When offensive minded head coach Todd Haley arrived in Kansas City and acquired quarterback Matt Cassel, it was obvious he was looking to bring an aerial assault to the NFL’s AFC West. Problems ensued for Haley once the season began. There was unrest at the running back position and then his receivers battled injuries and low production as Matt Cassel ran for his life behind some less than adequate blocking schemes in passing situations.
As the season progressed, Kansas City began increasing the number of carries by Jamaal Charles and discovered that Charles had the ability to carry the team in certain situations. The run blocking began to improve as they realized they were blocking for a running back with talent and grit. It was an important transformation for Kansas City although it did not save them from a down year.
Kansas City Adds Familiar Name as Offensive Head Coach-Charlie Weis.
Charlie Weis returns to the NFL after an unsuccessful five year stint coaching Notre Dame. The question will soon be answered if Weis has lost a step as an offensive coordinator in his five years away from the faster, harder hitting NFL game. Another issue for Weis will be that the cupboard has been left bare when it comes to wide receivers.
Kansas City had to address offensive line issues in the NFL Draft but their draft picks may leave them flat in that department. In the wide receiver department, there is Dwayne Bowe and many questions after him. Kansas City will have a spirited competition between the many rookies attempting to make a wide receiver position. The addition of an inconsistent Chris Chambers will be interesting which version of Chambers we see in 2010.
The running back position will also be a position that will give Weis some headaches. Kansas City drafted a good running back in Dexter McCluster and also signed a reliable back with something to prove from the New York Jets, Thomas Jones. McCluster is expected to help out with the depleted wide receiver position as a slot receiver.
Then there is Jamaal Charles, the running back that lit up NFL defenses towards the end of the NFL season last year. Charles finished the season with a 259 yard performance in his last game of 2009 against AFC West rival Denver. Weis will have trouble keeping everyone happy in the backfield but he will have added depth.
Kansas City Defensive Problems Addressed in NFL Draft.
Kansas City shocked NFL Draft experts by foregoing their most pressing need for an offensive lineman and grabbed the best available player, Eric Berry an excellent secondary player out of Tennessee. The addition of Berry addresses the pass defense problems for Kansas City but it does create another log jam at the returner position.
Javier Arenas, another secondary addition, will also be trying to make the team as the top returner. With Berry, Arenas, Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles as possible return men, Kansas City has an embarrassment of riches at the critical special teams position.
Final Breakdown of Kansas City Chiefs 2010 NFL Season.
Kansas City will make progress in 2010 but with a new offensive coordinator and a complete realignment of the defense as well, Kansas City is definitely in the midst of a rebuilding year. The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has placed the Over/Under win total for Kansas City at 6.5 wins. Kansas City should be able to win six to seven games in the 2010 NFL season in a rebuilding year.
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