I am going to be doing a two part fanpost, Breaking Down The Offense and Breaking Down The Defense for the Chiefs current 2012 roster. In these two fanposts, I'm going to highlight EVERY position and which positions need the most improvement. With that, let's begin...
Overview - Going into the 2012 season, the Chiefs currently have 3 quarterbacks: Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn & Ricky Stanzi. Cassel will be the likely starter, while Quinn & Stanzi will battle it out for the No. 2 spot behind Cassel.
Matt Cassel - Matt's time in KC has been less than stellar to say the least. Although he did lead the Chiefs to their first division title in 7 years, he has yet to impress many critics & fans. Going into the 2012 season, Matt HAS to be hungry for success. Now that he has an offense with a lot of firepower, an upgraded line & returning injured teammates (Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki), there are no excuses for him to not do good.
Brady Quinn - Quinn has never really had a fair chance, I mean, the Clevelend Browns are the biggest joke since saying that Raiders fans have class. In Denver, he was dragged along in the Tebowmania circus, and was really nothing more than a backup. Though he doesn't have stats to back him up, his career is not over yet.
Ricky Stanzi - I think that Stanzi has a lot of potential, although he isn't ready to start. He could develop for a few more years then shock everyone with his amazing talent, or he could do what most 5th round quarterbacks do and sit on the sidelines with a clipboard for their entire career. I would like to see him get a fair chance at starting because he has TONS of potential and could develop well. (Insert Tom Brady comparison here)
Overview - Returning from a season-ending knee injury, Jamaal Charles looks to take back the crown for most rushing yards in 2012. To ease Jamaal back into the role of a feature back, he has Peyton Hillis, RUN DMC & Cyrus Gray to provide insurance and bring back the smash mouth football that we saw the Chiefs bring to the table in 2010.
Jamaal Charles - Will he be better? Worse? The same? As of now, all of us Chiefs fans have our fingers crossed that he will be just as good, if not better in the upcoming season. We all know what he is capable of, so now it is just a matter of whether he recovers 100% from his torn ACL. I predict that he will have a great season with 1,200+ rushing yards.
Peyton Hillis - Hillis will likely be a 3rd down back. In some of his highlights, he runs over a defender then puts his head down and accelerates again. With the Chiefs offense, I think Hillis will do just fine and fit in perfectly with the dynamic offense Daboll is know for.
Dexter McCluster - A few touches per game for DMC should do the trick. Dexter is not an amazing RB, although he can be fairly useful as a slot reciever (or draw plays on 3rd & 14 situations). I like Dex but I don't see him being a key asset to the KC offense.
Cyrus Gray - Cyrus Gray is one of my favorite picks in the 2012 draft. He was projected to go in the 2nd - 4th round, but the Chiefs got a steal by snagging him in the 6th round. I can see him getting quite a few touches every game. He will likely impress many and make other GMs hit themselves in the head for not taking him.
Overview: *Crickets chriping* Ever since Le'Ron McClain left, the FB position has been pushed aside by Pioli & Crennel. Ovie Mughelli is now a free agent and Owen Schmitt is still on the market. I would like to see them address this position before the 2012 season. Although we did sign UDFA Taylor Gentry, I would be more comfortable seeing a veteran FB taking the field as a starter.
Shane Bannon - Haven't seen enough of him to decide whether he deserves to start or not, but from what I've heard, he is unaware at times and gets shoved aside by defenders.
Taylor Gentry - He was signed this year as an UDFA and I would like to see him starting. He is a big guy at 6'2" 250 pounds and isn't afraid of contact. He played DE & LB in high school so you know he can hit hard.
Overview - The Chiefs have a strong recieving corps right now with Bowe, Breaston & Baldwin. With the addition of WR Devon Wylie, the passing game looks promising for the Chiefs. The main question is whether or not Bowe will sign a long term deal.
Dwayne Bowe - No. 1 go-to guy for Cassel. He makes the impossible catches and drops the easy ones. Bowe has proved himself as a No. 1 wideout. Even when he isn't making circus catches, he is drawing a double team which allows other recievers to get open easier.
Jon Baldwin - This guy has potential to be a No. 1 wideout if Bowe walks. We saw flashes of how good he can be during his rookie season although he didn't put up great numbers. Remember when he caught it around the defender's back? Or the diving endzone catch against the Chargers on MNF? I have a feeling we'll hear more, "What an amazing catch by #89 Jon Baldwin!!!" this year.
Steve Breaston - Great speedy slot reciever who gets the job done. I love seeing him get the ball because of how agile he is. He is underrated and almost always gets YAC and catches nearly anything thrown within a 5' radius of him. Very consistent player.
Devon Wylie - I don't see him getting too much playing time unless Breaston gets injured. He is VERY fast and makes cuts VERY quick. I can see him being one of the top kick returnters in the league, granted he stays healthy.
Overview - With Moeaki returning from his torn ACL, Leonard Pope leaving & the signing of former Oakland Raider Kevin Boss, the TE position looks to be a productive position in the 2012 season. The Chiefs also visited with veteran Dallas Clark which would make a great addition to the team.
Tony Moeaki - A great rookie season followed by a season ending injury in a preseason game. Moeaki seems to be recovering well and should return to normal form and put up great numbers in 2012.
Kevin Boss - Besides being injury prone like Moeaki, Boss is a solid TE. He will likely not start over Moeaki but should see some playing time in two TE sets or if Tony Mo gets injured again.
Overview - With Branden Albert & Eric Winston starting, there are no worries here. With the recent addition of OT Donald Stephenson in the 3rd round of the draft, this position is near flawless. The only concern here is resigning Albert this year. This is a MUST for the Chiefs and should be a top priority next to rsigning Bowe. The addition of Winston made the Chiefs O-Line one of the best in the league, No. 4 in NFL according to a report.
Branden Albert - Branden Albert is a GREAT blindside tackle. He is also an amazing pass/run blocker. I would love to see the Chiefs resign him. Not many tackles out there are as good as Albert.
Eric Winston - Seeing Winston opposite of Albert this year will bring tears to my eyes (of joy). Best RT in the NFL in my opinion. Can't wait to see him help the Chiefs offense.
Overview - The Chiefs addressed the O-Line in rounds 2 & 3 of the draft by signing Jeff Allen & Donald Stephenson. Ryan Lilja is the likely starter at LG although Jeff Allen might take over the starting job. There is no room for improvement at RG because Asamoah will only get better.
Jon Asamoah - Asamoah stood out his rookie year and will likely improve even more going into his second year. No room for improvement at RG. I, like many others, liked what I saw from Asamoah.
Ryan Lilja - Lilja was good in 2010 but then proceeded to decline in the 2011 season. He will likely start but has his work cut out for him since Jeff Allen was signed and with "competition at every position." Either Lilja has to step his game up in the 2012 season or he could find himself being a backup G.
Jeff Allen - Looked great in Illinois and will likely look great for the Chiefs. I would like to see him start over Lilja at LG but judging from the past, he will likely sit a year before earning the starting job.
Overview - With not many options here, Rodney Hudson is the obvious starter since resigning Casey Wiegmann is extremely unlikely at this point. Casey did his duties as a Chief but he has gotten older, and is now near retirement. He will be passing the torch down to 2nd round pick Rodney Hudson.
Rodney Hudson - Looks to be a good replacement for Wiegmann. MNchiefsfan did a great job on reviewing his stats and footage in a recent post. Hudson has a high ceiling and has the ability to become an above average C.
To sum up the first part of the post, I want you all to feel free to comment on what you think of the Chiefs 2012 roster so far.