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Divisional Rival History:
Denver Broncos: The home team always wins. Well, it used to anyway. The host claimed 16 of the previous 20 matchups prior to 2011. The road team captured both victories last season.
Oakland Raiders: The road team has somehow won nine of the previous 10 meetings. Aren't Arrowhead and the Black Hole supposed to be intimidating places to play?
San Diego Chargers: The host has been victorious in 21 of the previous 28 battles. San Diego has won seven of the past nine matchups - and it would have been eight out of nine if Philip Rivers hadn't botched a routine snap in Arrowhead.
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2012 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Eric Winston, OT, Texans. Age: 28.
Signed with Chiefs
Eric Winston is a talented right tackle who would be a great fit for any team running a zone-blocking system. He surrendered seven sacks in 2011, but four came when T.J. Yates was inserted into the lineup, so that number is inflated. Winston's best trait is his reliability; he hasn't missed a start since 2006.
Stanford Routt, CB, Raiders. Age: 29.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $19.6 million; $4 million signing bonus)
One of the most overrated players in the NFL, Stanford Routt is often discussed as a Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback, but he definitely shouldn't be. Routt has good coverage skills, but is often penalized. He was whistled for 17 infractions in 2011 alone (it easily could have been a lot more), which led all players at his position.
Peyton Hillis, RB, Browns. Age: 26.
Signed with Chiefs (1 year, $3 million)
Peyton Hillis is a tough runner with good pass-catching ability when healthy, but the problem is that he's always banged up. He's just way too unreliable, and his fumbling issues don't help.
Update: Hillis reportedly has thought about quitting football to become a CIA agent. Umm... what? Teams will definitely question his dedication.
Kevin Boss, TE, Raiders. Age: 28.
Signed with Chiefs (3 years, $9 million)
Kevin Boss is a decent end zone target (16 TDs last three years with Giants) and a solid blocker.
- Brady Quinn, QB, Broncos. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs. Age: 27.
Franchised by Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe is a dynamic talent and one of the better receivers in the NFL. His production is remarkable considering the mediocre quarterbacks he's worked with throughout his professional career.
Brandon Carr, CB, Chiefs. Age: 26.
Signed with Cowboys (5 years, $50.1 million)
Brandon Carr allowed a completion percentage of 49.4 in 2011. He is a No. 1-caliber cornerback who will be rewarded with a big contract this offseason.
Jovan Belcher (RFA), ILB, Chiefs. Age: 25.
Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year, $1.927 million)
Jovan Belcher is a very underrated player. He's a slight liability in coverage sometimes, but he's terrific in run support.
Le'Ron McClain, FB, Chiefs. Age: 27.
Signed with Chargers (3 years)
Le'Ron McClain is only a decent run-blocker. He barely got any carries last year despite the injury to Jamaal Charles.
Casey Wiegmann, C, Chiefs. Age: 39.
The Chiefs will welcome back Casey Wiegmann if he still wants to play, but at 39, his performance could fall off at any point without warning.
Kyle Orton, QB, Chiefs. Age: 29.
Signed with Cowboys (3 years)
Kyle Orton has proven that he can be a solid game-manager when surrounded by a quality supporting cast. That's all he is though.
Kelly Gregg, NT, Chiefs. Age: 35.
Kelly Gregg did a great job stuffing the run early, but wore down as the season went on. He'll be 36 in November.
- Barry Richardson, OT, Chiefs. Age: 26. -- Signed with Rams
- Wallace Gilberry, DE, Chiefs. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Amon Gordon, NT, Chiefs. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Chiefs (2 years)
- Jon McGraw, S, Chiefs. Age: 33.
- Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs. Age: 28.
- Travis Daniels, CB, Chiefs. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Chiefs
- Leonard Pope, TE, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Signed with Steelers
- Demorrio Williams, ILB, Chiefs. Age: 32. -- Signed with Chargers (1 year)
- Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs. Age: 34.
- Anthony Becht, TE, Chiefs. Age: 35.
- Sabby Piscitelli, S, Chiefs. Age: 29.
- Jerheme Urban, WR, Chiefs. Age: 31.
- Jake O'Connell (RFA), TE, Chiefs. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Chiefs (1 year)
2012 NFL Draft Grade: C
Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft:
Excluding the obvious hole at quarterback, the Chiefs have two positions of weakness: interior offensive line and nose tackle. Luckily for them, they may have a choice between David DeCastro and Dontari Poe at No. 11. There are also second-round prospects at those positions (Kevin Zeitler, Alameda Ta'amu) who could be available.
2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments:
Throughout the entire pre-draft process, my source with the Chiefs continuously tried to convince me that the team would select Dontari Poe, but I stubbornly refused to believe it. How could Scott Pioli, who believes in the Bill Belichick mantra, spend such a high pick on someone who was so mediocre on tape against inferior competition? Belichick would pick David DeCastro to bolster the offensive line, so I thought that's what Pioli would do.
Apparently not. I don't see how anyone can validate selecting Poe so highly. He was a Combine superstar, but so was Mike Mamula. There's no denying his potential, but he did nothing against crappy Conference USA opponents. It's not like Jason Pierre-Paul where the prospect in question didn't have much playing time, and thus was an unknown commodity; Poe was on the field a lot, but did nothing versus players who won't even cut it in the Arena League.
It's also hard to get behind the rest of Kansas City's draft. Jeff Allen is a project, and there were better guards available at No. 44 (Peter Konz). Donald Stephenson, like Poe, also has major potential, but he's really inexperienced. Devon Wylie was a reach in Round 4.
I also have to wonder why the Chiefs didn't obtain a quarterback of some sort. Ricky Stanzi couldn't even beat out Tyler Palko when Matt Cassel went down. A selection should have been used on someone to groom to eventually upgrade the weakest position on the roster.
