Following the trend from around the NFL blogosphere, I decided it was time to name the Chiefs All-Decade team, AP style. We still start by voting for each position and I will be posting polls over the next few days. The data will then be compiled next Friday (January 8, 2010) and will comprise the first ever official Arrowhead Pride Chiefs All-Decade team.
We will vote for 11 offensive players and 11 defensive players, as well as HC, GM, LS, KR/PR, P, and K.
I will alternate between offense and defense on my FanPosts since most of the offensive picks are less controversial. We will then hit special teams and the coaching staff. Now its time for running backs. To be eligible for voting, the player must have started a game at running back this decade and started a majority of their games in the NFL at that position during the decade. The RB who receives the most votes by next Friday will be named the Chiefs RB of the Decade. Only one RB will chosen. There will be a separate poll for fullbacks.
Player profiles and stats are available after the jump. Feel free to comment to back up (campaign possibly) for your vote. The source for all statistics will be pro-football-reference.com. Thanks for participating and feel free to rec to keep this alive. I know some of these picks may be obvious, but I wanted to keep it democratic regardless.
Please vote for the other positions as well (this list will be growing):
Priest Holmes :: 6 yrs :: 2001 - 2007
Chiefs all-time leading rusher. Was elected to three Pro Bowls (2001, 2002, 2003). Named NFL Offensive POY in 2002. Holds Chiefs records for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and total touchdowns. Only Chiefs running back to post back-to-back 20+ rushing TD performances. Held the NFL record for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season, which was subsequently broke by LaDainian Tomlinson.
65 G / 63 GS :: 1321 rush / 6,070 yds :: 4.7 YPC :: 76 rush TD :: 251 rec. / 2377 yds :: 9.5 YPC :: 7 rec. TD
Larry Johnson :: 7 yrs :: 2003 - 2009
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 1st round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Only Chiefs player to rush for back-to-back 1,700 yard seasons. Holds the Chiefs record for rushing yards in a season with 1,789 (2006), career rushing attempts, and rushing attempts in a season (416 att.) which is also an all-time NFL record. Elected to Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006.
75 G / 48 GS :: 1375 rush / 5,996 yds :: 4.4 YPC :: 55 rush TD :: 151 rec. / 1369 yds :: 9.1 YPC :: 6 rec. TD
Mike Cloud :: 3 yrs :: 2000 - 2002
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 2nd round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Played sparingly for the Chiefs this decade. Saw time at running back and also returned kicks.
33 G / 6 GS :: 86 rush / 253 yds :: 2.9 YPC :: 4 rush TD :: 8 rec. / 64 yds :: 8.0 YPC :: 44 KR / 953 yds :: 21.7 YPR
Kimble Anders :: 1 yr :: 2000
Played fullback for the Chiefs in the 90s, but lined up at running back for the 2000 season as the team's primary starter.
15 G / 7 GS :: 76 rush / 331 yds :: 4.4 YPC :: 2 rush TD :: 15 rec. / 76 yds :: 5.1 YPC
Donnell Bennett :: 1 yr :: 2000
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 2nd round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Another player who played both fullback and running back for the Chiefs, but started games at RB in 2000 for KC.
7 G / 2 GS :: 27 rush / 24 yds :: 0.9 YPC :: 1 rush TD :: 2 rec / 17 yds :: 8.5 YPC
Derrick Blaylock :: 3 yrs :: 2002 - 2004
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 5th round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Was primarily a backup during his stint in KC, but did fill in for injury.
40 G / 5 GS :: 156 rush / 723 yds :: 4.6 YPC :: 10 rush TD :: 45 rec. / 474 yds :: 10.5 YPC :: 2 rec. TD
Kolby Smith :: 3 yrs :: 2007 - Current
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Has battled injuries, and is currently on IR.
27 G / 9 GS :: 162 rush / 540 yds :: 3.3 YPC :: 3 rush TD :: 34 rec. / 209 yds :: 6.1 YPC
Jamaal Charles :: 2 yrs :: 2008 - Current
Drafted by the Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Has been the Chiefs primary starter at RB for the 2009 season after Larry Johnson was released and Kolby Smith was placed on IR. Has the Chiefs highest average yards per carry (YPC) by a running back this decade. Has also played well on special teams and has returned kicks.
30 G / 11 GS :: 232 rush / 1,218 yds :: 5.3 YPC :: 5 rush TD :: 66 rec. / 566 yards :: 7.5 YPC :: 2 rec. TD :: 51 KR / 1,246 yds :: 24.4 YPR :: 1 return TD
Who is the Chiefs running back of the decade?
Priest Holmes (611 votes)
Larry Johnson (15 votes)
Mike Cloud (0 votes)
Derrick Blaylock (1 vote)
Donnell Bennett (1 vote)
Kimble Anders (3 votes)
Kolby Smith (1 vote)
Jamaal Charles (11 votes)
643 total votes