I was a little shocked concerning the canning of Winston, and maybe a little bit disappointed as well. I am in no way saying that Joeckel isn't worth the 1st pick, but we, IMO only, may have shot ourselves in the foot a little bit. Losing the ability to draft Milliner, a move I was warming up to. Or taking what could be a big chance concerning Lotulelei's health concerns. Or selecting another DT to convert to DE, S. Floyd, while very quick and athletic, needs to learn how to tackle a bit better, Richarson , or Ansah gone. So many options tossed aside, in a move that does save KC 5.5 million in cap space, but I don't believe we are going to find another Tackle who's proved his durability and ability to block the run as well in free agency. Yes, Winston was not as impressive in pass protection, but he was improving.
So Joeckel it is. In what demonstates the move to a true passing game for KC. Albert has made it clear time and time again, in what is starting to sound like a tantram when asked about moving to RT or LG, that he plans on starting at LT. While Joeckel may eventually live up to the hype of being the best Tackel of the 2013 draft, that doesn't mean our O Line in going to be better, if not worse in first few weeks of the coming season.
More to the point, what concerns me is the future of our run game. When I try to imagine our offense, I see 60% passing 40% running and it worries me. If Charles is used properly he can still put up the same kind of numbers, but it will put a lot of pressure on our O Line and more importantly Alex Smith.
I have been watching everything play out. Im really proud of some of the decisions they have made. Now if we could swing Ed Reed. We got smith. we need wallace, or jennings other side bowe. slot reciever like austin collie. or welker. Jonathan Vilma lb. And look out Denver. We aare back
The first major move of the Dorsey/Reid era has unofficially taken place. Reports are that the Chiefs will send their 2013 2nd round selection and possibly a 2014 3rd or 2nd to the San Francisco 49ers for QB Alex Smith. While Chiefs fans will agree that Matt Cassel's time in the sun of Arrowhead has come and gone, the cheers for the new quarterback have for the most part been muffled out by the grumblings over the lofty price surrendered for Alex Smith. But one need only review the options available to see that the price had to be paid.
Aside from Alex Smith, there just wasn't much to select from in free agency and the Chiefs objective was clear...a starting QB with NFL experience able to direct an offense and lead a growing team. To those that had jumped aboard the Geno Smith bandwagon, realistically, he and the entire 2013 quarterback class are far from ready to handle the responsibilities facing the next starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The cost factor cannot be ignored and should not be forgotten either. This investment had to be made, to make amends for the failure of former GM Scott Pioli. Pioli stubbornly refused to see that Matt Cassel wasn't the long term answer to the Chiefs quarterback needs and it cost him his job and reputation as well. The question now is whether or not GM John Dorsey will foolishly do the same with Alex Smith.
For this trade to make sense and for new Chiefs GM John Dorsey to appear compendent, the re-building of the quarterback position must be completed in conjunction with the signing of Alex Smith.
The 2013 backup and some times starter Brady Quinn is thankfully a free agent and unlikely to be re-signed. Behind Quinn last season was regional favorite, Ricky Stanzi. But it shouldn't be overlooked that as bad as was both Cassel and Quinn, Stanzi never even saw a single snap as the Chiefs starting quarterback....so what does that say about his upside and potential? And then there is Kid Trick Tanney. So as you can see, there is still much work to be done for the Chiefs to be recognised as having a quality pitching staff.
Now, will Dorsey and Reid be as blinded as Pioli and refuse to completelyaddress the QB position, we'll find out very soon. But could the Chiefs be looking at Alex Smith as but step one to this process? Could there be a trade down with Philly for QB Nick Foles? And if so, could the Chiefs then draft QB Geno Smith at #4? If so, problem solved.
#1 Alex Smith
#2 Nick Foles
#3 Geno Smith
KC has always had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and if our five starters could have stayed healthy, this year would have looked a lot different. With that said, Ryan Lilja looks to be retiring this year, which means Jeff Allen will more than likely continue to start at LG. I wish this didn't give me as much pause as it does.
Logic says that Allen wasn't even supposed to start last year, and that the experience is going to make him better. But I keep seeing the gaping hole on the left side of our line in nightmares. Oh the horror.
Now true, Lilja will not be subing in at Center for R Hudson, and Albert should also be healthy. As long as KC keeps the players they have developed, something we have a huge problem doing. But thats another nightmare for different day.
