Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) defends a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines 2/28/2014

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Morning Fix.

The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs was a season many won’t soon forget. It saw the re-emergence of the Chiefs into the spotlight — and the playoffs — after many years. There were many key factors to the Chiefs ’13 successes, but the team will pick two names to put a face to the team’s victories. On Saturday, the team will announce the MVP and the Rookie of the Year winners. ESPN’s Adam Teicher gives his take on who should win the award.

The rookie of the year question is more interesting. Should it go to tackle Eric Fisher, the first pick in the draft, or cornerback Marcus Cooper, who was claimed on waivers by the Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers shortly before the start of the regular season?

Speaking of Eric Fisher, many don’t think he played well enough in 2013 to be deserving of this award. It seems he has proven a lot of his skeptics right by not playing to the level that many would expect from a No. 1 overall pick. But, one season — especially a rookie season — isn’t necessarily what defines an NFL career. However, as Gary Davenport, Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report writes, Fisher will have to play like a top pick if the Chiefs can expect to return to the playoffs in 2014.

However, lost amid all the good news in KC was a disappointing rookie season from last year’s first overall pick. If the Chiefs are going to make it back into the postseason in 2014, then Eric Fisher is going to need to improve by leaps and bounds in his second year.

Fisher built up a head of steam heading into last year’s draft with great showings at the Senior Bowl and combine.

And while we’re talking about draft picks, we should probably mention the guy that those picks will have to play for. By the time Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s time in Philadelphia came to an end, he was the czar of all things football. One of the things he wanted to get back to was “just coaching.” He’s been able to do that in Kansas City. But that doesn’t mean he can’t add his input. Terez Paylor has a great piece up about how Reid is fine assisting with the draft process.

So when asked about personnel matters with the Chiefs both large and small, Reid has been quick to refer to Dorsey. It’s Reid’s way of making it clear who runs the show and displaying his faith in Dorsey’s draft-centric approach to team building. The two worked together, albeit in different roles, during 1992-98 in Greeb Bay, which won a Super Bowl in 1997.

That’s it for today, Addicts. I know it’s the off season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show your Chiefs pride. Make sure you’ve got your RED ON, enjoy your weekend and GO CHIEFS!

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  • berttheclock

    Hey, Jason, you should check out yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer/Eagles, where there was a very good article concerning the 48 sacks given up by the Eagles of last season. The writer broke down the various categories of sacks, such as offensive linemen getting physically beaten, quarterback’s fault, miscommunication/misreads , coverage sacks when no one is open and other such as a bad snap from center.

    Notice that the Number 4 pick in last year’s draft, Lane Johnson, had to switch to RT and gave up 7 physically beaten sacks. Also, consider, how Joeckel was badly beaten by both Houston and Catapano early on before his later season ending injury. Not easy to hit blocking, er, running in the NFL. But, a similar study of the 2013 offensive line of the Chiefs would be interesting. For one thing the miscommunication/misread portion really addresses why continuity of an offensive line is so very important.

    • tm1946

      Good stuff but…..even if a poor draft, the first kid taken needs to preform, perform at a level better than some backup.. That is why the GM gets the big bucks, to find the right person, that is why there is a scouting dept. and HCs get gray hair. Fisher will be better but he was disappointing and ill prepared for his first year, that is on him. Being the first pick, that is on the Chiefs.

      • Chuck Burrell

        Now that the season is over, name the better pick. Do you reach for Keenan Allen? No. The lb from buffalo? No. Who from that class was actually the ‘big winner’ pick?

        • mnelson52

          I was about to ask basicly the same thing. It was the worst class in a long time to have no one great to pick at number one. Usually there are a few stand outs. I think Fisher was the best pick and will develop well.

          • berttheclock

            Have you read the reports that the Dolphins are shopping the 3rd player taken in that draft? Dion Jordan, the OLB from Nike. He had shoulder problems (surgery in February on a torn labrum) and really didn’t fit their 4-3 system. He could fit a 3-4 as an outside rusher. So, the first four players taken in the 2013 draft have all had various problems. Looks as though there are going to be a ton of moves done in Miami with the new regime. Suggestions of trading Mike Wallace, as well.

          • mnelson52

            Dolphins denied shopping Jordon, Wallace, and Wake

        • Montez K.

          Eric Reid was the “big winner” in the first round IMO. We wouldn’t have picked him at 1 and who could have predicted Kendrick Lewis’ colossal collapse? Fisher will improve.

  • berttheclock

    Jason, that article is up at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/

  • jimfromkcj

    Jason, when you are a successful franchise like Denver, Seattle or San Francisco, you can take a chance on a player that you think might have promise in the first round. When you are the Raiders, Chiefs or Browns, You better pick a player who can come in and play at a high level with your first pick. The 3rd or 4th or later rounds is where you pick lesser players who might have promise. The only thing Dorsey did last year that I thought was a winner was getting Alex, And even that was not my first choice. I would have tried for Matt Moore, He is about the same quality as Alex and could have been got a whole lot cheaper.

  • Calchiefsfan

    This whole knock on Fisher is premature. Anyone expecting him to come out a play like a pro bowler his first year was being unrealistic. Going into the draft the take on Fisher was that he was more raw than Jockel but had a higher upside, meaning it was going to take Fisher longer to get acclimated to the NFL. Look no further than Joe Staley’s career to get a good idea of what should be expected from Fisher. By Staley’s fourth year he has become a perennial pro bowler.

    As for Chiefs MVP should there be any question? Charles, hands down

    • Brian Dempsey

      Agreed, especially with Fisher having to play out of position at RT because drama-queen Albert refused to play anywhere other than LT. Add to that, Fisher, for the most part, faced off against the better series of opponents than Albert or Stephenson did. Things could have been a whole lot worse for Fisher than what they really were considering he was a rookie playing out of position ( and I’ve seen Stephenson and Seahawks LT Russell Okung both make the statement that going over from LT to RT was not an easy adjustment ).

      I’ll never understand why so many Chiefs fans were willing to give Albert multiple years to develop at LT ( even though Albert performed much worse in 2009 and 2010, than Fisher did in 2013 ), but they aren’t willing to give Fisher that same chance to try to develop and improve his craft.

  • area

    Really like that Coach Reid has realized one persons’ abilities are finite and that he is not trying to assume too much responsibility. Use your attributes to their most efficient function, and roll on.