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Change for a Twenty
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On June 21, 2013 @ 9:36 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
The off-season. A time when teams throughout the NFL make changes, adjustments, and additions and subtractions in an attempt to become a better team than the year before. The Kansas City Chiefs have taken advantage of every opportunity they have had to get better. Outside of roster moves, the biggest move that the Chiefs made was bringing in the former University of Missouri offensive line coach, Andy Reid, to be the 13th head coach in franchise history.
Another big move apart from the roster was the hiring of John Dorsey to replace “the disappointment,” Scott Pioli, as General Manager. Dorsey’s wife also has very strong ties to the Kansas City community; in fact they first met there. Dorsey and Reid previously worked together in Green Bay from 1992-1997, during which the Packers won three division titles, two conference championships, and one Super Bowl. These two additions to the franchise immediately improved its image, raised the level of expectations, and has finally “Restored Hope” to Chiefs fans. So, I believe, we can stop wearing all black to home games, and cease the flyovers for now.
The final non-roster transaction that will also make the Chiefs more competitive this year is the addition of Bob Sutton as the team’s defensive coordinator. Sutton began his coaching career at the University of Michigan under Bo Schembechler in 1972, then he eventually went on to maintain a significant career with the Army Cadets that included winning the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (a college football award given to the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Head Coach whose team excels on the field, in the classroom, and in the community) in 1996. Since 2000, and up until 2012, Sutton had been working within the New York Jets organization. He was the defensive coordinator there from 2006-2008 under the Eric Mangini regime. In 2006 his defense ranked 6th in the league in points allowed, giving up a mere 295 points. In 2007 his defense ranked 9th is passing yards allowed, and in 2008 his defense ranked 7th in rushing yards allowed.
With these key additions alone, I doubt that the Chiefs will have 17 fumbles, or 37 giveaways, or go eight consecutive games without ever leading in regulation.
To keep the chains moving, I would now like to address 20 roster moves that I believe will make the Chiefs a more competitive team in 2013, moves that will make the Kansas City Chiefs a playoff contender, and possible division champs. The first move was the acquisition of quarterback Alex Smith, the 6’4,” 217 pound Utah alum, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs desperately needed a quarterback more than anything. And yes, he is still #11 (Bye Bye Damon Huard memories). The second move was the number one overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Eric Fisher, the 6’7,” 306 pound offensive tackle out of Central Michigan. The third move was the re-signing of left tackle Branden Albert.
The fourth would be the pick-up of Cornerback Sean Smith, also out of the University of Utah, and formerly of the Miami Dolphins. Smith is good, and is one of the tallest cornerbacks in the NFL at 6’3.” He is the type of corner who will ask the coach to allow him to cover the best receiver on the field. The fifth move and one of my favorites, was the signing of cornerback Dunta Robinson. Robinson is a punisher, unnecessary roughness penalties and all, and that’s what the Chiefs need on defense. Bring back that image of toughness like in the days of Neil Smith, “The Great One”, and Jerome Woods. After nine seasons as #23, Robinson will wear #21 in Kansas City. As the 10th overall pick in the 2004 Draft, Robinson had a career-high six interceptions in his rookie season. He has only one pick-six in his career to go with seven forced fumbles, and 492 tackles.
The sixth move was the signing of tight end Anthony Fasano, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, who has missed only four games in his seven-year career. Fasano had a career-high 41 receptions in 2012. This second-round pick out of Notre Dame will keep his #80 in K.C. The seventh move for change was the drafting of tight end Travis Kelce out of the University of Cincinnati. He is a three-sport star, and he can play quarterback. Kelce comes from a football family, and his brother Jason Kelce is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles. The downside to Kelce is that he sat out the 2010 season because he violated team rules, so there may be discipline problems. Kelce has a stark resemblance to Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots.
At number eight, and my favorite, is 3rd round draft choice Knile Davis, running back out of the University of Arkansas. He had some injury problems, and has only had one good year at Arkansas where he rushed for 1,322 yards, but he looks like a young Jamaal Charles to say the least. He too missed an entire season in college, but his was due to injuries. He runs a 4.3 40-yard dash, and had 31 reps of 225 lbs. at the Combine. He is the heir to Charles if he can stay healthy.
The remaining key transactions are as follows:
9. Austen Lane, Linebacker, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
10. Hussein Abdullah, Safety, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings (he is the younger brother of Safety Hamza Abdullah of the Cardinals).
11. Donnie Avery, Wide Receiver, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts.
12. Tyler Bray, 6’6” 215 lbs., Quarterback, University of Tennessee.
13. Chase Daniel, Quarterback, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, he is also an alum of the University of Missouri.
14. Mike Devito, Defensive End, formerly of the New York Jets.
15. Zac Diles, Linebacker, Kansas State, a journeyman who last played with the Tennessee Titans.
16. Nico Johnson, Linebacker, University of Alabama, and the first Linebacker drafted by the Chiefs out of Alabama since “The Great One”.
17. Akeem Jordan, Linebacker, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.
18. Chad Kilgore, Northwest Missouri, formerly of the Oakland Raiders.
19. Geoff Schwartz, 6’6” 340,Tackle, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, who helped Adrian Peterson rush for over 2,000 yards.
20. Anthony Sherman, Fullback, although I hope that we sign Vonta Leach in the coming weeks, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.
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