The Kansas City Chiefs are underway for the 2013 season! They had their first team training camp practice yesterday afternoon. We’ll have a report from our training camp corespondent later today but for now, here is your Morning Fix!
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Fisher and the Chiefs agreed to terms on a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $22.19 million, per a source involved in the process. ProFootballTalk.com first reported the story.
Fisher will receive a signing bonus of $14.518 million, with $10 million of that coming in five days, according to Rapoport. The cash-flow issue (having up-front money) was what was negotiated in exchange for having offset language in the deal. The offensive lineman will receive the rest of his signing bonus in February.
Fisher has base salaries of $405,000 in 2013, $395,000 in 2014, $585,000 in 2015 and $675,000 in 2016. Fisher also has roster bonuses of about $919,000 in 2014, $1.94 million in 2015 and $2.76 million in 2016.
But if the regular season kicked off next Sunday, how would the Chiefs’ projected roster fare?
Anybody can wave a wand and promote half-hollow guesses to progress reports. However, that stamp of approval holds little weight if it’s only supported by vague arguments.
Nobody has a crystal ball in their closet, but Pro Football Focus does break down the stories behind the numbers and allow a 20/20 glimpse into the past. Being so, the most accurate method of grading units before training camp is to score each player’s game—based heavily on Pro Football Focus’ performance database—in various facets relevant to their position.
Adding the categorical scores and dividing the sum by the total possible points will churn out a grade/percentage for each player. The unit’s score then factors in every athlete’s weighted value (represented by a percentage beside their name) before outputting a final grade for the position.
The play served notice that after two seasons with a dormant passing attack, the Chiefs intend to revive it in a big way.
“I wasn’t ready for that,” Smith said. “I came up and I got a good look for it. Crowd pleaser.”
Much more needs to happen before the passing game can be called successful. But the intent is obviously there. Smith completed another deep pass to McCluster a few plays later.
As much as Reid enjoyed the big plays, he liked the consistency of the passing game. Smith, who completed 70 percent of his passes for the 49ers last season, went several plays into practice before throwing his first incompletion.