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 @dongtogolo

 Well, he personnaly chose Brandon Carr when King Carl allowed him to decide as a "birthday present".

2 years, 2 months ago on Chiefs OL Ron Bruggeman Assaulted

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This off season, the Chiefs have done exactly as I hoped.  IMO, they are doing a masterful job of building the "right 53", including better QB depth.  Lyle, I think and hope you are correct about how Cassel will perform surrounded by such a supporting cast, but the truth is I really don't know and can only wait and see.  I do know (believe) this much, however.  If, surrounded by such a team, Cassel does NOT perform @ 2008/2010 levels in terms of W-L record (the only stat that really matters for QBs), then the verdict will be in and we will know for sure what JOB 1 will be or next off season! 

 

Moreover, we should have a better idea of what Quinn and/or Stanzi have to offer.  If it turns out that we need to look to next year's likely deep QB draft class, then this off season's work will make it possible for the Chiefs to focus on the QB position next year. 

 

Another, little appreciated part of the Chiefs' positioning for next year involves the number and higher round numbers of the compensatory picks the Chiefs figure to be awarded next season.  While comp picks themselves are not tradeable, having them eases the pain of trading away others that are.

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Matt "The Chameleon" Cassel Will Thrive In 2012

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 @tm1946

 Doesn't help 2012, nor was my comment directed at 2012.  It was specifically directed to the 2013 Draft Needs section at the end of the post.

2 years, 3 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Review & WTF Pick Award

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Figured the Art of War would be in your post somewhere and was about to be disappointed until near the end...and there it was!

2 years, 3 months ago on The Chief in Charge

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 @sidibeke

 And, OTAs/training camp/pre-season figure to be the MOST DARWINIAN in my memory.  So many quality players trying to make the team will lead to intense competition.  Just hope we don't injure ourselves in the process!

2 years, 3 months ago on Dallas Clark Visits The Chiefs

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 @Tribalrage  @calchiefsfan  @Big Jim

 from famous poem by (Edgar Allen) POE!  Very clever.

2 years, 3 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Review & WTF Pick Award

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 @Big Jim

 Pioli quote re character issues: "He's as clean as clean can be!"

2 years, 3 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Review & WTF Pick Award

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Regarding 2013, we could have a couple of compensatory picks (one as high as R3 for Carr and another as high as R4 or R5 for Orton) in addition to our 7 regulars.  This is because the vets we've been signing (Routt, Winston, Hillis, Boss) were released by their teams, whereas Carr, Orton, McClain, etc were UFAs (not released) by the Chiefs.  While compensatory picks themselves are not tradeable, having them makes it less painful for us to trade regular picks if necessary.  Having 9-10 picks next year surely would be nice with the diminishing number of holes to fill  on our roster. 

2 years, 3 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Review & WTF Pick Award

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Anyone else getting the feeling that Pioli is having a "masterful" off season?

2 years, 3 months ago on Dallas Clark Visits The Chiefs

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 @sidibeke

 Yep, our roster is turning into an "embarrassment of riches"!

2 years, 3 months ago on Dallas Clark Visits The Chiefs

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Merlin, feel like I have been in the foxhole with you during the entire runup to this draft.  I, too, was in the DeCastro camp for R1 and was initially disappointed--not because NT was not an R1 need, but because I kept hearing that the best NT prospect (Poe) did not have the game film to support the pick at #11.  Since the draft, I have listened to both Crennel's and Pioli's press conference videos TWICE to understand what they and their scouts/experts saw that the rest of us missed.  I encourage others to do the same.

 

No one disputes Poe's freakish athleticism or the fact that he has a NT-prototype body.  But I did not understand the magnitude of Poe's "want to" and other intangibles OR the fact that he had to play almost every defensive snap OR that he had to play every DL position for a really bad team for different defensive coaches every season.  AND YET,  Pioli said twice that Poe kept playing "a hundred miles an hour" until the end of every game--he never quit!  In addition, they played against so many "spread offenses" that on 49% of Poe's plays there was no opportunity for Poe to have any measurable "production".

 

I am now much more optimistic about this pick than I originally was because: in Crennel and Pleasant we have the defensive coaches to teach Poe what he never had an opportunity to learn; AND they will narrow his focus to just the NT position until he masters the techniques of that position before gradually expanding his role.

 

My main concern now is that we ADDICTS/FANATICS allow Poe and his coaches sufficient time/space/support to realize his exceptional potential.  If we do and he does, then this mere 22-year old lad and our defense could develop into something far more special than it has already shown!

