Moving Forward

I was really hoping I wouldn't have to write this so early, yet here we are.

I'm still too angry and sad to really talk about last night's debacle, so I won't. No discussion of "Forward Progress," or of two fumbles that weren't, or Jeff Triplette's needing a seeing eye dog... Nope, none of that here. Instead, I'm going to break down the roster, coaching staff, and plans for how the Chiefs can set us up for another humiliation try for another run at meaningful January football next year.


Quarterbacks - Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes

Big one right off the bat: while the game last night wasn't entirely Alex Smith's fault, he still needs to go. As a steady veteran QB coming off of his best season as a pro, his trade value has never been higher, and if Brett Veach isn't currently talking with John Dorsey about sending him to Cleveland for an early second round pick, then he isn't doing his job very well. The Patrick Mahomes II era needs to begin next year, even if it means a slight uptick in turnovers and some growing pains. Tyler Bray becomes a free agent this year, so replacing him or resigning him to a small deal would also need to be done.

Running Backs - Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West, Akeem Hunt

Honestly, thisis a pretty solid position group that I don't really see a need to mess with. With Ware back from injury, Akeem Hunt isn't the most necessary piece and could probably be cut, but I think rolling into next year with these guys seems like a good plan. I also am of the opinion to not bring back Anthony Sherman, if only because it's fairly clear that Andy Reid doesn't seem very keen on using him unless it's the total RB apocalypse, a la week 17.

Wide Receivers - Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson, Jehu Chesson

We're losing Albert Wilson (who I think should be retained) and De'Anthony Thomas (who I think can be let go), but it remains fact that this position group needs upgrading in the worst way. After losing Conley early in the season, we were one injury away from having Demarcus "Drops" Robinson play significant snaps for us. An early pick at WR or a free agent signing are needed in this position group, especially if Patrick Mahomes will be starting; he'll need all the weapons he can get.

Tight End - Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, Orson Charles

This may just be my and my irrational hatred of the man, but Demetrius Harris can't catch a cold. An upgrade at TE2 is definitely needed, as when Kelce left the game yesterday, suddenly we had no one capable of even polishing his shoes out there. A steady-handed type of TE is needed, an Anthony Fasano kind of guy; we don't need to swing for the fences, here, just a base hit.

Offensive Tackle - Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz, Cam Erving

I don't see any moves being made, here. Fisher is an okay LT, Schwartz is a very good RT, and Erving exists.

Offensive Guard - Bryan Witzmann, Laurent Duvarney-Tardiff, Parker Ehinger

Jordan Devey and Zach Fulton are both slated for free agency this year, leaving the Chiefs thin at the guard spot. LDT is an anchor at the RG spot, but, as always, an upgrade at LG would be nice. As of now, however, I expect Ehinger and Witzmann to battle for the starting spot come camp.

Offensive Center - Mitch Morse

Make no bones about it, Morse is far and away our best center when he's healthy. Having a full offseason to recover should allow him to get back to camp ready to start again, but the Chiefs should draft or sign a backup to replace Zach Fulton as the backup center, just in case.


Defensive Line - Chris Jones, Allen Bailey, Justin Hamilton

I combined these two position groups because these three all all the guys we have signed for next year; Nacho, Bennie Logan, and Jarvis Jenkins are all slated to leave in FA. While I believe bringing back Nacho is a good idea, the other two can walk; Bennie Logan was a free agent bust, signed to stop the run in an outfit that couldn't stop a run to save its life. Drafting a guy here is needed, and bringing in a vet would help, but might not be in the budget this year.

Outside Linebackers - Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Dee Ford, Frank Zombo, Dadi Nicolas

Tamba Hali has played his last snaps as a Chief, and that physically hurt me to type. He deserved so much better than the shitshow he's gotten from this team. Apart from that, however, there are a lot of questions here. Should Dee Ford be kept at 8m for the year? Will Kpass develop into a full-time, or even part-time, player? What's going on with Dadi, anyway? Regardless, Frank Zombo is a bum and needs to go. Seeing him play significant snaps is one of the reasons that the Chiefs front seven took a step back this year. I recommend cutting Dee Ford as well as Tamba and Zombo, saving $16m off the cap immediately, signing a mid-range veteran, and drafting another one.

