January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Rice quarterback Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs (11) is pressured by Team Sanders defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (93) during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs and Offseason Headquarters


The Chiefs appeared to have a playoff win in the bag before Andrew Luck and the Colts made an historic comeback to send Kansas City home for the season.

This is a team that started off last season 9-0 before a late-season slide that ended in a Wild Card playoff berth, and I think the Chiefs are going to be among the top 10 best teams in the NFL in 2014 as well.

Despite his inability to be an upper-tier quarterback, I actually like Alex Smith as a facilitator and sort of a step above game manager. He is capable of making plays with his legs, and he is a smart quarterback who makes good decisions. The Chiefs have a lot of playmakers, veteran leadership, and a core group of guys that if they stay healthy, can contend with the Broncos for the AFC West title.

Player Movement

Players Lost

  • DB Dunta Robinson (released)
  • S Kendrick Lewis (Texans)
  • LB Akeem Jordan (Redskins)
  • S Quintin Demps (Giants)
  • WR/RB Dexter McCluster (Titans)
  • OG Jon Asomoah (Falcons)
  • OG Geoff Schwartz (Giants)
  • OT Branden Albert (Dolphins)
  • DL Tyson Jackson (Falcons)

Players Added

  • CB Chris Owens (Falcons)
  • DL Vance Walker (Raiders)
  • OG Jeff Linkenbach (Colts)
  • LB Joe Mays (Texans)
  • S Husain Abdullah (re-signed)
  • DE/LB Frank Zombo (re-signed)

Chiefs Team Needs

1. Wide Receiver

The Chiefs need a top playmaker outside of Dwayne Bowe to give them an added dimension in the passing game. They drafted Jon Baldwin in hopes that he could be it, but he was traded last year to San Francisco.

2. Safety

Eric Berry is one of the NFL’s best, but the Chiefs could upgrade the free safety spot. They could also add some depth behind Berry.

3. Guard

Jeff Linkenbach would be best served as depth on the Chiefs’ roster, and losing Jon Asomoah could be a bit more detrimental than the Chiefs know. They should use one of their first three picks on the guard position.

4. Right Tackle

5. Inside Linebacker

6. Cornerback

7. Quarterback

8. Tight End

Draft Picks

1 (23)
3 (87)
4 (124)
5 (163)
6 (193)
6 (200)

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  • Andy

    Not sure I agree with the ‘we have alot of playmakers’ quote. We have a few, at best. Charles, Smith, DJ, Berry, Poe, maybe flowers and Bowe.
    Not sure we will be a top ten team next year. It looks to me, we are a step or two above a rebuild. Next year holds more possible turnover with bowe, berry, flowers and hali costing us over 30 mil. I’m not complaining, I trust Reid and Dorsey completely.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’d be curious to know how many quarterbacks you believe make up the “upper tier.”

    I’m also a bit confused by some of the positions you’ve identified as “needs.”
    Some of them, well, aren’t.

    1. RT: Donald Stephenson is the starter at right tackle. Linkenbach isn’t very good, but he has experience at every position on the offensive line. He can play there if necessary.

    2. ILB: Derrick Johnson is one starter. Joe Mays is the other. Dezmon Moses and Nico Johnson are there as depth.

    3. CB: Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper, and Chris Owens. All players with starting experience.

    4: QB: The Chiefs could certainly stand a better back up than Chase Daniel, but he played well in the regular season finale and looked like a serviceable option there. Bray is the highly-skilled developmental guy bringing up the rear.

    5. TE: Anthony Fasano, Sean McGrath, and a talented young player in Travis Kelce.
    The bottom three positions could stand an addition if there’s a major upgrade available in the draft, but even if the Chiefs stand pat at all of those spots, those position groups are pretty solid.

    WR, G, and S are the biggest problem children for Kansas City.