Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

AA Sunday Review: Weston Dressler, Safety Play, And How To Build A Team

We here at Arrowhead Addict understand your week can sometimes be too busy to stay up on all the latest Chiefs blog post. This is why we’ve created the AA Sunday Review, so you can catch up on some of the best posts AA had to offer this week. Enjoy catching up.

MONDAY: Why Free Agency And The Draft Are Not The Answer by Lyle Graversen

We can obsess over the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick all we want, but regardless of who they take and if they’re the rookie of the year or a total bust, they still probably won’t impact the 2014 Chiefs team as much as the continued development of Alex Smith will. If Smith regresses, the Chiefs will too. If Smith’s final numbers are about the exact same as last season, then the best case scenario is probably another wild-card berth and early playoff exit. If Smith takes a step forward in his second year in Reid’s West Coast offense, then it will go a long ways toward helping the Chiefs take a step forward as a team too.

TUESDAY: An Open Letter To Weston Dressler by Stacy Smith

I owe you an apology, sir. Since the announcement of your reserves/futures signing to the Kansas City Chiefs I’ve been openly critical of you. I haven’t given you much of a chance to make this team. Organized team activities won’t begin for another month and I’ve already counted you out. I think it’s high time that I confess and beg your forgiveness.

TUESDAY: Win Now Or Building For The Future (Part 2) by Nick Floyd

When teams take the time and effort to go all in for one year it can have successful results or it can end with disaster. Two teams come to mind that tried to build a dynasty through big name signings, the Eagles, and more recently the Broncos. Both of those times the results of that mega spending resulted in unfavorable results. The Broncos came the closet to building a great team, only to see themselves fall really short of a Super Bowl victory.

WEDNESDAY: Meet The Chiefs’ New Starting Guard by Laddie Morse

Now, basing your whole decision on one game, the last San Diego game, would be foolish at best. However, Andy Reid and his staff have had the opportunity to observe Rishaw Johnson on the practice field since the beginning of last season (and before) and I have a good idea that they’ve been playing their hand out this past season, with a card up their sleeves. That card would be Rishaw Johnson… and his performance in the San Diego game only confirmed what they already knew: Rishaw Johnson is a stud.

THURSDAY: Tackling Issues May Trump KC’s Coverage Problems by Ben Nielsen

The key here is neither Chancellor nor Thomas gave up many yards after the catch. The two combined to give up 168 yards (3.57 YAC/r) while Lewis allowed 5.83 YAC per reception and Berry allowed 6.16 YAC per reception. The ability to get to the ball quickly and then make the tackle is crucial to the way Seattle’s safeties play.

FRIDAY:Bust Rate And The Chiefs’ First Round Pick” by Nick Clayton

In 2010, Walter Football did a study of players selected in the 1st round from 1998 to 2007, that determined that with the 10-year view, 46% of 1st-round picks are busts. While this average was hurt by the fact that a majority of picks in 2002 and 2003 were considered busts, the study still shows that in any given draft a third or more of the players selected in the 1st round will be disappointments.

SATURDAY:Window Watching The Chiefs” by Laddie Morse

You either have a good QB or you don’t and the same is true for edge rushers who spend all their waking hours designing ways to get to the QB and all their non-waking hours dreaming the same. While most teams are fortunate to have one sack master, the Chiefs have two of the best edge rushers in the circuit. The big question is, what’s the window for each of them… and what’s the window for all of them, together?

 

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