What if this guy (Brian Daboll not Mangini) is in fact our next OC? I think I would be okay with it. I mean the dude made Derek Anderson, Chad Pennington and Matt Moore look like they deserved to be starters in the NFL. Also he was able to get the most out of Reggie Bush, who has a very similar skill set to Dexter McCluster, and is utilized much like we should utilize Jamaal Charles. His standing amongst Dolphans is pretty good, he seems well liked.
What I'm more intrigued with though is that this means we will probably take a closer look at some of Miami's free agents. I remember when Pioli and Co. first got here I was really wanting them to bring in Vernon Carey to play RT. He had just come off of an impressive season playing opposite Jake Long, and Miami went and signed him to an extension.Well guess who is a free agent again?
The Main thing that concerns me is that despite Miami's woes at RT Vernon Carey was being used as a guard and even a center. I think that Carey will sign on as a starter no matter where he goes, but it doesn't look like it will be as a tackle again. Carey did well with the time he got on the interior line but there has to be a reason he was playing behind Marc "worst than Barry Richardson" Colombo this season.
Many here will say he could just replace Lilja but I don't think this is going to happen. Lilja will get another season as the Chiefs starter whether we like it or not. Lilja is in a contract year, since Pioli has come to town we have seen huge bursts in production from our players on contract years because Pioli has made the statement that he is willing to pay players who perform like they deserve to be. When it comes down to it, the only position on the O line that is going to get upgraded is RT.
Speaking of RT's. I saw that Mike Mayock has Riley Rieff as his highest rated OT in the draft. This is above Matt Kalil who is supposed to be one of the most ideal OT's to come out in a long time. Pretty bold statement by Mayock right there. I think if Reiff is there for us at 12 we have to take him. Those of you who noticed the 12 instead of 11 I'll explain. In my experience as a Chiefs fan we never get the good break, which means Rieff will probably actually go at #11 while we are picking #12 because we lost the stupid coin toss. Life as a Chiefs fan.
While we're on the topic of the draft I thought this was pretty cool; since Pioli has been in Kansas City he has been solid on 100% of his third round picks, well, depending on how you look at it. I bet everyone and their dog yelled out ALEX MAGEE when they read that first sentence (reading dogs!? What the what?) but bare with me. Since Pioli has come to Kansas City he has made 5 third round picks. They were Alex Magee, Jon Asomoah, Tony Moeaki, Justin Houston, and Allen Bailey. All but Magee currently start for the Kansas City Chiefs.
I can say without much doubt that there aren't many teams in the NFL who have gotten more production out of third round picks than Kansas City has from 2009 to now. Maybe we should just trade all of our picjs into the third and just dominate.
Now back to Magee. The thing is Pioli was able to turn a sixth and Magee into a fifth round pick, which turned into Ricky Stanzi. I'm not saying Stanzi is going to be a starter and blow us all away, but the most important backup on the team is the backup quarterback, even if Stanzi never becomes a starter I'm sure we have a backup for the long haul with Stanzi.