-- Peter King
> The Chiefs drafted the quick, 6'4", 315-pound RYAN SIMS at No. 6 in 2002, hoping he'd be the next Warren Sapp. But he's been neutralized far too easily, with only three sacks in 22 games. New schemes should free the defensive tackle to knife through the line more often, without having the stay-at-home responsibilities he had under former coordinator Greg Robinson.
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
Trent Green has to be one of the most underrated quarterbacks in recent history. Nobody's scared of any of his receivers, but Green is so smart and so consistent about throwing to the right guy. He never forces the ball.... The falloff from John Tait to John Welbourn at right tackle won't be major. I love Welbourn's mean and dirty streak.... I don't like Tony Gonzalez sitting out practices in the summer with a bad foot. That means he's obviously not 100 percent. But they have the best backup tight end in football in Jason Dunn.... On defense, I don't understand why they didn't make any major personnel changes and why they added a tackle who everyone in the league is sick of, Lional Dalton. He leads the league in wasted chances.... The Chiefs are still the best team in the division, but there's no way they'll win 13 again with that defense. Obviously they think it's a scheme problem, not a personnel problem, but I don't see a cornerback on that team who can cover man-to-man.... They want to play an attacking scheme, but one of the important men in the middle, Jerome Woods, can't run anymore. How can they attack?
"They're still the best team in the division, but no way they'll win 13 again with that defense."
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 13-3
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):