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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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