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#58ChiefsFan
08-17-2011, 11:46 AM
Kent Babb sent out some information via Aaron Wilson on our three pickups from Baltimore.


Former Ravens Kelly Gregg, Le'Ron McClain and Jared Gaither's one-year Chiefs deals worth: $3.5 million, $1.5 million and $685,000.

Looks like Pioli has done well here, we'll see how this plays out this year but I like the value.

jap1
08-17-2011, 07:12 PM
Getting Gaither for only $685k could be a HUGE steal. Very low risk financially to see if he still has something in the tank after his back problems last year. I guess we will know by the end of the season.

ctchiefsfan
08-18-2011, 08:30 AM
If any one of the three turns out to be a serious playmaker for us we'll have gotten good value.

Seek
08-18-2011, 10:10 AM
If any one of the three turns out to be a serious playmaker for us we'll have gotten good value.

McClain is a pro-bowl Full back. That right there is worth the value. He instantly improves the offensive line, and will solve some of those short and goal problems we had last year.

AkChief49
08-18-2011, 01:14 PM
McClain is a pro-bowl Full back. That right there is worth the value. He instantly improves the offensive line, and will solve some of those short and goal problems we had last year.
We could get no worse:
Here are the areas where their statistics hit rock bottom in the league.

32nd

Conversion percentage on 3rd-and-1: The Chiefs offense converted just 42.3 percent of the time on situations where it faced just one yard to move the sticks. They converted 11 of 26 plays where they faced 3rd-and-1. The K.C. offense was six of 14 in the run game and five of 12 in the passing attack. The league average was more than 20 percent better at 65.4 percent.
Comment: Considering their status as the NFLís top rushing offense, the inability to get one yard on eight of 14 runs at 3rd-and-1 is very hard to understand. Naturally, defenses plug the gaps and crowd the line of scrimmage against running teams, and especially in short yardage situations. But execution should win out more often than 42.9 percent of the time and 42.3 percent overall.


31st

Conversion percentage on 3rd-and-short (4 yards or less): They converted 45.9 percent of their opportunities when it was 3rd-and-4 yards or less. The Chiefs offense converted 28 of 61 times. That was 14 of 28 on running plays and 14 of 33 on passing plays. Only Denver was worse at 42.6 percent. New England was the best offense in the league on 3rd-and-short yardage, converting 76.4 percent of the time. The league average was 57.6 percent
Comment: Itís not hard to believe the offense would have an overall problem on 3rd-and-short when it couldnít convert on 3rd-and-1. Thereís no question that better execution will lead to better conversion rate. The K.C. run game relied so much on the speed of RB Jamaal Charles that the blocking may have been more about maneuvering and finesse than power. Given the physical characteristics of the Chiefs offense line, they are more geared to movement and with the exception of LG Brian Waters, not so much strength.