The Chiefs were cursed by injuries last season; safety Eric Berry tore his ACL on the first play of the 2011 season in the home opener loss against the Buffalo Bills, running back Jamaal Charles tore his ACL in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions on September 18th and quarterback Matt Cassel missed seven games when he injured his throwing hand in a loss to the Denver Broncos.
In 2010, Kansas City were the #1 ranked rushing offense, with the season-ending injury to Charles, the Chiefs dropped down to 15th. Back up RB Dexter McCluster did a mediocre job last season but he dropped the ball too much; he has to fix that problem in order to get more playing time and become an impact player for the team. Kansas City brought in Peyton Hillis to as insurance behind Charles.
The Chiefs’ defense was ranked 12th last season and new head coach Romeo Crennel think he has strengthen the core with first-round draft pick Dontari Poe. Poe was tagged by scouts as a underachiever with extraordinary abilities and Crennel plans on using those “abilities” in his 3-4 defense. The defense is looking for more from defensive ends Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and linebacker Justin Houston; with Eric Berry coming off of IR this season, the Chiefs can become a formidable that will cause confusion to the best offenses in the league.
The defense can hold their own with the best of them, the Chiefs need the offense to put up more points on the scoreboard, that is why Jamaal Charles is the X-factor of the team; Charles is a very important to the success of the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2010, he was the top running back and the Chiefs won the AFC West. In 2011 he was out for the season and Kansas City finished 7-9 (4th in the AFC West), QB Matt Cassel was exposed and the head coach (Todd Haley) was fired on December 12th. Cassel needs the run to set up the pass, so Charles has to show that 2010 ability in order for them to succeed.
Coach Romeo Crennel finished the last three games of the season 2-1; let’s see if he can work his magic with a full season under his belt and do a better job in KC than he did in the four seasons he was head coach in Cleveland, where he had only one winning season.
Prediction of the Kansas City Chiefs: 8-8
Written by – Arnold Glass II – AFC West Writer