The Kansas City Chiefs could end up with Brandon Lloyd starting opposite Dwayne Bowe in 2012.
It isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
A few things will need to happen for this scenario to go down. For starters, the Chiefs would need to re-sign or use the franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe.
Then the Chiefs would need to bring in former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator. There are multiple reports floating around that Chiefs’ GM Scott Pioli would like to bring in McDaniels as the new head coach but that he can’t sell the idea to Clark Hunt or the fans after McDaniels’ terrible run in Denver.
What many are hypothesizing is that Pioli will go ahead and make Romeo Crennel the new head coach and bring in McDaniels as the new offensive coordinator, reuniting him with Matt Cassel. Selling McDaniels as a coordinator would be easier for Pioli. Crennel, who is in his mid-60s, likely won’t be around for a long time so Pioli would have McDaniels lined up as Crennel’s successor. If the Chiefs offense is successful under McDaniels, it will be pretty easy for Pioli to promote him.
Where does Lloyd come in to all this?
Well, according to the Rams WR, he and McDaniels are a package deal.
As is oftentimes the case, however, Lloyd put a disclaimer on his wish to remain a Ram: The deal is off if offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels skips town.
“I can’t even lie about that,” Lloyd said. “I’m tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinator (has) used me in my entire career. He uses me as an every-play receiver. The short game, mid-range game, gimmick passes, deep balls.”
Lloyd, who is 30 years old, sure sounds like he plans on going wherever McDaniels goes. If the Chiefs feel that Jonathan Baldwin still needs some time before assuming a starting role, Lloyd would be a very dangerous compliment to bring in opposite Bowe.
Think just for a minute of a four WR set with Bowe, Lloyd, Breaston and Baldwin? It would be a mismatch nightmare for the defense. Even Tyler Palko might be able to make that work.
But would the Chiefs be willing to pay Lloyd? He has 65 receptions for 866 yards so far this season, however, the Rams offense and QB Sam Bradford have struggled.
Based on everything I am hearing, McDaniels is the frontrunner to come to KC as offensive coordinator and based on Llyod’s own words, he wants to follow McDaniels.
The other possible scenario is that the Chiefs could franchise Bowe, sign Llyod at a bargain and then trade Bowe. Then the KC receivers would be all guys Pioli brought in. I still think trading or allowing Bowe to leave would be crazy but you never know.
Oh and one more thing. Lloyd’s place of birth?
Kansas City, Mo.
What do you think, Addicts? Will Brandon Lloyd be a Chief in 2012?