Jan 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (left), chairman Clark Hunt (middle) and coach Andy Reid pose for photos during the press conference at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Rapoport On Chiefs: “A Team That’s Already Pretty Good And Is Getting Better”


There has been a lot of discussion on whether or not the Chiefs are getting better as a team despite not being very active with the big names in free agency. Throw in the reality of losing many of their own big free agents to other teams and the mood only sours. Some fans have suggested the Chiefs must be in rebuilding mode given how inactive they have been.

However, some national people are not viewing the Chiefs’ off-season as a rebuild. In fact, Ian Rapoport said on 610 AM this morning he thinks the national perspective of the Chiefs is that they are getting better.

“It’s being viewed like a team that’s already pretty good and getting is better,” Rapoport said in reference to a question about how people outside of the Chiefs’ circle are looking at Kansas City’s free agency period.

Rapoport added this to his thoughts: “They’re going to build through the draft and they’re going to build smart, and I think last year was a unique situation where they needed a lot pieces really quickly.”

There was also a brief discussion about the philosophies of both Andy Reid and John Dorsey are coming from. It was noted Reid focused on building through the draft and signing young players to extensions early. It wasn’t until the off-season where he diverted from his plan and signed a bunch of free agents to create the “Dream Team” that Philadelphia’s success ended.

It was also pointed out Green Bay almost never signs a free agent unless they really want a particular player. Instead they focus on re-signing their own players and building through the draft. Dorsey appears to be using a hybrid of the Green Bay and Philadelphia plans.

“Both of the backgrounds of the two people in charge show you can win [without being active in free agency],” Rapoport said. “And you can win big time.”

By no means has the free agency period been an easy one to sit through but this is likely to be the new normal for the Chiefs. The draft is the new big thing for the Chiefs in the off-season, not free agency. The better the Chiefs do in the draft, the less free agency is going to mean for KC.

You can listen to the full interview with Rapoport here. It begins around the 7:50 mark and ends at 16:20.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    The re-signing of Abdullah was significant. He’s a better football player than Kendrick Lewis. Mays is probably about the same as Akeem Jordan, but he’s much more physical and gives this defense some attitude and nastiness. Walker’s a better passrusher than Jackson ever was. Those three moves make this a better football team. They’re still a work in progress, but they have plenty of time left to get better.

    • ILChiefan

      Just re-watched the Houston game from this past season…….Mays DOES have a nasty streak, which I think any team can use.

  • Brian Dempsey

    Last year, they had the cap space, this year they don’t. Simple as that. Many of the players they lost are being WAY overpaid by their new teams. Compensatory picks should be coming in the 2015 draft (the max a team can get is 4).

    • Steve Blank

      even if we only got three….that would be great…at least two will be in the third round…almost too much to ask for that all four compensatory picks be in the third round

      • Jim Harper

        Now that does not prohibit you from trading your own picks. For example you could trade your #3 and #4 for say another teams high 3rd round pick and we still have multiple compensatory picks.

        • Steve Blank

          yep…if we get 3 I bet thats what they do….trade two of them to get up into the second….but then again I thought I read somwhere that Dorsey doesnt like to trade up….he would rather trade back

          • Jim Harper

            No you don’t understand. You cannot trade compensatory picks. You can only trade your own picks

    • Steve Blank

      question….I dont think comp-picks can be used to bundle up and trade…is this true?

      • Brian Dempsey

        Compensatory picks cannot be traded, yes it is true.

    • Steve Blank

      sorry..should have researched before asking….

      Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor.

  • paul pace

    Although, they have a tougher schedule this year and may not do as well as last year record wise, I think they will be a better team than last year. The Sanders debacle was a bummer but they can address the WR position in the draft. Just wish they had a 2nd round pick.

    • Ben Nielsen

      I wish they had more picks, too. Don’t care what round, just more picks. This draft is really deep.

      • Troy Utt

        Has there been any more talk of Avant? I believe signing him would most likely change the landscape of the Chiefs draft, even possibly allowing a situation where KC could trade down. The depth (talent) is deep in many of the positions KC is in need of drafting this season, so the extra pick would definitely be handy!!!

        • Ben Nielsen

          Nothing new on that front. I expect they’ll sign a wide receiver at some point tho.

          • Jim Harper

            Avant makes a lot of sense here. He is familiar with Reid’s system since Reid drafted him and he comes cheap. Plus he automatically upgrades the receiving corps.

      • clay simester

        I would do anything for about 3 2nd round picks this year. There will be tons of talent all throughout the 2nd.

    • Steve Blank

      I would rather see them get a young wr from the draft then to pay sanders that kind of money..the wr we draft wont make nearly as much and will be as productive, maybe more productive than Sanders over the next three years…

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Maybe not. Don’t forget how hard it is to transition into the NFL from that position. It can take a few years.

        • Steve Blank

          if we take a wr with our first pick, I am confident that that player will be better than Sanders in three years…heck, all the top wr’s in this draft are already better sanders imho

          • Stacy D. Smith

            In three years? Sure, that’s reasonable. Not necessarily in 2014-2015 though.

          • Steve Blank

            yeah..thats what I was saying originally….sanders signed for 3 with denver right? my point was we can have an equal or better Wr relatively quickly (depending on when we draft one) and save a boatload of money

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I tend to agree with that.

        • superman_25_58

          What do you think the odds are that they try and trade up using 2015 picks since they will have compensatory picks to replace them and try to get either Watkins or Evans?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I don’t think that’s likely. We’re short a draft pick this year. I don’t think they want to be in the same position again next year. Especially since the draft is so deep at wide receiver. They’ll have their pick of a bunch of uber-talented wideouts when they go on the board at 23.

