Meet The Newest Kansas City Chiefs

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Sunday was a whirlwind day for the Kansas City Chiefs and their 53 man roster. While most KC fans were confident that the Chiefs would add a new player or two through waivers following the mandatory roster cuts, I don’t think anyone was predicting the massive amount of turnover that went down. When the smoke finally cleared there were 7 new Chiefs on the active roster (at least for now, it wouldn’t surprise me if they added someone new since I wrote this with how frantic things have been happening).

Before anyone can even begin to assess if the Chiefs roster is “better” after these moves I thought it might be good to give everyone a little background information on some of these new Chiefs.

Let’s get started.

Aug 30, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jaye Howard (94) celebrates after forcing an Oakland Raiders safety during the 2nd half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Oakland 21-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Jaye Howard – Defensive Tackle
6-3, 301 lbs, 24 years old
4th round pick by Seattle in 2012

Howard is one of the more intriguing new Chiefs. A former Florida Gator, Howard’s scouting reports out of college were that he was a player with great speed for a player his size (he ran a very impressive 4.75 forty yard dash at the combine) but is not overly strong or physical. The fact that Seattle cut him after only one season could be a red flag. At the same time, Seattle has one of the deepest and most talented defensive lines in all of football, so it’s hard to say. Howard was only active for 2 games his entire rookie season and didn’t record a single tackle. He did play in three of Seattle’s preseason games this year totaling 5 tackles and a half sack. Based on his reputation, I would guess that his role in KC would be that of a passing down rush specialist. His reputation for below average strength for his size doesn’t sound like a natural fit for a base 3-4 defensive lineman. There are multiple videos on Youtube of him in college if you want to see him in action.

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  • NicholasAlanClayton

    A lot of big Johnsons in the Chiefs’ linebacking corps …

    • berttheclock

      Yes, the ladies may take well to this new team.

      • Jim Harper

        Did you really just say that? Booooo!

      • Jim Harper

        But funny!

  • ladner morse

    I think Reid and Dorsey have done too much too quickly and I predict it will create enough social unrest on the team as a whole that the Chiefs could lose a couple of games early in the season that they would not have otherwise.

    Why? Because R&D ripped apart specific relationships that some starters were counting on. How does Poe feel right now about losing Powe? How does Dex feel about losing Wylie? I’m not saying they were best of friends but when you work with someone who makes you say to your self, “Dang, I’m glad that guy is on my team” and then you lose them… it can create a gulf in the feeling of connectedness players felt to one another. You can’t just throw new people in the same pot and five minutes later yell, “It’s soup!”

    There is a thing called community building and I truly believed that R&D were doing that. The players have been talking about wanting to “Win for one another” this off season and now R&D have disrupted that cohesion that comes with sustained companionship.

    Perhaps all these changes will provide the culture shock need for the Chiefs players to separate themselves mentally from the mess that created 2-14. However, changing over 60% has to make the remaining players (who are mostly starters) feel enough social unrest for it to affect their play on the field. In the long run this will be a good thing. In the short term… I hope it’s not a disaster.

    • berttheclock

      Good points, but, as to that 2-14 record, look at the Jags with the same 2-14 record. They brought in a new regime, as well, and one of them came from the Seahawks, where he learned a great deal about blowing up and rebuilding teams from John Schneider and Pete Carroll. So, with both teams being at the top of the waiver wire claiming rights, both teams have added 7 new players a piece from the waiver wire. Housecleaning has begun. I have written this before about John Dorsey being trained under both Wolf and Ted Thompson. TT said recently that the best thing he ever learned from Wolf was to always be a scout and an evaluator, whether it be in seeking college players or those from other pro teams. A top GM is a top evaluator of talent and never rests. Thankfully, it appears John Dorsey has learned his craft very well from the best.

      • Battlespeed

        …and not only evaluating college players and players from other pro teams, but continually and – yes, perhaps even ruthlessly, but by all means OBJECTIVELY – evaluating players on your OWN team. If anything, this is the area where I feel Pioli and Company broke down.

