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PostSubject: Walter Chiefs Grade   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:22 pm

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Walterfootball.com Review of the Chiefs

Chiefs sign NT Kelly Gregg (1 year): A- Grade
This is a pretty good signing. Turning 35 in November, Kelly Gregg is not the player he once was, but should still be an effective run stopper. He'll offer a cheap upgrade at nose tackle and keep the seat warm for rookie Jerrell Powe.

Chiefs sign WR Steve Breaston (5 years, $25M; $9.5M guaranteed): MILLEN ON SHROOMS Grade
This signing was from a few days ago, but details are now known. The Chiefs signed Steve Breaston to a 5-year deal worth $25 million with $9.5 million guaranteed.

Umm... what the hell is this? OK, so if even if there wasn't anything wrong with Breaston, spending $25 million overall and $9.5 million guaranteed on a slot receiver is overly excessive. But Breaston isn't fine; the Cardinals were eagerly willing to let him walk because they know his knees are shot. This is an awful signing.


2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
WR Steve Breaston, ILB Brandon Siler, NT Kelly Gregg.

Early Draft Picks:
WR Jonathan Baldwin, C Rodney Hudson, DE/OLB Justin Houston, CB Jalil Brown, NT Jerrell Powe.

Offseason Losses:
OC Charlie Weis, WR Chris Chambers, G Brian Waters, DE/DT Shaun Smith, NT Ron Edwards, DE/OLB Mike Vrabel, CB Maurice Leggett.

2011 Kansas City Chiefs Offense:
What the Chiefs were able to accomplish in 2010 was a testament to the impact great offensive and defensive coordinators can have in the NFL. Matt Cassel was lost in 2009, completing 55 percent of his passes as he threw for 2,924 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions with a dreadful 5.9 YPA. With Charlie Weis, Cassel's numbers improved to 3,116 yards, 27 touchdowns, seven picks, with a 6.9 YPA and a 58.2 completion percentage.

Unfortunately for Cassel, Weis is gone. Weis and Todd Haley were at odds with each other, as Haley reportedly stripped Weis of his play-calling duties in the second half of the team's playoff loss to Baltimore. Cassel will undoubtedly struggle with first-year coordinator Bill Muir; the former Patriot quarterback was already showing signs of regression at the end of last season. In his final two games, including the playoff contest, Cassel was a combined 20-of-48 for 185 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions. That's a completion percentage of 41.7 and a YPA of 3.9.

Cassel's just not very good. He has accuracy issues and struggles to make all of the throws because of a lacking arm. Cassel completed just 14-of-57 attempts longer than 20 yards in 2010, bad enough for last place in that category in the NFL.

Cassel has two very talented players around him to prevent a complete collapse. Those would be obviously be Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. Charles is one of the better running backs in the NFL, capable of going the distance on any play. What's frustrating, however, is that Haley refuses to utilize Charles as much as he should, perhaps believing that Charles is too small and brittle (5-11, 199) to carry the load. Charles received only one touch after the first drive in the second half of that Baltimore loss. That's inexcusable.

Bowe impressively snagged 15 touchdowns last year. It's unreasonable to expect him to duplicate that feat - especially with the departure of Weis - but Bowe remains a legitimate No. 1 receiver. He'll be joined by two new acquisitions in the receiving corps: rookie Jonathan Baldwin and former Cardinal Steve Breaston. Baldwin is a physical freak at 6-4, 228, but like most rookies, he's going to struggle this year because of the shortened offseason. Breaston, meanwhile, was probably a waste of a signing. Arizona put forth no effort to retain him because his knees are shot.

Luckily for Cassel, he'll have a secondary reliable weapon in tight end Tony Moeaki, who hauled in 47 receptions for 556 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie in 2010. Moeaki was constantly injured at Iowa, so it was a pleasant surprise to see him stay healthy in his first NFL season.

Kansas City's offensive line remains a concern. The good news is that the team was happy to get back center Casey Wiegmann for one more year. Wiegmann is a declining player at 38, but he's reliable and will provide some continuity up front as rookie Rodney Hudson is groomed to replace him.

