The Kansas City Chiefs come with mixed reviews as they enter the 2012 season. Some feel that they are a dark horse Super Bowl contender, while others see the Chiefs as a middling team whose realistic expectations hover near the .500 mark.
While it is difficult to gauge now, the Chiefs might be the one of the biggest question marks in the NFL.
An awful 2009 season, followed by an AFC West title in 2010, gave the team high hopes in 2011. But Murphy’s Law battered the Chiefs in the form of injuries and an ill-prepared coaching staff.
Though the Chiefs did manage to scrounge together seven wins and fall short of repeating as division champs by a couple of blocked field goals in a Week 16 loss to the Oakland Raiders, the 2012 season should still come with tempered expectations.
Running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and quarterback Matt Cassel return from injury. Right tackle Eric Winston, tight end Kevin Boss, cornerback Stanford Routt and running back Peyton Hillis were plucked from free agency. And Dontari Poe was drafted to become the savior of the Chiefs’ defensive line woes.
If the 2010 season is to be the norm going forward, the Chiefs will need their anchors to deliver. If not, the 2012 will also be one to forget.
Here are five players with high expectations who could disappoint this season.