 

 

2 years, 3 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Review & WTF Pick Award

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 @sidibeke

 FYI, we have 82 of the maximum 90 allowed for camp.  So we have some space, but have to be firing with a "rifle" not a "shotgun".

2 years, 3 months ago on Dallas Clark Visits The Chiefs

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 @ArrowFan

 Beautiful people, those big uglies!

2 years, 3 months ago on The Morning Fix: Chiefs News From Around The Web

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 @tm1946

 Enjoy the banter here on AA much more!

2 years, 4 months ago on Mel Kiper's Draft Grade For The Chiefs Is...

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 @tm1946

 Had a better time watching one of my grandson's baseball game Thursday evening and another grandson's track meet Friday evening.  Followed picks on daughter's phone (and eliminated all the "blather") and on NFL.com Saturday.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mel Kiper's Draft Grade For The Chiefs Is...

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Ask me again in 3 years!  As for Mel Kiper, I've had much longer than 3 years and my grade for him is...!  (Suffice it to say, I stopped watching him years ago.)

2 years, 4 months ago on Mel Kiper's Draft Grade For The Chiefs Is...

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Complete rehabilitation of OL and add depth!          CHECK

Obtain starting NT and add DL depth!                        CHECK

Strengthen secondary nickle/dime packages!          CHECK

Add slot/speed WR!                                                        CHECK

Add RB depth!                                                                  CHECK

Strengthen special teams return and coverage!       CHECK

Obtain a Franchise QB!                                                  A BRIDGE TOO FAR THIS YEAR (Unless it turns

                                                                                                out we have him already)

2 years, 4 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft Class

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BIG UGLIES become unheralded BIG SEXIES by enabling the Chiefs to WIN!

2 years, 4 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft: Remember The Ravens Game

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In college, Sims was a Prius drafting behind a Ferrari by playing next to Julius Peppers.  Dontari Poe's situation at Memphis was precisely the opposite;  he was a Ferrari being held back by a team full of Prius pace cars!

2 years, 4 months ago on Chiefs 2012 Draft: Remember The Ravens Game

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"HEAD SLAP + OH, I SEE!" (Not "WTF PIOLI!")

 

"THE ONLY REASON THE CHIEFS WILL TRADE DOWN IS IF THEY BELIEVE THE PLAYER(S) THEY HAVE TARGETED WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE LATER PICK."

 

"ANYONE ELSE GETTING THE FEELING THAT WE DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT PIOLI IS GOING TO DO?

 

From recent comments by a  Once and Late DeCastro Fan.

 

Go Chiefs, and still "MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, PIOLI!" 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Romeo Crennel Appears Giddy Over Unpopular Poe

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 @merlin_AA

 ...WITH...

2 years, 4 months ago on Cowboys, Chiefs Have Had Trade Talks, Says Report

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 @merlin_AA

 MAY THE FORCE BE WIYH YOU, Pioli!

2 years, 4 months ago on Cowboys, Chiefs Have Had Trade Talks, Says Report

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 @merlin_AA

 Could be a log jam of demand to trade up to #11 for the reason you summarize, especially if some of the top 10 fall, especially QB where the 5th year compensation cost differential is likely greatest.

2 years, 4 months ago on Cowboys, Chiefs Have Had Trade Talks, Says Report

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DRAFT WELL, PIOLI...DRAFT WELL!

2 years, 4 months ago on The KC Chiefs Have A Winning Jousting Position

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 @KC MikeG

 IF...!  That's the rub.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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BOTTOM LINE:  There are just SO MANY WAYS this can be a very successful draft for the Chiefs this year!  Less than 24 hours from now, we'll have our first clue!

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @LyleGraversen  @merlin_AA

 Could indeed.  SEC is such a "rich" conference for defensive talent.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @big chief  @JohnMorrow  @merlin_AA

 Yep, thanks.  Forgot Arenas on defense and others on offense/special teams.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @merlin_AA

 ...LSU...

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @merlin_AA

 On defense, already have 2 from (Dorsey/Jackson) and 2 from Ole Miss (Lewis and Powe), plus McCluster on offense/special teams.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @ccseifert

 We weren't supposed to pick Eric Berry at #5 either.

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @LyleGraversen

 Not my 1st choice (DeCastro), but I can see the rationale if this is what Pioli does.  Need a talented, deep, versatile secondary for maximum effectiveness in nickle/dime packages, which we will be playing half the time.  Player versatility blurs distinction between SS and FS as well as nickle/dime CBs (except for press CBs).  Finally, both Berry and Lewis are returning from injury/surgery.  Shouldn't have difficulty "blanketing" 4 WRs and 2 TEs!  Finally, OG depth still allows us to complete OL rehabilitation.  Similar rationale applies to Kuechly versatility, who could be left in on some passing downs. 

