Kansas City Chiefs 2010: Jamaal Charles and 10 Reasons Why This Team Is For Real
The Kansas City Chiefs have got off to a surprising and fast start to the 2010 season as they have won each of their first three games.
Many have contributed the recent success of the franchise to the newly implemented coaching staff which consists of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Others contend that it has been due to the strong play of the team's most recent rookie draft class.
Any angle you look at it, this team has improved by leaps and bounds, and just three games into the young season, this team has already shown how they for real and here to stay.
10. Derrick Johnson has been a tackling machine
The Chiefs new that they were getting a very talented player when they drafted Derrick Johnson in the first round of the 2005 draft.
Unfortunately for the team, Johnson has been very inconsistent up to the start of this season. That has changed in the first three games of this year, he has been flying around the field tackling everyone in sight.
Johnson has also inspired fellow linebackers, like Jovan Belcher to really play better, and has made this KC linebacker corps very good, very quickly.
9. The offensive line is playing very well
Going into the Chiefs' next game in Indianapolis next weekend, the Kansas City offensive line will only have two sacks allowed for the first three games combined.
The line is actually protecting Cassel very well this year, and it seems that they have really got in a groove and are meshing well together. Much of this improvement has come due to the addition of Guard Ryan Lilja and the improved play of the two tackles, Branden Albert and Barry Richardson.
If this offensive line can continue to play like they have, the Chiefs will be winning many more games than people thought this year.
8. There's a new Tony in town, and his name is Moeaki
When the Chiefs traded up to draft University of Iowa product Tony Moeaki back in April, team officials new that they were getting a talented player.
Plays like the one in this slide show just how good Moeaki can be. He is a solid blocker and an even better receiver with great hands that he has displayed many times already this season.
Moeaki is just another weapon for QB Matt Cassel's disposal and make this offense that much better.
7. The special teams unit is formidable again
The Chiefs special teams unit has not fared too well overall since they had a guy named Dante Hall returning kicks and punts for them.
Now with the speedy Dexter McCluster and the shifty Javier Arenas, the Chiefs boast two big threats to take it deep each time they get the ball. They also have a great punter in Dustin Colquitt and a solid kicker in Ryan Succop to add to the mix.
This unit is one of the most complete units in the entire league, and they have already had a lot of success so far through just three games this season.
6. Tamba Hali is rushing the passer like DT (Derrick Thomas)
Hali has looked like a man possessed this season, as he already has 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble to his credit.
In last week's game against San Francisco, Hali terrorized 49ers QB Alex Smith all day, sacking him a total of three times. It seems that defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is intent on having Hali rush the QB from anywhere on the field, which is where he has been.
Tamba is the real deal for a pass rusher, and is easily one of the best in the league right now.
5. The young secondary has looked very good
Rookie safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis have played noticeably well considering the age, and getting help from guys like Brandon Flowers will only make them better over time.
Flowers is off to a fantastic start to this season, with two interceptions, including a pick-six against Cleveland in week two. These three along with Brandon Carr, form one of the youngest and most talented secondaries in the NFL.
This group is much improved from the last few years, and is quickly making strides with each and every game.
4. Crennel and Weis are showing off their football minds
When Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis were hired during this past off-season, the Chiefs had high hopes for the former Super Bowl winning coordinators.
Their task was not an easy one. They were to come in and help this team out with their knowledge on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
I would say that they have done so thus far, either with Weis's superior play-calling or with Crennel's ability to put players in the right place and get the most out of them.
3. The rushing attack is one of the best in the NFL
When the Chiefs signed free agent RB Thomas Jones this past off-season, they knew that they were getting a very good player in return.
Jones and Jamaal Charles make up the team's on version of thunder and lightning, and the compliment each other very well. Jones is more of a between the tackles runner, while Charles is more side to side, and can break off a big gain at any time.
The club might have one of the best, if not the best 1-2 running back punch in the entire league and that has done wonders for this team already this year, as they have dominated opponents with their run game.
2. The defensive line has been stout against the run
Romeo Crennel came into KC with one main agenda with this defense, and that was to stop the rushing attack of the Chiefs' opponents.
The early results of Crennel's plan have came back good as Kansas City is one of the top rushing defenses in the league, and they shut down Pro Bowl RB Frank Gore in week three.
With the likes of former first-round picks Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson playing well right now, this defensive line is here to stay for awhile.
1. Jamaal Charles is a star
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is coming off a marvelous '09 season which saw him rush for over 1,100 yards while just starting ten of team's games.
Three games into 2010, and Jamaal doesn't look any different from his '09 form, as he has already rushed for 238 and a touchdown on just 34 carries. This averages out to a whopping total of seven yards per carry, which ranks him first in the NFL for running backs.
Charles has quickly emerged into one of the premier players at his position in the league, and the fact that he is arguably the best player on an offense that seems loaded with play-makers, make his and the Chiefs recent success that much more real.