Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/21/13
Season SummaryIt would be an understatement to say that the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs were a disappointment.  Local radio was fielding calls talking about Super Bowl chances after the Chiefs methodically dismantled the Arizona Cardinals in week one of the preseason.But the excitement died shortly into the regular season.The Chiefs did not take a lead until week 10 of the season.  What's more amazing, is in that time they managed a come-from-behind win in New Orleans. Those facts sound redundant but they are, in fact, true.  Eric Winston called out the Kansas City metro area for the sins of a few injury-cheering fans when Matt Cassel hit the turf against Baltimore.  The "sickening and disgusting" cheers took place shortly after Cassel had fumbled away the teams chances of beating the soon-to-be-crowned Super Bowl champions at the goal line.  The Jovan Belcher issue put a different perspective and also a further dampening on the season.Through all this, the big storyline that was neglected by the national media was Romeo Crennel.  What most outside of Kansas City don't know is that he actually made the season bearable.  While the team was terrible, Romeo provided comedic relief in a time of turmoil with press conference lines like:"Uhh, Jalil Brown has a little groin." (My ringtone for the season)"Alright, human nature says, boom.""Tell me, would you rather see a competitive game? Or would you rather it be a 40-10 score?"Regarding the long-snapper position: "Well if you can put your head down between your legs, and throw the ball backward, well you can make a pretty good living in this league."Ahh, Grandpa Romeo.  I'm gonna miss that guy.So you tell me?  Was the season all that bad?  Yes.  Yes, it was.2012 RecordDespite Crennel's best efforts, the Chiefs were able to win two games and finish the season at 2-14. Even with the team's failures, they weren't able to lock up the top pick in every round, and will share that privilege with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Chiefs have first picks in the odd rounds, and Jacksonville in all even rounds.Positions of NeedThe Chiefs have addressed their glaring hole at quarterback with San Fransisco 49er's back-up, Alex Smith.  Smith joins Joe Montana, Steve Bono and Elvis Grbac as former 49ers quarterbacks to leave the bay to join the Chiefs in the last 20 years.  They also signed former Missouri Tiger QB Chase Daniel.The Chiefs still have several positions that need to be addressed.Offensive Line: Branden Albert was given the franchise tag, and he didn't seem too happy about.  Whether or not he remains in Kansas City, the Chiefs need to bolster their offensive line.  Albert has positional versatility and could play 4 positions on the line.  Whether he has the attitude to commit to play somewhere beyond LT is another thing.  Rodney Hudson destroyed his leg and it's uncertain when he'll be back or if he'll be the same player.  Tackle and guard are both positions the Chiefs should still be looking to improve.Wide Receiver:  The Chiefs needed Dwayne Bowe, and proved it with a large, 5-year commitment to the former-LSU Tiger.  While this move is an exciting one for Chiefs Nation, the candidates to line up on the other side of the formation should equally scare them.  Jon Baldwin has been underwhelming in two years of professional football.  While the Chiefs have some interesting options in the slot with Dexter McCluster and Devon Wylie, there needs to be added competition in the receiver corp.Inside Linebacker:  While the starting linebacking core as a whole looks solid, a power player on the inside next to Derrick Johnson is definitely needed.  Safety:  In the second half of the 2012 season, Eric Berry looked like the guy that was taken in the top 5 in 2010.  Kendrick Lewis has been relatively productive, when healthy.  A move for depth and competition for Lewis could help the secondary take the next step in 2013.First Round Target(s)The Chiefs have the opportunity to take whoever they think is the best player on their board.  While the options may not be sexy, there are some very good football players available to them at #1.Luke Joeckel, LT: The Texas A&M left tackle is a great technician for only being a 21 year old prospect.  His athletic upside is not as high compared to some, but as far as pure football players are concerned, Joeckel may the best.Eric Fisher, LT:  The continually rising tackle prospect out of Central Michigan has put out great tape from his 2012 campaign, as well as an impressive showing at the combine.  Some think his ceiling could be the highest of all the tackle prospects in this draft.Sharrif Floyd, DT: While defensive line does not appear to be a need with Tyson Jackson restructuring and Mike DeVito coming over from the New York Jets, there are is still a chance Floyd could be the guy.  If GM John Dorsey sticks to taking the best player available on his board, the Florida Gator could be his selection.  Floyd is only 20 years old, is great at the point of attack, and has the potential and raw ability to become an elite defensive tackle.Teams To Keep An Eye On (Vultures)The Chiefs won't have the issue of looking over their shoulder in the first round, but it will be interesting to see how they navigate round 3.  The Chiefs traded away the valuable #34 pick for Alex Smith, and that will present them with some interesting decisions in round 3.  The Chiefs received a compensatory third round pick for now Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr.  This gives the Chiefs 64th pick (The Saints and Browns both forfeited second-rounders) and two picks in the 90's (the compensatory pick, #96 and second pick in the fourth round, #99).  They may have to get creative in that range if they want to lock up a player they really like.Trade WindsIf the Chiefs have any opportunity to get a decent haul to trade out of the number 1 pick, they should pull the trigger.  They will not receive a king's ransom like the Rams did last year for the rights to RG3, but if they can recoup some of the picks they traded away for Alex Smith, it seems like an obvious choice.Draft History2012 - NT Dontari Poe2011 - WR Jonathan Baldwin2010 - S Eric Berry2009 - DT Tyson Jackson2008 - DT Glenn Dorsey
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