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5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Mean The Most To The Team’s Future

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5 Kansas City Chiefs Who Mean The Most To The Team’s Future

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The Kansas City Chiefs had an incredible turnaround last season. They went from being the worst team in the league to a playoff team, and if it weren’t for an epic collapse they could have even won a playoff game. The future is bright in Kansas City, but only if their core group of young players can put it all together and set them up for a run of sustained success.

A team that has struggled in recent memory, they’ve stockpiled several really good young players that form the foundation of that future core. They have invested well in those players and are in a good position to make a run at long-term success.

They also brought in the right head coach to get them where they want to go. Andy Reid is a really good coach and always makes sure to get the most out of the talent at his disposal. He might not be the guy to get you over the hump and win a title, but he is the guy you want to mold a young team into a consistent winner.

Reid is an offensive coach, but it was the defense that led the Chiefs last season. That defense put pressure on the quarterback and was what turned them around so fast. If they want to keep winning, the offense needs to be better in Reid’s second year at the helm.

Kansas City has been a team on the rise for a several years now. Well, except for that little hiccup a couple of seasons ago. They want to continue moving in the right direction, and to do that they need to build around this group of players who mean the most to their future.

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5. Justin Houston

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Justin Houston jumped onto the scene last season and lived up to his hype. With 26.5 sacks in his first three years in Kansas City, Houston is quickly becoming an elite edge pass rusher.

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4. Alex Smith

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Alex Smith might be the ultimate game manager, but I don't see that as a bad thing. Now heading into his second year in Reid's complicated offense, I expect even better things out of him moving forward.

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3. Eric Fisher

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Eric Fisher, the former No. 1 overall pick, is the foundation of the Kansas City offensive line of the future. Big, strong and athletic, he's the new prototype of what you want out of an elite tackle.

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2. Eric Berry

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Playmakers in the secondary are the newest weapon that NFL defenses have at their disposal to counter the high-flying offenses we see all over the league. Eric Berry is one of the best young safeties in the NFL and the cornerstone of the Kansas City secondary.

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1. Jamaal Charles

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The Kansas City offense begins and ends with Jamaal Charles. A workhorse runner who is just as dangerous in the passing game, he's perfectly suited to excel in Reid's modified west coast offense.