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WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"YOU'RE GOING to see a Patriots-style offense in Kansas City now that Charlie Weis is offensive coordinator. Because of that, I think Matt Cassel will flourish this year. He played well in that system in 2008 when he filled in for Tom Brady in New England.
Dwayne Bowe will have a bounce-back year. What will help him most is having Chris Chambers on the opposite side for a full season. Teams will have to keep an eye on Chambers, so Bowe will be isolated a bit more.
Don't be fooled by Chambers's numbers last year after he arrived in Kansas City. When Bowe was suspended for four games late in the season, the Chiefs didn't have anyone else to throw to. Chambers could probably have 40 to 50 catches this year if he stays healthy.
I see Dexter McCluster taking over the slot position and being really effective, even as a rookie. He has good speed and cat quickness, but most of all Weis is really good at utilizing his personnel, so expect a lot of bubble screens and quick screens for McCluster.
This running game ought to be pretty good. I might be crazy, but I think Thomas Jones will have a more productive season than Jamaal Charles—by far. The reason is, once the Chiefs get down to the red zone, Jones will be the workhorse.
Charles is a different style of runner. He's smaller and a little shifty. He can be flexed out wide to create some matchups against a strong safety or a linebacker.
Rookie Tony Moeaki may not catch a lot of balls, but he will play a major part in what the Chiefs do offensively. They don't have a lot of confidence in the other tight ends."
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