But now, Dorsey says, it’s time for the Chiefs to build on the positives, learn from their mistakes and develop a plan for the 2014 season that will help them move them toward their goal of winning a Super Bowl. "This is what we do," Dorsey said. "This is why we chose to do this. It’s our second shot at adding another core group of players to move forward here, and now we’ll see … as we move forward here, if we can get this thing right." Here’s a look at each position heading into 2014, and the group’s overall grade in 2013.
But before they proceed with a deal, the organization must first decide how much Smith is worth in a quarterback-friendly era. Due to recent the rule changes, there have never been more competent quarterbacks, at least statistically, in the league. For instance, most rational people agree that Troy Aikman deserved to make the Hall of Fame. He was a great quarterback who led some great teams. But the man never threw more than 23 touchdown passes in a season. And twenty years ago, during the peak of Aikman’s era, Steve Young led the NFL with 29 touchdown passes, one of only four quarterbacks to throw more than 20 during the 1993 season. But this year? There were 17 quarterbacks who threw 20 or more touchdowns, and 16 of them ― including Alex Smith ― threw 23 or more touchdowns, each matching or surpassing Aikman’s career-high, which he posted in 1992.
The Miami Dolphins interviewed Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson for their general manager vacancy, making him the fifth to interview for the position. He followed Ray Farmer, Brian Gaine, Omar Khan and Jason Lich. A former Kansas City Chiefs third-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994 who played four seasons in Kansas City, Dawson has been with the Titans since 2007 when he was hired as the director of pro scouting.
As Nagy said, "We had a good call for Cover 2 that they gave us. Unfortunately, we weren't able to really rep a whole lot of Cyrus down the sideline (in practice), because that was typically Jamaal running down the sideline. It's one of those deals, you end up trying to figure out in a split-second — understanding the difference between the speed of a Jamaal and a Cyrus, and you've got to take a little bit off the ball. Alex knows that, and that's one that he's just kicking himself for." The avalanche continued from there, in the process burying everything the Chiefs had done all season. Their 9-0 start? Forgotten. Their across-the-board improvement? Irrelevant.
The Kansas City Chiefs were locked in a closer-than-it-should-have-been game with the New York Giants on Sept. 29, holding a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter. From the New York 30, Giants punter Steve Weatherford got off a booming punt that Dexter McCluster hauled in at the Kansas City 11 after some backpedaling. McCluster took his return up the middle, started in with a series of cuts that made six Giants miss their tackle attempts and ran 89 yards for a touchdown that broke the game open. The Chiefs would go on to win 31-7.