5. Acquiring Zach Thomas and Mike Vrabel:
The acquisition of Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas will be high risk high reward for the Chiefs. Vrabel and Thomas will either be the good soldier, hard working leaders the Chiefs expect them to be or they will be the 09 versions of Donnie Edwards. Both players will be over thirty four when the season starts and players get injured a lot more frequently in the NFL once they cross the thirty year old thresh hold.
These acquisitions would have been perfect if the Chiefs would have added some depth to the line backing unit, but as it stands the Chiefs have all of their eggs in the basket of two past their prime linebackers. The Chiefs can ill afford to lose either of these players this season as they transition to the 3-4 defense.
4. Not signing a legitimate receiving threat to compliment Dwayne Bowe:
Tory Holt was a free agent so was Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens and Matt Jones who led the Jaguars in receiving last season. The Chiefs went after none of these players in the off season instead deciding to bring in thirty six year old Bobby Engram to play the slot receiver.
The Chiefs have needed a receiver to stretch the field and draw coverage away from D-Bowe for the past two seasons and with the loss of Tony G that need became that much more magnified. The Chiefs would be wise to get Matt Cassel one more established option in the passing game before the season starts Marvin Harrison and Matt Jones are still a available…..the Chiefs could use both players.
3. Retaining Damion McIntosh:
Keeping McIntosh was not a mistake he is a adequate and serviceable player, not brining in someone to take his starting spot or at least compete for it was. McIntosh played ok last year when he was not injured but he often times looked overmatched and not athletic enough to keep up with the more younger, faster defensive ends.
Reports out of Arrowhead during OTA’s had McIntosh playing with a lot less weight which should help with his knee issues and in some of the best shape of his career. Let’s hope so for Matt Cassel’s sake.
2. Trading Tony G:
I know Tony G was not the missing piece that was going to carry the Chiefs to the Super Bowl this season and the Chiefs were very lucky to get a second round pick for a thirty three year old tight end but with that being said the Chiefs passing game is in disarray and the Chiefs are starved for veteran leadership.
Who would have been a better mentor for this young receiving squad other than Gonzalez a future Hall of Famer? I am sure had the Chiefs kept Gonzalez, Matt Cassel would have been dialing up his number on third down this season…… Now who does he look to? Who does the defense have to worry about besides D-Bowe?
1. Switching to the 3-4:
I am not against the move to the 3-4 I just think this season the Chiefs are trying to fit a square peg in to a round hole. The Chiefs have spent the last three season drafting D-linemen high in the draft who fit the 4-3 cover two scheme.
Now a lot of these players are forced to play out of position, case in point second round pick from 07 Turk McBride who was drafted as a tweener defensive end or tackle is being asked to learn how to play linebacker. Glenn Dorsey is going to have to man one of the end positions despite his lack of ideal size for the position but maybe the biggest farce out of the 3-4 will be Tamba Hali’s switch to OLB Hali could not get around offensive tackles last season how is he going to cover a running back or tight end?