Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) returns a fumble in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

AA Sunday Review: Filling Holes Through Draft And Free Agency


Every Sunday morning we do our best to catch you up on everything you may have missed during the week in a series we like to call AA Sunday Review. Here’s some of the best stuff from the past week.

MONDAY: Should The Chiefs Pass On A First Round Wide Receiver? by Lyle Graversen

MONDAY: Chiefs Concede AFC West To Denver; Won’t Play In 2014 by Ben Nielsen

“Listen, let’s be honest about this,” Andy Reid said in front of a lone reporter, Perez A. Hilton, at a press conference oddly scheduled for 3:20 a.m. “There’s no way anyone is beating Denver this year. No chance. Why risk the health of Junior Hemingway and Dustin Colquitt when we know Denver is going to win anyway? It is just not a good idea.”

TUESDAY: The Year of the Young, Developing Chiefs by Stacy D. Smith

Generally speaking, for most of Chiefs Kingdom, free agency’s been a disappointment. There’s some thought that the Kansas City Chiefs’ low-level signings won’t make a constructive difference in 2014. The AFC West arms race appears to have been dominated by the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs’ modest FA haul comes as no real surprise to those who’ve been reading the tea leaves. The front office clearly expects to flesh the roster out with players from the NFL Draft. More importantly, they expect younger players already on the roster to mature and make bigger contributions next season.

WEDNESDAY: The Chiefs And The Double Down Draft by Laddie Morse

When ex-GM Scott Pioli was in town I used to chart his draft pathology and often found that he was a part of a process in which he’d either draft two players from one university in the same year or take two players who play the same position. To an extent, Herm Edwards did the same at the top of the 2008 draft when he traded picks to move up and take two top linemen in that draft: Glenn Dorsey at #5 and Branden Albert, #15. That way, they came through the ranks, and the system, together.

THURSDAY: Will A Cardinal Become A Chief? by Merlin

One aspect of draft season that I really enjoy is fans finding favorites among the mid-late round prospects. In the spirit of that, let me introduce you to mine, Jeff Janis, Wide Receiver from Saginaw Valley State. Who? From where? Exactly. Saginaw Valley State is a Division II school in Michigan. Jeff Janis is a highly decorated prospect earning multiple All-American team designations at that level.

THURSDAY: One More Free Agent Signing by Nick Floyd

While it is disturbing to see so many players that contributed to the success the Chiefs had in 2013 leave the team, a fan must have faith in the philosophy held by General Manager John Dorsey had in Green Bay, “Build through the draft and secure high quality players for a good price” will hold sound.

FRIDAY: Injury Bargain Bin: Chiefs Should Look At Austin And Briesel by Nicholas Alan Clayton

Chiefs fans would be right to expect that given what we’ve seen from Arrowhead Drive so far this offseason, a flurry of free agent activity is not just around the corner. However, we are getting to the point of the offseason where teams can get bargain basement prices for players that have fallen through the cracks.

SATURDAY: The Chiefs: Winning The Off Season by Laddie Morse

The offseason is a favorite time of year for me: the planning, the market moves, the wheeling and dealing, the releasing, letting players go and signing new players plus, the nfl rumor mill out grinds Kim Kardashian on a sultry summer Saturday night.

Thanks for reading, Addicts. Hope you enjoyed our work this week.

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  • berttheclock

    Yet another fine week of reporting. However, I would add the excellent piece at Bleacher Reports on April 4 which was noted at sfgate and discussed why Sanders Commings might be the answer at safety. The writer even mentioned the fact Commings’ 40 at last years combine was faster than the ones posted by this years group of safeties. Yes, Jason Seibel was sitting in the nose of that ancient B-17 with his Norton bomb sight very much on target. Heal that collar bone, Mr Commings, heal that collar bone.

  • Stan Colbert

    KC has 8 pro bowlers to rely on and two rookies on IR that have all the promise of last year. In a few weeks we shall add six more pieces to the puzzle of Super Bowl. Undeniably the coaching staff does a great job of developing talent. This year will be an incredible growth experience playing our schedule. If we can stay healthy we will be a great team for years to come!