The topic of the offseason -- other than the ending of the NFL lockout -- is how teams will react to the lockout. How will teams prepare for the season without a full offseason? What will a delay to training camp mean? How will teams handle a two-week free agency?
Those are the big questions and we've talked about how the Chiefs will handle them. Mitch Holthus made a good point on 810 WHB last week when he said that the Chiefs have benefitted, maybe more than any other team, from offseason minicamps and OTAs. In that regard, the loss of the offseason would hurt the Chiefs.
Sam Mellinger of the KC Star sees it a different way. He suggests that the Chiefs make-up, and the presence of GM Scott Pioli, could make them better prepared for post-lockout life. An unnamed agent tells Mellinger the way the lockout is playing out "plays right into Scott's hands."
Check out his story for the argument he makes. It's a convincing one, especially the bit about the rest of the AFC West because perhaps the two most important things during the post-lockout life will be a stable coaching staff and quarterback situation.
In Denver, the Broncos are breaking in a new head coach and, in Oakland, the Raiders are, well, the Raiders. Plus, there's a somewhat uncertain quarterback situation there.
As we do often around here, let's put this question up for a vote. Will the Chiefs be better or worse off because of the lockout?