Chuck says: Bob, I love your service and I also love the Chiefs and have for over 40 years. With that said, what do you think they will do with the “OC” job that Charlie Weis gave up? I truly feel that Haley cannot handle both the HC and OC jobs at the same time. I feel it would actually hurt the team more than help it. There’s only so many hours in the day. I hope we don’t “regress” this next year as that happens to so many teams after a good season.

Marty says: Thanks for the site. I have enjoyed it all season, and will definitely re-up for next season. It is, by far, the best place to look for actual “news” about the Chiefs, as opposed to blatant speculation and guessing. Any chance the reason for the silence re the offensive coordinator position is because the target(s) are to be found on the staff(s) of teams remaining in the playoffs? While I think a lateral move of an offensive coordinator would be unlikely (and essentially impossible if that person is contracted for next season already), it seems to me if one looks at those remaining staffs there are some potential candidates to be found among QB coaches, offensive line coaches, etc. My cursory look shows that Matt Cavanaugh, Tom Clements, and Bill Callahan might be among those with OC experience the Chiefs might look at. Any insight? I am among those who believe the Chiefs would be better off with a full time OC and a full time head coach, not a combined position. If they had a more fully developed quarterback, that might be different … I for one, was very impressed by the growth of both Matt Cassel and Todd Haley this season. I think that was in no small part due to Cassel getting the full attention of the OC, and Haley being able to be the head coach full time.

Bob says: The relative silence on the offensive coordinator’s position is really pretty remarkable at this point in time. Coaches are changing teams and being hired for coordinators’ positions on a regular basis. The Rams named Josh McDaniels as their OC on Tuesday, while the Seahawks fired their OC in Jeremy Bates on Monday. Denver kept OC Mike McCoy, while Carolina, Cleveland and Miami have filled their spots. Right now it seems like Minnesota and Seattle are still looking for coordinators, along with the Chiefs.

The No. 1 question right now has to be not who the next coordinator will be, but whether the position exists on Haley’s staff in the 2011 season. Last week when he last spoke publicly, Haley would not commit to hiring a coordinator. That spoke volumes about the situation. I’m going to bet that while he’s talked to a few contenders outside the Chiefs offices, Haley’s time is being spent trying to set up an arrangement with those already in house. I think Haley wants to call the plays. The question comes down to doing the heavy lifting of pulling together the game plan each week. Haley understands that doing this type of work is going to take time away from the other duties of the head coach. He’s smart enough to know that’s not going to work. But there are head coaches who call their own offensive plays – Sean Payton in New Orleans, Gary Kubiak in Houston, and Mike McCarthy in Green Bay for instance – so his jumping into that role would not be unusual.


Responses to “Developmental Stars For ’11″

Michael says: Bob, I agree with both of your lists of developmental players. You decided to limit your lists to three players each but, of course, there were far more than three who stepped forward in 2010, and the Chiefs will need far more than three to do the same in 2011. I, of course, have my own lists, but I have to get to work.

Andrew says: Bob, good article. Can you take this a little farther; we have other players everyone forgets about on our roster. Before everyone starts chiming in about positions we need to draft, give us a review of players who might fill significant roles next year. We have Cameron Sheffield, Jerheme Urban and Maurice Leggett on injured/reserve. The current roster has players such as Dion Gales, Daryl Harris, Justin Cole, Bobby and Cory Greenwood and Jeremy Horne. Are any of these guys ready to step up?

Bob says: Gentlemen, good questions. Yes there are more than three players that contributed in ’10 and developed from within. To keep winning in ’11, they will need more than three developmental players to step forward. During the ’10 season, others that developed along with Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson and Brandon Carr were Matt Cassel, Branden Albert, Glenn Dorsey and Jovan Belcher.

Among those on the roster that need to join Andy Studebaker, Verran Tucker and Tyson Jackson as developmental players that increase their production level are Barry Richardson, Wallace Gilberry, Cory Greenwood, Jon Asamoah and all the ’10 draft choices.

If Sheffield can come back from his head/neck injury without problems, that would increase the depth at outside linebacker. Urban could help fill the holes at wide receiver; same with Jeremy Horne. Leggett would provide more experience in the secondary behind second-year guys Arenas, Berry and Lewis. On the offensive line, Harris could be a factor as well.


Chuck says: Bob, It would be interesting to hear your take on who you think might be cut between now and next year’s season. Here are a few names that I would NOT KEEP: McGraw, Vrabel, Chambers, possibly look at who is going to be our CENTER of the future, Jones (sorry about this one, but the last few games he just seemed to mail it in). Possibly Cox too. Also the OL has to be “more scrutinized” as the last 2 games Cassel had to “run for his life”. Come on now, you experts, 9 for 18 and a QB Rating of 20???? Give me a break!!!!!

