offseasons (IMO) were the Ravens and Packers, both of which should win between 12-14 games next season. As to who will improve by the most games, don't be shocked if it's the Bucs. They drafted sneakily great, they have a very good young OL, and they got Freeman some weapons.

chief31
06-06-2010, 04:08 AM
Washington is Washinton. They've have a great offseason, but they don't have the discipline to turn it into wins in the regular season.

And as much as I hate to say it, Oakland will win a few more games this season than last one. Getting rid of Russell guarentees that. The Broncos will be lucky to avoid 0-16 though, they're that bad.

The teams that had the best offseasons (IMO) were the Ravens and Packers, both of which should win between 12-14 games next season. As to who will improve by the most games, don't be shocked if it's the Bucs. They drafted sneakily great, they have a very good young OL, and they got Freeman some weapons.

I think Shanahan is, at least, the Redskins' attempt to change the atmosphere to diciplined. Not that I am willing to say that it WILL work. But he is well respected.

Oakland? Maybe. I think your term regarding the redskins may fit better with The Raiders. The Raiders are The Raiders. But every thunderstorm ends eventually.

For my money, the team that should show the most improvement, while not necessarily in the WIN column, is The 49ers.

They acquired a pair of monsters on the O-line, and then proceeded to get a top S prospect. Filling some major needs on that roster. They stll have a big situation at QB. But they down-graded the importance of the position by drafting so heavily on the O-line.

bwilliams
06-06-2010, 11:02 AM
I think Shanahan is, at least, the Redskins' attempt to change the atmosphere to diciplined. Not that I am willing to say that it WILL work. But he is well respected.

Oakland? Maybe. I think your term regarding the redskins may fit better with The Raiders. The Raiders are The Raiders. But every thunderstorm ends eventually.

For my money, the team that should show the most improvement, while not necessarily in the WIN column, is The 49ers.

They acquired a pair of monsters on the O-line, and then proceeded to get a top S prospect. Filling some major needs on that roster. They stll have a big situation at QB. But they down-graded the importance of the position by drafting so heavily on the O-line.

Eh, Shanahan's still riding Elway's coattails. He might be able to get the Skins to 1999-2008 Broncos levels of mediocrity, but that's pretty much where they were anyway. They have three teams in division who are better than they are, and they play a killer non-conference schedule. I think it's another 6-8 win season for the Skins.

I think Jason Campbell is an average QB who doesn't turn the ball over very much. Given that Russell was the worst QB of all time, and given that Oakland's got as easy of a schedule as we do mostly, and I could see them at 7-8 wins. Kind of like what you said with regards to the 49ers, they drafted a couple monster OL and a top ILB.

Speaking of the 49ers, I just don't believe in Alex Smith. And although Taylor Mays is a hard-hitter, he's extremely raw and will need a couple years before he's anything but a liability in coverage. Because their conference is so weak, I think another 8-8/9-7 season is in order, but I don't think they go any farther until they get a real QB.

Canada
06-06-2010, 02:30 PM
Eh, Shanahan's still riding Elway's coattails. He might be able to get the Skins to 1999-2008 Broncos levels of mediocrity, but that's pretty much where they were anyway. They have three teams in division who are better than they are, and they play a killer non-conference schedule. I think it's another 6-8 win season for the Skins.

I think Jason Campbell is an average QB who doesn't turn the ball over very much. Given that Russell was the worst QB of all time, and given that Oakland's got as easy of a schedule as we do mostly, and I could see them at 7-8 wins. Kind of like what you said with regards to the 49ers, they drafted a couple monster OL and a top ILB.

Speaking of the 49ers, I just don't believe in Alex Smith. And although Taylor Mays is a hard-hitter, he's extremely raw and will need a couple years before he's anything but a liability in coverage. Because their conference is so weak, I think another 8-8/9-7 season is in order, but I don't think they go any farther until they get a real QB.

McNabb is the QB is WSH now. :bananen_smilies046:

matthewschiefs
06-06-2010, 03:31 PM
In my opinion, there were holes that our team needed to fill in order to win games. While its nice that we may have long term solutions at FS, slot CB, scatback/3WR, and TE, I don't think it matters so long as we start the worst RT, NT, and ILBs in the league. Not to mention that we still have major questions at pretty much every position except RB, FS, and CB.

