I've been looking over some of our stories over the past few weeks and I think I picked out the three most over-hyped stories.
I'll admit it -- part of the over-hyping comes from me. But these are three general story lines that I think have been a little over-hyped.
Here are my three. Give me yours in the comments.
Thomas Jones vs. Jamaal Charles
I'm definitely guilty of this one. It's entertaining to talk about who will be the starter, the backup or the feature back. Each had successful 2009 season and each have good reason to start.
I think this is overrated because it doesn't really matter. I can see the Chiefs in week one lining up with Jones in the backfield then with both of them in week two and just Charles in week three. The starter tag is almost irrelevant. They're going to split carries and I don't think starter or first team status will affect that a whole lot.
Todd Haley has said before, and again this week, that he'll go with the hot hand and that some weeks a particular defense will is weak in a certain area that will allow Jones or Charles to be the feature back that week. The bottomline is that they're going to split a healthy amount of carries.
Doom for the defense
OK, this isn't over-hyped in the sense that it's not important. It is. It's over-hyped in the sense that some are already predicting doom for the defense, particularly the run defense.
I agree that it's important and pretty much a must when talking about winning in 2010 but I don't think we've seen enough of them to make that determination. It's very difficult to see what these defensive linemen can do in training camp practices and a quarter or two of work.
In game one, the first team defense played most of the first half and gave up three points. In game two, most played the entire first half and gave up ten points. That's not a bad start in my mind.
Rookie class impact
I'm like most everyone else around here and excited about the rookie class this year. It seems that more than a couple of them will develop into good players. The key words being "develop into". They're not there yet.
Rookies in the NFL generally don't make a big impact and I think that's something to keep in mind. While I do think this class will be good in the future, I don't think they will be the reason the Chiefs win or lose in 2010.
Maybe the Chiefs surprise me and they get four legitimate starters out of that class in year one but the odds would suggest otherwise.