Hello, Chief fans, some of you may remember me, but I haven't been on this site for awhile. I'm a big Raiders fan, and I'd like to find out what you Chief fans think of your team's chances this season. Personally, I like your team. Quite a bit, in fact.
However, I don't like the Chiefs chances this season. Before you overreact, I don't particularly like my Raiders' chances either.
Going back to the Chiefs, I love components of the offense, like Jamaal Charles, for instance. While I think Dwayne Bowe is a talented wideout, I in no way expect him to have the amount of touchdown catches this season as he did last. I like Baldwin as a talented wideout, but let's face it. He's a rookie receiver in a lockout season. I don't expect too much from him.
I like Steve Breaston, but not for the money you guys are paying him. Ew. the Cardinals made 51 signings this free agency. I find it curious that they wouldn't even resign a key contributor. The fact is that Breaston is not the same wide receiver he was back when Todd Haley was in Arizona. He's still good, but Breaston has had some obvious injury troubles. The Chiefs would've done better just to put McCluster in the slot rather then spending that kind of money on Breaston.
Moeaki is definitely a favorite of mine. If he can stay healthy (not one of his strong suits), he's going to be a real gem.
I'm disheartened with Charlie Weis leaving, and Muir entering. I think it's a big downgrade. I might be wrong on that, but that's just an opinion.
The offensive line didn't get any better this offseason. They're just okay. I'm not a big fan of anybody there, especially Brandon Albert, but I think the re-signing of Wiegmann was a must.
On the defensive side of the ball, I really like most of the players. Glenn Dorsey finally turned into a real player. Kelly Gregg is an okay signing, but Ozzie Newsome isn't stupid. However, Tyson Jackson probably won't develop into a good player. He's just not good enough.
Derrick Johnson was terrific last season, and Tamba Hali was beast as usual. Not a big fan of the draft pick Houston, but who knows, he might turn into a real player. The secondary looks pretty good. Berry had a solid rookie year, and the two Brandons are a solid duo.
Now, you might be wondering why I think the Chiefs will have a tough year, and quite possibly the Raiders. It's because of that schedule. Lets face it the chiefs had an extremely easy schedule last year. It wasn't their fault (well, technically it was) they finished last in their division in '09 which gave them two extra last place opponents (Bills, Browns). Also, the entire AFC West was playing the NFC West.
Well, this year the schedule for the Chiefs is a lot worse. The Chiefs start off the season with four reasonable opponents. But the AFC West is playing the AFC EAST and the NFC NORTH. With out a doubt, two of the hardest conferences in the league. But that's not all, the Chiefs get the pleasure of facing the Colts and the Steelers, while the other AFC West teams do not.
Chief fans can obviously explain to me that the Chiefs can beat these teams. I'm not so sure. The Chiefs didn't beat one playoff team a year ago. Not one. And the Chiefs don't have that luxury this season of playing easy opponents with exception of the Bills and maybe the Broncos twice.
With practically the same roster as a year ago (in the key spots), I wonder how the Chiefs expect to make a playoff run this year. In no way I'm discounting the possibility, but I don't see it as likely despite the Chiefs' talent.
And before you start taking shots at the Raiders, I'm not discounting our lower chance at playoffs either. That's certainly possible. Especially with the loss of Zach Miller and Nnamdi Asomugha. But it's not a catastrophe like some people might say. Even being the great players they were, the Raiders still never won more than 8 games with either of them.
My point being that quarterbacks are still the most important position. It wasn't until when Jason Campbell arrived that we got more wins. Jason Campbell is by no means a great quarterback, but he was quite a bit better than what we had. The loss of Miller will definitely hurt us for the time-being, but to say that it costed us the season is a stretch.
On the Chiefs side, I like Matt Cassel, but you just can't rely on him to win you football games. Again, there's a possibility I'm wrong.
But time will tell who wins the AFC West, but it should be a fun year regardless. Best of luck to the Chiefs this season, and I'll look forward to the Raiders and the Chiefs facing off this season.
If you have any questions about the Raiders, or anything else, just try to be as respectful as you can in the comment section. Thank you.