The draft is over and with the bulk of free agency in the books as well, the retooled teams that will take the field this September are starting to come into focus.
And that means Power Rankings. Glorious, glorious Power Rankings.
Hey, cut us some slack. It’s May!
NFL.com has released its ranks and predictably, the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants come in at #1, with the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots nipping at their heels.
But what about our beloved Chiefs?
Here is what they had to say:
The Chiefs had a good offseason in more ways than one. For starters, they’re getting everybody back healthy. Second, signing Eric Winston and Kevin Boss to go along with another solid draft makes this team look like Denver’s biggest threat in the AFC West. Yes, they signed Peyton Hillis, as well. They needed another slow running back to fill the Thomas Jones void.
First of all, I’d like to address the shot they took at Thomas Jones.
If you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time, you know that the staff here at Arrowhead Addict has been a long-time Jones supporter. It was us who championed the “More Touches For Jones, Fewer For Charles” campaign back in the fall of 2010. It was also us driving the “Punching Out One Rookie Isn’t Enough, Hit Rodney Hudson Too” bandwagon. We here at Arrowhead Addict still believe in Thom Jones and we think the Chiefs will re-sign him this offseason. Like last season, we support an even lighter Jones in 2012. We know that if he can just get down to, say, 106 pounds, he should be swift enough to keep up his intimidating 3.0 yards per carry average. AA staffer Big Matt has already started the process. He’s got Jones locked up in his basement and is feeding him a strict diet of whiskey and cigarettes, while forcing him to watch old episodes of The Golden Girls.
Now that that is out of the way, I like this #15 ranking. I like that nobody quite knows what to make of the Chiefs. I like that the Denver Donkeys are ranked #10 simply because they got an aging QB who hasn’t played football in over a year and has had his neck fused which is something I can’t even picture in my mind’s eye and let me assure you, I have a very keen mind’s eye.
I don’t want the Chiefs to be a favorite heading into the season. In the NFL, the favorites don’t always fare so well. Often, as we’ve seen recently with the Giants and the Cardinals back during the Herm era, it is the solidly built football team nobody is paying much attention to that gets hot at the right time and makes a run of things.
As for the rest of the AFC West, the Faiders and the Dolts came in at #20 and 21 respectively. It seems as though the folks at NFL.com, unlike others in the media, have realized that the Chargers haven’t been good enough to win the division in a couple of years and that the time might have come to stop calling them the most talented, underachieving team in the NFL and to just start calling them what they are.
A mediocre team with a terrible coach.
What do you think Addicts? How does a #15 ranking sit with you this far our from the first game of the season. Furthermore, how much damage do you think a 106 pound Thomas Jones hopped up on Bea Arther reruns can do in today’s NFL?