The Kansas City Chiefs and Chiefs fans were disappointed to see not just a bad season, but not one single Pro-Bowler.
I have to admit that fans should not vote for the Pro-Bowl anymore, because the ones that don't know much vote for players with good teams.
There were a few players I thought should have made the Pro-Bowl on the Chiefs last year: Brian Waters, Ryan Succop, Jamaal Charles, and Brandon Flowers.
I expect the Chiefs to have at least a few Pro-Bowlers in 2010. This list is a potential top ten list, but it’s not the top ten Chiefs that will go to the Pro-Bowl.
I do not think Thomas Jones will have a shot at making the 2010 Pro-Bowl unless something happens to Jamaal Charles.
With the Chiefs full time starter at running back looking to be Jamaal Charles and the backup to be Thomas Jones I think they will form the NFL's best rushing tandem.
I think Jones will have at least 700 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns as a backup, but if Charles was to become injured I think Jones would get well over 1000 yards rushing.
I am not saying he can't make the Pro-Bowl, but if Charles got injured than I would say he has a pretty good shot.
Matt Cassel had a really shaky season in 2009, but the man's got his excuses—his receivers led the NFL in drops and his offensive line was one of the worst in the first half of the season.
I expect Cassel to have a decent season in 2010—a season miles better than his first season as a Chief. I think Cassel will have at least 3000 yards passing, 22 touchdowns, and throw 12 interceptions. I don't expect a breakout Pro-Bowl type of season from Matt Cassel in 2010, but if he does well, he has the potential to wear the stars on his jersey.
The Kansas City Chiefs might have walked away with a free-agency steal with Ryan Lilja, a player who has started two full seasons back-to-back blocking for arguably the best quarterback ever, Peyton Manning.
Lilja is pretty small for his position only being 6’2” and weighing 290 pounds, but Lilja excels in pass blocking.
Ryan Lilja has been on a Super Bowl team, and if he starts every game for the Chiefs in 2010, it wouldn't surprise me if he gets voted to the 2010 Pro-Bowl because of his name.
I think the recent controversy with Dwanye Bowe's interview with ESPN Magazine is good for Bowe because it will fuel him up to play a lot harder in 2010.
With Bowe being suspended for four games in 2009, he didn't have enough time to show Coach Haley what he can do.
I think Bowe will have a better season in 2010 because the new offensive line will help and Bowe is poised to please Todd Haley. I think Bowe will have at least 900 receiving yards and at least six touchdowns.
"Mr. Irrelevant" Ryan Succop became one of the most successful irrelevant players in his Rookie season.
Succop was definitely the best Rookie kicker making 25 out of 29 field goal attempts. He is already one of the NFL's best kickers, but I don't expect him to have more field goals in 2010. I say this because with Thomas Jones on the team, the Chiefs get a much needed goal line rusher to pound in touchdowns, which is a good thing. I still expect Succop to be one of the best kickers again though.
Out of all of these players so far on this list I expect Tamba Hali to be one of the NFL's best pass rushers in 2010 and make a huge push for the Pro-Bowl.
I think Tamba Hali will have double-digit sacks in 2010 based on his success at playing linebacker for the first time in his pro career.
If more people knew who Tamba Hali was, he would get a lot more votes, but he has to show by example and not endorsements or being on a winning team like most Pro-Bowlers.
Eric Berry is one of the top candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year and assuming he wins, he will most likely be a Pro-Bowler.
I think Berry will win Defensive Rookie of the Year and I am not being biased. Berry is in the best place on the field at free safety to rack up more stats than almost any other player. I think Berry will have at least 80 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 5 tackles for loss.
Look for Berry to make an immediate impact for the Chiefs and a huge push for a Pro-Bowl spot and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
With Brian Waters winning last seasons Walter Payton Man of the Year award, I think Waters will get a lot of votes in 2010.
Waters is already a four-time Pro-Bowler and knows what it takes. I think Waters should have been a Pro-Bowler in 2009 as well after looking at his offensive line stats. He only allowed one sack in 2009 and was dominant as a run blocker. I think Brian Waters will definitely be a Pro-Bowler in 2010.
Jamaal Charles is becoming one of the NFL's elite running backs after getting over 1000 yards in just the last 8 games of the season.
It really makes you wonder what he can do in a full season.
With Thomas Jones sharing the load with Jamaal Charles I still think Charles will break at least over 1200 yards rushing and over seven touchdowns. The Chiefs will be a big time running team in 2010 and Charles is extremely excited. I think he will be a Pro-Bowler and potential All-Pro in 2010.
Brandon Flowers is by far the best up and rising young football player in the NFL. After a stellar second season, I bet Flowers is pumped for more and to show that he should have been a Pro-Bowler in 2009.
The Chiefs have the best young secondary in the NFL and they will be hard to pass against with Brandon Carr and Eric Berry led by Brandon Flowers. I think Flowers will be a Pro-Bowler and have anywhere from four to eight interceptions.