First off I am and have been a Chiefs fan my entire life. My entire life is centered around sports in general and the Kansas City Chiefs are a main reason my passion for competition is so high. I grew up screaming and cheering and cussing at our living room TV, knowing good and well I was not being heard. My family was a little different then the average sport craving household. My father’s passion was actually auto racing (another of my favorite sports). My Dad raced dirt track every Saturday night and it was always THE family event. I loved it almost as much as I did football. My mother on the other hand was actually the one in the family who was an avid Chiefs fan. She was also a football fan, she just loved the Chiefs. As a family (Mom, My brother, and Myself) we made our weekly picks of all the NFL games and even picked the score for the Monday night game as a tie-breaker. Anyways we began this tradition years and years ago and we still do it today (even though I have been in the military and moved all over the United States) I, along with my brother fill out our picks through email messages and send them back to our mother. Its our own family tradition and I love it. Family bragging rights are always on the line at the end of the year. As this site moves forward I will dive deeper into my passion for sports and why competition and motivation mean so much to me.
So onto what will be my first (real) post, I will give you my most important players for the Kansas City Chiefs and why. These may not be come as a surprise as a fellow Chiefs fan and writer has also given his most important players for the Chiefs on his website. You can view his 10 Most Important Chiefs of 2012 at http://chiefscommand.com/kansas-city-chiefs/10-important-chiefs-2012#respond . Just trying to give credit where credit is due.
Some players will remain the same, others I feel are more important. I think this just goes to show a lot goes into building a championship team and as last season is proof, much more can go wrong rather than right.
10. Brandon Flowers, CB : It has never been more important to be able to defend the pass as it is now. So much is talked about how much the game has become a passing league. With a Hall of Fame quarter back now in the Chiefs division along with Phillip Rivers. Defending the pass will now be the emphasis in the AFC West. Flowers’ success will directly correlate to the success of free agent accusation Stanford Routt. Flowers must be a shut down corner so that Routt can use safety and linebacker help.
9. Jon Baldwin, WR : Dwayne Bowe recently signed his franchise tender and will be with the Chiefs for at least one more season. That’s great news and all, but more than likely this is only a short-term situation. That being said this is a HUGE year for Baldwin to make a big time impact and put pressure on opposing defenses to not only cover D. Bowe but then have a second DB cover the athletic prowess of the Jon Baldwin. I hope this is the year that it all comes together for the receiving corps and if that is what happens Baldwin will be a huge key.
8. Tony Moeaki, TE : This guy will be spectacular and his use will be to stretch the field and be a red zone nightmare. Of course this is all on the assumption that he returns to his pre-injury self and builds on his rookie campaign. I have faith in him and I’m anxious to see him in Daboll’s offense. If the first two preseason games are any indication of how the tight ends are going to be used, we are in for an exciting year for Moeaki and company.
7. Eric Berry, SS : With Kendrick Lewis out with ANOTHER SHOULDER injury, it is essential that Berry remains healthy and builds on what was a spectacular rookie season. Safety depth was and still is a big question mark on this team. If the Chiefs are to be a top 10 or top 5 defense it almost goes without saying Berry will need to stay on the field and continue his success.
6. The NT position : I know the first round pick is supposed to make an immediate impact on your football team the following year (especially when you pick in the top 15). But I know this season will not be Dontari Poe’s year to change our football team. That does not mean that the position needs to be overlooked as to importance on success this season. The position will be occupied by committee and to be honest the committee does not need to be incredible. All we need is run stopping and up the middle pressure on the QB. It is essential in allowing Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to get free and account for sacks and pressures.
5. Jamaal Charles, RB : If he comes back healthy (which he looks to be) look out scoreboard operator! If Charles is lighting it up like he has so many times before it opens the entire offense up. If the defense commits too many in the box, you go play action over the top to Moeaki, Bowe, Baldwin, Breaston, Boss…. the list could go on forever. Not to mention JC will be much more fresh at the end of the game and season as his counter part Peyton Hillis will be sharing the load. The more I type the more excited I get about this offense’s potential.
4. Tamba Hali, OLB : Short and sweet, he is the number one reason this defense is even in the discussion of top defenses. If he doesn’t produce, neither will the group as a whole.
3. Brian Daboll, OC : He is the driver behind this sports car. It will be in his hands this season to gameplan and scheme against defenses to maximize the Chiefs potential. I really like this guy for the Chiefs and for Matt Cassel. He is one of the most important pieces of the championship puzzle ( and he won’t even be throwing or catching the ball).
2. Matt Cassel, QB : As I stated in the beginning of the rankings, this is a passing league and if Matt Cassel doesn’t get back to his 2010-self. This whole article will have been a waste and we will back to the drawing board. Talent is all around him and it is his season to prove all the critics wrong and show what a genius everyone else is for believing in him. Seriously Matt, show us what ya got!
1. To be determined, ANY : (No that is not a typo) I think someone on this roster is going to emerge as the next superstar. It could be someone already listed above or not at all but I think there is a hidden gem that will shed light this year (or at least I hope). I have never been so anxious for a season to start and a preseason to end. Here’s to hoping and cheering for success for the 2012 Chiefs season.
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