After all the talk about the Chiefs being an inexperienced team last season, you would think they would be much older under Scott Pioli and Todd Haley. As Adam Teicher point out, that’s not the case.
This sounds strange for a team that added veterans like Bobby Engram, Mike Goff, Mike Vrabel and Mike Brown, but the Chiefs started the regular season about as young and inexperienced as they were starting the 2008 season.
According to league statistics, the Chiefs’ average age to begin the season was 25.89 years, tied with Indianapolis for second youngest behind Green Bay. Their players had an average of 3.92 years of experience, which is tied with Jacksonville for sixth.
Last year, they began the season averaging 25.6 years of age and 3.45 years of experience.
For every Bobby Engram and Moke Goff there is a Pierre Walters and Jovan Belcher. Not to mention in the place of Damon Huard is 27 year old Matt Cassel.
When the Kansas City Chiefs head to Philadelphia next week to take on the Eagles, Michael Vick won’t be the only quarterback making his 2009 debut. Former Eagle Randall Cunningham will be in the house.
The team plans to add Cunningham, who led the team at QB from 1985-1995, to its ring of honor during a game against the Chiefs on Sept. 27.
“I’m so excited about this. I can’t wait to get there. I still love Philadelphia.”
Cunningham had a record of 63-43-1 in 11 seasons with the Eagles. He led them to the playoffs three straight seasons from 1988-1990.
Todd Haley has to worry about one team at a time, but he has to already be worried about the Eagles game. The Linc is a tough place to play under normal circumstances. But now he has to gameplan for a new offensive weapon in Michael Vick all while hoping his team deals with a Philly crowd that will be pumped up even more than normal.
If the Chiefs don’t win this week, it could be a long wait for win No. 1 for Haley.
Oakland 20, KANSAS CITY 15: The Raiders aren’t good, but they’re probably better than the 3-point favored Chiefs. The teams traded relatively low-scoring road wins the last two seasons.
Oakland Raiders (plus 3) at Kansas City Chiefs Both teams had decent 2009 debuts. They also both lost to quality opponents. Raiders
I get a sick feeling in my stomach as I see picks for the Raiders add up. At the same time, can you really argue with it? The Chiefs were in last week’s game, but gave up 500 yards to the Baltimore defense. The Raiders had a much more impressive showing against the Chargers.
I’ll make up my mind for this week’s and announce it on The Red & Gold Report. You can hear that right here later on today.