The Kansas City Chiefs usher in a completely new era with Andy Reid in town, which makes defining the players’ roles and magnitude a little more difficult heading into 2013. This mostly comes down to positive reasons but there are also directly contradicting views as well, like in the debate over Jamaal Charles‘ outlook under the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Chiefs’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Chiefs Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Jamaal Charles: As I mentioned, the Charles-Reid debate has been an interesting that’s blazed through the offseason since KC’s big hire. I’m of the mind that after a year in which the Chiefs leaned on Charles more than ever, Reid will do it even more so — making Charles’ fantasy numbers closer to LeSean McCoy 2011 than McCoy 2012.
Derrick Johnson: A regular in pro football Top 100 lists, Johnson has proven a borderline elite inside linebacker in recent years and still has probably yet to hit the middle of his prime.
Andy Reid: The obvious one here and certainly the newest face carved into this Chiefs Rushmore, Reid changes the vibe of this offense from embarrassment to excitement instantly.
Tamba Hali/Justin Houston: It’s hard to pick one out of the two edge rushers, but if they can get some help from the line this could become the fiercest pass-rushing duo around.