The Kansas City Chiefs trimmed their roster to 75 players after cutting 14 on Sunday, according to their website. One of the 14 players who were let go was fullback Shane Bannon, who was drafted by the team out of Yale in the seventh round of the 2011 draft.
Bannon, who was the team's only fullback going into 2012, did not appear in any games during his rookie season and spent all of 2011 on the practice squad. Bannon was the top fullback behind Le'Ron McClain after Mike Cox was cut last season.
Fans probably were under the assumption that Bannon, barring injury, will be the team's starting fullback going into the regular season. But Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are considering a new look for the offense.
Football fans witnessed the dominance of the New England Patriots two-tight end set with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The Chiefs want to install a two-tight end set with Tony Moeaki and Kevin Boss on the roster.
Now that Bannon is off the team, it is more apparent that Kansas City wants to try New England's offense. Will this offense work to Kansas City's advantage?
Both Moeaki and Boss are reliable receivers and blockers as tight ends. But they may also line up in the backfield prior to a snap. Another tight end who can be considered with this offensive scheme is Steve Maneri, who played both tight end and offensive tackle last year. Maneri is now a tight end and has made himself distant from the offensive line.
Peyton Hillis, who 6'2" and weights 250 pounds, can also be in consideration as the fullback filler for certain plays due to his size and stature.
The Chiefs have the right players for this system, but fans are not sure what to expect. The Chiefs won't be playing with a fullback in this Thursday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
This will be the first time fans will be given a small preview of this part of their offense.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will take advantage of a multi-tight end system. He will take advantage of a big blocker or a big player coming out of the backfield looking to make a catch. The Chiefs are not expected to execute this offense as well as the Patriots, but the Chiefs do have the players that can help run this offense and manage it well this season.