Weis was given the reigns by Haley to call the plays and it's on him to make Matt Cassel an NFL quarterback. He has the hardest job of any member of the coaching staff – even more than his counterpart on the defensive side of the ball Romeo Crennel.
Now it remains to be seen if he can get that done. But this offense has some play-making weapons in receivers Dexter McCluster, Dwayne Bowe, Chris Chambers, tight end Tony Moeaki, and running back Jamaal Charles. That's more than most teams have in the NFL and my gut tells me Weis can get this group to average 25 plus points per game.
2. WR Dwayne Bowe - I love his no talk approach with the media. He's intent on letting his hands do all the conversing in 2010. From what we've seen, Bowe has been nothing short of sensational. He's running crisper routes and he's catching most of the balls thrown his direction. Of all the receivers in camp, he's been the most steady.
Sure, he has a lot to overcome from his plethora of drops a year ago, his four game suspension, and being the first guest in Todd Haley's doghouse. It was an unpleasant stay for Bowe.
And he darn near made a guest appearance after his flap over an ESPN the Magazine article indicated… well let's not go there. The bottom line is that he put it behind him and he's been a stellar performer on the practice field. If he can do that during the regular season, he'll be in the top ten in receptions and touchdowns.
Kendrick Lewis and Eric Berry might be the best part of KC's new defense.
3. S Kendrick Lewis - I marvel at his maturity. I am mesmerized at his ability to quickly decipher if the play in front of him is a pass or run. And I can't believe he was a fifth round draft pick. Lastly, I'm thankful he's a Chief.
I know Eric Berry should get all the accolades at safety. But I think Lewis isn't too far removed from the Chiefs first round draft pick in regards to talent and potential.
In basketball, you say a great point guard has court awareness. That's what I think Lewis has as a freshmen NFL player. He can support the run, close on receivers, and won't be fooled in play action. It's a fortunate thing for Lewis and the Chiefs that veteran Jon McGraw has been injured and Jarrad Page is acting foolish sulking about the fact he does not want to play for the Chiefs. If he had any pride, he'd be fighting to take away Lewis's hold on a starting position.
But nobody cares about Page any more. Lewis and Berry are the future. Still, nobody could have predicted that Lewis's future would start at the same time as the Chiefs' top draft pick.
4. DE Tyson Jackson - You can finally begin to see the glimpses of potential that Jackson has in him. Right out of the gate at training camp he stood out along the defensive line. He was more physical. He split double teams with greater ease and he was routinely getting in the offensive backfield.
Jackson looks like a first round pick.
But was even better was his ability to move toward the action. Last year his foundation was awful. He never used his massive frame to move between or around opposing tackles and guards. Now he's quicker on his feet and he's using his entire body leveraging angles and shooting through the gaps.
He may not make the tackles, but he's forcing runners to move into the defense or forcing them to change directions so his teammates can make the plays. Jackson has the ability to sack the quarterback and my guess is that he might get six or seven this year.
5. LB Derrick Johnson - Despite ridiculous trade rumors, speculation that he was going to spend a second year in the doghouse, and playing into the fourth quarter last week, DJ has finally made it all the way back.
He's the team's best linebacker. It's not even close. He has more talent than any of them, and in camp we started to see why he is someone the Chiefs can count on this season.
At Texas, he was man among boys because he had the freedom in space to fly to the ball. In the NFL, it's about systems and responsibilities. You have to count on your teammates to do their job before you can do your own. And if they mess up, generally it's bad for a playmaker like DJ.
Well, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. He's moving like the prowler he was for the Longhorns and my guess is that he's finally going to have a breakout season -- one that could end with a new long-term contract.