"It just gives us more confidence," Johnson said of having the playoff win finally under their belt. "Everybody has had their perfect plan, but when you get through the season, it's the time to put that together chemistry-wise and put it all together and see if we can do what we did last year even more and win a championship." Hali agreed with his fellow linebacker. "I think the guys understand what it takes to get there," Hali said. "After getting that win, we realize once we are in, we can get the job done. It's only a month left of football and you have to really dedicate that month to football and nothing else."
Whether the thoughts of improvement are realistic or not, the Chiefs may need to make offensive gains if they're going to make the playoffs for the second straight year. The Chiefs were ninth in scoring last year, but that standing was bolstered by six defensive touchdowns and a flurry of defensive takeaways that frequently gifted the offense short fields.
Henry’s potential to be a dual threat tight end at the next level makes him valuable to any NFL offense, especially QB Alex Smith and the Chiefs. One NFL scout even tabbed him as the most complete tight end that has come through the draft in years. Also, Andy Reid’s offensive playbook seems to let tight ends do a number of different things and Smith has a history of getting the ball to his TEs frequently, especially in the red zone.
The Chiefs are in better shape than most going into this year’s draft, but they need to draft a cornerback with Sean Smith going to the Raiders. Marcus Peters was a first-rounder last year for Kansas City and he ended up winning defensive rookie of the year honors. The Arrowheads could also use another defensive lineman or a safety to bolster their defense, and Andy Reid typically doesn’t shy away from taking offensive linemen early as well.
The Ravens wanted to come out of the second round with a tight end and they had their eye on Eastern Kentucky’s Jason Dunn. In order to get in position to take him, Newsome traded third, fourth and seventh-round picks in the 1996 draft for the Denver Broncos’ second rounder at 55 overall. The trade was agreed to before the Ravens were even on the clock at pick 55. As Newsome waited his turn, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Dunn at pick 54 directly in front of the Ravens. The Ravens settled on cornerback DeRon Jenkins, a player they liked but not one they would have been willing to trade three picks to get in position to take.
Who knew to expect all of that from a guy who got kicked off his college team at Washington for repeatedly clashing with coaches? In a pre-draft scouting report on NFL.com, one unidentified NFC personnel director was quoted as saying "I wouldn’t take him inside the first two rounds. He’s good, but he’s not that good that I would be willing to deal with his emotional issues."
So, with Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium located literally right next to each other, there’s bound to be an overlap in the fanbase’s sense of style. That’s solid marketing. Have a great "Zubazpalooza," Kansas City. You earned it.