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Old 05-15-2013, 10:17 AM  
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Top Ten Reasons To Be Really Excited For 2013

I can't wait until the season. I am super excited for the new Chiefs. Here's why.

1. Alex Smith. Say what you want, but we were all there at the tail end of 2011, that shit season where we honestly had to root for a team without Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles, with Matt ****ing Cassel under center, and still managed to go 7-9. That was a weird, difficult season, but we were all there for the Kyle Orton Experiment in the last three games. While Kyle Orton was no world beater, it was the only time since Trent Green was under center did I not cringe watching the offense walk onto the field. I just knew that Damon Huard, Brody Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko, and Brady Quinn were going to find ways to lose games. But Kyle Orton, especially in the wake of the Packers upset, was serviceable and it kept the game very interesting. I happen to think Alex Smith is far better than Orton, and in the right system, he can be a Top 12 guy like he has been the past two years. And if I get to root for a team that actually HAS A CAPABLE QUARTERBACK, I simply don't know what I'm going to do.

2. Coaching staff. I seem to always like the offensive systems implanted by our coaches. Herm Edwards favored a power run game with Larry Johnson, and I loved it (when it was working), and Todd Haley/Charlie Weis was gambling and aggressive, and I loved that too. I don't know if that makes me a homer -- I think it just means I really love football, but whatever. But I really liked the pistol when it was run by Thigpen, even if Thigpen had no clue what he was doing. The more I learn about its ability to capitalize off the QB as an athlete, and its difficulty in defending, the more I like. But our offense was bad, bad, bad last year because we had an OC who was probably the worst I've seen. Reid & company will hopefully install an offense that will stay for years, and keep defenses guessing instead of keying in on one or two things we're doing. This will legitimately change everything, as it will make our offense capable (if not dynamic), and our defense will step up now that they aren't just resting for three plays and a punt.

3. Offensive line. I've started a thread on this already. This offensive line gets me hard, and that's a True Fan thing to say but I ****ing love a good offensive line. There's literally no scheme we can't run because our offensive line will give us the ability to at least try it out adequately. Jeff Allen at left guard still spooks me, but Reid seems high on the guy.

4. Improved defense. The name of the game is to improve yourself as much as possible, and the Chiefs have mostly done that across all three levels. In the secondary, we're now legitimately six or seven-deep. At linebacker, what was a weakness at inside linebacker is now a strength with an infusion of talent with Akeem Jordan and Nico Johnson. And I'm high on Catapano. I think DeVito is an upgrade over Dorsey, and Poe's development is going to make him fun to watch.

5. Legit talent at TE. The past two years of praying Jake O'Connell or Steve Maneri could develop faster are finally put to rest. Neither Kevin Boss or Tony Moeaki are fun to root for if you're fearing injury every single time they get hit. Anthony Fasano is not a flashy player but he is a solid contributor with good hands, which this offense desperately needs, and Travis Kelce is a slam dunk at tight end -- I think he'll be very good this year if he stays off the sauce.

6. We are better insulated against injuries. Chalk this up to depth. QB and OLB are the only exceptions, as we're pretty thin there, but I like our depth at RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, ILB, and secondary. Hopefully Smith, Hali, and Houston stay healthy all year.

7. Easy schedule. I think the Chiefs could make a lot of noise against this schedule. There's only like four games that I think are cannot-wins, and two are against the Donks.

8. Dontari Poe. Already have a thread on this guy.

9. Jamaal Charles. Even when the team is 2-14, there are few pleasures greater than watching Charles glide through a hole. He is such a beautiful runner (NTTAWTT).

10. Nico Johnson. I was high on this guy all draft season, and I love that he's a Chief. Right now it sounds like he's battling against Akeem Jordan for that other ILB slot, and I think he'll own it by the end of preseason. Nico is such a great field general and an excellent two-down thumper. He stood out to me playing at Alabama, and with the improved play along the DL this year, it would be hard not to expect him to thrive in Kansas City.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #121
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That's just ****ing stupid. You're now just being ****ing stupid.
not really. lol I dont think Alex Smith is all that good. Average at best and thats only if our defense is decent. If not, he's gonna have to chuck it ALOT.

Remember this is Andy Reid. Hetalks about how he likes to run, but all his stats when he's been a coach show that he's a pass happy bastard.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:13 PM   #122
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:24 PM   #123
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #124
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15) watching Bowe paired with a guy that may not be really good, but is AT LEAST as good as Cassel 2010 in that Alex should be able to get the ball to Bowe accurately and on time enough to allow him to maximize his YAC. I can see Bowe having another year like 2010...especially if the running game and short passing forces defenses to account for the other guys.

16) watching Charles grow as a receiving threat. His vision, quickness and excelleration should out him into position to be as effective (or more so) than Shady was for Reid in Philly. I can see him having 1600 rushing and another 6-700 in receiving yards in this offense and that should open things up wide open for Kelce, Fasano and Bowe to eat up the middle.

