Three Questions: Kansas City Chiefs Coaches And Front Office

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Jan 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks during the press conference announcing his hiring at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Will John Dorsey get deals done with Justin Houston and Alex Smith?

It is clear at this point that the priority to get a deal done with Justin Houston is a bit higher than Alex Smith given Houston’s decision to hold out of OTAs and the minicamp. This is certainly an okay thing for him to do, and it probably means that a deal to keep him in Kansas City may be close.

Keeping Houston is critical to the future success of the Chiefs, but doing so at a fair price is also crucial given the Chiefs needs up and down the roster. There is a reasonable thought Houston could receive one of the highest paid contracts for an outside linebacker in the NFL so how Dorsey is able to structure that deal to keep balance within the salary cap is going to be crucial.

Then there is the Alex Smith question: Will he stay or will he go?

Many point to the release of Brandon Flowers as being the sign that Smith will stay in Kansas City. The extra cap space should give the Chiefs the ability to front load some of Smith’s cap hit into 2014 which should open up space in future seasons as well as give the Chiefs the option to part ways with Smith should they find a young quarterback they want to invest longterm.

Smith is obviously a polarizing subject around Kansas City but it true that he is the best signal caller the Chiefs have had at least since Trent Green and more than likely the 1993 version of Joe Montana. Letting the franchises potential second or third best quarterback walk when there is a clear path towards re-signing him would be a bad move.

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  • Reggie Flenory

    1. The chiefs will re sign houston and a11
    2. Bob sutton is a great defensive coach fans need to chill wanting to fire everybody when things dont go our way during the first 9 games we were singing his praises.

    3. We MUST STiCK WITH reid and sutton no more musical coaching chairs please to much turnover means new schemes new players new coach and no wins

    • berttheclock

      Well reasoned and said.

    • Tom Sparks

      I totally agree! Clark Hunt has put the future of the Chiefs in goid hands!
      Now we, as Chiefs Fans, must give them time to put the pieces together, & not panic, if we struggle a bit more this season. In a few years, IMHO, we will never have to second guess these guys!
      They know NFL Football & it is exciting to look FORWARD!

  • sidibeke

    When you don’t have the personnel to run the system you want, then you need to adapt the system. The ability to do that is what I’d like Sutton to show me.

    • freshmeat62

      First I’ll say I’m in no way a fan of Crennel’s bend don’t break defenses, but when a special situation came up where he didn’t have the personnel, whether from injury or whatever, he was a master at coming up w/ some sort of gimmick to make his defense work. Sutton didn’t show that ability last year.

  • preston riley

    it’s hard to argue against the need for consistency. That’s a lot of change for this team over past 7 yrs or so. I think teams and fans are inpatient because some team always seems to turn it around fast, but too often those are very short lived and the same team drops back quickly. The teams that win year in and year out have consistency at the key spots.

    • area

      The Steelers come to mind first, they have tenured their head coaches longer than any other team, and have a clear mission statement. Consistency is the back bone of their organization.

  • Stan Colbert

    Any news Houston wants to stay, at this point is good! Anxious to see personnel improvements including WR which wasn’t mentioned.(You know every person who thinks he knows football is waiting to say I told you, draft a WR) will Sutton become the dark knight of defense or does the unit struggle in mediocrity?

  • Andy

    Your article hit on all my points or questions.
    I think the main reason we have consistency now, over other year’s, is because we have two proven (Reid and Dorsey) football people. We kept hiring guys with potential or because he came from this or that organization.

  • area

    I’ll stay out of the Houston debate until he’s a no-show for training camp, I’ve had enough disagreements over that conundrum. But I’m not on board with the defense of Sutton’s scheme and planning. Things went kind of well for nine weeks under Sutton’s “mad scientist” scheme but everything was trending down well before that. Then everyone talks about the injuries to Hali, Houston etc. and gives the guy a free pass for seven weeks and six games. Six games and one more game called the second greatest defensive collapse in NFL history kicked in also is too much leeway. Injuries or no injuries, Sutton only deserves pay for one half of a season from that debacle he fielded. Not trying to be Debby downer here but imo ,as humble as it may be, with five pro bowl starters on his defense Sutton needs to step his game up, he’s the question mark in bold type for the upcoming season.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Once Houston’s new deal is done, we can all breath a sigh of relief. At the same time all the QBs we face this year will have to cringe! I am really excited to see this pass rush of Ford, Houston,Hali, and Poe. Throw is a Berry or Johnson blitz every once in a while and we might see little brown stains on the backsides of qbs this year

  • Johnny

    The Chiefs are stacked. I say they go 11-5 again this year, and they finally win a playoff game or two. I really don’t see any reason they cannot win 9 in a row again this year. The energy and experience they bring to the table is fun as hell to watch.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      The Chiefs lost 3 key offensive lineman. Unless the new offensive line comes together, the Chiefs will below 500.

  • Tim King

    Is there a number of snaps that the D must be on the field to be most effective? For example: 40 or less = higher sacks

  • KCMikeG

    The biggest question mark for me is how Sutton adjusts now that he has the players he wanted. All the adjustments in the world won’t work if you don’t have the pieces to adjust. People need to remember that the donkeys and dolts had two of the top ranked offenses with the donkeys being historically productive. Obviously a defense w/o all the pieces in its first year is going to get the short end of that stick. Our offense will be even better than last with AS11 finally having consecutive seasons in the same system and they are hitting the ground running this year having already learned the playbook and established chemistry. As long as the OL gels and the young DB’s work out we will win our first playoff game in decades!