Feeling Drafty #21: Kansas City Chiefs

April 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

The head of Kansas City's dynamic running game, Jamaal Charles, took home Kansas City Team MVP.

It’s kind of shocking if you think… damn it, I need some new intros.

If there was a comeback team of the year, I can think of quite a few teams.  (I know I already did something like this, but stay with me.)  Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Seattle, Green Bay.  Actually, now that I write down Green Bay, it should probably go to them.  But, a close second would be Kansas City.  With the way that San Diego struggled to stay consistent, Oakland played mid-level football, and Denver suffered from choke-itis, it allowed KC to pave their way into the playoffs.  But, they didn’t win this thing by default.  The Chiefs earned their playoff position.

I like to think of myself as a fairly smart fantasy football analyst.  However, that confidence took a bit of hit this season.  You see, in one of my fantasy football leagues, I had Dwayne Bowe.  After their Week 5 loss to Indy, I decided to drop Bowe, because he only had one game where he earned five fantasy points or more, and he was dropping balls like they were biting his fingers.  What does he do the next week against Houston?  Six receptions, 108  yards, two touchdowns.  In the next seven games, he scored 13 touchdowns, with five multi-touchdown games, and only one game where he scored less than 12 points.  He’s plotting against me, I swear.

And let’s not forget Kansas City’s running game.  Between Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones, the Chiefs had the best running game in the NFL.  Here’s an interesting thought, Charles ran for almost 600 more yards than Jones with 15 fewer carries.  He was AVERAGING 6.4 yards per carry.  The guy was out there running like his hair was on fire.  Simply ridiculous.

I was sure that Matt Cassel would be a one-and-done.  Yeah, he did some good things back in New England, but that may have been because he was in New England.  He had 2008 versions of Randy Moss and Wes Welker.  Tough gig, huh?  And his ’09 season kind of confirmed my opinion of him.  But last season, he threw 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.  He was a bit inconsistent (OK, really inconsistent), but he played smart football, and helped his team win ball games.

Their defense has playmakers, but they’re not talked about a lot.  They have one of the best 3-4 linebacker groups in the NFL.  Tamba Hali quietly had a 14.5 sack season.  Derrick Johnson is a tackling machine.  And Mike Vrabel is a versatile athlete known from his work at tight end.

Im still not exactly sure how to pronounce his name, but Corey Liuget would be a good fit in KCs growing defense.

What the Chiefs need help at is along the defensive line.  Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey are both young stars who do a good job of stopping the run (and are both from LSU, oddly enough).  But, at DT, Ron Edwards didn’t have a great season, and he might be going to free agency.  So, a fresh face at DT could be a good thing.  And that good thing will be Illinois DT Corey Liuget.  Liuget knows how to create panic in other teams’ backfield.  He can also beat O-linemen off the line with explosive reaction time.  He’ll be a player that opposing linemen will need to double team.

Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll have a new intro for the next article.


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