WHAT ARE THE CHIEFS DOING?
Picking up the pieces from a turbulent offseason. Severino is Chamberlain's third coach since the end of the 2008 campaign.
What they're saying about the Chiefs
Coach Joe Severino "We've got some young guys and we've got a couple of older guys ...that are pretty darn good. Our problem is, we don't have a lot of depth."
Coach Joe Severino "Even before all this ridiculous recruiting was going on, they always had a pretty good (talent base) at Chamberlain, so that should help."
Coach Joe Severino "They lost like, 24 seniors (from 2008). Even if Billy Turner's still here he's going to have some concerns."
Durant coach Mike Gottman "I know Joe Severino pretty well. ...He's going to run some wing-T, he'll run some option out of it. He'll get them fired up to play."
Durant coach Mike Gottman "I know Chamberlain took a hit with a lot of people going elsewhere, but I expect to see a lot of athletes on the field."
RT Jarvis Henderson "I think we're gonna shock a lot of people this year. Everyone's counting us out and that's what I like."
Friday Night Rewind Chamberlain will always have athletes, so Chiefs fans shouldn't fret about the long term. But this clearly is a transition year.
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A few Chiefs we'll be following on Fridays
RT Jarvis Henderson Chamberlain still has at least one Division I prospect who didn't transfer or graduate
LB Reshay Hubbard Tallied 73 tackles, four sacks as a sophomore
WR Will Whiteside Severino seems really high on this lanky junior
QB Thadeus Baxley Diminutive junior, who also kicks, battling senior Travis Hanchett for starting job
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Tweet and sour
Why the Chiefs will make the playoffs
Because they'll thrive on their us-against-the-world mentality and notch an upset in district play
Why the Chiefs may not make the playoffs
Because Severino is right: Even Billy Turner would have struggled to make the playoffs in such a rebuilding year
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Coach: Joe Severino (first season)
Last season: 11-2
Class: 5A, District 5
Colors: Green and gold
Stadium: John Adcock Stadium, 9401 N. Blvd., Tampa
Playoff history: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Last appearance: Beat Gaither 54-6; beat Wharton 42-21; lost 40-20 to Lakeland