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.