The Kansas City Chiefs are already at work on their 2014 season by getting their offseason roster ready with 12 new prospects. Ten of them, almost the entire new recruit pool, spent time on the Chiefs’ practice squad this season, so the team and coaches know them and have worked with them to some extent.
One of the prospects, tight end Demetrius Harris, looks to be the most intriguing of the 12. He was a talented high school football player in Arkansas, then went on to play basketball for the University of Wisconsin. He might have some work to do, but possesses quite a bit of raw athletic talent and could end up being a huge asset for the Chiefs’ offense in the months and years to come.
As far as the Chiefs’ defense goes, however, there are quite a few unanswered questions. The defense slowly imploded over the course of the second half of the season, particularly in the second half of the 45-44 shame-inducing loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card playoff game Saturday. Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton‘s future with the team should be brought into question. The Chiefs’ secondary is in need of a tune-up as well.
But look at things this way: Core players will return next season ready to go, having internalized head coach Andy Reid‘s leadership style. We can look forward to free agency in just two months and the draft follows shortly thereafter. Many things will be sorted out between now and then, and then training camp time will be upon us.
The Chief’s 2014 schedule will likely be more challenging. In addition to AFC West division rivals, Kansas City will face the daunting AFC East and NFC West divisions, on top of taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans after their second place finishes.
If fans thought this year was a roller coaster ride, next year will be even more so. And it will be a year worth watching.