It was fun watching Brett Favre have fun on Sunday as the Vikings crushed Dallas 34-3. Favre is an exasperating figure, with all the focus on him over the last two years concerning his divorce from the Packers, his year with the Jets, his retirement and his return to the league with the Vikings. There have been times when it seemed like the only reason ESPN was still broadcasting was to report on Favre and his plans whether in Green Bay, New York, Mississippi or the Twin Cities.
It’s Awards Week here at kcchiefs.com as we’ll hand out our first-ever KCCHIEFS.com Awards in six categories today. We’ll also recap each player from each position group throughout the week.
Without further adieu, the winners of the first-annual KCCHIEFS.com Awards are as follows (be sure to check the “awards” video in the main scroll for player highlights and award analysis):
While the O-line arguably needs the most improvement, the secondary is where my pick goes. The Chiefs ranked 22nd against the pass, and with Mike Brown not getting any younger, KC desperately needs a new face for the last line of defense. Who better that the Vols phenom Eric Berry. Although Brown plays strong safety and Berry was a Free Safety for the Vols, Berry could step in from day one and make a difference. Berry is said to be the next Ed Reed, and FYI Ed Reed was picked as the best DB of the 00’s. If Berry has already gotten picked up by the time KC is on the clock look for the Chiefs to take OT Russel Okung.
Kansas City Chiefs: There are some decent rushing matchups in this slate, which is great for Jamaal Charles’ chances of backing up his breakout 2009 season. St. Louis, Arizona, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Diego, Denver and Oakland all were in the bottom half of run Ds. Plus, KC gets to face Buffalo (30th in run D) and Cleveland (28th) thanks to its last-place schedule.
The Chiefs will garner the “Diversity Advocate in Sports Award” thanks in part to a precedent initiated by the team’s late founder, Lamar Hunt. At a time when many in the industry found it taboo, Hunt actively pursued African American players for his franchise, especially those from historically Black colleges. Thanks in part to the success had by players such as Pro Football Hall of Famers Buck Buchanan (Grambling) and LB Willie Lanier (Morgan State), this practice soon became widely accepted in pro football circles. Throughout the course of the organization’s 50 years, the spirit of that standard forged by Hunt has continued.