    • berttheclock

      “It’s soup”
      Perhaps, John Dorsey has become the Jacques Pepin of the NFL, eh, mon ami?

      • ladner morse

        Bone-Ah-Paw-Teet!

    • Lyle Graversen

      Ladner, while your point is very valid and well taken, I think it is a secondary concern. Andy Reid and John Dorsey have been around winning teams and winning players. After spending several months with the Chiefs roster they didn’t think several of the players they had were good enough. Fans like myself, tend to fall in love with “their guys” and are convinced that they are all part of the Super Bowl winning roster. Although I think inept coaching and QB play were the biggest factors, even I have to admit that the bottom of a 2-14 roster is probably not full of talent. So while all these moves are a blow to anyone thinking KC was ready to be a big time contender right out of the gate, it is a sign that the current powers at be will not stick with ANY player that they don’t think is good enough, even if they are the ones that signed/drafted them.

      I don’t know if these newly signed players will turn out, but I do now know that this administration won’t hesitate to send them packing if they don’t. Ultimately, that’s what a good front office should do, even if it upsets players/fans when a player they really like is shown the door.

      • ladner morse

        Actually, I’m one of those people who does like change. If it was me in the drivers seat I’d say let’s tear it apart. However, and you should know this too Lyle being a teacher for some years now… that the introduction of even one student into a classroom can change the whole dynamic of that class as a group… much less adding 7 the weekend before you’re big coming out party (first game of the year).

        Besides, aside from the Smiths (Alex & Sean) what other holes in the Chiefs starting line-up of that 2-14 team have been filled a can’t miss player? Mike Linebacker? No. Free Safety? No. Middle of the O-line? No. 2nd WR? No.

        IOW… many of the same problems that the 2-14 team had as starters still exist. Fixing the depth is important but the number one priority should have been to fix what was broken most with the starting line-up and I’m not sure at all that that has happened.

        • Battlespeed

          Morse,

          There are teams in many professions – e.g., the military – where there’s no guarantee of permanency. Despite the cameraderie among team members, when one goes down you deal with it – and you do so because you know that in one sense the team (as a collection of specific individuals) is nothing. It’s the *mission* that matters, and that’s where your focus has to be fixed. If you can’t be bigger than the emotional overlay or the personal relationships, you don’t belong on a team.

          This isn’t the Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Book Club and Mutual Aid Society, Morse. It’s the NFL.

          • ladner morse

            “Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Book Club and Mutual Aid Society”…. good one! Made me laugh. Thanks.

          • berttheclock

            Do you mean when we discuss Gray, we will not be talking about “Fifty shades of gray”?

        • Lyle Graversen

          I agree about the chemistry thing, and if the Chiefs had been a playoff team last year then maybe you don’t mess with things. When you’re dealing with a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in about 20 years, no one should be safe.

          As far as the positions you listed, could they be upgraded? Absolutely. Are they glaring holes that ensure that KC can’t contend? I think that’s another question. Even Super Bowl winning teams have a handful of positions where they would like to upgrade. I think lack of depth was a bigger problem for this team going into the offseason than Kendrick Lewis starting at FS, for example.

      • Norman Gunn

        I get what you mean but at the end of the day this was a 2-14 team, and not the type that intentionally went 2-14 as a rebuilding year. These guys we are cutting are guys we thought were going to help make us a playoff contender. Other then Powe every cut has been a guy that has maybe three highlight plays. What this regime is showing is that we aren’t rebuilding I think they are going for a playoff push for this year. That is what the Dolphins did after their 1-15 year.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I understand what you are saying about team chemistry but how do we know Poe and Powe were close? Just because they are in the same position group. Why is Dexter bummed about Wylie? Is he also bummed about Rico? Bellamy?

      These guys are professionals. They know how this business works. The Chiefs cut a bunch of guys every year and sometimes there are surprises. It isn’t like they cut DJ or anything. Dorsey is just trying to get players that fit this new team’s system and schemes.

      This kind of roster churning isn’t uncommon. Pioli did the same thing with the bottom of the roster in 2009. He was constantly snagging dudes off the waiver wire and stuff.

