It’s looking more and more likely the Kansas City Chiefs will not greatly improve the quarterback position this offseason. So, instead GM Scott Pioli will attempt to try and repeat the success of 2010’s division championship team by bolstering the backfield.
Free agent running backs Mike Tolbert and Peyton Hillis are scheduled to visit Kansas City. Both backs — 243 and 250 pounds, respectively — would provide the thunder to Jamaal Charles’ lightning.
Cassel rarely looked like a starting-caliber quarterback last season without Charles playing behind him. The electric Charles is on his way back from knee surgery and adding another quality ball carrier would go a long way to help him ease back into the offense without putting Cassel in a position where he needs to do too much.
In Hillis, the Chiefs are meeting with a player new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is familiar with, but who has had a roller coaster two years. He went from a monster 1,177 yard season in 2010 to just 587 last year as he battled with injuries on the field and his teammates in the media.
Tolbert carried the ball 121 times last season for the San Diego Chargers, picking up 490 yards and eight touchdowns. With an ineffective Thomas Jones and without Charles, the Chiefs had just five touchdowns.
One way or another, Pioli clearly wants to take as much pressure off of Cassel’s shoulders as possible, knowing he isn’t capable of carrying an offense.