Some random thoughts about the Chiefs with a slightly over a fourth of the season in the books:
If ever a case could be made for naming a kick returner the League MVP, Dante Hall is making it right now. Four returns for touchdowns already (which ties the all-time NFL record for combined kick return touchdowns in a season), and there are still 11 games to play. He had three TDs in his last five games of last season, so that gives him a total of seven in ten games. No one else in league history has ever scored a kick return td in four consecutive games. Tamarick Vanover, the Chiefs’ career record holder for kick return TDs, scored eight touchdowns on 392 returns, which works out to one TD per 49 returns. Hall has scored seven times on 211 returns, an average of one score per 30.1 returns. The NFL all-time leader, Brian Mitchell, has scored 13 times on 986 returns (one score per 75.9 returns). Statistics aside, Hall has been instrumental in winning four games in a row and you would be hard-pressed to find another player in the NFL right now that has done the same for his team.
While Hall has been spectacular, Left Tackle Willie Roaf has quietly been having a monster season too. The trouble is that no one notices offensive linemen unless they get beaten and the QB goes down. If he isn’t back to playing at All-Pro level, he’s awfully close.
Everyone knew that the signing of Vonnie Holliday, Shawn Barber, and Dexter McCleon would improve the Chiefs defense, but I doubt that many expected the level of improvement we have seen thus far. Their leadership and presence has really helped the younger players (Ryan Sims in particular) and Greg Robinson has been able to scheme more aggressive game plans. It was disturbing, however, to see the defense give up so many big plays against the Donx last week. Let’s hope that it was an aberration instead of a return to last year’s problems.
What is wrong with Trent Green so far? He doesn’t seem to be as patient this season as he was last year. There have been too many dump-off passes, hurried throws, and interceptions. WR Marc Boerighter has been virtually ignored and the offense has not been nearly as effective or as explosive as it could be. With the best offensive line in the NFL in front of him, there is no reason for Trent to be as nervous as a cat around a Chinese restaurant.
Over all, it’s been a great start to the season and one can only wish that the win streak goes at least another two weeks. “W’s” against the Packers and Raiders would be sweet.