Chiefs Making Moves That Matter

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More than a month ago, while anticipating one of my favorite days of the Chiefs calendar year, Cut Down Day, I thought the Chiefs would go for an experienced offensive lineman, and felt that was pretty much all a fan could hope for. But wow! Did GM John Dorsey and HC Andy Reid blow that day out of the water?!

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 8.16.28 PMFrom the moment they announced their “right 53” you could see they thought something was still very “wrong” with that group and went about trading or replacing 7 of them: Edgar Jones, Jerrell Powe, Devon Wylie, Bradley McDougald, Zac Diles, Jalil Brown, and Kevin Brock.

It’s not so much that these were the “wrong” players for the Chiefs but a question of whether or not there were players out there (made available because of the 53 man cutdown mandate) who were:

1. simply better or,

2. who were a more appropriate fit the Chiefs scheme or,

3. who were more of a “known quantity” by coaches or the GM.

My first take was to consider the possible negative interpersonal effects those changes could have on the remaining players and team dynamics just 7 days before opening day.

Then I began to see some other connections that weren’t at first apparent.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    Great stuff, Ladner!

    I expect little from all of this movement, but I am really excited about Dezman Moses. That kid showed something last year in Green Bay. He played VERY well in spot duty. Even got a half-dozen starts (if memory serves). He simply got caught in a logjam at a loaded position group. Adding him to the fold gives us real options.

    I was a bit disappointed that we let Wylie go in favor of Hall. He has game-breaking speed and could’ve been a dangerous part of the return rotation. Hall has only average speed, but may offer you more as a receiver. I liked what I saw from him in the game against the 49ers. I guess we’ll see what happens.

    • elly violette

      When you think about 30 new players on the roster… 30 different players that the Chiefs didn’t have last year, it’s amazing. It makes me wonder what the average turnover is for any NFL team and how high above average 30 players is? Anyone have any idea?

      • Jim Harper

        No but that is a great question that I would also like to know.

    • Jim Harper

      I am with you on Moses. Especially after watching his interview. Aside from being very obviously athletic he is highly intelligent and well spoken and should be a very strong asset with his versatility. Can’t wait to see how we use him. Since last year I have had concerns about Wylie’s ability to stay on the field. Andy obviously thinks highly of Hall so am also anxious to see where he is used.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Wylie was healthy throughout the offseason though, no?

        • Jim Harper

          Up until the last preseason game when the hammy became an issue again. I never did hear how serious it was though. That was the same thing that kept him off the field last year. I liked Wylie a lot and have always been rooting for him, but I am just guessing the hammy is what spooked Reid and he has a known quantity in Hall, but again it is all just guess work on my part.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Pioli did a very similar thing when he came in 2009. He turned over the bottom of the roster like crazy and was picking up ex-Patriots whenever he could. Thankfully, the top of the Chiefs’ roster is much better for Dorsey than it was for Scotty.

    My favorite move was Frank Zombo. Dude looked like he could play in the preseason. Hopefully he can be a solid reserve.

    • Michael Shaw

      Yeah, I would have to say that the Zombo pickup was my favorite out of all the moves so far.

    • ladner morse

      I think the Zombo move is very much like the Vrabel move. Only Zombo is just starting out and we could end getting the best of his year to come.

  • Norman Gunn

    Great Read! I can’t believe we have those many new faces. Something else when broken down in numbers.

    • ladner morse

      Yea, when I first started looking at the number of players that were new I stopped and recounted cuz I said to myself, “That can’t be true.”

  • kcpauly

    Good read Laddie
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ladner morse

      Thanks. That’s usually my main goal… to make it a good read. That’s what I’m always looking for when I go searching for stories read.

      • kcpauly

        Well I’d say you accomplish it most of the time, keep up the good work, Bud.
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tm1946

    With the extra cap money freed by Flowers deal, you may get that OL you want. I figure they did not want that money to use next year. Running Back, name WR, OL

    • ladner morse

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs restructure someone like Hali too. Even with the cap space they have created with Flower… you have to believe they have plans for those dollars. And yes…. I hope it is a solid journeyman OL.

      • elly violette

        How about if the Chiefs use some of that money one a good #2 WR? I think that would be better than an OL because anyone who will give Alex Smith another way to get rid of the ball quicker… is better than forcing the OL to protect longer.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Avery’s your #2 WR. He’s pretty good.

  • elly violette

    I’ve heard some good things about Dezman Moses. Does anyone know anything more about him? I wonder how many of these new guys will be contributing right away?

    • ladner morse

      Coverage is coverage… so I think Marcus Cooper could see the field soon on 3rd and long. Same for Howard. Penetrating is penetrating so if the Chiefs need to give Poe a break on a 3rd and long I think Howard should be able to come in and get up field in a hurry.

  • ladner morse

    I’m surprised more fans haven’t raised a voice about the loss of Moeaki. He came in with a ton of promise and made some really good plays. I don;t know where the Chiefs are at interms of how much they have to pay him now that’s he’s back in their IR… but how can Sean McGrath be as good as him. They’re not even in the same ballpark are they?

    • elly violette

      I’m surprised more people haven’t said something about the loss of Devon Wylie. I thought he looked like he was going to be an important part of Dave Toub’s special teams group… and then poof… he’s gone!

      • ArrowFan

        He gets hurt to often with hamstring stuff.

    • Danny W

      No and no matter how you spin it I’m not convinced Jay Howared is going to be better than Jerrell Powe. If he comes in and every opportunity he get’s plays in the back field and hits the quarterback then we’ll see. Powe was probably as good as Poe. I’m just baffled by the brass letting him walk.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Powe hasn’t shown much to draw comparisons to Poe. I was a bit surprised he was let go, but I’m not sure it’s a significant move.

    • Jim Harper

      The deal with Moeaki confuses me, because I think by putting him on IR they still have to pay him thereby having a negative impact on cap space. Had they released him as well then they save that money and gain cap space. This is his final year, so I am not sure why they would bother to keep him.