By Aaron Charles @aaroncharleskc on August 23, 2014
After an incredibly productive 2013 offseason, which led to one of the biggest turnarounds in NFL history, the Kansas City Chiefs are having a disastrous follow up this year. The team has run into problem after problem, causing many to doubt if they can repeat their success from last season. Here are the five biggest setbacks that have hit the Chiefs this offseason.
Bowe's one-game suspension for a marijuana arrest in November has left the Chiefs vulnerable at a position where the team was already weak. It may only be one game, but the Chiefs will definitely miss him when the Tennessee Titans come to Arrowhead in Week one.
The Chiefs starting inside linebacker recently had surgery on his injured wrist, and there is still no word on how much time he will miss. The silver lining to Mays missing significant time is that the Chiefs still have one of the best linebacker crews in the league. The depth is also pretty solid. The drop off from Mays, to Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson isn't overwhelming.
Commings was supposed to compete for the starting free safety position this season, but now he'll be out indefinitely after surgery for his fractured fibula. This was absolutely devastating as the Chiefs secondary is very questionable, and not very deep.
The team's best offensive tackle will miss the first four games of the season for breaking the league's PED policy. This is devastating news for Kansas City. The Chiefs are not strong or deep on the offensive line. Losing Stephenson is going to be an enormous setback for the first quarter of the season.
Free agency in general hurt the Chiefs the worst. Due to salary cap issues, Kansas City was forced to watch as three of their best offensive linemen (Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz), their Pro Bowl punt returner (Dexter McCluster), and starting defensive end (Tyson Jackson) walked out the door. Following this the team decided to cut cornerback Brandon Flowers, lifting the number of departed 2013 Pro Bowl players to three.
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