The Kansas City Chiefs will attempt to make the playoffs again after a one-year hiatus. Last year's disappointment was marked by injuries, the firing of head coach Todd Haley and an offensive unit that sputtered most of the season.
Hope springs eternal before the 2012 season. Here are five reasons why the Chiefs will win the AFC West Division crown for the second time in three years.
Romeo Crennel was named the new head coach after the 2011 season. He took over the team for the month of December after the firing of Haley. The players like him and Crennel was one victory away from an unlikely AFC West title. Now he will have a full year to get his team ready for the next season without the absurdity of an NFL lockout.
The Kansas City Chiefs don't have a quarterback dysfunction unlike two AFC West rivals. Peyton Manning is now with the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow has reverted to a back up for the New York Jets. The Oakland Raiders signed quarterback Carson Palmer mid-season after Jason Campbell broke his collarbone. Campbell went to the Chicago Bears after being let go by the Raiders.
The schedule is markedly easier for the Chiefs this year. They play six playoff teams from last year, but Kansas City plays lesser competition than they would if the Chiefs had won the division. That's good for a team that will come back from being decimated by injuries in 2011.
New Acquisitions on Offense
A new backup quarterback in Brady Quinn is a definite improvement. New offensive tackle Eric Winston, who came over from the Houston Texans, is part of the replacement process for an aging offensive line. Any help for Matt Cassel and running back Jamaal Charles is a good thing for Kansas City as they try to make the postseason.
Young players on defense have one more year of experience behind them. Tamba Hali, Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson will all be formidable aspects of the Chiefs' defensive strategy under Crennel. As long as players buy into his play calling and Crennel trusts his players, the defense will carry the Chiefs once again.
William Browning is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs after latching on to the team during the lean years of St. Louis football. Born in the gateway city, he is also a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Romeo Crennel
- Todd Haley
- Jason Campbell
- Oakland Raiders