The Kansas City Chiefs have added some solid players this offseason that could step right in and be the team’s MVP. They will compete with the holdovers that are ready to prove themselves on a better team. At the end of the season, who will end up being the most valuable player? Patrick Allen over at Arrowhead Addict went over the candidates.
There are veteran additions Thomas Jones, Ryan Lilja, Chris Chambers and Casey Weigmann. There are hungry rookies like Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas and Jon Asamoah. Then you the players with something to prove. Guys like Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey, Matt Cassel and Tyson Jackson. Throw in a couple of young guys who showed major potential in 09′ in Andy Studebaker and Jovan Belcher and you have a very good chance that one or more of these guys is going to step up and prove they are one of the team’s most valuable players.
I love the fact that there are so many options at this point int he year. Going into last year’s training camp the discussion would have simply surrounded Cassel, Bowe and Larry Johnson on the offensive side and Hali and Flowers on defense.
Charles is clearly the favorite after finishing last season with big time numbers, but Jones will be right behind him ready to show that he is still a top back in the league after putting up 1,400 yards with the Jets last year.
Then obviously there is the wildcard that is Dexter McCluster. If Charles and Jones split carries enough and McCluster takes hold of the return game, he could actually come close to catching one of the two starting backs in overall touches. If the rookie is touching the ball that much, he will have to be in any discussion for MVP.
And we shouldn’t forget the defense. With a much better secondary, Hali should get his first ever “coverage sack”. Last season when he got to the quarterback, it was strictly due to his abilities as a pass rusher. With there actually being the possibility of prolonged, solid coverage in the defensive backfield, Hali will have much more room to go to work.