Originally Published: September 2, 2010
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images JOHN CLAYTON QB RANKING (22): Matt Cassel struggled in his first season with the Chiefs, but an improved supporting cast offers hope for the sixth-year quarterback in 2010.

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Intelligence Report

Five things you need to know about the Chiefs:

1. The Chiefs will be aggressive on offense: New offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is going to make this unit dangerous. The Chiefs have a much better overall unit this season than last year. Considering that Kansas City's offense was much improved in the second half of last season, there is reason to be excited. Weis is going to use a potentially dominant run game to set up Matt Cassel's passing game. Last year, in his first season in Kansas City, Cassel ran a pretty conservative offense. Expect the Chiefs to try to set the tone more this season.

2. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones will play a lot: Chiefs fans have made a lot of the fact that free-agent pickup Jones was first on the depth chart in training camp despite the fact that Jamaal Charles was a star in the second half of last season. This really is going to be moot. Jones was signed to help Charles and give Kansas City a balanced running attack of the powerful Jones and the flashy Charles. Both players will get a slew of carries as Kansas City will try to wear down defenses on the ground.

3. The offensive line will be tougher: The offensive line improved steadily last season and it should be in good shape this season. The team added center Casey Wiegmann and guard Ryan Lilja. These are two hard-hat type players, savvy veterans who will be a strong presence on the line. Their professional influence should really help young left tackle Branden Albert, who is looking to make big strides in his third NFL season. This unit should no longer be a weakness.

4. The rookies are the real deal: The Chiefs believe this rookie class will make an immediate and positive impact. First-round pick Eric Berry, who was the No. 5 overall pick, will be an immediate impact player at safety. He could quickly become the face of the defense. Second-round picks Dexter McCluster, a running back/receiver, and Javier Arenas, a cornerback/returner, are also potential high-impact players. Tight end Tony Moeaki (third round) and safety Kendrick Lewis (fifth round) also should be starting-quality players as rookies.

5. Tamba Hali must be accounted for: The Chiefs are not strong in the front seven. They are very young and have a lot to prove. The Chiefs have struggled to establish a legitimate pass rush the past two seasons after the trade of Jared Allen to Minnesota. Among the league leaders in quarterback hurries last season, Hali is truly the team's only pass-rushing force. The Chiefs must make sure they give Hali help. Teams will key on him because of his importance to the team's pass rush. If Hali shines, the Chiefs can be decent up front. If not, it could a long season on defense in Kansas City.

-- Bill Williamson, ESPN.com

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