Good Start; More Is Needed . . . Monday Cup O’Chiefs

Just as it will be for any person wanting to immediately judge a team’s ability to select college players in the NFL Draft, it remains impossible to judge in the month of March just how effective the Chiefs have been with their signing splurge in free agency.

But they’ve certainly made some headlines in the last week, and in a change for them, the news was good. It wasn’t about who didn’t want to play for the Chiefs, but in this case who did want to wear the red and gold – TE Kevin Boss, RB Peyton Hillis, RT Eric Winston and QB Brady Quinn.

Chiefs fans should not be delirious over the addition of those bodies. Only Winston is a starter. He is easily the one player that has already improved the Chiefs just by taking over that starting spot. He’s also the same player who failed a Texans physical last week because of a rehabbing ankle injury. The Chiefs doctors must feel pretty good about the ankle, or the team doesn’t give him $22 million over the next four years.

That was the key signing, but I don’t mean to ignore the other three guys, because they have improved the roster with their additions. Just look at it like this:

  • Kevin Boss added; Leonard Pope gone. Roster +
  • Peyton Hill added; Thomas Jones gone. Roster +
  • Brady Quinn added; Tyler Palko gone. Roster +

Additions are not made in a vacuum, so they must be judged in conjunction with the roster deletions:

  • Stanford Routt added; Brandon Carr gone. Roster

Still, the Chiefs begin the second week of free agency with a better roster and more talent to mold into a team than they finished the season with. Now they just have to keep up the pace. Good football teams add talent every year in three areas – the top of the roster, the middle and the back end.

It comes down to math likes this – somewhere in the first 15 players, the second 15 players and the third group of 15 players a team has to add talent every season. Good teams work the personnel angles on all three of those areas, because in any given season, winning teams need that type of talent and that type of depth.

But whether it’s the Super Bowl champions like the New York Giants, or alst year’s team with the worst record Indianapolis, the personnel approach should never change. This is one of the toughest lessons that personnel professionals are forced to learn; they can never stop trying to improve their team, no matter how good that top 15 might be, or how talented that bottom 15 are. Successful football teams are built on backs and shoulders of good players.

Just a week into the 2012 season, in the first 15, the Chiefs are even, as they lost Carr, but added Winston. In the second 15, they are doing pretty good by adding Routt, Boss and Hillis, but they’ve lost QB Kyle Orton. The third 15 is already better with the addition of Quinn.

Now that the first wave of free agency is over, the Chiefs must get ready to jump into the second wave. They must go out and find a few more players for that middle 15 and the lower 15. This has not been an area where the Chiefs have been very strong in Pioli’s previous three seasons with the Chiefs. Middle and late level additions of guys like S Mike Brown, G Mike Goff, WR Bobby Engram, those are but a few examples of free agents signed that didn’t amount to much of anything on the field.

As they get into the second wave, they must find some defensive help. All the attention has been on offense and Chiefs fans don’t have to be reminded of the reasons for that type of attention. But while the Chiefs defense was the best part of the team last season, it still wasn’t good enough. That’s especially true along the defensive front, where they’ve kept DL Amon Gordon and have added nobody. They need to address this situation.

It’s the same thing at safety, where they get Eric Berry back from his knee injury and Kendrick Lewis is recovering from shoulder surgery after the season. Last year all the backup safeties showed they were not talented enough to hold the starting spot filling in for Berry; Jon McGraw (9 starts), Donald Washington (3), Sabby Piscitelli (1) and Reshard Langford (2). They need one, maybe two safeties there and with Berry and McGraw being just third year players, those backups should be veterans

So the work is not done yet. Pioli and his minions have gotten some good and valuable additions for the Chiefs roster. They need more.

14 Responses to “Good Start; More Is Needed . . . Monday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • March 19, 2012  - txchief says:

    McGraw a third year player? He was drafted in 2002.

  • March 19, 2012  - steven smith says:

    he ment Lewis.

  • March 19, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    But Bob, I am delirious about the signings. Having Winston, even with a bad ankle, is a trmendous upgrade. Just the fact of the front office doing something makes me giddy. Now go do something some more.

