“Gretz, let me tell you something about the offensive line,” barked Howard Mudd during a moment that seems like it was decades ago, but came at some point during his four seasons as the Chiefs offensive line coach (1989-92.)
“The offensive line, they treat us like mushrooms. They keep us in the dark and cover us with sh#@!”
RB Jamal Charles. This breakout back led a few fantasy teams to a title in the second half of 2009, but will he be able to do it again in 2010? That will be the burning question for owners drafting near the end of the first round this year. Charles racked up 1,120 rushing yards on just 190 carries; no back had ever reached 1,100-plus yards with so few carries. Still uncertain about Charles’ talent? In the final eight games, only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson ran for more yards (1,047) and racked up more offensive yards (1,388) than Charles (968; 1,126). He’ll be a risky pick, but Charles has the explosiveness and upside to make him worth the risk.
ESPN.com’s rumor blog has the Kansas City Chiefs considering acquiring Peppers in the off season.
This comes as a surprise for a few reasons. First off, the Chiefs have spent their last few drafts building up the line with young lineman talent in Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson. Include the fact that Kansas City dealt Pro Bowl lineman Jarred Allen to the Vikings a few seasons ago.
Weis has already been credited with turning a sixth-round pick into one of the league’s best quarterbacks (Tom Brady), and his work with Brady Quinn at Notre Dame only further solidifies his reputation as a quarterbacks guru. It’s fairly obvious what has happened – Cassel was a huge disappointment last season and the Chiefs didn’t mess around in trying to find immediate help. That’s the sort of move you make when your chosen quarterback can’t even beat out David Garrard and Vince Young for Pro Bowl votes.
Crennel? Nearly his entire history as a football coach is about the defensive line. The Patriots kept striking d-line gold in the draft while Crennel was in New England. Again, it’s not hard to figure out what happened – Jackson was a huge disappointment and the Chiefs didn’t waste time in firing Tim Krumrie and hiring both Crennel and Anthony Pleasant to coach the defensive line.
The Chiefs need Cassel and Jackson to be Pro Bowl-caliber players if The Patriot Way is to succeed in Kansas City.
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