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State of the Chiefs - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 24, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: July 31
Head Coach: Todd Haley (1st year)
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium  Surface: Grass
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 2-14

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 31 65 0 449 272 61% 3243 11.9 18 12 21 20
2007 16 17 0 562 335 60% 3525 10.5 17 20 19 24
2008 67 426 3 538 307 57% 3312 10.8 21 16 19 14

Quarterback - The new Head Coach Toddy Haley kept OC Chan Gailey on board but that's one of the few things that hasn't changed. In the hopes that they could finally replace Trent Green, the Chiefs bought into Matt Cassel not being a one-year wonder who was a backup everywhere he played. Cassel was successful last year playing in the Patriots system with Randy Moss, Wes Welker and a good offensive line. This year will prove who Cassel really is since he'll have Dwayne Bowe and ... and... he'll have Dwayne Bowe as his only weapon.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 465 2030 4.4 17 86 53 62% 512 2 4 11 6
2007 339 1159 3.4 6 93 63 68% 407 1 32 32 30
2008 311 1211 3.3 6 83 73 72% 454 1 26 29 31

Running Backs - In case you thought it could not get any worse than 2007, you were right. Granted by a margin of a couple of yards and still in keeping with this being one of the worse three rushing attacks in the league. Larry Johnson is two full seasons removed from being a fantasy factor but plays in an offense that wants to have a power rushing game. But Johnson had played through two injury-marred seasons and now has a new offense, a new quarterback, a offensive line that still has questions and no Tony Gonzalez. OC Chan Gailey does like having a third down back which should remain as Jamaal Charles. Would be nice to see this unit shine in the preseason but it would likely be considered as just a folding of the opposing defense.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 226 125 55% 1665 13.3 8 30 28
2007 240 135 56% 1707 12.6 8 29 28
2008 284 146 51% 1785 12.2 11 27 22

Wide Receivers - This should be the year of Dwayne Bowe who enters his third season after two years of around 1000 yards and six touchdowns. Bowe was targeted 157 times in 2008 - how high can that go without Tony Gonzalez around anymore? Now Bowe is the main (maybe sole) concern of the secondary and he'll have to prove better than the coverage. Much of that relies on Cassel meeting the Chiefs expectations (and wildly exceeding most of ours). Mark Bradley showed up briefly last year which pretty much sums up all four years of his NFL career. He needs to remain healthy for the first season ever. Chances are good that Bobby Engram shows up with some playing time as the player that teams never want to rely on but eventually usually do.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 138 92 67% 1072 11.7 8 2 3
2007 207 125 60% 1361 10.9 6 1 11
2008 166 103 62% 1121 10.9 10 3 2

Tight Ends
- Tony Gonzalez out and Brad Cottam in. But Chan Gailey has no real intention of using Cottam as a receiver which is fortunate since he's just a blocker. He enters his second season with only seven NFL catches.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - This team is worth watching in August if only to see if Dwayne Bowe can maintain his fantasy value by having Matt Cassel play well. This is not the same offensive line as he had in New England and beyond Bowe there isn't much that appears to be a difference maker. Cassel will be the key to Bowe's production and will need plenty of work in the preseason. It would be nice to see Johnson looking fresh and ready to go but by this point it would still be hard to buy into his production as more than just a depth player for your squad.

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