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Direckshun
05-23-2008, 03:27 PM
http://mvn.com/nfl-chiefs/2008/05/17/grading-the-new-chiefs-the-morgancottam-edition/

Grading the New Chiefs: The Morgan/Cottam Edition
By Jon Yoon | May 17th, 2008

I hate sounding like a homer, but itís hard for me not to gush about the 2008 draft. Donít worry, Iíll start being critical again after the draft analyses are over. Morgan was yet another grand slam of a pick in the third round. Cottam, I believe, has potential to be a quality pick.

Morganís Role with the Chiefs:

I know itís become sexy to hate Bernard Pollard. After all, in order for a player to be considered a ďbonecrusher,Ē doesnít that imply that he has to actually hit somebody? Unlike most fans, I havenít given up on Pollard and I think itís absolutely ridiculous that any player can be fully evaluated after only one year of experience. Like most rookies, Pollard and Page both made costly mistakes in 2008. Folks, if you want to endure the rebuild, you have to endure mistakes.

I donít know if Pollard ever becomes worth that second round pick. But itís reassuring that if he doesnít pan out, Morgan is a pretty solid guy to replace him. Arguably, Morgan has more post-draft upside than Pollard ever had. Morgan is fairly raw and will probably use the first half of the season to learn his position. That gives Pollard about a half-year to prove himself, which is more than enough time. If Pollard is anything short of spectacular, I expect to see him split some snaps with Morgan. The great thing about Morgan is that while heís developing into the safety position, he wonít be a waste of a roster spot. Morgan is going to be absolutely outstanding on special teams, even though to most fans, it doesnít really count for much. Thereís also a strong possibility that you see him doing some nickel coverages.

Cottamís Role with the Chiefs:

Of all the picks, I think Cottam might have been the pick that generated the least excitementÖ at least to other fans. Iím willing to bet that the lukewarm reaction is due to a lack of understanding of what Cottamís role with the Chiefs will be. There are some that see him as Gonzalezís future replacement. That could be true. There are others that view him as Jason Dunnís replacement. Could also be true. But the truth is, Cottam isnít a superstar as a receiver or as a blocker; instead, heís pretty good at both.

Uh oh. Is this another Kris Wilson pick in the making? Hardly. If you look a little deeper into the Chiefsí motivations for drafting Cottam, youíll see that Chan Gailey is a huge supporter of a 2-TE set offense. What makes Cottam such an outstanding pick is that he can be an asset in both run blocking and pass receiving. Note that he doesnít have to be a standout on either dimension. If he grades out as above average on both dimensions, then heís a valuable addition to the offense.

What makes this kind of a role player so dangerous is that it allows you to be more deceptive in your playcalling. When Jason Dunn entered the game, you knew the Chiefs were going to run the ball. When Dante Hall came into the slot, more likely than not, the Chiefs were going to pass the ball. Sure, the Chiefs sometimes tricked teams by passing the ball with Dunn on the field, but thatís pretty much akin to playing 11-on-10 football. With Cottam in the game, there is a reasonable expectation that he can contribute on every down, no matter what the playcall. Particularly for a team that wants to run the ball and playaction a lot, I think Cottam will quietly be a very solid pick for the Chiefs.

Direckshun
05-23-2008, 03:27 PM
Cottam catches a pass in OTAs from David Greene...

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Bowser
05-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Nice catch.

I'm thinking we may have the two tight end set as our base offense.

keg in kc
05-23-2008, 03:35 PM
I'm thinking we may have the two tight end set as our base offense.Judging by the offseason pickups, I'm thinking we may have the five tight end set as our base offense.

Bowser
05-23-2008, 03:37 PM
Judging by the offseason pickups, I'm thinking we may have the five tight end set as our base offense.

Good point.

Uncle_Ted
05-23-2008, 03:39 PM
I understand the point of the article with respect to Pollard having to hold off Morgan for a starting job, but it seems to be walking an awfully fine line in asserting that one year of experience isn't nearly enough to evaluate Pollard, but then in the next paragraph stating that another half season will be more than enough time for him to prove himself. :hmmm:

StcChief
05-23-2008, 03:53 PM
Judging by the offseason pickups, I'm thinking we may have the five tight end set as our base offense.
aka 'Nimble' linemen LMAO

B_Ambuehl
05-23-2008, 04:07 PM
Neither of our starting safetines are in the upper half as far as NFL talent goes. Morgan could probably replace either. Page has yet to make an open field tackle in 2 years. In a perfect world, both would go to the bench. Pollard would strictly be a special teams ace and Page would play centerfield in dime situations.

el borracho
05-23-2008, 05:00 PM
Is Morgan a SS or a FS?

kcchiefsus
05-23-2008, 05:14 PM
Neither of our starting safetines are in the upper half as far as NFL talent goes. Morgan could probably replace either. Page has yet to make an open field tackle in 2 years. In a perfect world, both would go to the bench. Pollard would strictly be a special teams ace and Page would play centerfield in dime situations.

Give me a break. Page has been alot better than you give him credit for.

Tribal Warfare
05-23-2008, 07:49 PM
Is Morgan a SS or a FS?



he can play either one

stlchiefs
05-23-2008, 08:06 PM
http://mvn.com/nfl-chiefs/2008/05/17/grading-the-new-chiefs-the-morgancottam-edition/

Like most rookies, Pollard and Page both made costly mistakes in 2008. Folks, if you want to endure the rebuild, you have to endure mistakes.



Huh? Rookies? Loses some credibility a couple paragraphs in.

RustShack
05-23-2008, 08:32 PM
I think Morgan would make a better FS. I think Pollard might be a better SS than Page though, but I like Page more than Pollard.... Its confusing... ha. I havn't given up on Page or Pollard yet, but I think Morgan might have a brighter future....