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PostSubject: Five Bold Predictions   Wed May 11, 2011 8:29 pm

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1. They Will Pick Up Another WR Through Free Agency
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Many agree that the Chiefs' biggest weakness coming into this offseason was at wide receiver.

After last month's draft, KC was able to net talented first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin to pair with Pro Bowl WR Dwayne Bowe.

I expect Chiefs GM Scott Pioli to dip into the free-agency pool for a WR and pick up a solid wideout such as fifth-year veteran Steve Smith from the Giants.


2. They Will Pick Up a Starting RT Through Free Agency
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After watching the Chiefs last season, it was clear that their RT position needed to be upgraded for the '11 season.

Current starter Barry Richardson was inconsistent and he even got into a shouting match with the Chiefs coaching staff for taking him out of the Dec. 5 game vs. Denver last season.

Veteran right tackle Jammal Brown will be a free agent when the lockout resumes, and I would not be surprised to see Kansas City jump all over him.

Nabbing Brown would give the Chiefs a solid right side of their offensive line, as he would be paired with veteran RG Ryan Lilja.


3. They Will Trade Brodie Croyle for Draft Pick(s)
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Current Chiefs backup Brodie Croyle likely saw his replacement selected in the fifth round of April's draft in former Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi.

Croyle has never won a game as a starter for KC, and has been given many opportunities to succeed for this team, and has yet to get it done.

Stanzi is a more viable option, as he has NFL size at 6'4", 225 lbs., and is more talented than Croyle overall.

I look for Pioli to get a possible fourth- or fifth-round pick out of the former Alabama star.


4. Matt Cassel Will Continue To Mature as a QB
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Matt Cassel will be entering his third season as the starting signal-caller for KC this fall.

He has had an up-and-down two seasons so far in Kansas City, while working with three different offensive coordinators in the process.

Last year, we saw Cassel's leadership skills on display throughout the season, and with new QB coach Jim Zorn at the helm this year, the former USC backup should only get better as an NFL quarterback this offseason and beyond.


5. Another Chief Will Be Thrown into Todd Haley's Doghouse
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During his first two seasons as Chiefs head coach, Todd Haley has put several players in his so-called "doghouse" at times.

LB Derrick Johnson, WR Dwayne Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles have all been benched by Haley, only to see all three of them have the best season of their respective careers in 2010.

One name that many might think will be in his doghouse this offseason is rookie Jonathan Baldwin, who criticized his coaching staff while at the University of Pittsburgh last season.

Time will tell, but there is a good chance someone will feel the heat from Haley sometime this offseason.

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Tue May 31, 2011 7:34 pm

The only reason i'm worried is because it's a touigh schedule no matter who you are. I think this team is better already from the draft. I think we prove doubters wrong. I think that our toughest competition isn't the Chargers but the Raiders....but I think we get redemption this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Tue May 31, 2011 8:36 pm

We could do a lot better than Cassel, but we could do a lot worse. But if he doesn't turn the ball over it will be just fine. Now if we were the team we were a few years ago with nothing going for us, yeah a playmaker at QB would be needed. For the most part he has a team around him now and the team is just getting better.

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Tue May 31, 2011 8:48 pm

Welcome to the site Ian316. So far I'm agreeing with most of your logic.

Our schedule is brutal this year and I'm not as optimistic as I was last year going into the season. I do think Cassel will be solid, but expect him to struggle a few games (as I do all other QBs). But if the Chiefs fail to match last year's success, haters will call for Cassel's head regardless of how well he plays in the other games. His development will surely hinge on things like Jonathan Baldwin's acclimation to the NFL. Unfortunately, critism comes with the territory when you're the QB, but what if Jamaal Charles has a subpar season? Will he be to blame? He's playing against those same defenses that Cassel will be, right? I can't see him duplicating what he did last year. Chris Johnson fell off after his remarkable season. Hali could easily come short of his 14.5 sacks. What then? I see some pretty solid offenses on our schedule as well.

In short, playoffs are unlikely next year and even if Cassel makes strides, you're going to have to keep putting up with people *(cough) chiefs09* unable to see the big picture.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Tue May 31, 2011 8:50 pm

You are INSANE G. Cassel is the ONLY one who can get worse!!1!11!

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:53 pm

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Dude every stat you have given has just shown how much he improved. Then you point out three games where he did bad....now go to his first season here and he did bad against everybody....So he did good against the teams we should beat and he struggled against a very underrated oakland team and a top five defense in Baltimore... Yeah man he definitely is terrible....NOT! No matter how you put the stats he just keeps improving. In his first season with New England as the guy he had a decent year. He went to a team...the chiefs...with nothing and had a bad year...but we are still building and the more we build the better he gets...I just don't get how you can say Andrew Luck is a better option right now on a team wanting to win now, not start over at quarterback when it isn't neccesary.

