Kansas City Chiefs:
Need the blessings of a Priest to get into the Super Bowl?
The Kansas City Chiefs
are a team that has been successful since the olden days of
The team was involved in two of the first four Super Bowls. In
Super Bowl I the Chiefs went up against the Green Bay Packers.
It was the first time that the two conferences had matched up
in postseason play. The two teams squared off in Los Angeles,
California in Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967 where the
cost of a “reserved section” seat was $10. The Packers
were one of the most dominant teams of all time and were led by
the man whose name is on the Super Bowl Trophy, Vince Lombardi.
The game was close at the end of the first half and when the Packers
took a 14-10 lead into the locker room. In the second half it
was a different story. The Packers scored 21 unanswered points
and won the first ever Super Bowl with a score of 35-10. The next
Super Bowl the Chiefs made their ways into was Super Bowl IV.
The Chiefs stepped onto the field against the Minnesota Vikings.
At halftime the Chiefs had built a 16-0 lead behind the strong
are of Len Dawson and didn’t look back. They scored another
touchdown and defeated the Vikings for the Chiefs only Super Bowl
win with the score of 23-7. Dawson was named the MVP due to his
12-17 for 142 yards and one touchdown performance.
Last season the Chiefs were amazingly good.
The team opened the season up with nine straight wins including
a one point victory over divisional rival Denver and a come from
behind overtime win over the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs rolled
through the 2003 campaign, selling out of Chiefs tickets to every home game. The team only lost three games
all year and for the second time in franchise history they won
13 games in a single season. In the playoffs the Chiefs lost in
a shootout against the Indianapolis Colts 38-31. The Chiefs only
stopped two of the Colts’ eight drives in the game which
just isn’t enough to win a playoff game. The lack of defense
in the game forced head coach Dick Vermeil to fire his defensive
coordinator Greg Robinson and bring in popular and aggressive
Gunther Cunningham who coached the Chiefs for the ’99 and
In the off-season the Chiefs
didn’t make too
many moves but the ones they did make should immensely
help out the team. The team signed two veterans that
should help out each unit in center Chris Bober and defensive
tackle Lional Dalton. The team also traded two fifth
round draft picks to the Eagles for guard John Welbourn.
In the draft the Chiefs had a
good number of draft picks to bring in to help out
their team. Since they didn’t make very many off-season moves the Chiefs
had to make the best out of their limited number of chances
they had to bring in some new blood to help the team
out. With their first pick, which came in the second
round, they drafted Oregon defensive tackle Junior Siavii.
At 6’4’ and 333 pounds Siavii is what defensive
coordinators call “space eaters” and what
opposing offensive coordinators call “problems.” With
their second second round pick the Chiefs opted to get
Pittsburgh tight end Kris Wilson. Wilson is a good blocker
who has naturally soft hands and will be used in two
tight end sets and to spell All-World tight end Tony
On the offensive side of the ball coach Vermeil has
built an offense similar to the group he had in St. Louis
when he won a Super Bowl. The team is led by the best
running back in the NFL Priest Holmes. Other pro bowlers
on the offensive side of the ball include quarterback
Trent Green, tight end Tony Gonzalez, offensive tackle
Willie Roaf, and fullback Tony Richardson. The team was
ranked second overall in total offense and fourth overall
in the passing game.
As good as the offense is at moving the ball the defense
is equally bad at stopping the ball. The unit finished
30 th overall in rushing yards and 29 th in total defense.
The team is keeping its fingers crossed that new defensive
coordinator Cunningham will be able to make the team
a great deal better defensively with essentially the
same 11 guys.
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