The Kansas City Chiefs excelled the last few years in building a strong base of talent. With solid draft classes in previous years and shrewd free-agent signings, the 2012 Chiefs should field a host of talent capable of putting them back on top of the AFC West.
Those results come from Scott Pioli's efforts to build a strong roster, focusing on bringing in his "right 53" players. After all, football is a team sport, and each player on the roster is there to contribute in part to the team's success.
Note the omission of phrases like "fair share" and "equal."
The truth of the matter is that certain players are required to deliver greater results than others, at least if that team expects to win. While a host of solid backups and role players factor into the team's overall success, it's those few top performers that carry the day.
There's a reason people talk about "playmakers." They're the guys who make the big hits or deliver the key first downs. When the game is on the line, fans, coaches and teammates alike look to these go-to "clutch" players to come through and make something happen.
Fortunately for Kansas City, its roster boasts more than a couple of such individuals. On both sides of the ball, the Chiefs can count on these standouts to keep their team in the fight and ensure Kansas City comes out on top of those close matchups.
Those 46 guys on the sidelines all play an important role in the game, but these seven are the difference-makers to put the Chiefs back into the playoffs.