Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Chiefs' tight end is team-first thinker
By Bill Williamson
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- No tight end in the history of Kansas City Chiefs had a better rookie season than Tony Moeaki did in 2010.
Yes, that includes Tony Gonzalez, simply the best tight end ever to play the game.
Moeaki, a third-round pick from Iowa, had 47 catches for 456 yards as a rookie. An all-around player, Moeaki stretched the field for Kansas City and was a top weapon. He has the ability to become one of the NFL’s better tight ends in the next several years.
The soft-spoken Moeaki, however, is not necessarily focused on repeating his personal success, but wants to repeat what the Chiefs did as a team last season. After winning a combined 10 games in the three previous seasons, Kansas City went 10-6 and were a surprise AFC West champion in 2010.
“That was what was the most fun,” Moeaki said. “Winning the division is what I remember the most. That’s what I want to do again and get better as team.”
Moeaki knows the Chiefs’ offense, which boasted the No. 1 run offense in the NFL last season, has a chance to be even more dangerous with the additions of receivers Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin and running back Le'Ron McClain. He simply wants to be part of the package.
“We have a chance, but we just have to keep getting better,” Moeaki said. “I have to get better every day.”
Meanwhile, Moeaki is enjoying the opportunity to play again with one of his close friends, former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. The Chiefs’ took Stanzi in the fifth round of the April draft. Moeaki and Stanzi worked out together during the lockout and they spend a lot of time in camp going over the Kansas City offense.