Childress has the same type of philosophy as Haley in that both seem committed to the run. Childress didn’t get to run the ball a lot when he was the OC in Philadelphia because he had pass-happy Andy Reid looking over his shoulder, but he pounded the ball with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor in Minnesota.
G: Ryan Lilja, Chiefs —Plucked off Colts’ scrap heap, he was a linchpin in K.C.’s top-ranked rushing attack despite battling thumb and foot injuries. Wade Smith, Texans—Journeyman joined team, joined lineup for 16 starts and helped RB Arian Foster join all-pro ranks as league’s rushing king. Vince Manuwai, Jaguars— Fully recovered from a devastating 2008 knee injury, he was a major reason Maurice Jones-Drew hit his stride in the second half.
We knew DJ had natural talent and we knew he was fast and athletic….but we didn’t know if Todd Haley liked him. The Chiefs head coach kept DJ on the bench in 2009 more than he ever had been lending to some pessimistic feelings about DJ entering 2010. But with new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel coming in, I think there was some optimism he’d improve.
And there’s no real buzz about what the Chiefs will do. Bill Callahan’s name apparently has emerged as a potential candidate, based on the photo teasing an article that’s trapped behind a wall that we won’t pay to scale.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen