The Kansas City Chiefs turned in a horrible 2012 season, but we all knew that. Going 2-14 usually means some big changes are coming in the offseason and this one with the Chiefs was no different. Only days after Andy Reid was fired from the Eagles the Chiefs brought him in as the new head coach. Reid and new general manager John Dorsey have already started to shape the team in their own image.
We all know what Reid is going to do, he's proven his offensive acumen for many years. That's how come the team traded for former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith. Smith has very good accuracy on short and intermediate routes, which are a staple of Reids version of the West Coast offense. Believe it or not, Smith completed over 70% of his passes last season for San Francisco. He should fit in well.
Jamaal Charles is another very good player who should see a big change playing in the new scheme. He excels at running in the open field. He produced impressive numbers last year and that was with defenses being able to stack the box because they weren't concerned about the pass. He shouldn't have to contend with that this year. He was also not used enough as a receiver in the past. Reid loves to throw the ball to his backs so that shouldn't be an issue.
Bowe was their best receiver last year and he should repeat with that title again this year. He has yet to prove that he is at an elite level, but he does very good. Part of me thinks if he is given more opportunities and put around better players he can rise to the occasion. At times he struggles to get open, and he drops to many balls, but that could be a lack of concentration. When you are on a 2-14 team I have to think it's easy to let your mind wander at times. This year will be a good test to see what he is really capable of. The team picked up Avery in the offseason to be the deep threat the team has lacked. Bowe will really benefit from any attention Avery gets.
The Chiefs will remain with their 3-4 defense, but they need to crank it up. They were tied for last in the league last season in turnovers and that has to change. They need to be more aggressive and get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The linebackers are the strength of this defense with 3 of the 4 starters going to the Pro Bowl last season. Tamba Hali is a ferocious pass rusher form one or the outside positions. On the inside you have Johnson who is effective all-around. He is able to make plays all over the field, chasing the play wherever it goes. One thing they can both improve on is delivering the big play. When a defense is able to get in the head of the offense they can really dominate the game.
The team knew it also needed to upgrade their secondary and tried to deliver there. They brought in two players in free agency with veterans Robinson and Smith. Flowers will return and take one of the starting jobs and the other will probably go to Smith. Smith is a really big corner at 6-3, 218lbs. he is a great change of pace to the 5-9 Flowers. Flowers has great coverage skills, but they needed someone who can match up with some of the huge receivers in the league.
The Chiefs did horrible last year but they could make an amazing turnaround. They have a first rate coach and a lot of talent on the roster. Much of the burden will fall on Smith being able to stabilize the quarterback position. If he proves good at running the new offense, and I have no reason to think he won't, he'll make everyone else on the roster better as well.