October 07, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs’ Battle Royale

Addicts, we’ve been through the most exciting offseason in recent memory. We now have a proven coach, an aggressive owner, high caliber coaches, the number one pick in the draft, key free agents, a relatively easy schedule and a strong core of returning players. As we count down the days to the regular season, I’m left with a key question as an Addict: which unit of the Chiefs will be our strength – offense, defense or special teams?

Last week, Dwayne Bowe said, “I’m going to lead the league in receptions.” He might just be right. We also read about how Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson is going to use Jamaal Charles just about everywhere. With Alex Smith at quarterback, a raft of talented tight ends and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, we may be in for the most productive Chiefs offense since the high flying days of Dick Vermeil.

On the other hand, our defense is, well, outstanding. New Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton has revitalized our defensive line with the new and improved Tyson Jackson, strongman Dontari Poe, free agent Mike DeVito and perhaps even the resurgence of Jerrell Powe! Our linebackers are the the best unit in the league, with Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson and either free agent Akeem Jordan or fourth round pick Nico Johnson. And our secondary is world-class – potentially the best unit in the league as well. We’ve got a lockdown corner in Brandon Flowers playing opposite a skilled veteran in either Sean Smith or Dunta Robinson, and safeties Eric Berry, rookie Sanders Commings and veteran Kendrick Lewis.

But wait – don’t discount our special teams. With Dave Toub at the helm, can you imagine Dustin Colquitt even better than he is? Ryan Succop may go from a very good kicker to one of the best kickers in the NFL. We’re hearing rumors of Dexter McCluster or rookie Knile Davis returning kicks – Toub said of McCluster, “he’s got a lot of untapped potential as a punt returner.” And our punt and kick coverage should be nothing but red shirts flying down the field. Colquitt said, “You have to have guys getting blocks, hustling, not holding, and that’s what he brought. That’s what he’s doing here. We can’t have two or three bad plays. We don’t have any plays that we can give up. We need to be good on every play, and that’s what he brings. Everybody knows that there is a lot expected on every play.” Our special teams could be real gamechangers, causing turnovers and returning kicks for TD’s.

I’m torn, Addicts. I’m inclined to say our defense will be our top unit. More importantly Addicts, which unit do you think will rise above the rest this year? Give me your answer and your top two reasons why!!

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  • berttheclock

    Until the middle of the O-line is settled into a cohesive blocking unit and another receiver can take the double team pressure off Bowe, I would say defense has the edge. However, this will definitely be the summer where special team abilities of lesser priced players will make the difference between going home or being one of the 53.
    However, may I add the importance of this day. Sixty nine years ago valiant men crossed the Channel. Plus, the sixth of June was the third and decisive day of the Battle of Midway and the USS Yorktown was lost. Remember always this date.

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    Dang, seems like we have the best team in the league after reading this article. Hahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahaahhahaag.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I really like what our offense has done, a lot will depend on Hudson. Can he return healthy without missing a beat? Then again our defense was at times last year lights out. The games where the flood gates opened I can’t blame totally on the defense because they were always on the field! They knew that everytime they made a stop that there was a really good chance that they were only going to be off the field for 4 plays. So I think that if Alex Smith can drive down the field and sustain long drives then our defense will be really impressive

    • berttheclock

      Yes, it really hurt the defense when the offense could not sustain long drives. There were times when the offense would take the ball around their own 20 and the QB would throw an INT or there would be a fumble. Remember that long drought of not even being able to score the first points in a game, let alone take a lead. Even the great “Minister of Defense” “Deacon” Jones never had to suffer through those spells.

  • Justin R Groth

    McCluster is comint to my town next Wednesday

  • Tyler Alexander

    Man, Miles has the sunshine pump on full blast this morning. While the offense is better, I still don’t think we’re equipped to win a lot of shootouts so I’d say the defense will be key to winning this season.

  • steve james

    Offense Alex Smith & Alex Smith. Bowe can catch it even with double coverage if the qb can make the throw. Alex can. I say they will average 21 pts per game this year.

  • chiefdeorty

    I am not sure which side of the ball will be the best but I will say that both offense & defense will be so much improved that everyone around the NFL will be raving about this team. We will be the team talked about and the donkeys will be in trouble of loosing the crown that everyone of those so called experts have already given them. I don’t know how far they will go in the play-offs but they will make it there and the teams that are there will be hoping they won’t have to play us first, I am convinced. WATCH OUT DONKEYS!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I think defense will be the strength of this team because of the aggressive scheme. I expect to see lots of sacks and turnovers.

  • KCPauly

    I think both off. and def. will be really good, but I will lean towards….both, my reasoning is competent coaches on both sides, daboll could have ruined the Pats. or GB’s offense.

  • P Heitman

    Defense, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the offense improves steadily throughout the season.

  • Jim Harper

    Still appears to be a substantial number of the “doubting Thomas” type pseudofans. The good news is they won’t be disappointed when they get proven wrong. This team is excelling across the board. There will not be a weak OL nor is WR a problem. Alex almost has too many places to throw the ball which is a great problem to have.