  • March 19, 2012  - kevin guice says:

    What about R-Kal Truluck?

  • March 19, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    As usual, the glass is half empty in Bob’s eyes.

    I disagree with the opinion that Routt is a downgrade from Carr. It’s a wash talent wise that is very cap$ friendly. The Cowboys overpaid for a #2 CB.

    It’s still early.

  • March 19, 2012  - ED J says:

    Bob seriously the shots at Pioli is childish and unprofessional. Calling him and the people that work for him minions is uncalled for. At end of the day you will be proven wrong about Pioli so just keep slighting the guy you only make yourself look small when you do. As for additions they have been great now we can also use draft to upgrade other positions of need like nose tackle, guard, and safety.

  • March 19, 2012  - Josh says:

    Please, for the love of Pete, don’t read Bob’s site if he’s your biggest complaint. His opinion is just that, and I thought for sure that those who paid for his site would respect what he has to say. Pioli’s track record speaks for itself. By not even getting a meeting with ol’ StiffNeck, Pioli has demonstrated he can’t pull top-tier talent. Now tell me, how is that Bob’s fault? I don’t want to read an author who can’t provide an honest look at a team. It’s not like the Chiefs have won three back-to-back-to-back rings, and Bob’s just finding things to nit-pick about. The Chiefs are a sub-par team; bottom line, they need to improve, and the acquisitions this week are a step in the right direction, but by no means the panacea needed for a championship.

  • March 19, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Josh- numerous NFL experts who get paid to analyze and player disagree with your opinion. Many of them listed KC as the best or one of the best fits for Manning. Like I’ve said before, I don’t think Manning felt comfortable coming here because the Pats (including Pioli/Crennel) owned him all but one year of his career.
    Winston was the best OT available. He came and signed.
    Edj is right, minions is childish. I just don’t get Bob’s continued bitterness. It must suck to try to make a living covering people you can’t stand.

  • March 19, 2012  - Josh says:

    Faulty logic. Manning is the kind of student of the game that if a team is capable of beating him consistently, given the chance, he’d join them simply to see how/why.
    For my money, (which I happily pay each year) I’m reading an author who is not gung-ho partyline 24-7. Bob is a true fan of the players, and although he has a beef with the new regime, didn’t pack up and move back to Steeler country when the going got rough. Sure, his slant can be somewhat pessimistic at times, but it’s far better than the KC Star and Chiefs site which makes it sound like the Chiefs get deep in the playoffs every year. If you look strictly at record, Bob’s take is equivalent to one writing about a less than break-even team, which, of late, is the definition of my beloved KC.

  • March 19, 2012  - txchief says:

    I can’t be absolutely certain if Bob really hates the Chiefs or if he is just “stirring the pot.” I think the latter. He’s facilitating discussion and enjoying the show.

  • March 19, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Instead of being condescending with “faulty logic” try ‘I disagree with your OPINION’
    We were 10-6 in ’10 and 7-9 last year. That’s 17-15.

    I paid up again because I’m hoping Bob mends fences and becomes an inside source again like he was when Carl was here.

    Plus, I want to say I told you so when we win the West again :)

  • March 19, 2012  - TWC says:

    Las Vegas odds to win 2013 Super Bowl: Denver Broncos 10-1 (moved from 50-1 after Manning signed)& Chiefs remain at 50-1. Not a perfect science, but agree Chiefs have more wood to chop.

  • March 20, 2012  - Tim Roesner says:

    You guys are getting a little touchy over a writing style point of using the mord minions. Bob is not just giving us sports info, but he is trying to entertain us too. Bob, please don’t go bland on me! I am still looking for someone to fill in the gaps for the departure of sensationalist writer Whitlock, and the feel good King Poslanski. Let Bob do his thing.

  • March 20, 2012  - Josh says:


    Fault logic wasn’t meant to be condescending. Sorry that you took it that way. It is also my opinion that two data points don’t make a trend. A seventeen and fifteen record over two years looks better than a 36-60 record over six years, but both are accurate representations of the current Chiefs. I take umbrage at people attacking Bob on his own site for the information he provides. Perhaps this discourse can provide everyone with an opportunity to troll less and contribute more.

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