The bad news is two-fold. First, the Chiefs still have gaping holes at the tackle positions. Left tackle Branden Albert surrendered 11 sacks (including one in the playoff loss) and was penalized nine times last year. On the other side, Kansas City will feature a platoon of Ryan O'Callaghan and Barry Richardson. The former is the better of the two, but he can't stay healthy. Richardson, meanwhile, is brutal in pass protection.

Second, the Chiefs parted ways with their best offensive lineman this offseason, Brian Waters. Second-year Jon Asamoah will step into the left guard slot. Asamoah has just one career start. He played well in that game, but the Bills didn't exactly offer much of a challenge. With Waters gone, Kansas City's new top lineman is right guard Ryan Lilja, who gave up just one sack.

2011 Kansas City Chiefs Defense:
Just as Charlie Weis worked miracles with the offense, Romeo Crennel upgraded a Kansas City defense that overachieved past its talent level in 2010. Though unlike Weis, Crennel will remain with the team for a second year.

One area in which the Chiefs struggled despite Crennel's best efforts was run defense. They ranked 20th in the NFL, allowing 4.4 yards per carry to the opposition. That figure will improve in 2011, thanks to the addition of nose tackle Kelly Gregg. Gregg is old (35), but still proved to be a sound, two-down run-stuffer with the Ravens last year. He'll probably wear down as the season goes on, so Kansas City fans will be hoping that sixth-round rookie Jerrell Powe can step in if needed in late November or December.

A pair of former top-five draft picks join Gregg up front. After two disappointing seasons, Glenn Dorsey played very well in 2010. He didn't offer much of a pass rush (two sacks), but was very stout against the run. Tyson Jackson, on the other hand, struggled once again. He gave way to Wallace Gilberry on third down. The 6-2, 270-pound Gilberry was second on the team with seven sacks. He'll be back in 2011 after getting a second-round tender this offseason.

Gilberry trailed only Tamba Hali in sacks. Hali had a magnificent 2010 campaign, recording 16.5 sacks if you count the pair he registered in the playoffs. Hali was franchised, and figures to be even more dangerous once the Chiefs can develop rookie Justin Houston at the other rush linebacker position. Houston was a first-round talent who slipped to the third round this past April due to character concerns. He probably won't contribute much this year because of the shortened offseason, so it'll be up to Andy Studebaker to replace the retired Mike Vrabel; Studebaker had 2.5 sacks in limited playing time in 2010.

The rest of Kansas City's linebacking corps is comprised of Derrick Johnson, a Pro Bowler, and Jovan Belcher. Belcher is relatively unknown, but played well at times last season. The 24-year-old Maine product stood out in the playoff loss to the Ravens, notching five tackles and two sacks. He'll face training camp competition from former Charger Brandon Siler.

The strength of the Chiefs' defense is in the secondary. Kansas City boasts one of the top cornerback tandems in the entire league. Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr were largely responsible for the team ranking fifth in the NFL in terms of YPA allowed (6.6).

Kansas City's safety play wasn't bad either. Eric Berry, chosen No. 5 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, really struggled early on, but settled in as the season went along. He was great in the team's loss to Baltimore. Kendrick Lewis, manning the free safety slot, was solid, but unspectacular.

2011 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule and Intangibles:
As stated earlier, the loss of Charlie Weis will be huge. New offensive coordinator Bill Muir never developed a quarterback when he held that job in Tampa Bay from 2002 to 2008, so it's likely that Matt Cassel, and consequently the offense as a whole, will regress this season.

The Chiefs brought back the Arrowhead magic that was missing between the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In that span, Kansas City was 4-20 as a host. In 2010, that record was 7-2, though one of the two losses was to Baltimore in the playoffs.

Here's a dubious Todd Haley stat: In his two years with the Chiefs, he is 3-7 after Dec. 5. That obviously has to improve.

The Chiefs had that Dexter McCluster punt return for a touchdown in the opener against San Diego, but didn't score again on special teams after that. Javier Arenas' 8.3 punt return average was disappointing.

Kicker Ryan Succop drilled 25-of-29 attempts as a rookie in 2009, but was just 20-of-26 last year. He was just 1-of-3 from 50-plus. Meanwhile, punter Dustin Colquitt was solid, maintaining a 44.4 average with 33-of-88 attempts inside the 20.

