Kansas City Chiefs: On the Rise

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  A fan of the Oakland Raiders yells from the stands against the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game on November 30, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I realize the picture I selected for this does not have anything to do with this article. But look at that chick! Is that just a normal fashion statement for those people that claim to be Raiders fans, or do they just like dressing up in funny costumes?

Anyway, this is one of the most anticipated Chiefs seasons in Kansas City in a long time. The Chiefs have a certified genius in Scott Pioli as GM, and a new head coach, who was the Offensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl losers.

The Chiefs also have a new quarterback (Matt Cassel) that will be at least 10 times better than the Chiefs QBs of last year (Brodie Croyle, Damon Huard, and Tyler Thigpen). We now have a QB worthy of being a starter in the NFL!

The Chiefs will have a very rough NFC schedule facing the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Chiefs can win one of those four games, I think they will have one of the best records among the AFC West.

The Raiders should finish in the cellar—shocker. The Chiefs have a chance to win six to eight games, depending on injuries. Broncos will finish around .500, and the Chargers are picked to win the division.

If the Chiefs can win six to eight games, then I think this offseason has been a major success. But, if the Chiefs finish the year with a top-five draft pick in their hand, I think all of K.C. will be out for Pioli and Haley's head. I know it sounds rough, but that's the way it is in Kansas City.

The defense should be the strength of this team. With Glenn Dorsey coming into his second season and Tyson Jackson along with him on the line, the Chiefs will have a young, yet talented corps.

The linebacking corps will be interesting. Derrick Johnson should be a stud, but we can just hope that Zach Thomas and Mike Vrabel can produce.

The defensive backs should be a strong. A young and talented group should make opposing offenses stick with the running game.

Don't expect the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl or anything, but you should still be optimistic.