It has been a rough past couple of years for the Kansas City Chiefs. After showing promise in the 2010 NFL Season, Matt Cassel regressed severely in 2011 and 2012—poor play that ultimately led to his current backup role with the Minnesota Vikings.
But, with the first overall selectors of 2012—the Indianapolis Colts—making a successful playoff push in the following season, it is possible that the Chiefs can also accomplish the same feat.
Before analyzing any of the Chiefs’ well publicized offseason acquisitions, it is necessary to address the fact Kansas City had six Pro Bowlers on their 2-14 squad: Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Dustin Colquitt, and Justin Houston.
With Charles at the helm of their offense, Kansas City ranked 5th in the NFL in overall rushing. Moreover, their above average pass defense—led by the underrated Berry—was 12th in the league.
Clearly, there have been more futile teams that have selected first overall, and they were a better football team than their 2-14 counterparts, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That being said, the Chiefs were wise to sign a veteran Head Coach like Andy Reid; someone who is talented and can help upgrade a futile passing offense that was 32nd in the 2012 NFL Season. Moreover, the Alex Smith signing will bode well for their team’s offensive performance, as Smith—who will be surrounded by talented skill players in Kansas City—was passing for 70% before suffering an injury that ultimately led to his usurping.
But the key for Kansas City’s hopes for the playoffs will be the fact that they are in the AFC West—a division with only one other viable threat, the Denver Broncos. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are two teams that are too entrenched in the rebuilding process to pose any threat.
It is highly plausible that the Chiefs earn a wild card berth in 2013. Overall, they have a far more talented roster than the Colts team that selected first overall in 2012 and then made a playoff run.