Inside Linebackers - Derrick Johnson, Reggie Ragland, Ukeme Eligwe

Kevin Pierre-Louis needs to be kept around, I like that guy's moxie. I'm also a fan of Ramik Wilson, but as he couldn't even make the active list each week, I doubt they'll bring him back. Other than that, Derrick Johnson should also probably be let go, as much as it hurts to say. It saves the Chiefs another $8m off the cap (thanks, John Dorsey contracts) and he's just not looked the same this year. Another legendary Chief who gets a crappy send-off.

Cornerbacks - Marcus Peters, Darrelle Revis, Steven Nelson, Keith Reaser, Ashton Lampkin

Should we keep Revis for another year? He played okay, not great. If we don't, who takes the CB2 spot? Terrence Mitchell and Phil Gaines, most Chiefs fans' favorite DB whipping boys, are both leaving, and bringing either back seems like a not great idea. I lean towards keeping Revis, but also bringing in a draft pick and a vet, just to see if it will work out. If not, cutting Revis saves us $4.5m off the cap.

Safeties - Eric Berry, Ron Parker, Daniel Sorenson, Eric Murray, Jordan Sterns, Devin Chapell, Leon McQuay

Wow, that's a lot of safeties. The return of Eric Berry should hopefully help our defense get better, although Achilles injuries seem to really sap the life out of some guys. Daniel Sorenson is a great depth guy, but as we saw this season, a full-time player he isn't. Sadly, cutting him costs us $3m in dead cap versus only $1.8m in freed space (again, thanks Dorsey contracts) so he should stay this year. No further draft picks or free agents are needed here, IMO, just let the guys we have no compete in camp for the four or five S spots on the roster.

Special Teams

Special Teams - Harrison Butker, James Winchester

The Chiefs should not bring back Dusty Colquitt. He's served us well for a long time, but he was not worth the money we paid him this year. That punter from Texas looks good, though. Butker and Winchester should be retained, no doubt about it.


Matt Nagy will probably be leaving for a head coaching job, possibly with the Bears or Colts. It's also entirely possible that our own Dave Toub will be leaving as well for a head spot somewhere, and with Bob Sutton expected to not return either, this offseason could leave us thin in the coaching tree. My pick for the new OC would probably be Eric Bieniemy, who Andy Reid once talked up as being a head coaching candidate down the line; he's done a fantastic job with our RBs, and seems to be a bright prospect. I'm not well-versed in coordinator talk, so recommendations for the STC and DC jobs would have to be left to someone more knowledgeable than me. All I know is, at the end of the day, Andy will definitely be returning, and if you think he should be fired, please delete your account. (Looking at you, Bob Fescoe.)

Roster Moves

TRADE: Alex Smith

CUT: Demetrius Harris, Tamba Hali, Dee Ford, Frank Zombo, Derrick Johnson

Cap savings: $36m ($32 million under a $181m cap)

POSSIBLE RE-SIGNINGS: Albert Wilson, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Tyler Bray, Zach Fulton, Terrence Mitchell

The Draft

This may bum you out or overjoy you, but I will be bringing back the Weekly Mock Draft Threads starting the week after the Super Bowl, running weekly until the NFL Draft in late April. I haven't done any research on prospects yet (mostly because I didn't think I'd be needing to this early) so I'm giving myself a month or so to prepare. For those who are curious, our picks currently stand as thus:

Round 2, Pick 22

Round 3, Pick 22

Round 5, Pick 22

Round 6, Pick 22

So yeah, getting draft capital back for Alex is the key to this offseason.

Progressing Forward

This year was a failure for the Chiefs, and no amount of excuses will make it not so. Next year, with Patrick Mahomes starting, the Chiefs have the opportunity to move forward. Let's hope they figure things out this time. Go Chiefs.

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