Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Chiefs' offense just got more explosive
By Bill Williamson
The Chiefs’ first foray into the outside free-agent market was a predictable, yet impressive move.
ESPN’s John Clayton has reported that Arizona receiver Steve Breaston has agreed to terms with the Chiefs. He played for Kansas coach Todd Haley in Arizona. Haley was the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator.
Steve Breaston caught 47 passes for 718 yards and a touchdown last season with Arizona.
This is a natural fit. Breaston will be able to come right in and contribute in Haley’s offense. Expect him to be a slot receiver. He is a dangerous player, who can move the chains. He had 47 catches for 718 yards in 13 games last season. He had 77 catches for 1,008 in 2008 in Haley’s final season with the Cardinals.
Breaston is going to make some plays in Kansas City. But, most importantly, so are a lot of other people.
Sure, the Chiefs lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis after the season, but they’ve gained plenty. Kansas City took Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin with the No. 26 overall pick. He is expected to be the No. 2 receiver. If he, for some reason fails to come on as a rookie, Breaston can now start opposite No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe.
But I expect Baldwin to be ready to contribute right away. He is a vertical threat who will stretch the field. A Bowe, Baldwin, Breaston receiving trio is strong and it’s much better than last year’s receiving crew when it was Bowe and no one else.
Add second-year tight end Tony Moeaki and second-year running back/receiver Dexter McCluster and the Chiefs have one of the most varied passing offenses in the NFL.
Everyone talks about how quarterback Matt Cassel needs to get better. Well, he just got better with these additions. Cassel has to be drooling to have these weapons. Don’t forget, Kansas City has the No. 12 ranked offense in the NFL.
Yes, folks, this offense has a chance to explode on a weekly basis. Kansas City has a lot of money to spend and its first pending outside expenditure is a worthwhile endeavor.