The chiefs need to bring in Alex Smith, or Matt Flynn. Pick up Ed Reed in free agency. Trade the number one pick to the Jets for Darrelle Revis. Then bring in Mike Wallace wr from Pittsburgh. and draft the rest through the draft. We would be instant contenders in the AFC west.
I had hoped that the Desmond Trufant would be available in the second round, but it looks like the senior bowl jumped him up on a lot of draft boards. So moving away from corner with the 34th pick on to quaterback. I still think we need a corner stat, but Manuel can be a future starter for us. I'd like him better in the 3rd round, but i think too many see what I see and someone will jump up to snag him. Manuel has the arm, and the accuracy, he just needs to be coached on his decision making. I still feel we need a starter with our 2nd pick, but I see too much potential in Manuel to let him go.
I have no clue what our 1st pick will be, and while L. Joeckel may be worthy of top 3 overall considertion, i hope we use this pick on defense. Yes, I am aware that our #1 need is a QB. The popular thought going around is our new GM will be looking for a trade, mostly because there are no superstar QBs available in free agency. I'm hoping they pan out, and we make a move for M. Flynn. Not just because we get to bring back "In like Flynn", but because the 49ers are going to ask for too much in a trade for A. Smith. Although A. Smith is asking to be released before free agency It makes horrible business sense to let him go without any compensation, and if they were truely that concerned about upsetting A. Smith, he wouldn't have been benched.
M. Flynn is more than enough to run A. Reids' offense, and I think we can get em' for a 3rd this year and another next year if he starts. While I do hope we select a QB in the draft this year i honestly don't see that much of a difference between what most scouts think are the top 5 QB draft prospects. heck maybe the top 7 or 8. And not one them is worth anymore than the 20th pick, unless you feel like reaching. M. Kiper doesn't even have one coming out of the 1st round. Which, while hard to believe, would mean G. Smith could still be avaiable for the picking, but... I still don't know if we should draft him.
With so many needs, LG, CB, ILB, FS, WR and DE staring us in the face. If D. Trufant is available i feel it would be a upgrade to the other side of B. Flowers and allow both safties to play the field or inside the box. And yes, not only our fist pick, but our second as well on defense. Yes it sounds crazy when our Offense was so ineffective this year, but defense wins champions. Just ask the former journeyman QB Trent Dilfer.
D. Trufant is worth the first pick in the 2nd round, and sadly while not as lackluster as the QB prospects, the number of sure handed WR is also in question. Hopefully we use free agency to bring in WRs who can catch the ball when it hits them in the hands, or face mask. Jennings, Jennings. Jenning,
With all this said, I am still torn between 2 draft picks. DT S. Lotulelei or LB J. Jones. KC would ask both to change their positions, Lotulelei to RDE, sorry G. Dorsey, but not enough production, even when health and on the field versus his salary. Jones would switch to ILB, sorry Manti, Jones speed and upside just can't be ignored.
Either one of these prospects, while likely not fully clicking till after week 9 or 10, are both worth the overall #1 pick, and what we need.
Best quaterback in this years draft is Jordan Rodgers. The good thing about this, like his brother did, is not getting the recognition he deserves. Why is this good, because he hopefully will still be sitting there in the third round so the Chiefs can get a OL 1 and a CB 2. This could be like a Payton and Eli Manning story and look what Aaron Rodgers has accomplished after nobody said he could play at this level. Besides that, if the Chiefs are looking to take a page from the Packers organization, this would be it.
Resign Dwayne Bowe
Alex Smith/Matt Flynn.
Rd 1) Luke Joeckel
Rd 2) Terrance Williams/DeAndre Hopkins.
Rd 3) Margus Hunt/David Amerson
Rd 4) Logan Ryan CB-Rutgers
Rd 5) Tyrann Mathieu-If he is here in the 6th round, which I doubt, but even though he has major character issues, he has potential to be one of the best players taken in the entire draft. If he is not there, I look for Tyler Bray or Zac Dysert. I have a strange feeling one will definitely be available.
Rd 6) David Bass- MWSU-Division 2 player, making a splash at the shrine game practices. I have watched him play for four years and even Matt Miller said he has the potential to be one of the steals of the draft. Same size as Aldon Smith.
