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2012 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs are certainly glad that last season is over.  They had high hopes after a playoff appearance the year before.  But injuries to several players early in the season, took the wind out of the Chiefs’ sails.  It cost Todd Haley his head coaching job, but made way for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to be the new coach.  Where Haley lost the respect of his players, Crennel became the player’s choice as their new coach. With a new season here, the Chiefs are looking forward to the return of key players to help them compete in a tough division.  They have also added some new additions  to help them.  With questions at quarterback, it remains to be seen whether a defensive minded coach like Crennel can put he right personnel in place or a dynamic offense.  Something that he was unable to do consistently when he was the head coach of the Browns.  Here is more on the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Football Studs:   The defensive unit will be very effective, especially with presence of LB Tamba Hali and new draftee nose tackle Dontari Poe.  The secondary is also very strong and are counting on the return of safety Eric Berry, who was lost to injury last year.  Another stud is WR Dwayne Bowe, who has been the most prolific receiver in Chiefs history.  The Chiefs are also hoping that running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis develop that one-two punch that most teams are running.  Both RBs are coming off injury plagued seasons, with Charles getting knocked out for the season in Week 2 last year.

Area of Strength:  The Kansas City defense is the area of strength for the Chiefs.  Led by Tamba Hali and the tutelage of coach Crennel, the Chiefs hope to return to the playoffs.   Hali led the team with 12 sacks.  The Chiefs drafted Dontari Poe in hopes that he will help the team stop the run, which they struggled with last year.  Returning from injury is Pro Bowler Eric Berry, who is the leader of the secondary, which includes corners Brandon Flowers, free agent Stanford Routt, and fellow safety, Kendrick Lewis.  This unit will be the catalyst for this team.

Area of Weakness:  Quarterback Matt Cassel hasn’t played a full season since the Chiefs got him in a trade 4 seasons ago.  Last year, he only managed just 9 games and about 1700 passing yards.  Don’t get me wrong, when Cassel is healthy and has time, he can pick you apart and find the open receiver.  He’s got a good running game with good receivers.  But Cassel has yet to put together  the magic season when he took over for an injured Tom Brady in New England.  However, Cassel does have security in knowing that he has at least a full season to show that this is his team.  His backup is Brady Quinn, and no offense to Quinn, but Cassel’s job is secure for this season.  No sure that will help the Chiefs.  A healthy, upright Matt Cassel is what Kansas City needs to have a good season.

2012 Marquee Matchups:  Its going to be a difficult year with the schedule the Chiefs have this season.  Right out the gate, they have Atlanta in Week 1, Buffalo, Week 2, New Orleans, Week 3, and Baltimore, Week 5.  In Weeks 10 and 11, the Chiefs take on Pittsburg and Cincinnati back to back.

All Things Kansas City Chiefs:  There are several ways to keep up with 2012 Kansas City Chiefs.  Here are a few.

Blogs:  Arrowhead Pride http://www.arrowheadpride.com/ ; Arrowhead Addict http://arrowheadaddict.com/ ; Chiefs Command http://chiefscommand.com/nfl/top-nfl-rivalries-2012

Apps: Chiefs Mobile for iPhone (by Locker Partner) and  Arrowhead Addict for iPhone (by Notice Software)

Fan Clubs:   The official fan club for the Kansas City Chiefs can be found on www.chiefs.com under fan zone. 


The Arrowheads are Chief!

Dwayne Bowe really showed what he can do last year.  Since coming into the league in 2007, Bowe has shown the potential of being a break out receiver, but has performed far below  expectations.  He was actually very close to being benched because of ineffective play, even though he is clearly their best receiver.  Bowe answered his critics with a HUGE year:  72 catches, 1162 yards, and 15 TDs!  He developed a great rapport with Matt Cassel.  Bowe went from being a situation starter to a must start week to week in Fantasy.  I look for him to have continued success on the field, especially with the drafting of Jonathan Baldwin out of Pitt.  Baldwin has big play ability and will be a perfect complement to Bowe.  He should also be a good presence in the red zone offense as well, along with 2nd year TE Tony Moeaki, who had a decent rookie season with 47 receptions, 556 yards, and 3 TDs.  Bowe is a top 20 WR who should be drafted around the 3rd or 4th round.  However, Baldwin and Moeaki should be drafted, but definitely in the later rounds.  KC has put together a HIGH POWERED offense.

I am one of the few in the world that actually like Jim Zorn.  Call me crazy (and I know you will), but I actually enjoyed him here in Washington (minus all the embarrassing losses and press conferences). I always hoped that while he was a bust in DC, that he would go on and have success else where.  Whelp…in Baltimore, things didn’t go so well with Flacco.  So JZ lost that job.  Now he is in KC and his project is Matt Cassel.  This will be Cassel’s 3rd season with the Chiefs.  His first in 2009 was awful! Last year, Cassel’s play improved dramatically.  He ended last season with 3116 yards, and 27 TDs.  Cassel reduced his turnovers with 7 ints and 3 fumbles.  He needs to still make quicker decisions and that will help improve half of the 26 sacks from last season.  Hopefully Jim Zorn will improve the play of Cassel this season.  He will be great for when your star has a bye week.

Going into the draft, the Chiefs had many defensive needs.  Not to say that they were terrible last year.  Quite the contrary.  They had the 14th ranked D in the NFL last year, mainly from standout play from LB Tamba Hali and S Eric Berry, who both made it to the Pro Bowl.  Hali was second in the NFL in sacks with 15. Berry, who is going into his 2nd year, has already proven that he is going to be a special player.  He had 92 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 INTs, 1 which was returned for a TD.  But as mentioned, they have holes to fill, especially with the sudden retirement of Mike Vrabel.  There were also rumblings that Hali wanted to see what other teams were interested in him, but the Chiefs slapped the Franchise tag on him.  They did draft 5 Defensive players to help with the improvements for this year.  On Special Teams, Dexter McCluster splashed onto the scene in his first game with a TD punt return.  He is fast and explosive.  Ryan Succop wasn’t too consistent in the kicking game, but the Chiefs will put points on the board and there will be plenty of opportunities for Succop to kick the ball through the uprights.  This is a DEF/Special Teams that should be drafted when it comes time to pick a Defense.  You should do so with confidence.

The run is back in Kansas City!  Last year Jamaal Charles took his rushing to new levels.  He had 1647 rushing yards!  In December of 2010 Charles signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal that includes $13 million in guaranteed money.  He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, a first for the RB.  The eye brow raiser for Fantasy Footballers? His TD production.  In a score only league, 5 TDs is not going to cut it.  Give some thought to that.  Their other RB of note is Thomas Jones.  Jones, in his first season as a Chief from the NY Jets, rushed a respectable 896 yards with 6 TDs.
These guys make a nice 1,2 combo. Todd Haley has gone on record often speaking highly of Thomas Jones and how great he thinks Jones is for Charles and the entire organization.  I suspect they will keep him around.

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