Like most front office men in the National Football League, there is a long term idea of what their team will become. Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is no different.
While Dorsey is undoubtedly thrilled with last year's 11-5 mark and playoff berth, he still sees things to improve upon. Over the offseason, the Chiefs were picked at by other teams without much cap space to fight back, losing offensive linemen Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, returner/receiver Dexter McCluster and defensive end Tyson Jackson.
However, Kansas City has what was widely considered a solid draft and did address depth issues along the offensive line with Jeff Linkenbach and J'Marcus Webb. Jackson was replaced with a potential upgrade in Vance Walker, and the departure of Akeem Jordan was negated by the signing of Joe Mays.
Dorsey, who spoke to Greg Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback (you should really read the whole thing, it is excellent), says he feels confident that the team did not take a step backwards.
"It’s always tough," Dorsey said Thursday. "You need depth to compete in this league. As you go along with this thing, you have to establish the culture. You have to get players that you want, that will come and compete on a daily basis, be proud to come here as a Kansas City Chief. Not saying those guys weren’t, [but] that’s why you have to be able to manage and balance that cap and look out and forecast. The guys we lost, I think we’ve done a nice job in terms of replacing them at a lower number but with the same production."
"I think in today’s NFL you need not just two, [but] multiple pass rushers to continually apply pressure," Dorsey said.
On Friday, I wrote about Travis Kelce and what he might be able to bring to the offense in 2014 provided he stays healthy. Dorsey spoke about his potential to Bedard as well, while addressing the receivers as a whole.
"The way that group started to come on towards the end, and getting used to the offense, you could see that they were beginning to understand their roles and what they were supposed to do," Dorsey said. "It’s going to be a collective effort. And the emergence of a Travis Kelce being able to stretch the field as a tight end, hopefully that weapon adds another element to the passing game. We took some nicks at the tight end position last year."
Finally, Dorsey talked about one facet of the game he feels Kansas City has improved upon with moves this offseason, most notably the drafting of De'Anthony Thomas.
"I think we’re getting faster," Dorsey said. "We’ll continue looking for that. It’s not your dad’s NFL anymore. The field is stretched out so far, everybody runs and is so athletic in today’s game… I don’t think you can have enough of those guys in either Andy’s offense or Bob’s defense."