The Chief's brass has made it clear that they are looking to make a consistent winner in Kansas City. A team built around young talent. Older players who don't show their true talent will be shown the door in favour of younger, more talented players. I think the only senior players who have a guaranteed spot are Matt Cassel, Brandon Flowers and Dustin Colquitt. So who is at risk on the Chiefs roster. Derrick Johnson is an obvious one. Glenn Dorsey, Maurice Leggett, Leonard Pope, and Ron Edwards all come to mind as well. Please note I am not bashing any of these guys. I'm just noting their roster spot is far from guaranteed.
Derrick Johnson has been on and off his whole career. Todd Haley showed last year he is not afraid to bench players. Derrick Johnson needs to think of this not as a punishment, but as a lesson. He needs to realise that the coaching staff have high hopes for him and they benched him because he was not playing to his potential. He has fresh chance to show what he can do this offseason. He needs to go into OTA's and training camp with a winning attitude and to show that he's the man at the ILB position. The Chiefs orginization is starting lose patience with DJ and he needs to realise that and put up or shut up.
Glenn Dorsey has so much promise. Todd Haley and Scott Pioli realise that and that's why they slammed the door on the possibility of trading him this offseason. Glenn now needs to reward their vote of confidence with a stellar season and live up to his 5th pick status. One thing working in his favour is a lack of talent to fill his void should he be moved on. Alex Magee and Wallace Gilberry are great pass rushers but not effective against the run. Still, third year is the year for defensive lineman and Glenn Dorsey is in his third year. It's time for him to burst onto the scene.
Maurice Leggett had a good rookie season in 2008, earning himself the Mack Lee Hill Award for the best Chiefs rookie. He had an injury-interrupted 2009 season and failed to take the next step in his development. On face-value you would think he's a lock to retain his spot. However, with the drafting of Donald Washington in 2009 and Javier Arenas in 2010, Leggett's spot isn't so guaranteed. Washington was a highly talent CB in college and was thought to go in the second round in the 2010 draft should he have stayed in college for his senior season. So in theory that's two second round CBs competing against a UDFA CB. He'll have to bring his A game this season.
Leonard Pope was brought in mid season from Arizona and was probably the Chiefs best TE. That isn't really saying much though considering the Chiefs TE play was horrible last season, or are Chiefs fans too used Tony Gonzalez? Brad Cottom started to emerge as a good passing target last season before sustaining a neck injury. The Chiefs also drafed Tony Moeaki, who the Chiefs traded up for. This shows Pioli and Haley must really think highly of him and will give him every chance to succeed. is similar. While not as talented, Pioli did trade up for him, which suggests he really likes him. Pope needs to step it up to fend off these young talented TE eyeing the number 1 TE spot.
Ron Edwards got a lot of criticism last year as our starting NT. Last year their really wasn't anyone to take that starting NT job from him. This year their will be Shaun Smith, who i'm sure Romeo Crennel will have a lot of hope for. An outside chance of taking the backup NT job is Garrett Brown, who is 6'1, 309 lb. That is the proto-typical size for a NT. Ron Edwards is getting old and won't be getting any better.
Their you go AP, my thoughts on who is at risk. Any others you think are at risk? Any of my players you don't think are at risk?