17) seeing if Alex will trust his tools enough to help stretch the field with Donnie Avery. If he can do that, Charles is gonna have an absolutely sick average per touch. Might even threaten some records. Avery is a guy that can get open at all levels of the defense and should allow the tight ends and Bowe to work on man coverage if Alex and he can convert a long pass or two per game. I understand this is a tall order.

18) watching all of us "haters" eat our words about Alex and some of these other moves this new regime has made. I mean, I genuinely hope this is the case because that means we can start to get excited about watching Chiefs football games again.

It's been too long since that was the case.

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:59 PM   #125
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15) watching Bowe paired with a guy that may not be really good, but is AT LEAST as good as Cassel 2010 in that Alex should be able to get the ball to Bowe accurately and on time enough to allow him to maximize his YAC. I can see Bowe having another year like 2010...especially if the running game and short passing forces defenses to account for the other guys.

16) watching Charles grow as a receiving threat. His vision, quickness and excelleration should out him into position to be as effective (or more so) than Shady was for Reid in Philly. I can see him having 1600 rushing and another 6-700 in receiving yards in this offense and that should open things up wide open for Kelce, Fasano and Bowe to eat up the middle.

17) seeing if Alex will trust his tools enough to help stretch the field with Donnie Avery. If he can do that, Charles is gonna have an absolutely sick average per touch. Might even threaten some records. Avery is a guy that can get open at all levels of the defense and should allow the tight ends and Bowe to work on man coverage if Alex and he can convert a long pass or two per game. I understand this is a tall order.

18) watching all of us "haters" eat our words about Alex and some of these other moves this new regime has made. I mean, I genuinely hope this is the case because that means we can start to get excited about watching Chiefs football games again.

It's been too long since that was the case.

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If Alex Smith can hit his receivers in stride (even if just on short and medium range passes), that alone will be a huge improvement over Matt Cassel's offenses.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:13 PM   #126
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If Alex Smith can hit his receivers in stride (even if just on short and medium range passes), that alone will be a huge improvement over Matt Cassel's offenses.
I think that's where your disconnect is. EVERYONE here knows that Alex excels at those passes and that he should be a major upgrade to Cassel, even though they have very similar strengths and weaknesses.

The part that some of us don't like and think is detrimental to the long term success of this team are those exact weaknesses.

It's just that some of us don't have a problem acknowledging those weaknesses while pointing out his strengths in the same breath.

Some here see only white, some only see black and some see black, white and grey.

I, personally, won't be a bit surprised to see this team go 9-7 or even 10-6...but I also think we will struggle to beat good teams in the postseason (if we get there) because of how Alex limits the amount of areas of the field opposing defenses need to defend due to Alexs weaknesses.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:18 PM   #127
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I think that's where your disconnect is. EVERYONE here knows that Alex excels at those passes and that he should be a major upgrade to Cassel, even though they have very similar strengths and weaknesses.

The part that some of us don't like and think is detrimental to the long term success of this team are those exact weaknesses.

It's just that some of us don't have a problem acknowledging those weaknesses while pointing out his strengths in the same breath.

Some here see only white, some only see black and some see black, white and grey.

I, personally, won't be a bit surprised to see this team go 9-7 or even 10-6...but I also think we will struggle to beat good teams in the postseason (if we get there) because of how Alex limits the amount of areas of the field opposing defenses need to defend due to Alexs weaknesses.
and it's not if he gets injured and misses games it's when it will occur.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:20 PM   #128
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Travis Kelce is gonna be fun to watch. He's gonna piss off a lot of LB's.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:26 PM   #130
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Also, Andy Reid thinks Alex Smith can beat teams deep.

Obviously this won't happen very often, but it's gonna be interesting to see if it works.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:02 AM   #131
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I think that's where your disconnect is. EVERYONE here knows that Alex excels at those passes and that he should be a major upgrade to Cassel, even though they have very similar strengths and weaknesses.

The part that some of us don't like and think is detrimental to the long term success of this team are those exact weaknesses.

It's just that some of us don't have a problem acknowledging those weaknesses while pointing out his strengths in the same breath.

Some here see only white, some only see black and some see black, white and grey.

I, personally, won't be a bit surprised to see this team go 9-7 or even 10-6...but I also think we will struggle to beat good teams in the postseason (if we get there) because of how Alex limits the amount of areas of the field opposing defenses need to defend due to Alexs weaknesses.
No. That's not where my disconnect is. And no, I don't cede the gray ground of nuance to you. But I do welcome you to it. You should spend more time here.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:06 AM   #132
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Also, Andy Reid thinks Alex Smith can beat teams deep.

Obviously this won't happen very often, but it's gonna be interesting to see if it works.
No, he doesn't. Dorsey has already acknowledged that the deep ball isn't a strength of Smithi's.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #133
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and it's not if he gets injured and misses games it's when it will occur.
Continuing to overplay the injury card, I see.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:04 AM   #134
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Continuing to overplay the injury card, I see.

How do you see Alex Smith not as injury prone milkman?


I don't see him playing a full 16 game season with out missing at least a few games.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #135
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Continuing to overplay the injury card, I see.
I hate to side with the whisperer, but Smith has missed almost half of his career games. Why would it change now?
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