Bob says: I would think among the trio of McGraw, Vrabel and Chambers at least two will not be back, and maybe all three. Dropping McGraw and Vrabel would leave a leadership hole in the locker room, but there are enough young veterans now with experience who should be able to step into the roles. Jones did look tired at the end of the season, despite the limited work load. He can still serve a purpose not only in the offense, but locker room leadership. The offensive line has to be scrutinized very closely based on the entire 17-game performance. They seemed to wear out a bit and could not handle the Raiders and Ravens big boys up front. The goal was to be peaking for the playoffs, but the O-Line was headed in the other direction.


PAChiefsFan says: Bob wanted to get your thoughts on a question. I asked it earlier in the season but with all the questions you get I know it’s easy to miss one. With the talk of a lock out looming again and arriving at a CBA in a reasonable timeframe in question, how do you think if will effect a team like the Chiefs? While a lost season or a shortened season will not benefit any team do you think the effect on a young growing team like the Chiefs will be a little, a lot, or not at all?

Bob says: Good questions and I’ve put off answering them because the whole thing gives me a headache. I can’t imagine that the owners and/or players are so greedy that they will kill the golden goose that has laid so many billion dollar eggs. I don’t believe whatever happens on the labor front will shorten or wipeout the 2010 season – again, I refuse to believe they would be stupid enough to do that. But there is a real question about what teams will be able to do in the off-season, after the current CB expires in early March. This is where the Chiefs could get hurt. They are a team that has developed a foundation, but needs time to add to the chemistry they’ll have to rewrite this year. That will only be helped by time working together. This is especially true if a new offensive coordinator is coming in the door. Plus, the Chiefs will need to add players in other forms than the NFL Draft, which will go on no matter what. Free agency will reportedly grind to a halt without the presence of an agreement. All of this means no agreement will hurt the Chiefs, but they will not be alone, because there are plenty of other teams in the same boat.


Responses to “Handling the West”

Tenand6 says: Bob, what was your biggest disappointment for the 2010 season? Mine was the production of the Special Teams. I expected/predicted the Chiefs would have the best Special Teams in the NFL this year.

Bob says: I would have to agree with you on special teams being a disappointment this year. Ryan Succop did not take a big step forward in year No. 2. With fewer FG attempts in ’10, he missed more kicks. He also missed a pair of FGs inside the 40-yard line – those are FG attempts that have to be automatic for good NFL kickers. The lack of production on returns was disappointing, especially after Dexter McCluster hit for a 94-yard punt return in the season opener. Giving up a kickoff return TD was disappointing as well.


Nate says: Bob- Your statement that the Chiefs were not the best team in the AFC West is simply not true. It is a 16 game season and when it is over “you are what you are.” The Chiefs won 10 games more than the other 3 teams while playing a virtually the same schedule. If any of the other teams were better than the Chiefs they would have won more than 10 games. Pretty simple stuff, except you have a burr under your saddle that impacts your writing.

Bob says: Nate, I’m sorry I wasn’t clearer in my words, but I never said the Chiefs were not the best team in the AFC West. They won 10 games and that was more than any of the other three teams. What I wrote and meant was they weren’t the best team within in the AFC West. To finish 2-4 against division opponents and still win the AFC West is one of those anomalies that’s hard to explain and doesn’t happen very often. If they want to continue to rule the division they need to be the best team within the division as well as outside the division.

3 Responses to “ANSWER BOB – 1/18”

  • January 19, 2011  - rob says:

    I have no problem with an accomplished HC being his own OC, particularly if he has shown he’s good at it i.e. Packers & Saints. It’s been said “those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Haley is delusional if he believes he even a reasonable solution @ OC. Let’s not forget, Haley’s has a track record as OC; almost nonexistent (AZ under a new Head Coach that was previously the Steelers accomplished OC, whom I suspect kept him on a very…….. short leash) and (a complete an utter failure as the Chief’s OC/HC).

    Haley has a boss for a reason and he better flex is muscle. I hope for the fans sake Pioli does his job and is not deluded into believing something epic was accomplished in 2010 against the leagues softest schedule and rewards Haley by even entertaining one of the biggest debacle of the 2009 season, allowing Haley to fire Gaily after the start of the season. This year’s team showed real heart. Part of that was due to having accomplished leaders (Wise/Crennel) to believe in. If Haley is allowed to be his own OC, the players will be never say it, but they won’t believe and they won’t play. If Haley wants OJT as an OC his best bet would probably to ask Charlie for a spot in FL.

  • January 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    rob, how you going to stop Haley? If he thinks he is the answer at OC, he will get his shot. It is his job to lose. Maybe it will work. With a 10 win season, the cards are all in Haley’s hand. Is it the best, there are several poster who think so, not me, of course. But there is not much left out there except for inhouse coaches, who have no OC experience. Maybe Haley wants to start his own family tree with his guys? Ego is an awesome thing.

  • January 21, 2011  - Michael says:

    Bob, can you give a little insight on how the off-season goes? We are all aware of the CBA black cloud hanging over us and the upcoming NFL Draft, but I would like to know what is being done at 1 Arrowhead Drive right now. I know players have emptied their lockers, but is the staff working a full schedule? Is anyone talking about the OC position? Are Piolo & Haley (and staff) on vacation or does that come between May and July? Sorry for all the questions and thanks for the excellent work you do.

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