Chief Concerns: Glenn Bonner
I know, celebration time! Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert and Dustin Colquitt will stick around for 2013. March 12 is the official New Year! Alex Smith becomes a Chief and fans are pumped!
But (sorry, but it’s on my mind) here’s the bad news, the Broncos went 13-3 last season. The last time the Chiefs achieved a 13-3 record was 2003. It’s time to get honest. Why? Well, I don’t want the Chiefs to be the Houston version to the Denver Broncos.
Take a look at the standings for the Colts with Peyton Manning: 2003 12-4… 2004 12-4… 2005 14-2… 2006 12-4… 2007 13-3… 2008 12-4… 2009, 12-4 and 2010 10-6.
All attention by Andy Reid and John Dorsey should be cast towards beating the high-powered offense of the Broncos. During the 2006 season, the Houston Texans surprised a lot of people by selecting Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. The reasoning behind their logic was to stop (or at least slow down) Peyton Manning.
I read how fans on Chief Concerns Facebook page want a high-powered offense, tired of 13 points a game, Chief fans want to score. I do too!
Here’s the problem, the Broncos already have the weapons to easily throw 30-plus points on the board. It would be foolish to try, the Chiefs won’t offensively out dual the Broncos. The key is to slow them down, that thought can win. If Kansas City holds the Broncos to under 24 (which they did in 2012 once), there’s where the Chiefs have a chance.
I’ve been a Chief fan my entire existence, but I’m a fan of the game first. I look at the pros and cons, the X’s and O’s of it.
Tony Moeaki isn’t 49ers Vernon Davis. Davis runs as fast, if not faster, than most WR’s. Davis is a better blocker and route runner. Davis might be the best in the league at this moment (nothing against Tony Gonzalez, but he’s at the end). I think Moeaki will be a good TE, but not Davis.
I’m not expecting the same chemistry that Alex Smith had with Davis in San Francisco.
The good news, Dwayne Bowe is a very talented receiver, but has yet to have a QB of Smith’s caliber. Bowe’s used to much less throwing him the ball. I’d like to see what Jon Baldwin has to offer with a descent arm controlling the offense. Let’s see what Reid is going to do with Dexter McCluster also. I think Dex will be a good fit in the West Coast offense.
Here’s my idea of what the Chiefs can do.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that John Dorsey knows more about football than I will ever know, but here’s a thought.
If Kansas City can acquire Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie via free agency using him at Nickel and ST’s, that could put Javier Arenas at Dime while adding depth. Next, draft a DB in round three to start opposite of Brandon Flowers. The secondary is set.
Then draft a DE or DT to slow down the run. In round five Chiefs should look for a TE. Why not have two TE sets? It gives KC more options. Alex Smith loved it in San Francisco.
Round six draft a WR and round seven a kicker, if available (Ryan Succop at times wasn’t reliable).
At the moment I’m not worried about the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders. I feel they’re in the same boat as us.
I’m happy that Kansas City had a great day Monday, kept three of their best players, but KC has to keep getting better to stop Peyton Manning.
I’m happy, but it’s still about the bottom line!
Beating the Broncos!