      This team wasn’t going to win any games this season because of Devon Wylie and Powe. I doubt they’ll lose any because of them, either.

      • Danny W

        We lose two guys on our defensive line and one outside line backer and we’re going to seriously miss Powe and Jones. IMHO Powe could have started and been at least a five or six sack guy with multiple tackles for loss.

        • tm1946

          Not so sure, he had issues. Would have liked to see him make the team but Reid had seen all these players since he got here with film from the time they were acquired, if they did not fit his plan….they are looking elsewhere.

      • ladner morse

        BTW Patrick, I think the new AA icon is too cool!

    • paul pace

      I seldom make any comments on this site but, never the less, enjoy reading all the input that is posted on a daily basis. But, I would like to say that you have some valid points but, remember, these atheletes are professionals and I think that point outways the issue of them feeling any unrest that will seriously affect their performance on the field. They all know what is expected of them and they all get, for the most part, big bucks to perform no matter who is playing alongside of them or on the team in a back up role.

      Although, as you accurately stated, cohesiveness is very important to a team striving to get better and to be a winner. Cutting loose players that have been on the team for awhile that have developed strong bonding relationships with all of the other players can or may cause some stress to the team as a whole. But, again, I feel that the professionalism of the players will overcome any unrest that some of the players may feel. I also have to think that most of the players knew that what has happened was a strong possibility once a new regime came in and due to the fact that the team went 2-14 last year. As you, I hope it is not a disaster and I hope that the team will gel quickly so that they can move on to the next level and become winners!

    • Battlespeed

      Nonsense.

    • Danny W

      There is an undoubted human element to losing comrades you’ve battled with. I just don’t get why we shopped Edgar Jones whose gonna start in Dallas, and Jerrell Powe who looked ready to start somewhere on the line to me for nothing. I don’t really care about Wylie because we have plenty of returners to go around. But we’ve been hungry for good depth for years. Edgar Jones and Powe were the best of our depth on defense. These are mistakes in my opinion.

      • Lyle Graversen

        Edgar Jones might start while their regular starter is hurt for a few weeks. That’s a big difference from being THE starter. I am bummed about the Powe cut.

        • Danny W

          Jones was our best depth pass rusher as an OLB. If one of our starters goes down then who will give a damn about a 7th round pick?

      • Chiefswatch

        Jones was a trade and most likely the compensation is fitting. You have to have friends in this business and shipping him to Dallas when they are in need is not such a bad thing IMO. The Powe thing…well you know as does everyone.

    • Gene Yuknis

      i wouldn’t say starters were counting on specific relationship, sometimes misery loves company. as for being successful, new relationships will form and continue to form as new players make great plays.

    • berttheclock

      Laddie, there is an article up at the Seattle Times which addresses some of your points about the feelings within a locker room as cuts become known. In fact, one of the players mentioned is Sean McGrath, the TE the Chiefs just signed from the Seahawks. The writer quoted Doug Baldwin, the wide out from Stanford, about his feelings. Basically, he talked about the loss felt by players for friends being cut, but, went on to speak about being professionals and realizing it is a business and having to move on quickly.

  • berttheclock

    Yes, KC was 2-14, so rebuilding has begun. But, look at the Niners, an elite team which just missed. At sfgate.com, this AM, their beat writer, Eric Branch, has an article up telling 7 players on the 53 man roster to “Rent”, as he feels more blowups will be done by Baalke.

  • berttheclock

    The first year of the new John Schneider/Pete Carroll bandwagon hitting the Emerald City, there were well over 200 roster moves made to the point many, including myself, lost track. Pete Carroll didn’t even protect any of his former players. Everything became, “What can you add to this team, NOW?” They did not worry about chemistry in rebuilding that team. Their collective philosophy was “You are paid as a professional. Deal with it.”
    Now, I must admit, when I told my first wife about the “benefits” of some olden practices from Deseret, er, Utah, it really did not go well. She thought that might be just a bit too much “change”.