Rd 7) Brandon Williams-Missouri Southern-Division 2 player-massive guy. I have watched him play live and he is the fastest big man I have ever watched play the game. Next to Poe, he could help make a major push on the offensive line.
To justfiy my not really drafting a QB, I, like many others, do not feel there is anything close to a franchise QB in this Draft. However, if we do not get a QB in FA, I think we have to Draft Geno or trade back into the first for Tyler Wilson. If we resign Brandon Albert, I look for us to take Geno because I think Brandon and Bowe will consume a lot of money. Also, I really like Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville in next years draft. I can also see us potentially giving away a draft pick for someone like Josh Freeman. I would love to trade out of the first pick, I just don't see that happening, sadly. But please, comments are welcome. Thank you for reading.
Wow did Clark ever get down to business. The one weekness this franchise has had was it`s old fashioned ideals which led to loyalty to a fault.A lot of times things needed to be changed and it would linger and linger .But to Clark`s credit when we needed it the absoulute most he went through that building and cleaned house.Man did he ever .He had to.Because the stink from the season was the worst I`d ever seen in the 50 years I`ve passionatly and loyaly followed the Chiefs. I like to compare it to a new puppy who peed and pooed allover your house when left it inside for a day .The only way to make the place livable again is to remove all of it. He acted quickly and desicivly and gave what is a very talented but a squad just lacking in very key areas a fresh start. Follow Chief faithful I challenge any of you to go to the home page of NFL.com and click on events go down and click on draft then click on history and then lookat the draft from 2011.J. Baldwin is a very rare talent and Ithink he is the prototype of the reciever in the NFL and should be the next megatron. But about oh about 9 and 10 picks down is Andy Dalton and then Colin Kaepernick .I`ve gone on and on about all the QB`s that have been brought into the NFL in the last two years .YesScott Pioli you did have a few good moments but his biggest mistake was admitting he was wrong about Cassel and drafting just one of these QB`s....He should be fired just for that.As we as not just Chief fans but also as NFL fans watch as Wilson, ah I going to let this go. Anyway good job Clark of clearing number One Arrowhead Dr. of the stink. Also I want to welcome all of the new employees of the Chief family and we all are here to support you as you build our team into a winner......GO CHIEFS GO GO
I'm going to leave the offensive staff to HC Andy Reid to assemble seeing that is his specialty. But would expect a reunion of sorts with some if not all of the following former Eagles coaches to climb on board the Reid "Red" Express...
*Pat Shurmur: Former Browns HC. Eagles TE coach 99-01. Eagles QB coach 02-08. Rams OC 09-11.
*Brad Childress: Eagles QB coach 99-02, Eagles OC 03-05.
*Marty Mornhinweg: Green Bay 95-96, Philly 03-12 [OC 06-12].
*Tom Melvin: 99-01 Offensive QC, 02-12 TE coach. [BTW...Google has Melvin as the Chiefs TE coach already!].
As for the defense, you have to play "connect the dots" with GM John Dorsey [Green Bay 84-12] leading the way...
HC Andy Reid : Green Bay 92-98, Philly 99-12.
DC Mike Trgovac : Currently the Packers D-line coach [09-12]. Was DC for Carolina from 03-08.
DL Sal Sunseri: Currently serving as the Florida State DE coach. Was D-Line coach for Carolina from 02-08.
LB Kevin Greene : Currently the Packers OLB coach [09-12].
DB Rod Perry : Currently serving as the Oregon State DB coach. Was DB coach for Carolina from 02-06.
ST Noland Cromwell : Currently Senior offensive assistant of the Browns. Was ST coach for Green Bay from 92-97.
Asst. LB Mike Caldwell : Defensive QC/assistant LB coach with the Eagles [08-12].
Asst. DB Mike Zordich : Defensive QC/assistant DB (S) coach with the Eagles [10-12].
Asst. ST Duce Staley : Asst. ST coach with the Eagles [11-12].
