Chief Concerns: Desmond Bailey - @CCWriterDez
DC Bob Sutton - I’m convinced that, were it not for football and calling the Chiefs defense, we’d be glued to CourtTV watching the saga of Bob Sutton’s trial unfold with Sutton starring as a retired hitman who eluded authorities for decades before finally being apprehended. Sutton may not be a professional killer but, at the controls of the Chiefs top-3 scoring defense, he’s been an orchestrator of desolation and doom for offenses. With his aggressive playcalling, Sutton has clearly tapped into the dormant savagery of a talent-laden defense and sent them forth to destroy…everything.
OLB Justin Houston - How do you stop him? I mean, you can try but somewhere else either OLB Tamba Hali and/or nose tackle Dontari Poe is being blocked 1-on-1 which spells eminent disaster for your quarterback. Pick your poison. Houston’s 7.5 sacks in three games = ridiculous. And you knew about this kid at Georgia. Your GM…your scouts…they knew. But you passed on him. You stood by and watched him fall to the Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft…just as you will stand by and watch him bury your QB in the dust.
QB Alex Smith - Not one for the spectacular pass – the legendary throws into double…triple coverage that somehow are completed for touchdowns. You’ll never attach the term “gunslinger” to Alex Smith’s resume but you will, however, include the label of ‘winner’. Smith’s game isn’t sexy. Hell, at times he’s been frustrating to watch. But somehow he keeps making critical plays with either his arm or his legs. That’s bigtime football and thus it’s Chiefs football.
DT Dontari Poe - A monster. Eater of worlds. Crusher of hope. 345+ pounds of vile bastard. A human this large isn’t supposed to be this quick or fast. What football god concocted this abomination? Opposing QB’s…behold….they quiver at the mention of his name and weep amid the destruction left in his wake.The prophecy foretold of Poe’s coming and agony fell swiftly upon those with deaf ears. The Chiefs defense wouldn’t be elite without Poe’s emerging dominance.
HB Jamaal Charles - The off-season projections of Charles’ overall production in Andy Reid’s offense bordered on stratospheric. However, he’s averaging a human 4.3 yards per carry – one yard less than his 5.3 avg in 2012 – behind the youngest O-line in the league. But what has been impressive is the physicality and toughness with which Charles is toting the pigskin. He’s running with anger and hate. Dragging tacklers and/or running them over. I called his 20th-place ranking on the NFL’s Top 100 list a crime. Rightfully, and based on the violence with which he’s been running, Charles feels wronged. His numbers are down but his toughness is up. Therefore, his legend has grown to something that transcends stats and popularity rankings.
HC Andy Reid - The big boss. Better known as ‘Big Red’. Doesn’t say much. However, to what he does say, his players listen. He knows how to speak to men…how to teach them and be firm in his expectations of them without disrespecting or belittling them. Simply put, Reid is real. He’s a winning head coach who knows the formula for success in a league where wins do not come easy. The Chiefs’ last two wins haven’t come easy…but they’ve come. With Reid leading the way, more wins are sure to follow.
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