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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 @merlin_AA

 Maybe this is the year we switch from LSU to Alabama, with Barron in R1 and Chapman in R3?

2 years, 4 months ago on Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Chiefs Pick...

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I'm not "ass high" on him either!

2 years, 4 months ago on Ryan Tannehill's Stock Could Be Falling

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 @merlin_AA

 And take them all with me!  But I still have a son in college!

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @merlin_AA

 No "discipline and nerves of steel" when it comes to my grandchildren!

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @merlin_AA

 Because I'm a soft-hearted grandfather and the nearest sports bar is probably about 10 miles away! 

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @merlin_AA

 I'll just be throwing one of the soft toys of our youngest grandchild at a computer screen.  We'll be at their house and they don't have cable/ESPN.  Can you believe I won't have TV access to any of the draft coverage unless I abandon my wife and their family of 8 and go to a sports bar somewhere?

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @merlin_AA

 Thanks, Merlin, but teddynogame was the first to mention Arizona as a potential trade partner.

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @teddynogame

 Correction: In 3rd line Arizona should read Seattle.

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @merlin_AA

 We are in the catbird seat at #11, the highest of the lower 5th-year compensation group!  And, assuming bothTannehill and our targets are still on the board, Arizona has to assume that others (e.g., Cleveland) are trying to trade with us, too.  If so, then I play hard ball with everybody.  If I'm bluffing, then just before it is too late I counter offer with our 1st and 5th for their 1st and 3rd.  In terms of the trade chart, we give up 100 points in R1 but gain a net of about 157 between their 3rd and our 5th AND, more important, we now have 4 premium (R1-3) picks in a deep draft where depth quality matters most.

 

Then, a mere 2 picks later we have a chance to do another small trade down from #13 IF our targets are still available AND others still want to trade up AND we think the teams we would be skipping down over are likely after players other than the ones we are targeting.

 

In sum, we play the old "salami game" (one small slice at a time) from a position of strength and knowledge of unfolding facts that cannot be known earlier. Or, to mix metaphors, we score runs by hitting singles and stealing bases.

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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Have to leave for awhile.  Encourage subsequent commenters to think through the specifics, not just the general concept.

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @teddynogame  @JohnMorrow

 OK, trade chart value difference with Arizona is 100 points (late R3/early R4), although they MAY be willing to give up more in order to jump over Arizona.  This trade to #13 also leaves open the possiblity of further small trades down if it turns out the players the Chiefs are most interested in are still available. 

 

With Cleveland at 22, trade chart value difference is 470 points (about where the Chiefs now pick in R2); again Cleveland might be willing to give up more in order to jump over both Seattle and Arizona.  They have #4 R2 pick, 540 chart value;  Chiefs might have to throw in their R5 pick and swap place in R4 to make up difference.  HOWEVER, with Cleveland trade you can probably forget about both DeCastro and Kuechly, UNLESS they fall unexpectedly and/or the  Chiefs  pull off a separate trade to move back up some from #22.

 

Personally, I like the small Arizona trade down with possibility of additional small trade(s) down as the draft unfolds better.  Keeps Pioli in control position longer, where he can extract maximum value at each trade AND balance against the availability of his targeted players as the draft actually unfolds!

 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @KC#1

 Only 1 pick later (50 point trade value difference).  More important, if they determine the Chiefs would be willing to trade, then why wouldn't they assume Chiefs would not pick Tannehill and just wait?

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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Which team(s) would be the most likely candidate(s) for trading up to #11 with Chiefs to be able to draft Tannehill?

2 years, 4 months ago on Draft Is All About Ryan Tannehill For KC Chiefs

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 @Ehud

 You are assuming Albert would be willing to resign for OG money after having demonstrated to a LOT-hungry league that he is a good LOT.  Moving him to OG this year would almost certainly lead to his departure.

2 years, 4 months ago on Chiefs Could Move Up For Kalil, According To Report

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The (much maligned) trade value chart difference to trade up from #11 to #3 or #5 is 950 or 450 points, respectively.  Even 450 points is equivalent to the 460 point value of the Chiefs #12 R2 pick;  950 points is more than the sum of the point values for all of the Chief's remaining 7 picks! 

 

Pioli is on record saying he loves the quality and depth of this draft class and that under the new CBA the 5th-year compensation costs of picks 1-10 will be significantly higher than for picks 11-32.  If he's going to do any trading from #11, don't you think it's going to be DOWN, not up?

2 years, 4 months ago on Chiefs Could Move Up For Kalil, According To Report

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