Happy New Year, Addicts. It’s now officially 2012 and the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to start the new year off the same way they began 2010; by going on the road to Denver and winning.
I’m going to start 2012 off with a bold prediction.
The Chiefs will win a playoff game in 2012. I like how this team is built, and I am especially impressed with where I think the defense is heading. I think in 2012 we will see big years from Justin Houston and Allen Bailey. Throw in Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki, a new draft class and some consistent QB play from Matt Cassel/Kyle Orton, and I think you’ve got yourself a pretty dangerous team.
Until then though, we’ve got one more game to enjoy for the 2011 season. The Chiefs and Broncos kick off in Denver at 3:15 central. Today we’ll also see the return of AA Radio. The Arrowhead Addict Chiefs Post Game show will kickoff at 6:45 central time after the game.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix: 2012 Edition!
Oakland’s 16-13 Christmas Eve victory over Kansas City ended what could have been the Chiefs defending their AFC West title this weekend in Denver. Instead, the Chiefs will look to close out a season of ups and downs on a positive note while the Broncos look to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Denver’s five-season playoff drought is currently the second-longest in the division behind Oakland. One of those two teams, potentially both, will represent the AFC West in the playoffs next weekend.
•WHAT’S REALISTIC: Drafting no higher than eighth, barring a trade into the top five — which also isn’t Pioli’s forte — the Chiefs will likely miss out on the best quarterbacks in a talented class. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, who’s expected to enter the draft, will surely be gone by then and it seems that Landry Jones is staying at Oklahoma. That leaves Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill or Arizona’s Nick Foles as the Chiefs’ best draft options.
The Packers’ Matt Flynn could be an interesting free agent if the Chiefs plan to bring in a legitimate contender for Cassel’s job. They also could target the Buccaneers’ Josh Johnson. Still, the Chiefs have to make an effort to draft and develop a quarterback, a weakness not only under Pioli but for the past three decades in Kansas City.
This place doesn’t look like much. Two stoplights. A library with gorgeous stained glass windows. A few banks, lots of churches, lots of bars.
Three chains (Subway, Dunkin Donuts, AutoZone) are making it, but only after a fight. Burger King came in about 30 years ago but quickly closed, message received that the locals look out for their own like John’s Deli or F&J’s Pizza rather than some national corporation.
Siler was expected to compete for time at middle linebacker alongside Pro Bowl selection Derrick Johnson after spending last season with the San Diego Chargers. He had a good start to training camp but was hurt in late August, and had surgery to repair his Achilles a few days later.
Canter said that “rehab’s going well” and Siler is looking forward to August.
The former Florida linebacker made 12 starts in 58 games over five seasons with San Diego. He had 38 tackles, a sack, an interception and a forced safety during the 2010 season.
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