The Kansas City Chiefs‘ season ended abruptly on Saturday after a somewhat embarrassing 45-44 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild-card playoff game. It was the fourth consecutive time the Chiefs lost to Indy in the first round of the playoffs, and the Chiefs’ eighth consecutive playoff game loss.
We learned that Alex Smith is a keeper of a quarterback, even without the assistance of star running back Jamaal Charles, and fans have next season to look forward to. We also learned that the defense had an epic fail of a meltdown and is in need of some serious re-tooling before the next regular season resumes.
But the time for remorse and regret is past. The Chiefs are already looking ahead to next season.
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has already started putting together next year’s roster, as 12 players were signed Monday to reserve/future contracts for the offseason. The new Chiefs include Ridge Wilson (linebacker), Kevin Rutland (defensive tackle), Fred Williams (wide receiver), Chas Alecxih (defensive tackle), Rashad Ross (wide receiver), Eric Vernon Kearney (defensive back), Eric Kettani (fullback), Jerrell Jackson (wide receiver), Frankie Hammond Jr. (wide receiver), Demetrius Harris (tight end), Malcolm Bronson (defensive back) and Chandler Burden (offensive lineman).
Most of these names are brand new to most who regularly follow the Chiefs, but Hammond, Wilson and Williams have all trained with the regular Kansas City roster this past offseason and during the preseason. Harris was, at one time, a University of Wisconsin basketball star, later brought into the team’s training camp last offseason to try out for tight end.
The new players are expected to make a nice influx of talent to the Chiefs’ lineup, and fans should be excited. Dorsey has demonstrated capably that he knows talent when he sees it — defensive back Ron Parker, tight end Sean McGrath and cornerback Marcus Cooper were all hand-picked by him.
As the Chiefs prepare for the 2014 season, they should look to be making their lineup as solid and formidable as possible to follow up on what started out as a championship-worthy note of a year.