Kansas City feasted on a ridiculously easy schedule last season; excluding Seattle for obvious reasons, the team didn't beat a single playoff squad in 2010. In fact, the Chiefs battled just three teams that reached the postseason last year: aforementioned Seattle, Indianapolis (19-9 loss) and Baltimore (30-7 loss). It gets much more difficult this year. Six of this season's opponents reached the playoffs: Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Green Bay and the New York Jets.

2011 Kansas City Chiefs Analysis: Kansas City overachieved last year, thanks to great coaching and an easy schedule. The team won't be as lucky in 2011. Charlie Weis is gone, while the schedule is more taxing.

I expect the opposite to occur this year. Instead of being worse than their record indicated in 2010, they'll be better than their record indicates this season. Their brutal, late stretch of consecutive games against the Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers will knock them out of AFC West contention.

Projection: 5-11 (TBA in AFC West)
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:43 pm

What the fuck has Mizzou ever done?
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:20 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:34 pm

whos a Mizzu fan?
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:54 pm

I personally would much rather be a consistent playoff team than a top five pick team. Makes the whole season go by much easier. Not to mention your chances of making the SB are much higher if you make the playoffs.

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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:23 am

Holy shit, youre a Kstate fan arent you?
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:15 pm

been a FSU fan since I lived in Fla as a teenager. like mizzu but dont care if they win much as long as they beat both kansas teams.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:07 pm

And what do you think of that loser Jimbo Fisher. Motherfucker should have been fired after losing to Oklahoma last year, right? Then NC and NC State back-to-back? Va Tech at the end of the year. He is 100% to blame and should be immediately fired. And if any homers say otherwise, they're just stupid. The goal is the National Championship, Seminoles are just losers with him. Fire him and bring in anyone else, doesnt matter who as long as they go undefeated this decade.

Is this about right?
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:08 pm

I'm with you there fire his ass.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:10 pm

they obviously arent paying players as much as Auburn or they would have won. similar to Pioli and Hunt if they really wanted to win they would be willing to pay more players.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:14 pm

Theres no point in paying the players until their contracts are up. Unless you are just talking about overpaying other teams cast offs and letting our guys walk.

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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:18 pm

I'm having fun with fatso right now Rust. As you can see he is in love with me.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:20 pm

But for the record, I wouldn't call spending $119 million when next years cap will be something like $120 Million "Cheap"

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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:23 pm

Actually FSU has played for 5 titles and won 2 since I've been alive. KC hasnt played for any in that time. So I'm content with what FSU does. I feel like a true fan should demand more out of their professional teams they choose to be a fan of. And considering KC hasnt won a playoff game since like 94 and not been to a SB in over 40 years I feel it's okay to question the franchise since it is in the hands of the same family. Some fans just go with the flow and say everything they do is perfect and if it dont work out thers always next year.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:24 pm

RustShack wrote:
But for the record, I wouldn't call spending $119 million when next years cap will be something like $120 Million "Cheap"
cash money and cap money are different. If they rank at the bottom in cap I would imagine it is somewhere in the bottom half in cash too.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:32 pm

How can you want your team to have a top five pick if they don't win the SB. I mean really!!!! You know your team has to be competitive to even have a chance right? As long as the Chiefs are making playoff runs we are going in the right direction right? If we pick #1 every year everyone should be fired and move the team lol. And something else. Cassel even with all the new weapons will not be a top five QB. Our team is a running team. And Cassel is a game manager. Its the way our offense is going to be run unless something happens. I have always been a Cassel supporter. And I am not saying he isn't capable. Just don't see it happening. We added these weapons because defenses figured out if they took away Bowe. All they had to do was defend the run. Because we had no one else for Cassel to give the ball too.
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:20 pm

Chiefs09 wrote:
I'm having fun with fatso right now Rust. As you can see he is in love with me.

You caught me. I love my bitches dumb!
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:26 pm

you need them to be dumb to be able to land one
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:52 pm

Chiefs09 wrote:
you need them to be dumb to be able to land one

Boom!

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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:21 am

Best signing so far is McClain hands down
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PostSubject: Re: Walter Chiefs Grade   Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:23 am

RustShack wrote:
Chiefs09 wrote:
you need them to be dumb to be able to land one

Boom!

It's not like that was ever a secret
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