Eight Great New Faces Of The K.C. Chiefs

Top: Sean Smith, Akeem Jordan, Marcus Cooper, Geoff Schwartz & Sean McGrath    Bottom: Quintin Demps, Anthony Sherman & Donnie Avery

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Yes, we all know that Alex Smith is an upgrade over anyone the Chiefs have had quarterbacking them in years. However, in the NFL you don’t go from being a 2-14 team to a 5-0 team without having made many changes. Obvious to all was that changes had to be made.  However, when such a high number of your changes turn out to be great additions… those great additions should be duly noted: all 8 of them! Yes, there’s been even more changes than that but these 8 players have stood out in a big way during the first 5 games of the year.

How did this happen?

Who did the Chiefs get to turn the tides?

Of course the real answer is Andy Reid and John Dorsey but, fans don’t really want to spend their time cheering for them come game day. Plus, it’s the faces of Andy, John and Alex that have been plastered all over the Chiefs world wide web every day since each of their arrivals.

So, here’ are the other great new faces the Chiefs have brought in… and which have gotten them over the top… filled the holes in the bucket… and helped make the winning difference between this year’s and last year’s teams.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.30.21 PM1) Sean McGrath

The (Duck Dynasty) Beard lives! 15 receptions in just over three games. 180 total yards with catches of 23, 22 and 25 yards in three different games this season and more importantly, McGrath has been clutch. It seems that just when the Chiefs need a big play, McGrath comes through. The man with the beard has brought consistency, big catches… and personality… to a TE position that has been ravaged with injuries this year as in recent seasons.

2) Akeem Jordan

The Chiefs have a defense to be proud of in 2013. They are first in rushing points allowed and sport a top ten defense in many categories. While Akeem Jordan (20 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) won’t likely be making the Pro Bowl he’s solidified the inside Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.32.25 PMlinebacker position next to Derrick Johnson (35 tackles). Jordan’s job is to fight off blockers and allow DJ time to get to the RB and he’s do his job. If you could somehow excuse the 264 yards rushing Philadelphia game with Sean McCoy, Michael Vick and the crazy offense of Chip Kelly which came early in the season for anyone to properly scout, then you’d see that Akeem Jordan is an important part of the Chiefs defense which is holding their 4 other opponents to a mere 78 rushing per game.

3) Marcus Cooper

What can you say about this young man. He appears to be the future of the CB position for the Chiefs for the next ten years to come. Plus, he nearly whipped the Tennessee Titans by his Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.34.29 PMlonesome. His recovery of a fumbled-then-kicked punt in the end zone set the defensive tone (you have to give Cyrus Gray his props on that play because he’s the one who pushed the Titans player into the punted ball).  Cooper then finished up the game with a terrific interception by jumping up over the Titans receiver and then he arm wrestled it from his arms. He may yet turn into the best off season addition of all.

4) Anthony Sherman

The Chiefs are 12th in the league in rushing in no small part due to Anthony Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.36.37 PMSherman. The holes he opens for Jamaal Charles are huge and he consistently gets the job done. The Chiefs haven’t had a fullback this good since Tony Richardson. The important part is… he is a difference maker. I didn’t like the trade at first that brought him to K.C. and shipped CB Javier Arenas to Arizona but, Sherman has been a tank and provided an occasional relief valve for Alex Smith with 8 catches on the year.

5) Donnie Avery

The beneficiary of all the Bowe double coverage is Donnie Avery. Three years ago when the Chiefs went up against Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.39.01 PMthe Ravens in the playoffs the Ravens doubled Bowe and there was no one else who could step up and make a big catch and consequently the Chiefs were one and done. This year Donnie Avery is making teams pay and Avery is the one reaping the rewards. Avery has by no means been perfect but he’s not reminded anyone this year of the dropsys he’s had in years past. In fact, his down field receptions are the ointment that heals the “Alex Smith won’t go long” wound.

6) Quintin Demps

Quintin Demps has had two interceptions, one in each of the past two games. Add his 57 yard kickoff return Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.43.18 PMearlier this year to those stats, along with 9 tackles and 7 passes defensed and you have one heck of an addition to the family. Demps is an NFL journeyman whose continued to work on his game and raise his level of play. He’s not only spent time in Philadelphia and Houston but, played for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League in 2010. When Demps came out of Texas-El Paso in 2008 he had 4.35 40 speed and was drafted in the 4th round by the Eagles and Andy Reid. His reunion with Reid has been pretty much a picnic for Chiefs fans.

