Kansas City Chiefs Midseason Arrowhead Addict Awards

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The Kansas City Chiefs are more than halfway through their 2013 season. Heading into the bye week, the Chiefs have exceeded all expectations, and that’s putting it lightly.

Last season, Kansas City went 2-14. This year, through 10 weeks, Kansas City is 9-0.

The turnaround has been covered at great lengths here at Arrowhead Addict, and we’re looking forward to walking with you through the second part of the season.

Week 8 was technically the halfway mark for Kansas City, but with the bye week so conveniently splitting the season up, we couldn’t think of a better time to do our Midseason Arrowhead Addict Awards.

So sit back, throw on the Tomahawk Chop, and enjoy the Triple A’s.

 

 

Biggest Surprise: Marcus Cooper, CB

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The Biggest Surprise award could actually double as a Rookie of The Midseason award, because it’s going to a surprise rookie standout.
Marcus Cooper made his way into the lineup due to injuries, and he’s probably not going to make his way out of it. Cooper has played in all nine games so far, but he really started to make his impact around Week 5.
He notched three tackles, an interception and three passes defended against the Tennessee Titans on the road. He then followed that up with an interception, five tackles and five passes defended against Oakland.
Last weekend against the Bills, Cooper forced a fumble, which lead to a Tamba Hali touchdown return, and that was the play that probably sealed the game and a 9-0 record for Kansas City.

Cooper has proven himself to be a playmaker in a short period of time, and he’s quickly becoming one of the best rookie defenders in the NFL.

 

 

Most Improved: Dontari Poe, DT

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Coming into this season, Dontari Poe was underwhelming. In his rookie season, Poe only notched 38 tackles, and he wasn’t productive as a pass-rusher.
After an offseason that saw him slim down and a transition to a more aggressive 3-4 front, Poe is a completely different player. In fact, he’s become one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL.
He already has 36 tackles this season and has accumulated 4.5 sacks. He’s physically dominated opponents, but has also displayed some elite quickness and agility for such a big player.

Poe has truly taken his game up a notch or two, and he’s one of the major reasons Kansas City is still undefeated in 2013.

 

 

Most Underrated: Anthony Sherman, FB

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For every yard Kansas City runs for, there’s a good chance Anthony Sherman is leading the way. Sherman has been a steady force this season, and he’s paved the way for more than a few touchdowns. He’s basically Jamaal Charles’ personal security guard.

Sherman has been more than just a blocker though. He’s also caught 13 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown.

Best Offensive Player: Jamaal Charles, RB

 
Jamaal Charles is the heartbeat of this offense. He’s one of the best all-around running backs in the NFL, and in 2013, the case could be made that he is the best.
Charles has run for 725 yards and six touchdowns so far, and he’s snagged 47 receptions for 389 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

He’s made some big runs and has been a force on the ground, especially near the goal line. He’s also found ways to get open in the passing game and keep the sticks moving.

Best Defensive Player: Tamba Hali, OLB

 
Justin Houston may be getting all the sack numbers, but I’m giving this award to Tamba Hali for his overall defensive play.
Houston has 11 sacks and is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. Not to be outdone though, Hali has nine sacks of his own. He also boasts four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and two defensive touchdowns.
 

When we’re talking about pure production and playmaking ability, Hali can do it all for the Chiefs.

Specials Teams Award: Ryan Succop, K

 
As evidence for this award, I present to you the Chiefs’ last game. Kansas City’s offense didn’t score a single point on offense against the Bills. Instead, the Chiefs had to lean on the defense to score, and of course, the relatively reliable leg of Ryan Succop.
Succop is 18-of-21 in 2013, with four field goals of 50 plus yards and a long of 51.

He’s put 77 points up on the board so far.

 

 

Mid-Season Arrowhead Addict MVP: Jamaal Charles, RB

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Without Jamaal Charles, this team would barely move the ball offensively. He keeps the Chiefs offense moving for the most part, he can grind the ball and run the clock, but he’s also a big-play threat.
Charles is an overall offensive talent, and he’s your 2013 midseason Arrowhead Addict MVP.

