OTA: Chiefs Day 1 Starting Lineup

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(photo via David Eullitt/KC Star)

Adam Teicher at the Red Zone Blog was at the Chiefs first full squad practice and noted the starting lineups for both sides of the ball:

Offense

QB – Matt Cassel
RB – Larry Johnson
FB – Mike Cox
WR – Dwayne Bowe
WR – Mark Bradley
TE – Brad Cottam
LT – Branden Albert
LG – Wade Smith (for the absent Brian Waters)
C – Rudy Niswanger
RG – Mike Goff
RT – Damion McIntosh

Defense

LE – Tyson Jackson
NT – Ron Edwards
RE – Alex Magee (for the injured Glenn Dorsey)
OLB – Monty Beisel (for the absent Mike Vrabel)
ILB – Zach Thomas
ILB – Derrick Johnson
OLB – Tamba Hali
CB – Brandon Flowers
CB – Brandon Carr
FS – Jarrad Page
SS – Bernard Pollard

Bob Gretz reported on who lined up with the second team:

The No. 2 offensive line: Herb Taylor, Edwin Harrison, Eric Ghiaciuc, Tavares Washington and Barry Richardson.

The No. 2 defense: Alfonso Boone, Derek Lokey and Bobby Greenwood, with OLB Darrell Robertson and Andy Studebaker with ILBs Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays.  On the corners were Travis Daniels and Ricardo Colclough, with Jon McGraw and DaJuan Morgan at safety.

No real shockers here.  Though Beisel starting shows a true lack of depth at LB.  I’m going into camp hoping one of the undrafted free agents takes the bull by the horns and takes over for Beisel as the main backup to Vrabel.  Clearly the team would have an even bigger issue of Vrabel wants out of Kansas City… Hopefully that doesn’t come to fruition.  If I were calling the shots (and clearly I’m not) I would give Derrick Johnson a shot on the outside.  If they believe Hali can move from defensive end to outside linebacker, why couldn’t Johnson try a move to outside linebacker?  This should be a real possibility if Vrabel decides to sit out the mandatory mini-camp.

2 comments

  1. While its perfectly normal to be alarmed at the lack of depth at LB you can also be reasonable sure that as teams make cuts during OTAs and training camp the available pool of talent at the position will increase. It would surprise me at all to see them pick up one or two guys at LB in July and maybe even August. The team right now is a trainwreck and if they go 6-10 this season I for one will be shocked and amazed. I’m a homer but I’m also realistic.

  2. That’s a great point. It will be interesting to see how Pioli and Haley approach the first round of training camp cuts around the league. If any guys with ties to them are let go they’ll have to decide players they knew from previous years or someone that has been learning their system in Kansas City.

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