Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker (83) during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs’ Offseason: Broncos in our Sights

The Chiefs have had a tremendous offseason and the upcoming draft promises even more talent for our team. We’ve all talked and read a lot about the approach John Dorsey and Andy Reid have taken to the offseason. Some have suggested that Dorsey and Reid have utilized the “best available player” approach as a rationale for their moves thus far. Others have offered a needs-based philosophy as a potential guide for our offseason moves.

But is it possible that the real driving force behind our offseason maneuvers is what’s happening in Bronco-ville?

Some football thinkers believe that you draft primarily to win the division. I believe in that philosophy. All of our offseason moves need to be focused on one goal – winning the AFC West. With a division win comes potential home field advantage in the playoffs, and then all bets are off on how far you can progress.

Just as the Chiefs have had an incredible offseason, so too have our sworn enemies from Denver. When the Broncs got Wes Welker, I felt physical pain in my body. Now, Peyton has Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and now Welker in the slot. Additionally, the Broncos have the 28th pick in the first round, and there’s a darn good chance they’ll select ‘Bama running back Eddie Lacy. It’s not like Peyton needed more weapons. Now, the Broncos’ offense is fully loaded, and that’s not good for our hopes of winning the AFC West back from Denver.

If you adopt “winning the division” as the main motivator for offseason moves, the Chiefs’ work this winter starts to really come into focus. Demaryius Thomas is 6’3”. Eric Decker is 6’3”. Brandon Flowers and Javier Arenas both stand at 5’9”. Now I believe Flowers can cover anyone. If he sticks on Thomas, then picking up Sean Smith was genius. Smith is also 6’3” and can take on Decker all day long. That leaves the not-so-small matter of covering Wes Welker all over the field, which requires an equally fast and shifty guy. That guy’s name is Javier Arenas. WIth Eric Berry freed up to play centerfield, we may have the right combination to neutralize the Broncos’ receivers.

Peyton has always performed well with a good running back behind him, like when he had Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes with the Colts. The Broncos may be done with either Willis McGahee or Knowshon Moreno. Picking up Lacy wold be a smart move for them, and be fairly bad for the Chiefs. That’s why I think we brought in run-stopping beast Mike DeVito from the Jets, and it may explain why we’re hearing a bit more noise about drafting a defensive player with the first pick. An inside linebacker like Alec Ogletree from Georgia could round out our linebacking corps, or even Manti Te’o if we get an early second round pick in a trade for Brandon Albert.

Bottom line: Dorsey and Reid have made sure our defensive secondary can now match up with the Broncos new and high-powered receiver set. Our linebacker and defensive ends are prepared to stop whatever running backs the Broncos have to offer. All this, in the year when Tamba Hali and Justin Houston will become the best pass-rushing tandem in the league.

Peyton, you may be in trouble.

Addicts, do we have what it takes to stop the Broncos’ high voltage offense?!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TweakerG Brandon Mecham

    I don’t know. I’ve heard Wes Walker is good. Maybe even better than Wes Welker.

    • Troy Utt

      LOL… Wes Welker is not bad either!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TweakerG Brandon Mecham

      This comment was way funnier before the article got corrected.

  • Bill

    Maybe this new defensive scheme will generate pressure, that’s my only hope. Same linebackers, same line…have no reason to expect more pressure as it was non existant last year…so why would it be any different this year with the same front 7

    • KCMikeG

      The 3-4 system Sutton uses is more aggressive. It won’t be the same line and we will fill a big hole at SILB. Combine that with an improved group of DB’s with Berry 100% healthy and being utilized like during his rookie year will make things very different.

    • Chief Hokie

      Because this is a new year and therefore we have renewed hope ;)

  • tuacamo

    Nice article for your first one here on AA, with decent points to ponder. The only thing I would disagree with is the assumption that Javier Arenas can guard Wes Welker – he can’t even defend an average TE or 3rd down receiver too well, so I don’t see him shutting down Welker. Our hope is that Berry and Lewis/Robinson combo can offer help, and that Jalil and Javier both take huge strides forward under new direction.

    • Justin R Groth

      Not really an assumption he has guarded welker before and did pretty good.

    • Jason Seibel

      Ummm…Miles has been around for awhile dude. Not his first AA article.

      • tuacamo

        My bad, just read the “new contributor” thing on his profile and don’t remember reading his posts –

    • Arrowhead Magic

      If you recall the last time we played the Patriots, it was on MNF two years ago. Arenas was tasked with covering Welker. Welker did not get a catch until the 4th quarter but at that point we had already lost. In fact our defense kept us in that game up until half time, but with Palko leading the offense and no Charles in the backfield it was only a matter of time before the Patriots pulled away.

      • KCMikeG

        Thanks for putting that out there. Our pressure on Brady was a big part of the DB’s being successful. With the pieces we have added in coverage and the proper use of H&H attacking the QB and we will have success against the best they have to offer.

  • berttheclock

    Miles, the Broncos, also, really helped their offensive line by picking up the solid Louis Vasquez, the former Bolt’s OG. I wish we had him instead of Allen.

