Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview History
2011 KANSAS CITY PREVIEW:
The Kansas City Chiefs were a great surprise last season by going 10-6 and earning their first playoff berth since 2006. With a deep squad of talented young players, head coach Todd Haley looks poised to repeat as AFC West champions.
The biggest reason for the Chiefs success in 2010 was the solid quarterback play from Matt Cassel, who earned a Pro Bowl bid. Also pacing the offense was running back Jamaal Charles, who emerged as one of the best running backs in the league. The Chiefs are also lucky to have a stable of skilled receivers, specifically Dwayne Bowe and newcomer Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin.
As for the defense, the secondary is among the best units in the NFL, thanks in large part to the contributions of cornerback Eric Berry, who will be looking to build on a standout rookie campaign. The defensive line is stout as well, led specifically by former first round pick Glenn Dorsey. Derrick Johnson anchors a solid linebacking corps that should keep opposing offenses on their toes all year long.
2010 Kansas City Chiefs Football Preview:
The Kansas City Chiefs have been devoid of a successful season for quite some time. Saddled by instability at quarterback, they have only made the playoffs one time in the last five years, and have managed to win only 10 games in the last three seasons combined - punctuated by a franchise worst 2-14 mark in 2008. However, depending on how their young talent performs, Kansas City may be making a sneak into the post season.
Quarterback Matt Cassel's first season as the team's starting quarterback did not go too well for the former USC and New England Patriot back-up. After missing the first game due to injury, Cassel tossed 16 interceptions with only 16 touchdowns. Luckily for Chiefs fans, he has several good targets to throw to at receiver including Dwayne Bowe and veteran Chris Chambers. The Chiefs also drafted speedster Dexter McCluster out of Ole Miss to add an explosive and versatile element to their offense.
Kansas City struggled to stop the run last year, and their defense ended up second-to-last in the league at 156.5 yard per game. This could be another concern for 2010, as the front seven is not too deep. The Chiefs' biggest strength on defense is their secondary, especially cornerback Brandon Flowers who reeled in five interceptions in 2009.
2009 Kansas City Chiefs Football Preview:
The 2009 Kansas City Chiefs are a little more of a mystery without HBO’s Hard Knocks in their camp this summer. New Chiefs GM, Scott Pioli, has been reshaping the KC roster to get them competitive again in the AFC. New Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley was a Pioli hire, but he wasn't the only major addition in Kansas City. The Chiefs will be led by new starting Quarterback, Matt Cassel, who came over from the New England Patriots in the off-season.
Cassel will be surrounded by a talented supporting cast that includes Larry Johnson, Dwayne Bowe and Jamal Charles. On defense the Chiefs will lean heavily on DT Glenn Dorsey and linebackers Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas. If Kansas City plays up to their ability then they should be able to compete with the Chargers and Broncos for the top spot in the AFC West. A good 2009 season should also restore much of the enthusiasm to fans at Arrowhead Stadium, which is one of the best venues in the NFL.
2008 Kansas City Chiefs Early Football Preview:
The Kansas City Chiefs should easily surpass their win total from 2008, when the young team finished the season with a 2-14 record. The 2009 Chiefs look like a radically different team if only because they have a new face of the franchise in quarterback Matt Cassel. Cassel follows his former Pats GM to KC to try jumpstart a Chiefs franchise that has been idling the last couple of years. Cassel will be joined on the offense by young, talented WR Dwayne Bowe and trio of running backs that include Larry Johnson and Jamal Charles. The Kansas City defense could be stingy with players like Glenn Dorsey and Derrick Johnson. With all of those good things happening, you can't blame KC fans if they start dreaming of an Cardinals-type season.
2008 Kansas City Chiefs Football Preview:
The Kansas City Chiefs are always one of the toughest and most unpredictable teams in the NFL. Following the tragic loss of the team's longtime owner Lamar Hunt, the team has found itself in some turmoil, sending quarterback Trent Green to Miami and dealing with various injuries to starting players. The Kansas City Chiefs, however, appear to be improving every year. With one Super Bowl and 3 AFL Championships to the team's credit, the Kansas City Chiefs will fight to return to their past glory days. Arrowhead Stadium has long been one of the premier venues to see old school NFL football, and this season is no different.
With some fresh new faces (and fresh new talent), this Kansas City Chiefs team is going to see some significant improvement over the next few years. True, they will need some time to build trust and experience among new players, but it will certainly pay off in the end. The Chiefs are going to need quarterback Brodie Croyle to really step up and produce this season, if they want to keep the ball moving downfield. Some notable new faces to watch are: cornerback Brandon Flowers from Virginia Tech and third-round running back Jamaal Charles from of Texas. Though this season may not be a playoff season for the Chiefs, it will be exciting nonetheless to watch new players growing with a truly tremendous team.