Fairly cool, right? And absolutely deserved. With no passing game to speak of, on a team seemed to be playing from behind every stinking week, against defenses programmed pretty much to stop him and stop him alone, the shifty Texan still collected 1,509 yards and six touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards a carry. It was one of the greatest single-season offensive performances in Chiefs history, particularly in the context in which it transpired.
NFL players admire transcendence. They crave bling. They also respect the hell out of the poor cappers who rise above the rest of the garbage roster they just happen to be stuck with.
Only hang on a tick. According to the players who voted, this isn’t a garbage roster. At all.
The Chiefs constitute roughly 3 percent of the NFL while accounting for 5 percent of the league’s 100 biggest studs. And Kansas City’s four players ranked between Nos. 21 and 100 — linebacker Justin Houston (49), linebacker Derrick Johnson (59), wideout Dwayne Bowe (65) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (75) — were the most in the AFC West.
He’ll enter training camp as the backup to former San Francisco 49ers starter Alex Smith, acquired by the Chiefs in a March trade, but Daniel believes he’s “very, very, very close” to being an NFL starting quarterback and expects to someday earn that role.
But first, he’ll apply the experiences he gained playing behind Drew Brees the last four years in New Orleans, which included a Super Bowl championship.
“What you’ll see from me in Kansas City is a lot what Drew has taught me and a lot of what we’ve done together,” Daniel, 26, said. “Because that’s what works. You look at a (future) Hall of Fame quarterback that’s thrown for 5,000 yards three straight seasons. I can go on and on about the records. He’s the ultimate pro. For me to have the tutelage from him for four years, I was sort of like a sponge. I had five, six, seven notebooks of 150-200 pages long of just notes. Whether it’s workouts, postgame notes, pregame notes, how to even go about taking notes in the NFL … I’ve got it written down. That’s something I’m going to try and bring to the Chiefs.”
3. Top draft picks switching sides.
For the first time in NFL history, left tackles were the first two picks in the draft when Kansas City chose Eric Fisher and Jacksonville took Luke Joeckel. Philadelphia then took another left tackle, Lane Johnson, fourth overall. The lesson, elite left tackles are still important, and hard to find.
Yet as they begin their pro careers, all three have switched to right tackle this offseason. The Chiefs have Branden Albert at left tackle, the Jaguars have Eugene Monroe and the Eagles have Jason Peters.
Seems curious for the teams to make their top picks learn a new position. Then again, it worked for the Ravens and Jonathan Ogden, who switched to left tackle in his second season and is now entering the Hall of Fame.