Hello Baltimore! Welcome to the Wilcard Version of Ask A Chiefs Fan. I and others from Arrowhead Pride will be around this week to help answer questions you have about the Chiefs, and likely ask a few questions of our own. All we ask is that everyone keep it friendly. No trolling, No attacking. Of that I'm not worried because I know that Ravens fans are classy.
We at Arrowhead Pride are pumped about the upcoming game, and we have no doubt it's going to be a tough game for the Chiefs. A little about our team …
Generally a 3-4 base Front 7 with occasional 2-5 in passing situations. The front line is led by Shaun "All Hands Team" Smith and Glenn Dorsey. The linebackers are headed by Tamba Hali, a beast with a motor that never stops. Hali is among the league leaders in sacks this year. Mike Vrabel and Derrick Johnson, who is having an outstanding season, are in that group as well. The Secondary is excellent, with 1st Round draft pick Eric Berry and CB Brandon Flowers leading the way.
The Chiefs run a Zone Blocking offense that depends on mobility, and thus the front line is a bit on the small size. Pro Bowler and NFL Man of the Year award winner Brian Waters anchors the line at LG, with Branden Albert at LT protecting the QB. Veterans Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja are also in the mix. Tony Moeaki is a very capable and sure-handed rookie at TE. Dwayne Bowe is our primary WR and has had an outstanding season. The main threat from the backfield is RB Jamall Charles, among the league leaders in both total yardage and as leader in yards per carry. Dexter McCluster is our Slot WR, and the guy has blazing speed. McCluster and Javier Arenas are returners. Matt Cassel is our QB and he's truly developed into the team leader. His TD/INT ratio is among the best in the league, a turnaround from last year.
Make no mistake, the Chiefs are a young team and a team still in rebuilding mode. Head Coach Todd Haley has done a remarkable job this year. No question the Chiefs have had the benefit of a soft schedule, but any team that goes from 4-12 to 10—6 has to have something working right for it. Former Patriots exec Scott Pioli is our GM, and seems to have the team on the right path in what is really the first year of building almost from scratch. With Haley, OC Charlie Weis and DC Romeo Crennel, the Chiefs are building for long-term future success, and Chiefs fans are more than pleased that some success, the 2010 AFC Western Division Chamionship, is back home in Kansas City.
Fire away, Baltimore!