Offense: QB Matt Cassel. RB Jamaal Charles, FB Le'Ron McClain, WR's Dwayne Bowe & Jon Baldwin, TE Tony Moeaki, LT Jared Gaither, LG Jon Asamoah, C Rodney Hudson, RG Ryan Lilja & RT Brandon Albert.
Most of this is a no-brainer. But there are a couple of worthy items to note. One, I think the Chiefs planned on signing Gaither as their starting right tackle but based on the shape he's in at the moment, he's a man with a body like Willie Roaf that was born to play left tackle.
That means that Albert, who Todd Haley said was still in line to start left tackle, probably is going to get bumped and moved. But overall that will make this offensive line better.
But where it gets tricky is with Hudson at center. I like Casey Wiegmann and all the intangibles he brings to the offense. But again after watching the Bucs game, the kid more than held his own against Tampa. If he's the future, then why not start him right now and begin his maturation process in the NFL. This situation reminds me of Mike Webster passing the torch to Tim Grunhard
I can't see any issues with the primary offensive weapons and their pecking order for opening day. If Haley continues to play depth chart games with Charles and his back-up Thomas Jones, he could put a wrinkle in my plan. But I think he'll leave well enough along. Right now the Chiefs have the best 1-2 combination of Charles and McClain in all of football. So why mess with that.
On the receiving end, can't argue much about Bowe, Baldwin and Moeaki. With the additions of Steve Breaston and Kerry Colbert give the Chiefs the best set of receivers, they've ever assembled in Kansas City. Colbert is going to surprise people this year.
Defense: DE Allan Bailey, NT Kelly Gregg, DE Glenn Dorsey, LB's Justin Houston, Brandon Siler, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, CB's Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr, Safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis.
No real surprise with this group with the notable exceptions of Bailey, Siler and Houston being inserted into the starting lineups.
And the pass rush is the key for the Chiefs defense this year. That means Houston has to get the nod over Andy Studebaker. The kid just has too much raw, Derrick Thomas type of talent, to be riding the bench early in the season. Sure he came to camp out of shape but he's quickly moved up the depth chart, now that the hitting has increased in practice.
As far as Siler, he's just more active and a far better inside linebacker in crunch time than last years starter, Jovan Belcher.
The defensive line will probably be a work in progress and if reports are accurate the Chiefs are looking at adding Cincinnati Bengals castoff, Tank Johnson, then at some point he could find himself in the lineup when the Chiefs are passing situations.
And time will tell if the starting left defensive end battle will comes to fruition. Thus far in camp Tyson Jackson hasn't shown enough to just give him a starting role based on his lofty draft status a few years ago. So for now, at least for me, Bailey gets the starting assignment.
At the moment, there isn't much debate in regards to the starting secondary. The aforementioned starters are going to be the focal point to shutting down some of the games best quarterbacks this season.
Kicker Ryan Succop, Punter Dustin Colquitt and Deep Snapper Thomas Gafford have little to zero chance to get bumped from the 53-man roster. Though the Chiefs signed Todd Carter as a kick-off specialist he probably isn't needed with the NFL's decision to move kick-offs to the 35-yard line.
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