Well, the first few days of free agency have been interesting to say the least. I am very encouraged by the Chiefs team building efforts in signing Kevin Boss to be the new tight end opposite Tony Moeaki. Boss is an upgrade over any other tight end on the roster except Moeaki. The Chiefs are obviously going to run the ball and the Boss signing helps facilitate that as does the signing of Peyton Hillis to be the big powerful running back of the Charles/Hillis tandem. There may be other running backs yet added to that stable of running backs, but for now, it is a good start. Battle, Jones, and McClain are likely history.
Eric Winston is still in town at the time of this writing and it appears as though the Chiefs are getting serious about upgrading the offensive line with that thought of running the ball in their minds.The Chiefs have NOT made significant moves toward bringing in added competition for Cassel at the quarterback spot. The whole Peyton Manning super-cell thunderstorm is moving to the outer limits of the Doppler radar without the Chiefs receiving so much as a hail stone of interest from the Manning camp. Kyle Orton has made his choice to follow in the illustrious footsteps of such notable clipboard holders of the NFL as Damon Huard and will probably be relegated to the slag heap of NFL history by playing behind Tony Romo in Dallas. All the other quarterbacks who were "maybes" or "could bes" have signed with other teams and are basically out of the picture.
Overall, I am happy with what the Chiefs are doing in free agency and the Chiefs will have plenty of options to look at in the draft. We are going to be a much improved team in 2012. Because of what has happened in free agency and over the last few days, I am inclined to believe the Chiefs brass are looking toward building a run heavy team which plays tough defense to win games. It seems as though Matt Cassel might be that kind of game manager quarterback the brass have wanted all along and thus the less than enthusiastic pursuit of other quarterbacks who might push Matt Cassel for the starting job. The thinking may be, he is not flashy, but we can control him, push him in the right direction, and coach him up into being a control quarterback of a ground pounding team. Throw in some dink and dunk passes which Cassel is the best at (much to my hair pulling frustration, I might add) and you may have a team which can win some games paired with a lights out defense. Matt Cassel may (and I emphasize the word may) have been plans A,B,C,and D all along.
But, there is one small afterthought. Brady Quinn is supposed to come to Kansas City for a meeting with the Chiefs hierarchy. It is not even known what day this will take place. There is no emphasis, no urgency, no pressure, just a simple mention of the Brady Quinn visit. The Chiefs need another quarterback on the roster and Quinn could be the guy for the upcoming season. But suppose, the guy whom head coach Romeo Crennel drafted while he was in Cleveland comes in and unseats the incumbent Cassel? We already know Crennel had announced Quinn would be the Browns starter for the 2009 season JUST before Crennel was fired. If Brady Quinn sneaks in the back door can he quietly push Matt Cassel for the starting job? Thoughts?