Okay, I have to say that I was absolutely sick when Peyton Manning was in play and the KC Chiefs were no where to be seen. Now Denver is the top seed and have a legitimate shot at going the distance. We all remember losing Gannon to our archrival but I also remember when Huard had a tremendous year then never performed quite as well after that. Cassel turned out to be more of a Huard than a Gannon. With no QBs in the draft worth a first overall pick, KC can trade down and pick up a QB in free agency. Now who is available, brutally unhappy with their current situation and has great potential? Why risk introducing the drama of a Vick to KC when Tebow has a better arm and is just as mobile? Yes, I said it, Tim Tebow. Why is he riding pine after his performance at the end of last season? Under adverse circumstances and playing in an offense not designed for him, he found a way to win in Denver. He has the talent and still holds records in college that even Manziel is unlikely to break. Many critics and nay-sayers are still critical but this is a talented player that is humble enough to fit into an organization like the Chiefs.
Seriously, how do you defend against an offense that can run Charles up the middle, can spread a defense with Baldwin, Breaston and Moeki (let's assume Bowe is gone), can go deep down the field at any time with Tebow's are strength, AND has a QB that will take off on you and usually end up with about as many yards on the ground as the starting RB? Tebow can be to KC what RG3 is to the Redskins.
From my long distance and amateur perspective, Pioli was a pretty good GM. The team has talent and he drafted that talent. His downfall, as it seems for all coaches and GMs in the NFL, was a lack of success at the QB position. Pioli fell in football love with Matt Cassel after a successful back-up campaign the year T. Brady suffered a season ending knee injury (at the hands of the Chiefs!). He took a chance and it didn't work out for him. God bless Scott Pioli in future endeavors. Its no fun to be without a job even if one makes a seven-figure salary.
I'm glad of one thing about the departure of Pioli and his philosophy: we won't ever hear of the "Patriot Way" again. Anything that isn't the Chiefs Way should be rejected wholesale as far as I'm concerned.
I suppose, however, its now the Andy Reid way. Whatever. Let's just hope for a few winning years. I have mixed feelings about the hiring of Andy Reid (not because of his record and ability), but I'm confident his success as a head coach will continue with KC. But still...
one would think after 14 pressure-packed seasons as an NFL head coach, a guy might need to refresh himself by taking a year off before returning to the gridiron sidelines. But hey, to each his own.
Go Andy Reid! Go Chiefs!
Adrian Petersen is great (and played at my alma mater, so even better). He returned to play less than a year after a terrible injury that should have diminished his performance (if he returned at all!), kept him in rehabilitation and on the sidelines for half of this season at least. Instead, he gained over 2,000 yards, etc. etc. Justifiably, AD is getting a lot of love in the national media. All of this is obvious and true, but...
Its time that Jamaal Charles gets some high praise for his very similar story. He made the Pro Bowl, as well he should have, but I don't otherwise hear about Charles' accomplishment in the natonal media. Jamaal also returned after a potentially career ending injury and had a spectacular season. The only thing that cannot be said about Charles in comparison with AD's season, is that JC did not gain 2,000. He gained some 1,500 yards and did so having three games well under 100 yards. "Could-haves" and "should-haves" do not count in life, but JC was capable and is capable next year to rush for 2,000. The O-line deserves some credit as well - one game with a rushing total that exceeded 300 yards!
The team has outstanding individual talent: Jamaal, Tamba, Eric B, & Bowe; let's hope Andy Reid can turn this franchise into a winner. A QB needs to be among the names listed with Jamaal, Eric, etc, not on the bottom of the talent list!
Andy Reid isn't taking a break after 14 seasons? Is that healthy? The guy must live and breath his job.
The game of football has evolved into a passers game the teams that are in the mix are all good at throwing the ball.
Top 10 passers 2012 by stats alone
1. Aaron Rodgers 6. Tom Brady
2. Peyton Manning 7. Ben Roethlisberger
3. Robert Griffin III 8. Drew Brees
4. Russell Wilson 9. Matt Schaub
5. Matt Ryan 10. Tony Romo
If you watch the games they play they are fast paced and the passer is very accurate and thats why they are the top 10. A younger players coach with the understanding that speed is of the utmost importance along with discipline on both sides of the ball will win games a smile, attaboy and a job well done goes along way keep in mind thats not all that will win the games the attitude the swagger just knowing youre good wont do it either. Repetition the will to go to the next level thats the recipe for greatness. The Chiefs have the tools to be in the mix if they stay away from playing to stay on the team and take it to the next level. 2013 dont roll over on the head coach take the blame for your mistakes a new head coach wont make you a better player than what you want to be only you can take it to the next level.
