OK Addicts, time to go through the offense (here’s the defense, in case you missed it). Lets’ review the ground rules first:
1] Only time spent in a Chiefs‘ uniform counts. What a player did before he played for the Chiefs (see Roaf, Wille) or after (see Smith, Neil) is not a part of my evaluation.
2] Football styles change over the years. So, using stats to measure worth is not the best form evaluation. I use ‘dominance in your era’ as my criteria. It is, by definition, a soft form of analysis. Therefore, it is open to a lot of discussion.
3] Although players do get faster and stronger, I try to balance that by sticking to my dominance in your era formula.
4] Current players are eligible, however no projections of future performance are allowed. This is a ‘right now’ evaluation. So, sorry D-Bowe, you will not be making the list.
Quarterback: Len Dawson
No surprise here. Lenny won a SB and easily had the best Chief QB career.
Honorable Mention: Trent Green, Bill Kenney, Steve Deberg
Running Back: Priest Holmes
Priest had a great Chiefs career setting many Chief records along the way. He was a very smart runner who maximized his athletic talent.
Honorable Mention: Curtis McClinton, Joe Delaney, Ed Podalak, Abner Haynes, Christian Okoye
Fullback: Tony Richardson
A great story for developing players in the NFL. We stole him off of the Cowboys’ practice squad and he developed into a pro bowl FB.
Honorable Mention: Kimble Anders
Otis Taylor. Otis is another Chief who I feel belongs in the HOF. Like many of his Chief teammates, he was way ahead of his time in terms of size/speed.
Carlos Carson. A speedster who learned how to run routes. He had a nice career including three 1000+ receiving yard years and a Pro Bowl.
Honorable Mention: JT Smith, Stephone Paige, Henry Marshall, Chris Burford
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez
What can I say about Tony? He should be a first ballot Hall of Famer and will own many NFL records when he hangs up his spikes.
Honorable Mention: Fred Arbanas, and another favorite of mine, Walter White
Jim Tyrer. A 7-time AFL All-Star selection who was the best OT of his era.
Jon Alt. Two pro bowls in a 13 year career. He was an anchor for some good Chief lines.
Honorable Mention: Willie Roaf
Will Shields. He started partway through his rookie year and was a stellar player for many years. Twelve Pro Bowls says it all. He is another HOF candidate.
Ed Budde. A five time AFL All-Star selection who was a big part of the great Chief teams of the 60’s.
Honorable Mention: Dave Szott, Brian Waters
Center: Jack Rudnay
Rudney was more of a mobile center than a road grader. He was a four time Pro Bowler.
Honorable Mention: Tim Grunhard, Casey Wiegmann, EJ Holub
Kicker: Jan Stenerud
Still the only pure kicker in the HOF and one of the early soccer style kickers. He was a six time Pro Bowl selection.
Honorable Mention: Nick Lowery, Tommy Brooker
Return Specialist: Dante Hall
The X-Factor was special to watch and a threat to score anytime he returned a punt or kick.
Honorable Mention: Tamarick Vanover, Noland Smith, JT Smith
Throughout the years, the Chiefs have had some good offenses. The Super Bowl era Chiefs are well-represented as are the Martyball Chiefs and the Vermeil Chiefs. I had the hardest time with the WR and RB positions. The WR position, after Otis Taylor, is full of good players, but no one that really stands out as great. Priest finally gave us a dominant runner. Behind him is another group of very good, but not great players.
Current players to watch:
Brian Waters has a shot to supplant Ed Budde at Guard. D-Bowe looked very good his rookie season, so he bears watching. LJ certainly has a chance to end the logjam at RB and even take over the top spot from Priest. Tony G is obviously already there, but Fred Arbanas was an excellent tight end in his own right.
OK Addicts, have at it. Anyone want to make a case for Willie Roaf being above Jim Tyrer and Jon Alt? Should LJ be on the honorable mention list? Any surprises? Who doesn’t belong? Did I miss anyone?