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5 Irreplaceable Kansas City Chiefs Players For The 2013 Season

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5 Irreplaceable Kansas City Chiefs Players For The 2013 Season

5 Irreplaceable Kansas City Chiefs Players For The 2013 Season
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The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to rebound from a 2-14 season in 2012.

The good news for them is it’s a rebounding process, not a rebuilding process that they’re embarking on.

The Chiefs were 7-9 and 10-6 in the two years prior, and have built themselves a core group of good young players. Last year was more of an anomaly than anything, and it was mostly due to a lack of quality quarterback play. In the NFL, it doesn’t matter how good the rest of your team is, if you don’t have a good player under center, you can’t compete.

This year, they will look to solve that problem with the acquisitions of former San Franscisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and offensive-guru head coach Andy Reid from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reid and Smith should solve the problems on the offensive end, but the defense needs to be better this year too.

That should come from young players taking another step forward and fulfilling their potential. The defense is led by guys like Dontari Poe, Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry, all young players who are ready to take the next step and be true difference makers in the NFL.

This year, the Chiefs are one of the biggest unknowns in the league. They could repeat their performance from last year and find themselves at the bottom of the league again, but they could just as likely rebound from last season and be the dark horse surprise of the year.

If they are going to surprise us this year and battle for a playoff spot, these are the five players that are irreplaceable for them in 2013.

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5. Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers
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Brandon Flowers has quietly been one of the better cover corners in the league for a few years now. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves, but the secondary in Kansas City depends on him.

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4. Eric Berry

Eric Berry
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Eric Berry has quickly put himself in the conversation as one of the best safeties in the league, and this year, the Chiefs plan on using him all over the field. He’s going to line up as a traditional safety on some downs, and on others the team has plans to bring him in the box to cover slot receiver and tight ends, or maybe even to use him as a pass rusher.

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3. Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson
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Good defenses have great linebackers, and Derrick Johnson is the leader of the Chiefs defense at the middle linebacker spot. For Kansas City to get back to being a winner, they’re going to need another big year from him.

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2. Alex Smith

Alex Smith
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The Chiefs needed to find a quarterback this year, and they got a steal in Alex Smith. The pairing of Smith and his high football IQ with head coach Andy Reid will pay dividends

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1. Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles
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Jamaal Charles has a chance to have a really special year in Kansas City. Andy Reid uses receiving backs especially well. Expect to see him find ways to get Charles in space where he can make plays.