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Wile_E_Coyote
06-23-2006, 10:00 AM
Jun 23, 2006, 8:01:57 AM by Bob Gretz (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/bob_gretz/) - FAQ (http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/2004/01/19/bob_gretz_faq/)

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When the Chiefs walked off the field at Arrowhead Stadium back on New Yearís Day they knew things were going to be different come the start of the 2006 season. They didnít know who was going to be the new head coach, but they knew things were not going to be the same as they had been through most of the Dick Vermeil Era.

There were holes in the Chiefs as they finished up last season. Yes, they won 10 of 16 games, but that wasnít good enough in the AFC.

They missed the playoffs not because of bad luck, but because they didnít have enough (1.) talent and (2.) production from the talent they did have on the roster.

The Chiefs finished up their off-season on Thursday. That doesnít mean work has been completed on the roster. But obviously, most of the heavy lifting is already on the books with free agency and the draft. Also, donít forget that often a team realizes most of its improvement with stepped up play from players already on the roster.

Just where do they stand in filling those holes now that they are five weeks away from their first training camp practice? Hereís one manís look, in order of the size of the hole on the roster.

RIGHT CORNERBACK

Signing Pat Surtain solidified the left cornerback position last year. The hole in the secondary was on the other side, where Eric Warfield under-performed and was sent packing early in the off-season.

To date, the biggest change the Chiefs have made in filling the hole is signing a veteran cornerback who wonít play a down: head coach Herman Edwards. The change in attitude that heís helped foster throughout the defense will make whoever plays the right corner a better player. The switch to heavy use of the Cover Two will make the starter there a better player.

Judge the roster in a vacuum and the Chiefs havenít filled the hole.

Judge the entire picture and theyíve made progress. Signing Ty Law would be another step forward, but only with a contract that makes economic sense. He would be a band-aid, not a long-term answer.

DEFENSIVE LINE

The Chiefs did a very nice job at stopping the run last year, but were unable to put constant pressure on the quarterback. Thatís why they invested their first-round choice in DE Tamba Hali and heís shown some real flashes in the off-season work. Now, the question is can he withstand the pounding of a 16-game NFL season?

They also added unknown free agent DT Ron Edwards, but so far heís not been able to get on the field because of off-season shoulder surgery. How much of a factor he will be remains unknown.

One non-factor from Ď05 who could be ready to become a bigger contributor this season is Carlos Hall. After a season where he fought injuries from the off-season program on, this year heís gotten through the work relatively unscathed. In minimal playing time last year when he was healthy, Hall influenced games. The Chiefs really need him to step forward this season.

BACKUP RUNNING BACK

Letís assume for the sake of this argument that Priest Holmes does not return to play this season. That would mean the Chiefs went from Holmes and Larry Johnson to Johnson and Quentin Griffin or Dee Brown. Obviously, thatís a drop in talent and NFL production.

Johnson will turn 27 during the season, so he remains a ďyoungĒ running back. By the end of this coming season however, his body will age several years since heís going to get 90 percent of the running opportunities. There remains an option: New Orleans running back Michael Bennett.

If Holmes returns, the Chiefs would have the best halfback duo in the league.

OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH

Things looked good when the Chiefs signed Kyle Turley. Then, John Welbourn retired and it left the offensive line in pretty much the same position it was before the arrival of Turley, if not a small step backwards.

Last year showed how important the left tackle position is, especially when the guy playing there is Willie Roaf. If Turley is the backup left tackle, even if heís starting at right tackle, then the Chiefs have improved themselves. If Will Svitek can translate his NFL Europe performance into NFL play at left tackle, then the Chiefs have improved themselves. If Kevin Sampson can come back and play right tackle the way the team thought he would last year, then the Chiefs have improved themselves. If Welbourn should decide to return, then the Chiefs have really improved themselves.

If Welbourn is gone, then the Chiefs have also lost their best backup guard.

WIDE RECEIVER DEPTH

If you listed the skill position offensive players on the Chiefs roster last year in order of their importance based on performances, hereís how things would they would rank: (1A.) Trent Green, (1B.) Larry Johnson, (3.) Tony Gonzalez, (4.) Eddie Kennison, (5.) Priest Holmes, (6.) Jason Dunn, (7.) Samie Parker, (8.) Dante Hall, (9.) Tony Richardson, (10.) Chris Horn and (11.) Marc Boerigter.

So going to training camp this year, the Chiefs have definitely lost their No. 9, 10 and 11 offensive contributors from last year. Combined those three touched the ball 41 times. There were 520 running plays and 317 completed passes during the Ď05 season. Richardson-Horn-Boerigter accounted for five percent of those plays. Losing them will not hamstring the offense.

Horn and Boerigter were valuable because they understood the scheme and could play any of the three wide receiver positions. Of those players challenging for the spots left open by their departure, only one has played a regular season game in the NFL: Darrell Hill, who played in three games in three years on offense for Tennessee and did not make a catch; he was a special teams performer.


Did the Chiefs fill the hole? No. They are counting on improvement from within, from guys like Craphonso Thorpe and Jeris McIntyre to increase the talent level.

The opinions offered in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Kansas City Chiefs.

MOhillbilly
06-23-2006, 11:35 AM
blah blah blah. hey bob! tell us something we dont know.

ChiefsfaninPA
06-23-2006, 12:03 PM
blah blah blah. hey bob! tell us something we dont know.

I don't even understand why they let this trash be published. It is basically the same thing he has said in all of his columns wrapped into one.

Deberg_1990
06-23-2006, 12:04 PM
"The Chiefs did a very nice job at stopping the run last year"


Hmmmm....except when they needed to the Most....Vs Dallas and NY.

KCTitus
06-23-2006, 12:09 PM
Wile: Did you get approval to post a Gretz column from Shane?

FAX
06-23-2006, 12:10 PM
The Pap Master strikes again.

Never in history has such pablum proceedeth from the pen of man. Tell us something about Roaf, you overpaid, overrated, overweight, overbearing hack.

FAX

CoMoChief
06-23-2006, 12:10 PM
"The Chiefs did a very nice job at stopping the run last year"


Hmmmm....except when they needed to the Most....Vs Dallas and NY.


In the DAL game we couldnt stop their passing game. Thats what killed us. I think we can all agree that the NYG game was a showcase of the worst tackling anyone has ever seen at any level of football.

nmt1
06-23-2006, 01:16 PM
The one thing Gretz fails to mention regarding Tony Richardson is how much we're going to miss his blocking at the point of attack. Hope Cruz has been watching close.

Dave Lane
06-23-2006, 01:27 PM
I wonder if Gretz gets his articles proofed by Carl? some of his answers sure seem that way.

Dave

Wile_E_Coyote
06-23-2006, 01:35 PM
Wile: Did you get approval to post a Gretz column from Shane?
I used Gretz's title, so it's not the same :Poke: :)


~with this mornings groaning & gnashing of teeth, the pic alone is worth the posting the article

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KCTitus
06-23-2006, 01:36 PM
I used Gretz's title, so it's not the same :Poke: :)

ROFL...

shaneo69
06-23-2006, 10:08 PM
Signing Ty Law would be another step forward, but only with a contract that makes economic sense.

Gretz must have the premium subscription to WPI.

SNR
06-23-2006, 11:32 PM
Blob Gretz has the easiest job in the world :shake:

milkman
06-23-2006, 11:34 PM
Blob Gretz has the easiest job in the world :shake:

Sucking Carl?

I wouldn't want that job.