Could Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Tamba Hali emerge as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012? He’s not on the short list of candidates or even the dark horses, but Hali fits the profile of a player who could win it.
Last year’s winner was linebacker Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens, and he’ll miss most, if not all of the ’12 campaign, so we open with the certitude of their being a new winner. His teammate, safety Ed Reed, is a multiple-time winner, but is well past his prime. The same goes for Green Bay Packers’ cornerback Charles Woodson, the ’09 winner.
Other winners since 2005 include Brian Urlacher (LB, Chicago Bears), Jason Taylor (DE, Miami Dolphins), and Bob Sanders (S, Indianapolis Colts). All either hurt, past prime or retired. Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison won the award in 2008, but given the controversy surrounding his hitting style and his run-ins with the league office, Harrison seems like a longshot. The only player who’s both won the award and still seems a viable contender is Pittsburgh strong safety Troy Polamulu, the 2010 recipient.
Watch the Chiefs take on the Rams Saturday night in the company of the Chiefs Cheerleaders!
The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders will be hosting a watch party beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th at the Kansas City Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City. Kickoff in St. Louis isn’t until 7:00 p.m., but the ladies will be unveiling their new 2013 swimsuit calendar at the event.
1st Place: That’s right I have the Kansas City Chiefs as my winners. The Chiefs won the division in 2010 and last year they were hit by injuries to key players. Even with the injuries, the Chiefs remained highly competitive and with players like RB Jamaal Charles, SS Eric Berry, and TE Tony Moeaki healthy once again, Kansas City could have a big year. The defense finished ranked 11th last season and can simply finish as one of the best in 2012. LB Derrick Johnson is a great playmaker along with fellow linebacker Tamba Hali. The offense has weapons with WR Steve Breaston, last season’s first round pick WR Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster, and a healthy Jamaal Charles. The two concerns surrounding the Chiefs are the holdout of pro bowl wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and if QB Matt Cassel can reach the ability of playing at a pro bowl level. I believe the Chiefs will surprise people in 2012.
“Wiggles” has been hard to miss since that big return. He had his best day as a Chiefs player with two more electrifying plays this week.
He turned on the afterburners on his first punt return of the day. Unlike Zastudil’s punt, this one of the foot of Dustin Colquitt pinned Wylie in between the right hashmark and the right sideline. Wylie cradled it, ran laterally to the center of the field for a middle return, and waited for his cut.
Wylie picked his moment perfectly. He cut past a diving defender, turned up field, and tapped into a new gear as he sprinted past the coverage team and Colquitt for a touchdown.