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27Jul/11Off

KC Chief Team Needs and Potential Free Agent Targets

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One of the biggest concerns for the chiefs is along the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball.

First they need to draft someone to play OT. The revolving door of B. Richardson/R. O'Callahan is not going to cut it anymore. We need a full time right tackle, or an all-pro left tackle and move B. Albert to the other side. We only allowed 32 sacks in 16 games in the regular season which is roughly 2 per game. Then we had Baltimore come in during the playoffs and we gave up 3. We could easily cut our sack total down to 1.5 per game and save Cassel 8 unnecessary slams to the ground with a tackle upgrade. Both D. Free of DAL and M. Yanda (BAL) re-signed with their 2010 teams. There is still the possibility of a W. Colon (PIT) or T. Clabo (ATL). Colon is coming off an Achilles injury and Clabo is coming off a pro-bowl which my inflate his stock. Both are an immediate upgrade.

On the other side of the ball we need to add a solid prototypical, pro-bowl talent NT. Not an average, or okay guy who can play 2 downs then gets gassed. We need someone who demands a double team 3 for a 3 down series and who clogs up that middle so our LB's are free to make the big hits. B. Cofield just agreed to terms with Washington so he is off the board, but there is still the possibility of A. Franklin (SF). He is coming off of 2 great years where he amassed 75 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 passes deflected and an interception. Combined, both Edwards and Smith had 88 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 passes deflected and 0 interceptions. At 6'-1" and 315 lb. he would fill a great need and would help solidify the defense as a whole. Maybe keep both Edwards and Smith as rotational players, but if we had to dump one I would say let go of Smith. I would also not put it past the Chiefs to target B. Mebane (SEA) with his 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 passes deflected in the same time frame.

We could also use some help at the OLB position.  Hali is on the right and Vrabel is on the left....as in he left to go coach at Ohio State.  That leaves Studebaker.  While I believe he will do fine, I would feel more comfortable if we replaced Vrabel with a more seasoned player and still allowed Stud. to grow.  M. Lawson (SF) is available.  He is coming off a so-so season.  He is not a great pass-rusher, he only had 2.5 sacks in 2010, but he is a very complete player.  The Chiefs may pass on him because they need to apply pressure to QB's.  We had 39 sacks (9 behind the leader PIT), which is a far improvement from the 08' campaign where we only had 10.  Maybe the target a DE to play the OLB position such as J. Babin (TEN) or R. Edwards (MIN).  Both are coming off a 15+ sacks, and 55 and 71 tackle performances respectively since 2009.  You know what they say..."Speed Kills", and having a Babin/Edwards on one side and Hali on the other...the opposing QB's better hurry and dump that ball.

Another concern that the Chiefs need to field is just backup players along the O-line.  It is an aging line with Waters (34), Wiegmann (38), and I will include Lilja (29) because of his leg injuries.  Maybe target Guard H. Dahl (ATL) or J. Blalock (ATL).  KC also drafted R. Hudson from Fl. State and he can play either G/C.  I just think that they need some depth because age and injuries can derail an O-line and if we want a repeat division championship, we need to keep our offense intact.

After that there are several spots where we can use some depth or an upgrade it the fit is good, but there are other more crucial needs.  We might look at adding another ILB to play along D. Johnson and J. Belcher.  Maybe a S. Tulloch (TEN), but he might be better suited for a 4-3.  FS is another potential need.  I like J. McGraw and I like  K. Lewis.  Maybe look at a D. Landry (BAL) or D. Manning (CHI) or M. Huff (OAK).  Both are good compliments to E. Berry, but may only serve as a slight upgrade from what we have now.

Then we have the "Dream" picks.  It would be nice to add these guys, but the Chiefs don't look to be in the market to sign any of them...but we can wish!

WR's S. Rice  (MIN), B. Edwards (NYJ). TE Z. Miller (OAK).  CB's N. Asomugha (OAK), J. Joseph (CIN).  There are a few more, but none of which are a the tops of their respective positions.

Keep an eye out for my next few posts which I will cover Kansas City Chiefs current moves and signings and discuss the season and predictions.

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25Dec/10Off

RP 094 – No Car Should Probably Be This High

That car got some major air, but I'm wondering if the sky police is going to pull them over, because I'm pretty sure that car is going faster then 5 MPH

21Dec/10Off

RP 090 – The Pillsbury Throwboy

In retro spec he doesn't seem as big, but I think that is because JaMarcus Russel has been in the league more recently and wikipedia has them both listed at the same weight, although it also says the Jared Lorenzen is 2 inches shorter. Those are some big boys playing QB, and on the professional level.

6Dec/10Off

RP 075 – Jimmy Conrad Podcast

He may wear the number 12, but he is number 1 in a lot of people's mind, and not only does he blog on his website, but he also does a podcast now. It has been a very interesting podcast because its not often that a professional athlete voices his opinion or much of anything on a consistent basis...

Well sort of? There are those that probably shouldn't open their mouths sometimes, but they are usually football players, and sometimes baseball players. Jimmy Conrad is not one of those people. He is more along the lines of being interested in what he has to say.

3Dec/10Off

RP 072 – FIFA World Cup Free Kick

Well not really, but I'm sure this is how somebody taking a free kick during the world cup would feel. Unless your looking at it from the other side of the ball.

27Nov/10Off

RP 066 – T.O.

This sums up TO quite nicely I think. Notice the uniform that he is in? Yeah, its the Eagles. He is now in his third uniform since being with the Eagles, just like 4 years ago.

25Nov/10Off

RP 064 – Hair Polamalu

Troy did you take my shampoo?

When is his hair going to have its own fan club. Seriously its almost to the point that Pittsburgh is going to have to play with only 10 players on the field because his hair accounts for a second player. Think about how much faster he would be if he shaved his head. On second thought can this fake picture become reality, because then he might be at normal speed to everybody else.

19Nov/10Off

RP 058 – WC Goal Keeper

During the World Cup I looked at a bunch of different pictures of players and game pictures, came across this one and really enjoyed it, so I saved it. Doesn't help that I usually play goal keeper and this is exactly that.

17Nov/10Off

RP 056 – Rossi Fail

Again I don't know if this will work properly, but this player takes a dive after not being touched. Its actually kind of sad.

11Nov/10Off

RP 050 – U.S. Flag Soccer Ball

The world cup that just happened over the summer usually causes quite a few different desktop images to arise, and I thought that this one was pretty cool