Baltimore was #10 total D and 21st pass D.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:19 pm

I wonder how many other playoff teams signed their other starting WR off the streets less than a week before the game? I would think Ed Reed with just about any other NFL CB can shut down about any receiver. It's not Cassels fault Bowe was taken away and he had no where else to go.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:43 pm

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They were the number 1 total defense in yards given up per game actually, but nice try http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&defensiveStatisticCategory=GAME_STATS&conference=ALL&role=OPP&season=2010&seasonType=POST&d-447263-s=TOTAL_YARDS_GAME_AVG&d-447263-o=1&d-447263-n=1

look at that a little closer. Now switch it to regular season.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:52 pm

think on that a little longer. We played them in the playoffs.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:55 pm

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think on that a little longer. We played them in the playoffs.

Yes but before we played them they were ranked 21 in passing D. of course they are going to be highly rated in the postseason when they play 2 games and 1 of them they held Cassel to 70 yds and 3 picks. So Cassel made them look better than their ranking for the season. Ben didnt seem to have a problem in the playoffs, but after Cassels stats Baltimore is going to look good postseason.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:56 pm

that had to be your dumbest post ever thucker
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:06 pm

Oh you're right they weren't number one they were number 10. I'm sorry...we only lost to baltimore and oakland who were ranked 10 and 11 in top defenses. That makes it so much better. No matter how you put it. We played a great defense. Oh and the stat that you aren't showing Chiefs09 is that they were ranked 5th in rush defense. It's a fact when you shut down the running game it makes it a whole hell of a lot harder to pass the ball especially when you only have one true WR, but nice try at trying to manipulate the stats.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:07 pm

We lost to a better football team, that doesn't mean Cassel sucks.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:08 pm

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Oh you're right they weren't number one they were number 10. I'm sorry...we only lost to baltimore and oakland who were ranked 10 and 11 in top defenses. That makes it so much better. No matter how you put it. We played a great defense. Oh and the stat that you aren't showing Chiefs09 is that they were ranked 5th in rush defense. It's a fact when you shut down the running game it makes it a whole hell of a lot harder to pass the ball especially when you only have one true WR, but nice try at trying to manipulate the stats.

except Charles averaged 9.1 per carry in the game. still didnt open it up for Cassel
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:13 pm

entering the playoffs Baltimore was ranked the 9th best passing D out of 12 teams to make it. they were ranked 1st out of the 12 during the postseason. Ben threw for 225 and 2 TD's in the Ravens only other game. So how could they have been 1st? Oh that's right, Cassel threw for 70 yds, 3 picks and 3 sacks.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:15 pm

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We lost to a better football team, that doesn't mean Cassel sucks.

You are right. The fact that he chokes in all big games and can only perform against terrible teams means he sucks.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:19 pm

Charles had a great first half. go back and watch the game. He didn't get alot in the second half. Is Cassel the greatest QB ever? NO! and nobody is saying that. ut he does give us a chance to be competive and the fact that you want us not to be competitive to maybe get andrew luck or whoever is retarded no matter how you spin it.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:07 am

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We lost to a better football team, that doesn't mean Cassel sucks.

You are right. The fact that he chokes in all big games and can only perform against terrible teams means he sucks.

Joe Montana in his prime wouldn't have been able to win that game. The Ravens freaking raped the Chiefs that day. Why? They took Bowe away who had a terrible case of the flu all week as did Waters and what other WRs did the Chiefs have? None. Chambers was deactivated remember? Then they go to Charles and McCluster and what did the Ngata, R. Lewis, Ed Reed, T. Suggs, T. Cody and company do. They beat the shit out of them. They both were stripped and laid the hell out. The Ravens made the Chiefs 1 dimensional simply because we didn't have the WRs needed to keep the Ravens honest. They stacked the box, covered up Bowe, and let thier hall of fame Safety run wild. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? CASSELL HAD TO FORCE THE BALL!!!!!!! The Ravens simply were the better team and the difference was they had a stable full of WRs for Flacco! and a better O line. This was one of the those games where the O line failed to keep folks out of the backfield, Cassell was sacked 3 times and rushed all game. Baldwin changes all of that, he will command teams to play them honest which will open up Bowe, Moeki, McCluster, and Charles to do what they do.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:26 am

He doesn't understand the importance of having two receiving threats.

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:26 am

Or should I say at least two, most good QB's have more than that.

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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:14 pm

No matter what you say Chiefs 09 is impatient...You don't go from 4-12 to winning the superbowl. The fact that we went 4-12 and went to the playoffs is amazing, easy schedule, hard schedule, whatever, we did better than we were expected to do, and nothing is stopping us other than the lockout from improving. Cassel has potential to do even better this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:28 pm

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He doesn't understand the importance of having two receiving threats.

Agreed!
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PostSubject: Re: Five Bold Predictions   Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:29 pm

Its not like even bad NFL teams are bad teams. The worst NFL team would still beat the best College, CFL, AFL, any other type of football team. The turnover is pretty big every year too, schedule of strength is always different at the end of the year than it was at the beginning. Even the best teams lose some, and even the worst teams win some. That's why they play.

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