Topics: Anthony Sherman, Dontari Poe, Jamaal Charles, Marcus Cooper, Ryan Succop, Tamba Hali

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  • josh

    Tamba has 2 defensive touchdowns 1 last week off the fumble and 1 week 1 off an int

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      Correct.

  • Tyler Alexander

    Good list. I agree with everything you said. It’s amazing to me how well the Arenas/ Sherman trade worked out. It was hard to see the benefit at the time but turned out to be another reason to be impressed with the work that Dorsey has done this year.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, it did seem strange at the time. Not trading Arenas, but, picking up another FB. Remember, they had drafted a FB in the sixth round and brought in UDFAs who had played FB. This really reminds of me of the way Green Bay and those GMs such as Dorsey and Schneider (Seahawks) who learned under both Wolf and Thompson have learned that training camp is really one of tough competition. I predict that next year NFL scouts will spend a great deal of time watching the training camps of the Packers, Niners, Seahawks and Chiefs for “crumbs” to be tossed away when the final rosters are set. Competition at its best.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Hard to argue with any of this. Pretty spot on.

  • ArrowFan

    Dustin I think arguably is right there with Succup. His punting this year is a large reason why we have been limiting our opponents points.

  • Denver Grant

    Great read! The only change I would make is giving Defensive Player to DJ. For a player that, on paper, is supposed to be past his prime, he is a monster out there. I think he QB’s our defense

    • Chief Hokie

      I completely agree. If DJ doesn’t do what he does this defense would be nowhere near where it is now. He’s been playing out of his mind, and this defense has flourished largely because of it.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Hali has two scores this year not just one. Great article

  • Blake Molina

    Sherman will be all pro, mark my words

  • Chief Hokie

    Tamba has been Tamba, but DJ is what holds this defense together.

    • berttheclock

      There are times when DJ plays as though he a man possessed. Real ball hawker and real defensive leader.

  • berttheclock

    There is another significant improvement by Poe. He has ceased to be a two down linemen. This week in their ratings for the Chiefs-Bills game, Pro Football Focus noted he has taken far more snaps than any other nose tackle. In fact, he has the equivalent of an average one game lead on them. DJ is the leader of the defense, however, ironically, it is Poe, not the splendidly playing Jackson, who really is the foundation. Pioli may have thought he was drafting the foundation in Jackson, but, it was Romeo who told him to disregard some yokel poster by the name of berttheclock and take Poe instead of DeCastro. Romeo was dead right.

  • BigGil

    I remember after the Dallas game wanting to travel to KC and smack this rookie by the name of Cooper for almost losing us that game on a stupid illegal touch on an excellently booted punt… Whoops… I’d definitely say he made up for that.

    • KCMikeG

      I had forgotten that was Cooper was the one who did that. Made up for it for sure. He not only knocked the ball into Hali’s hands for a TD but also tore a TD out of the WR in the end zone. That’s 14 points he provided/saved. Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl if he keeps it up.

      • berttheclock

        Wasn’t he, also, in on the follow up to the great play by Ron Parker, where Parker kept the ball in the field of play and Cooper landed atop the ball? If so, then, both of them were part of that 7 waiver wire pickup.

        • KCMikeG

          The Magnificent Seven!! Way to go Dorsey!!

  • berttheclock

    Great significance in the above photo showing Fisher, Charles and Bowe walking forward and Carr walking away. The present and the past.

  • michael mckee

    Cooper is our best corner,hands down..call him a rookie all you want,I watch flowers and smith get burned like toast at times,not cooper.he only gets burned when lewis doesnt do his job…

  • michael mckee

    Also notice when a receiver starts busting out cooper gets put on the guy and it stops…

  • jimfromkcj

    I wonder if we are watching the same game. Time after tim DJ is making plays which stall the other team when they begin to get their offence going. I don’t see that so much with Hali. He is playing steady football, but DJ makes the Plays that stop drives.

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