So there it was, new Arrowhead stadium, brand new look filled with screaming fans showing support for their under-the-radar hometown team. The Kansas City Chiefs came into Monday Night's game against San Diego favored, to lose. New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis showed he belongs in the NFL and not in college while new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel proved he still has a great defensive mind.
Quarterback Matt Cassel was almost made a bust after last season in which he only threw for 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The Chiefs traded for the Tom Brady backup who proved he can play by throwing over 3,600 yards and 21 touchdowns for New England when Brady went out in 2008 with a knee injury.
Poor offensive weapons and a new system led by head coach Todd Haley played a part in the Chiefs having a disappointing record of 4-12 last season. New coordinators brought in, Thomas Jones signed, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, and number four overall pick Eric Berry were also new looks to the Chiefs who drafted these three players in the 2010 draft.
McCluster gave the Chiefs an early jump start when he returned a 94 yard punt for a touchdown making the loudest stadium in the NFL, louder. Eric Berry proved that the Chiefs defense was for real flying to the ball almost every play and finishing with six tackles. Javier Arenas also played part in defense and returns, providing the Chiefs with excellent field position and the Chargers with frustration.
Towards the end of last season the Chiefs busted out a young stud running back by the name of Jamaal Charles. Monday night, Charles came out in a game that was filled with rain, knowing he would be relied on to gain most of the yards. Cassel only threw for 68 yards against San Diego but Charles, rushed for 92 yards on eleven carries and scored one touchdown.
The previously mentioned rookies Arenas, McCluster, and Berry have not only shown their worth to the Chiefs but to the NFL as well. These young three along with Charles and Cassel could make the Chiefs one of the most explosive groups in the league.
San Diego also started fresh, LT is now a Jet and Vincent Jackson is not only suspended but holding out leaving Philip Rivers with rookie running back Ryan Mathews who had a fumble, veteran tight end Antonio Gates, and two unheard of wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Legadu Naanee. While Rivers did find Naanee and Gates each for touchdowns respectively he was up to his old ways, yelling at teammates, miscommunication with coaches and flat out complaining.
The Chargers won't be handed the AFC West division this year, that's a given. Whether it is the best fan base for a low market team bringing the love to Arrowhead Stadium or just a young group of talented players not willing to roll over, the Chiefs have proven they can play, and not only play, but win.