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Brian Banks: Why the Kansas City Chiefs Would Be a Great Fit for Him

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2015

Football fans are keeping a close eye on former football star Brian Banks as he continues to work with multiple NFL teams after a charge that sent him to prison for five years.

Kansas City Chiefs insider Josh Looney tweeted Tuesday that the Chiefs scheduled a workout with Banks later that afternoon.

Banks has the chance to impress one of the better-known talent evaluators in general manager Scott Pioli and one of the most respected defensive coaches in the NFL in head coach and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Getting an opportunity to play for Crennel is not something every defensive player can come across.

Being away from the game for so long, what better way than to play the game again under an erudite defensive coach in Crennel? It would benefit Banks as he attempts a return to a sport he excelled in as a high school student.

Along with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, Banks would be given the right coaches who can be patient with him as he works his way back into the game of football.

The Chiefs also have a thin corps of inside linebackers and could use a player like Banks to help the Chiefs get better. Behind Derrick Johnson, the linebackers cast is not a strong one.

Jovan Belcher has been with the team since 2009, but he's not been consistent. Brandon Siler signed with the Chiefs following the lift of the lockout, but he suffered an injury that placed him on the injured reserve for all of 2011.

If Banks signs with the Chiefs and puts together a good showing in the preseason, he could earn himself a roster spot going into Week 1 of the regular season.

With the transition he is making after being away from the game for a long time, Banks would most likely begin things off as a backup and rotate with the linebackers on defense. If he continues to make progress by making his presence known on the field, Crennel and the Chiefs may consider giving him a bigger role.

As of now, all of this seems like a long shot. Banks has already overcome the biggest obstacle of his life and knows that the NFL will take a lot out of an athlete.

But with the Chiefs coaching staff and the need for an inside linebacker, Kansas City would be a great spot for the hopeful Banks.

 

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