Who is Alex Smith going to get the ball to? Jeremy Maclin didn’t have his best season in 2016, but Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley haven’t yet shown that they replace him as “#1” receivers, and Smith isn’t capable of carrying them. Travis Kelce is excellent in the open field, but he hasn’t been great in the red zone, nor have the Chiefs, (3rd worst red zone offense in 2016, the Eagles 3rd best red zone defense), and the Eagles defense was #1 in DVOA against tight ends in 2016. The Chiefs rushing offense struggled all year, adding CJ Spiller won’t help; and while Kareem Hunt might be a long term solution, Andy Reid doesn’t drop rookie RBs into the deep end, so he probably won’t be a factor in this September game.
The really horrible thing about this time of year is that, with nothing new to talk about, we tend to start devouring one another in repetitive arguments about a controversial issue. In previous offseasons, it was the Alex Smith Wars. This offseason, it appears to be the OTA Wars (whether players can miss OTA’s without being awful people, as far as I can tell).
These arguments are useless, wearying, and overall awful to participate in. And so, like the last few offseasons, I shall attempt to distract us with mailbags as often as possible. Feel free to send them to me on Twitter (@RealMNchiefsfan), and if I don’t use it, well, step your game up and try again!
Goodell first greeted fantasy campers as they went through drills on the Arrowhead Stadium field Friday morning. Then, during lunch, he joined the “Voice of the Chiefs,” Mitch Holthus, for a question-and-answer panel featuring him, Chiefs president Mark Donovan, Dustin Colquitt and Chris Conley.
“For the commissioner, in the summertime, on June 16, to go out of his way to be in the Chiefs Kingdom is, I think, very noteworthy,” Holthus said. “I think it's a strong statement on his part to build relationships in the league, but it's also a strong statement going the other way toward him, that this is a special franchise. I think that he also sees this has always been a franchise to be a pioneer.”
Of course, the passing game won't be the story in Kansas City as we head to training camp. The story will be the battle between Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt for the No. 1 running back job. The most likely outcome is we get a committee that hurts the value of both backs, but if either becomes a workhorse they'll be a steal on draft day. Let's get into the expectations for the Kansas City Chiefs:
Avila University celebrates its 17th season of football with a new coach and staff, though several are familiar names from the last coaching staff. The new head coach for the Eagles is Eric Hicks, the defensive line coach under now, former coach Justin Berna in 2016. Coach Hicks is well known around Kansas City having played nearly a decade for the Chiefs. He's developed a game plan for Avila going forward, but he's well-grounded on the reality of where the program has been. "We must be able to compete, before we talk about winning games".
Marcus Peters, the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year, didn’t see any decline last season. In fact, the Chiefs cornerback got a first-team All-Pro nod after earning second-team All-Pro honors in his rookie season.