Five Reasons Kansas City Chiefs Will Remain Bottom Feeders In AFC West
Last year the Chiefs were a mess. They've been at the bottom of the AFC West for three consecutive seasons.
Their receivers set the bar high last year as they set the record for most drops in a season by a single team.
They gave Matt Cassell, a career backup, a six year $63 million dollare contract. Thats JaMarcus Russell money.
They had arguably the softest defensive front in the entire NFL.
But with all that some of their fans are optimistic enough to suggest they have a chance at winning the division.
No way they win the division, let alone finish anywhere but last in the divsion.
Here is a look at why.
The Chiefs recently hired "offensive genious" Charlie Weis. He has over 20 years experience as a football coach including 15 years in the NFL. Throughout his career he has learned from the best, serving as an offensive assistant and special teams coach for the 1990 Bill Parcels led Giants. More recently he served under BIll Belichek.
This is the the guy many Chief fans beleive will lead their offense from atrocious to respectable.
Yes, Charlie Weis.
The same Charlie Weis in the picture above.
The same Charlie Weis who spent the last five years running a once respectable Notre Dame football program into the ground, only to be fired six years premature of his contract.
The same Charlie Weis who fell into a coma following gastric bypass surgery for obesity and was then read his last rights by a catholic priest.
Charlie Weis coming from the Bill Belichek coaching tree means nothing. Look at all the coaches who fell flat on their faces upon leaving New England; Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, Rob Ryan, *Josh McDaniels*, hell Weis already fell flat on his face with Notre Dame.
The best part about Charlie Weis and his stint in New England is that the Patriots have been statistically more productive on offense since he has been gone.
Weis joins another Patriot re-hash who failed away from Belichek. Romeo Crennell who was fired from the Browns after leading the team to a 4-12 season.
A Weak Defensive Front Seven
Last year despite four former first rounders in the Chiefs front seven they were unable to get the job done and were one of the weakest units in the NFL.
The Chiefs defense ranked 31st in sacks, 31st in rushing defense, and 31st in yards per carry giving up a whopping 4.7 yards per carry. And since the end of the season they have done little to nothing to improve that area.
Just because the Chiefs d-linemen and line-backers are a year older and a year more experienced in their new system doesn't mean they won't won't continue to suck like they did last year.
With numbers like that teams have no reason to even test the Chiefs new rookie DBs; Erik Berry and Javier Arenas.
A Horrible offseason
Last year, aside from receivers who can't catch, the Cheifs biggest weaknesses were the offensive line and the defensive front seven yet the team did very little to address either.
So they brought in guard Ryan Lilja and center Casey Wiegmann, so what? Wiegman is an undersized has been at 37 years old standing 6'2'' 285 pounds.
Ryan Lilja is injury prone and undersized as well at 6'2'' 290. Last year he was a lone weak-spot on an otherwise stout o-line, there's a reason the Colts didn't even tender or attempt to resign him. He was too small and didn't fit the Colts scheme, last time I checked the Chiefs don't run a scheme where small o-linemen fit in either.
Then there's the draft, where the Chiefs continued to ignore their needs selecting luxury picks.
First they got Eric Berry, sure he was arguably the best safety in the draft but he will do little to help the run defense or produce sacks.
Then they grabbed Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas. Unfortunately those two players have one thing in common, they are both better on special teams than they are at their respective positions. I mean what is a 5'9'' corner going to do against Vincent Jackson, Louis Murphy, Demaryius Thomas and the rest of the AFC West receivers?
This is a team that waited until the third round before drafting players of need taking Jon Asomoah and Tony Moeaki.
The Rest of the Division
While the Chiefs were taking luxury picks and improving their special teams unit the rest of the divsion was actually addressing needs and filling holes.
The Chargers recently lost Ladainian Tomlinson, and ranked 20th in rush defense. So they drafted a running back in Ryan Matthews and added two defenders to their front seven in Cam Thomas and Donald Butler. The Chargers were already the creme of the crop in the AFC west and didn't get any weaker in the off-season.
The Raiders who struggled to pass the ball and defend the run addressed the o-line with two draft picks and added to the defensive front seven with Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston among others. They also added an offensive coordinator in Hue Jackson and a new QB in Jason Campbell.
The Broncos struggled to defend the run as their defense collapsed the second half of the season last year. So they addressed their formerly soft d-line with Justin Banaan and Jamal Williams. Even after wasting a first round pick on a developmental QB the Broncos still had a better off-season than the Chiefs.
Super-Man Doesn't Wear Red and Gold
I know, what a hideous color scheme.
Last year Jamal Charles played in 15 games only startin in 10 and was still able to rush for over 1,100 yards, while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
Beleive it or not this guy is not Super-Man. Sure he may be good ,but he can't throw the ball, catch the ball, block and play defense.
Next year teams will be ready for Charles and it won't be as easy for him to run when teams are keying on him.
With that said Eric Berry isn't Super-Man either, let alone the next Ed Reed. Neither is Tamba Hall for that matter.
The Chiefs do have a few very talented players, but football is a team sport and you can't get by on the talent of three or four great players.