7) Geoff Schwartz

An NFL team can’t survive without players like Geoff Schwartz. Call him “super-sub” on the offensive line. You Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.49.58 PMcertainly can’t win your first five games of the season unless you have offensive linemen like Schwartz who can play a number of positions along the line and play them well enough for there not to be a big drop off in productivity when the starter goes down. The Chiefs didn’t have Schwartz last year and it was only Donald Stephenson who came through when called upon. Having solid starting offensive linemen is one thing… but to have players who can give them a spell and still succeed is invaluable. Schwartz not only makes my list of the greatest 8 new faces thus far but I think he’s good enough to be a regular starter.

8) Sean Smith

On Sunday in Tennessee the TV announcers called Sean Smith the Chiefs best corner this year. I can’t argue with that. Now I don’t believe that Brandon Flowers is made to cover the Dez Bryants of the world and I’m not sure Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.51.36 PMSean Smith can either, but his presence for the Chiefs has forced teams to deal with more direct pressure on their QB because Smith’s man usually doesn’t need to be doubled. Having a second corner who plays at Brandon Flowers level has helped to turn this defense into the beast it is becoming.

Last year I kept wondering how great this team could actually be if they had just a few more pieces to the puzzle. Now, I’m wondering about how much better they can be by just staying together for another year.

So, what do you think Addicts? Is there a face you’d like to invite to this party?

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  • berttheclock

    The best GMs in the NFL never stop scouting and evaluating players. I love to follow the work of Trent Baalke, John Schneider and John Dorsey, especially. All appear to really inspect the players of each others teams. As for Marcus Cooper, I read where Dorsey, Ballard and assistants watched Cooper in warmups before the preseason Niners-Chiefs game. They waited to see those waiver wires. If you check out some of those waiver wire moves, the Chiefs took players from both the Niners and Seahawks. The Niners and Seahawks have ended up picking up players from each other. The Seahawks just plucked B J Daniels from the Niners. Daniels is the Kaepernick type clone who led the winning drive against the Chiefs in that August game. Now, Seattle will have a Russell Wilson/Kaepernick clone to back up Wilson.

    However, glad to see you mention Schwartz. He has been derided by some for not being a First Team quality player. Well, he is a back up and much needed. I remember the year the Giants won the SB and they had so many injuries to their O-line, they had to keep shuffling two journeymen offensive linemen back and forth between the taxi squad and the 53. But, in Cleveland, the brother of Schwartz has always been the more gifted lineman, but, he is falling out of favor with the new regime. Could a pickup by the Chiefs be in order? Imagine two brothers playing for the same team. Oy vey. Breakout the matzo balls on Fairfax Avenue.

    • ladner morse

      Great post!

    • Tom Sparks

      I am on board with Ladner, excellent comment! I have loved Dorsey for some time and, as I said before the season started, when Clark inked Andy Reid, I was praying that he could pull Dorsey away from GB for the new GM position! He has been courted by other teams in prior years, was just waiting for the move he wanted to make. And, it is our fortune, that he WANTED to come and be part of the Chiefs! That makes it even sweeter, to me….. Both our newHC/GM really believe in the ownership of this NFL Franchise, & both know the deep pride & history of The Chiefs, as well as the Fans.
      I still say, we/Clark Hunt could not have picked a better dynamic/duo, who also have a very long friendship with each other! The present and future of the Chiefs Fanchise shines much more brighter, now!

  • Chris Tarrants

    I’m not sure who excites me more Demps, or Cooper? Demps has the ability on special teams to make you hold your breath. Cooper looks like a great up and comer who can bolster this secondary for a long time. It’s nice having a GM who knows what he wants and knows how to get it done!

    • KCMikeG

      Demps plays center field like Cherry. Cooper makes us so much stronger to deal with the donkey circus. Wait until Commings comes back and we wii own the league defensively.

  • Jason Seibel

    Hey Laddie, thanks for highlighting these guys! I couldn’t agree with you more on all counts. Finding a diamond in the rough like McGrath and Cooper seems to be the specialty of John Dorsey in his young Chiefs career. I can only hope that this guy stays with this organization for a long time. What a couple of steals from the “powerhouse” teams of the NFC West. Makes me happy!

  • tm1946

    Do not recall the last time that many “impacted” on a team performance for any given year. Now if the draft picks join in.

  • Stan Colbert

    All you have to do to appreciate management is look at KC sports. One has an owner family proven to be dedicated to his team. He has put a quality HC/GM relationship together allowing them to do their best! They have in turn brought players and put them in position to play to their potential. This has allowed a fan base to experience a feeling of pride not felt in a long time. If these players continue to take advantage of the opportunities provided all of everybodies dreams may come reality!

  • KCMikeG

    Great post Laddie! First the “Magnificent Seven” and now the “Eight Great”! DB Carter and Moses have been nice finds too. Dorsey is batting 1000%!

  • Canad-Ian

    Great work by the GM if there are articles being written about the new faces and not one of them is a 2013 draft pick. As those guys develop/get healthy this team will get even better.