The Super Bowl is over and that means the 2012 season is truly upon us. Nothing from last year matters anymore. Those two blocked field goals? Last year. Those losses to New York, Detroit and Buffalo? Last year. It's all in front of the Kansas City Chiefs because now, it's a brand new year.
The biggest key for a successful season has nothing to do with free agents or even the draft. It's about recovery, specifically three knees that needed mending.If Eric Berry can come back in his rookie form, the defense will be elite. It doesn't matter if Jovan Belcher remains a starter and if the defensive line is rotation-based. It would be great if the Chiefs upgraded those positions but if Berry returns and plays up to his ability, it's more than enough. With Berry next to Kendrick Lewis and the cornerback tandem of Brandon Carr and Brandon Flowers, they form the best secondary in football...hands down.
If Tony Moeaki can play a full season and continue on his upward trajectory, the passing attack has the potential to be lethal. Kansas City could conceivably have Moeaki, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin all in a pattern at once. Even if Matt Cassel is throwing the ball, that group of receivers will find a way to get open and make plays.
Finally, if Jamaal Charles comes back, the Chiefs will have a top-notch rushing game. Granted, the offensive line needs improvement in a few spots. However, Charles makes an average line look great. He'll absolutely rush for around 1,300+ yards if healthy and catch a handful of passes each game. He takes an inordinate amount of pressure off of the quarterback and the big boys up front to be perfect.
It would be a beautiful thing if Kansas City adds Carl Nicks or a quarterback in the draft, but neither of those things matter as much as the aforementioned trio. Yes, the quarterback position is by far the most important in football, but look at the San Francisco 49ers. They were two special teams gaffes from being in the Super Bowl.
Provided that Carr and Bowe return, this team could be a legitimate force deep into the playoffs. The AFC West is mediocre at best and Kansas City has the best talent of the bunch by a mile. It's always tough to predict what will happen in the NFL, especially with free agency and the draft still ahead of us. That said, I'm very confident in saying Romeo Crennel's team is loaded with playmakers.
One last thing to chew on. Imagine if Charles, Moeaki and Berry come back healthy. Imagine if Bowe and Carr re-sign. Then imagine Peyton Manning signing with the Chiefs and the draft provided them with a right tackle and depth.
Those are a lot of if's, but just imagine. It's a good time.