Hali, the Chiefs outside linebacker, asked out for personal reasons. He is no longer listed on the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster and his place has been taken by San Diego’s Shaun Phillips.
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.