Well Chief nation faithful believe it or not there are some very good positives that came from this season .In my opinion M.R Pioli did have a very good draft for the offensive linemen he drafted in the last two years.Rememeber how well we ran the ball the last quarter of the season.If any of you think for a moment that was all Jamaal Ihave a bridge I want to sell you.This was done with two rookies yes both Jeff Allen and Don Stephenson were both rookies.Also remember both Rodney Hudson and Jon Asamoah who I thought both played very well were both in their second year drafted the year before.Fellow Chief fans if you have any pro football knowledge at all you know that all football wars start in the trenches.The other member is Eric Winston who Mr Pioli gets credit for pouncing on him once he was available. With Brandon Albert and Ryan Lilga that equals quality depth which you need as this season showed all of us.....You cannot win in the NFL without a awesome offesive line .It allows you to run the ball especially in the last 2 or 3 minutes when the opposition knows that you are to run down the clock.It also keeps the QB upright you people know that player all the good teams have that we all hope we have starting soon.He can`t do anything laying flat on his back.There`s more......................
All of you who decide to read this first must go see the interview Mitch gave Clark. This could have an effect either way for Clark to us the fans .In this interview he states that he will have a ton of input then once hired this coach will report first to him.Well his track record with us has been well need I say peoples .This is his chance to change our opinion of him. Personally I think he will once again fail terribly . I hope for all of us meaning us Chief faithful that it works but after his track record I think based on his track record he will go cheap as usual and hire some second rate college coach that`ll have tons of mean well but will at best have a 8-8 record but he save money like he always does.Clark pins your ears back get out the checkbook and go out and get Andy Reid who just like the Eagles needs a fresh start but with this will get our beloved Chiefs which big and it`s a huge need a QB AAHHHH let me refresh that QB`s. Trust me with two more draft`s we will be knocking on the Super Bowl DOOR......................
Merry Christmas to all! As is my custom, I like to kick the holidays off with a mock draft. But with the expected change in the front office, a few extra "gifts" are under our Chiefs 365 Christmas tree this year.
GM Russ Ball [Green Bay Packers]
HC Winston Moss [Green Bay Packers]
DC Mark Trgovac [Green Bay Packers]
OC Cam Cameron [Unemployed/Baltimore Ravens]
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Free Agent Re-Signings
1. P Dustin Colquitt
2. LB Brandon Siler
3. SS Abram Elam
4. NT Anthony Toribio
5. LS Thomas Gafford
6. DE Ropati Pitoitua
7. LB Edgar Jones
8. TE Steve Maneri
1. QB Matt Cassel
2. QB Brady Quinn
3. RB Peyton Hillis
4. OT Branden Albert
5. OG Ryan Lilja
6. WR Dwayne Bowe
7. DE Glenn Dorsey
8. DE Tyson Jackson
9. DL Shaun Smith
10. WR Terrance Copper
11. DB Travis Daniels
12. TE Jake O'Connell
13. RB Shaun Draughn
14. RB Nate Eachus
15. QB Alex Tanney
16. OL Russ Hochstein
17. OL Rich Ranglin
Free Agent Signings
1. WR Mike Wallace [Pittsburgh Steelers]
2. QB Jason Campbell [Chicago Bears]
3. CB Keenan Lewis [Piitsburgh Steelers]
4. LG Andy Levitre [Buffalo Bills]
5. LB Erin Henderson [Minnesota Vikings]
6. DE Sammie Hill [Detroit Lions]
7. DE Alan Branch [Seattle Seahawks]
8. LB Brad Jones [Green Bay Packers]
9. DE Dominique Hamilton [Washington Redskins]
2013 Mock Draft
1/1 QB Geno Smith [West Virginia]
2/1/33 OT Lane Johnson [Oklahoma]
3/1/64 RB Montee Ball [Wisconsin]
3/33/95 WR Stedman Bailey [West Virginia] *Compensatory Pick*
4/1/96 RB Trey Millard [Oklahoma] (FB)
5/1/136 RG Hugh Thornton [Illinois]
6/1/171 QB Brad Sorensen [Southern Utah]
7/1/208 LB David Bass [Missouri Western]
UDFA/269 TE Tanner Hawkinson [Kansas]
UDFA/363 C Joe Madsen [West Virginia]