I am not going to focus just on the stats but on what I have witnessed by watching each and every Chiefs game last season, as hard as it was. I watch football differently than I used to, at least I watch the Chiefs differently. I used to just watch the games, all games, game after game, just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Now I watch games much more critically. I will focus my attentions on an individual player or position each series of each Chiefs game, focusing on how a specific player is performing. I spent a lot of time last season watching nose tackle Dontari Poe.
The defensive line is an area Kansas City has struggled to develop for a long time. When Chiefs took Poe with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, you could see why the Chiefs liked him. He was big – 6’3 1/2″, 350 pounds. Scouting reports pointed out the combination of his size, quickness, and mobility. Those same reports mentioned things like his upper body strength needed improvement (what lineman, on either side of the ball, can this not be said of), and that he could be handled by a single blocker. The hope was that a great defensive minded coach like former Head Coach Romeo Crennel would be able to improve his weaknesses while at the same time taking advantage of his size and athleticism. Alas, that wasn’t the case.
Tom Wort’s NFL career suffered a blow after the Crawley-born linebacker was waived by the Tennessee Titans after failing a physical due to a hamstring injury.
The draft hopeful was picked up as an unrestricted free agent by the AFC South franchise – but the Kansas City Chiefs are now a possible destination for the 22-year-old.
6ft, 16 ½ stone Wort impressed with the Oklahoma Sooners since 2009, but suffered an injury during his second 40-yard dash during OU’s Pro Day.
In 2010, Bowe was able to put up the numbers he did with Matt Cassel as his signal caller. While Cassel went on to have a career year as well in 2010, almost every fan in football would agree that newly acquired quarter back, Alex Smith, is a tremendous upgrade at the position. When head coach Andy Reid and General Manager, John Dorsey were hired, they were not quiet about the importance of getting Bowe a contract extension. It came down to the wire, literally, but the Chiefs came through and gave Bowe a healthy 5 year $56million dollar extension.
That speaks volumes to how much this new staff felt about what Bowe means to the Chiefs. Andy Reid has always been considered a “pass happy” west coast offensive mind. He’s known for quick throws and screens to his receivers, ultimately meaning that having a top level player at the position is necessary for his offense to be effective. You’re only left to think that Bowe will be seeing just as much, if not more passes thrown his way.
Having that upgrade at quarterback might just help the numbers as well. So that leads us back to the question, how much does his predictions bother you?
Former Kansas defensive end/running back Toben Opurum signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday. Opurum, who attended mini-camp over the weekend with the organization, will join the Chiefs immediately for organized team activities (OTAs) after taking part in KU graduation festivities over the weekend. He is slated to play the fullback position with the Chiefs.
Opurum began his KU career as a running back earning Rivals.com Freshman All-Big 12 honors in 2009. He was the first freshman to lead Kansas in rushing in a season since Clark Green in 2002. As a freshman he shared time with senior running back Jake Sharp, but carried 133 times for a team-best 554 yards and nine touchdowns. His career-best rushing game he piled up 109 yards against Southern Miss. During his one season on offense, Opurum caught 13 passes out of the backfield for 105 yards and one touchdown.