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Chiefs 2008 Season Awards

Coach of the year: Chan Gailey, When Chan Gailey was fired as the head coach of Georgia Tech Herm Edwards wasted little time making Gailey the offensive coordinator, Gailey did not disappoint. Over the off season Gailey devised a playbook to take advantage of QB Brodie Croyle’s strengths and Larry Johnson power running style. Once the season started Gailey quickly had to rip up the playbook, Brodie Croyle was injured week one and Johnson missed several games with a off the field issue. Tyler Thigpen took over the reigns as the starting QB and Gailey designed a completely different playbook in the middle of the season which is un heard of in the NFL. The spread offense was a success and the Chiefs offense began to roll going TD for TD with several playoff teams….. All of that with a un drafted QB 3/5 of a offensive line and a majority of the season without his top RB.

Offensive rookie of the year: Jamal Charles, Third round draft choice out of Texas, drafted to be a third down back, had to assume a larger role in the offense with the L.J. suspension. In his first start Charles ran for over a 100 yards against the Bucs and proved to be a capable change of pace to L.J. Later in the season Charles again electrified the Arrowhead crowd with a 75 yard catch and run. Rushing and receiving combined Charles gained 629 yards and averaged 6.7 yards a touch and provided a added dimension to the Chiefs offense……. Speed.

Defensive rookie of year: (Tie) Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Maurice Leggett, Going into the off season needing to replace a aging secondary the Chiefs hit the jack pot, drafting Flowers early in the second round grabbing Carr in the fifth round and signing Leggett after the draft. Carr and Flowers spent most of their rookie seasons starting at CB for the Chiefs and both players picked off two passes. Leggett filled in at nickel back and scored on defense two weeks in a row.

Offensive player of the year: (Tie) Tony Gonzalez, Tyler Thigpen, Tony was having a little bit of a down season before Thigpen took over, after Thigpen became the starting QB Tony’s season took off and so did the rest of the Chiefs offense. In his second year out of Coastal Carolina, Thigpen threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown and kept the Chiefs in almost every game he played in (not including Atlanta and Oakland). All Gonzalez did was make the Pro Bowl, make plays on third down all season when everybody knew the ball was coming to him and was the glue that kept drives together.

Defensive player of the year: Dustin Colquitt, You know your defense is going no where fast if your lone bright spots are a trio of rookie corner backs and a punter. The Chiefs defense set a NFL record for fewest sacks in a season and gave up over 2,500 yards rushing third from the bottom in the league. Nobody on this defense even had the stats to be nominated, no one had a 100 tackles or even had over three sacks, at least Colquitt nailed apposing offenses inside their own 20 yard line 27 times.

Free agent signing of the year: Mark Bradley, Signed by the Chiefs off the streets in week 5 after being released by the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs were on the fence on whether or not to sign Bradley until the Chiefs received a phone call from Muhsin Mohammed of the Carolina Panthers who played with Bradley in Chicago. Mohammed gave Bradley a ringing endorsement and after the Chiefs signed Bradley he brought a immediate deep threat to the offense and provided Tyler Thigpen with a legitimate third option after Gonzalez and Bowe.

Free agent bust of the year: Devard Darling
, Speedy receiver signed from Baltimore to be the # 2 receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe, Darling opened the season with the 68 yard “almost touchdown” against the Patriots, after that play Darling quickly faded from the offense. Struggling to get separation from defenders Darling totaled 17 receptions for the season and never had more than three receptions in a game.

Disappointment of the year: Brodie Croyle, A whole off season was spent implementing a offense built around Croyle’s strengths and in week one Croyle separates his shoulder early in the third quarter against the Patriots and returned in week six only to tear his ACL in the second quarter against the Titans. Croyle failed to play in 60 minutes of actual football this season and more importantly held the rebuild project back six weeks. Despite Herm’s belief in Croyle he may have once and for all proven he is to frail to play in the NFL.

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