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Chiefs may lean heavily on two-tight end sets

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The Chiefs made two big tight end additions this offseason. The first was Kevin Boss, who signed a three-year, $9 million free-agent contract on March 15.

The other addition isn’t really an addition at all. It’s the return of Tony Moeaki from a torn left ACL. Moeaki is sitting out Organized Team Activities, but the Chiefs expect him back by training camp.

Kansas City is gearing up to orchestrate a running-based offense, and they’ll try to get both players on the field in two-tight end sets.

“It makes it a little bit tougher on the defense trying to figure out what you’re going to do because with that kind of flexibility you can be a two-back offense if you want to be, or you can be a one-back offense if you want to be,” coach Romeo Crennel told the Kansas City Star. “You can be a three-wide receiver offense. You have all that available to you, which makes it tough for a defensive team to hone in on exactly what you’re doing.”

Boss suggested that the Chiefs’ two-tight end offense could mirror New England’s, with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. That’s probably not a realistic idea because neither Boss nor Moeaki is as athletic as the tight ends in Foxboro.

But both Boss and Moeaki are terrific run blockers, which bodes well for tailbacks Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.

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9 Responses to “Chiefs may lean heavily on two-tight end sets”
  1. yelix says: Jun 3, 2012 9:47 PM

    It’ll never be as explosive as the duo in New England, but Matt Cassel needs as many safety nets as he can get. Both Boss and Moeaki have proven to be solid tight ends.

    Daboll’s offense in Miami made good use of their two tight ends. I imagine it’ll be something like that.

  2. mryoung17 says: Jun 3, 2012 10:43 PM

    Did Boss really compare himself n Moeaki to Gronk n Hernandez? “Come on man”!

  3. mmcdan133 says: Jun 3, 2012 11:01 PM

    None of that matters if Moeaki is hurt. He’s still not practicing. He’s got talent, but he needs to stay on the field.

  4. hedleykow says: Jun 3, 2012 11:54 PM

    If you are a Chiefs fan you will buy into any new approach. What’s there to lose? (Losing some of the misery that comes with every football season would be nice change of pace.)

    Bench Dexter!

  5. chuckxx says: Jun 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    The Chiefs for the first time in a while have a legitamate chance at contending for the AFC West.

  6. hodag54501 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:22 AM

    It will take a few seasons before more of the league adopts it, but this move could be the front edge of a pendulum swing back toward more running in the offenses.
    With defenses adapting to the pass-slappy offenses allowed under today’s rules, a brutal, two-back running offense could punish the lighter-faster defenses.
    I would welcome it.
    The current brand of NFL football is little more than a flag-football game. The league’s origins were in running the ball and I miss the ground-oriented attack. Hooray for KC!

  7. jaygott87 says: Jun 4, 2012 9:51 AM

    Hey chuckxx, the chiefs won the AFC west 2 years ago

  8. hsatpft says: Jun 4, 2012 4:28 PM

    Boss a “terrific” run blocker? He sat out many downs for Oakland last year because Brandon Myers was the better blocker.

  9. raiderallegiance says: Jun 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    jaygott87 says: Jun 4, 2012 9:51 AM
    Yeah and did what in the playoffs? One and out, can’t make it to the big game.

    Boss will add nothing to the chiefs but dropped balls and another concussion.

    In anticipation to your responses:
    Also, no matter what the practices of Al Davis were/was he won an AFL Championship and three NFL Championships doing it his way. Just how many other AFC West owners did this? No team stays on top forever but the fans wish it were that way and dream of it all the time. We are perennial optimists in the Raider(s) Nation. Just because teams like the Chiefs and Chargers play year after year in a hopeless abyss, does not mean we will going you in your cesspool of sorrow.

    I long for the day I can say I respect Chiefs and Chargers fans but they are so ignorant that I am left with a lack of it. Perhaps if you just concentrated on your own teams and provided some respect for the team that owns the AFC West, you would in turn receive said respect. Until this mystical day, die and eat sh_t (crap) you dogs.

    Stay away from any Raiders blogs until you do.

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