Hey everyone it's another worthless post from ChiefJames, but you'll probably read it anyway though huh? J To be honest this post is more for me than you. I need everyone to tell me I'm not crazy. I want to know whether you are crazy. Maybe we're all crazy. (note this is a long one 1550)
Anyways do you think the Chiefs are elite? Can this football team compete with the great teams in this league? Can the Chiefs beat Green Bay? Can they beat New England? How about Pittsburgh? New York? Baltimore? I know a lot of people think no...they can't. To tell you the truth my heart and soul is twisted on the subject. Something makes me want to say no, but when I think about all the pieces I see a very talented young team capable of something most Chiefs fans have never seen....A SuperBowl appearance. I think about some of those teams I listed and say...we have as much talent as them don't we? Well, to figure it out, I've decided to break it down and see what everyone thinks...and just to clarify I don't care where they were drafted (or not drafted) or how much they get paid, I only care about production...here we go...
First let's start with arguably the most important position...QB. Everyone I'm sure will agree that Cassel is not close to Rodgers, Brady, or Big Ben, but what about Sanchez or Flacco? When you look at these 3 you'll find two are very close production wise, but the 3rd (Sanchez) is sub-par in comparison and Sanchez certainly had a better supporting cast than Cassel. I feel that if Cassel can continue as projected he will be more than adequate for this team to become elite. Cassel has shown he can be above average if surrounded with a solid cast, but if he isn't elite then the rest of the team will have to make up for his lacking...
So on to the next position...WR.
I will start with each teams number one then the entire corps. Bowe is looking to continue the beast mode he found last year. As of right now I would take Bowe over Ward, Ochocinco, and Boldin. Now Jennings and Holmes are hard to pass on. Jennings has proven more than Bowe for sure, and Holmes has an uncanny ability to make clutch plays left and right, which Bowe has shown to do the opposite. This year Bowe was the 4th WR taken in my fantasy league after Johnson, Johnson, and Fitz. Is Bowe really that good? He certainly has shown the potential, but he MUST lose the drop problem before I could take him over Jennings or Holmes, but he very well could get there THIS season.
As for the corps as a whole we fall way short of GB and NYJ. I also believe we are shy of PIT, but what about Baltimore or New England? New England never really has anyone, but that's because Brady can get it done with anyone, but still they have Ochocinco, Branch, and Welker. Is that better than Bowe, Urban, and Breaston? I have to say I give the edge to NE. What about Baltimore? Is Lee Evans better than Breaston? I don't think so...the Chiefs win this one. Hopefully Baldwin can get his attitude right and bump us up in this ranking.
I'm basing these ranking off this year, so that is why I will not include Moeaki in the TE rankings. To be honest now, without Moeaki I'd say we fall short, but after looking at it, we aren't last. I'd take Pope over anything in Baltimore since they lost Heap. Maybe that's a bit of homer in me there, simply because I have no idea who the TEs in Baltimore are now that he left, but either way, we fall WAY short of GB and NE. Pittsburgh and NY will also beat us out on this one.
As for maybe the 2nd most important...Oline. This is a tough one for me. I think our Oline is fairly decent for what they do (run block), and they were nominated for the Oline of the year last year. That's got to say something, especially since we never get nominated for anything, even when we should be. I think GB and NY trump us in this position, but what about Baltimore, Pit, or NE? Pit is constantly out of sorts on the Oline, always with injuries, and Big Ben is always up there in most times sacked. Both Ben and Flacco were sacked more times than Cassel last year, and I believe the Oline will better this year for the Chiefs. I believe Gaither takes away from Baltimore and gives to the Chiefs in this one. I also think that our line run blocks better than Pit, Bal, and NE. As for pass blocking NE is most certainly better, but who gets the edge? I will call this a tie with NE and ahead of Pit and Bal.
Now let's get 2 easy wins out of the way for the Chiefs...FB and RB. I'm not sure about you, but this seems like 2 very easy wins, with the exception of Kuhn giving McClain a run for his money, but I still think McClain wins here. The Chiefs easily have the best run game when being compared to these elite teams. I would have to put Pit, Bal, NY, GB and then NE...in that order.
On to the defense...
Let's start with DE. I think the Chiefs come in 5th here just above the Jets. After losing Shaun Ellis they drop here a little, which also bumps NE because they picked him up. With Ngata that easily puts Bal at the top, followed closely by Pit and GB who I would give a tie, then NE, KC, and the Jets.
Next is the most important position in a 3-4 (which all of these teams consider their base D)...of course NT. I believe fully that Kelly Gregg is an upgrade over Edwards, but can he compete with guys like BJ Raji, Casey Hampton, Vince Wilfork, and Pouha? My honest opinion may surprise you. I believe that the Chiefs come in at 4thabove Bal and NY. There were rumors going around that Bal wanted to resign Gregg and couldn't for some reason. Part of the reason they wanted to resign him is that without him their NT spot drops off, sure they have Mount Cody, but he's still young and learning. I think Pouha is a solid DT, but Gregg edges him out with experience.
Let's go with ILB next shall we. I'm not going to list them in order (that's not the debate I'm trying to start) but the Chiefs are above NE and way below everyone else. With that said DJ is easily one of the best pass coverage LB in the league. If you were to put stick'em on his gloves he would lead the league in Ints AS A LINEBACKER...that's pretty impressive. If Belcher emerges as a run stuffing beast this ranking could drastically change.
OLB is tough to judge. There are many good OLB on these teams, and the biggest defining factor is a rookie...Justin Houston. Say what you want but everyone knows that if Houston can play in the regular season as he did in the preseason and progress like the 2010 rookies did, he will be a beast and help the Chiefs jump up this list. Tamba Hali is a monster pass rusher, and should continue that in 2011, but he alone cannot make the Chiefs jump very far above anyone. I believe the Chiefs are above Bal, NE, and NY but certainly below GB and Pit. Chiefs get 3rd.
I will do CB as a tandem. The tandem of Carr and Flowers is a tough one to top, but it just so happens that I'm comparing them to really the only 2 teams that can challenge them imo...GB and NY. I think Revis tops Flowers and Cromartie tops Carr, but neither by too much. I also think Flowers ties Woodson, and that Williams would tie Carr, after that is not very close. McCourtney is good but after him their isn't much. So Chiefs tie GB for 2nd.
I've decided to do safety separately, since they are so different. First let's go FS. Ok to be honest I don't know a lot about all these teams FS, outside of Nick Collins and Ed Reed of course. So I will award a tie for 3rd to everyone after those 2.
SS is another one I know little about after Berry and Polamalu. Now that Meriweather has been released that makes this an easy 2nd for KC, behind Polamalu of course. I must say that, I believe that Berry will soon take the reigns from Polomalu as best SS in the NFL.
Last, but certainly not least (well maybe ;) punter (not doing kicker) Colquitt is easily the best punter in the league after Janakowski. Chiefs get 1st hands down.
Now in the middle of this I decided I was going to award points for each rank in each position and see how the Chiefs rank overall... here they are
92 votes total
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