I understand that people want to give a new regime time. That we're all so thankful to be out of the Herm Edwards era that anything looks good next to it. But I don't think we can win many games with a 3-4 defense that lacks a NT, LOLB (Vrabel can't rush the passer and Studebaker can't defend the run), and ILBs. I don't think we can win with a precision passing game with WRs that drop the ball, no true TE (Moeaki was oft-injured in college, I don't trust him as a pro), and a *still* terrible OL. I don't think our running game will be able to be as awesome as they could because we'll be playing from behind most games.

Could I be wrong? Maybe. Hopefully. But I think the same people who slammed Herm for his idiotic defense, his inattention to the OL, his faith in a oft-hit unproven QB, and in general his belief that his schemes could overcome a lack of talent are now backing Pioli/Haley. Even though they're doing almost exactly the same things that sunk us in this mess to begin with.



I don't agree that Seattle got much better. I liked their draft and some of their offseason moves, but they're still a 5 to 6 win team, and will be until they get a QBOTF (Whitehurst ain't it) and a pass rush. And Washington is Washinton. They've have a great offseason, but they don't have the discipline to turn it into wins in the regular season.

And as much as I hate to say it, Oakland will win a few more games this season than last one. Getting rid of Russell guarentees that. The Broncos will be lucky to avoid 0-16 though, they're that bad.

The teams that had the best offseasons (IMO) were the Ravens and Packers, both of which should win between 12-14 games next season. As to who will improve by the most games, don't be shocked if it's the Bucs. They drafted sneakily great, they have a very good young OL, and they got Freeman some weapons.


I am VERY Happy that Mr Edwards is now on ESPN Tv and not on the sidelines for the chiefs. But I think this team did get better and will win More games then MANY think. When you go 2-14 and 4-12 you are NEVER going to fill close to all your needs in one offseason. It takes TIME. We as fans might hate that but thats just how it is.

I really think that this team is going to make a run at the playoffs. Part becuse we play the NFC West part becuse we have added some players and part that to many are ignoreing The HUGE upgrade in coaching. This team will be good this year just wait and see. :chiefs:

bwilliams
06-06-2010, 03:56 PM
McNabb is the QB is WSH now. :bananen_smilies046:
I know. I was responding to chief31's OAK comments. Unfortunately, we don't have Jamarcus Russell to kick around anymore.

bwilliams
06-06-2010, 04:15 PM
I am VERY Happy that Mr Edwards is now on ESPN Tv and not on the sidelines for the chiefs. But I think this team did get better and will win More games then MANY think. When you go 2-14 and 4-12 you are NEVER going to fill close to all your needs in one offseason. It takes TIME. We as fans might hate that but thats just how it is.

I really think that this team is going to make a run at the playoffs. Part becuse we play the NFC West part becuse we have added some players and part that to many are ignoreing The HUGE upgrade in coaching. This team will be good this year just wait and see. :chiefs:

I'm not saying that we could have filled all of our needs in the past two offseasons. I agree with you entirely. After Herm decimated the team, the cupboard was that bare.

But if you asked the random fan going into the 2009 offseason (after the Cassel trade) what the biggest needs for the Chiefs were (knowing we were going 3-4), they probably would have said OL and defensive front seven. What are our biggest needs two offseasons later? OL and defensive front seven.

I think Eric Berry will be a terrific player for us. I think guys like McCluster, Arenas, Washington, Lawrence, etc. will be between serviceable and great as well. But it's been two offseasons, and we haven't fixed our biggest problems. Worse, it looks like we have no interest in fixing them.

I know some people here are enamored with Ryan Lilja, Casey Wiegmann, and Shaun Smith. But I'd bet even money that these three aren't even starting for us on opening say (Asamoah, Niswanger, and Edwards instead). I liked the picks of Jackson and Magee, but they're never going to be effective do long as Ron Edwards/Shaun Smith are starting at NT. We have one good LB in Tamba Hali, and a bunch of guys who should either be in 4-3 defenses or who should be reserves. I loved the Asamoah pick, but it's beyond belief that we're going to be starting Albert and O'Callaghan at OT and Niswanger (probably) at C still. After Waters retires in a year or two (and he's declining now), we're in even bigger trouble.

Look, I'm not trying to pi$$ on anyone's cornflakes here. I understand that having an OC and DC with six rings between them gives a lot of hope. And I could be wrong. Albert, Cassel, Dorsey, etc. could have just needed one more year of seasoning before they started playing well. But I've watched a lot of football over a lot of years. And I've never seen a team make that sort of jump.

