I’m a list guy – I like lists…
In high school I remember reading The Book Of Lists. Lists are great because they put things in perspective. Everyone has their own list. Here’s my list of 10 questions that I want the Chiefs training camp to answer.
1-Do the Chiefs have a back up quarterback? I heard I believe Kevin Harlan say that statistics show at least 50% of starting quarterbacks will miss at least one game. I hope one of these young guys step up. Tyler Palko is saying all the right things and seems very mature for his age. But I’d feel far more comfortable if we had a veteran behind Matt Cassell.
Speaking of Harlan. I really enjoy listening to his insight but I lost respect for him during the lockout because he was so over the top in his support of owners. I get that they provide income for him but he was just a mouthpiece.
2-What impact will quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn have on Matt Cassell? I question Jim for taking the Redskins head coaching job from which he was fired. It’s well known that’s far from an ideal working environment. Still I believe he can be an asset to the Chiefs. A lot will depend on how much rope Chiefs coach Todd Haley gives him. If Todd is a micro manager, it will lessen the influence Zorn has. Also Zorn could be an asset to Palko because they are both throw the ball left handed.
3-How will the post lockout work rules impact Haley? This is different for everyone but those who can think on their feet and are prepared will do well. Haley is a strong, hard-nosed coach and I have to wonder if those limitations will impact his coaching. I doubt the Chiefs will be having movie night and letting the players coach.
4-Can the offensive line be as effective and function as a unit? Any time you’re replacing players and putting players in new positions it is going to have an impact. Timing is vital.
5-Where do things stand with Tamba Hali? We have the money. So pay him. Football is an emotional sport. Yes, I know that’s a cliche. But I think we often focus on the schemes and player’s abilities and forget how important emotions are. Tambi needs to be in camp and be totally stoked to run on full throttle. So give him a fair salary.
6-Who else will we sign and when? The when part is vital due to the new rules of the delay between signing and getting players ready and on the field. Past logic shows the later you get to camp the increased chance of injury.
7-What about the nose tackle position? A 34 year-old Kelly Gregg is not the answer. He can be part of the answer, but we need more in this area.
8-Is Haley spreading himself too thin? This is not a question for me, Todd’s the one calling the plays. And if that changes my guess is Zorn will take some of the burden off of him. But the question – especially in this condensed format – is how will all these duties impact Todd’s ability to coach the entire team.
9-Will special teams live up to their potential in field position and scoring? I was so excited last year after pre season and the Monday night game. That we were going to have a huge scoring output from our special teams. But it never really materialized. Part of the problem was Dexter McCluster’s injury. Here’s hoping we can get back on track this preseason.
10-Training camp is exciting because of unknown factors. Who’s going to emerge and who will get injured? I don’t think it has anything to do with training camp but I have a feeling before the season is over Jackie Battle will be a factor on this team.
11-Extra credit question. If Chiefs player Chris Harr threw up on your jersey would you, a) keep it as a souvenir, b) ask him to sign it, c) wash it or d) sell it on Ebay?
How about your list? What unanswered questions are keeping you up at night? Who will emerge? Who do the Chiefs need to sign to complete their roster?