          • clay simester

            The odds of that are zero. There’s no chance that they’d even consider it.

          • superman_25_58

            Why is this? They don’t want any old WR’s and they passed on quite a few talented WR’s in FA (Young and Old) that would be able to help this team even if it’s for a short run. So you would think that who ever they draft would have to be good enough to start in the WR2 role and in their minds better than the WR’s in FA. Right?

      • paul pace

        As always, the draft is a crap shoot but, hopefully, they pick up a WR that will be able to contribute and strengthen their receiver core, and please not another Baldwin!

  • Chuck Burrell

    Will there be no compensatory pick this year from Glenn Dorsey’s departure last year?

    • Brian Dempsey

      No, and because the Chiefs did sign more FA’s in 2013 than they lost. This year, however, will most certainly be a different story and the Chiefs surely will get compensatory picks in the 2015 draft.

      • Steve Blank

        we are gonna get at least 2, maybe up to 4….the highest they will be is the last portion of round 3….but hell…thats awesome…imagine 3 extra picks…with late 3rd early 4th being a couple…those are valuable spots

        • berttheclock

          Especially, when you peruse some the past 3rd rounds in the draft. Some years, they have been very deep. For example, go back to the Moeaki draft year and look down through the list of players coming out of that round.

  • Bigchief

    We just have to trust our gm and patient it’s hard to do when you see other teams spending. All we can do is see what the outcome is at the end of the yr keep the faith

    • Steve Blank

      like I said earlier…if we can get 3 starters out of the draft this year, and maybe get lucky with one of the compensatory picks next year I will be more than happy with dorsey’s methods

    • Jim Harper

      Exactly!!!

  • michael carey

    I’m just going to throw this out there, and I’ll probably be criticized, but what is everyone’s thoughts on Miles Austin? He has been in the basement for the last two years, but I would hardly discount his 2009 and 2010 seasons as flukes. I think if he can be brought in at a nominal price, then he might be with the risk involved. My only concern being that he is the same size and speed as Dwayne Bowe and I’m not sure that equates well into Reid’s system…

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He’s just one year removed from a pretty big season in Dallas. I might kick the tires on Austin and see if he’d be worth a deal (a small one).

      • Patrick Allen

        He is incredibly talented but he is always hurt. He has hamstring issues every year and he misses multiple games. A team can’t rely on him at all. I’d take him on for a one-year, low cost salary but that is all.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          A one-year “prove it” deal? Yep, I agree. Or maybe a two-year deal that helps us part ways with him easily and with little damage if he doesn’t play well in 2014.

        • clay simester

          That’s exactly right. He was awesome a couple years ago, but he is never ever healthy. Even when he did get healthier toward the end of the season he didn’t play very much. I think he’s just burnt up, and i can’t see him ever being productive again.

      • berttheclock

        Be very careful kicking his tires, as you might put him into rehab.

      • Jim Harper

        Be careful not to kick the hamstrings!

    • Steve Blank

      i wouldnt have any heartburn at all if we signed him to minimum contract….he still has a lot in the tank…just has to stay healthy

  • freshmeat62

    How many out there think that the FA’s that the Chiefs lost were worth what they got? I say not a one. Every one was way overpriced. The players the Chiefs are signing may not have the sex appeal as what the donkeys are signing, but they are players that Dorsey/Reid want, and fit what they are trying to do. Let the other teams destroy their caps. I’d much rather build for the long term than some flash in the pan.

    • Brian Dempsey

      I’m with you 100%. The FA’s the Chiefs lost were WAY overpaid by their new teams. The amount of dollars the Donkeys threw out to the FA’s doesn’t mean they upgraded their team a whole lot — it just means they overspent when they didn’t have to. Not one single player that the Donkeys threw all that money at would have helped them in their SB loss to Seattle.

      • superman_25_58

        McCluster is the only one I think didn’t get over paid. I mean if our damn punter got a 3+ mil a year contract than McClusters 4 mil a year isn’t too bad IMO. All the others I can handle being gone even though I would of loved it if Swartz got a deal just bc he is so versatile being able to play anywhere on the line. This is the Doreido show though so I’m just going to sit back and watch! Maybe express my opinion on certain topics here and there though. lol

  • e_racer

    One key to a great GM is having the guts to get rid of overpriced talent. The other key is finding a replacement. Handling the cap is underrated. That is where I gave Pioli a F. Thought to be a strong suit, cap management was abysmal under SP.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Yes, completely agree. Working on a post about that topic.

  • e_racer

    Abdullah is a really good player, but the Chiefs need to find a starting FS. Abdullah is best when coming off the bench. Health issues have been a cc in the past. Too many head injuries early in career.

    • Steve Blank

      that will be Commings….they are going to play him at FS a lot…he might even be the starter

  • e_racer

    Also, really like Parker. IMHO – way underrated player.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    They are doing the same thing as last year. Fill the holes in FA with lower salary players. Pay who you need to and draft best player. They will not overpay FA players so we can just quit having aspirations for the likes of Revis, Peppers or any other older great players. Get younger, faster and stronger.

  • Erik Hild

    I think part of the reason chiefs fans think FA has been bad or think we are rebuilding is because we look at Denver and how they have brought in 3-4 relatively well known FA and wish we had done that. I think the donkeys are loading up for Peyton’s last two seasons. And I hope they don’t win any Super Bowls in the next 2 years. The Chiefs will be fine this year and the draft is going to be a better way to determine the direction the franchise is going.

  • Stan Colbert

    Dorsey did an incredible job with the bottom of roster last year! With two picks on IR you couldsay this year actually 8 New picks this year.He has “increased competition” with FA thus far! What is it, once a coincidence, twice a trend, three times a habit?