Kansas City Chiefs: How New Players Will Help Chiefs Win in 2012
Head coach Romeo Crennel is getting a second chance to lead a football team after struggling in Cleveland. Crennel's second stint as a head coach could go very well with the talent that general manager Scott Pioli is providing him.
Kansas City has addressed many holes this offseason to better prepare themselves for the 2012 season.
While Crennel is waiting for offseason team activities and training camp, he is hoping that his new players will quickly grasp his coaching style. Better yet, Crennel will make it clear to each player what their role will be in 2012.
In this slide show, we will touch on the five players that Pioli signed and how they can help Kansas City win football games this season.
QB Brady Quinn
Brady Quinn will be nothing more than a backup for the Chiefs on opening week.
His history with Notre Dame gives him a huge popularity boost in Kansas City. So does the fact that Quinn has played for Crennel and Brian Daboll in Cleveland before.
But Quinn has not played a regular season game in two years. Quinn is far from ready to compete for a starting job and won't receive that role in Week 1 unless Matt Cassel is hurt.
Quinn knows the system that Crennel and Pioli will run. Quinn can help Cassel learn the terminology that the two coaches use to help Cassel's shift go smoothly with the new coaching staff.
At some point, expect Quinn to play. Maybe he will enter games late in the fourth quarter when the game is put away or take over if Cassel is injured.
RB Peyton Hillis
This signing brings back flashbacks of when the Chiefs signed Thomas Jones in 2010. Jones came to team up with Jamaal Charles and eventually led the league in rushing as a team.
Coincidentally, Peyton Hillis is here to replace Jones and help restore Kansas City's rushing game, as Charles hopes to make a splash when he returns to the gridiron.
Hillis will get a lot of carries this season for the Chiefs. You will see him used the most in goal-line situations or when the Chiefs are just a couple of yards away. They may still line Hillis up in those situations and execute a trick play to throw off opposing defenses.
Hillis can help Kansas City gain back their title as the top rushing team in the league, which is what they had in 2010.
TE Kevin Boss
Here is another interesting pick up for the Chiefs.
Tony Moeaki is another player returning from injury. The Chiefs don't have much to work with at tight end behind Moeaki, so they felt the need to sign Kevin Boss.
Boss playing for the Chiefs will help Kansas City in multiple ways.
First, Moeaki's return to football will go more smoothly. In his two years with the Chiefs, Moeaki has missed 17 games due to injury. He missed one game during his rookie season and all of 2011. For a player who has had injury problems throughout his playing career since college, Moeaki will appreciate what the Chiefs are doing to help him not feel like he is under pressure and has to carry the team at his position.
If Moeaki stays healthy, then Cassel just got himself another weapon to help improve the passing game.
OT Eric Winston
Perhaps the most popular offseason signing came last weekend when the Chiefs snagged Eric Winston to help improve a thin offensive line.
Winston has started 89 consecutive games dating back to November of 2006. Preventing injuries and suspensions has allowed Winston to be a full-time offensive tackle, as he has solidified himself as one of the top right tackles in the league.
Winston will help the Chiefs in both pass protection and run-blocking. This will ultimately play a big role for the Chiefs as they extend their drives and eventually put points on the scoreboard.
CB Stanford Routt
A lot of Chiefs fans have mixed feelings with Stanford Routt since Brandon Carr is now with Dallas.
Routt will be the second cornerback behind Branodn Flowers. However, Routt has had some penalty issues. Will he be able to fix those flaws?
Routt will play for one of the most accomplished defensive coaches in Crennel, as well as a great defensive backs coach in Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Emmitt Thomas.
Playing under coaches who are highly respected in the league could help Routt mature on the field and avoid getting the yellow flag thrown at him. If he does that, Routt could make Carr a long-distant memory.
Crennel will have something that Todd Haley never had, and that is strong depth. This will allow Crennel to be flexible, especially on offense.
Daboll and Crennel will spend a lot of time figuring out how to make the rushing game one of the best in the league. They also have the opportunity to improve a weak passing game with Cassel returning and a strong upgrade at right tackle. With the draft yet to come, the Chiefs could find another offensive lineman to help add some muscle to the front line.
Overall, Crennel has a chance to shock the world and take the Chiefs over the Broncos in the AFC West. It is certainly an attainable task. Sure, Manning wins a lot. But even though he has missed a lot of games, Manning has not been perfect in the playoffs either.