Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) catches a pass against Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas (22) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Who Can Lead The League

We are not even one week into training camp, and already, the excitement for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 has reached a level not seen since a little town in Montana changed its name to “Joe.” Not to pile on, but yes, actually, I’m going to pile on.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve made our best guesses at which games the Chiefs will win and lose. Now let’s turn our attention to the heroic individual performances that a select group of Chiefs players will achieve this season.

First let me say that I’m not a believer in individual accolades. I don’t play fantasy football for that reason and I don’t really put much stock in individual records because as we all know, the only record that matters is whether you win games. But shoot, it’s the offseason and it’s fun to imagine our favorite players atop their respective leader boards. Here are the Chiefs that I believe can be in contention to lead the NFL:

Dwayne Bowe: Bowe said a few weeks ago that he’d lead the league in receptions and touchdowns in 2013. This possibility is real. Leading the league in touchdowns is an easy one. In 2010, Bowe’s best year of his career, he had 15 touchdowns. That would have led the NFL last year. The receptions department is not too crazy either. Bowe caught 59 passes last year in 13 games. The league leader was Calvin Johnson, with 122 catches in 16 games. The math to get Bowe to 122 catches or more is pretty straightforward. In 2012, Bowe caught 52% of the passes thrown his way, just a horrendous percentage. In comparison:

  • Wes Welker caught 68% of the passes thrown to him by Tom Brady

  • Demaryius Thomas caught 67% of the passes thrown to him by Peyton Manning

  • Roddy White caught 64% of the passes thrown to him by Matt Ryan

  • Brandon Marshall caught 61% of the pases thrown to him by Jay Cutler

Guess who was the most accurate quarterback in the league last year? Yes, our very own Alex Smith, with a completion rate of 70.2%. If we extrapolate Bowe’s statistics from last year over a full, 16-game season and boost his completion rate to even 65%, Bowe will have 90 catches based on about 138 attempted throws. Then, if he can outperform 2012’s rate by just two more catches per game (or get thrown just three more passes per game compared to last year), he’ll have 122 catches for the year. That’s the difference an Alex Smith brings to the Chiefs, compared to Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn (remember them?!).

Alex Smith: There’s no reason that Alex Smith can’t once again lead the NFL in completion percentage. He’s got Head Coach Andy Reid, Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson and special coaches Brad Childress and Chris Ault developing the offense, and a bevy of receiving targets with Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster and like seventeen able-bodied tight ends.

Eric Fisher: A lineman rookie has never won the Rookie of the Year award. Never. The award usually goes to so-called offensive “skill players,” like quarterbacks, wide receivers or running backs. At by “usually,” I mean the last forty-six awards. But in the 2013 draft, there were only four players out of the first round that fit the “skill player” description:

  • Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams

  • E.J. Manual, QB, Buffalo Bills

  • DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

  • Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

If Fisher has just a monster year, totally dominating the right side of the line; if more national attention is focused on offensive tackles, which has certainly been the trend; and if he continues to carry the prestige and media attention of being the first overall pick; then he may be a likely contender for rookie honors.

Jamaal Charles: Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson will battle it out for the NFL rushing title. No brainer.

Dexter McCluster: McCluster will return kicks and punts; catch passes; and even get pitches, hand-offs and reverses in the Pistol. There’s almost no way he can’t lead the NFL in all-purpose yards.

Justin Houston: With an assist to Tamba Hali, who will still draw double coverage at least at the start of the season, Houston will challenge J.J. Watt, who led the league with 20.5 sacks for the Houston Texans. With an improved secondary, I can easily see Houston averaging 1.5 sacks a game.

Derrick Johnson: Johnson was third in tackles last year with 110, trailing only James Laurinaitis of the Rams who had 117 tackles and Lavonte David of the Buccaneers, with 112 tackles. With an improved defensive line led by Dontari Poe, Johnson should lead the league this year. Plus, you can just tell, Johnson is in his prime and pumped this year!

Addicts, that’s seven Chiefs who may lead the NFL in individual achievement, along the way to winning the AFC West, gaining homefield advantage, dominating throughout the playoffs, and winning the Super Bowl 72-0. Am I missing any individual performances? What do you think, Addicts?!!

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  • Jason Collins

    Only one could happen, McCluster could be top at kick returns. I didn’t know that a “rookie” has never won the “rookie of the year”. Those greedy veterans must be hiding it from them. Good luck finding it fisher

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  • Dave Galyon

    How in the hell can, “…a rookie has never won “Rookie of the Year…” get thru the editors. C’mon folks, take your articles more seriously.

    • calciomoti

      Maybe this was edited since your post, but if not, I believe you read this wrong…

      “Eric Fisher: A lineman rookie has never won the Rookie of the Year award. Never.”

      If you’ll notice it clearly states a lineman rookie…not what you are implying.

    • aaron

      He said linemen rookies.. get your eyes checked before u open your mouth

      • Dave Galyon

        No, he went back and fixed it. I did NOT say linemen.

      • Dave Galyon

        I have a screenshot of “before” he fixed it.


      dude lighten up. Its a local hometown kickass sports blog. If you’re going to cry about stupid stuff then you got serious issues. Seems like you just like to piss people off. Did i make any errors? If so I don’t give a shit. Got my point across just like every writer on this site.

  • Patrick Allen

    I still think Tamba is a better pass rusher than Houston. I think that may change but Tamba’s got more moves and I think it helps Houston that QB’s are often running away from Tamba towards him. ;)

  • FaAmos

    No way he Fisher gets ROY, now I’d give him a slight chance if he was starting at LT and he had a dominate season but people love the skill positions and pass rushers but who cares, I care and can’t wait to see the Broncos vs. Chiefs matchups with the Eric Fisher vs. Von Miller because we’ll be able to see how much Fisher improves through the season by watching game one vs. the Broncos then watch game two of Fisher vs. Miller and be able to really see if and how much Fisher has improved not to mention if he even belongs in this league because if you can hold your own vs. Miller then you belong.

  • Perch

    not individual, but our defense…DAMN! im pumped. Bflow, Berry, sean smith, Dunta, Kendrick!!! gotta lead the league in INTs

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m really looking forward to the Bowe/Smith combination. Bowe has never had a qb with the accuracy of Smith throwing to him and Smith has not had a WR like Bowe. No drops for Bowe though if Smith is going to lead the league. I’m still expecting big things!
    Jamaal and AP should be battling out for rushing title but yards from scrimmage should belong to Jamaal.
    Fisher, I don’t see it. Someone like an Alfred Morris or a Russell Wilson is going to step up. One does every year.
    That would be quite a jump for Houston especially since he’s asked to cover as well.
    Could McCluster hold up with that much playing time? That is the question.

    • sidibeke

      I’m just loving hearing the camp reports that go something like Smith “hitting receivers in stride…” It’s been a long time since KC had that.

  • Jim Harper

    I think you need to get into rehab! 72-0? Whew!

  • jim

    I’m thinking you missed our tight end / ends, whomever that might be, personally I think Kelce will lead the league, GEAUX CHIEFS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roger Mihalko

    Mccluster isn’t that durable… with that much work he will get hurt (shoulder or hamstring). I have nothing against McCLuster, personally seems like a great guy from interviews, and he plays hard and does some good. I am just not sure why everyone is so keen on him, yes he can play a role, but not as significant as he is being pitched.I’D be happy if he took kick and put returns and kept Wylie out of that role, let Wylie develop as a slot receiver. He is two steps faster than McCluster and has better hands.