With the term(s) agreement between Romeo Crennel and Kansas City, the Chiefs have now added both coordinators (Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator) from the New England Patriots last Super Bowl winning team.
Now, Crennel is responsible for turning around one of the worst defenses in football over the past few seasons. In 2009, the Chiefs finished 21st against the pass and 30th against the run. This squad also failed to generate much of a pass rush with only 23 sacks (hello Jared Allen) this season.
Talent and System
Both Crennel (Cleveland Browns) and Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) had their issues as head coaches but both are proven coordinators in the NFL. That being said, any good coordinator still needs talented players to execute their system.
When it comes to talent Weis should have a much easier time running his side of the football with talents like Matt Cassel, Dwayne Bowe, Jamal Charles and an improving offensive line.
Crennel on the other hand, has some talent to work with, but it will probably take him a little time to get this defense turned around and back to a top twelve overall group.
Free Agency and the Draft
Unless the Chiefs find a very talented receiver or and great offensive linemen (good draft for offensive tackles) this organization should be focusing on defense with their top draft picks.
Like every losing team in the NFL, the Chiefs need to choose players that ultimately make a positive impact.
Just look at the Green Bay Packers, they added defensive coordinator Dom Capers last offseason then drafted nose tackle B.J. Raji and line backer Clay Matthews Jr. as their first two picks in the 2009 draft.
Both players made an impact and Matthews Jr. actually made the Pro Bowl in his first year.
Finding impact players like those two are huge for a defensive turn around but it is rookie gems like seventh round pick linebacker Brad Jones that really make a defensive turn around. Jones not only made the team but became an every week starter by game twelve.
Not only did the Packers have a strong rookie draft but in Capers system corner back Charles Woodson became the hands down defensive player of the year in the NFL.
Clearly, having a good coordinator and finding players that work in their system can take your team to another level. Not to mention make players on that team more fantasy friendly.
2010 Fantasy Football Expectations
While Capers orchestrated a major improvement with the Packers in one season, I wouldn't expect Crennel to do the same thing. For one, Capers is a much more established defensive coordinator and is one of the best at running the three/four defense.
Not only that but Capers also had stronger veteran talent in Green Bay (inherited a solid secondary), from the year before.
Because of this I expect the Chiefs' defense to struggle in the first half of the 2010 season as their defense continues to gel and play together.
From a fantasy football perspective, look to the Chiefs offensive side of the football for fantasy relevant players in 2010. Jamaal Charles is a rising star in fantasy and all we need to see now is that the team will commit to using him as a feature runner from opening day on.
Quarterback Matt Cassel won't be drafted at fantasy football drafts this year, but I do believe he will play better as the season moves along. Hopefully, the team will resign veteran receiver Chris Chambers because Cassel had good chemistry with him.
The biggest question in fantasy football regarding this team is if receiver Dwayne Bowe is ready to focus and become the star player his talent suggests he can be. The first clue we should get in finding out Bowe success or failure this season is if he is putting together a strong offseason in camp.
Then in November, Bowe was suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
These problems could hurt a once promising NFL career and leave fantasy football owners in doubt about this young players dedication to his craft.
All that being said, Bowe is still a great talent, and if he has a solid offseason than expect this offense to take the next step under Weis. That step should provide consistent fantasy production from Charles, Bowe and even make Cassel a decent NFL quarterback, once again.
NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com
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