ESPN.com pro football writer John Clayton has gone through each AFC team and given his take on what their records might be. He sees Kansas City going 7-9.
A losing record? Did the Chiefs not obtain one of the best offensive lineman in the league? Did the Chiefs not get a bruising and motivated running back to help Jamaal Charles carry the load? Did the Chiefs not sign a solid cornerback to compliment Brandon Flowers?
“During this offseason program, he’s taken to it,” head coach Romeo Crennel said. “He’s taken control and command, and he’s making the proper calls in practice. Physically, he’ll be able to make the blocks and pass protect the way we need him to. I’m encouraged by what I see. When we get to training camp, we’ll find out with the pads.”
Don’t overlook Crennel’s caveat about waiting to see how Hudson operates once the pads are on. The scaled-down workouts this offseason won’t accurately show if the somewhat undersized Hudson is ready to handle the likes of Jonathan Babineaux, Kyle Williams, Brodrick Bunkley, Antonio Garay and Haloti Ngata, five defensive tackles he’ll see right off the bat this season.
On what clicked for him last year to allow him to get 22 sacks: “Honestly, I think it was the development in my mind-set. I constantly try to grow as a human being. Part of what (former Kansas City Chiefs coach) Herm Edwards taught me a long time ago was, ‘I’ll take good men and they will become good football players.’ I think the more I grow as a human being … I really grew in my faith last year. I really was able to play more free. I use the (term) ‘don’t care,’ but it wasn’t like you don’t care about the outcome of the game. You’re not hung up on, ‘Oh, I didn’t get this. I didn’t get this.’ It wasn’t an ‘I’ mentality.