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August 04, 2011
ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
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August 04, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs

SEPTEMBER

11 BUFFALO

1 PM

18 AT DETROIT

1 PM

25 AT SAN DIEGO

4:05 PM

OCTOBER

2 MINNESOTA

1 PM

9 AT INDIANAPOLIS

1 PM

16 BYE WEEK

23 AT OAKLAND

4:05 PM

31 SAN DIEGO

8:30 PM

NOVEMBER

6 MIAMI

1 PM

13 DENVER

1 PM

21 AT NEW ENGLAND

8:30 PM

27 PITTSBURGH

8:20 PM

DECEMBER

4 AT CHICAGO

1 PM

11 AT NEW YORK JETS

1 PM

18 GREEN BAY

1 PM

24 OAKLAND

1 PM

JANUARY

1 AT DENVER

4:15 PM

ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS

"EVEN THOUGH Charlie Weis is no longer the offensive coordinator, this offense will look the same as last year's. Think about it: Coach Todd Haley stayed in the family by promoting line coach Bill Muir to be the coordinator.

That means the Chiefs will again try to first establish the running game with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. Charles is young and up-and-coming, and I think he has the potential to improve upon his Pro Bowl numbers from a year ago. But I see this coaching staff splitting the carries 50-50 between Charles and Jones. Charles has tremendous skills—he is tough in the open field—but Jones still has a lot of football left in him and is still the pounder at the goal line.

Last season Matt Cassel benefited from a strong defense and a tremendous running game, but he's not a guy who can win a game for you.

Dwayne Bowe is definitely the quarterback's go-to guy. He's not a burner, but he has deceptive speed, great hands and the ability to make something happen after the catch. I think his numbers will go up with the presence of rookie Jonathan Baldwin. If you look at Baldwin, you see Bowe: not a burner, big and physical body, great hands. Baldwin will end up taking Chris Chambers's spot, but it's going to be tough for any rookie to contribute significantly this season because of the lack of off-season activities. ... I predict that the Chiefs will use jack-of-all-trades Dexter McCluster more—on bubble screens, routes across the middle, taking direct snaps in the Wildcat formation.

I like tight end Tony Moeaki a lot. He'll play a bigger role in the passing game, and he was pretty good last year."

2011 schedule GAMES WEEK TO WEEK

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