Top 5 Most Memorable Moments of the Chiefs 2014 Season from The Mothership
Looking back at the Kansas City Chiefs' 2014 season is like riding a rollercoaster—plenty of ups and downs.
Not only did they beat the two No. 1 seeds in this season's playoffs, the AFC's New England Patriots and the NFC's Seattle Seahawks, but they also fell to two of the teams picking at the top of the draft this April, the Tennessee Titans, who pick second, and the Oakland Raiders, who pick fourth.
With all of the swings in an emotional journey for Chiefs Kingdom over the past five months, let's take a look at some of the better times from this past season.
Here we'll count down the most memorable moments of the Chiefs 2014 season:
Sorting through the Chiefs' 2015 UDFA class from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs currently have 14 undrafted rookie free agents on the roster, barring moves between now and when rookies, quarterbacks and select players report for training camp on July 28.
Some of the players will make a hard push in St. Joseph, Mo., to make the final roster. Other could land on the team's practice squad before being elevated to the active roster, such as what happened with running back Charcandrick West in 2014..
Here is an overview of the rookies hoping to extend the Chiefs' streak to 13 seasons with at least one college free agent on the Week One roster:
Former general manager Scott Pioli had more than his share of draft misses. Tyson Jackson and Jonathan Baldwin certainly weren't worthy of being first-round draft picks. But he does deserve credit for drafting Justin Houston in the third round of the 2011 draft. Other teams were obviously scared away from Houston, but the Chiefs weren't. We know what type of player Houston has become.
It's a better idea for the Chiefs to save their cap room until somebody more interesting comes along. If nobody does, they can utilize that available cap space to start re-signing some of their own players who would be free agents next year. Cornerback Sean Smith, offensive linemen Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson, linebacker Derrick Johnson, and safety Eric Berry are among the players in that category.
The Chiefs can also carry over to next year's cap any unused portion this year. That also would be a better alternative than wasting it now.
Dee Ford is 'going to prove it this year,' Kansas City Chiefs mentor says from AL.com
"They let me take a lot of reps off in OTAs and allowed him to get more reps under his belt," Hali told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He's progressing. As far as rushing the passer, he has that. It's natural for him."
Houston and Hali have combined for 86.5 sacks in the past four seasons. But there's more to playing outside linebacker than rushing the passer, and those are the parts of the game that Ford has been learning, Hali said.
"It's a little technique here and there," Hali said. "In coverage he's picking it up so well. He's another smart guy. The transition hasn't been hard. He's fast, he's strong and he can run. ... He's like another Von Miller, one of those guys that's really small in the body in size but can still rush the passer at a high level and play in coverage. Dee Ford is doing well. He's going to prove it this year."