The Kansas City Chiefs made the most of their offseason, hiring former Eagles coach Andy Reid, and trading two draft picks to the San Fransisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith. They followed that by drafting what they hope to be an anchor on their offensive line in Eric Fisher.
I am joined by KCKingdom.com editor Ben Nielson to discuss the Chiefs offseason moves. We also look at some of the consultants that Kansas City has brought in to advise Reid, including former coach Dick Vermeil.
The Kansas City Royals are also a topic. A team that started the season so well has completely collapsed in the last month. Should Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas be sent down to Omaha to find their groove? Is it time to get rid of Chris Getz and call Johnny Giavotella up from AAA?
The Kansas City Chiefs defense is new, complex and more or less, attack-mode; it’s also fun to watch.
The moment Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was hired, there was an aura about him and the system he has since implemented. It seems most appropriate to have coach Sutton define the new scheme that Chiefs fans will come to know and love, beginning as early as training camp, if not already.
“It’s based out of 3-4,” coach Sutton shared after a team OTA.
“That’s the personnel that we select off. We’re more multiple than just 3-4, without much imagination. We try to do a lot of different things that encompass the same kind of techniques and adjustments, particularly for the up-front guys. It goes on as we get into the sub and the third down, we have some more multiple things, pressures, etc. that we try to do. I would guess you’d say it’s multiple in nature, but it’s based out of a 3-4 personnel.”
The Chiefs selected Eric Berry at 5th overall in 2010, which tied him with the late Sean Taylor as the highest drafted safety in league history. The Chiefs also gave Berry a very healthy 6 year, 60 million dollar contract which made him the highest paid safety in the league. For the most part, Chiefs fans have been pretty happy with the production of Eric Berry while others still argue that he’s over rated. Almost every Chiefs’ fan agrees that Eric Berry’s potential is through the roof, but why are they still split on whether or not he’s over rated? My argument would be that he’s not playing the right position.
Berry’s rookie season started kind of slow but finished very strong. Berry finished the season second on the team with tackles (92), first in interceptions (4), including a 54-yard touchdown return in a late December match-up against Tennessee. Berry also went on to make his first Pro Bowl, which made him the first rookie player for Kansas City to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker, Derrick Thomas.
They traded away a pair of draft picks to acquire quarterback Alex Smith from the 49ers, signed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a long-term deal, placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert and spent lavishly in free agency to overhaul their defensive backfield and tight end situation.
The result has been a team that has spent three weeks of voluntary workouts and now a week of mandatory minicamp trying to get accustomed to its new personnel and coaching staff.
“I think any time you have a change in your staff there’s a different feel to it,” Hunt said. “Everyone has the way they approach the business, and how they train the guys on the field.”
Hunt said he’s noticed that practices under Reid are run at a much faster pace, and that they have a certain crispness that was lacking under Crennel and former coach Todd Haley.
“I always have high expectations, but you try to temper those expectations,” Hunt said. “We do have a new staff. We have a lot of new players. I don’t know how quickly it will come together once we get to September. But I’m very excited about what I’ve seen this spring.
“I wouldn’t use the term ‘rebuilding.’ We came into 2013 with a lot of talented football players on the team. John Dorsey has done a great job of adding some people who I think will help us both this year and down the road. And then obviously Andy and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job with them.”
Stepping away from the Eagles job has to have been a degree of relief, as the expectations are lower — the Chiefs have been even worse than the Eagles were last year. But Reid’s trying to raise that level as well.
“Andy Reid put a standard on us when he first walked into the meeting room,” longtime linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “It’s to win a championship and it you’re playing for anything else, you’re not doing justice to the game.
“You never look at it as a rebuilding year. That’s college talk. You always reload.”
And Reid, apparently, has reloaded his tanks in the short time it took to get to the Midwest, which can only be good for him personally as well as the team he’s coaching.