  • Battlespeed

    Lyle, you’re “willing to give Dorsey and Reid the benefit of the doubt”?? I bet that’s a load off their minds.

    • Lyle Graversen

      First off, I was simply stating that when it came to those two specific signings that Reid and Dorsey knew those players better than the typical waiver claims. So it wasn’t just a shot in the dark hoping that they would be upgrades. Second, blogs like this aren’t just for passing along info, but opinion. I stated mine. Get over it.

      • sidibeke

        Nice work, Lyle. Thanks for putting this together.

    • sidibeke

      Hmm. Give two individuals who have decades of NFL experience collectively and seen many of these guys up close vs. what Lyle might be able to discover reading a scouting report and a youtube video. You’re right. What a copout!

  • chiefridgy

    Thanks for the info on these players. With the turnover this year it is obvious Pioli wouldn’t have known the right 53 if they smacked him in the face.

  • sidibeke

    All I know is that while Pioli did a good job of getting good starting talent, his bottom of the roster was atrocious (Sabby, anyone?). I like to see that Dorsey is working. Time will tell if his work will pay off.

  • KCMikeG

    This is a business and the players know it. Any chemistry imbalance will be more than offset by improved contributors. For the players winning is their ultimate goal. Being on a team that wants to do everything it can to facilitate that is what creates championship teams. Excellent point on where these players came from – elite winning teams.

  • tm1946

    We may not appreciate just how bad Pioli left this team. He found a need and like to fill it with two guys, end up with double doses of non producing players.

    Dorsey has cleaned out the attic and the basement, now can Reid still complete the house with fill ins?

    PS, GREAT write up, just what the doctor ordered, had not clue about who these guys are. Seem a bit short at DT, there could be at least one more move coming.

  • berttheclock

    I see Seattle couldn’t pull off trying to hide Harper on their practice squad. Trent Baalke sent his swoop team north and plucked him for the Niners. Now, just wait for him to show up Baldwin very quickly.
    Brady Quinn is still alive and “well?” in the NFL. At least, he might still draw a check, but, imagine him trying to work under Rex Ryan in his big circus in NY.

  • berttheclock

    I notice the Packers are making similar after the deadline deals, as well. First, they cut Harrell who went to the Jets. Many thought this meant Vince Young would be a lock, but, Ted Thompson has now apologized to him for bringing him too late to develop. Young has been cut and B J Campbell was starting to party hardy as he had made the roster. But, he has been cut and Seneca Wallace has been signed. Plus, in NY, Harrell has been cut and Brady Quinn has been added to take his spot. Geez, all across the league, it really is “Rent, don’t buy”.

  • Chiefswatch

    I am not at all sold on our CB situation so adding two more to the mix is f’n awesome as far as I am concerned. I saw Sean Smith getting owned on a lot of plays this Preseason which explains why all the Miami fans I hear calling into NFL Sirius radio could care less about losing him, same goes with Atlanta Fans and Dunta Robinson. We are weak at Cornerback which will show when we face Dallas with those great recievers.

    • berttheclock

      I will take Emmitt Thomas and Al Harris any day over Lou Anarumo and Blue Adams, the assistant db coaches for the Dolphins. Smith was beaten by better speed on that first play. That can be corrected by jamming. Yes, Dunta R did let his man get behind him, but, that can happen to any DB on occasion. I look for Thomas and Harris to work very hard with their backs. Plus, fan call-ins from many teams are not made up of some of the brightest bulbs around. You should listen to the many ill informed Seahawks’ fans, who are some of the most arrogant misinformed fans anywhere. Loved to read where the Seattle PD is going to put undercover cops into the stands and walkways of Seattle’s stadium, this season due to the many complaints about intimidation and harassment from drunken Seahawk’s fans. A friend of mine, who is a huge Packers’ fan took his girl friend up to Seattle to see the Packers. They were accosted leaving the stadium by some drunks who wanted to fight and kept calling his girlfriend nasty names in order to get him to fight. Simply because he and she were wearing Packers’ wear.

  • ArrowFan

    It is refreshing to have a GM who wants the best players available.