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Super Bowl Contenders in KC?
There is much to be excited about if you're a Chiefs fan right now. Sure All Pro Receiver Dwayne Bowe still isn't signed and there are still some depth issues on defense. But for the most part, Kansas City will head to training camp in a month with confidence. But can they regain that swagger that led them to an AFC West Title two years ago? I say why not. Sure we can debate the Matt Cassel quandary until Hell freezes over. But with the weather in these parts pushing the 100-degree barrier, lets put that topic on hold until snowfall covers our driveways. Though things are as quiet as a country mouse in the Chiefs kingdom at the moment, the SI report does offer some gleaming hope for KC fans. In the AFC, only a handful of teams have clear-cut shots to win the conference. The favorite has to be the Pittsburgh Steelers. But with the addition of former Chiefs Head Coach, Todd Haley, as their new OC, we're hearing some pretty ugly things from the Iron City. The New England Patriots will always compete for the top spot in the AFC but Tom Brady isn't getting any younger and eventually the New York Jets will get something right. But until then, sooner or later Brady's interceptions not touchdowns, will rule his stat line. In Denver, everyone seems to be on the prognostication bandwagon that the Broncos are the team to beat. But Peyton Manning might have his least talented offensive team since his rookie year. And when you factor in the future hall of famer hasn't even taken a hit or a snap yet, it's way too early to don him as the franchise savior. And that's what he'll need to be to place Denver in the AFC elite category. The other team screaming with oodles of talent is the San Diego Chargers. But as long as Norv Turner remains their head coach, the Chiefs main division rival isn't likely to become the class of the AFC West either. So where does that place the Chiefs in the pecking order? Arguably they have the best overall talent from 1-53 in the division. Now getting that talent to play well enough to be an AFC contender is another matter. If Head Coach Rome Crennel, is going to learn from his mistakes in Cleveland, he has to trust his assistants and focus on his strengths. His defense is destined to be better in 2012 and that's where he needs to spend his considerable focus until opening day. And his offense (not his strength), under new Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll, should be far more efficient than it was since Charlie Weis was calling the plays. So I ask the question again, does the SI report have any merits? If you're a die-hard fan, it should. If you're a casual observer or someone with an east coast bias or agenda, it's probably not the case. As for yours truly, I tend to believe that Kansas City has as good a chance to win the AFC West. In fact, I'm already on record stating the Chiefs will go 11-5 this year. However, at this stage its impossible to determine who has the advantage to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. But should the Chiefs survive the first six games of the season when their schedule is the toughest, they could be primed for a terrific run to claim their second division title in three years. And should that happen and then some, then SI will look like geniuses for stating the Chiefs are a legitimate Super Bowl contenders in late June. Follow @ChiefsInsider Tweet WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS: Do you put any faith in the SI report? For all the news, notes and quotes on the Chiefs, visit WarpaintIllustrated.com Chiefs Home | Latest News | Team Info | Message Board | Subscribe Now!
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