Every team in the NFL enters each offseason with question marks or perceived holes on their roster. Fortunately we have John Dorsey heading this matter, a man with a very good resume of having an eye for talent. This is a list of where the Kansas City Chiefs roster could use improvement and bring in more talent to their already talented roster. Mind you this list is in no particular order but the first three are the most obvious.
Kendrick Lewis showed promise at the beginning of his career and whether it was the role he was asked to play on the field last season or him simply not having the physical and mental combination to fulfill that role, it was obvious the Chiefs were debilitated by the play at the free safety position. With Lewis, Quinten Demps, and Husain Abdullah all set to be free agents it is clear the Chiefs need to address this position in one way or another.
There is talk of spending high dollars for the services of Jarius Byrd or TJ Ward which would be grand but likely unaffordable. Drafting players such as Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor in the first round is another highly discussed topic this offseason. Without question this position will be addressed in some way over the next 4 months.
With the possibilities of Donnie Avery being cut and Dexter McCulster signing with a new team the Chiefs may lack even more wide receiver talent than the 2013 squad which was already deficient in capable bodies at that position. Adding an Andy Reid receiver will be crucial for the Chiefs offense to take that next step. If recent addition Weston Dressler plays as well in the NFL as he did in the CFL than Dorsey deserves a feather in his cap. Watching AJ Jenkins develop and surpass Avery’s role in the offense would be very welcomed and may not be that farfetched.
Jeremy Maclin has connections with and experience working in Coach Reid’s system. However, there is a long list of talented receivers currently without 2014 contracts that I would prefer over Maclin. With a deep draft class at the wide receiver position there it is very likely that somewhere in the draft the Chiefs select one, or more, of the many pass catchers Dorsey and Co. have scouted.
Even if the Chiefs are able to reach an agreement with Tyson Jackson the defensive line could use an upgrade. Unless number 94 comes at a considerable home town discount though, I feel the team will be better off letting him sign else ware. This then creates a 6’4 300 pound hole in the defensive line though. Adding a player that can pressure the quaterback more consistently would be immensely beneficial to the entire defense. It would make opponents choose between Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe, and this mystery addition on who they should assign two blockers. Allowing Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton to be more creative with who blitzes and when. Adding more pressure on the quaterback will always help the defensive backfield.
There are many free agents worthy of the money and a few draftees worthy of the first round pick it would require to bring them to Kansas City. Players like Arthur Jones, RaSheade Hageman would be quite welcomed by 79,451 roaring arrowhead faithful. With all the speculation that safety and wide receiver are the only positions that should be considered in the first round of the draft Chiefs fans may have to endure yet another defensive lineman with this year’s 23rd overall pick.
I will stick with the big uglies in the trenches and while we wait to hear what is to become of Branden Albert we all know that Eric Fisher was the first overall pick last draft and he can hopefully fill the void left if Albert walks in free agency. Donald Stephenson was a pleasant surprise when called upon as well as Geoff Schwartz. Should Albert be wearing a different colored uniform next season adding an additional tackle will be crucial. Play on interior line has room for improvement. Jon Asamoah was less than spectacular even more so was Jeff Allen. Rodney Hudson neither disappointed nor did he impress and with reports of Eric Kush having the potential to win the starting job sometime in the near future the Chiefs have plenty to mull over when considering the offensive line. Hudson could move back to his college position of guard but is undersized for what Coach Reid typically looks for at the position.
With Albert, Schwartz, and Asmaoah all set to be free agents we can be confident that the Chiefs will add o-line depth and competition in both free agency and the draft.
If General Manager John Dorsey takes my advice than he has work to do in replacing Brandon Flowers, even without making that trade it is never a bad thing to have too many talented cornerbacks. It is clear that Dorsey prefers big bodies pressing the line and bumping receivers off their routes. With players Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, and Ron Parker the Chiefs already have a good stable to choose from but additions will be made most certainly.
I do not think the Chiefs will be targeting any free agent corners this offseason mainly because we lack the cap space. I also don’t think the first round pick will be used on any of the top corner prospects. It has been reported that the Chiefs spoke with any and all the big bodied cornerbacks they could and it would surprise me if there wasn’t one or two of them taken on day two or three of the draft.
The absence of Tamba Hali and Justin Houstn was incredible when both or either player was not on the field. There were even times when both were on the field and the lack of a pass rush was exceedingly detrimental to the play of the defense, which is why adding additional pressure on the defensive line is more important in my opinion. With that being said Tamba Hali is not going to be playing at a pro bowl level for ever and finding a player to replace or even upgrade that position must be address at some point, why not now. A team can never have too many pass rushers.
Adding pass rushing talent in free agency is not likely as they typically require a larger paycheck than the Chiefs can afford this offseason. A pass rusher will be added somewhere in the draft it could be in round one or a developmental prospect, then again if Dorsey likes my idea than drafting a pass rushing specialist becomes a much more vital move.
This would be my surprise first or second pick selection. Being able to keep the base defense on the field in most situations is an underappreciated tactic. The 49ers are able to do this because of all-stars NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. Kansas City already has Derrick Johnson and adding an every down linebacker who is excellent in coverage and excels at run support to play next to DJ would be an incredible upgrade to the defense. It would add flexibility to how Eric Berry could be used and allow Bob Sutton to open up his defensive playbook bringing blitzes from any position on the field.
Akeem Jordan (and its assumed Nico Johnson) are linebackers that are very capable at providing run support but are liabilities in passing situations or simply must come off the field. Without any great options in free agency to bring in an every down ILB it is possible the Chiefs attempt to find a coverage specialist at the linebacker position to bring in for Jordan/Johnson but I would much rather see a selection of a linebacking stud to bolster the defense. Seeing CJ Mosley, Shayne Skov, or Christian Jones with an arrowhead on their helmet would make me a happy man and be more beneficial to our defense than you might think.
This was mainly a time filler for me as it was largely my opinion on these and offered little in way to solve these problems. I will do my attempt of players who I can help fill these holes listed, but that’s another post. Honorable mention should go to the tight end position but I have a man faith in Travis Kelce. With Kelce and Fasano along with Sean "Duck Dynasty" McGrath and Demetrius Harris I do not feel any additions to the group are necessary. Richard Gordon just resigned as well.
Let me hear those thoughts in your head and no matter what…. all Hail the CHIEFS!!!