Our guys weren't half-assing it last year. Ron Edwards played as hard as he possible could. So did Niswanger, O'Callaghan, Mays, Williams, Vrabel, Page, and every other guy who just wasn't good enough. A new coordinator, no matter how good, is probably not going to make them good enough.

chief31
06-06-2010, 04:37 PM
Our guys weren't half-assing it last year. Ron Edwards played as hard as he possible could. So did Niswanger, O'Callaghan, Mays, Williams, Vrabel, Page, and every other guy who just wasn't good enough. A new coordinator, no matter how good, is probably not going to make them good enough.

Well, it isn't all about how good the new DC is, but also how bad the previous one was.

Let's use Ron Edwards as the face of this group of players who certainly did not meet our expectations last year.

If Edwards was being given a wrong list of assignment/priorities, then that means, if he does as he is told, no matter how good he might be, he will look terrible as he misses many assignments in favor of the one's he was taught.

I am with ya as far as thinking that alot of those guys are unable to do the job well anyway. But if they benefit a little bit from the removal of Pendergast, and maybe a little more from the addition of Crennel, and possibly even more from experience in the system, then it should be noticable over the season.

bwilliams
06-06-2010, 05:33 PM
Well, it isn't all about how good the new DC is, but also how bad the previous one was.

Let's use Ron Edwards as the face of this group of players who certainly did not meet our expectations last year.

If Edwards was being given a wrong list of assignment/priorities, then that means, if he does as he is told, no matter how good he might be, he will look terrible as he misses many assignments in favor of the one's he was taught.

I am with ya as far as thinking that alot of those guys are unable to do the job well anyway. But if they benefit a little bit from the removal of Pendergast, and maybe a little more from the addition of Crennel, and possibly even more from experience in the system, then it should be noticable over the season.

Well, sure. If Pendergast kept guys from reaching their peak potential, if Crennel helps them realize it, and if they improve from having experience in the system, then it'll show on the field.

But I don't think Pendergast was as terrible of a DC as people think. He's just average. He was good enough to help take AZ to the Super Bowl. He helped turn guys like Darnell Dockett and Karlos Dansby into stars. I don't think our defensive failings weren't entirely, or hell, mostly, his fault. I don't think any DC could have done better last year with what he had to work with. I mean, what did people think our defense was going to do?

I mean this without any exaggeration. I do not think any defensive coordinator will succeed in the NFL if he is forced to start Ron Edwards, Corey Mays, Jarrad Page, and Demorrio Williams. Especially when we really don't have a defensive superstar to cover their weaknesses.

I love Flowers as much as anyone, but he isn't even the best CB in this division. Hali is looking like a good-to-great ROLB, but he isn't a top-10 LB or anything. Except for those two (and maybe Berry), we don't really have any starters who would start for any but the most desparate teams in the NFL. I don't think Mays, Edwards, and Williams even make another team except maybe as special teamers.

Everyone knows you can't run a 3-4 defense without a true NT and some smart, tough, mean ILBs. If you can't get those players two offseasons (and I think we could have, but prioritized poorly), then don't run the 3-4. Remember when Herm Edwards tried to run the Cover 2 without Cover 2 LBs/ DTs and on grass? Same thing.

I think we've hired guys to run schemes that can't possibly work with our current personnel, no matter who the DC is. I think that will keep us near the bottom of the league in defense until either (1) we change the schemes; or (2) we change the players. And our front office is showing no indication they are going to do either (1) or (2).

DC_Chiefsfan
06-07-2010, 07:26 AM
I think that our coaching staff is seeing things we're not. We have 10 Defensive Lineman on the roster, with Ron Edwards and Shaun Smith as the elders. That's a lot of young defensive lineman still developing. We may already have our NT, who knows? The same can be said for our LB corps. Hali and Johnson will be starting this year, then we have Vrabel and a whole slew of young/er talent developing. This league isn't always about drafting and signing big free agents. The most important thing you can do is develop players and that doesn't happen quickly. We didn't have offensive gamechangers and our secondary was thin, so they shored it up. I trust this coaching regime and I think they're headed in the right direction. The only thing they whiffed on so far was adding more depth at the offensive tackle position. But I think they'll address that before the season starts. I'm very optimistic about our chances at hitting the postseason this year. We'll definitely have more of a "bend don't break" defense this year and may have a VERY explosive offense!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!