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Jamaal Charles Named Chiefs MVP, Poe Is Rookie Of The Year


The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that running back Jamaal Charles has been named the Derrick Thomas Award winner given to the team’s most valuable player.

Charles is so fantastic he’d be the unquestioned MVP on a number of teams.

“It is a great honor that my teammates selected me for this award,” Charles said. “I have a number of people to thank for my success this past season, including my offensive line. They did an excellent job up front and never gave up, even in tough circumstances. This award is really a tribute to them as well. It is a blessing.”

On the defensive side of the ball, NT Dontari Poe took home the Mack Lee Hill Award for the rookie of the year.

“I’m very grateful to be joining this prestigious list of players that have won the Mack Lee Hill Award in the past,” Poe said. “To even have my name listed among players like Jan Stenerud, Derrick Thomas, Tony Gonzalez and many other current and former Chiefs greats is an honor. I’d like to thank my teammates and the Hunt family for giving me the opportunity to join this proud franchise. I’m looking forward to many great years as a member of the Chiefs.”

While Charles is a top player in the NFL, Poe has a long, long way to go. He was clearly in over his head last season and though he showed some improvement as the season went on, only four players on the defense finished the year with worse grades from Pro Football Focus.

Hopefully Poe will flourish in new defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton’s system.

Charles, on the other hand, will flourish in any system.

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  • chiefridgy

    Charles is Charles

  • Spencer

    well, at least Poe is in a better defensive scheme to suit his abilities…to be perfectly honest it is also near impossible to grade half the team in my opinin from last year…
    receivers,TEs even RBs all faltered because of the terrible passing game and offensive scheme….then it even hurt defenses by more then a lot….other teams could start pounding the ball far more often against the Chiefs then other since we could rarely score 10 points in the 1st 3 quarters (4th being inflated majorly by the large amount of deficits) Pass rushing got hurt as well because since we were never in a lead (especially in the fourth quarter) we could never really see Hali and Houston in company really get after the QB on every play…there was always that mix of the run added in…something the majority of other defensive sack specialists didn’t have to deal with…the defense itself giving up so many points per game was inflated due to the large amount o turnovers (the majority giving the opposing team an easy FG if they choose to just kick it after every turnover)

    my point…we don’t know what this team is…if Poe was on another team he could have very well flourished and we just didn’t know….we shall see hopefully this year…some guys might actually turn out good even though we ( the fan base) had given up on them…Baldwin, McCluster, Wylie, Poe and company may all actually be pretty damn good….that darn terrible coaching staff (for the majority) and QBs hurt this team far deeper then the Media or even the fan base wants to accept

    Also with Alex Smith…I like him as a stop Gap player at best….my issue with him (as previously stated) is the extremely large price for someone that isn’t exactly known as a Qb that can win a game…he is a game manager…maybe he turns into a stud..we shall see…

  • Jim Harper

    How blessed are we to have Jamaal on this club? We were all so anxious to run Herm out of town, but look who he drafted for us. Jamaal, Tamba, Flowers, Carr and possibly DJ too. He was a much better talent evaluator than we gave him credit for. In all my many years as a Chiefs fan it seems the fan base is getting less and less tolerant. They want immediate results. It has been a long time since we’ve been good, but I think Reid has us in the right direction.

    • d-block

      Carl Peterson drafted him, not Herm.

  • PunjabiPete

    I was with you until the Pro Football Focus Grade part, then I started laughing as I assumed you were joking, then I realized you probably aren’t and am now sad.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I think Poe is doing great. Very few nose tackles come in and dominate like Sapp, give the beast time to learn and he will be a monster