By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on July 23, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a season in which they went 11-5 and made major strides on both sides of the ball. This is a team with a stout offense and a defense with the potential to be one of the best in the NFL. Here are 10 reasons why Chiefs fans should be excited for the 2014 season.
Although Alex Smith will never be an elite quarterback, he is extremely efficient and more than good enough to man the Chiefs’ quarterback spot. Smith has shown the ability to carry the Chiefs on his back late in games, and if he can start taking more shots down the field, he could be even better in 2014.
Throughout his career, Dwayne Bowe has been maddeningly inconsistent, but that could all change in 2014. Bowe has been working with a trainer and a nutritionist throughout the offseason, and I think it will pay big dividends.
In his rookie season, Eric Fisher didn’t play well, mostly due to the fact he was playing out of position on the right side of the line. Now, with Brandon Albert gone, Fisher will be able to return to his natural spot on the line at left tackle, and he should be a much better player because of that.
Perhaps the best pure nose tackle in the NFL, Dontari Poe could be even better in 2014 than he was last season. Poe is a monster for opposing offensive lines to handle, and he will put up some scary statistics in 2014.
The Chiefs have a very good safety tandem in Eric Berry and Husain Abdullah. Both are among the better players at their respective positions, and they are a big part of Kansas City’s defensive success.
Although the loss of Dexter McCluster wasn’t easy for Chiefs fans to take, De’Anthony Thomas is even better than Kansas City’s departed playmaker. Thomas is more explosive and every bit as versatile. Chiefs fans should be very excited about Thomas’ potential.
Whenever a team has Andy Reid as a coach, they are instantly more competitive. Reid knows how to get the most out of his players, and that will make the Chiefs much more successful.
Alex Smith likes to throw to his tight ends, and while Anthony Fasano isn’t much of a receiver, second-year man Travis Kelce has the potential to be a special player. Kelce has a ton of athletic ability, and while there are injury concerns, you have to think he is in for a big season.
The Chiefs have one of the best linebacking units in the entire NFL. Derrick Johnson is easily a top-three inside linebacker, while Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are two of the better pass-rushers in the league. Throw in the fact the team spent a first-round pick on pass-rusher Dee Ford, and it’s easy to see what makes this unit so great.
Jamaal Charles is one of, if not the most exciting player in the NFL today. He’s a threat to score on every single play, and his versatility is tremendous. Charles is a star in every sense of the word, and he is the biggest reason why Chiefs fans should be excited about 2014.
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