  • Adrian Morales

    Dude fuck the broncos decker and thomas are good because of peyton and playing to his standard thats it fuck eddie lacey i hope DJ pops his ass, i know flowers xan hang with their number 1 and if the 2 new corners are better than arenas then they can hang with their 2 and 3… keep arenas kick brown to the curb… We shut down wes welker 2 years ago on MNF for the whole country to see… i have seen the talent on this team and wouldnt trade it for any other in the NFL… by talent on the team i mean the players that have been here

    • Adrian Morales

      Basically what im sayin is respect peyton(a little) fear no one(else on that team) if u scared go to church instead of watching football

      • Da Menace

        Screw respecting manning I’ve always hated that puke..make him feel the turf and watch him chew out his receivers like it was their fault

        • KCMikeG

          He is going to feel the pain this year.

  • Jim Harper

    We would have to move up farther than that to get Teo. After his pro day he is moving up draft boards and now expected to go in the 20′s of the first round. I still think if we can find a way to get Ansah we dramatically improve our pass rush which also takes pressure off our secondary. It has been proven over the years that the best way to beat Manning is with a pass rush. He is not very mobile and even if you do not sack him, it throws his timing off.

    • KCMikeG

      Great comment Jim. The same is true of Brady. Look what we did to him in 2011 until just before the half. I still don’t get why we stopped bring the pressure and dropped back letting him pick us apart running up the score even piling on another score in the last 2 minutes to pay us back for embarrassing him at home on MNF. If Sutton will stop dropping Houston & Hali into coverage we will crush our opponents. Jordan and Ansah either one would add to that threat.

    • Chief Hokie

      Yes Ansah is the ansah! I love that guy. If we find a way to trade down I say we take him. He’s got the highest ceiling of any player in this draft.

    • David Fritch

      What about Dion Jordan instead of Ansah?

  • ArrowFan

    A few first downs last years and we already had what it takes to beat them. I can’t imagine it being any trouble now.

  • Priest4Prez

    Bring it on!! I want some hard hitting, nail biting Chief/Bronco’s games again. Just ripping up the turf; Qb’s getting mashed…Running backs fighting for every yard. Sensational Monday Night Games…lets get back to the good times when the West was the Best and I’m not talking about the NFC

  • mg2098

    I don’t know about all that yet. Its gonna take at least a year for that newly acquired secondary to gel. The Broncos blew us out last year, and all they did was get better with one of the most reliable WR’s in the game. The Chiefs have not yet countered with a shutdown CB. Although I like B. Flowers and Sean Smith I don’t consider either a true shutdown CB. I think whats really gonna matter is how many points can KC’s offense muster up. I love our Chiefs, but I don’t think were quite there yet. If the Chiefs don’t select Geno Smith, and trade out of #1 I hope D. Millner is the pick. That kid has a bright NFL future.

  • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

    Ogletree is a finesse player not a stout run stopper and we all saw Lacy make Te’o look like a sissy so let’s pass on both. My only other concern with this is we don’t live in an alternate universe where Arenas can cover anybody much less Welker. They better either get someone to cover him or keep Manning on his asd or we’ll have some disappointing Denver games.

  • KCPauly

    We’ll have to wait and see, but I think we can do it, we did hold them to their lowest points of the year I believe, so if we can score some points then I think we got their number, the AFC west will be renamed the AFC RED!!!!GO CHIEFS!!!!:~))

  • Da Menace

    Break Peyton’s fuckin neck!

    • Chief Hokie


  • Chiefswatch

    The short answer is: NO. The long answer is they have Peyton Manning and a good defense. We have a team that won two games last year. 2013 will be improved, hell we might even get a wild card spot (if Alex Smith proves to be worth the trade anyway.) What we are not doing though is taking over the West. It is just not possible. BTW Decker and Thomas are mediocre recievers riding the Manning train. Just like in Indy, everyone will know the name of every reciever simply because he was getting thrown to by Peyton.

    • KCMikeG

      Don’t crown them yet. They lost Elvis. Champ’s losing a step. Peyton is another year older. You are right about their WR’s being average. Welker has dropped some critical balls lately, he is getting older and they have never worked together. The earlier we play them the better as they tend to get better as the the year goes on. Why was it that we didn’t even play them the 1st time until week #12 last year?

    • Chief Hokie

      Demaryius Thomas is a beast man

  • micah stephenson

    Uh NO! soon as I see Payton Manning VS Alex Smith is the QB match up, I know the Broncos gon win everytime. Chiefs need to draft a gunslinger like GENO SMITH to keep pace with Manning.

  • David Fritch

    Is there any chance we draft Jordan Campbell for ILB? He’s a total BEAST! His youtube workout videos are crazy!

  • Gerardo Torres

    LMFAO you chiefs fans are talking so much..you are not stopping my broncos..your defense will do a good job on Payton manning ill give you that but you aint got shit on our defense with alex smith throwing the ball LOL!! cause ummm champ bailey has shut down dwayne bowe time and time again! I ain’t even worried about jamaal charles!