Well, just another week (long week) before training camp, and some relevant news in regard to the Chiefs and all things football.
I believe it is important to not only keep a close eye on what the Chiefs are doing, but to keep an even closer eye on what the enemy is doing. I’m going to take a brief look into what the other teams in the AFC West have done, or not done, in the off season to help them win this coming season.
First up, the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers, didn’t do a whole lot, and why should they? They won the division last year. They still have the nucleus of a very good team and didn’t try to mess it up. I still think LT is do for a season ending injury at some point, and if he goes down, the Chargers are done. They still have Michael Turner listed as LT’s back up on their official site, but I don’t see that happening since Michael moved on to the Atlanta Falcons in the off season. Look for the second best tight end in the NFL-Antonio Gates-to make a full comeback and continue to be his second best self. I am guessing, that on paper the Chargers will be the favorite to win the West again and I would have to say that is a fair assessment.
The Denver Broncos. The Broncos are in my opinion a mess. Their starting running back-Travis Henry-tested positive for marijuana (again) and was cut, and their starting wide receiver-Brandon Marshall-is a criminal thug. He too might be facing suspension. The defensive line was not very good last year and the Donkey’s haven’t done a whole lot to fix it, unless you’re counting the trade for Dwayne Robertson from NY. My goodness, they might as well made a trade for Ryan Sims (sorry Dwayne). I’ll make a bold prediction here, I say the Broncos finish last in the AFC West this year. I’m not just saying that because I hate them with a passion, but I honestly believe this will be a very trying time for the Donks this year. Maybe the Broncs can find a way to coax Alex Gibbs away from the Houston Texans where he is once again teaching young men how to hit defenders low and ruin careers.
This leaves us with the Oakland Raiders. I like to call this franchise “Washington West“. What can I say about our friends the Faiders? They have signed every free agent they could find that even thought about wanting to play for them. If they really didn’t, the Raiders front office just threw more money at them until they had no choice. They started off the year by signing Tommy Kelly (one of their own) to a multi-year deal they made him the highest paid defensive tackle in the league. If you want a good laugh, go look up Tommy’s career stats. They are owned by a man that has lost the ability to run a NFL team and has made what once was a proud and feared franchise into a pitiful and embarrassing circus-the kind you go to the local mall parking lot to watch. Al Davis didn’t allow his front office personnel to do their jobs and draft NFL talented players, he only cared about one thing-speed, baby. Now that philosophy has failed, he shook up to the front office because it had to be their fault and now he has decided to follow what Daniel Snyder of the Redskins tried for several years. Sign as many “big name” players as you can and their talent alone will win you a championship. Wrong. It doesn’t work that way, never has, never will. You need chemistry in the locker room and you can’t buy that. I hope Al stays on for a long time, he is making it easy for the rest of the AFC West.
Now a couple other quick thoughts. First, this whole Brett Favre thing, I don’t see any way in the world he would ever be in Chief. Now if you asked me that before Herm Edwards got here I would say maybe, Lord knows Carl has a penchant for old quarterbacks. But the youth movement is on, the quarterback is chosen-No Brett Favre.
Looking Ahead: OK, we should start to see the rest of the Chiefs draft picks begin signing on the dotted line this week. Except for maybe Dorsey and Albert, who by the way for those of you who like to give nicknames to Chiefs players and last year Tank Tyler and Turk McBride were “TNT” then I guess this year Glenn Dorsey and Branden Albert are “DNA”. Right?