KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: Tony Moeaki #81 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a one-handed 18-yard touchdown catch behind NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs were in much better shape defensively. They were third in scoring and total defense over the final six games and are welcoming back safety Eric Berry. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2010 but missed all but a handful of plays last season because of torn knee ligaments.
"Just playing against them and being an offensive guy, you knew their defense was strong," said Boss, who as a member of the Raiders played twice against the Chiefs last season. "Guys like Tamba Hali, we had to draw a big red circle to make sure we knew where he was at all times. We always knew we had our hands full playing against their defense."
What does this year's draft hold in store? Let's take a look at the Chiefs roster and draft needs heading into this week's NFL Draft, this time focusing on the offensive side of the football.
Chiefs Pre-Draft Roster Review And Needs: Offense from The Mothership
[Note: Time to stuff the ballot box...]
Four of 65 Toss Power Trap's original video productions from the 2011 season are up for People's Telly Awards. The public picks the winner of each video category based off the amount of "thumbs up" votes submitted on YouTube.
Four 65 Toss Power Trap Videos Up For National Awards Voted By Fans from The Mothership
"We were successful in Houston because a lot of those guys not only practiced together, but we did a lot of stuff off the field,'' said Winston, signed by the Chiefs last month as a free agent to be their starter at right tackle. "We did a lot of dinners together. We did a lot of things, just little events. We'd go bowling, whatever it was.
"That's important because there are going to be times where you've got to tell the guy next to you something he probably doesn't want to hear, and vice versa, they're going to have to tell me stuff I don't want to hear. It's hard to do that if you're not close, if you're not friends, if you don't have that personal relationship. That's something I'm trying to cultivate here.''
Moeaki said he has been running and lifting weights in the team's conditioning program but was unsure how much he would participate when the Chiefs begin off-season practice next month.
''Rehab is good,'' he said. ''As far as team activities, I'm just doing what the trainers and the coaching staff tells me to do. I don't really know until we get there.''
Moeaki Pleased With His Progress from The Red Zone
In the previous two articles of this series, Boston College linebacker, Luke Kuechly, and Stanford guard, David DeCastro, took the spotlight as the Chiefs potential first picks. Today, we'll go with a guy who is getting no love from the fan base. The lack of love, however, comes from the fact that no one thought Iowa offensive tackle, Riley Reiff, would still be on the board when the Chiefs pick at #11.
Meet The KC Chiefs Potential #1 Draft Picks: Riley Reiff from Examiner.com
It'll be a lot more fun if Cassel performs like he did during the 2010 season, when he led the Chiefs to the AFC West title, than he did during a miserable 2011 season.
Cassel went to the Pro Bowl two years ago, throwing for 3,116 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions - the best TD-to-INT ratio of his career. He completed nearly 60 percent of his throws while showing enough moxie to come back quickly from an appendectomy.
Most people figured he was primed for big things last season. Then came Week 1 against Buffalo.
Courtship Of Manning In Past, Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel Chooses To Focus On Future from The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The Chiefs have spent this offseason building around Cassel. Still, there is a chance Kansas City could take a quarterback early. If the Chiefs take Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill in the first round, Cassel's future is Kansas City will be short. If the Chiefs bypass a quarterback in the early rounds, it's a strong statement that Cassel is in the team's long-term plans.
Who's Most Affected By The Draft from ESPN
In our bloggers mock draft on Monday I selected Stanford guard David DeCastro for the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 11. If DeCastro is indeed the choice, Kansas City's interior offensive line will be getting extremely young.
Chiefs' Offensive Line Getting Younger? from ESPN
Bell went on to play 12 years with the Chiefs as a defensive end and linebacker, making the 1964-69 AFL all-star Games and 1970-72 Pro Bowls and eventually the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Imagine what the Vikings' famed Purple People Eaters defense would have been with them.
Vikings' Last No. 3 Draft Pick, Jim Dunaway, Was A Hit - For Bills from The Pioneer Press
Yepremian on his current symptoms: "Mood swings I'm having some times and hearing loss for the past seven years. I'm wearing hearing aids. ... I put on a very nice face when I'm in public, but ...my wife suffers at home because of my mood swings and problems that I've had here and there."
Yepremian is included in one of many suits filed by attorney Gene Locks. Another plaintiff in his case is former punter Louie Aguiar, who played in the NFL from 1991 to 2000 with the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
Yepremian Says Even Kickers Sustained Concussions from USA Today
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. Kuechly's ability to find his way through traffic in the run game and drop into coverage instantly upgrades the Chiefs' defense.
Last year at this time, Amini Silatolu probably wasn't a name you were familiar with heading into the NFL Draft. But since then Silatolu ,may have made the biggest climb in draft boards than any other collegiate player. Known as a guy that has the potential to play every position on the front-5, it is surprising that Silatolu ended up at seldom mentioned Midwestern State.
Though still relatively unknown by the draft junkies, Silatolu's freakish athletic ability mixed with rare mobility and quickness has scouts salivating but could the Division II dominator land in KC?
KC Chiefs Mock Draft Round 2: Amini Silatolu from Warpaint Illustrated
Villiotti is the creator of Draftmetrics.com, and NFL teams are far more interested in what Villiotti has to say than they are in what Kiper says because Villiotti, you see, provides teams with information they can trust...
...The Kansas City Chiefs are no doubt happy to know that draft position No. 11, the position the Chiefs hold in this draft, is No. 1 on Villiotti's flow chart: 707 career starts, six draftees in the Pro Bowl at least once, 21 total Pro Bowl appearances and seven rookie starters.
You Want Draft Facts? Here Are Draft Facts from Packers.com
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Poll: Biggest Draft Impact from ESPN
Last year, I remember being in Green Bay, and Aaron Rodgers making the point to me about what a coverage nightmare Jermichael Finley was. His size, speed and athleticism made it impossible for the usual pass-coverage linebacker to cover him, and in some cases, he was even a mismatch for a big safety. That's why Kuechly has the kind of value he does. He might be the kind of coverage 'backer who can play the athletic tight end, while most linebackers who drop in coverage don't have the chance to. Can't wait to see that in training camp this year, wherever Kuechly goes. If he goes to Kansas City, I'll be watching to see if Romeo Crennel tries to use him on Antonio Gates when the Chiefs and Chargers meet.
Monday Morning QB - Tuesday from Sports Illustrated