Kansas City Chiefs: Reelin’ In The Years

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Prior to the Kansas City Chiefs‘ 28-2 victory on the road in the season opener, I had a song stuck in my head and an ensuing wonderment.

If the 70′s rock band Steely Dan were Chiefs fans they’d probably have had four questions for the new Kansas City regime before Sunday. A lyric from their 1972 hit single would be fitting. “Are you reelin’ in the years? Stowin’ away the time? Are you gatherin’ up the tears? Have you had enough of mine?” That song comes from the Can’t Buy A Thrill album. Chiefs season ticket holders last season can probably see themselves in that title.

I don’t know what the Chiefs organization’s answers to those questions would be with the exception of one. The 2013 Chiefs have reeled in some years, 78 to be precise. I’m speaking metaphorically of years of NFL experience on the starting lineup. There were eight new faces wearing arrowhead adorned helmets at the top of the depth chart for their position Sunday. One was a rookie, and the other seven combined for 33 in the league.

Let’s start on offense where the biggest offseason acquisition of the Chiefs, quarterback Alex Smith, brought eight years pro experience with him from the San Francisco 49ers. Tight end Anthony Fasano also brought eight with him, having started every game for the Miami Dolphins in both his first and last seasons there.

Wide receiver Donnie Avery was catching passes from another overall number one pick Andrew Luck in Indianapolis last season.  He brought five years experience with four different NFL teams to Kansas City and scored the first points for the Chiefs this season. Fullback Anthony Sherman is a three year veteran that arrived from the Arizona Cardinals this offseason.

On defense the Chiefs started three names most fans outside the serious fantasy football realm were probably unfamiliar with last season. Inside linebacker Akeem Jordan followed new head coach Andy Reid to town from Philadelphia with seven years in his luggage.  Mike DeVito also toted in seven years from the New York Jets and started at right defensive end.  Right cornerback Sean Smith, who missed being teammates with his “brother by another mother,” QB Alex, at Utah by a year, is now a five year pro and is in KC also courtesy of the Dolphins.

There were actually two professional rookies in their starting positions with the Chiefs on Sunday.  Eric Fisher, the top pick in this year’s NFL draft, played right tackle. Former Green Bay Packers Director of Football Operations, John Dorsey also made his professional debut as a General Manager. He played for five years in the NFL and has held various other league positions for 22. Add in Reid’s 18 years, 14 as a head coach, and the Chiefs have reeled in 78 years of experience this offseason.

Let’s hope after Sunday’s complete domination of Jacksonville, that the Chiefs are finally headed towards success.

Troy Alan is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TRantMedia “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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