The 2011 season is in the books and I think I can speak for most of us when I say it didn't go exactly as planned, but there is a lot here to be encouraged by. I predicted a 7-9 season at the beginning of the year in another thread, so I was right about that, but being THAT close to another division title and missing out hurts.
I'm going to touch on a lot of different things in this post so bear with me. It'll also be pretty jumbled but DEAL WITH IT, I wrote it at 3am.
1. Romeo Crennel should be named Head Coach
He isn't a flashy choice but the defensive guys really respect him and it shows. Our defense, as a unit, has improved steadily every year under him and you can tell the difference. We're one or two pieces away from having an elite defense, and it's because of Romeo. He has previous Head Coaching experience too.
2. Josh McDaniels should NOT be named Offensive Coordinator
The days of "offensive genius" are over. You can make excuses for him all you want, but the Denver offense, while flashy, was never good, and the St. Louis Rams offense was the worst in the NFL this past season. Performances like that don't get you more coaching jobs, and they shouldn't. Blame injuries, blame their offensive line, blame their lack of weapons, I'm blaming him. And we can't forget one major thing: he is a douche. I'm not sure how the players here are going to respond to someone like him.
3. The Chiefs need a franchise Quarterback
It has become pretty clear that Matt Cassel isn't the long term solution at QB for this team. I'm not going to throw out a bunch of statistics here, you've all seen him play.. and it isn't pretty. Orton isn't much better, but he looks more like a QB than Cassel has in three years here. I'm not saying I want Orton for the future, but if I had to choose one going forward there is no question who I'm picking.
I'm tired of the way this team handles the QB situation. The Chiefs, as an organization, haven't drafted a QB in the first round since 1983. We took Todd Blackledge over Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. I'm sick of the same thing every year.. plug and play at QB just does not work. It isn't a recipe for long term success. Doing the same thing over and over has accomplished nothing. It's time to change. It's time to do whatever it takes to draft and develop our own QB.
I know drafting a franchise QB in this draft is a pipe dream at this point but if it were up to me I'd give up a good amount to make sure I secured Luck or RG3 (in the top of the first) or made sure I was able to trade back into the late first for Tannehill.
Every team has them, but I'm not sure there was another team this year that lost so much young, exciting talent as the Chiefs. Our offense went from solid to stagnant with the losses of Charles and TonyMo but good news: they're both on pace to return for OTAs this year.
Losing Eric Berry was the worst for me. He is one of the most exciting young defenders in the NFL and our depth behind him was atrocious. Our defense really stepped it up this year, and that was WITHOUT Berry. I can't wait to see him back on that field and I can't wait to see the defense with him in it.
5. Barry Richardson
Not much to say here. He's probably the worst OT I've ever seen. He's good for at least two penalties a game and it's boneheaded mistakes that are holding him back. He had a ton of potential, but it's time to move on.
6. Re-sign Dwayne Bowe
This one is a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. He's clearly the best receiver this team has seen in some time and when he's on he's hard to cover. He abused Champ Bailey before he got hurt in the Denver game, and he's always a matchup problem. This isn't the same Bowe that we drafted. That Bowe was lazy, selfish and a diva. This Bowe is a hard worker, humble and is exactly the kind of locker room guy that Pioli was looking for when he got here. Get it done.
7. Re-sign Brandon Carr
There might not be a more underrated defender on this Chiefs team. He still makes mistakes but I've been extremely impressed with him the last two years. Our pass defense might be our biggest strength on defense, and he's part of it, and there are some games when he outshines Flowers. They need to lock him up long term.
8. Thomas Jones
He's got nothing left. "Two Yard" Thomas is done. I'm over watching him run to the sidelines like his ass is on fire. Good riddance.
- This is the DJ we all knew he could be, and he has finally reached the top. I'm not sure there is a better ILB in the AFC right now.
- One year wonder my ass. Still gives 110% on every play and still a player that people need to gameplan for.
- Started off slowly but really came on at the end of the year when RAC let him rush. I'm really excited about him next year.
- Wasn't a huge factor, but neither was our run game when Charles went down. Still, he might be the most positive guy I've ever seen and is a GREAT teammate. He played hard every play and I'd love to see him back.
- He might be the most improved player on defense. He really stepped up after Berry went down. These two are going to be an amazing safety tandem for years to come.
Ryan Succop & Dustin Colquitt
- How amazing is it to have these two guys? Punters and kickers are largely overlooked until you don't have them. Colquitt is still one of the best in the business and Succop just signed a new deal, which was totally deserved.
- Missed a lot of the season and our QB play and offensive gameplanning in general was downright awful, but he showed flashes. With an entire offseason to work with the team and hopefully no more locker room fights I expect him to improve dramatically from year one to year two.
My dream coaching staff for next year
Head Coach: Romeo Crenne
I think Romeo has earned the job this year.
Defensive Coordinator: Todd Grantham, Defensive Coordinator, Georgia Bulldogs
Familiarity with Romeo and runs the same scheme. It would be a seamless transition.
Offensive Coordinator: Tom Clements, QB Coach, Green Bay Packers
I think he's about due for a jump. The job he has done with the Green Bay QBs is impressive. Rodgers is Rodgers, but Flynn is about to hit a huge payday too.
We're not all going to agree on our needs, but here is how I see it:
- This is our biggest need by far. Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton are not franchise QBs. They like Ricky Stanzi, but I don't know if he's the answer longterm. There are QBs in this draft with much more upside.
- Barry Richardson sucks. Enough said.
- I have no idea what is going on with Jerrel Powe, but Kelly Gregg wasn't as advertised. Some young blood there could go a long way for us.
- We need someone to pair with Charles next year. Jones isn't it. Battle isn't it.
- Jovan Belcher isn't bad, but he isn't great either. The spot next to DJ could be upgraded, but I'm not sure if it's a top 15 glaring need.
6. TE and S depth
- TonyMo is coming back from an ACL tear so grabbing a young TE to back him up is key. Leonard Pope isn't a longterm answer and Jake O'Connell is the very definition of meh. Jon McGraw at S is solid, but Sabby Piscatelli sucks and should be cut already.
7. 5 Tech
- Tyson Jackson improved as the year went on but Glen Dorsey regressed from last year. I'm not really sure what to make of either guy anymore.
Every year I seem to lock onto a specific prospect (or prospects) that I want more than any other in the draft. A few years ago it was Brandon Flowers (go me)! Then Aaron Curry. Ugh. Then it was Eric Berry or Rolando McClain. Last year it was Phil Taylor. This year? Robert Griffin III
. I can't help it. Gimmicky system, short, whatever knock you have against him I can't help but really like the kid. Every time I watch him play I'm impressed. I'm definitely not going to be the one that bets against him. It's just too bad there is no way in hell we have a shot at drafting him.
Well, that's all for me. Thanks for reading it. And if you didn't, **** you! :D