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Kansas City Chiefs

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GM: Scott Pioli
HC: Romeo Crennel
2011: 7-9 (4th AFC West)
2011 Quick Stats
Offence Defence
Pts
13.3
(31st)
Yds
310.8
(27th)
Pass Yds
192.5
(25th)
Rush Yds
118.3
(15th)
»Full Team Stats



Last Season

Kansas City didn't get off to a great start last season, losing their first three games as well as impact players Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Tony Moeaki to season ending injuries.

The Chiefs were up and down throughout the year before firing head coach Todd Haley. They did finish strong under interim-turned-full-time head coach Romeo Crennel.

Who's In/Who's Out

Important Additions: QB Brady Quinn, RB Peyton Hillis, TE Kevin Boss, RT Eric Winston, CB Stanford Routt.

Important Losses: QB Kyle Orton, RB Thomas Jones, FB Le'Ron McClain, TE Leonard Pope, C Casey Wiegmann, DT Kelly Gregg, CB Brandon Carr.

Drafted

Pick Player Pos Ht Wt College  
1 (11) Dontari Poe DT 6'3 346 Memphis DT Dontari Poe
Analysis: Poe impressed at the combine showing off ridiculous athletic ability for a man of his size. He still needs alot of work but Poe definitely has tools for Crennel to work with.
2 (44) Jeff Allen OT 6'4 307 Illinois
3 (74) Donald Stephenson OT 6'6 312 Oklahoma
4 (107) Devon Wylie WR 5'9 187 Fresno St.
Analysis: None of the Chiefs eight draft picks are currently projected as starters, but Wylie could find himself atop the depth chart at one position. Wylie has impressed coaches as a kick returner and could unseat Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster if he continues to excite.
5 (146) DeQuan Menzie CB 5'10 195 Alabama
6 (182) Cyrus Gray RB 5'10 206 Texas A&M
7 (218) Jerome Long DT 6'5 285 San Diego St.
7 (238) Junior Hemingway WR 6'1 225 Michigan
» Complete NFL Draft Results

Season Outlook

Reasons to Believe
1. Run To Daylight – As mentioned earlier, starting RB Jamaal Charles returns after missing most of last year with an ACL injury. This is the same Charles who was going in the top five in most fantasy drafts last year. Package him with Peyton Hillis, minus the crazy expectations put on him in Cleveland last year, and you have the makings of a potent rushing tandem.

Back From Injury
The Chiefs are hoping running back Jamaal Charles can regain his explosive form after missing almost all of last season with a knee injury.

2. The Rest Of The ACL Club – Charles wasn't the only high impact player lost to an ACL injury last year. The Chiefs also return tight end Tony Moeaki, who showed a lot of promise in his one full season in the league, and safety Eric Berry, fresh off a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 before losing 2011 to injury.

3. Late Season Success – Kansas City finished the year 2-1 after Romeo Crennel replaced the fired Todd Haley as head coach. But more than the record, Chiefs players liked playing for Crennel more than Haley, who carried a somewhat oppressive reputation. If the late season atmosphere can carry over for a full season, the Chiefs will be a happier and more successive team.

Reasons to Doubt
1. Maybe This Time? – Cassel has had three seasons as starting quarterback for the Chiefs, none of which were particularly impressive. Each year there seems to be a reason for people to think he's just a year away from putting it all together – the broken hand being last season's excuse – but it might be time to admit the 30-year-old simply isn't the passer to lead K.C. to where they're looking to go.

2. Bowe's Holdout – If Cassel is to finally put it all together this year, he'll need all hands on deck, and leading WR Dwayne Bowe's training camp holdout wasn't a good sign. Bowe signed his franchise tender and reported to the team with a couple weeks to go, but he runs the risk of starting the year out of synch with his quarterback.

3. Weak Draft Class – In today's NFL, a lot of teams expect to pick up at least one immediate starter in the draft, while some teams look to draft as much as 3-4 immediate starters. Drafting in the first half of each round this year, the Chiefs likely were expecting more from their draft class but 11th overall pick Dontari Poe still needs a lot of work according to reports, and Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson, offensive linemen selected in the second and third round, are depth players at this point.

What to Expect
Despite the turmoil last year, Kansas City did well to hang tough in the AFC West. The division figures to be tougher this year however, so expecting anything more than fighting for third place division may be asking too much. A lot hinges on QB Matt Cassel's play, but if a lot of things go right (Charles, Moeaki return to form, the team continues to respond to Crennel) the team could surprise and hang tough again.


Fantasy


Get ready for the season with the latest from TSN.ca.
Players: QB | RB | WR | TE | DEF | K
Fantasy Schedules: AFC | NFC
2012 Auction Values: Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Depth Charts: Offence


Team Schedule
Week Date vs Week Date vs
1 Sep 9 10 Nov 12
2
Sep 16 11 Nov 18
3 Sep 23 12 Nov 25
4 Sep 30 13 Dec 2
5 Oct 7 14 Dec 9
6 Oct 14 15 Dec 16
8 Oct 28 16 Dec 23
9 Nov 1 17 Dec 30
Bye Week: 7
» Full NFL Schedule



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