What’s the one piece? What is the Chiefs fatal flaw?
Let’s start at the skill positions. QB? Cassel is the man. There is not another available QB for whom I would trade him. He has grown as a leader and a player. I expect really solid numbers this year, especially because teams will be keying on Jamaal.
Speaking of, he is also at the top of his game. Who can argue with his performance?
Recievers? Bowe, Baldwin and Moeaki. Solid to very good. Both Bowe and Moeaki should be above average and Baldwin is a prototypical #2.
The line is a bit of a mixed bag with age, injury and experience balancing out to a pretty good mixture. Albert and Rchardson will be better, Asomoah should be a solid back-up, Hudson looks to contribute and Lilja, Waters and Weigmann, if healthy, are above average.
So the offense look solid with potential flashes of very good with Charles, Bowe, Moeaki (I still can’t get over how many vowels are in his name), and Baldwin. Throw in Jones and I feel pretty good about this group.
As for defense, Flowers, Carr and Berry are solid to very good. If we can find a consistent partner for Berry to take the pressure off Carr, it will make them all better.
Tamba and DJ are above average. Tamba is a game changer in that other teams have to account for him. DJ looks to be in his prime if his brain and motor keep up with his crazy physical gifts.
But the other two slots are questions to me. We haven’t found the hole-plugger, the guy who takes heads off. Every great team has one.
Dorsey, Jackson, Gilberry, Edwards, Smith? Here it is. The gaping hole in the Chiefs. Possibly the one position they need to fill to seriously consider themselves playoff contenders.
It all starts up front and in the middle. The NT.
Could we be that close to being really good? A run stuffer on the line and a thumper in the LB corps? I think so. That’s why Jerrell Powe and Mr. Houston are so critical. If they work out, we could be on to something BIG.