John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Offseason Grades: Chiefs Get Top Marks


The Kansas City Chiefs may have gotten an F for their performance during the 2012 regular season but as far as Matt Williamson of ESPn is concerned, KC is top of the class when it comes to the 2013 offseason.

Williamson gave the Chiefs an A-, which was the best of any NFL team, save the Ravens, who received the same mark.

The story is behind ESPN’s ridiculous “Insider” paywall but the Chiefs’ portion is visible.

Kansas City Chiefs

Key additions: QB Alex Smith, DE Mike DeVito, CB Sean Smith, TE Anthony Fasano, CB Dunta Robinson, G Geoff Schwartz, QB Chase Daniel, WR Donnie Avery, FB Anthony Sherman, LB Zac Diles, DL Marcus Dixon, LB Akeem Jordan, DE Daniel Muir, OLB Frank Zombo

Key losses: OT Eric Winston, DE Glenn Dorsey, QB Matt Cassel, CB Javier Arenas, TE Kevin Boss, DE Ropati Pitoitua, WR Steve Breaston, S Travis Daniels, S Abram Elam, RB Peyton Hillis, DL Shaun Smith, G Ryan Lilja, ILB Brandon Siler, QB Brady Quinn

Analysis: This is a much better football team than the one we saw struggle through the 2012 season in very disappointing fashion. There isn’t one position on this team that I would say was better in 2012 than it is right now, although we must realize just how badly this team underachieved last season. In fact, the Chiefs look to be noticeably improved at quarterback, tight end, offensive line and defensive back.

It is crazy to think about how much change has occurred in Kansas City this offseason.

But Williamson is correct. The chiefs have definitely got better at QB, TE, OL and DB. The team has also improved drastically at head coach. The jury is still out on GM and the rest of the coaches but the early returns are positive, at least for John Dorsey. I’d argue the only areas that concern me are DE and WR.

The Chiefs’ roster is mostly complete but there will be some surprise veteran cutes later this summer. The Chiefs may be able to pick up a couple of key veteran pieces as they get ready for the season.

What do you thin, Addicts? Do the Chiefs deserve top marks for their offsseason?

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • KCPauly

    I say Most definitely YES, getting a real HC, and OC gives them the A for me alone, Daboll should not be allowed to coach Pop Warner, the guy is a complete idiot, that ruined what little offensive hope we may have had, I got nothing bad to say about RAC, other than I think the game passed him by, helluva nice guy though…Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

  • chiefridgy

    Go Chiefs! That’s all I’m saying…

  • ArrowFan

    yes

  • chiefdeorty

    We are the team that people don’t want to play. While they the NFL don’t know this at this time they will soon after the season starts, count on it. Like KCPauly said with just the difference of HC&Off. Cord. they are so much improved not to mention we a QB now. With the other people added we are on are way to a great season. So I say yes we have improved big time. WATCH OUT DONKEYS!

  • Jim Harper

    Absolutely! And it is not just the homers saying so. Nearly every talking head has said the same thing. No doubt we made improvements at many positions not the least of which was QB & HC. The real change lies in the entire team attitude. You can sense they all believe in what they are doing and in what they are capable of doing. In my over 50 years of being a fan I have never witnessed anything like what we are seeing right now, and it is super exciting. This is the year we start pushing opponents around.

  • Justin R Groth

    I say we are improved on paper, and I hope we can improve on a 2-14 record. However the thing I don’t ever wanna see again is the defeated look on The players/coached/fans with 10 mins left in the fourth because we are down two touchdowns. I want to see the determination to succeed no matter the obstical (sorry if misspelled)

  • paul pace

    I am eagerly awaiting the beginning of the season. Heck, I can’t wait for training camp to start and then we will really see the improvements made by this team!

  • Calchiefsfan

    Remeber, until we prove otherwise, we are the team that all the fans put a W next to when we play their team. That being said, the Chiefs grossly underperformed last year due to abysmal coaching and a dysfunctional GM. Charlie Weiss got a lot more out of a less talented offense in 2010, when Bowe led the league in TD’s for a wide receiver. With good coaching from Andy Reid the Chiefs should be a good team, challenging for a playoff spot. I reallly don’t want to go through another year like last year.