2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
11. Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis: C Grade
Ugh. Does Scott Pioli watch film? How can he spend such a high pick on a Combine star who did absolutely nothing on the field? I won't ignore Dontari Poe's upside, but he has major bust potential. David DeCastro would have been a much better selection.
44. Jeff Allen, G, Illinois: B Grade
I knew the Chiefs were going with an offensive lineman, but I did not expect Jeff Allen at this spot. There are mixed opinions on Allen; some major boards had him in the 70s, while others ranked him in the 40-50 range. Allen needs to be developed, but he has potential to play left tackle. This is important for the Chiefs, who could be losing Branden Albert next year.
(Check update below)
74. Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma: B Grade
Another tackle? Donald Stephenson fits the range and could even emerge as a potential starting left tackle, but then what did Kansas City draft Jeff Allen for? I don't think you take a backup tackle in Day 2.
Update: Just got word that the Chiefs view Jeff Allen as a guard prospect, so this selection makes more sense.
107. Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State: C- Grade
Devon Wylie is a slight reach here; he was more of a Round 5-6 prospect. The Chiefs were looking for a slot receiver because Steve Breaston probably won't be around following the 2012 season.
146. DeQuan Menzie, CB/S, Alabama: A- Grade
DeQuan Menzie can play both cornerback and safety. Coincidentally, the Chiefs needed depth in both areas, especially the latter, since Romeo Crennel loves having three safeties on the field. Menzie was ranked No. 80 on Mike Mayock's big board, so he provides really good value in Round 5.
182. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M: A Grade
The Chiefs signed Peyton Hillis, but there's always a chance he could retire to become a CIA agent. They needed a third running back, and Gray could have easily been chosen in Round 3 or 4.
218. Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State: C- Grade
Jerome Long wasn't ranked anywhere. I'm not sure where this pick came from.
238. Junior Hemingway, WR, Michigan: A- Grade
This is not a need, but Junior Hemingway offers solid value in the middle of Round 7. One major big board had him at No. 163, and he was ranked No. 209 on the consensus chart.
What Romeo Crennel did at the end of the year was pretty impressive. In two of the final three weeks, he shut down Aaron Rodgers and Tim Tebow. Not that those quarterbacks are close to one another, but the latter did go on and defeat the Steelers seven days afterward. With numerous key players coming back from injury, the Chiefs will be a playoff contender in 2012. Unfortunately, their quarterback situation will prevent them from ever being ranked among the league's elite.
Rams sign OT Barry Richardson
Steelers sign TE Leonard Pope
Chiefs re-sign CB Travis Daniels
Chiefs re-sign ILB Jovan Belcher
Chiefs sign OT Eric Winston
Chiefs sign QB Brady Quinn
Chiefs sign TE Kevin Boss
Chiefs sign RB Peyton Hillis
Chargers sign FB Le'Ron McClain
Cowboys sign CB Brandon Carr
Cowboys sign QB Kyle Orton
Chiefs re-sign NT Amon Gordon
Chargers sign ILB Demorrio Williams
Chiefs cut ILB Demorrio Williams
Chiefs franchise WR Dwayne Bowe
Chiefs sign CB Stanford Routt
Chiefs re-sign TE Jake O'Connell
- Quarterback: It's a shame the Chiefs couldn't hire Josh McDaniels to work with Matt Cassel again. Cassel will be the starter next year, but he's very mediocre. He doesn't have the physical tools to consistently lead his team deep into the playoffs. Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick in 2011, isn't much of a ray of hope, given that he couldn't unseat Tyler Palko as the starter once Cassel went down. Signed Brady Quinn
- Right Tackle: Barry Richardson was one of the worst starting linemen in the NFL last year. I'm sure the Chiefs would love to land Riley Reiff with the 11th-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jonathan Martin would work as well. Signed Eric Winston; drafted Donald Stephenson
- Nose Tackle: Kelly Gregg turns 36 this year. Jerrell Powe, drafted in the sixth round last April, barely played. If Kansas City isn't too optimistic about Powe, it could use its second-rounder on Dontari Poe. Drafted Dontari Poe
- Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, bastard of Highgarden, was re-signed to a big contract in September. The Chiefs will also have to lock up free-agent Brandon Carr. If he leaves, they'll need a new starting cornerback. Signed Stanford Routt; drafted DeQuan Menzie
- Guard/Center: Casey Wiegmann will turn 39 in July. He's mulling retirement, so if he follows through, the Chiefs will need an interior offensive lineman, depending on where they want to utilize 2011 second-rounder Rodney Hudson. Drafted Jeff Allen
- Tight End: Tony Moeaki was injury-prone at Iowa, so it wasn't a surprise to see him tear his ACL in the preseason. Moeaki is talented, but unreliable. A mid-round pick could be used on a tight end. Signed Kevin Boss
- Running Back: Jamaal Charles will be back from a torn ACL. There were already questions about his ability to carry the load, so the Chiefs should find another capable back to split carries with him. If Trent Richardson isn't available at No. 11 overall, a mid-round pick could be used on a complement. Signed Peyton Hillis
- Rush Linebacker Depth: Justin Houston really came on at the end of last season, but the Chiefs won't have much of a pass rush if either he or Tamba Hali goes down with an injury next year.
- Inside Linebacker Depth: Kansas City is also thin in this area.
2012 Kansas City Chiefs Analysis: The Chiefs would be a Super Bowl contender if they had a very good quarterback. Matt Cassel isn't very good, but Kansas City is still a playoff-caliber squad with him under center. He's proven that he can lead a team to the postseason, and he should be able to do that in 2012. It's winning in January that will be the problem.
Projection: 10-6 (1st in AFC West)
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