Training camp is in one week exactly. Alot of excitement 2 new established Cordinators, a Nice draft on paper, Easy Schedule, and a new training camp site close to Kansas City. All a recipe for higher expectations but is this the year the Chiefs turn the corner? Depends who you ask.
This year there will be no JaMarcus "Purple Drank" Russell to beat the Chiefs in their home opener like the last 2 seasons. This time it will be the same Chiefs defense that can't stop the run. I'm not predicting a loss in the season opener but what I am predicting is the Chiefs defense will be the same defense it's been for most of the past decade, one that could not stop the run. The last time the Chiefs played at Arrowhead they helped Jerome Harrison break Jim Browns single game rushing record with 286 rushing yards. What did the team do to address the rush defense? Besides hire Romeo Crennel whos big enough to play defensive tackle? They signed Shaun Smith. Smith's best known hit on a QB was aginst his own QB when he punched out Brady Quinn during training camp a few years ago. What else did they add? Looks like Derrick Johnson will be the starter at MLB. Johnson brings big play ability but has a knack for being out of position. The rest of the Linebacker core looks to stay the same. Eric Berry is a nice addition at the safety position but will that make a drastic difference in the run defense?
The offense will be the most improved unit. The offense line looks to be improved still has a few holes, Looks like a solid WR core, Matt Cassel will be inaccurate throwing down field. Enter Charlie Weis who's known for his short passing game which will help Matt Cassel become an average QB who will actually help win a few games this year. The Chiefs look to have one of the best RB tandems in the league this year as well.
Predictions: Chiefs Rookie of the year: Eric Berry
Best Free Agent pick up: Thomas Jones
Best player on offense: Dexter McCluster
Chiefs Record: 6-10
The defense will be terrible but unlike last offseason Pioli and crew will have a better idea of specific holes to fill next year opposed to this previous off season were nearly every position had holes. This team is on the right track alot of people think this might be the year where they turn the corner i'm saying not just yet. However 6 wins matches the win total of the last 2 years combined.