The hiring of head coach Andy Reid meant a lot of things were going to change for the Kansas City Chiefs. Arguably the best thing he brings with him, is a proven West Coast offense, that figures to raise the production from his skill position players across the board. With the implementation of this new offense under quarterback Alex Smith, comes a need for more reliable play-makers on offense.
One ideal candidate to step up, is WR/RB Dexter McCluster. Recent reports have suggested that he will see a increased role this season in Reid’s new offense.
To me, McCluster is a prime example of an X-Factor player. He’s one of those flex guys, where you need to just give him the ball. Over his first three seasons in the league, McCluster has been productive, but clearly he’s got way more to give.
Let’s face it, former head coach Romeo Crennel knew nothing about offense, and McCluster was way under utilized. That won’t happen with Reid, he’s going to see what the 23-year old can do. The Chiefs need to get this guy the ball, often. Line him up all over the field, and try to make him into a Harvin-like threat. They’d be dumb not to.
Kansas City clearly has a lot of talent in place, but they’re only going to go as far as their role players take them. The X-Factor guy is a very important guy on an NFL roster, and if McCluster can have a career-season (over 1,000 rushing/receiving yards), the Chiefs will be in much better shape for a playoff run.
Follow Andrew Fisher on Twitter