|2010 NFL Preview-AFC West-Kansas City Chiefs|
|Written by Mitch|
|Wednesday, 14 July 2010 14:22|
2010 NFL Preview-Kansas City Chiefs
2009 Results: 4-12
Todd Haley's work is still cut out for him as while the Chiefs were a better team a year ago, they still only won four games. There are a lot of question marks surrounding this team and some of the questions that have been answered, the answers haven't been good.
It's Matt Cassel's second year under center and it's been a lot more sobering experience than riding the pine behind Tom Brady or filling in from time to time. From the Chiefs' vantage point Cassel has been a disappointment. Jamal Charles looks to be the real deal at Running back and the pick up of Thomas Jones looks to be a solid one. At Wide Receiver Dawyne Bowe has shown flashes but nothing consistent and Chris Chambers was a nice mid season pick up last year. I liked the Dexter McCluster pick in the draft and he adds a new dimension to the offense as he's much like Percy Harvin in Minnesota. KC picked up two offensive Linemen in free agency, Casey Wegman and Ryan Lilja and picked up Jon Asamoah in the draft but this line just isn't very good.
Glenn Dorsey isn't living up to his billing and while he can play, he hardly justifies the labels he came in with and the line in general isn't very good. Tyson Jackson is another underachiever on this unit that needs to step up. The Linebackers are a weak spot and they did little to upgrade this position in the off season. Mike Vrabel is getting on in years and Derrick Johnson never became the star they had hoped. The Chiefs instantaneously upgraded their secondary as they added Eric Berry with the fifth overall pick in the draft. Berry could quickly develop into one of the best, he's that good already. Brandon Flowers is a better than just good Cornerback and this unit could be one of the better parts of the team, especially if Javier Arenas can play the corner as well as being a top notch return guy.
This is another one of the better units on the team. Ryan Succop is dependable and has a good leg and Dustin Colquitt sees plenty of action as the Punter and has made the most of it. Arenas would upgrade just about any return game in the league.
I don't see it happening in Kansas City. I'm not sure Cassel has what it takes to be an every day QB and there a lot of holes on both lines, the worst place to have them. It could be another long year in Kansas City.