The Kansas City Chiefs have gone through more changes this offseason than any team in the NFL. After a disastrous 2012, owner Clark Hunt cleaned house and vowed to get more involved. Hunt was aggressive quickly going after GM John Dorsey, Head Coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith — three of the best available candidates in their respective positions.
Poor leadership and laughable quarterback play were what plagued the talented Chiefs squad from last season, but Hunt and company has done a great job addressing those areas. There were several other great additions that will make an impact this season including Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub, CB Sean Smith, WR Donnie Avery and first overall pick OT Eric Fisher.
This team looks pretty good on paper, but unfortunately they don’t play the games on paper. There is still plenty of room for improvement and it starts with the offensive line. They were beaten handily by both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers in their last two preseason games. The rushing game never really got going but the good news is, Smith used his underrated mobility and handled the pressure very well.
On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has his crew moving in the right direction. Both in camp and in the preseason, the defense is looking great, but they’ve had some trouble getting to quarterbacks with good feet. Colt McCoy and Ben Roethlisberger were frequently able to keep plays and drives alive with their mobility against the Chiefs.
There are a lot of quarterbacks who can move, and Kansas City needs to have an answer for them. Sutton’s aggressive defense could get burnt this season when they face Michael Vick, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and possibly EJ Manuel and Terrelle Pryor.