Merlin's Magic: Training Camp Preview Edition

OK Addicts, it’s training camp time. The Chiefs are off to River Falls and it’s time to look at the keys to training camp. What are the important areas to look at this year?

1] Cassel has to be the man. The biggest pile of BS coming out of Pioli/Haley is the idea that there is an open competition for the QB job. It’s Cassel’s, barring something extraordinary happening. Now, he has to grow into being the player others have already anointed him as. This is very similar to the Trent Green situation. You do not give a high draft pick in trade for a QB your GM loves for him to sit on the bench. If Cassel is as successful as Green was, I will be happy.

2] Offensive line cohesiveness. The Brian Waters situation is still out there and I am nervous about the right tackle job. This line coming together is going to be a huge key. Matt Cassel was sacked 47 times last year. Keeping him upright with time to throw is very important. By comparison, Tom Brady was sacked 21 times the year before. Avoiding sacks isn’t one of Cassel’s strengths.

3] Can anyone stop the run? Changing defensive fronts is going to be very interesting. There is some good young talent on the defensive line. Can it come together fast under a new system? Can players drafted for a 4-3 defense (Glenn Dorsey specifically) grow and flourish?

4] Who will catch the ball? Now that Tony G is gone, can D-Bowe step up as the number one option? Can Mark Bradley stay healthy? Will Bobby Engram be able to fill the Wes Welker role? Will anyone emerge as a strong number two pass option?

5] Can anyone rush the QB? Ever since Jared took his sacks to the Vikings, sacks have been few and far between for the Chiefs. Where will the sacks come from? Is Tamba the answer? We have been there and done that. When in doubt, fall back on ‘scheme’ but I have my doubts. Right now, this is looking like a glaring weakness. Hopefully, training camp will provide some positive answers.

OK Addicts, it’s your turn. What areas are you looking at in training camp?

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