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.
- 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)
- 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.
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.
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
8. Tight End