View Full Version : Chief Concerns (Seriously? Are we still saying this?)

06-01-2007, 11:15 PM
Same ol' same ol' when it comes to criticizing our offseason -- the Green thing, OL, and secondary depth -- but Mr. Carucci seems to have an appreciation for our positive moves thus far.


Offseason update: Kansas City Chiefs
By Vic Carucci
National Editor, NFL.com

(May 31, 2007) -- This is what I like about the Kansas City Chiefs' offseason moves:

First-round draft pick Dwayne Bowe gives the Chiefs the true No. 1 receiver they haven't had in a long time. The former LSU star is big (6-foot-2-plus, 221 pounds), strong, physical, athletic and amazingly fast for his size. He should make an immediate impact with his ability to catch difficult passes over the middle and consistently win battles for high throws in the red zone.

Donnie Edwards is back in Kansas City after five years in San Diego. The Chiefs took some significant steps to improve the middle of their defense. One was through free agency, where they landed former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris to replace Kawika Mitchell. Harris is an exceptional athlete who plays sideline to sideline, blitzes well, and does a nice job in pass coverage.

The Chiefs also used their second- and third-round choices on a pair of interior defensive linemen -- Turk McBride, of Tennessee, and Tank Tyler, of North Carolina State. Some critics have called McBride a reach in the second round, but his quickness is exactly what the team needed at the tackle position. Tyler probably is the more talented player, although questions about the consistency of his effort and character caused him to fall a little lower. A third new addition at defensive tackle, free agent Alfonso Boone (formerly with the Chicago Bears), was another nice pickup. He does a solid job of occupying space and stuffing the run.

Free agent Donnie Edwards, formerly of the San Diego Chargers, gives the Chiefs another linebacker (besides Derrick Johnson) who excels in pass coverage.

Fifth-rounder Justin Medlock, from UCLA, booted placekicker Lawrence Tynes off the roster. Tynes, who missed a short field-goal attempt in the Chiefs' playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, was shipped to the New York Giants on May 22.

This is what concerns me:

The uncertainty over the quarterback situation.

Discussion about a possible trade that would send Trent Green to the Miami Dolphins has seemingly gone on forever, with little or no progress. Green has been left in an awkward position, to say the least. Does he have a starting job to look forward to in Miami? Is it possible that he could land in Atlanta, given the serious dog-fighting allegations that Falcons starter Michael Vick faces? Or could Green still end up No. 1 in Kansas City, even though the Chiefs supposedly are prepared to go with either second-year man Brodie Croyle or veteran Damon Huard? The Chiefs need to bring the matter to a close by the start of training camp, so the rest of the team has a better sense of who will be leading the offense this season.

Although the Chiefs signed free-agent offensive tackle Damion McIntosh, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, they still have serious questions on an offensive line that has lost two stalwarts to retirement in the last two years -- tackle Willie Roaf and guard Will Shields.

Kansas City is pushing the limits of whatever effectiveness veteran cornerbacks Ty Law and Patrick Surtain still have as starters. The Chiefs also are taking a gamble if, as expected, they pair second-year players Bernard Pollard and Jarrad Page at safety.

06-01-2007, 11:22 PM
Where's Otter?