Fellow Chief fans,
Does the epic collapse to the Colts still burn in the back of your mind? It shouldn’t. Look at the facts. Going from the worst team in the NFL to being Keyshawn Johnson’s pick to make it to the Super Bowl is a leap none of us expected. Only plays away from defeating the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos with a mediocre secondary and a weak receiving core should make help you to realize that the Chiefs are only missing a couple pieces to the puzzle. Realistically, an 8-8 would have been a huge success; especially with a new coach and quarterback at the helm. Who would have bet on the Chiefs winning 11 games the year after they went 2-14? Does this make the playoff loss any easier? No. In saying that, we have so much to look forward to with the new regime in Kansas City. In Dorsey I trust.
The Chiefs have many offseason questions. With very little cap space and a depleted secondary and receiving core, where do we start? Restructuring contracts, cutting players and possibly trading players are the avenues the Chiefs will explore. With Eric Berry and Tamba Hali having massive cap hits, look for them to try and restructure those two deals. By letting Brandon Albert walk, moving first overall pick Eric Fisher to LT and having Donald Stephenson man the right side seems too logical. I do not see Dexter McCluster returning in a Kansas City uniform. Asamoah will likely get a new deal to remain in red but if not, look for impressive Geoff Schwartz to get the multi-year deal he has been looking for. A few names to watch in FA are Cleveland Center Alex Mack, Philadelphia WR Jeremy Maclin, Seattle CB Brandon Browner, Cleveland Free Safety TJ Ward or Pittsburg Free Safety Ryan Clark. I see the Chiefs adding secondary and WR help in FA. Look for them to add at least two pieces to the startling lineup.
John Dorsey likes to build through the draft. However, don’t count out a big move, as Andy Reid has a history of making a splash. He did so with the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and the trading for LB DeMeco Ryans. Do not expect the Chiefs to make the kind of trade up the Atlanta Falcons did for Julio Jones for WR Sammy Watkins. Though, there may be plenty of options available at wide receive when the Chiefs are on the clock. A prospect to keep an eye on is Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews. Blood relative to Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, Matthews is one of the best route runners in the 2014 draft class. Much like Dorsey draft pick Jordy Nelson, Matthews is not going to amaze scounts at the 40 yard dash, but he is crisp in and out of his breaks and he has incredibly sure hands; something the Chiefs lacked in 2013. At 6’3 210lbs, Matthews has the size to match up on the other side of Dwayne Bowe and cause issues for corners. With work on his separation and his initial first step burst, do not be surprised to see Jordan Matthews sneak into the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and make an immediate contribution.