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2014 Kansas City Chiefs Offense:
The Chiefs averaged nearly 28 points per game this past season despite the fact that Alex Smith struggled to connect downfield on most occasions. Whether the reason for that was Smith's limited arm strength or his poor supporting cast is debatable. What's not is that Kansas City had an absurdly easy schedule. The team battled all of the inept NFC East squads, as well as the Jaguars, Titans, Texans, Bills, Browns and Raiders twice. Smith was able to just dump off short passes to his play-makers and have them do all of the work.
Valid point, but no one thought it was an easy schedule facing the NFC East in the 2013 preseason. We swept them. The last time we faced the NFC West? We swept them.
Of course, Smith will feed the ball to Jamaal Charles as much as possible. Charles saw his carries drop from 285 to 259 in 2013, but his catches doubled. He logged 70 receptions for 693 receiving yards to go along with 1,287 rushing yards, and he scored 19 times in the process. Charles won't be 28 until December, and he doesn't have an extensive workload history, so he should be just as effective this upcoming season, minus the fact that he'll be facing tougher defensive opponents.
Every team in the NFL feeds their play-maker, ours happens to be the best running back in the NFL :) I noticed that Chiefs want to get more Knile Davis touches in 2014. He averaged 5 per game in 2013 and they want 8-10 per game for Knile in 2014. Sweet! Four Receiver sets with our play-maker in a slot and Knile pounding the Defense.
Things fell apart for the Chiefs after that, as the Chargers, Broncos, Raiders and Colts posted 41, 35, 31 and 45 on them, respectively. A tougher schedule was one of the reasons for that, but there were other issues. One major problem was the injury to Justin Houston. The third-year pass-rusher dominated along with Tamba Hali, as the two combined for 20 sacks in the first 10 games. However, Houston was out for the entire second half of the season with an elbow injury. He's healthy now, but he has been a no-show at OTAs because he wants a new contract. If he misses workouts, he could have a down year.
Given Kansas City's lack of depth at outside linebacker and Houston's contract demands, it's understandable why the team spent the 23rd-overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft on Dee Ford. Some teams viewed Ford to be a reach that high. If all things are ideal, he won't start for a while, but the Chiefs will at least be able to add to their pass-rushing rotation.
Yes, True to a degree, we did lose some of those games but remained competitive in all but one without Justin Houston. A nice pick for the draft spot. I doubt a rookie WR would have as much impact in 2014 as a 3rd Rush Outside Linebacker.
Poe dominated in terms of stopping the run and getting to the quarterback, establishing himself as one of the elite nose tackles in the NFL. Poe has been in even better shape this offseason, so as difficult as it is to believe, he'll be even better in 2014.
Kansas City is mostly set up front and on the edge, and it also has quality players at one of the inside linebacker spots (Derrick Johnson) and both safety positions (Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah).
At corner, the Chiefs thought they were set with Brandon Flowers at one of the spots, but he has proven to be a poor fit for the new scheme and was released recently as a consequence. With him gone, Kansas City will have to go with some sort of combination of the mediocre Sean Smith, inept Chris Owens, unproven Sanders Comings and third-round rookie Phillip Gaines across from Marcus Cooper, who was inconsistent last year.
The Achilles Heel. I guess, Marcus Cooper is the lock and Sean Smith is the one fighting for a job?
2014 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule and Intangibles:
The Chiefs need to bring back the Arrowhead magic that existed prior to 2007. Since that year, Kansas City is a dreadful 20-37 as a host, though it was 5-3 in 2013.
Andy Reid had poor special-teams units in Philadelphia after John Harbaugh left for Baltimore. That was not the case last year for the Chiefs, as they combined for four return touchdowns. However, three were scored by players who are no longer in Kansas City (Dexter McCluster twice, Quintin Demps), while the fourth was delivered by Knile Davis, who may not be ready to play right away because of a fractured fibula that he sustained in the aforementioned playoff loss to the Colts. That would help explain the fourth-round pick the Chiefs used on De'Anthony Thomas.
Knile is ready and DAT will be ready. Dave Toub will make it so.
Projection: 7-9 (3rd in AFC West)
Maybe, but it is not 4-12 either. A few games going the Chiefs way would make it 9-7 and a possible playoff berth for the 2014 season.