I believe few have noticed, but the Kansas City Chiefs are a mini-rebuilding team. Less than the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, of course – but still, a team that goes through a less quiet moment than it seems. As they are not all accompanying intertemporada, I remember two important facts:
I) Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was sent off in the middle of the offseason . This in itself indicates reconstruction. In the four seasons that Dorsey was the team’s general manager , the Chiefs made the most of the story in the regular season – 43-21. The decision to switch to Alex Smith, however, seems to put a lasting ceiling on what the Missouri team can do in the postseason.
II) Kansas City has one of the worst pay cap situations – the team has no room for virtually any hiring. Dorsey’s dismissal is (somewhat) explicable because of this. To complicate the “stagnation,” the Chiefs spent up the pick and pick Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback-project who is the new girl in Andy Reid’s eyes. This, incidentally, had the contract renewed by the Hunt.
Not yet, but this offensive unit may be slightly different compared to last year. On paper – and on salary – the main recipient of the team was Jeremy Maclin. In practice, it was not. Maclin was cut before the training camp and the new king in the position is the versatile Tyrrek Hill. Returning and threatening in races as well, Hill is virtually the only talent in the body of recipients. To ease life, at least the team has one of the best tight ends in Travis Kelce.
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What really worries, however, is the land game. With an attack based on many short passes and screens , the first gear of this team is undoubtedly to run well with the ball. If that does not happen, Andy Reid traditionally plays the damn for races and the Chiefs are not in good positions to win matches. It complicates a lot to know that the team has a “mini-mess” in the running back position . Potential holder, Spencer Ware was injured in Week 3 of the preseason and did not play this year. He will inherit the post … A freshman. Kareem Hunt, a third-round pick, will have the burden of carrying the team on this item that was no longer a wonder last year – Alex Smith led the team with five touchdowns on Earth and all the others running backs had five.
Speaking of the man, he is and will be the owner of this team for every season. Unless, of course, the Chiefs implode once with a festival of defense injuries and a ground game that puts Smith in third long descents. If Kansas City has a negative campaign there for week 15, I do not doubt that Andy Reid hit the emergency button and put Mahomes on the field. The Texas Tech freshman surprised everyone in the preseason – but he’s still a rough diamond, needs refinement in passing mechanics and trusts arm strength too much.
The defense, if healthy, has talent to carry this team
A lot of Kansas City’s defensive starters return for this season and, more importantly, come back healthy. Having Justin Houston – leader in NFL sacks in 2014 – healthy is a welcome news and surprise. The same with Derrick Johnson, who is healthy is one of the best linebackers in the league.
In the secondary, the hope is that the team will continue in the mode “on but does not break”. The team was the 18th in most winged yards last year – but was only seventh in points conceded per game. Of course, this indicates that the Chiefs’ defensive performance in the red zone was more than expected. The expectation is to maintain this. The presence of Marcus Peters, the interception leader among cornerbacks since joining the league, helps a lot. The leadership of Eric Berry, certainly one of the best safeties of American football, ditto.
HC: Andy Reid (Season 5)
OC: Matt Nagy (Season 2) DC: Bob Sutton (Season 5)
Notable choices in the Draft: QB Patrick Mahomes (1st rd, 10th general), RB Kareem Hunt (3rd rd)
Important additions: DT Bennie Logan
Important exits: RB Jamaal Charles, WR Jeremy Maclin
Headlines that return:
Attack: QB Alex Smith, WR Tyreek Hill, WR Chris Conley, RB Charcandrick West , TE Travis Kelce, LT Eric Fisher, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitchell Schwartz
Defense: DE Chris Jones, LB Ramik Wilson, LB Justin Houston, LB Derrick Johnson, LB Tamba Hali, S Ron Parker, S Eric Berry, CB Marcus Peters
Not that the Chiefs got worse – the AFC West rivals, without exception, have improved their cast on the weak spots. The weak spot in Kansas City – the production ceiling of Alex Smith – is still present. Unless the defense makes a historic season and stays healthy, there’s a real chance the team will be out of the playoffs this season.